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Diner  in  Echo Park
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Oh Dinette, we’ve never been so torn. Sometimes we have a tendency to romanticize things for the wrong reasons. Maybe this is the way they did things in the “old days.” Maybe the “cool kids” like it. Or maybe we just spent too much money on it to admit that it actually sucks. Or maybe, like music festivals, it’s the combination of all three of these things.

I’m also going to add in “eating on the street.” Does it remind you of Paris? Is the place hip? Was your breakfast sandwich super expensive so of course you’re having the time of your life? But what if that street you’re eating on is in middle of a historically working class Hispanic neighborhood and you’re more or less sitting at the bus stop? Do you still feel that great about that super expensive breakfast sandwich? God damn it. Yes, you do. It’s so f*cking tasty. But do you feel good about yourself? Maybe not so much.

It takes some special food to overcome this uncomfortable, glaring bat signal of gentrification. But Dinette does just that. A mix of sweet and savory pastries, a variety of egg sandwiches, and some absolutely killer waffles, the food is everything you’d want in a brunch spot. Not a breakfast person? There’s a small sandwich menu, which is great for a light afternoon meal for you as well, you freak. So come down, wear sunglasses, grab your expensive brunch, forgo the seating and just run as fast you can away from your guilt. And then scarf down this delicious food.

Food Rundown


The most popular item here and for good reason. These manage to be fluffy, light, and absolutely drowning in syrup, and yet avoid ever getting soggy... at least in the 45 seconds it lasted on our plate before we inhaled it. Comes topped with a poached egg and a thick slice of bacon as well.

Scrambled Eggs on Toast

A massive mound of scrambled eggs, shaved ham, and cheese on a thick piece of toast. This would be the star of any restaurant that didn’t have this place’s waffle dish on the menu.

Raspberry-­topped Lemon Tart

A perfect portion of deliciousness. A good food will leave you begging for more. A perfect food is rich enough to just plain leave you satisfied.

Meatball Sandwich

Not many ways you can screw up a meatball sub, and Dinette certainly doesn’t. But there’s also not many ways to dress them up so they don’t really try. Solid enough, but stick to breakfast.

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