Awkwardly placed in the "La Tijera" Triangle, this Los Angeles diner is a scene stealer for both Angelos and tourists. On the way to LAX, passerby can't help but to notice the 50's style diner. It's awkward location, placed between La Cienega, La Tijera and Centinela, keeps it the center of attention on the busy street. Standing tall contrasting the views of Inglewood, is the neon sign reading "Pann's". A Los Angeles icon, Pann's, has been serving the community since 1958. Being a family founded diner, is not a rarity within this city. However, with the years of service to the community and the amazing food, this diner is almost unmatched. Originally from Greece, George and Rena Panagopoulos moved to California to have a successful family business. After serving in the Air force, George has cooked for the troops of World War II and for many different restaurants. In 1958, they opened Pann's and drew in various guest with their comfort food and personalities.
It always seems like I am on a hunt for a great Los Angeles breakfast spot! I except my obsession for a brunch based restaurant that has my top three requirements for a "Live and Dine in LA" feature. First, I always go based off of food. I will detail that a tad bit later but, just know if the diner is on the Indigo Stop, it is amazing! Second, is based off of word of mouth. Searching for brunch joint, I always ask one question, "How is the chicken and waffles?" My favorite breakfast pairing and the reason I brunch, well besides the mimosas. The first thing that will pop up by googling the diner is the amount of reception of the food. Some even claim that this is the best fried chicken they've ever had. Of course that alone made my expectations extremely high for the place. Lastly, I always focus on the décor. I am a true born millennial with appreciation for classic style. Nothing is more classic than the ambiance of a restaurant. Displaying the theme of a particular culture or taste, is extremely difficult, so I am always appreciative for the style.
Pulling into the middle parking lot, on a Sunday, was almost difficult. However, my expectations for the place kept me committed, especially because a large crowd could mean that I am definitely missing out on something big. Walking onto the street, I realized that even though I am a full born and raised resident of Los Angeles, I never once visited the diner. I would always see this landmark in the middle of the street and was always taken back based off of the architecture. This architecture style is known as "Googie" and was designed by Armet and Davis. The unique style has even shined to millions in various shows or movies such as XXX, Bewitched and Pulp Fiction. Everyone should be able to remember that lengthy coffee shop scene. Both John Travolta and Samuel Jackson sat in the classic red leather seats and enjoyed amazing food. The diner is an ode to the Americana ways of Classic Los Angeles: topped with low arched ceilings, vintage décor and perfect lighting.
What to Order?
Offering the full 50's vintage diner experience, includes offering a diner based menu. During the week, the audience's favorite is the lunch menu. Although the weekly option can not be covered, I still fulfilled a story covering my weekend experience. Entering the diner on Sunday morning, I already knew my first destination, brunch central. The first step of brunch is always the drink selection! On Saturday and Sunday, champagne brunch is offered for $7.99. This includes four refills! The options are mimosas, cranberry champagne sparklers and bloody maries. I tried both the mimosas and the cranberry sparkler. Let's just say four refills is all you need to get a little bit twisted during your Sunday evening.
Now to the food! Of course, I ordered my personal favorite chicken and waffles. However, I also dipped an dabbled in a couple of things on the menu as well. I ordered the Pann's Belgian Waffle which included 4 wings for $13.55. Proportion of the wings was appropriate but, I wished I had a second waffle. The buttermilk waffle was AMAZING! Baked to perfection and neither too soft or crunchy. Added to the waffle was the home-style syrup and added powdered sugar. This I felt was needed because even though the waffle alone was soft, extra flavor would've made it perfection. The wings were my favorite part and were really delicious. Very crispy and cooked all the way. But, same as the waffle a little bit more seasoning would've done it just as much justice. Other then that the size of the wings were amazing and kept me full.