Nick's Cafe

Restaurants, Diners Chinatown
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Diner Benedict at Nick's Café
Photograph: Courtesy Nick's Café Diner Benedict at Nick's Café

Across from LA State Historic Park sits a little diner—unassuming, unadorned and totally delicious. It's been open at the same spot on Spring Street since 1968, which should tell you something. The best ham and eggs in town are served here, plus crispy hash browns and a baller, 1lb monster burger. The waitstaff is friendly, the decor is legitimately retro (a working train set runs the perimeter of the diner, just below the ceiling), and the lunch specials are cheap and surprisingly tasty, with unique twists like homemade spicy salsa or jalapeño bacon meatloaf. Note: This old-school joint is cash only (natch).


Venue name: Nick's Cafe
Address: 1300 N Spring St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5:30am-3pm; Sat-Sun 6:30am-4pm
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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A classic diner (and cash only) in the best of ways--step back decades as you grab a bite at the counter or one of the booths.  Located in an unassuming area of Chinatown, it fills up quickly, so get there early unless you're prepared to wait.  Portions are large, prices are affordable--you might not need to eat for the rest of the day depending on what you get.  Burn off the calories by taking a walk in the newly revamped LA State Historic Park across the street, or you're a quick drive from the heart of downtown.

It's like having breakfast in bed with all your friends. So quaint! Great breakfast choices, delicious!

Eggs Benedict lovers, your prayers have been answered. Nick's Cafe has soooo many types of Eggs Benedicts and they're so delicious. It's the quintessential greasy spoon spot. The place is fairly small and has a counter in the center where people are seated. It's kinda nice rubbing elbows with your neighbor—makes the place more friendly. It's like traveling back in time without the over-the-top, trendy kitsch of other places like Swingers, Fred 62 or Brite Spot.