Though the Theme Building may be LA’s most famous Space Age structure, this 1958 diner is just as stunning. All things faceted are in fashion at Pann's: pyramidal lamps, a diamond-shaped clock and an irregular roofline. That same style extends to its expanded patio and the small jungle that surrounds the exterior. The care that’s gone into keeping this family-run restaurant in tip top shape is evident in everything from its ruby red booths and white bar stools to its perfectly preserved neon sign (with the most delightful little starburst ornaments).
When it comes to Pann's menu, there's one item that stands out above all else: the fried chicken. Take a single bite and you’ll have juice dripping down your chin; two and you’ll be marveling at how crispy and well-seasoned the skin is. So for breakfast, you could take a more traditional route—a classic breakfast plate comes with two eggs, nicely browned hash browns, fluffy biscuits and bacon—or you could opt for the fried chicken and waffles, regarded by many as one of the best in LA. Look around, though, and you’ll see others ordering burgers, grits, chili and omelets. Whatever you choose, make sure it comes with a side of fries, golden with a dusting of Cajun spice. A list of specialty shakes appeals to the sweet tooth in all of us. We're partial to the chocolate banana—creamy, rich and enough for two people to split.