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Rod's Grill

Restaurants, Diners Arcadia
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Photograph: Rod's GrillChocolate shake at Rod's Grill.
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Photograph: Rod's GrillFried chicken plate at Rod's Grill.
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Photograph: Rod's GrillTwisty roll at Rod's Grill.
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Photograph: Rod's GrillRod's Grill.
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Photograph: Rod's GrillRod's Grill.

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For a space so committed to its time—from an archaic cash register to a period-appropriate soundtrack—this ‘40s Arcadia diner manages to stay humble and warm. That’s not to say you shouldn’t ogle at some of the finer features at Rod's Grill: the cantilevered ceiling, fin-shaped roofline, spoked hourglass lamps and spherical, brushed metallic heat lamps over the kitchen window. The mostly brown interior manages to stay lively thanks to the most magnificent turquoise booths and bar seats.

Nestled into those booths, you may spot a sign that reads “Special: Apple sausage omelet.” Get it. The breakfast dish sounds strange, but it’s one of the best items at Rod’s. Sweet apple chunks and spicy sausage are folded into a golden omelet and topped with a massive layer of Jack cheese; put simply, it’s hangover food at its finest. A fried chicken plate is offered from noon until they run out of chicken, accompanied by fries or mashed potatoes and vegetables. The veggies aren’t memorable, the batter could use a little more spice, but the fries are fantastic and the chicken is pleasantly tender. And because you need more carbs in your life, order the twisty roll. It’s a marriage between pumpernickel and wheat, and arrives with a small carton of butter upended on top.



Address: 41 W Huntington Dr
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 6am-9pm
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