Being a midwestern boy, I'm a bit of a diner afficianado. While I understand that the chances of having a matronly blue-haired waitress scream out the order "Adam and Eve on a raft & make it snappy" is not likely to be heard in a traditional diner here in L.A., I do expect the food to comfort and the service to be at least decent.
Fasten your seatbelts, when you visit Cafe 50's Diner on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice you will experience non of the charm one associates with the classic diner experience. Other than the decor, you will leave angry and disappointed.
Upon being seated, we waited nearly 10 minutes before being offered coffee or water. Finally, after placing our order, the food came before the coffee did. My O.J. never arrived. Not once during the rest of the meal did the waitress or table staff ever refresh our drinks or inquire as to the quality of the food.
The food, breakfast in this case, was worse than the slop I was served in Army boot camp.
* I ordered a bacon, mushroom, onion, and cheese omellette. The "guts" of my omellette were grilled together,mixed with cheese, then plated with the egg covering the "guts" of the omellette that were stuck to the plate. The "guts" were whipped together so fast that the onion wasn't even marginally carmalized and the bacon was the charred remains of meat. The home fries were so tasteless that ketchep and tabasco couldn't allow me to tolerate more than one bite.
* My friend ordered steak and eggs. Upon looking at the gray, thin flesh of what was supposed to be steak, I know he was having a similarly miserable experience. I was really embarrassed that I had suggested we eat breakfast here.
Finally, the meal was over, we had to hunt down the waitress who needed to adjust the bill for the missing O.J., but never offered an apology for the shoddy food and service. Denny's may be awful, but if you compared the two restaurants side by side, Denny's would be like dining at The Ivy in comparison.
For L.A. diner food, I will simply have to truck up to the valley and visit my old haunts such as Coral Cafe in Burbank, DuPar's in Studio City, and Mel's.
I would love to hear everyone's favorite L.A. Diner.
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