Being an adult is hard. Between work and the D.M.V. and the dentist, the mundane rigors of daily life can seem endless. But if there’s one way to (responsibly) escape the crushing weight of responsibility, then it’s the simple rebellion of eating breakfast for dinner. Here’s where to eat a morning meal at night when a kale salad just won’t cut it.
The Pantry has a thing for staying open. Not only does the 92-year-old downtown haunt operate 24/7, but it also somehow managed to keep its doors open and even expand during the Great Depression. The beauty of The Pantry is that you can scarf down budget-friendly pancakes or bacon and eggs any time of day or night. Leaving a bar at 2 a.m.? Sneaking out of your Tinder hook-up’s house at 4 a.m.? Just remember, there’s always sourdough French toast waiting for you at The Pantry counter. Watch out, it’s cash only. 877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, (213) 972-9279
At his Japanese/Italian Spot, Orsa & Winston, chef Josef Centeno makes an elegant, bite-sized treat that seems to have been made solely for the sake of eating breakfast for dinner. Dubbed The Breakfast in a Shell, the dish brings together a coddled egg with sherry cream, semolina, maple syrup, bacon, chives, and masago arare. 122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, (213) 687-0300
Being that it’s a restaurant that serves modern American comfort food, it doesn’t come as a shock that Plan Check offers a substantial breakfast-for-dinner option. You might have to get a little liberal with your definition of breakfast—but what is pastrami, if not just pepper-crusted brisket bacon? The Pastrami Nosh is stacked with double-smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, kimchi mustard, pickles, and a fried egg plopped on top. Balance out the savory with an order of cooked-to-order cruller donuts with cream and fruit. 351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 591-0094
Brite Spot Diner is a decades-old institution, and because it’s open until midnight on the weeknights and 3 a.m on weekends, it’s the ideal spot to indulge in breakfast way past your normal bedtime. The menu has it all: chilaquiles, banana nut pancakes, corned beef hash. If you’ve been out drinking, consider proactively ordering the Hangover in the hopes of avoiding one the next morning. The plate comes piled high with scrambled eggs, chicken andouille sausage, grilled peppers, home fries, cheddar and jack cheese, green onions, habanero pesto, sour cream, and some toast. Good luck getting out of your booth after that one. 1918 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, (213) 484-9800
Silver Lake’s Lamill Coffee recently nixed full table service, but you can still walk up to the register and order breakfast foods any time you damn well please (during hours of operation, obviously.) Steer away from the diet-friendly Silver Lake Breakfast (breakfast for dinner is about indulgence and pleasure, not watery egg whites) and head for the hearty stuff like the breakfast sandwich with an impossibly fluffy brioche bun. 1638 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 663-4441
Because it’s a hotel, the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills offers more than just a few different breakfast-for-dinner options. If you’re really hungry, start with The 101 Coffee Shop, which, with its leather booths, tiled walls, and dome-shaped lighting, is about as retro as it gets. Bonus: it’s open until 3 a.m. daily. Go with diner classics like the silver dollar buttermilk pancakes, or order the breakfast burrito if you’re in the mood for California cafe fare. Down the hall, MiniBar Hollywood looks like something straight out of Mad Men, and offers a delicious throwback breakfast snack to match. The swanky little bar is now serving Tokyo Waffles, which is made with Eggo Homestyle waffles. It’s what’s on top that counts: The Tokyo Waffles are seasoned with a togarashi spice blend, sesame seeds, maple, nutritional yeast, and himalayan pink sea salt. Not a bad breakfast bite to savor a few drinks deep. 6141 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 798-4939
You’ll find more waffles at Roscoe’s (of course, what else?), but can you ever get enough waffles? No. The answer is always no. This is an easy pick for breakfast-for-dinner because there are a handful of Roscoe’s all over Los Angeles, plus they’re open late. If late to you means 4 a.m., check out the location in Hollywood, which also offers plenty of great opportunity for people watching. Should you forsake the restaurant’s namesake specialty, there are other breakfast-y combos on the menu like eggs any style with toast and coffee. 1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, (323) 466-7453
Cafe 50s is an omelette destination to enjoy well into the evening. Open until 1 a.m., the diner serves eleven different three-egg omelets with plenty of side trimmings to choose from (although hash browns are only available on the weekdays from 7 a.m. to noon). If you get super into this whole breakfast-for-dinner thing (not an unlikely outcome), sign up for Cafe 50s’ Frequent Dining Club for good old fashioned perks like a free meal on your birthday. 11623 Santa Monica Blvd. West Los Angeles CA • 90025 • (310) 479-1955
Arts District newcomer Westbound upped the breakfast-for-dinner game with its introduction of Foie n Waffles. It’s not just the seared foie that makes this a luxe pick, but the brioche waffles, too. And the espresso-infused maple syrup. And maybe the fact that you’re in a cool new bar. Once the clock strikes midnight, the Foie n Waffles are no longer available to order, but Westbound just started serving a late night happy hour that runs from midnight to 2 a.m., so you can keep the party going at a discounted rate. 300 South Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, (213) 262-9291.