Tonight we ate at Pann’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop in Westchester en route to LAX to pick up some friends at the airport. Pann’s is the diner that was featured in Pulp Fiction and it has been around since 1958. The exterior is a great example of Googie architecture, which is a futurist style designed in the mid-20th century. As described by Googie Architecture Online, “Coffee shops looked like something in a Jetsons’ cartoon.” Pann’s is exactly in this category, which makes eating there fun. The food is just old-fashioned down-home cooking, which makes eating there also extremely enjoyable.
Ray and I always have the trout when we go there because it is outstanding. That dinner comes with two vegetables. Tonight, I had sautéed spinach and a baked yam. There is always a choice between a dinner roll or cornbread and, of course, I had the cornbread. (What self-respecting Texan wouldn’t have the cornbread?) I haven’t had their milkshakes, but a friend has and says they are made from real ice cream and are thick and delicious. The desserts are all homemade and are impressive in size and I suspect in taste, as well. Chicken and waffles is one of the house specialties and I can vouch that this is an exceptional choice.
So, if you’re out and about and looking for good food, great atmosphere, and a little movie history, then check out Pann’s. It’s family owned and the owner, who is 94, still comes in everyday to check on the place. It’s located at 6710 La Tijera Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Pann’s is definitely a great place to eat and have a relaxing time with friends. It is also a perfect stop going to or coming from the airport.
Happy eating here in LA.