Ronnie’s Diner – 4 Stars on Yelp

27 Nov

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Having driven by Ronnie’s Diner and read the 200+ glowing Yelp reviews, I thought I would sneak in to check out what I hoped would be a DDD-type place in our backyard.

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The place has a lot of things going for it. It was jam packed for a weekend brunch, with people standing around waiting for a table to open up. It had these menus with a cover drawn (presumably) by the owner’s 5 year old kid. The place was down home, but not in the ersatz way places in West LA can be (like S&W Country Diner in Culver City). The clientele was diverse ethnically, generationally, and in terms of senses of what decade they were living in.

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Could this be the last un-gentrified space in all of the 310(/424)?

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Well, if the food is any indication, the gentry are going to stay away for another generation.

Ugh, what a fooddouchey thing to say. But the food was mediocre. It didn’t taste bad, it was just forgettable, plain, and not worth waiting a minute for.

This breakfast burrito, which at least a dozen Yelpers said was great, is all egg with just a little bit of plain yellow cheese and probably one slice of bacon for the whole thing. The potatoes on the side should have been stuffed inside. And the store-bought salsa in a jar on the table should have been stuffed inside, too. It’s not just that anyone could have made this themselves at home; it’s that having an almost all-egg burrito is not my idea of something I would think to want in a non-special-diet scenario.

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That being said, it was cheap and fast, so maybe I just need to dial back my expectations. It reminds me a little of the now-defunct Tokyo 7-7 in Culver City, minus the old Japanese ladies. It’s just that I don’t sit down for a hot breakfast everyday, so I’m not looking for a place that does mediocre food cheap and fast. I want food I actually think tastes good, and if it costs more than $7, so be it. So under that rubric, Ronnie’s is not for me.

Ronnie’s Diner
12740 Culver Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
tel: 3105789399

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