I hesitate to mention


I’ve been keeping this one a secret for a long time for fear that this will
become The New Thing, but I’m seeing all manner of coffee shop posts here and there and I just can’t keep quiet about Nick’s any longer.
Still not sure I want to reveal the exact location, but here are some snaps
of the place, and of the super-delicious Ham and Eggs breakfast they serve.
What makes the ham so great? Why, they Grow Their Own Pigs of course!

(Some would say they “raise” their own pigs, but I like it better my way.)

Nick’s is kind of like Apple Pan – it’s just a tiny place and it’s all counter, worked faithfully by Irma and usually packed with patrons. And if you’re one of them pinko commie fags what hates cops, stay the hell out because at least half the patrons at any given time are cops and it’s a long-established cop hangout. I need to check my facts but I also believe it’s owned by two retired cops.

I’ve never felt safer – or happier!

And of course, the bottom line, for three gigantic meals:

Address is – uh, maybe I’ll tell you next week.

14 thoughts on “I hesitate to mention”

  1. I know where this is and if you’re not saying, then I guess I’m not saying too!

    I just say…I am damn surprised it’s an actually functioning restaurant, it always looks closed when I zip past it…to wherever I am going.


    Well, as much as I like Nick’s, I guess I’m moving away from downtown, so have at it, downtown hipster influx! Enjoy what I once enjoyed, I do not begrudge you the awesome ham.

    Besides, I think when you talk about a place Jonathan Gold has covered in LA Weekly before, it’s not a secret spot anymore. Quote: “If the world were just, Nick’s would be as renowned for ham and eggs as El Tepeyac is for burritos.”

  3. 1300 N. Spring St.; (323) 222-1450. Open Mon.­-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-­2 p.m., Sat. 6-­11:30 a.m.

  4. …it’s become a surprisingly popular place among many who visit L.A. as well. My public safety guests to Los Angeles ask about Nick’s almost as often as they do The Pantry. I keep meaning to ask them where they heard about it, maybe in a Michael Connelly novel?


  5. Actually, you may remember seeing it from the exterior in one of the early scenes of the Eddie Murphy/Robert DeNiro film, Showtime.
    Also, Nick’s is known to feature Councilman Tom LaBonge’s photography.

  6. I don’t think this is a secret. I live near it and everyone who doesn’t know my part of town (Lincoln Heights) says “Oh, near Nick’s, the ham place?”.
    It’s only open for breakfast, I think.

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