If you’re prone to late-night hankerings for buttermilk pancakes, this branch of the original Farmers Market coffee shop is your kind of place. And the pancakes just happen to be the best in the city. This L.A. classic has been slinging hash since 1938 and has a loyal clientele of old-timers who grew up with the place, show business types who would just as soon not see and be seen, and a younger crowd that appreciates good food at low prices. Though it’s open around the clock and has very good sandwiches and comfort-food entrees, breakfast is really the thing here, at any hour. The French toast is eggy and crispy around the edge, the omelets are fluffy, the bananna mufins bulge with chunks of banana, and the orange juice is hand-squeezed. And then you have to face the pies. Glistening, ambrosial, freshly made  pies that beckon from the glass case you try to leave. You will give in, and you’ll be glad you did. Tip: Night owls can take advantage of the “beat the clock” specials from 4am to 6am.

-Christine Delsol