“Impresario” Kristen Trattner and Chef Monica May opened The Nickel Diner over the summer, helping to transform another block of downtown’s diminishing Skid Row while contributing one of L.A.’s better breakfasts.
The space features plenty of red, including red booths. The only thing it was missing was counter seating. It’s fun to watch The Nickel’s skilled short-order cooks, but that’s not possible given the configuration.
The Nickel Diner’s scrambles reminded me of what Millie’s has been doing for years with their “messes.”
Breakfast also came with a choice of toast, including white, wheat or sourdough. Tables at The Nickel host containers of seasonal jam. During our visit, that meant strawberry-pear.
After you’re finished eating, pay at the register. Of course, in classic diner style, they had cookies for sale at the register. The Nickel team plans to open for dinner and late-night. There’s no reason to think their food will decline as the skies grow dark.