Thursday, June 26, 2008

Kitchen 24...better diner food needs better diner service

1608 N. Cahunega Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Open 24 hours 7 days a week

As anyone who's ever read this blog for some length of time knows, I have natural affinity for diners, having grown up in a world of diners in the New England area. Recently there's been a lot of talk about a new 24/7 diner in Hollywood called Kitchen 24, so obviously it wasn't long before I was in there to get my own take on the place.

With the attitude of diner cuisine "reinterpreted" as their standard of operation, I think they've put an appropriate spin on it that's new while remaining old.

Even the lighting fits the bill (though I shutter to think how much they weigh).

Above you see the K24 Tuna Burger. If Ahi is your thing, you'll like it. Nothing strikingly new about it, but very tasty nonetheless.

This is the "Bartender's Banquet", for the undecided at your table. The waffle was tasty and crispy enough, though the bacon and egg wrap with sprouts, sour cream and salsa was definitely the highlight.

Here lies the Caheunga Chop Salad with a myriad of ingredients: grilled chicken/tofu (your choice), tomatoes, bacon, feta, apples, cucumbers, kalamata olives and sweet apple cider vinaigrette. While it sounded all over the place, it turned to be a great signature salad that I think Celeste will get next time we make it back there.

Now this particular item is their Cinnamon Roll French Toast. Sounds amazing right? To their shame, it was the weak link of the table. And really, how can you mess up something with that much fat and sugar? I'll tell you... the rolls themselves seem like their day old pastries they were trying not to waste, they should have been sliced thinner, and should have actually been dipped it in egg(I'm still wondering if that step was somehow left out).

But beyond that blaring mistake lies the best plate on the table (at least in my opinion), their open faced meatball sandwich... which they've chosen to name "The Big Baller".... aaaaaahhh LA. The meatballs were sweet savory, the focaccia just toasty enough, the provolone a great choice, and the sauce was great... thin enough to move but chunky enough to grab on to everything else. This ones a feather for their cap.

H-O-W-E-V-E-R... though a great meal was enjoyed, and everyone around us was pretty much wowed by their food... every customer was a wallflower to the wait/hostess staff who seemed to be making efforts, amongst each other, to get laid. If you're a manager of the restaurant, and your reading this... please... please... please do something. It's the one big thing bringing you down. It took 15 minutes to get a coffee refill for my wife after getting up, finding our waiter, asking a bus boy, then finding our waiter again. Thankfully... the coffee was very good.

SO, if you're up late and want food that's actually good, hit this place up... OR if you're very low maintenance and don't care about refills, then you'll be fine. Otherwise prepare to be persistent as we will prepare to be persistent the next time we go to see if their staff's any better. If they are, the next time you read this post, it'll be updated.

Refills: Yes. (if you can get them)
Prices: Breakfast $5-$15, Lunch $6-$12, Dinner(served 5pm-2am) $10-$15


Blogger Aaron said...

If you're into diners, I recently visited a real greasy spoon on the Westside. Teddy's Cafe on Pico and Bundy. I like the tacky wood paneling and mismatched furniture. The food is comparatively cheap for LA. It feels authentic for a diner, if you're into that kind of thing. It'll be on the opposite end of the diner spectrum to Kitchen 24.

July 6, 2008 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger The George said...

I gave Kitchen 24 a similar review on Yelp. The food is good, but the service staff at the front of the house needs to improve.

July 15, 2008 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Hopefully the manager takes a hint from the across the board similar comments.

July 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Matthew K. said...

funny how bad service can sour a relatively decent meal. thanks for the review though

July 23, 2008 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Muted and Tender said...

Great review and pictures. You've sold me on trying the food at Kitchen 24 but I'll be sure to skip the refills.

July 25, 2008 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger H. C. said...

Great meetin' up with you at the Wally's sale, hope you found some good finds (shamefully, I only got spirits since I'll be around LA all day).

I've only been to K24 once for a preview dinner; decent and better than the Waffle, but haven't had the opp to go back to try again yet.

September 16, 2008 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

It was good seeing you too man! We totally were like "We're only going to get a few bottles (like 3)" and still walked out with 6 haha.

K24 is a fail-safe for me when looking for food in that very difficult area.

September 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

this blog is great!

September 22, 2008 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Craig said...


October 5, 2008 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hiiii Aubrey! I see you haven't been food blogging in a while either (hehe). Just stopping by to say hi!

Kitchen 24 looks d'lish. Thanks for the post!

And happy new year!

January 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Dear Abbi said...

I had no idea you were a food critic! Very cool!

March 12, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

That's of our town Abbi :) I didn't know you blogged either but I should have figured as much with the sweet things you constantly extol on people.

March 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous jess said...

i'm a huge fan of tuna burgers. there's this ahi tuna burger at R&D cafe down in santa monica that's the bomb.

you should definitely submit some of your photos to it's a visual restaurant review site with a template similar to that of tastespotting

August 4, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger THE ACTORS DIET said...

this place reminds me of a place in queens that i loved and miss...nice to have an l.a. version

September 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

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