Nickel Diner, Los Angeles, BOO!

I went to the Nickel Diner in downtown L.A. last year and thought it was pretty good. So I dragged some of my family there over Thanksgiving weekend and I am sorry to say, it now sucks.

Everyone looks pretty happy so far at the Nickel Diner in Los Angeles

Everyone looks pretty happy so far at the Nickel Diner in Los Angeles

I really liked the polenta with maple syrup and chicken apple sausage last time so I wanted to get it again. I also saw someone at a nearby table with some really great looking toast. So I thought I’d go ahead and get the 2 egg breakfast which comes with 2 eggs, polenta, and chicken apple sausage, TOAST and HOMEMADE JAM. I really wanted the toast and figured if I didn’t eat the eggs, someone else at the table would. You see that this menu says it comes with toast and homemade jam, right?

Well, everyone gets their mediocre meals and so do I.  But mine is missing the toast.

Scrambled eggs, polenta, and chicken apple sausage. Notice the glaring absence of toast.

Scrambled eggs, polenta, and chicken apple sausage. Notice the glaring absence of toast.

The sullen waitress never returns to check on us so I can’t ask her about the toast. I kept expecting it to show up. Finally when we were all done and she brought us the check I asked her where the toast was. She says “we don’t serve toast anymore, it’s 50 cents.” WTF, Nickel Diner? Fifty cents for toast? When it says on the menu that it comes with the breakfasts? And she didn’t tell me that upfront when I placed the order. Just decided not to bring it to attempt to get me to pay extra for it (which I wouldn’t have done, and she probably knew that so just tried to ignore it — lame) And then she never returned so I could ask her about it? I think this place should be called The Nickel and Dime-ing You Diner. You’ll notice the online menu hasn’t been changed to reflect the 50-cent toast and I’m sure the actual menu hasn’t either.

On top of that, the check was over $70 for six people eating mediocre diner food. And then, of course, they don’t take American Express.

Nickel Diner sucks.