The Pacific Diner in San Pedro is the kind of place you’re likely to pass right by without stopping if you weren’t clued in. Something about the rust of the sign out front doesn’t seem all that inviting the first time you see it. It’s a relic, to be sure, of the decades the place has been serving food. The locals all seem to know it has some of the best breakfasts around.
There are parts to the Pacific Diner—new parts, old parts, inside parts, outside parts, tables, counters—but they all add up to one of the most casual, most pleasant, and most filling places around. That’s what’s kept it in business for so long.
The Pacific Diner’s menu tells a meandering tale of the people who built the place and those that have succeeded them in operating it, but the menu is pretty short on specifics, like who did what in what year. Somehow, it doesn’t matter at the Pacific Diner. It’s the food everyone knows about. That’s what keeps bringing them back. It’s what brought me back as I drove around San Pedro and realized I’d worked up quite an appetite.
I wrestled with the choices, unable to make up my mind between stacks of pancakes and other carbohydrates and something with fewer carbohydrates and at least a little protein. I finally focused on the ABC omelette—avocado, bacon, and cheddar cheese—and a biscuit on the side to satisfy my taste for starch. I guess the potatoes helped do that as well.
It was a wonderful choice. Of course, at the Pacific Diner, I don’t think I’ve ever made a bad one.
3821 S. Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, CA