The first great dining experience I discovered when I moved downtown in May of 2013 was the Nickel Diner. Walking distance from our loft, The Nickel, as we call it, has been our go-to restaurant, serving great breakfasts, lunches and dinners to an ever-increasing clientele of both tourists and regulars. Owners Monica May and Kristen Trattner and their staff go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. And Wednesday night’s “Kickin” Chicken,” with its spicy fried chicken served with melt in your mouth biscuits, can’t be beat!
The Nickel Diner is at 524 S. Main St., (213) 623-8301 or 5cdiner.com. Here’s my favorite diner as I see it: