… at the Colonial Kitchen in San Marino, of all places. Most of what I've gotten there in I think five visits has been good, some things very good, but this was the first thing that's been the best I can remember anywhere. We had some family business in SM on Saturday, with Mrs. O's brother and mom, so we took the occasion to stop in here for lunch. The Eggbeaters green-chile omelet, the corned-beef and Swiss sandwich and the French Dip were all satisfactory, but this sandwich! I picked it because I didn't want anything too heavy, and I hadn't had one of those for a while, and was not expecting anything spectacular. But the buttery grilled sourdough was crisp and tender, and the tuna salad filling had the exactly perfect balance of tuna and other stuff, which included some chopped egg - not sloppy, but not dry, either, so it neither drooled onto the plate nor was in the least bit chewy. Rounding out this splendid meal was the best potato salad I've had that I didn't make: obviously hand-cut, perfectly done potato, good mayonnaise and just a hint of pickle, maybe some onion. Nothing fancy in the least, but perfectly executed; even better than Pie'n'Burger's. $8.45 is the tab for sandwich, potato salad or fries, and an okay pickle spear. The iced tea is a tad expensive, but bottomless and very good.
A while later we were at the Autry Museum and ran into WildSwede, whom I know to be a tuna-melt freak, so I think we ought to be hearing from her before too long …
Colonial Kitchen Restaurant
1110 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108