Yesterdays breakfast was had at The Toasted Bun Diner in Glendale. I've had breakfast here before a few times but never got around to doing a review.
The Toasted Bun is a small restaurant. There are about six regular booths, six smaller two seater booths along the front window and a counter with about eight seats. I took a seat at the counter next to a rather cranky elderly lady who was complaining about the bacon grease smell. I didn't smell anything, but then I'm coming down with a cold. The waitress explained that since this was a small resturant aromas from the kitchen are more noticeable. The lady said that the other waitresses would turn on the fan (which was on).
Then she looks at me and says "Humph! Some waitress".
For about $6.50 I had a cheese omlette, home style potatoes, raison toast and coffee. Portions were good, food cooked to perfection. Service, as always, was friendly and efficient.
My first visit to Toasted Bun was last year or so with my father. Before I was born, he, my sister and mother used to eat there. When he found it was still around we went for breakfast. It still pretty much looks the same he said. This is what I like best about Toasted Bun. It's the only restaurant I know that has a intangible, timeless quality. Although opened in 1967, The Toasted Bun has a sort of feel of being there longer. Maybe it's the mural sized black and white picture on one wall, or the '40's music playing. Upon entering The Toasted Bun, one may feel like they're stepping into an Edward Hopper painting. Many of the patrons I presumed are regulars since everyone seems to know everyone else. No one is in a big hurry, and the whole place just seems cut off from the rest of the world. Very Twilight Zone-ish indeed. Enjoy the breakfasts, enjoy the stillness.
The Toasted Bun Diner
808 E. California Ave. (at Glendale Ave.)
Health Dept. Grade B
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