This is a true greasy spoon diner. The waitress must have worked in a truck stop for many years. She just has that certain efficient confidence about her.
She arrived at my table, set down a full coffee cup and asked what I wanted. This would be expected if I was a regular, but this was my first time. “A menu please,” was my response.
I loved that she just dismissed with all the formality and got right to the business at hand. I also didn’t ask for the coffee. But I was glad she brought it, again with no unnecessary pomp or circumstance.
I got the menu, and as expected, it had greasy spoon food on there: eggs with ham, eggs with bacon, pancakes, pancakes with bacon….
“I’ll have the bacon and eggs, over medium”
“How about the ranch special? It’s bacon and eggs, over medium.”
About 4 minutes later, out comes a plate full of food. The two eggs were done perfectly. The three medium-thick slices of bacon were crispy and very flavorful, and there was a huge pile of hash browns with a nice crust on the outside and tender and hot inside. The sourdough toast was real sourdough toast, and two big slices.
And she left the check with the meal. I love that at breakfast. I’m not there for the atmosphere. Oh, and the coffee was refilled each time I passed the half-full level. The last time, she actually took the cup and gave me a new one in case the remaining coffee might have been cold.
All told, my whole meal, from the time I walked in until the time I walked out took 15 minutes. I could have spent longer at MacDonald’s. But the food here was fresh and tasty, and the service was right-on. And the price was commensurate with MacDonald’s, too. The above was $5.65 after tax, before tip.
I will be back here any time I need a good, quick breakfast.
Bobby’s Coffee Shop
22821 Ventura Boulevard, west of Fallbrook
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