I have been on a quest everyday looking for eggs Sunny-Side-Up and basted with butter until the egg white is "white" -- not raw as so many places serve. It would seem easy considering the cost of a raw egg and the over the counter price (10 to 20 times higher) for cooking them to your order. However when you request, Sunny-Side-Up, Basted in L.A. you sometimes get a funny look from the server -- or worst. I was told by one, No. Over easy is the same thing. To really compare I tried to order what I thought was a commonly made breakfast pancakes, eggs and sausage with a cup of coffee. So far I found two places that I will return to.
Bun-N-Burger in Alhambra is a nice little 50's style corner dinner with a very large counter. This place seems frozen in time. The counter actually is a large U shape wrapping around the cooking area. There is a big beautiful hood over the cooking area right in front of the counter. I have had the burger here in the past and thought it should be better but I noticed the breakfast menu looked good. I asked the server if the cook can make basted eggs and she said, Sure, all the time. The three pancakes were about 7" round, fluffy and good. The two sausage were done just right. The two eggs were perfectly white with a slightly basted yoke on top. No uncooked egg white here. The breakfast was $4.50 and the total with tax and coffee was under $7.
Village Vault Restaurant in Glendora is a little home-like café with many tables. A large bank vault door is still there (in the dinning room) from earlier days. I sat at the small counter in the rear. I could see the cooks through the passthrough. The breakfast menu offers two pancakes, two sausage and one egg for $4.50. A side order of one more egg is 95 cents. The morning Special offers two eggs, pancakes and sausage for a total of $4.95. Again the pancakes were very good and fluffy. The cook heard me talking to the server about basting the eggs and smiled. When the breakfast was done the server was in the front section of the place so one of the cooks brought me the dish. These eggs were picture perfect. Just a little light brown edge here-and-there and a butter top. I could tell the cook takes pride in giving you what you want. Again the total with coffee and tax was about $7.
I found only one other place that the nice server promised me the cook can make sunny-side-up, basted. The menu did not have the combo of pancakes, eggs and sausage so it was a side dish issue. The place is small and has mainly just a counter. Nothing really nice inside. The two pancakes were special however. Large ultra thin flap-jack style and very tasty. The eggs were not right. One of the yokes was worst than broken. It looked as if a fork was used to scramble it. That yoke was cooked hard. The other egg was medium. As the server handed the plate to me she asked, is this OK? I knew better than to anger this cook any more. The final kick in the ass was the bill $12.50. Needless to say I will never return to Pie and Burger in Pasadena again. Also, better 49'er, Flap Jacks can be found in Redondo Beach at The Original House of Pancakes and for lees money.
1000 E Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801
Village Vault Restaurant
161 N Glendora Ave.
Glendora, CA 91741