After getting no really useful responses (sorry, guys) to my query by Sunday evening, and having found no late-night dinner spots on my own, I figured we'd just come home and forage. Then, as we were driving east on Burbank Blvd. into the Media Center mess, I saw a big '70s-looking diner on San Fernando, with signs advertising "Open 24 Hours." Okay, what the heck, we'll check it out... So after two hours with an excellent play, we drove the few blocks to Harry's. Yes, it was the classic big family-restaurant kind of place, with the rock and glass walls and the fancy blue vinyl booths, and the menu with my favorite phrase emblazoned on the cover: BREAKFAST SERVED ALL DAY. Our server was a welcoming woman of our age, there was a huge but well-behaved party at the back of the room, and the place was clean and tidy and smelled delicious.
Since we had just a very light and simple meal, this isn't going to be an in-depth review: I thought a tuna melt was about the nicest thing I could eat right then, with cottage cheese to accompany it (just because I'd never done that before, and there it was on the menu), and Mrs. O went for the chef's salad, dressing on the side. This tuna melt, on lovely grilled sourdough bread, was about an inch and a half thick, the shape and size of a corner cut off a two-by-four, and they'd dropped a nice garlicky pickle on the plate as well. The sandwich was better than I'd hoped, and so much bigger I figured I'd better take the other half home for lunch. The salad was a nicely heaped-up bowlful too, with lots of egg and ham and other goodies strewn amongst the lettuce. My cottage cheese was so good I had to ask what brand it was (Alta Dena, shoulda known). The damages worked out to just under $17 with tax, so with a $3 tip = $20. Not bad, and the rest of the sandwich re-grilled perfectly for my Tuesday lunch.
This place is going to become a regular stop - it's not quite Pann's but it's a hell of a lot closer, and more importantly almost next door to IKEA, where I'm about to do a lot of shopping, so of course I snagged a paper menu when we were leaving. I see they have CF steak and eggs on the menu... More to follow. Anybody else been there? Not an obvious Chowish destination, but so far so good.