Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

For more than three decades (and counting), I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch or dinner at Lancer’s, a dining landmark, located at 697 No. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. That must account for more than 100 meals and here are a few things that have never happened.

I’ve never arrived when Lancer’s wasn’t bustling with a wide range of eager appetites. There’s literally something for everybody on the diverse menu. A hot breakfast is available anytime, with thick slices of French toast, bountiful omelets, and perfect pancakes, as well as eggs benedict, thick slices of ham, crispy bacon, tender steak and eggs any style with hash browns or golden fries and fresh toasted breads. Their mugs of steaming coffee never fail to please.

In all the years I’ve never left Lancer’s hungry. Portions at the big, meticulous and comfortable restaurant are generous. Steaks and sandwiches are thick but prices are slim. Check out these daily meal deals. Crisp and tasty ½ broasted chicken is $7.49 after 3 p.m. on Monday. Two for Tuesday, a pair of dinners for $14.95, includes a choice of tender BBQ beef ribs, liver and onions, meat loaf or red snapper.

My favorite Wednesday dinner special is the choice grilled rib- eye Steak, $9.95, but there’s also lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, or chicken parmigiana.

Thursday’s choice entrée is a tender, broiled top sirloin steak, $8.99. The “TGIF” special is a thick, juicy cut of prime rib of beef, slow cooked from rare to medium and priced way less than the competition at just $11.99. Saturday is Lancer’s official steak night with a New York at $8.99 or a 12 oz. T-bone at $11.99. It’s meaty baked chicken every Sunday, a $7.49 family tradition.

All these budget priced dinners include a crisp green salad and a hot and hearty home-style soup (I favor the chunky chicken and rice), a choice of potato (except with pasta dishes), fresh veggies, and freshly baked bread. They even include a light dessert of Jell-o or ice cream, but the fresh-baked fruit and crème pies are irresistible extras.

Why settle for a greasy fast food bite when Lancer’s offers a wholesome weekday bargain express lunch served 11 ‘til 3 for a tidy $5.99 to $7.99? For a buck more try my favorite Philly cheese steak sandwich, a feast on a roll, with dinner-cut fries, $8.95, just one fulfilling choice from the endless list of sandwich treats.

One last thing I’ve never experienced at Lancer’s is a rude attitude. Busy as they invariably are, staffers always smile, extend a greeting and provide extra service touches. They more than live up to the house motto which goes, “If you’re not proud of what you prepare, don’t serve it.”

If your notion of a good meal starts with a smart cocktail or a cold brew, Lancer’s has a full bar as well as convivial lounge dining. Another plus is the spacious self-parking.

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