Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

In search of the perfect bargain breakfast. I grew up on real “down home cookin’” which included at least a half pound of meat and piles of taters on every plate. At breakfast we also expected a stack of flapjacks which bore little resemblance to today’s puny Cal-style pancakes. To qualify, the flapjack treat must measure at least 8 inches across and dominate a platter.

They’ve got the closest thing I’ve found in decades at the Gold Star Restaurant on S. Brand Blvd. at the tail-end of Glendale Auto Row. Their pancake special, served daily from 7 a.m. ‘til 11:30, is bargain priced at $3.79 for an all-you-should-eat short stack of jumbo pancakes, plus bacon or sausage and eggs any-style. A $1.20 coffee mug includes all the refills you can pump. For a dollar or two more you can sate your morning appetite by adding to the stack of golden flapjacks, ordering another egg or extra meat. There’s syrup on every table and Gold Star will supply sugar-free syrup on request. Why owner/host George doesn’t brag up his authentic ‘flapjacks’ on the breakfast billboard eludes me, but by any measure he’s got the goodies every morn, so share the secret and fill up!

Not into pancakes of any description? Enjoy a Gold Star omelet, piled with meat and served with an abundance of hash browns and two slices of toast and jelly all for a ‘down home’ tab of $5.59. Gold Star provides adjoining parking.

For decades, Tommy’s Burgers drive-in was a landmark at 3324 Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village, but the place got a total facelift and an enclosed dining patio plus a dramatic change of menu when Sepan Chicken arrived on the scene and the grill vanished forever. Now, from 10 a.m. til 10 p.m., a Greek style roasted whole chicken goes for $7.99 while a quarter white or dark meat serving is $5.99.

Other treats include kababs and falafel. I recently enjoyed an abundant, flavorful roasted white chicken sandwich wrapped in warm, unleavened bread, $4.99. For a sweet treat try their Basmati Rice. $3.99.

Sepan Chicken has an “A” rating and the casually refreshed premises are very inviting. Adjoining self-parking is available.

The usually pricey but upscale Cheesecake Factory is offering happy hour specials served only at the bar from 4-6 p.m. $5 will buy your choice 0f 16 full-size appetizers regularly priced from $7.50 to $10.95 including Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes and Chicken Pot Stickers. You’ll also find $5 specialty cocktails at the Glendale, Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills locations where draught beer is $4.

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