The Curious Palate: Lancers
Burbankians are fortunate because they claim to Lancers, the most versatile full service restaurant in or around their fair city. A sign above the busy pick-up station says it all: “If you’re not proud of what you prepared don’t serve it.”
For more than three decades (and counting) I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this family owned and operated dining landmark, 697 N. Victory Blvd. It’s the ultimate full service family restaurant with everything from a kiddies menu to a cocktail bar.
There’s literally something for everybody on the diverse menu. A lavish breakfast menu is available anytime with thick slices of French toast or perfect pancakes, ham, crispy bacon, tender grilled steak and eggs prepared any style, and served with home fries, hash browns, or golden French fries and fresh-baked breads plus mugs of steaming hot coffee.
I’ve never departed Lancers hungry, disappointed, or wanting more for the money. Portions at the meticulous and comfortable restaurant are — to put it mildly — generous. Steaks and sandwiches are thick at slim prices.
Check out daily meal deals offered in addition to the regular menu.
My favorite Wednesday dinner special is the choice grilled Rib Eye Steak, but there’s also Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs, or Chicken Parmigiana.
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. Saturday is Lancers official Steak Night with a New York or a 12 oz. T-Bone steak. Succulent baked Chicken every Sunday is a family Lancers tradition.
All these budget priced dinners include a crisp green salad and a hot and hearty home-style soup (I favor the lentil or chunky chicken and rice), choice of potato (except with pasta dishes), a veggie, and freshly baked bread. They even include a light dessert of Jell-O or a big scoop of ice cream — but the fresh-baked fruit and crème pies are irresistible extras.
Why settle for a greasy fast food bite when Lancers offers a wholesome weekday bargain express lunch served 11 ‘til 3 or a fulfilling choice from the endless list of sandwich treats.
Busy as they invariably are, staffers always smile, extend a greeting, and provide extra service touches. Seven days and nights they more than live up to the house motto.
If your notion of a good meal starts with a smart cocktail or a cold brew, Lancers has a full bar as well as convivial lounge dining. Another plus is the spacious self-parking.