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Went there this morning with my roomie.
She had the cinnamon roll french toast...very cinnamony in every bite.
I ordered the country breakfast with biscuits and gravy, sausages, egges over easy and incredible hash browns. The biscuits and gravy were perfect. The biscuits were fluffy and had just the right amount of gravy, which was the quite flavorful (the best buscuits and gravy I have had yet). The sausages were huge with just the right amount of spices and they give you 2! Now, the hash browns were really interesting. They appeared to be sliced, like on a mandolin, and then chopped with peppers and onions. I asked for a side of salsa, which I always put on my eggs and hash browns. Their salsa was also fresh and I assume house made.
I cannot wait to go back and try something else. They have a menu board with daily specials. I watched as someone received their order of fresh blackberry pancakes and was envious.

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  1. I also had that breakfast on my last visit. I agree it is that good. My first breakfast there was the Chicken Fried Steak. It is a fresh steak that they tenderize, batter and fry. Very tender and just the right amount of gravy. IMO one of the best CFS in the L.A. The biscuits are like a real home-made country style and also came smothered. My daughter-in-law still talks about the Red Velvet cupcake I brought to her from there. She says it was the most moist cake she has ever had and I have brought her cupcakes from most of the places discussed here. My wife loved the Cinnamon roll and Sticky Bun (me also). My son and I have been planning to go for breakfast as soon as we can get it together because he likes banana cream pie and the reviews here are very high. I saw they had a special breakfast burrito on the board. Because of the recent post about breakfast burritos (two of those places I have tried and still looking) and that salsa at Jongewaard's you mentioned, which I also tried, I have been thinking about asking about that Jongewaard's breakfast burrito next time I go.

    Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil -- A MUST TRY
    3697 Atlantic Ave (At 37th st.)
    Long Beach, CA 90807
    (562) 595-0396

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    1. re: JeetJet

      The banana cream pie at B&B is my favorite in LA County. Very fresh tasting.

      1. re: Ernie

        I had the banana cream pie tonight. I bought the pie this morning and five of us ate it after dinner. This pie is a true LA must try. The whipped cream on the top is as good as ice cream. The filling with bananas is perfect. The crust is also perfect and I had no oil-like after taste like I get from so many crust. I had that breakfast burrito also while I was there but was not as impressed as I was with the other breakfest I have had. The salsa took control of every bite and there was not enough meat. I just might stay with that Chicken fried steak -- a great breakfast and a good price. The pie was $9.95 and everyone tonight told me that I must get two next time.

        1. re: JeetJet

          So glad you liked the pie, Jeet. I agree that whipped cream is so nice, very milky-fresh tasting. I've never tried the burritos there but I think Bake & Broil's strength is the in their simpler classic American diner dishes.

          1. re: Ernie

            Maybe the burger next. Have you tried their burger? When I are that ultra tender chicken fried steak I wondered about their burger.

            1. re: JeetJet

              The Bake & Broil burger is one of my favorites. I like it with cheese and grilled onions. They offer a combo that includes either a salad (with those great croutons), fries, or a slice of pie.

      2. re: JeetJet

        Ditto on the great breakfasts there. AND they serve it all day!

        1. re: JeetJet

          Went again today...and I had the chicken fried steak. Wow! It's a real steak, usually when I have had this, it's a cheap piece of meat that you really can't call a steak. Comes with the same gravy that they use on the biscuits. My friend had the lemon blueberry panckes with raspberry sauce. Great flavor as well as light and fluffy. The wait was a little longer as we had a party of three. If there are only two, the wait is minimal as most of their seating is for two. Can't wait to try their burgers as many have mentioned.

        2. Just had a huge slice of their heavenly Lemon Lush pie. I can say with confidence that this is my favorite pie anywhere. Bake N Broils croutons are superb as well as their quiche.

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          1. re: shelovestoeat

            hands down they have the best red velvet cake in los angeles

            1. re: shelovestoeat

              Bake & Broil is great, have been going there for years. I agree those croutons are fantastic and are so good in their salads and French onion soup. Can't wait for their fresh apricot pie!

              1. re: shelovestoeat

                oh my god, I am trying the Lemon Lush pie for the first time RIGHT THIS SECOND and it is sooooooo good.

              2. wish it were closer to me than long beach!

                1. I will be going here for this first time later this summer. I've already told my friend about it, and we have a lunch date there. I am listing the suggestions on what to order from the above posts. Is there anything else that we should *really* get?

                  Burger and fries
                  French onion soup
                  Salads

                  Chicken fried steak
                  Bisquits and gravy
                  Breakfast burrito
                  Cinnamon roll
                  Sticky bun
                  Fresh blackberry pancakes

                  Red velvet cake
                  Banana cream pie
                  Lemon lush pie

                  Anything else? Of course, we won't order all that, but I want to start thinking about it. Does anyone have a link to the menu? The link that I found online took us both to a site for something other than the restaurant.

                  I'm looking forward to trying this place.

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                  1. re: katkoupai

                    Great list! The apricot pie is also delicious and should be coming into season very soon :)

                    1. re: katkoupai

                      I ate breakfast there yesterday, today and twice before.

                      Chicken fried steak – Had it today and once before, Best I have had in LA/OC. Fresh, tasty, tenderized steak with a seasoned batter. Ask for the hash browns to be crispy with no extras. First time I had the biscuits and gravy but today I tried the blueberry muffin. Go with the muffin with any breakfast that already has gravy because those meals are already big and filling without adding more gravy.

                      Biscuits and gravy – The real deal -- Country. Add this to any agg breakfast that does not already have gravy.

                      Breakfast burrito – I really did not like it as much as I wanted to. The salsa took control of all flavor and not enough meat. However, the salsa is great on the side with egg dishes.

                      Cinnamon roll – large, fluffy, sweet w/out the sugar rush

                      Sticky bun –.I guess they call it a pecan roll. Had it twice including today and it was great with fresh pecans in a gooey caramelized topping.

                      Red velvet cake – The most moist cupcakes in town.

                      Note, cupcakes and pecan rolls may not be available everyday (did not have them yesteday morning, so I had to go back today -- dam). For that matter, the muffins are only available “while they last.” If you want some to take home you might call ahead.

                      Banana cream pie – outstanding. Fresh bananas inside the filling and in every bite. The crust is IMO the best pie crust I have ever had. No oily aftertaste yet is has a crispiness. The fresh whipped cream on top could not be better and would be fine all by itself with a BIG spoon. I will be taking a few of these home this summer along with their other pies. The next one I will try is the pecan. A slice of pie comes with a burger special. Ya, thats next for me.

                      The Blueberry muffin is served hot with breakfast (toast or muffin) and comes with real butter. A true find also. Best I have had. I ate it before breakfast with their really good coffee.

                      Today my wife had the veggie omelet. She must have repeated that it was a very good breakfast four times. I noticed the fresh mushrooms that she said were sauteed / browned with the tomato, bell pepper and onion before being put into the omelet along with fresh avocado. All with cheddar melted on top. All very moist. The rye toast was like it came from a deli.

                      1. re: JeetJet

                        Thank you, and thank you. I can't wait to try some of these items, and I appreciate all the details and suggestions. :)

                      2. re: katkoupai

                        i have eaten there probably 3 times a week for the last 15 years. i'm a little leery of people going in with lists--it's not that kind of place and you might be disappointed. it is what it is: a really, really good coffee shop. in fact, pretty much of a dream of a coffee shop. but it's not the french laundry.

                        if i were a first-timer, i'd probably go for the bnb burger special, which will give you a hamburger and a piece of pie. i'd also ask whether they have boysenberries in, and maybe splurge on a boysenberry milk shake. the pastry list changes every day and even by the hour. if there is something on the list that you simply must have, have them save you a piece ... it's heartbreaking when you find they just sold the last slice of butterscotch pie. another great dessert is the strawberry shortcake, made with biscuits. just about perfect. all of the cakes are good. red velvet, of course, but also carrot and german chocolate. they've also started serving a chocolate with buttercream that's killer. and every once in a while at this time of year they'll do a boysenberry cake--white cake frosted with whipped cream with fresh boysenberries folded in.

                        for breakfast, all of those suggestions are good (my hat is off to anyone who can handle chicken fried steak and eggs for breakfast!). the breakfast burrito isn't great, but i really like the huevos rancheros, which are not terribly authentic (hey, the name on the sign is jongewaard's), but they are terribly good. i really love the sticky buns and cinnamon rolls. and a couple of times a year i'll splurge on the cinnamon roll french toast, after which i usually go back h ome for a nap.

                        1. re: FED

                          Strawberry shortcake made with biscuits? Okay, I might forego everything else and get this.

                          I've never been to French Laundry. I generally do not dine in high-end establishments, so Bake N Broil seems right up my alley ;)

                          Thank you. :)

                          1. re: FED

                            Cinnamon roll french toast for breakfast “followed by a nap?”

                            FED. OK, the “pastry list changes every day and even by the hour” and therefore it may not be a good idea to walk in with a shopping list thinking you can bag something specific and leave. But now it sounds like Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil is a place to have breakfast and then just hang-out and see what they come-up with next – all day long. If we can get them to remodel the back room again (it has acoustic problems anyway), close off the windows back there and install some hammocks for napping between meals, and add a harpist this "dream of a coffee shop" would actually become heaven.

                            OMG. You just doubled my list with 10 more reasons to go back.

                            Boysenberry milk shake.
                            Butterscotch pie.
                            Strawberry shortcake, made with biscuits
                            Carrot cake
                            German chocolate cake – I saw one yesterday, yes!
                            Chocolate Buttercream cake
                            Boysenberry cake--white cake frosted with whipped cream with fresh boysenberries folded in.
                            Cinnamon roll french toast, “followed by a nap”
                            Huevos rancheros – good salsa
                            Burger and pie (Even pecan pie)

                            French onion soup
                            Salads
                            Chicken fried steak
                            Bisquits and gravy
                            Cinnamon roll
                            Sticky bun / pecan rolls
                            Fresh blackberry pancakes and Blackberry pie
                            Banana cream pie
                            Lemon lush pie

                            Red velvet cake & cupcakes, Not just Red, but actually a Suggestive Moist Crimson.

                            Jongewaard's Bake 'n Broil -- A MUST TRY
                            3697 Atlantic Ave (At 37th st.)
                            Long Beach, CA 90807
                            (562) 595-0396

                            1. re: JeetJet

                              I'm laughing. :) Eating and sleeping, taken to a new level...:-)

                              1. re: katkoupai

                                this may come under the heading of "too much information", but i have found no finer hangover cure than bnb huevos rancheros, followed by a sticky bun. walk in feeling at a 45-degree angle to the world and walk out restored.

                                and as far as the "hang out and see" approach ... sometimes i've waited long enough in line that it felt like that's exactly what people were doing.

                        2. The cheese pockets (basically an evil cheese danish) are also great there. My mom got me on the red velvet, amazing. Been going to B&B since I could walk. Have memories of my mom ordering a slice of coffee cake and it always had a big scoop of soft whipped butter melting on top. My dad always got the mushroom burger and I got a root beer float. Yes, that was my dinner. Love you mom & dad!

                          On a side note, they remodeled about 2 years ago to make more booths and it always seems very cramped to me now. I used to love the big cushiony booths with old leather in the back, now it's kind of a tight squeeze. Maybe I should ease up on the red velvet. :)

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                          1. re: Oh Robin

                            I did not realize that this place has been around so long. I used to live in Long Beach, and I never went there.

                            After reading this, I want to change plans and go this weekend. The food sounds so good!

                            1. re: katkoupai

                              I live very near by and don't really understand all of the moaning about it. Maybe because it's "new" to the rest of LA (west of Western) so they can write an original review?

                              I would recommend going early (morning or lunch) and not for dinner. The few times we've gone for dinner the mains were just okay, and as mentioned, they run out of desserts. It really is a coffee shop/diner, that just hasn't changed much in 40? years. OTOH if you are a fan of comfort food and homecooked desserts, you will like it (think pot roast).

                              And if the wait is too long for breakfast, just go across the street to Polly's. Belgian waffles with fresh berries would be my choice.

                              1. re: mlgb

                                Agreed, mlgb. I think the cakes are great and the food is really good, but... worthy of such attention? Hmmm. Honestly if I go for coffee shop in the area, (I live in Signal Hill) I'm always at Cafe Bixby on Atlantic. Great breakfast (they actually know that crispy bacon doesn't mean burnt) sinful monte cristos, great steak fries with buttermilk ranch and my FAVORITE clam chowder on Fridays. I used to love Polly's (my parents first house was in walking distance) but I think the chain as a whole has gone downhill. Still love their wheat bread and dinner rolls, but service is almost always lacking and dare I say... ghetto? IMHO

                                1. re: Oh Robin

                                  I think you're right on the spotty service at Polly's. Sometimes it's fine, sometimes not so much. I don't think I've ever had "ghetto" service, whatever that is! They still do a few things very well. Anything with fresh berries (think they have a direct supply line). For lunch, roasted turkey sandwiches (not the pressed fake crap) and you can spec any bread you want, my favorite is turkey on toasted raisin walnut. And the backburner soup (bean/beef) still very very good. And sometimes they get the steamed broccoli spears just right.

                                  1. re: mlgb

                                    The turkey at Cafe Bixby is fresh roasted and very moist. Had a monte cristo today with all turkey (no ham) and it was super good.

                                    -----
                                    Cafe Bixby
                                    3900 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

                                2. re: mlgb

                                  Yes, breakfast and lunch are definitely better than dinner at B&B. The dinner entrees tend to be on the bland side, but the breakfast, burgers, and baked goods are all top-notch

                                  1. re: Ernie

                                    Why would anyone drive across town for that, is my point? I mean it's fine if you live here, but really it's all a bit over the top IMHO. Are pie and burger diners really that hard to find?

                                    1. re: mlgb

                                      "Are pie and burger diners really that hard to find?"

                                      Yes, good ones are.

                                      1. re: Ernie

                                        amen. and the really good ones are even harder. and sorry to be harsh, but if you can't tell the difference in quality between bake 'n' broil and polly's of hof's hut, well... i guess that's just one fewer person waiting in line.

                                        1. re: FED

                                          Really, I can't. Not for the pies. Sorry to be harsh. And I've had my fair share of homemade pies from scratch, too. They're really not that hard to do.

                                          Now explain the fascination with red velvet cake /cupcakes to me and I'll be convinced.

                                        2. re: Ernie

                                          OK, I went and had the Burger Special. The special includes a burger, pie and drink. I upgraded to a cheese burger (choice of cheese). The burger is very good. The bun appeared to have been browned on the grill with butter. I had coffee and pecan pie. I really like the coffee and had two refills. The pecan pie was good beginning with that great crust they have and topped with good pecans. The total -- $7.95. My bill went up as I checked out because I added two banana cream pies (made fresh as I checked out $9.95 ea.) and a small Red Velvet cake -- $6.95. In all, a great day.

                                          1. re: JeetJet

                                            hey, i was there tonight, too! took family and neighbors: total bill for 5 (with some sharing) $52, including a big tip. and had a slice of that great red velvet cake.

                                            1. re: FED

                                              I like the price, from what I'm reading here. Nice.

                                            2. re: JeetJet

                                              JeetJet, I think the hamburger buns may be made there. The bread was so soft and a bit sweet (almost like King's Hawaiian bread, but less sweet). What do you think?

                                              1. re: katkoupai

                                                I am not sure but agree that they are not the usual bun. I will say that the buns at TK on PCH in Huntington Beach are better IMO. However, I do like the burger meat better at B&B. How could you leave there without a banana cream pie or at least a Red Velvet cupcake for tonight?

                                                T K Burger (A great burger and really great buns too. Across from the Huntington Beach Pier)
                                                110 Pacific Coast Highway
                                                Huntington Beach, California 92648
                                                (714) 960-3238
                                                Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

                                                1. re: JeetJet

                                                  I really stuffed myself, as it was. I did share a slice of apricot pie with a friend, and it was very, very good. :) You rock!

                                          2. re: mlgb

                                            Ah, I think what our friend is trying to say is, ah, there is already enough people waiting in line. I can understand that. But, that "Boysenberry cake--white cake frosted with whipped cream with fresh boysenberries folded in," that FED mentioned has been on my mind and making me go nuts until they begin making them. Also, the Red Velvet cupcake (actually a Suggestive Moist Crimson -- almost Naughty) is itself worth driving across town for. Oh, and I asked my server the other day whether they have hash and eggs. She said only if they make cornbeef for dinner the night before. Real cornbeef hash and eggs is worth driving across town for. The chicken fried steak........

                                            1. re: JeetJet

                                              If it mattered to me how many people were waiting in line, I wouldn't have suggested that you go for breakfast! Sorry, I guess I just don't get the raving. Maybe because I don't eat hamburgers, think red velvet cupcakes are a pitiful trend, and good pie really isn't that hard to find around here, between Polly's and Hof's, with their multiple outlets. Plus the dessert that you would have wanted to order at Bake and Broil is usually gone. But I don't mind that a Long Beach restaurant is getting love. We actually have quite a few of them worth visiting.

                                              Wasn't Russell's a Long Beach pie & burger place, too? I know there used to be two of them. Think there is one still left on Atlantic but since I'm not a burger eater anymore I don't pay attention.

                                              If someone is living on the westside, wouldn't they just go to the Apple Pan? And in Pasadena, Pie & Burger? Or even Russells for that matter.

                                              PS, for the person who wanted a breakfast burrito:

                                              Rivera's Mexican Restaurant
                                              (562) 434-8489
                                              2901 E 7th St
                                              Long Beach, CA 90804

                                              You can even write a chow "original" review for us!

                                              1. re: mlgb

                                                Yes. Russell's was also a pie and burger place but not as good as Bake & Broil. Hof's Hut, Pie & Burger, and Apple Pan are definitely not as good as Bake & Broil either in terms of burgers or pies. However not getting the raves is understandable considering you do not eat hamburgers.

                                                1. re: mlgb

                                                  I agree with Ernie when he says that good diners are hard to find. These days, it's hard to find places that use fresh ingredients and cook things from scratch. From what I've read here, it sounds like Bake and Broil is a place that does things the old-fashioned way.

                                                  However, I also note mlgb's point that there are other good diners in other parts of LA. I've never been to the Apple Pan, but I think Pie & Burger is overpriced, for what it is. I don't see myself going back there too often.

                                                  For me personally, since I drive all over LA for work, it's good to know that there's a great diner in Long Beach.

                                                  1. re: katkoupai

                                                    I can see going if you are in the mood for that kind of food and you're on the road. Or if you don't know how to cook. But diner food is exactly what mothers of my generation (and some of us ourselves), know how to cook, from scratch. It's just not that special (for us).

                                                  2. re: mlgb

                                                    I was just suggesting your being protective in fun. It is true that Long Beach is a great place for burgers, pie and breakfast. IMO better than any other area in LA/OC. I am putting together a list and will post it and request input for more places I do not know about. Anyway, that more than explains why you may not get the raving here -- you have so many. It is not hype, thats for sure. Jongewaard's B&B is special with great breakfast & baked goods. That small Russell's, now gone (now "The Small Cafe" I think) was great. IMO the one in Pas just does not live up to the LB standard. Now I have two must try breakfast burritos in LB. The other place was mentioned on the breakfast burrito post several weeks back. I intend to try both -- soon. My Thanks,

                                                    Golden Eagle (breakfast burrito served all day)
                                                    2101 E Willow St. (Just South of 405, off at Cherry)
                                                    Long Beach, CA,
                                                    Long Beach, CA 90806
                                                    (562) 492-1336

                                                    Rivera's Mexican Restaurant (breakfast burrito)
                                                    2901 E 7th St
                                                    Long Beach, CA 90804
                                                    (562) 434-8489

                                                    1. re: JeetJet

                                                      Well, my favorite old time breakfast place was called "The Cozy Corner Cafe" on Anaheim not far from Ximeno. I think it's long gone. An English friend (afficionados of the greasy breakfast that they are), delighted in ordering a second breakfast after finishing the first. Apparently it's called "second breakfast."

                                                      As I said, I'm not hugely into diner food, but there's also Georges further up on Atlantic, I haven't tried it.

                                                      I attribute the surplus of diners/cafes in Long Beach to the "Iowa by the Sea" history, as well as the fact that rents are (were) still relatively low so that small family owned restaurants can survive. Places like Hof's started out that way and as far as I know, are still family owned. And do try the fresh peach pie, even if it's just for a take home.

                                                    2. re: mlgb

                                                      Re: Russell's, I went to at least 3 locations in L.B. The original on Atlantic Ave. with the same interior that was visible in a B&W photo of Russell himself manning the grill, another in Downtown L.B. (on Pine Ave.?) and another in Naples. Wonderful burgers, cooked as the customer ordered them, hash browns instead of french fries, ice cold green side salad with house made dressings and the best fresh ollieberry and fresh peach pies in season!

                                                      Eventually the family sold out to a corporation which was the beginning of the end! It remained ok for a while but it began to decline and then the corp. sold off the L.B. stores and only kept a new one in Pasadena. I miss the original!

                                                      1. re: sel

                                                        I wonder if Russell's got the olallieberries from Linn's back in the day.

                                                        http://www.linnsfruitbin.com/category/18

                                                        1. re: katkoupai

                                                          Polly's has been mocked here, but they still do ollallieberry pies in season. I think they have their own supplier for berries. The strawberries are always perfect. I think they do one of the best flaky pie crust/fresh strawberry pies I've had anywhere.

                                                          1. re: mlgb

                                                            I think I have been to Polly's before. Is there one on 2nd St.? If I recall correctly, the food was just fine. I'd eat there.

                                                            1. re: katkoupai

                                                              There are a number of them, but I don't think there is one on 2nd Street in Long Beach, although there was a Hof's Hut before it changed to a Lucilles. I go to the one on Atlantic which usually has good service. Beside the waffle with fresh berries, I like the cinnamon roll french toast. My main complaint is the weak coffee.

                                                              1. re: mlgb

                                                                Hof's and Lucille's are owned by the same people.

                                                              2. re: katkoupai

                                                                The Polly's on 2nd is a coffee shop and is at the southwest end of the street. Next to Archibalds.

                                                                1. re: justagthing

                                                                  Oh, that's a different Polly's. Not related.

                                                          2. re: sel

                                                            There is a Russell's in Lakewood, on Candlewood, near the Chipotle. It now bills itself as a sports bar, but it looks like the same old Russell's inside. I don't know when they sold the restaurants, but I was never really a Russell's fan.

                                                  3. re: mlgb

                                                    I agree.. I went to B&B last night for dinner, because of rave reviews on another site. It may be very good for breakfast, but our dinner experience was just o.k., not good enough to want to go back even for breakfast. The good reviews, the fact that the place was very busy on a weeknight, the pleasant atmosphere all contributed to our high expectations for the actual food, which we were disappointed in. It's hard to explain, nothing tasted bad, and the lemon chicken was very tender and moist and the croutons were very good, but overall, I can't give it a good review. The prices are reasonable, but I've had better service and consistently tastier food at other places, like Park Pantry on Broadway/Junipero in Long Beach. Sometimes, I've noticed that when a place is decorated too nicely, the food doesn't have alot of substance, that was my feeling after dinner at B&B.

                                              2. I'm glad this is getting so much love on Chowhound. I've posted about it many times on here, and I've been going to Bake & Broil for years now (grew up in Long Beach, live here again now).

                                                If you like the Lemon Lush pie, the other lush pies are a must. The Summer Lush one has peach and strawberries, but by far my favorite pie in the world is the Holiday Lush. It's hard to describe everything in there, because it becomes one delicious entity, and I scarf it down too quickly to identify all of the different ingredients, but it's the same "lush" principle of cream cheese mixed in with fruit.

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                                                1. re: Evan G

                                                  OP here and I am glad that there have been so many responses to the posting. I myself live closer to another Polly's, but Polly's pales in comparison to B&B. If you can even compare them. I use to get excited that they give you one of those huge cinnamon rolls with most of the breakfasts meals, but when you compare the two, there is no competition. Polly's is lacking in more than just the cinnamon taste, as my roomie said, they taste 'institutional' in other words, they lacked character.

                                                  I understand that some don't get why so many of us are raving about it, but then again, it isn't a thing that they tend to rave about anyways. I am sure that I and others could find topics that we could say the same about. But for all of those that are looking for that breakfast place or a slice of heaven in a pie, then Bake & Broil is for us/them! As mentioned above, if they don't like it, don't come and then we won't have to wait as long. BTW...when I went, I barely sat down to wait when they called us in. So it was less than 5 minutes on Memorial Day!

                                                2. Today I went to Hof's for breakfast, b/c it was were the team wanted to go. So, I must say that in comparison, I was so jonesing for a B&B breakfast and was very dissatisfied with mine. I mean, it was palatable, but in comparison, well, it just doesn't. The potatoes were tasteless in comparison, even though I ordered the ones with the extras, still bland. Their biscuits are cut in half and toasted and their gravy did not have any kick to it either, more like a basic rue. Their pies in the case did look tasty, but again, it was breakfast.

                                                  1. I love the pancakes here ... hits the spot everytime. Also very good is the coconut cake and daily dinner specials ... get the salad w/croutons. Also enjoy the chili w/cornbread on a rainy day.

                                                    1. I'm reporting back on my lunch at Bake 'N' Broil today. I met my friend there for lunch, at around 12:30PM. We waited for at least half an hour before getting a booth in the corner. I thought this place would be a hole in the wall. The inside was much nicer than I imagined, albeit a bit cramped. The first thing that I noticed were all the muffins, pies and cakes that were by the cashier and behind the counter. I felt like a kid at Disneyland.

                                                      I looked for all the items that were talked about on this thread. I had printed out a list this morning before going to work to make sure that I would remember what my choices were. The menu was large, and my friend and I both got the Burger Special: a burger with a choice of pie, salad or soup, and a drink. I went with the burger with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and avocado (75 cents extra for the avocado) and French onion soup. My friend went with a medium-rare burger with Swiss cheese and raw onion, and the clam chowder soup. We were both pleased.

                                                      The burgers were very good. We also ordered two fresh lemonades to drink. My friend and I split a half order of fries, and we later ordered a slice of apricot pie to split for dessert. When it came to the table, it was a slice of hot pie, with nice pieces of apricot in a sauce similar to that of apple pie. I was perplexed, and then I realized that they probably have fresh apricot pie and hot apricot pie on the menu. In any case, the pie was really good, too. If I ever go back, I'll be sure to specify "fresh apricot pie" instead of just saying "apricot pie."

                                                      I ate 1/3 of the burger and will be eating the rest later today. The pie, lemonade, and French onion soup (with rye and sourdough croutons inside) were polished. My friend devoured her burger and enjoyed the clam chowder soup, too.

                                                      After tax and tip, we dropped about $26 total (i.e $13 each), and we both thought the bill was very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food.

                                                      I left the place in a food coma and wanted nothing more than to pull over and go to sleep, rather than drive home in Friday afternoon traffic. All in all, I count this as another great recommendation by the people on Chowhound, so thanks a lot. :)

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                                                      1. re: katkoupai

                                                        I was there for lunch yesterday and also ordered the Burger Special. I had my burger with grilled onions and swiss cheese as well. I chose ice tea and fresh peach shortcake, but it was on one of their fresh biscuit and a scoop of ice cream for a dollar extra. Well worth it. I asked for my burger medium rare and it was, love that. So often when I ask for med. rare, I get med. It was actually pink/reddish in the middle still. I did not talk at all whilst I ate my burger. Everyone else was chatting, but I didn't want to let it get cold because it was so savory.

                                                        1. re: justagthing

                                                          The fresh peach shortcake sounds really good. Next time, I will either get that or the fresh strawberry shortcake. :-)