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Bobby's - Breakfast in Woodland Hills

lil mikey Sep 25, 2007 07:36 AM

This is a true greasy spoon diner. The waitress must have worked in a truck stop for many years. She just has that certain efficient confidence about her.

She arrived at my table, set down a full coffee cup and asked what I wanted. This would be expected if I was a regular, but this was my first time. “A menu please,” was my response.

I loved that she just dismissed with all the formality and got right to the business at hand. I also didn’t ask for the coffee. But I was glad she brought it, again with no unnecessary pomp or circumstance.

I got the menu, and as expected, it had greasy spoon food on there: eggs with ham, eggs with bacon, pancakes, pancakes with bacon….

“I’ll have the bacon and eggs, over medium”

“How about the ranch special? It’s bacon and eggs, over medium.”

“Okay.”

“Sourdough toast?”

“Sure.”

About 4 minutes later, out comes a plate full of food. The two eggs were done perfectly. The three medium-thick slices of bacon were crispy and very flavorful, and there was a huge pile of hash browns with a nice crust on the outside and tender and hot inside. The sourdough toast was real sourdough toast, and two big slices.

And she left the check with the meal. I love that at breakfast. I’m not there for the atmosphere. Oh, and the coffee was refilled each time I passed the half-full level. The last time, she actually took the cup and gave me a new one in case the remaining coffee might have been cold.

All told, my whole meal, from the time I walked in until the time I walked out took 15 minutes. I could have spent longer at MacDonald’s. But the food here was fresh and tasty, and the service was right-on. And the price was commensurate with MacDonald’s, too. The above was $5.65 after tax, before tip.

I will be back here any time I need a good, quick breakfast.

Bobby’s Coffee Shop
22821 Ventura Boulevard, west of Fallbrook
Woodland Hills
(818) 225-1324

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    DaringDinerDarren Apr 20, 2008 09:10 PM

    I have a soft spot for Bobby's from back in the high school days some 25 years ago. Great old school French toast and eggs and bacon simply prepared.

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      rentsaks Apr 20, 2008 08:32 PM

      I read all of the wonderful things written about Bobby’s on Ventura Blvd, in Woodland Hills and I thought that I would finally give it a try. First impressions are important when dinning out. Anytime you see a restaurant with dirty windows, floors, tables and chairs is a sign. But I ignored it. I knew better but I ignored it. We were told to sit anywhere but I had to ask for the table to be wiped down, as there was syrup on it. I got attitude from the bus boy as if he was doing me a favor or I was criticizing his work.. I assure you I was polite. We were given sticky old menus. The coffee was old or just bad. The plates looked like they were bought in a second hand store and were covered with a film. I have traveled to other countries but have never seen a place that looked like it was third world or worse. The food was ok, nothing to jump for joy. Just ok. I would recommend staying away from this place and wonder if the city inspector ever really went in. yes they have an A rating but I just don’t get it. The best place in the valley to get breakfast is without a doubt The Little Café. Clean, great food, nice people and always a wait. But it is worth the wait for sure!

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      1. re: rentsaks
        liu Apr 20, 2008 08:42 PM

        rentsaks -- I quite agree with you! I am not a Bobby's fan and just don't get the attraction. Of course, I don't like greasy restaurants!

        Go just a little further East than Little Cafe and try Cici's at 18912 Ventura Blvd., still in Tarzana.

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        MrJodie Jan 1, 2008 11:53 AM

        The waitress at Bobby's must have a twin sister at Nat's Early Bite here in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys. Same efficiency and service! These two breakfast joints are easily the best places for cheap diner deliciousness in the Valley. Screw McDon'ts (McDonalds)... avoid that crap at ALL costs!

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          jeffthekid Dec 31, 2007 09:26 PM

          I have been going to Bobbys since I was young, 30 years or so. We used to ditch school just to get the breakfast there. Great no frills greasy spoon and still cheap. If I lived closer these days Id be there every weekend. The owners have changed over the years but they have kept a pretty simple menu going which is great. I agree with the previous poster about the hash browns. Perfect grating, crispy and greasy. Its roots Woodland Hills.

          1. wyatt3290 Dec 29, 2007 04:52 PM

            ranch special is awesome, and the hash browns are the best i've had. I hate waiting in line sometimes, but I just get up a little early go and eat, then come home and take a little nap. I also like the omelets.

            1. NeNePie Sep 26, 2007 04:12 PM

              I love the idea of Bobby's; it's just my kind of place...except...the two times I went I was served decent greasy spoon food accompanied by...margarine! instead of butter for my toast. And non-dairy creamer for my coffee. Has anything changed? The eggs had that "fried in margarine" taste but were otherwise lovely. Same for the potatoes. I just really like butter and cream.

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                Debbie W Sep 26, 2007 09:27 PM

                Ooh, I was getting so excited about Bobby's until I read your post, NeNe. I just really like butter and cream too. Non-dairy creamer is wrong. I can't drink my coffee black, and nothing with less fat than whole milk will do, half and half is best. Even if I'm really watching what I eat, I don't compromise on this. As to the margarine, there's just no excuse, period. How long ago were your visits?

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                  NeNePie Sep 26, 2007 09:44 PM

                  It was quite a long time ago. Things may have changed. I sure liked the vibe there otherwise.

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                    Diana Sep 27, 2007 07:57 AM

                    Just ask for milk and ask if they have butter.

                    I mean, it's a DINER. They serve milk as a drink and use it to mix batter. I remember there being butter.

                    best hash browns in the valley

                2. CynGriff Sep 25, 2007 08:26 PM

                  I've been going to Bobby's since I was nine or so (that's over 30 years now!)...It's always been a consistently great breakfast spot...The food comes exactly as you order it and the service is unrivaled...Mmmm...Now I'm craving eggs over medium with bacon and crispy hash browns...Damn!

                  1. afs Sep 25, 2007 01:42 PM

                    The only breakfast joint I've ever been to where they get hash browns extra crispy RIGHT every time.
                    coffee Shop of the year!

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                      tigercactus Sep 25, 2007 10:27 AM

                      I like the french toast there! It's a great place (but with no ambiance ... except that of a bare greasy spoon diner)

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                        ozhead Sep 25, 2007 08:21 AM

                        I also like that Bobby's has those little cruets (or whatever you want to call them) of jams -- including my fave, orange marmalade -- on the tables, instead of plastic packets with peel-off tops.

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                          Diana Sep 25, 2007 08:19 AM

                          Bobby's is such a great place. Those waitresses should be made national living treasures, the way aging artisans in Japan are. A good diner waitress is a gem.

                          Bobby's is right across the street from the Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking shop, headquarters of homebrew in the Valley and home to the Cellarmasters and Maltose Falcons Homebrew society.

                          On many a meeting or brew session, Bobby's lilting call of "yummy, yummy, yummy" has drifted across to me. I love those hashbrowns!

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