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Good deal at Colonial Kitchen in Alhambra for breakfast

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I really enjoy breakfast...one of life's great pleasures. For those who agree with me...I did find a great deal. It is called the Titan Breakfast at Colonial Kitchen in Alhambra. You get 2 eggs, toast, hash browns or home fries, short stack of pancakes, 2 sausages, 2 pieces of bacon and a small glass of orange juice...for get this...for $9.99.

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Colonial Kitchen Restaurant
1110 Huntington Dr, San Marino, CA 91108

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  1. San Marino not Alhambra

    1. It's cheap, but bad. It reminds me of eating at "coffee shop" diners back in the 70s. Greasy, low-quality ingredients, prepared indifferently.

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      1. re: Jordan

        Finally got around to eating there, and found it neither bad nor particularly cheap. Nor greasy. My CFS was mediocre, the gravy kind of blah, and the biscuits bready rather than flaky. However, both my O'Brian potatoes and Mrs. O's hashbrowns were excellent, and the eggs perfectly prepared (over easy for me, poached for her). What was truly impressive was the smart, attentive service, starting with the clairvoyance exhibited by our hostess: she had led us to a booth next to a family with two lively children, and somehow, though nothing was said or even mimed, picked up on Mrs. O's child-averse vibe. She said, "Ahhh, yes, this way, please!" and led us to another booth well away from there. We also appreciated both the preserved-in-amber '60s decor, not only preserved but kept immaculately clean, and the utter lack of piped-in music. Mrs. O remembered having been taken here as a young girl in the mid-'60s, and having her first taste of chicken à la king; almost fifty years later she was charmed all over again. We will visit again.

        1. re: Will Owen

          Thanks for the report. Whenever I drive by this place I always wish someone would take it over and turn it into the Pann's of the SGV (though Twohey's would be a good candidate for this treatment, too.) It's good that they have astute service, though, and your report has encouraged me to consider trying it in spite of the negative reports.

          Now I'm looking forward to seeing a banner that proudly says: "Neither bad . . . nor greasy --Will Owen" (ref: the banner on Plate 38). :)

          Note: they currently have a $25 gift certificate for $10 promotion at restaurant.com:
          http://www.restaurant.com/rdc/colonia...

          1. re: Peripatetic

            Peripatetic, I have the same attitude towards restaurants I have towards wine: sometimes you want a rare experience, sometimes you just want a nice beverage. There are certain similarities between Pann's and this place, though, beginning with the fact that they both do real cooking with real ingredients. The CFS and the biscuits? Maybe not, but the potatoes for sure. And though the biscuits probably did get delivered by a truck (I've met them elsewhere, too), they came with real whipped butter and honey. What it comes down to is that this is a place whose strengths and weaknesses I want to learn, as we have many of Twohey's, because it's close, and not expensive, and we like being there.

            Also, unlike the hipsters at Plate 38, I very much doubt any of the CK people have any idea of what Chowhound is!

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            Twohey's Restaurant
            1224 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

          2. re: Will Owen

            Second the bkfst rec. Went back recently after 30+ years. Sort of like good truck-stop food, and great service. Talked to the owner a bit; apparently it's on the Chinese tourist route for their prime rib dinner.