quietly serving up home-cooked alternatives to nonmembers, as well as
members, every Friday night for more than 30 years.
First-timers might feel a little lost as they enter the lodge's vast
dining room, which is full of circular tables set for eight. With no host
in sight or sign directing diners to seat themselves, nonmembers must
simply follow the lead of those who seem to know what they're doing.
This means choosing any one of a number of seats, then striding into
the bar for a drink, or over to a side table for serve-yourself soup and
salad. The night we went, the soup was a superb navy bean with huge
chunks of ham.
After several cupfuls, a waiter came to tell us the evening's
offerings: New York steak, halibut or chicken in a mushroom cream sauce.
We opted for the New York steak and the chicken.
The steak was a behemoth piece of perfectly cooked meat that did
double duty as sandwiches the next day. The chicken was moist and tender,
with a mild-flavored sauce.
Both entrees were served with a lovely side of steamed asparagus and a
large baked potato. Just as we felt we couldn't possibly eat another
bite, the waiter returned with two generous portions of German chocolate
Though sated, we managed to devour every last crumb of this freshly
baked treat. When the bill arrived we were astounded to discover the
entire meal, including milk and iced tea, came to $20.60.
With prices like this, it's tempting to let the Elks Lodge do our
comforting every Friday night. And just like home, no reservations are
Today's guest restaurant critic is Shawna Saperstein Galassi, a
Glendale resident and elementary school teacher.
IF YOU GO:
WHERE: Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale.
LIQUOR: Full bar.
HOURS: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays.
PRICES: Entrees $8 to $11, all of which goes to charities.