Tallyrand offers good, diner-style American food at reasonable
prices. I happen to think it's one of the best places in town for
breakfast. I can be found there many mornings enjoying a great
omelet, a fluffy Belgian waffle with strawberries (hold the whipped
cream, please) or a traditional breakfast of eggs, potatoes and ham.
And I nearly always order their better-than-you-expect banana-nut
muffin. They offer several kinds of homemade muffins, but trust me on
this, the banana nut is tops. It's a rich, moist muffin topped with
walnuts and served warm. One of these with a side of crispy bacon is
a bit of heaven to me.
For lunch, special sandwiches rule. The open-face, hot turkey
sandwich takes me back to a kinder, gentler time. Real, sliced turkey
on white bread with mashed potatoes, all smothered in savory turkey
gravy with cranberry sauce on the side. (Here's a tip: Don't let your
doctor see you eating this!) It's heavy and delicious, just like it
should be. Other good lunch bets include the tuna or turkey melts,
the Reuben and burgers.
Dinner entrees range from steak to chicken, pork chops to fried
shrimp. Most are nicely prepared, but I was disappointed with the
chicken fried steak. It's admittedly a funky dish to begin with, but
that's no reason for the beef to be overcooked and the country gravy
On the flip side, I was very pleased with the salmon. I had it
blackened, and it was done just right -- still moist inside. It came
with a nice vegetable medley, featuring snow peas and a choice of
potato. And when they offer you sourdough bread or a muffin -- take
the muffin! Yes, even at dinner these beauties are available. After
all that, if you still want dessert, try one of their homemade bundt
Tallyrand is a comfortable and friendly spot. Menus feature art
from local schoolchildren, and families love the place. But so do
studio execs, laborers, retirees, artists and gadflies. You'll hear
conversations about glass ceilings and window panes, achy feet and
football plays, scripts and scripture, political news and workday
blues. So forget about that French diplomat and stop by Tallyrand for
good food with a side of local history.
* BILL SCOLLON is a Burbank resident and president of Scollon
Media Arts. You can reach him atewscollonhotmail.com.