If given the choice between a fancy gourmet dinner and home-style cooking, every U.S. president from George Washington to George W. Bush has preferred the latter. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, turkey with gravy and baked chicken with hot rolls have been presidential favorites for years. Even culinary master Thomas Jefferson had to indulge in his favorite, fried chicken.
Fortunately, you do not have to take the oath of office to admit that you prefer classic home-style cooking. In fact, even us gourmets need a plate of fried chicken once in a while. Lancers Family Restaurant in Burbank has been serving simple comfort foods for years. If you remember eating there with your grandparents, you are not alone.
There is something rather comforting in walking into Lancers and finding that nothing has changed much over the years. The booths are still comfortable, the staff genuine in their kindness, the prices reasonable and the portions of food generous. I have to admit that most people my age consider Lancers their grandparents’ hangout. In an age of sushi bars and hybrid cuisines, local restaurants serving classic American cuisine sometimes get lost in the generation gap. Of course, when I asked my friends to name a few of their favorite dishes, it read like the menus at Lancers.