I'm eating my way around Lakewood this week, helping my GO section colleagues research a cover story that'll help returning Strykers figure out what's new in town since they deployed to Iraq 15 months ago.
Year-old Home Town restaurant on Pacific Highway, south of Bridgeport, is one such place. I checked it out today, but I'll give Ed's Diner regular agtoth the first word of this First Bite, from the comments on this breakfast post:
A new owner has opened at what used to be Mory's Restaurant ... the portions are generous, the gravy is flavorful, the chicken fried steak fork tender and the eggs done exactly right. I've been back a couple of times and will definately return. PS: Service is good as well. .
I ordered Home Town's Denver omelet. I give it a mile-high ovation. The eggs were fluffy, browned here and there and, best of all, tasted like egg, not griddle grease. Inside the omelet, diced ham, sliced onions and chopped green peppers were all well-cooked and flavorful. The huge serving of hash browns were thinly sliced and nicely browned. They tasted like spuds, not grease.
Bacon arrived glistening in bubbling grease. And that's a good thing. It let me know that my four strips were cooked to order.
The breakfast menu is basic: eggs and meat, pancakes, omelets and such, served all day. Burgers and diner sandwiches round out the menu. Most items are priced in the $6-$10 range.
I like Home Town's clean and comfortable decor. There are a dozen padded booths and eight chairs at the counter. Mirrors on the wall and ventian blinds on the windows complete Home Town's old-school vibe. The waitress knew customers' names.
I also enjoyed the house music, particularly when the waitress sang along to "La Bamba" with a Korean accent. For the record, that was me singing "tra-la-la, twiddly-dee-dee" along with Patti Page's "Mockin' Bird Hill" as it played on Home Town's sound system.
I will be back.
Home Town: 12115 Pacific Highway S, Lakewood; 253-588-9514. Hours: 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.