Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Beat the Clock
They say time is money, right? Across Sports Arena Boulevard from Phil’s Barbecue (and that’s a hard place to walk away from at the best of times) it’s for real.
Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery (3711 Sports Arena Boulevard, 619-224-4454), is a small LA chain that's been in business up there since the ’30s.
Du-par's occupies what was Baker’s Square
And they have this really original scheme going.
Jaime and Ricardo, turning on the old-style charm
Like, if you make it here between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you just pay whatever the time is. Eat at 4:11, pay $4.11. For an entrée.
Cool idea! It’s from a special menu that includes pretty decent items (though smaller amounts than the full-price dinner ones) like meatloaf with mushroom gravy, “seasonable vegetables,” and mashed potatoes. Or fish and chips — cod with fries and coleslaw and tartar sauce.
I tried the meat loaf. Hey, it wasn't Wolfgang Puck, but it was really tasty, and plenty.
Also paid $4 extra for a dessert from grandma's time, rhubarb pie. Pay a buck more for a la mode, or to put melted cheddar over it.
And - at full prices - they're open 24/7.
’Course nothing matches the prices they had when Du-par’s began, in 1938, which they show in their original menu.
Uh, 20 cent hamburgers, anyone?
More on this in Tin Fork soon.