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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.

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Visduh Aug. 2, 2011 @ 4:06 p.m.

DuPar's is still around? I hadn't seen one of those in many years, not even in LA.

If you want to get nostalgic about 1940 vintage menu prices with a more local twist, drop by the Original Chicken Pie Shop on El Cajon Blvd and check out their old menus. BTW, those chicken pies are still just great, and a full dinner including dessert is in the $6 range.


Ed Bedford Aug. 6, 2011 @ 2:13 a.m.

Great idea Visduh. Been quite a while since I crossed their threshold. Hmm. Maybe I should, specially if they're holding to those prices. And I know you can't beat their pies. The one problem? That gray place doesn't exactly beg you to come in. But six bucks says I can get over that.


nan shartel Aug. 6, 2011 @ 5:49 a.m.

visduh ..u made my day!!!

i thought the original chicken pie shop was gone!!


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