Take a break, scramble off to Scramblez and enjoy a nice meal. 

Our Antelope Valley has many choices to enjoy a nice dinner, Scramblez Grille and Bar is one of those places where you can have that nice "sit down" dinner. The atmosphere is easy going —  a little rustic and cozy but classy, with a full bar and flat screen TVs to catch all your favorite sports action. 

Happy hour is featured from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and offers food and drink specials. Scramblez has some great daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, as well, plus they offer a 10% senior discount. The hours are convenient, too. They are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Dinner is for enjoyment and Scramblez certainly offers that on the menu, with a mouth-watering selection of steaks, none priced over $24.99. There's a pepper steak; 8 oz. juicy center cut Angus sirloin, simple and great, rubbed with just-cracked pepper and garlic, then grilled with peppers and onions. Or you might want to try the 12 oz. tender ribeye that is lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic, and if your palette leans toward spicy, there's an optional Cajun version.”

Other nice selections include pork chops, meatloaf, BBQ ribs, ground sirloin steak, chicken fried steak, chicken marsala, scallop scampi, beer battered fish and chips, lemon pepper chicken, Monterey chicken pasta, fettuccine Alfredo, shrimp scampi pasta and even liver and onions for those with a nostalgic turn of the taste bud. 

All of these entrees are served with a cup of soup or dinner salad and include freshly prepared vegetables, with your choice of garlic mashed potatoes, steamed red potatoes, baked potato or rice pilaf.

Lunch time is a good time for burgers, with great names like the “Mountain Man Burger,” loaded with grilled onions and mushrooms, piled high and smothered with cheddar-jack cheese. Also, the blue cheese bacon avocado burger, the bacon jack mushroom burger and all the other terrific choices. And there's hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, wraps and salads, galore. Lunch is great on the menu and on the taste buds.

Scramblez has always specialized in great breakfast choices and they are served all day. Whether it’s specialty dishes like eggs Benedict or a country scramble, omelets, French toast, traditional egg dishes or pancakes, you really can't go wrong. 

My companion, granddaughter and I stopped in a few nights ago for dinner. We were all very hungry, so we immediately started out with an appetizer. Our server suggested the “Cajun Squeaky Cheese” and since it sounded so unique, we agreed to try them. The best way to describe this would be miniature mozzarella sticks rolled in Cajun spice. This had to be my favorite of the night. I just couldn’t get enough, they were so addicting. They were delicious morsels of deep-fried melted cheese with a slight kick at the end.

As we were giving our drink order, I remembered they had an incredible Bloody Mary, so we ordered two and an iced tea for my granddaughter. The salty, spicy taste of the Bloody Mary was positively delightful. Earthy-tasting tomato juice was sweet against the celery salt and olive garnish. 

As we were enjoying our drinks and appetizer, a complimentary basket of homemade potato chips with a Southwestern dip arrived at our table. What an added bonus, as these were very good —crisp and salty with a very flavorful dipping sauce.

Now, it was time to order dinner. There was meatloaf for my companion as it is his comfort food, lemon pepper salmon for Arissa and a half-order of pork chops for me. Oh my, I just knew we were in for a treat, as everything sounded so good.

 The meatloaf is Scramblez own house recipe, baked to perfection and covered in a very rich, brown gravy served with mashed potatoes and a nice vegetable medley. Everything on that plate was absolutely delicious, from the meatloaf to the potatoes, to the thick, tasty gravy. Even the soup (Louisiana sausage and rice) was delicious. It was savory, well-seasoned broth loaded with celery, onions and carrots. 

The funny thing is, I’m not usually a fan of meatloaf, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, trying as much as my companion would share. I kept saying, “Just one more bite, please.” 

It was quite funny. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, him or me, as we were both devouring it so fast, we barely had a moment to come up for air. The creamy made-from-scratch gravy put it right over the top, with an ample amount to smother the fluffy mashed potatoes and the meatloaf.

Since I had already filled myself up with the “Squeaky Cheese,” potato chips and meatloaf, I decided to just have a half order of the pork chops, which meant one chop, rice pilaf and a vegetable medley. It’s hard to believe this was only a half order, as I had leftovers even after sharing a small bite with everyone. 

The chop was a very delicious boneless tenderloin, pan-fried with salt, pepper and garlic placed over a very large bed (and I do mean very large bed) of house-made rich, savory and creamy country gravy. Only one word needed to describe this little piece of heaven and that would be fabulous. 

Broiled Atlantic salmon seasoned with lemon pepper and olive oil was the perfect choice for Arissa. Her entrée was served with a dinner salad, fully loaded baked potato and vegetable medley. We are both fans of salmon and this was broiled to perfection, flaky and moist with just a hint of sweetness. 

All three of us shared, whether she wanted us to, or not. Since the food portions were so large, there was enough for each of us to share all three entrees and we still had leftovers. 

Scramblez is located at 2715 W. Avenue L in Quartz Hill, in the big center that corners 30th Street West and Avenue L. It's a shopping plaza with several eateries. The phone number is 661-943-2864. Bon appetit!

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