On a very cold day last week, my companion and I decided to go out for breakfast. We chose The Village Grille, a cozy little gem off Sierra Highway, in Lancaster.
The Village Grille has been offering homestyle cooking and comfort food for the past 28 years with great service and reasonable prices, to boot.
As soon as you drive up, you will notice the windows painted with some specials like top sirloin steak and eggs (two eggs, hash browns or home fries and toast) served all day, everyday, for $7.45.
The breakfast special is four twos (two eggs, two pieces of French toast or two pancakes, two pieces of sausage and two pieces of bacon), served from 5 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.
The daily special is ground sirloin steak and eggs (hash browns or home fries and choice of toast), for $6.75. Chicken fried steak and eggs (with home fries or hash browns and your choice of toast) is served all day, Monday through Friday and costs $7.25.
Last but certainly not least, is their famous liver and onions (with your choice of potato and garlic toast or cornbread), also served all day, everyday, for $7.95.
As we walked in, we took a seat in the nicely, well-lit restaurant. We noticed the tabletop specials on each and every table — including the dining counter. These include breakfast specials served from 5 to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday. They are: ham and eggs for $6.25, a breakfast burrito for $6.95, a California omelet (bacon, bell peppers, onions, Swiss cheese and avocado) for $8.50 and a chorizo scramble for $8.85.
The lunch specials include Oriental grilled chicken salad for $9.50, turkey avocado and cheese sandwich (American cheese on white bread) for $7.95 and the hamburger club sandwich for $8.95.
Since we were there at 10 a.m., I was torn between the four twos and the open face sirloin steak sandwich, so I chose both.
The steak sandwich was served on grilled sourdough bread for $10.25 and I asked for grilled onions and mushrooms. It came with a very ample salad and fries. The steak (very large) was deliciously prepared, medium, with plenty of grilled onions and mushrooms. It was tender, juicy and very tasty. My dinner salad with Thousand Island dressing was fabulous, as I have enjoyed that dressing for the past 25 years.
Even if I order breakfast, I always have a dinner salad on the side with Thousand Island dressing. The French fries were perfectly cooked — crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way I like them.
My traditional breakfast had four triangles of thick, tasty French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar. After the first bite, I noticed a hint of cinnamon, which put them over the top. Four pieces of crispy bacon and two perfectly cooked over-medium eggs completed the plate. After I ate the first piece of French toast, I added the syrup and topped it off with my eggs. I just love the flavor when the sweetness of the syrup meets the saltiness of the egg and the yolk dripping all over the concoction.
My companion ordered two items as well. He wanted to try the patty melt and the biscuits and gravy — a favorite of his. What can I tell you about the biscuits? They were light, not too dense, warm out of the oven and the gravy (lots of it) was perfect in its consistency.
The patty melt consists of a half-pound patty on grilled rye bread with grilled onions, Swiss and American cheese for $9.55, served with your choice of French fries or salad. Of course, he opted for the very delicious French fries. While we both thoroughly enjoyed the biscuits and gravy, the patty melt was quite delicious, as well. The mixture of the two cheeses and the tasty, well-seasoned meat made for a very nice flavor.
There was a lot of food and even though we were quite full, we still wanted something sweet, so we decided to order dessert.
Oh, my goodness, the restaurant offered freshly made apple pie a la mode for only $5. It was absolutely delicious and served warm with a perfectly-baked pie crust and French vanilla ice cream. It was a heavenly delight.
The Village Grille has a rather extensive menu, with a great variety of options. Since breakfast is served all day, you can enjoy any one of the great breakfast items at any time. The list ranges from the classic breakfast (bacon, sausage, ham, pork chops, chicken fried steak, corned beef hash, Louisiana hot sausage and eggs) to omelets (15 different varieties including crab, shrimp and avocado)to skillets, hot-off-the-griddle (hotcakes, French toast and waffles) and everything in between.
For lunch and early dinner, Village Grille offers south of the border choices (tamales, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and fajitas), Italian dishes (spaghetti and chicken Parmesan), hamburgers (Mexicana, mushroom, cheese and bacon, teriyaki, California style and old fashioned served on garlic toast), soups and salads (chicken Caesar, tuna, grilled chicken, chef, fajita, taco, seafood, cobb, southern fried chicken, plus chili, chili size and soup of the day with homemade cornbread), hot and cold sandwiches and melts (triple deckers, triple melts, BLT, beef dip and BBQ beef, to name a few), happy heart (veggie melt, garden sandwich, grilled cod and diet delight), charbroiled chicken in a multitude of ways, seafood (grilled trout, lemon pepper grilled cod and deep fried scallops, shrimp and catfish strips), top sirloin steak combos, entrées (liver and onions, ribeye steak, New York steak, lemon chicken, fried chicken and teriyaki chicken, which was absolutely fabulous, as we took this to go for dinner).
The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat special, from noon to close on Friday and Saturday, for $9.45 (dine-in only and no sharing). Be sure to wash everything down with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine.
We had a very enjoyable breakfast/lunch with quick service, delicious food and full stomachs. Of course, we used the Antelope Valley Press buy one get one half-price coupon, so the price was even better than their already reasonable prices.
The Village Grille is located at 44303 Sierra Highway in Lancaster, just off J-2 and open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 661-942-7760.