Grinder Restaurants

★★★★☆

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The grinder is a pleasant environment, I would like to have the food come a bit faster, but overall, a VERY GOOD PLace!

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The grinder is a pleasant environment, I would like to have the food come a bit faster, but overall, a VERY GOOD PLace!

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You might want to consider The Grinder if you don't want to wait for a table at Glendale's IHOP nor drive outside of Glendale to eat at other family-type restaurants like Ruby's, Denny's, Carrows, Coco's, Baker's Square, etc. The Grinder doesn't run big ad campaigns about meal specials on TV and in the newspapers ... but that can be a good thing! Those ad campaigns that the major chain family restaurants run about meal specials attract crowds.

I think some families have stumbled upon this find, as it's getting busier at breakfast time. At worst, it's a short wait. I think this place might get most of their business from the local work force that is looking for a quick, inexpensive lunch. It isn't very busy at dinnertime. Although the restaurant's parking lot is fairly small, I almost always find a parking spot at dinnertime. If not, there's street parking. Most of the time, we're seated right away or are told to pick any table of our choice. If there is a wait, it's usually less than 15 minutes.

The restaurant is going for the simple country charm vibe ... much along the lines of Carrows and Coco's. There is a small counter in addition to the comfy booths. The feel of the crowd and staff is what I would describe as simple, small-town folk. It seems to be popular with older folks and families.

The breakfast menu has the usual breakfast fare. The items that I've tried were all ok. To me, eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, waffles and hash browned potatoes taste pretty much the same no matter where I eat them.

The lunch menu has the usual choices of sandwiches, salads and soups. The dinner menu has the typical chicken, beef and pasta items. Everything I've tried was satisfactory. The Grinder recommends their burgers. I've found them to be very good. I choose The Grinder if I need a quick, reasonably priced meal that will fill me up so I can get on with whatever else I have on my agenda and I don't want eat at a fast food place.

PROS: Decent, reasonably priced family restaurant without the wait.
CONS: Low-key ambiance. Food is ok, but nothing spectacular.

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★★★☆☆

You might want to consider The Grinder if you don't want to wait for a table at Glendale's IHOP nor drive outside of Glendale to eat at other family-type restaurants like Ruby's, Denny's, Carrows, Coco's, Baker's Square, etc. The Grinder doesn't run big ad campaigns about meal specials on TV and in the newspapers ... but that can be a good thing! Those ad campaigns that the major chain family restaurants run about meal specials attract crowds.

I think some families have stumbled upon this find, as it's getting busier at breakfast time. At worst, it's a short wait. I think this place might get most of their business from the local work force that is looking for a quick, inexpensive lunch. It isn't very busy at dinnertime. Although the restaurant's parking lot is fairly small, I almost always find a parking spot at dinnertime. If not, there's street parking. Most of the time, we're seated right away or are told to pick any table of our choice. If there is a wait, it's usually less than 15 minutes.

The restaurant is going for the simple country charm vibe ... much along the lines of Carrows and Coco's. There is a small counter in addition to the comfy booths. The feel of the crowd and staff is what I would describe as simple, small-town folk. It seems to be popular with older folks and families.

The breakfast menu has the usual breakfast fare. The items that I've tried were all ok. To me, eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausage, waffles and hash browned potatoes taste pretty much the same no matter where I eat them.

The lunch menu has the usual choices of sandwiches, salads and soups. The dinner menu has the typical chicken, beef and pasta items. Everything I've tried was satisfactory. The Grinder recommends their burgers. I've found them to be very good. I choose The Grinder if I need a quick, reasonably priced meal that will fill me up so I can get on with whatever else I have on my agenda and I don't want eat at a fast food place.

PROS: Decent, reasonably priced family restaurant without the wait.
CONS: Low-key ambiance. Food is ok, but nothing spectacular.

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