Teddy's Family Restaurant is the newcomer in its Abbott Road spot -- it has only been there since 1998. Before that, in fact since 1952, according to the inscription on the sidewalk in front, it was Crean's, a legendary spot for home-cooked food.
Judging by crowds around noontime on a recent Sunday when John, Ruth, Dan and I stopped by, it's still just as popular. Two booths and a table had just opened up as we entered, and we chose a spot just inside the door, next to the counter with the nine short stools, so we could watch the busy grill area.
It was steaming outside, and even though the ceiling fans were turning, it was a bit warm on our side of the eating area. But that didn't stop anyone from enjoying the steaming hot coffee that showed up immediately.
The most unusual breakfast was Ruth's, the cinnamon-glazed French toast ($4.25). The three slices of thick cinnamon-swirl bread had a fresh-baked sticky-bun taste, and the sugar glaze icing was extra-sweet. Her side order of bacon was four crispy slices, very reasonable at $1.95.
Dan ordered the breakfast of two eggs, two pancakes and two slices of Canadian bacon for $4.35, which would have been just $4.10 with regular bacon. He enjoyed it, especially the over-easy eggs -- which, despite their name, are not that easy to do perfectly. He found the pancakes a bit on the small side -- he would have preferred to pay an extra dollar for an extra dollop of pancake batter.
John agreed. He ordered the pancakes, which were $3.75, and an order of corned beef hash for $2.49. Pancakes come in all sizes -- some are sprawling but thin, others don't take up much plate real estate but are a half-inch thick. These were both smallish and thinnish, though moist and delicious, he said. The hash was salty but crusty, which is a plus among our family of hash-eaters.
My broccoli, ham and cheese (I special-ordered Swiss, no problem) omelette was the largest breakfast and still cost only $5.95. The three-egg omelette was thick with fresh chopped broccoli and ham, and the crispy home fries filled the platter.
Teddy's doesn't accept credit or debit cards, but at these prices, you shouldn't need one.
-- Anne Neville
Teddy's Family Restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is handicapped-accessible.
Teddy's Family Restaurant
1245 Abbott Road, Lackawanna
Review: 2.5 pennies
"Good, cheap food."