The Gran Vía flagship of this small chain of “American” restaurants looks like a cafeteria with its clusters of booths and Formica-topped tables. A pioneer specializing in hamburgers and ice cream sundaes, it is one of the last of the early adopters of American style still standing. The menu emphasizes breakfast egg dishes at all hours, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs baked into a bun (“pigs in a blanket”), and platos combinados, which are inexpensive combo plates with meat (pork steak, chicken breast, beef steak tips), starch (fried potatoes or red rice), and the vegetable of the day (best overlooked). The food is freshly and quickly prepared—and they still serve those great ice cream sundaes. It’s a sensible compromise when your kids want Mickey D’s and you want something Spanish with a cold beer.
- Frommer's Staff