“It’s more than generous,” says Diana Sandoval, an actor and resident of Burbank who frequents the breakfast every week. “It’s stunningly amazing.”
“I come here every week,” says Paul, a man in his late 50s. “I put in a bid for them to bring back the pork sausage.” The pork sausage, retracted from the menu briefly, is now back on the 99-cent Ikea breakfast plate, which is available Tuesdays through Sundays. On Mondays, they serve only turkey sausage, for cost reasons.
“It’s wonderful coming here,” he says. “I’ve been coming here since it opened in the early '90s.”
The Ikea restaurant runs much like a dorm cafeteria or a Sizzler. You take a tray and pass by the various pre-made a la carte and dessert options, the gravad lax — a dill-cured salmon salad — the sea salt caramel cupcake, the triple chocolate layer cake, and then you get to the hot breakfast, where you can choose from the Ikea breakfast plate of sausage, bacon and eggs, the Belgian waffle, Swedish pancakes, regular pancakes and bacon.
Behind this smorgasbord, the open kitchen is unequivocally Ikea. Nondescript cooking utensils hang in perfect order above the range, and squeaky-clean speed racks stand by the cook frying up the eggs.
While Ikea offers this freebie to increase business on sluggish Monday mornings, it's also fostering a sense of community and comfort to diners every week. And they have free Wi-Fi.