Restaurant of the Week: Nancy May’s ’50s Cafe

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Nancy’s Cafe, 9759 Arrow Route (at Archibald), Rancho Cucamonga

One of my favorite breakfast spots, Nancy’s opened in 1994, faltered a couple of years ago due to a divorce and returned as good as ever in April 2009, the namesake Nancy back at the helm. It’s open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days.

The strip center behind a Jack in the Box doesn’t look like much, but Nancy’s is a cozy place, cheery in both decor and service. Nancy’s collection of pig-themed objects, some large, some tiny, are placed subtly throughout the restaurant. 1950s music plays constantly and employees occasionally sing.

For breakfast, Nancy’s has all the standards. The pancakes are especially good. On a recent visit I got the two-egg breakfast with sausage, country potatoes and biscuits ($6.95). A very good meal, and the sausage is among the best I’ve had, plump and meaty.

I’d never had lunch at Nancy’s, though, so I went in on Wednesday to try it out. Lunch is strictly burgers, sandwiches and salads. I got the turbo turkey melt ($8.95), which came on sourdough. My choice of sides was cole slaw, a decent version. The sandwich was filling and tasty; there’s an attention to quality here. A tiny cup of jello was on the side.

Half a chocolate cake was perched on a domed pedestal on the counter a few feet away, but I managed to resist. In fact, my meal was so filling, I didn’t even eat dinner. Thanks, Nancy’s.

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  • I used to work in that area, but unfortunately I worked there in the 1980s, when Jack in the Box was the only eating option. Could have used Nancy’s back then.

  • Gloria

    On July 19, 2010, Frank Raymond Clark, former co-owner of Nancy’s Cafe, was struck and killed while crossing the street at 9th and Euclid, in the City of Upland. Until today, he was unidentified. Just this morning, however, I found out about his death…very, very, sad.

    I only knew this kind man as Frank, who was homeless, living around Old Town Upland. What irony that he was a former business man. For anyone who knew Frank, please remember him in your prayers. Also, there’s a memorial set up at the intersection of 9th and Euclid for anyone that wishes to acknowledge Frank’s memory.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, a memorial mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, on Campus, in the City of Upland, on August 29, 2010, at 5:30 p.m.

    Until we meet again, Frank, may you feast among the Prophets, at the table of God. It was an honor to have known you. Remember me, as I will miss you, an icon of Old Town Upland.