On October 2, Mom's Kitchen (55-1533) opened for lunch in Takezono. After running a successful restaurant business in Southern California for several decades, "Mom" (whose real name is Toshiko Kobayashi) has come back to her homeland with her husband and American-born son, Hideki, to give expatriates and others alike a taste of great down-home American-style cooking. Mom's menu features an array of very appetizing lunch items, including my favorite, the steak and eggs lunch which, at only 800 yen, has got to be about the best (and most scrumptious) steak bargain in Tsukuba. There is also Mom's wonderful chicken teriyaki for 600 yen, her special mouth-watering omelet for 480 yen, and her bacon-and-eggs lunch, also for 480 yen. All of these meals come with salad, rice or toast, and coffee (though I talk them into giving me green tea instead). Mom also offers clubhouse sandwiches for 450 yen, the classic American BLT for 400 yen, beef burritos for 450 yen, and tacos for 350 yen, all of which come with French fries. There is also a daily special for each day of the week. So, if you are in the mood for a really delicious home-cooked lunch, take a trip over to Mom's Kitchen. It is located next to the Unagi-ya fruit and vegetable stand, just a couple of blocks north of Kasumi Store across from Takezono Park. Mom's hours are from 11:30 to 2:30 every day except Monday.
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