Grandma’s Kitchen $
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47-2 Nanchizi Dajie, near Forbidden City East Gate
HOURS: Daily 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
COST: Entrées less than ¥100
METRO: Tian’anmen East (Line 1)
An actual grandma owns and runs this casual, American-style café, along with the other four branches in her chain. She started her enterprise in 2003, and has been satisfying Beijing’s desire for tasty, hearty, home-style food ever since.
This branch opened in 2007 and sits just east of the Forbidden City. It serves an award-winning brunch along with classics like burgers, BLTs, milkshakes, and apple pie. You get free refills of coffee and a choice of omelets, hash browns, and other breakfast treats before 2 p.m.
The restaurant has a quiet courtyard and a cozy but airy atmosphere inside. It’s strictly casual, with a living-room feel.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition