Good Day Cafe was open just two weeks when it found itself competing against Tucson burger legends in Caliente’s Burger Madness.

Sullivan’s Eatery & Creamery easily muscled Good Day out in the first round, which was fine with Good Day owner Tim Lowery. Lowery is perfectly sincere when he says he was just happy to be invited to the party.

Lowery’s burgers apparently are worthy of bragging.

He hand- forms patties every morning from 100 percent Angus beef and serves a half-pound burger on a housemade pretzel bun starting at $4.99. Specialty burgers, including the rodeo burger with onion rings, bacon and barbecue sauce, start at $6.39.

It is his signature house-special $1.99 breakfast — two eggs any style with toast and hash browns served all day, every day — that is bringing folks into his 33-table diner at 5683 E. Speedway. Add bacon or sausage and it’s $3.39. An endless cup of Seattle’s Best coffee is $1.79.

Lowery, who until recently was a partner with his sister at Biscuits Country Cafe, 7026 E. Broadway near South Kolb Road, has cooked at restaurants all around Tucson. The Palo Verde High School graduate also managed national fast-food restaurants for several years.

At Good Day, he bakes all of the breads and desserts on site daily, including tarts that are as big as two slices of pie for $3.39.

In addition to burgers, Lowery uses the Angus beef in his house-special chicken fried steak.

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