August 7, 2009, it was my turn to choose (and pay for) the meeting
place of the Sacramento Breakfast Club. If
you're a fan of breakfast in Sacramento, the saying, "So
many places, so little time" can be aptly applied, as if
you're a regular reader of this web site, you'll note that we've
been to many different breakfast establishments, and we've only
climbed to the tip of the Sacramento iceberg of breakfasts!
Years ago, I had the opportunity to enjoy a few brewskies
and a delicious lunch of fish and chips at Fox and Goose,
yet I had never had the opportunity to enjoy one of their authentic
breakfasts of English cuisine. Well, to make a long story
short, since it was my turn to choose, we made the trip over
to Fox and Goose to hold today's meeting.
Sacramento's nickname of "Tree City" is intact,
as Fox and Goose is located in a former paint warehouse, shaded
by many trees. That's my green, 1996 Camry parked in the
center of the photo.
many restaurants in the United States offer an authentic English
breakfast? How many authentic English pubs are there in
the United States? ... especially in a medium-sized city like
Sacramento? Not many...
and Goose is located south of downtown Sacramento at 10th
and R Streets, in a former paint warehouse, and the restaurant
has been in business since 1975, and has become a Sacramento
institution. Fox is your classic British pub, down to
the picture of Queen Elizabeth, the dartboard, the fish and
chips, and a wide variety of beers from across the pond. Oh
yes, we absolutely love fish and chips, but on this Friday morning,
our mission was to enjoy an authentic English breakfast.
The pub section of the restaurant is more "intimate"
than the dining room. Note the British posters, and the
dart board mounted on the wall.
walk into the restaurant, and
you've just been transported across the pond, and you're now
in the 200-year old original Fox and Goose pub, located in Hebden
Bridge, West Yorkshire, a small town located near the scenic
Moors of northern England. Yes, the decor is authentic
English pub, down to the dark wood paneling, the wood floor,
the posters and photos of British heroes that adorn the brick
walls, not to mention a mannequin of a "bobby" and
red London phone booth, that are perched above the restroom.
Then there's the bar... ahhh, the bar... which features
a wide array of British beer on tap, and any variety of mixed
drink that your palate desires. The only fault that I could
find with the decor is that the ceilings are very high, which
isn't the case in a British pub. But this building used to be
a warehouse, so I can excuse the high ceilings. Plus,
it allows more room for photos, posters and knick knacks.
The London phone booth, and a mannequin of a "bobby"
reside on top of the restrooms.
Fox and Goose is divided into two parts. As you
enter on the "R" street side, you enter the pub, and
you face the bar. The pub section has small tables, the
seat either two or four people, and it doesn't have the natural
lighting that the dining room has. You walk straight past
the bar to enter the dining room, and you pass the kitchen on
your right. The dining room is much larger, much airier,
and features mostly natural lighting, provided from skylights
in the roof, a leftover from the days when the building was
a paint warehouse. The pub section is much more "British"
in decor, and more intimate in atmosphere than the dining room; in fact, I was struck by how
much the dining room resembles the dining room of Everett
in Oakland, CA, the
premiere barbecue restaurant in the East Bay area. I only
describe the "pub" section and the "dining room"
section to clarify the decor issue, as both food and drink can
be ordered and consumed in either section. In fact on
our Friday morning visit, the "pub" section was filled
with happy diners enjoying delightful British breakfast cuisine.
Looking into the dining room from the entrance; the
kitchen is to the right of the photo. Note the light and
airy atnosphere, compared to the more "intimate" decor
of the "pub" section of the restaurant. Our
table is in the extreme right rear of the photo.
and Goose is one of the more popular breakfast restaurants
in Sacramento, so even on a Friday morning, I had to put my
John Hancock on a sign-up sheet, and I couldn't be seated until
our entire party arrived. A sign at the doorway to the
dining room announces this, and they call it "House Rules."
Since I arrived before the rest of the club members, I
had to wait a few minutes for everybody to arrive. I made
the most of the time by snapping a few photos, and surfing the
web with my always-present cell phone.
the club members arrived our table was ready, and we were seated
by our friendly waitress Krissy B., and another hostess, Crescent,
brought glasses of ice water, which was a nice touch. Menus
were almost superfluous, as we'd surfed Fox's web site, where
their menus are posted, so we knew what we wanted. The six
core club members were present today, and we were split evenly
between ordering the Pub Grills, featuring British Bangers,
and the British Omelets. If you're a coffee drinker, you've
come to the right place, as two pots of delicious coffee were
brought to our table, so we could refill 'em ourselves. OK,
many coffee purists call pots of coffee a cop-out, but to us,
it doesn't make any difference, as long as the coffee is delicious,
hot and plentiful, and Fox and Goose meets the aforementioned
Krissy B. has just placed Mark's breakfast on the table,
as I say "cheese" and get her to smile for my digital
me to describe a pub grill breakfast. First, there are
many options for meat, including bangers, kippers, sausage,
bacon, linguica, and many more, but to me, it was a choice between
either bangers or kippers, as I wanted my breakfast to be totally
British. My breakfast included two perfectly grilled,
juicy bangers. As an aside, Dan remarked that the bangers
served at Fox and Goose are better than the bangers that he
enjoyed when he was station in England, during his Air Force
days. You have a choice between hash browns, or English
country potatoes, which are red and russet potatoes, grilled
with onions and bell peppers. Guess which option we chose?
Next, you get two eggs, cooked any way you like 'em, even poached,
British-style. On the side, you can choose from English
muffins, toast, bagel, or an authentic British crumpet or scone.
I stayed on our side of the Atlantic, as I ordered my
eggs fried over easy, and toast... Before you shout Bah! Humbug!,
please consider that I don't care for poached eggs, nor do I
care for crumpets or scones. As an additional option,
Dan, Brad and I ordered our potatoes topped with Welsh Rarebit
cheese... Oh baby!
Crescent rings up a customer, with the kitchen in
the background. I basically barged in, without permission,
and snapped the photo, and beat a hasty retreat.
OK kids, here's my delicious breakfast. Note the
Welsh Rarebit cheese that covers the potatoes. To
the upper left of the photo, Dan cuts one of his juicy bangers.
the breakfast good? Answer: A resounding YES! The
eggs were perfectly cooked, I mean perfectly cooked (it's
not easy to cook a perfect fried egg, but Fox managed to complete
the task,) the bangers were tasty, juicy, and perfectly grilled,
and the potatoes were grilled just right, as they weren't mushy,
nor were they burnt, and the toast was practically dripping
with real butter. The Welsh Rarebit cheese that
topped the potatoes added a slice of heaven, so when you visit
Fox and Goose, I'd suggest you order your taters topped with
rarebit, and the coffee was some of the best in town. Judge
the presentation from the photos; I'd say it's attractive. The
portions are very generous, but not huge, and for me, my breakfast was enough
to keep me going all day until I enjoyed a light dinner of soup
and salad in the early evening. The price is very competitive,
and represents an outstanding value.
Core Sacramento Breakfast Club members, from left to
right: Dan MacLeod, David DeMario, Mark McIntire, Brad
Holther, Matt Donnelly, and Eric Rench, your web master, writer
and photographer. Krissy B. graciously snapped our photo
using my camer.
and Goose has built themselves quite a reputation in Sacramento,
and for good reason, they have become a landmark breakfast restaurant.
The decor is very British, right down to the dart board
on the wall, the staff are friendly, the service is excellent,
the cuisine is very British, the breakfasts are outstanding,
and the restaurant is a fun and comfortable place to enjoy an
excellent breakfast. In Sacramento, or in the United States,
Fox and Goose is about as British as it gets, the only
glaring omission is the fact that you won't hear a British accent
spoken in the restaurant; British accented English is very rare
and Goose is highly recommended by members of the Sacramento
1001 "R" St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
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