The central California city of Stockton is located on the San Joaquin river, on the eastern edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. It's not a major inland seaport, but it's a destination for boating, fishing, and anything water-related activity. In central California, where there is water, there are ducks, and duck hunting is a very popular pastime during the season. Duck hunting, water skiing, sailing and working at the Port of Stockton make for an appetite, but no worries, as Duck Nook Restaurant is located on the fringes of downtown, and serves amazing diner cuisine.
As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.
Photo: Duck Nook Restaurant is located on West Harding Way, on the fringes of downtown Stockton, California. It's located just across the street from Susie's Mexican Restaurant, which is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in Stockton.
It's just a little before 8 in the morning, Monday, February 24, 2020, and I've arrived at Duck Nook to enjoy a great breakfast.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll see the counter to your left, and booths against the wall to the right. This is an "old school" diner, complete with raised stools at the long counter. The counter is in the center of the restaurant, and separates the "diner" section of the restaurant from the "dining room," which is slightly newer, and a bit more "upscale." The window to the kitchen is located at the extreme rear of the restaurant.
There is nothing fancy about Duck Nook Restaurant, but it's "my kind" of place, as I love diners, and I savor diner cuisine.
Photo: One section of the breakfast menu that features "Breakfast Specials." As I entered the restaurant, there was a white board posting today's breakfast "special" - which had a very definite Mexican flavor - but today... I just couldn't resist enjoying a breakfast of linguica and eggs.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you can turn to your left and sit at the "dining room" which is separated from the "diner" by a wall. The furniture is tables rather than a counter and booth as found next door. When I dine alone, I prefer to sit at the counter, as you can watch the staff in action, chit-chat, and get a better idea of what's going on with the restaurant.
Photo: In keeping with the name of the restaurant, there are photos and posters of ducks decorating the walls, along with ceramic ducks and geese, seemingly placed everywhere there is room for them.
Photo: Martha, who took my order, chats with a customer who seems to be a regular, as they really seemed to know each other. If you look past the gentleman's shoulder, you can look throught the window to the kitchen and see the chef at work.
Photo: After ordering my breakfast, I got up from my seat at the counter, and looked into the window to the kitchen, and took a photo of the chef at work. He was a little surprised when I took the photo - perhaps it was the flash - but he smiled and loved it. This guy is a talented chef and a friendly person.
Photo: My breakfast arrived very quickly after placing my order... only about 10 minutes or so. It's being brought to me by the co-owner of the restaurant, which I "assume" is Martha's husband. Sadly, I didn't catch his name, as he was just a little on the "shy" side.
Photo: I smile, as I'm ready to enjoy my delicious "Linguica and Eggs" breakfast, with an optional side of gravy. I ordered a glass of ice water to drink, as I rarely order coffee anymore, since the price of coffee in most restaurants in rocketing toward $3.00. No thanks.
Photo: From the "Breakfast Specials" section of the breakfast menu, I ordered "Linguica and Eggs," which is one of the favorite breakfasts.
The menu describes the breakfast as, "Butterflied and seared, two eggs, country potatoes with onions and spices, and your choice of toast. I describe this breakfast as DELICIOUS! I ordered an optional side of gravy, which compliments any breakfast. When Martha took my order, she gave me the choice of hashbrowns or country potatoes, and I went with the hashbrowns.
The star of the breakfast was the butterflied, seared linguica, which was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked. I've enjoyed all of my life, and the chef cooked this fine sausage perfectly. My only gripe, and it's a minor one, is I thought the piece of sausage was a little on the small side.
As per my de facto standard, I ordered my eggs fried over easy, and they arrived perfectly "over easy," which is a mark of a chef with talent. The hashbrowns were crispy-golden on the outside, and tender inside, just like hashbrowns should be served. The sourdough toast was fresh, hot and buttered. I covered my hashbrowns with the delicious country gravy, and used bits of toast to sop up what was left of the gravy in the bowl. Such a great breakfast!
Duck Nook Restaurant serves delicious breakfast and lunch, in an "old school" diner, and makes a great destination when you're hungry for wonderful food, served by friendly people. I love this restaurant!
Duck Nook Restaurant
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