For many years, Awful Annie's has been a favorite restaurant of the Lincoln, CA locals for breakfast and lunch, for many reasons, including amazing "Americana" cuisine, friendly staff, crafted fresh food, and great service. Not the mention the restaurant features a comfortable dining room, with country decor!
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Photo: It's a little after 8:00 in the morning on Friday, October 30, 2020, and I've arrived at Awful Annie's, located in downtown Lincoln, CA to enjoy what many say is the "best breakfast in Lincoln." Note the small patio to the side of the restaurant, for your outdoor dining pleasure, but since the temperature is in the mid-40's, I prefer to dine inside.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the comfortable, "country" decor, including a counter with "faux" hens sitting on their nests, along with baby chicks.
Photo: Just into the entrance, Awful Annie's features a cute, small, but full service bar that can mix practically any drink of your choosing. The bar is so small that it doesn't have space for stools, even in the pre-COVID-19 days.
Photo: A whiteboard posts the daily specials, which is frequently updated. There is also a separate page to the menu that lists specials.
Photo: The main dining room of the restaurant is comfortable, and very "country." Note the brick wall, as the restaurant is located at the end of what formerly was a large brick warehouse. At the rear of the photo, you'll notice a short set of stairs which lead to the upper level of the restaurant.
Photo: View of the main dining room, looking down from the upper level.
Photo: One page of the menu, featuring more of the "traditional" breakfast offerings, along with the lunch choices. For the complete menu, click on this link to Awful Annie's Menu page.
Photo: In a section of the dining room, near the small bar, hangs "Annie's Clothesline" which is a decoration that Annie's is famous for. I've never seen anything like this before.
Photo: The walls are decorated with many photographs of locals engaged in outdoor activities, with lots of "trophy fish" photos. The city of Lincoln is located in western Placer County, near the Sierra Nevada foothills, and every form of outdoor recreation, including fishing, is nearby and enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Photo: This big guy didn't get away, as he's mounted as a decoration at Awful Annie's.
Photo: Meet Jade S., my friendly hostess, who brought my breakfast to me with a smile, and treated me like family. Awful Annie's offers lightning fast service, as my breakfast was delivered to my table in only about fifteen minutes after I placed my order.
Photo: Thanks, Jade, for snapping my picture, as I get ready to enjoy what many say to be the "best breakfast in Lincoln." I don't know about the "best," but the breakfast I enjoyed at Awful Annie's is as good as breakfast gets.
Photo: After carefully looking over the "Breakfast" section of the menu, I ordered the "Three Eggs Any Style with Meat," as three eggs is always a great way to begin my Friday in style. For meat, I chose keilbasa sausage, which is a cut of meat that I rarely resist ordering. You also get your choice of country potatoes or fruit, and you get your choice of toast or an English muffin. Why did I forget to order a side of gravy?
Awful Annie's gives you a GENEROUS cut of Polish sausage, as you get a sausage and a half! That's a lot of sausage! My keilbasas were split in half, grilled on both sides, and arrived tender, flavorful and juicy. The sausage was so tender that you really didn't need the knife to cut it, as the knife was mere decoration. After cutting the sausage into bite-size pieces, it was still tender and juicy, and every bite was pure "keilbasa heaven." If Polish sausage isn't to your liking, the menu offers other meat, including bacon, pork, ham or chicken apple sausage.
As much as I adore fresh fruit, Annie's country potatoes were my side of choice. The potatoes cubed and cut to the same size, lightly seasoned, and deep fried to a golden brown on the outside, and chewy tender on the inside. The potatoes were absolutely delicious! Annie's chef has talent, as I ordered my three eggs fried over easy, and that's how they arrived... perfectly fried, over easy, as ordered. The sourdough toast was hot, evenly spread with melted butter, and made for the perfect ending of the meal, and a great way to grab the last bit of egg yolk. The plate of toast included a couple small cups of in-house-made blackberry jam. I'm not a fan of jam, but I tried it on one slice of toast, and Annie's jam is as good as it gets.
No wonder the locals all rave about Awful Annies!
When it comes to a fine breakfast or lunch, just ask any Lincoln local where to dine, and most likely you'll be directed to Awful Annie's, which is one of the favorite restaurants in town. You'll admire the decor, you'll appreciate the friendly service, and you'll LOVE Annie's delicious diner cuisine!
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