Susie's Country Oaks Cafe has been serving some of the best breakfasts and lunches in Placer County since 1984, and has become a Roseville, CA diner icon. Despite a brief closure, Susie's re-opened in a new location, and is better than ever. Just as in the old location, you'll enjoy amazing diner cuisine, served by friendly staff, reasonable prices, and you'll leave full and satisfied.
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Photo: Susie's Country Oaks Cafe is located on Melody Lane in Roseville, CA. It's about 06:30 in the morning on Saturday, March 07, 2020, and I'm ready for an amazing breakfast at Susie's new location.
Susie's used to located around the corner, on Cirby Way, but back in mid-2018, they closed their doors and shut down due to leasing issues. I though that Roseville had lost a dining treasure for good, but like a phoenix, Susie's rose again, in February of this year, just around the corner, in a new, larger, and much better building. Unlike at the old location, the parking is plentiful, which is a great thing, as Susie's is a busy restaurant.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll feel at home from the old location, as many of the same pictures, paintings and "country" decorations that adorn the walls. The dining room is set up the same way, with a mixture of tables and booths, with the booths being separated by partitions. You'll also notice in the rear of the restaurant the large counter, and the window to the kitchen. The restaurant is "country," and it is very modern, yet "old school" in feel. To me, it's comfortable and perfect.
Photo: Susie's is serious about breakfast, as the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and any item on the menu is available any time the restaurant is open. The "Susie's Breakfast Specialties" page is one of THREE pages of breakfast choices on the menu! Whatever you can dream of for breakfast, you'll most likely find it at Susie's. Today, I went with "Country Fried Steak" at the top of the menu. You'll note the menu features fine diner cuisine, which is what I love.
Since my first visit to Susie's, back in 2007, the only thing about the menu that has changed is the prices, which, unfortunately with the times, have increased. The selections are the same, and the quantity and quality of the food, along with the amazing service are unchanged.
Photo: On the wall next to the kitchen, there is a white board where daily specials are posted. I must admit, the "Breakfast Quesadilla" looked interesting, as I love anything Mexican, but I still went with the "Country Fried Steak."
Photo: Each table is set with sugar, salt, pepper, tomato ketchup, and a bottle of red Tabasco sauce. I've pretty much given up on restaurant coffee - at $2 - $3.00... forget it - so the glass of ice water was my choice of drink.
Photo: On this early Saturday morning, the restaurant, and the counter is a busy place. I arrived at 06:30, just a half hour after opening, and the counter was nearly full, and many tables were seated.
Photo: If you look over the counter, you can look over the counter, and look at the three chefs at work, through the kitchen window. Ready orders are placed on the shelf, and they are brought to tables by the friendly wait staff. One change I notice from previous visits is the "old school" diner order wheel is gone. The chef to the left of the photo I recognize from many previous visits.
Photo: Meet April, my friendly server, who brings my breakfast of "Country Fried Steak" to me with a smile. April provided great service, along with friendly conversation.
Photo: Thanks April for taking my photo, as I grin, as I know I'm ready to enjoy an amazing breakfast at Susie's Country Oaks Cafe, in Roseville.
Photo: From the top of "Susie's Breakfast Specialties" page of the menu, I ordered "Country Fried Steak." The menu describes this amazing breakfast as, "Large juicy steak with our special seasoned flour, hand-kneaded into the meat, topped with country gravy. Served with two eggs and your choice of home fries or hash browns and toast or biscuit and gravy." I simply describe my breakfast as delicious... As an aside, it arrived piping hot from the kitchen, and in less than 15 minutes after I placed my order.
The star of the breakfast is the steak. As the menu states, it's tender, pounded flat, and seasoned with Susie's special flour. It's deep fried to a golden brown on the outside, and tender and juicy inside. This piece of meat is BIG... REALLY BIG and has got to be a half pound. The meat is so tender that the knife is simply a decoration, as I used my fork, and set the knife aside. It's a large piece of meat alright, and it's covered with some of the best gravy that you'll find in Roseville. Susie's doesn't skimp on the gravy, as the steak is covered with a HUGE portion of delicious country gravy. The gravy is rich, flavorful, spiced perfectly, and is loaded with pieces of sausage for an amazing taste sensation.
As April was taking my order, I debated between home fries or hash browns, which can be a difficult choice. I went with hash browns, after asking her if the home fries have diced onion and bell pepper - they don't - so hash browns was my choice. No regrets, as the hash browns were cooked perfectly, and some of the gravy from the steak spilled over on them, which made it even better.
The mark of a great chef is cooking eggs over easy exactly that way: over easy and not medium or with broken yolks. My order of eggs over easy was cooked perfectly, so the chef in the kitchen definitely has talent.
You get to choose between all the usual varieties of toast or biscuit and gravy, and my choice was obvious. The side of biscuit and gravy arrived in a small bowl, with the fresh, in-house biscuit covered in the same amazing country gravy as the steak. Needless to say, it made a great side dish, and totally enhanced this wonderful breakfast.
Unless you're King Kong, you won't go away hungry, as the portions are HUGE. When you first look at the menu, you may think the prices are a tad steep, but when you combine the quality of the meal, the amazingly friendly service and the quantity, Susie's gives you a lot of value in your meal. I ate my entire breakfast, but I really should have taken some of it home in a box.
I absolutely loved my early-Saturday morning breakfast, as my food was wonderful, my friendly server treated me like family, and the atmosphere at Susie's Country Oaks Cafe is almost magical. If you're looking for amazing diner cuisine, pay a visit to Susie's Country Oaks Cafe, located on Melody Lane, in Roseville, CA.
Back on Friday, December 17, 2010, we paid a previous to Susie's Country Oaks Cafe and posted a write-up on this web site. Read on...
Today was a special time, as our oldest daughter, Jacquie Bower was visiting us for Christmas, so why not start the Christmas week off early by enjoying a delicious breakfast at Susie's Country Oaks Café? So Jacquie, Sharlene and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast on the rainy Friday morning of December 17, 2010.
Photo: Susie's has two locations in Roseville; we sampled the location on Cirby Way. Susie's is located in a rather unimpressive strip mall that is quite modern and very safe.
Photo: Susie's breakfast counter, and kitchen to the left of the photo, with a small portion of the railroad-theme mural visible to the right of the photo. The mural is painted on the walls, and is very attractive. Roseville started out as a railroad town, and it's original name was "Junction," but as of 2010, Roseville has grown far beyond it's railroad roots... however, the railroad is still in town, and a major employer in the area.
Photo: Our friendly server Sonya takes Jacquie's order of a "Ranch Hand" breakfast, of hash brown potatoes, two eggs over easy, and wheat toast. Sounds good to me...
Photo: Sonya poses with Jacquie's order of breakfast. It's almost Christmas, it's rainy in Roseville, and Sony's shirt reflects the spirit of the season. It was good to come inside, out of the rain, and enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Photo: We're family... thanks to friendly Sonya for snapping the photo. Sharlene ordered biscuits and gravy as a side... and I helped her with it, as I usually do.
Photo: How can I resist linguica and eggs? My breakfast order of linguica and eggs, home style potatoes, eggs over easy, coffee, and a bowl with a biscuit in it, covered with Susie's delicious country gravy. This is not only a filling breakfast, but it's a breakfast to die for!
Back on Sunday, September 23, 2007, at about 10:00 in the morning, we paid a previous visit to Susie's Country Oaks Cafe, and posted a write-up on this web site. Read on...
We're always on the lookout for a place that features home style, country cooking, and caters to the taste of local residents. We have a tendency to pass on the national chain restaurants, as it doesn't make a difference if your dining in San Diego or Boston, the decor, service and the menus are nearly identical, and all of that takes away the romance, intrigue, and the adventure in dining. We prefer a restaurant that features a menu that caters to local tastes, and we were happy to discover that Susie's Country Oaks Café features a menu, and a decor, that caters to the taste of Roseville, California, residents. Since we are Roseville locals, what better place to enjoy a fine breakfast than Susie's?
Photo: Susie's facade is quite modest, and its located in a small shopping center not far from Interstate-80.
Photo: On a Sunday morning, the servers are very busy pouring coffee, from endless coffee pots.
Photo: A small portion of the huge breakfast menu. I went with the "Huevos Country Oaks," as I'm a sucker for anything with a south-of-the-border flavor.
Susie's is locally owned and operated and features two locations in Roseville, this location is on Cirby Way, and the other location is on Auburn-Folsom Road, in the extreme eastern region of Roseville, known as Granite Bay. Click on THIS LINK to visit the "other" Susie's. The Cirby Way location is only a couple of miles from our home, and is only a quarter of a mile from the Interstate, and as we were headed to Reno for a few days of hitting the Jackpot, it Susie's seemed like a natural way to begin our mini-vacation.
Photo: Inside Susie's main dining room, with the counter and the kitchen to the left of the photo. Notice the busy atmosphere, and the mural on the wall in the upper right corner of the photo.
Sunday, September 23, 2007, at about 10:00 in the morning, we walked into Susie's front door and were immediately greeted by a grinning, friendly server, who proceeded to seat us in the back dining room. Well, I put the kibosh to that, as I'm the "man with the camera," and I prefer to be seated close to the action. No problem, as we were seated close to the counter, where we were able to get a good look at the kitchen, and the servers in actions, which was exactly the viewpoint that I desired. Immediately after we were seated, our friendly waitress, Sonya introduced herself, and proceeded to bring menus and coffee to our table. Yess!!!
Photo: The busy counter, the busy servers, and the busy kitchen. Note the girl to the right of the photo places a written order on an old-school wheel; it appears that Susie's is not all that high-tech! That's a good thing...
If you're looking for action on a Sunday morning, Susie's Country Oaks Café is the place to be, as the restaurant is absolutely packed with local diners, and are catered to a staff of at least five folks in the kitchen, and ten or so attentive servers. Susie's motto is "Home style Cooking," and the decor of the restaurant fits that mold, as its family-oriented, comfortable, and reflects local tastes, especially noted by the large mural on the north wall of the main dining room that reflects local history, especially the railroad tradition that Roseville has enjoyed since the transcontinental railroad was completed in the 1860's. Back to Sunday morning reality: Susie's is packed with local customers, staffed by many wonderful and attentive servers, and even though the place is busy, you won't be neglected!
Photo: The kitchen, the staff, the restaurant, and the counter is busy on this Sunday morning.
Photo: Susie's is definitely "old school," as after the server takes your order, it's placed on an order wheel, where the chef grabs it. Shades of the 1960's...
If you're looking for a place to take your hottie dinner date, forget about Susie's, as they're open 7 days a week from 0530 in the morning until 1500 in the afternoon, and yes, they don't serve dinner. They're closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since I'm a HUGE fan of breakfast, I admire a restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch, as their menu, and their mind-set, shows you where their priorities are located. So you'd better think about taking your "hot" dinner date somewhere else to enjoy the night life...
Photo: Sonya places my order of "Huevos Country Oaks" on the table, as Sharlene approvingly looks on. My wife supports my hobby in taking photos, and doing write-ups of places where we have the pleasure to enjoy a meal.
Romance, decor and menu selections aside, most people judge a restaurant by the quality of the food, the presentation, the service, and the overall value of the meal. Our orders arrived promptly, delivered by our friendly server Sonya, who was happy to answer the many questions that I asked about the restaurant, and practically everything else. I especially love a server who will endure my photos, especially when I have to "stage" a photo, but in the case of Sonya, and Susie's Country Oaks Café, no photos were staged, as everything just fell into place. Sharlene ordered a rather traditional breakfast of bacon, scrambled eggs, home style potatoes and toast, but I did a small walk on the wild side and ordered a dish from the menu, known as "Huevos Country Oaks." Due to my Mexican heritage, I rarely pass up a entrée that has its roots in Southwestern or Mexican cuisine, and I wasn't disappointed, as "Huevos Country Oaks" features two eggs fried the way you like 'em, (in my case, the eggs were fried over easy, which is my default...) placed on corn tortillas, topped with the in-house made chili and cheese. Served on the side are in-house made salsa, sour cream and refried beans. Oh boy!
Photo: Huevos Country Oaks, in my face, and up-close and personal. Geez!! What a great breakfast!
Susie's Country Oaks Café features fresh, innovative food, which caterers to the tastes of local Roseville residents. Susie's is spotlessly clean, serves delicious, home style meals, and is staffed by some of the friendliest folks that you'll have the pleasure to meet in western Placer Country. The portions are HUGE, the coffee is delicious, and their prices are very reasonable. We highly recommend that you pay Susie's a visit!
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