I have actually heard people describe the Lincoln dining scene as "boring" or "too much pizza and Mexican food," neither of which resonate with me, as I find all dining scenes fascinating, and I could basically stuff myself on pizza and Mexican cuisine for the rest of my life. No matter how "boring" you feel the Lincoln dining scene may be, if you're in the mood for the kind of cooking your grandmother would be proud of, look no further than Kim's Country Kitchen, in the heart of downtown Lincoln, CA.
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Photo: Kim's Country Kitchen is located in downtown Lincoln, on Lincoln Blvd., which is the main street in town. It's just before 7 in the morning on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and it's time for breakfast! No worries, as Kim's opens every morning at 0530, so the restaurant is very serious about breakfast. There is a bench, and a couple of small tables on the sidewalk, in front of the restaurant, if you want to dine outdoors. Today, outdoor dining wasn't an option for me, as the temperature was hovering in the low 30's.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the dining room is long, narrow and very cozy. The name of the restaurant, Kim's Country Kitchen is fitting, as the decor is as "country" as it gets, including many mounted animals. Many of the trophies are "imported" from the previous owner's hunting expeditions, as moose, bison and elk aren't native to Placer County, and the neighboring Sierra Nevada mountains.
The white haired gentleman working the coffee pots kept my mug of delicious coffee full, and provided lots of entertaining conversation as I enjoyed my early Tuesday morning breakfast. I'm not sure of his employment status, as he told me that he's a friend of the owner, Kim, and he comes in nearly every morning to help out, just for "something to do."
Photo: It's 7:15 in the morning, and I'm standing in the center of the dining room, looking at the counter, and the kitchen in the background. The large table in the foreground is used as a "round table," as regulars who know each other sit there and socialize, as they come and go. It's also used for larger groups, such as the Western Amateur Radio Club, who regularly meets at the restaurant Saturday mornings.
Photo: It's mid-December, and Kim's dining room sports a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations.
Photo: The breakfast menu at Kim's Country Kitchen. If you want something that isn't listed on the menu, or if you want a menu choice prepared differently, just ask, as the staff is more than happy to make changes, and will cook anything for you, as long as they have the ingredients on hand.
You flip the menu over, and the lunch menu is on the other side, but I was here for breakfast, I didn't photograph the lunch menu.
Photo: After placing my order, I sat at my table, pondered some of the mounted trophies on the wall, and watched my favorite morning show, "Good Day Sacramento" from one of the several monitors located around the dining room.
I've been to this fine restaurant before, most recently photographed back on June 06, 2014, with the now-disbanded Sacramento Breakfast Club. Click on this link for the complete article of the breakfast we enjoyed, some three years ago.
Photo: The owner of the restaurant for over 10 years, Kim, greets customers seated at the small counter.
Photo: Meet Kim, the owner of the restaurant, who was also my friendly server. The restaurant wasn't busy on this early Tuesday morning, so I had the ample opportunity to chat with Kim, and take lots of photos. Her "helper," kept my mug full of delicious coffee.
Photo: I have a smile on my face, as Kim takes my photo, as I'm ready enjoy my wonderful breakfast.
Photo: My breakfast at Kim's Country Kitchen of chorizo and eggs, which is a breakfast menu staple, but, as per my request, custom-made for me.
At Kim's, and at most California restaurants, chorizo is mixed with eggs, and it's served as a scrambled mixture. That's all good, but I like my chorizo and eggs prepared a little different, the way the dish is commonly served in Mexico. As I placed my order, I explained to Kim that I'd like my sausage served separately, and my eggs cooked over easy. She said, "no problem," and let me know the chorizo was a link, and if that was ok with me. Absolutely... sign me up!
My amazing breakfast of two, perfectly cooked eggs over easy, hash brown potatoes, a chorizo link, two flour tortillas, and ... surprise ... salsa verde! I applied the salsa verde to the hash browns, and I was instantly transported into "breakfast nirvana," as the in-house-made salsa verde transported the freshly made hashbrowns to a new level. This breakfast was one of the best breakfasts that I've enjoyed for a long time, as Kim and her staff definitely know how to serve a fantastic breakfast in Lincoln.
Kim's Country Kitchen is definitely a restaurant that you'd want to take your mother to, for that matter, it's a place to take anybody who appreciates delicious, "country cooking," with a Lincoln flair. One of the masters of culinary expertise, the late Elvis Presley, would absolutely love this restaurant, and if he was visiting western Placer Country, I'd be happy to enjoy a hearty breakfast with the "King" at Kim's place.
When you're in the mood to enjoy one of the best breakfasts or lunches to be found in western Placer County, Kim's Country Kitchen, in downtown Lincoln, should be your culinary destination.
Kim's Country Kitchen
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