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Lil Joe's has been at the same location since the restaurant opened in the 1940's, and their motto reads, "Over a million steaks sold."  Lil' Joe himself is long gone, but the restaurant is still family owned and operated, and run by Joe's son George.  Lil Joe's is a hangout of the locals, and definitely has a 1950's diner atnosphere, and appears to hot have been updated since the 1960's... we love it!

Photo:  Friday morning, August 5, 2011, the Sacramento Breakfast Club held this week's meeting at Lil Joe's, located in a rundown section of North Sacramento on Del Paso Blvd.  Actually, the City of Sacramento is in the process of revitalizing the area, buy adding landscaping, tearing down rundown buildings and keeping the area clean.

Photo:  The retro-diner atmosphere isn't fancy, but its clean, comfortable and very friendly.  After I introduced myself to George, who runs the restaurant, and told him the mission of our club, he introduced us to gentlemen sitting at the table in the center of the photo and told me that they come in practically every day.

Photo:  George, who is the son of Lil Joe, came by our table to chat and show us the daily specials.  I had planned to order steak and eggs, but when George pointed out the Louisiana hot link special, made with Silva brand hot links, I couldn't resist.  Lil Joe's is proud of their steak and egg breakfast, as their motto is "Over A Milliion Steaks Sold."  You can't argue with that...

Photo:  Our server hands Bev her plate of diced ham, eggs and hash browns, as Betty and Mike look on.  Dan seems to be entranced by his plate of biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs.

Photo:  My breakfast of Louisiana hot links, two eggs, hash browns, coffee, toast and an optional bowl of gravy. Check out the size of the bowl of gravy!  Not only was the gravy plentiful, but, like the rest of my breakfast, it was delicious.

Photo:  The staff poses at the counter... I didn't get the name of the guy in the kitchen or the name of our server. George seems to like to "ham it up" for my digital camera, as he poses with our server. The kitchen guy came around to our table and asked us if we like potato salad - that's a no-brainier - and a couple of minutes, he appeared with several bowls of some of the best potato salad that I've ever enjoyed.  It was complimentary!!!

Photo:  Today's members of the Sacramento Breakfast Club, from left to right:  Mike Casella, Bev MacLeod, Dan MacLeod, Eric Rench, Betty Townsend and Gerry Townsend.  Today was Gerry and Betty's first meeting of our club, and we welcomed them as new members.

If you like the retro diner atmosphere, good ol' stick-to-your-ribs, American diner cuisine, served by friendly folks, and prices that won't make much of a dent in your wallet, Lil Joe's is your kind of restaurant.

Lil Joe's
1710 Del Pas Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
916 929-1416

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