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Every so often, usually when you're on the road, you'll dine at a restaurant that "grabs" you, as all the pieces that make up an outstanding restaurant seem to combine, and fall into place.  Today, we enjoyed an amazing breakfast at Richmaid Restaurant in beautiful Lodi, and it truly was a restaurant moment, as all things wonderful about a restaurant came together at Richmaid Restaurant.

As with all of my reviews, 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:  Richmaid Restaurant is a Lodi icon, as its been in town for 75 years.  It's been owned and operated by the Crow family since 1998, and serves the kind of food that your mother used to prepare.  There is lots of convenient parking.  Like the clock says, its 9:35 on Monday morning, April 24, 2017.

Photo:  As you enter the restaurant, a friendly greeter, who is most likely a member of the Crow family, will welcome you to the restaurant, and seat you.  The dining room extends for two sides around the cashier's station with the counter, and the kitchen to the rear of the restaurant.

Photo:  We were seated in a booth to the right of the cashier's station, where we get a good look at the dining room, and the nostalgic decor.  The dining room is exceptionally clean and comfortable, and the friendly staff make you feel at home.

Photo:  The right side of the dining room, with owner Janet Crow, and one of her daughters taking care of the restaurant.

Photo:  Here is a very small portion of the extensive breakfast menu.  Like the menu reads, breakfast is available anytime the restaurant is open, so you know that Richmaid Restaurant is serious about breakfast.  There were so many tempting menu choices to choose from, and the chicken fried steak and eggs, and the Lodi made bratwurst and eggs really grabbed my attention.  Which choice would win out?

Photo:  The breakfast counter, and the window to the kitchen, at the rear of the restaurant.  The building is pure 1930's, and the decor is nostalgic, right out of the 1950's.  The menu carries all of your favorite "comfort food," but includes many vegetarian dishes, for the 2010's healthy crowd to enjoy.

Photo:  We loved the Coca Cola display, and the Elvis 45 rpm record at the booth next to ours.

Photo:  When you order a fish dish at Richmaid Restaurant, you know the fish is really fresh!  Just kidding, as these guys happily live at the front of the restaurant, near the cashier's station.

Photo:  Meet Janet Crow, the owner of the restaurant, as she brings our breakfast to the table, with a smile.  It was a pleasure to visit Janet's wonderful restaurant, and it was a pleasure to have her serve us.  Her husband, Gary, cooks the fine food served at Richmaid Restaurant.

Photo:  Thanks to friendly Janet for taking our photo, as Sharlene and I prepare to enjoy a wonderful breakfast.

Photo:  Sharlene ordered the "Country Scramble" breakfast, along with an English muffin, not shown in the photo. The menu describes the scramble as "Three eggs scrambled with sausage, onion, bell pepper, cheese and served with country potatoes, and a side of our country gravy.  Sharlene described the meal as delicious.

Photo:  In my case, the "Lodi Made Bratwurst and Eggs" breakfast won out over the chicken fried steak.  On this Monday morning, I enjoyed two locally-made bratwurst sausages, made by Lodi's own Lakewood Meats, two eggs over easy, country potatoes - hash brown potatoes are also offered - with sourdough toast. To make up for the loss of a chicken fried steak, I ordered a bowl of country gravy on the side to dip the potatoes into.

At Richmaid Restaurant, all ingredients are purchased as fresh as possible, and as local as possible.  The freshness shows, as the breakfast was absolutely amazing!  Today was a first for me to enjoy bratwurst for breakfast, and I savored every bite of the juicy sausage.  This was a truly enjoyable breakfast!

Photo:  Close photo of my bratwurst, potatoes and eggs.  Eggs over easy is my de facto standard, and I use it as a yardstick to judge a restaurant on the ability of its chef to prepare a quality breakfast.  Check out my eggs... they're cooked perfectly, along with the rest of the breakfast!  I tip my hat to chef Gary Crow.

No wonder Richmaid Restaurant has been serving Lodi for 75 years, and under the wonderful ownership of Janet and Gary Crow since 1998!  Wonderful, friendly service, attractive vintage decor, large portions, reasonable prices, along with food that's so good, you'd think mom cooked it.  Here's to another 75+ years for Richmaid Restaurant!

Richmaid Restaurant
100 S. Cherokee Ln.
Lodi, CA 95240
209 368-4279

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