Humpty Dumpty Kitchen is a classic diner that's been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the good citizens of Grass Valley, CA for several years. Humpty Dumpty has become a favorite of Nevada County locals, visitors, and everybody who appreciates great diner cuisine.
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Photo: Humpty Dumpty Kitchen is located in Grass Valley, CA in a large, two-story building that almost looks like a house, as viewed from East Main Street.
It's a little after 08:00 in the morning, Monday, August 08, 2022, and I'm in the mood for an "old school" diner breakfast.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a friendly staff member, seated, and given a menu, along with a glass of water. Daily specials are posted on white boards.
As I took the photo, the staff member was seating another guest, so as the sign reads, I "waited to be seated." I was seated within a minute.
Photo: Just past the cashier's station, you get a peek into the main dining room, and the counter, which definitely caters to locals. The dining room is spacious, attractive and decorated with lots of pine wood, which gives a rustic feel to the room.
Photo: The restaurant has a small counter with six or so seats, and seemed to be a favorite of locals, who are regular customers. You can also get a peek into the kitchen through the window, and orders that are ready to deliver. The dining room has several television monitors that were tuned to a favorite Sacramento morning news-magazine program.
I noticed a staircase, which leads up to a second story, which seems to be mostly used for special events. The inside of this fine diner is absolutely HUGE!
Photo: The breakfast menu features classic diner cuisine, and has a selection for every taste. I noted the "Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs" at the top of the menu, and that fine selection sounded exactly what I was interested in on this Monday morning.
Photo: Looking down at the counter and part of the dining room from the second story.
Photo: Melissa, who was my server, provided good service, but refused to allow me to take her photo when she brought my breakfast to me.
Photo: Thanks, Melissa, for snapping my photo, as I get ready to enjoy a great breakfast at Humpty Dumpty Kitchen. Service was super-fast, as my breakfast arrived about 10 minutes after I placed my order.
Photo: From the top of the breakfast menu, I went with a diner classic, "Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs." Like most breakfast restaurants, you get a choice of how your eggs are cooked, a choice between homestyle or hash brown potatoes, and your choice of toast.
The breakfast started out with a tender piece of beef, that was thin, seasoned, tender and juicy. The beef was coated in batter, and deep fried to a perfect, crispy, golden brown on the outside, but tender and juicy inside, just like the perfect chicken fried steak should be. The batter-to-meat ratio was just right. Adding to the goodness, the meat was covered with thick, rich, creamy sausage gravy, with chunks of sausage.
My side of hash brown potatoes were fried to a crispy, golden brown on the outside, and white and tender inside. The hash browns were simply delicious!
I ordered my eggs cooked sunnyside up, and they arrived perfectly fried, as ordered. I went with sourdough toast, which was toasted and buttered perfectly.
No wonder this fine diner has achieved a loyal following among the locals! My breakfast was classic, "comfort food" which put a smile on my face and kept me satisfied until dinner.
I enjoyed my breakfast and I enjoyed the "small town diner" atmosphere and charm that the restaurant is noted for. When you're visiting Grass Valley or Nevada City, and you're in the mood for great diner cuisine, pay a visit to Humpty Dumpty Kitchen, located in Grass Valley, CA.
Humpty Dumpty Kitchen
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