The Antelope location of Perko's Cafe has been dishing out diner cuisine for many years, and has become a "go-to" restaurant for North Highlands locals. Over the years, this restaurant has achieved quite a reputation for great food, along with fine service. But for me... it was not meant to be...
As with all reviews I publish, 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: It's a little past 07;00 in the morning, Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and I've arrived at Perko's Cafe, in Antelope, for breakfast. There is some confusion between Antelope and North Highlands, as the area goes by both names, but they're the same community, located in the northern reaches of unincorporated Sacramento County.
Photo: As I was about to enter the restaurant, this sign was posted at the entrance. It looks like the restaurant will be undergoing a remodeling, as I have read reviews that diners have complained of the decor, saying that it is out of date. Perhaps the outdated decor was the reason management was so sensitive to photos?
Photo: As I entered the restaurant, I noticed the empty display case, and I assumed that was because the restaurant was in the process of being remodeled. You'll notice the counter, and the window to the kitchen.
I was greeted by a very shy hostess, who appeared to be the only employee working the dining room. Since I was dining alone, I asked to be seated at the counter, but she declined, as the counter was covered with menus, along with dirty plates, cups and silverware. Since the counter wasn't an option, I was seated at a booth.
Photo: As I was seated at a booth, the hostess handed me a menu, and asked what I wanted to drink, which was simply ice water. I looked over the breakfast menu, and in the "Breakfast Platter" section, my favorite, "Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs" looked good, so that's what I ordered.
As I placed my order, I gave the hostess my business card, and let her know that I planned to take photos and publish a write-up on my web site, and on Yelp, which would result in free advertising for the restaurant. She took the card, and the look on her face resembled a deer caught in headlights. I was beginning to get a not-so-good feeling about Perko's Cafe...
Photo: The dining room furniture is booths and is separated from the entry, and the counter, but low partitions. I'm seated at the booth with the glass of ice water placed on the table.
After taking my order, the hostess hurried off toward the kitchen, and I got up and took a few photos. Almost immediately she emerged from the kitchen and told me, "The boss doesn't want you to take any photos." I repeated to her that I'm a "foodie" and planned to publish a write-up on my web site, and a write-up for Yelp, which would result in free advertising, but she insisted the boss didn't want any photos taken.
I'm not one to argue, so I told her that I'd lost my appetite, and to cancel my order. Since I'd been given a glass of ice water, I asked if there was any charge, and she said "no." I thanked her, wished her a pleasant day, and left.
Did I do something to offend my hostess or "the boss?" Maybe it was the N.R.A. hat I was wearing? Was it the upcoming remodeling that stressed out management, and implanted a case of attitude? I don't know... but I did appreciate their honestly, and the fact they refused my request for photos before my order was delivered. However, their refusal to allow me to take photos left a bad taste in my mouth, and it's highly unlikely that I'll ever return. I can find plenty of attitude without paying for it, or eating it.
Back on Friday, February 17, 2012, the now defunct Sacramento Breakfast Club enjoyed a fine breakfast at this restaurant, Perko's Cafe in Antelope, and we took many photos, and posted a write-up. How did this restaurant develop such a negative attitude over the past 10 years?
Photo: Meet Anna, our charming hostess, as the Sacramento Breakfast Club enjoyed a fine breakfast meeting at this very same Perko's Cafe, back on Friday, February 17, 2012. What has happened to this restaurant during the past 10 years? Click on the image to read the complete article.
Later that morning, I took my business, along with my appetite to Waffle Barn in nearby Roseville, where photos were welcome, the food was amazing, and the service was super-friendly.
Photo: I give a "thumbs up" to the great food and the friendly service that I enjoyed a couple hours later at Waffle Barn, located in Roseville. Click on the image to read the article I published about my amazing dining experience at Waffle Barn.
I wish I could write my opinion of the cuisine offered at the Antelope location of Perko's Cafe, but since management refused to allow me to take photos, my appetite went out the door. Sorry, Perko's Cafe, I'll take my business to a friendlier restaurant...
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