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When it comes to celebrating a new year, I take a slightly different approach than many others, as I don't care to party, and I don't like crowds and I detest cover charges.  I've seen more than my share of new years... so I leave the wild celebrations for others to enjoy.  Since I'm a "foodie," I prefer to bring in the new year by enjoying a meal at a "new" restaurant, early New Years day.  Such was the way I "rung in" 2022, by enjoying breakfast at Sterling Cafe, located in Lincoln, CA.

As with all restaurant 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:  Happy New Year!  It's just past the 07:00 in the morning opening time, January 01, 2022, and I will be "opening up" Sterling Cafe for the new year.  The restaurant is located in the Sterling Pointe Center, which is a fairly recent addition to Lincoln.  

The sidewalk in front of the restaurant is covered for outdoor dining - as mandated during last year's virus days - but outside dining wasn't an option on this 31-degree January morning.

Photo:  As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the counter, which has diner-style seating for eight, along with the window to the kitchen behind the counter.  Each place at the counter was set with silverware, salt, pepper and a bottle of ketchup.  Naturally, you're greeted by a friendly staff member who will welcome you and seat you.  

Photo:  The main dining room features mostly tables, but a few booths line the walls.  The dining room is spacious, attractive, tastefully decorated and very comfortable.  Even on this gloomy, early morning the dining room was well lighted, thanks to the many windows, and the tasteful overhead lighting.

I "opened up" the restaurant on this New Year morning, and for the first 20 minutes or so of my visit, I was the only diner, but just before I finished with my breakfast, the dining room began to fill.  My timing was perfect!

Photo:  I arrived just past the 07:00 morning opening time, and had the restaurant all to myself.  When I dine alone, I prefer to sit at the counter, in order to chit-chat with the staff, and watch them in action.  I chose a seat at the counter, picked up a menu, and made myself at home.  

As you enter the restaurant, the main dining room is to the left of the counter, and offers lots of comfortable seating.

Photo:  The first page of the menu lists the many breakfast choices offered at this fine diner, with a selection for every breakfast taste.  The complete menu is five pages... click on the image to see the complete menu.  Sterling Cafe is serious about breakfast, as breakfast is served any time the restaurant is open.

Photo:  A large sign above the counter advertises broasted chicken to go, family packs and dinners.  Take orders can be placed in person, over the phone or online from the restaurant's web site.

Photo:  At the rear of the dining room there is a semi-private room that can be reserved for special events and banquets, as it offers several large tables, and tables pushed together to accommodate large groups.  The decor is slightly different than the main dining room.

Photo:  The chef finished my order in less fifteen minutes, and placed the order on the shelf, for my host, Rakan to pick up.  That's FAST service!

Photo:  Meet Rakan, my amazingly friendly host, who delivered my breakfast to me with a smile.  

Photo:  Thanks, Rakan for snapping my photo, as I get ready to enjoy my amazing breakfast.  In the background, you can see part of the sidewalk, in front of the restaurant, that was converted to a temporary patio, to allow for outdoor dining during last year's virus days.  

Photo:  From the "All American Breakfasts" section of the "Breakfast" menu, I went with "Two Eggs and Sausage." My "Side" of choice was hash brown potatoes, along with toast.  The menu lists several other "sides" to choose from, but on this chilly first day of 2022, how can you beat hash browns and sourdough toast?

I ordered my two eggs cooked over easy - you can order your eggs cooked to your preference - and my eggs arrived, perfectly fried over easy.  The trademark of a breakfast chef with talent is perfectly fried eggs, as ordered, and the chef at Sterling Cafe has talent.  

The hash brown potatoes were crispy on the outside - which is the benchmark for perfect hash browns - and chewy-tender on the inside, which made for an amazing side.  Like the eggs, the hash browns were cooked in butter, for an added taste sensation.  My hash browns were accompanied by two slices of buttered sourdough toast, as per my order.

My meat of choice was four breakfast sausage links, browned on the griddle, to get my day started the right way.

I truly enjoyed my breakfast, as it was delicious, filling, and most of all, it was total "comfort food" to get my new year started.  Sterling Cafe serves a great, solid, American breakfast classic.

Sterling Cafe is open every day, and serves delicious "diner style" cuisine to Lincoln locals, and everyone who appreciates fine, "comfort food."  The food is delicious, the service is super fast, the staff is friendly, and the dining room is very comfortable and cozy.  You'll enjoy fine dining at Sterling Cafe, located in Lincoln, CA.

Sterling Cafe
820 Sterling Parkway #10
Lincoln, CA 95648
916 543-8700

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