Ask any Roseville local who appreciates breakfast to name an iconic restaurant in town that's known for serving an amazing breakfast... chances are you'll hear Waffle Barn, as this fine diner has been a favorite of Roseville locals, and all those who love a great breakfast, for the past couple decades.
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Photo: It's a little past 10:30 in the morning on Tuesday, January 11, 2020, and I've arrived at Waffle Barn to enjoy a late breakfast. This fine restaurant is located in the Highland Park shopping center, on the west side of town, and offers lots of safe, free and convenient parking. On this late Tuesday morning, the temperature was in the upper 40's, so patio dining wasn't offered.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a friendly staff member at the counter who will seat you. Today, since I was dining alone, I sat at the counter, which is always my choice, as it's easy to chit-chat with the staff and watch them in action.
The dining room is very large and furnished with mostly tables, but booth line the wall. The room is separated by a low partition which divides it into two sections.
Photo: The decor of the dining room could be best described as "country," as it's decorated in a country-theme, with cows, chickens, coffee cups everywhere. You'll also be treated to lots of posters, photos and sports memorabilia from high school, college and professional northern California sports franchises. On this mid-January late Tuesday morning, I practically had the dining room to myself.
Photo: I sat at the counter so I could watch the staff in action. In true diner style, each place at the counter is set with salt, pepper, coffee creamer, Tabasco sauce, a bottle of ketchup and a menu.
From my seat at the counter, I could look into the kitchen and see the talented chef work his magic. Waffle Barn is an "old school" diner, as orders are relayed to the kitchen on an order wheel, just like it was done during the heyday of Route 66.
Photo: A happy cow figure and a sign above the window to the kitchen warn diners know of the "danger" of the talented staff at work in the kitchen, preparing superior meals.
Photo: Waffle Barn still has the names of eaters who have successfully completed the "Skillet Breakfast" challenge they used to offer. The idea as to eat the entire breakfast - FIVE POUNDS of meat, potatoes, cheese, eggs and gravy - in one setting. If you managed to eat that HUGE breakfast, you were rewarded with your name on the wall.
During the last couple years, the restaurant stopped offering this challenge, but the names of the champions are still posted on the wall. No, my name isn't posted!
Photo: The complete menu features two pages of all of your breakfast and lunch favorites. Waffle Barn is very serious about breakfast, as breakfast choices make up most of the menu. This is only one small section of the large breakfast menu, the "Country Favorites." To see the complete menu, click on the image.
Photo: When my breakfast was ready, the chef placed it on the kitchen shelf, and my server brought it to me, fresh, hot and simply delicious.
Photo: My breakfast arrived to my place at the counter in less than fifteen minutes after I placed my order. Unfortunately, I didn't catch the name of my friendly hostess... thanks for the great service!
Photo: I'm a happy guy as I'm ready to enjoy one of the best breakfasts that Roseville has to offer. Thanks to my friendly server for taking my photo.
Photo: From the "Country Favorites" section of the breakfast menu, I went with "Bacon or Sausage and two Eggs." All breakfasts in the "Country Favorites" section give you a choice of hash brown or country potatoes, and toast or biscuit and gravy. Naturally, your eggs are cooked to order.
My breakfast began with two perfectly fried eggs, sunnyside up, as per my order. I'm a HUGE fan of eggs cooked that way, as they go well with hash brown potatoes, as they mix well. As an aside, when I order country potatoes, I usually order my eggs fried over easy. Waffle Barn gives you a large slab of perfectly cooked hash brown potatoes, that are crispy golden on the outside, and tender inside, with a slightly buttery taste. The eggs and hash brown potatoes were simply delicious!
Looking back on this amazing breakfast, I think the most difficult decision I made all day was the choice between bacon or sausage for my breakfast meat. Today, sausage won out, and I was rewarded with four perfectly grilled sausage links, complete with grill marks, juicy and when cut, they were simply bursting with flavor. Add a bite of sausage to a bite of potato and egg and you know what I'm talkin' about...
I love toast, but when biscuit and gravy is on the menu I never turn it down, and today was no exception. I was treated to a fresh, warm biscuit, covered with a generous amount of the sausage gravy that has made Waffle Barn famous for breakfast among Roseville locals. I enjoyed the rich, creamy gravy with lots of chunks of sausage.
Waffle Barn has achieved the reputation as one of the best breakfast restaurants in Roseville, and today they certainly lived up to their reputation for serving a delicious breakfast.
Photo: My main plate of two eggs, fried sunnyside up, hash brown potatoes, and four link sausages. Waffle Barn is serious about breakfast, as most of their menu is devoted to breakfast, and their amazing diner cuisine never disappoints.
To get your day going with a delicious, hearty breakfast, or when you're ready for a delicious burger or sandwich for lunch, pay a visit to Waffle Barn. You'll love the amazing "comfort food," the friendly service, the comfortable dining room and the family-friendly, diner atmosphere at Waffle Barn, located in Roseville, CA.
Let's revisit Waffle Barn during my visit of Tuesday, January 12, 2016...
Are you an early riser? Are you a connoisseur of a fine breakfast? If you shine and rise at five, not necessarily in that order, and you're in the mood for one of the most notable breakfasts that Roseville has to offer, than head over to Waffle Barn, as this fine restaurant will have all of your breakfast needs covered.
Photo: Tuesday morning, January 12, 2016, we paid a visit to Waffle Barn, to enjoy one of the best breakfasts that Roseville has to offer. Waffle Barn is located in a small shopping center in west Roseville, and offers lots of safe, easy-to-access parking. If you choose, you can dine outside, but at 0900 on this chilly January morning, there are no hardy diners, who choose to brave the morning cold. True to form, we chose to dine inside.
Photo: It's 10 o'clock on this Tuesday morning, and Waffle Barn is a little slow, as they're between the breakfast and lunch crowds. Slow business makes for good photography... View of the dining room, as you enter the door. Note the counter, and the window to the kitchen to the right of the photo. The decor is composed of "country" elements, along with lots of banners, posters, figures and photos of local, and NorCal sports teams. If you're a NorCal sports fan, and your sport is football, baseball, basketball or soccer... Waffle Barn has you covered.
Photo: I love challenges of all varieties, but as a dedicated "foodie," I especially adore eating challenges. Waffle Barn offers a challenge to those with an enormous appetite: If you can eat their five-pound "Skillet Breakfast" in one setting, you'll get your name on the "Hall of Fame" at the entrance to the restaurant. Yes, that's five pounds of meat, cheese, potatoes, gravy and eggs... You don't have a time limit, you can get up for bathroom breaks, but if you can eat this massive breakfast in "one setting" your name will go on the wall, and you'll live forever as one of Waffle Barn's heroes. Sure, the thought of going for this crossed my mind, but I no longer feel like I'm up to the challenge...
Photo: Meanwhile, back on Friday, May 23, 2008, family friend Brad Holther, takes the "challenge" and looks amazed at the MOUNTAIN of potatoes, cheese, gravy and meat... along with two fried eggs placed on top of the mountain of delicious breakfast food. Oh yes... a side of gravy. Brad gave it the "ol' college try" and was able to eat about half of his meal, and took the rest of his breakfast, along with his pride, his reputation and his dignity, home in a box. This exploit was well documented in the adventures of the Sacramento Breakfast Club. After Brad's failed conquest, he ate a lot of "crow" for breakfast during later meetings...
Photo: After placing our orders, we were treated to fast, friendly and efficient service, from our congenial hostess, Shila. Our orders arrived less than ten minutes after we placed them. That's lightning-fast service! As an aside, our breakfasts were cooked perfectly, as ordered.
Photo: Thank you, friendly Shila, for taking our photo, as we are ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Waffle Barn. Left to right: Me, Eric, Sharlene, Bev and Dan. The four of us have been friends for something like fifteen years... Great friends, great food, and a great restaurant!
Photo: My friend Dan and I are both breakfast addicts - we're ex-military - and pretty much have the same idea of what makes a good breakfast. We ordered exactly the same breakfast: Country fried steak, two eggs over easy, country fried potatoes, along with biscuits and gravy. Bottomless cups of coffee, naturally accompany the meal. If I was to describe this wonderful breakfast in a single word, I would say "amazing!" If you're looking to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, Waffle Barn is your breakfast restaurant in Roseville.
I absolutely LOVE the fact that Waffle Barn opens their doors at 5 o'clock in the morning, in order to accommodate the needs of serious breakfast lovers! Waffle Barn serves a superior breakfast, and the restaurant is staffed by friendly people, the dining room is comfortable, the prices are reasonable, and you will leave with a smile on your face, and a very full stomach. Trust me, you'll love Waffle Barn.
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