Waffle Shop is the newest breakfast and lunch restaurant in Lincoln, after taking over the former location of Awful Annie's this past July. Waffle Shop has become one of the favorite breakfast and lunch hangouts for locals, as the food is delicious, the staff is welcoming, and the restaurant is as "country" as Lincoln is.
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Photo: It's a little after the 07:00 in the morning opening, on a foggy Friday, December 17, 2021, and I've arrived at Waffle Shop, located in downtown Lincoln, CA to enjoy a great breakfast. Waffle Shop is serious about breakfast, as the first three pages of their menu are devoted to breakfast.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a friendly staff member, who will welcome you, seat you, place a menu on your table, and take your drink order. Today, I was welcomed to this friendly restaurant by Rebecca, who greeted me, with a cheery "Good mornin' darlin,'" which made me feel at home.
The restaurant is at the end of a former warehouse, constructed of bricks - Lincoln isn't located in earthquake country - and the walls are a very picturesque brick, when combined with the "earthy" decor, makes for a very attractive dining room. The dining room is quite large and spacious, with a low partition dividing the dining room into two sections. The furniture is mostly tables, but many of the tables near the wall feature half a booth. The brick walls compliment hardwood floor. Since today was December 17th, the dining room was decorated for Christmas.
Photo: A blackboard, on the floor in front of the greeter's booth lists the "Specials of the Day," along with today's soup.
Photo: Waffle Shop is open for breakfast and lunch, and the restaurant is very serious about breakfast, as three pages of the menu are devoted to breakfast. I ordered "New York Steak" from the "All American Classics" selections on the second page of the menu. Click on THIS LINK to see all five pages of the menu, which are current as of this posting.
Photo: I was seated near the front of the restaurant, that features smaller size tables, along with a small bar with four stools. Rebecca was very busy with the coffee pot, keeping the coffee cups of guests full. Today, I opted for ice water.
Photo: At the rear of the dining room there is an upstairs loft, with is used for groups with reservations, and gives a good view looking down into the dining room. If desired, the tables can be pushed together.
Does the loft and dining room look somewhat familiar? Before July of this year, Awful Annie's was located here, and the former decor is mostly unchanged, with only a few subtle changes by Waffle Shop. Back on October 30, 2020, I enjoyed breakfast at Awful Annie's and you can relive my breakfast experience by clicking on the hyperlink.
Photo: The dining room features a "country" decor, which is appropriate, considering the rural nature of Lincoln, and western Placer County. As the sign says, "Welcome to the Country." To add to the atmosphere, country music was playing in the background.
Both hostesses Kelly and Rebecca greeted every diner that entered the restaurant with a happy "Good mornin' darilin'," and greeted many by name. Waffle Shop is a downtown hangout for local diners.
Photo: Meet Kelly, my amazingly friendly hostess, who brings my breakfast to me with a smile. My breakfast was delivered to my table in only about fifteen minutes after I placed my order, which made for very fast service.
Photo: Kelly has just delivered my "All American Breakfast" of "New York Steak," with a side of "Biscuits and Gravy" which brings a smile to my face and makes me a happy guy.
Photo: From the "All American Classics" of the "Breakfast" section of the menu, I went with "New York Steak," as today seemed like a good day to splurge. The menu describes the "Classic" section of the menu as, "Two eggs, any style, served with your choice of hash browns, country potatoes or fresh fruit, and biscuit and gravy or toast." Fresh fruit never was a contender, as I'm a "Potato" kind of guy, and hash browns won out on this foggy Friday morning.
The piece of steak was around six ounces, which is enough steak to fill me up, but not enough to make me feel stuffed, as I'm not a lumberjack or a linebacker. The steak was seasoned with pepper, and cooked medium, exactly the way I ordered it. It was tender, juicy, full of flavor, and was certainly a worthy centerpiece to my fine breakfast.
All "American Classics" come with two eggs, and the menu advertises a third egg add-on for an extra $1.95, but my breakfast included three eggs, without the extra charge. Thanks! The chef has talent, as my eggs were cooked perfectly over easy, exactly as ordered. Complimenting the breakfast was a good-size slab of hash brown potatoes, perfectly golden brown and crispy on the outside, and tender, chewy inside, just the way hash browns should be served. A slice of orange added a little "bling" to the main plate.
The biscuits and gravy were served in a small skillet, which made for a stunning presentation. I enjoyed two fluffy biscuits, covered with creamy sausage gravy, with many chunks of sausage.
The "New York Steak" breakfast is an amazing breakfast choice at Waffle Shop, as it's delicious, satisfying, and it will keep you satisfied for the rest of your day.
It's no wonder Waffle Shop has become a favorite breakfast and lunch spot for Lincoln locals, as the food is amazing, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is "country," just like the cattle ranching of western Placer County. For an amazing breakfast, visit Waffle Shop, located in downtown Lincoln, CA.
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