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Coffee Mug Restaurant has been dishing out amazing food for Elko, Nevada citizens, and all those who appreciate "All American" cuisine since 1987, and has earned the love, trust and respect of the greater Elko community.  This iconic restaurant is a unique gem, located in Elko, and has been family owned and operated since they opened their friendly doors.  Did I mention they have delicious "Americana" cuisine?

As with all of reviews that 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 just a little past 0700 in the morning, Wednesday, June 10, 2020, and I've arrived at Coffee Mug Restaurant, located on Commercial Street, in Elko, Nevada, and I'm looking forward to enjoying a delicious breakfast.

Don't you just LOVE the Harley-Davidson motorcycle parked across the street from the restaurant?

Photo:  In these days of COVID-19, "social distancing" is in place, even in Elko, as the tables have been dispersed, and the breakfast counter only offers "every-other" seating.  The staff are forced, by state law, to wear masks, but I didn't see a mask on any of the diners, and I certainly didn't wear a mask.

As you enter the restaurant, you'll note the spacious and comfortable dining room, and you'll be greeted by the friendly staff.  Since I was dining alone, I chose to sit at the counter.

Photo:  The breakfast counter is absolutely HUGE, and in the days before "social distancing" took effect, I guess it could have accordance a couple dozen friendly diners with comfort.  Today, every other chair is removed, and those who choose to dine at the counter are kept "socially" apart.

Photo:  The "Breakfast Favorites " of the breakfast menu.  I carefully scanned all of the options, but I couldn't resist going with the "Chorizo Skillet," as "Basque style" chorizo is a favorite of mine.  On that note, any chorizo is a favorite of mine...

Photo:  I sat at the breakfast counter, and I was able to watch the friendly staff pick up breakfast orders from the talented chef.  Orders are placed on the "window to the kitchen," placed on the counter, and then are delivered to diners.  The staff has talent, as I can never figure out who's order belongs to "who," but the friendly staff seems to have solved this equation.

Photo:  Meet Connie, my friendly server, who has just brought my breakfast to me, behind a masked smile, as required by state law.  Connie is a friendly person, a great server, and if the mask was able to be removed, you'd see her friendly smile.

My breakfast arrived quickly, maybe in only 20 minutes after placing my order.  Coffee Mug Restaurant isn't "fast food," but the friendly service is speedy, and the food is delicious.

Photo:  Thank you, Connnie, for snapping my photo, as I sit down to enjoy an amazing breakfast at Coffee Mug Restaurant.  Note the bowl of gravy, and the plate of biscuits... does life get any better than this?

Photo:  From the "Breakfast Favorites" section of the breakfast menu, I ordered the "Chorizo Skillet," along with a side of biscuits and gravy.  Side choices include all common varieties of toast, or an optional pancake, but how could I resist biscuits and gravy?  Simply stated... I never resist biscuits and gravy...

Photo:  From the "Breakfast Favorites" section of the breakfast menu, I ordered the "Chorizo Skillet."  How could I resist ordering such a delicacy for an amazing breakfast?

The menu describes the breakfast as, "Basque chorizo and cheese, served over diced potatoes, and two eggs. Choice of pancakes or toast."  Although the menu doesn't list it, when I asked my friendly server is biscuits and gravy could be substituted rather than toast or pancake, she enthusiastically replied "Yes!  No problem."  Count me in...  Oh... I describe my breakfast as "delicious!"

Basque chorizo differs significantly from Mexican chorizo - Mexican chorizo is actually based on Spanish chorizo - in that it's much drier, and lacks much of the spice that is common with the Mexican variety.  All things "Basque" are very popular in eastern California, central/north Nevada, and southwestern Idaho, and Coffee Mug Restaurant sits nearly in the center of "Basque Country," so "basque" rules the breakfast table.  I'm not sure how to describe the chorizo, except that it was delicious, mildly spicy, and there was plenty of it!

The chorizo sits on top of fried, home-style potatoes, perfectly deep fried to a golden brown, and are golden and crispy on the outside, and tender and white inside.  The potatoes and sausage are topped with grated and melted Cheddar and white cheese - no skimping on portions at Coffee Mug Restaurant - and the whole skillet it topped with two fried eggs, of your choice.  I'm a fan of eggs over easy, and my breakfast was topped with two perfectly fried eggs, over easy, exactly as I'd ordered.

I opted for a side of biscuits and gravy, and yes, that was BISCUITS and gravy!  My side included two perfectly cooked, in-house, scratch-made biscuits, along with a side of mouth-watering sausage gravy, which made the perfect side dish to this amazing breakfast.

The benchmark of an outstanding breakfast chef is eggs... specifically when you order your eggs fried "over easy," which is my de facto standard.  The two eggs that topped my breakfast were fried to perfection, and made for a perfect summit to my "Mount Everest" of breakfast!  The chorizo was delicious, chewy, and the potatoes were deep fried to a golden brown.  With the side of biscuits and gravy, I enjoyed a perfect breakfast at Coffee Mug Restaurant, located in Elko, Nevada.

I'm a great "eater," but this breakfast was so massive, I couldn't eat it all.  So, along with my check, I asked my friendly server for a "box," and I enjoyed the remainder of my meal for breakfast, the following day.

When you're visiting Elko, and you're in the mood for amazing, "old school" cuisine, Coffee Mug Restaurant should be on your list, as the staff is friendly, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is priceless.

Coffee Mug Restaurant
576 Commercial St.
Elko, NV 89801
775 738-599

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