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Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Grandma, Nana, Nonni, Mimi…call her what you will, but there was just something magical about your grandmother’s kitchen.
When I recently found myself hankering for some homey food but unwilling to actually cook it myself, I made the trip over to Grandma’s Kitchen in Granite Bay for some comfort.
As my dining partner and I settled into the huge booths and scanned the menu, I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of breakfast and lunch items we had to choose from. I was similarly pleased to learn that the family-friendly eatery doesn’t own a freezer or use canned goods—a true guarantee of freshly prepared, made-to-order food.
Drinking our piping hot coffee, we chatted with neighboring diners as we waited for our selections: a California omelet and a California (sensing a theme?) burger. The omelet, huge and satisfyingly fluffy, was prepared with three eggs, jack and aged white Cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato and avocado. Don’t judge me; I gobbled the whole thing with a gusto that didn’t stop there. Next I concentrated on my dining partner’s burger, accompanied by buffalo fries. That’s right, folks: buffalo fries, tossed with buffalo sauce and topped with green onions. Somehow, perhaps with that abracadabra all grandmothers seem to possess, these addictingly delicious spuds were neither soggy nor sloppy. Truth be told, I’m still trying to figure out how Grandma’s Kitchen did it. I’m not ashamed to say I polished these off, too (OK, maybe just a little). The burger itself, presented on a buttery, croissant-like roll, was topped with the same ingredients as the omelet and similarly portioned.
As we waited on the check, I finally took a look around the restaurant. An open kitchen with a breakfast bar dominates the center, with table set-ups forming a U-shape around its perimeter. Family photos adorn the walls, some in black and white, making Grandma’s Kitchen’s name not just a moniker, but also the embodiment of an ideal. Which may remind you of your own grandmother. I’m pretty sure that’s the point.
Grandma’s Kitchen, 8425 Sierra College Boulevard, Suite A, Granite Bay, 916-780-6700.
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