Lido Cafe-7739 Fair Oaks Blvd
The Lido is simply a great breakfast spot. Two little birdies told me so, their names are “sweet potato pancake” and “homemade cinnamon roll.” In another part of town, those might sound like streetwalker handles, but not in Carmichael son.Â Those are two of the many standout delicacies waiting for you on the Lido menu. Add to that the spot-on service and the great coffee and you’ve got yourself gen-u-wine breakfast perfection. Other than the fact that the owners of Lido didn’t call me personally years ago to tell me how good their grub was, I can’t find fault.
El Palmar-2452 Mission Ave
I’ve talked about neighborhood favorite El Palmar before. Well, it’s still good, and the new, more expansive digs on El Camino can accommodate the ceaseless business.Â But we’re here to talk about breakfast, and El Palmar serves one of my favorites. No, senor, it’s not a breakfast burrito, that silly California hybrid. It’s just one word that says breakfast delight: MACHACA.Â Machaca con huevos, that is: a scrumptious mix of scrambled eggs and spiced, shredded beef that trumps any omelette anywhere by anyone.Â Some rice and beans on the side and a michelada to drink makes for el desayuno perfecto.
Cricket’s Country Kitchen– 4745 Auburn Blvd
If you’ve just recently escaped from Witch Mountain, then this place might seem light your run-of-the-mill breakfast joint. Â For the rest of humanity, it’s a fascinating mess. Mannequins, clowns, toy trains, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac, and anything else you can think of lines the walls and the ceiling and the tables and the waiting area and the kitchen. Â The booths are broken and the waitresses are broken down.
If this were just a review on interesting spaces, Cricket’s would get a five star rating just based on the creepy cool factor alone, but alas, the food doesn’t live up.Â As breakfast places go, it’s fair fare. Nothing to email home about, but nothing to turn your stomach either. Â The eggs and bacon and sausage and pancakes and biscuits are all just fine without being exceptional.
I’d go back, but only to shock my friends that hadn’t been before.