I’ve had the opportunity several times recently to relish breakfast at East Sacramento’s quirky Evan’s Kitchen & Catering, nestled in among a handful of antique shops off of 57th Street. It’s certainly one of the oddest restaurant locations I have encountered in the area—you’re not likely to stumble across Evan’s unless you are an antique aficionado or someone has clued you into the eatery’s distinctive charms. But enough people know about (and adore) Evan’s that you should expect a substantial wait if you show up during prime time Saturday and Sunday brunch hours.
If you don’t mind a parking lot view (and eating while surrounded by impatient, milling customers), Evan’s offers outdoor dining. I prefer sitting inside, where you can relax in a booth or at one of the restaurant’s homey oak tables. Tuck into the kitchen’s superb omelets (I’m partial to the rib-sticking “Evan’s Favorite,” packed full of ground beef, spinach and mushrooms and doused with chunky country gravy) or choose from a delectable selection of creative Benedicts (don’t miss the indulgent version prepared with crab cakes). Other starring dishes include a rustic, fabulous housemade corned beef hash; and the cinnamon-kissed Texas-style French toast.