I’ve been spoiled by the south when it comes to getting a good breakfast. Since I’m a transplant from the Carolina’s, I’m used to hitting up a Waffle House when I want a good, greasy morning start. I knew that moving to California was going to mean no more awful waffles, no more hash browns (scattered, smothered, covered, chunked), no more waitresses with less teeth than letters in their names- and I promise you that isn’t too far of an exaggeration.
In our quest for good breakfast, we were recommended that we try out Sandy’s Home of 101 Omelettes to get a nice, filling breakfast. All I can say is that it was hard driving home with such a full stomach!
The first thing we noticed about Sandy’s (located at 1720 N. Texas Street in Fairfield, CA) is the very eclectic yet well organized décor. Fishing rods, plates from every state, and a shelf seemingly devoted to all things chicken line the walls of the main dining area. There’s even some sports autographed and photagraphed memorabilia on the way to the restrooms, to include none other than San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds!
The menu is definitely true to the restaurant’s name: there are literally 101 different omelettes to choose from. Some have special names whereas others are a variation of ingredients. The plates are mostly between $7 and $11 a piece for a 3-egg omelette, toast or biscuit, potatoes or hash browns and other minor fixins. Fixins. That’s a southern word! I ordered the crab meat omelette because it was listed as being made from real crab meat and not the imitation stuff you can get anywhere else. My wife had the ham-and-cheese with green peppers.
When the food arrived, I knew instantly I didn’t have space to consume everything in one sitting. A 3-egg omelette stuffed to the gills with special ingredients is not something your stomach can take lightly. Where was I going to find room for those hash browns and toast? There was just too much food to be had all at once!
My omelette was fairly tasty. I’d never had a real crab meat omelette before but this was a good experience. I had to get used to the mix of textures and I only needed a little bit of salt to spruce it up, but I was satisfied. The crab meat was tender and stringy and held up pretty well inside its perfectly cooked egg blanket. My wife’s omelette faired well.
I tried her meal and found the ham to have a slightly smoky taste with just enough salt for flavor. Her eggs were far from runny which can happen if a cook gets lazy with the food no matter how simple. The Sandy’s cooking crew seems to add that spice of perfection with everything they grill up which is always a plus in the local restaurant business.
Speaking of Sandy’s staff, our service was none to shabby, either. Tom (the CFO) greeted us at the door with a cheerful smile and small talk. Our waitress, was patient with our order and quick with the coffee. We always take our time picking out meals when we’re new to a restaurant. We’re talking up to 15 minutes. That can irk some wait staff but there seemed to be no problem with our waitress. The table busers were quick to grab anything we were finished with.
I can see why everyone else in the restaurant seemed to be regulars; Sandy’s is a perfect mix of professional service and home cooking all under one roof. The We are sure to make Sandy’s a regular weekend breakfast stop. They are open from 5am-2pm every day.