(Last UPDATED 5/18/2021) It’s been reported by several sources that Evan’s Kitchen and Catering closed its doors earlier this month. The popular restaurant had been in business for 40 years. The restaurant website has not been updated to reflect the closure and the phone, which has not been disconnected, is unanswered. An instagram post mentions both COVID-19 and issues with the building landlord by ways of explanation.
Description and review of Evan’s Kitchen, located in the East Sacramento 57th Street Antique Plaza.
Evan’s Kitchen is the place to go when you are in the mood for home-style American comfort food.
Prior to attending the B Street Theatre, four of us met at Evan’s Kitchen for dinner. I had called in advance and made a reservation for 6:00 p.m. I also had requested a booth.
Before I even walked in the door I knew what I was going to order – the chicken-fried steak ($18.50). The New York strip steak is battered, fried, and topped with county gravy and served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. I enjoyed every bite and took home leftovers for lunch the next day.
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The Prime Rib of Beef is a very popular dish and one of my dining companions opted for the 8 oz. “moms cut” ($20). The Prime Rib was served with Au Jus, horseradish cream, a baked potato and sautéed vegetables. Note: If you are so inclined you can substitute mashed cauliflower for the potatoes.
Two of my dining companions settled on pasta dishes. One had the Butternut Squash Tortellacci ($19) – oven-roasted squash with Parmesan, provolone, caramelized onions, sage, black pepper and a touch of amaretto in egg pasta which received high marks.
The other had the Jumbo Lobster Ravioli ($24) – large pieces of Maine lobster, ricotta, cream and a lobster reduction in egg pasta, served in a light sherry cream sauce. The only complaint about that particular dish was that the sauce was too thick.
Garlic bread is served with the pasta dishes, and I would be remiss if I did not note that diners can add soup ($1) and/or salad ($1) to their entrée.
To finish up the four of us shared a Brownie Sundae ($6). A few bits each was more than sufficient.
A Word About Breakfast…
Breakfast at Evan’s Kitchen is also a favorite of many. On weekends you need to arrive early or be prepared to stand in line and wait to be seated.
One of my friends and I already plan to return to Evan’s Kitchen soon for breakfast/brunch. I think I hear the biscuits and gravy calling me.
Evan’s Kitchen/Rosemount Grill Connection
As an interesting aside – the booth we sat in at Evans’s Kitchen was acquired from the old Rosemount Grill, another Sacramento restaurant that was well-known for its comfort food. I have fond memories of the restaurant. I am trying to remember what all the long-time Rosemount Grill waitresses called everyone – was it “dearie”?
(5/18/2021) After 40 years in business Evan’s Kitchen and Catering has closed its doors! See the intro above for what little is known so far.
(3/5/2020) I recently stopped by Evan’s Kitchen for lunch with a friend on a Sunday, and I was happy to see the restaurant really busy with the late breakfast and early lunch crowd. Note, however, that Evan’s Kitchen is no longer open for dinner. See the “Snapshot” below for the new hours.
Also note that the Evan’s Kitchen & Catering GoFundMe page (see 5/14/2019 update below) is still active.
(5/14/2019) The same month Evan’s Kitchen & Catering landed on the 2019 Yelp Top 100 brunch spots in the U.S. list (#30) – I learned that Chef Evan had launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to try to save the well-loved East Sacramento restaurant.
In short, the death of his mother, who handled the business end of the restaurant, resulted in what turned out to be a financial disaster. Read about what occurred and where Chef Evan is now in his own words at Evan’s Kitchen & Catering GoFundMe page.
To sum up, If you are one of the many Sacramentans who have enjoyed breakfast, lunch or dinner at Evan’s Kitchen – please consider a donation and/or stop by to show your support and enjoy a meal.
See related blog post: Walk Down Memory Lane
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Evan’s Kitchen & Catering Snapshot:
855 57th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 (916) 452-3896 Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday – Sunday (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Parking: 57th Street Antique Plaza Parking Lot
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