Description and review of The Morning Fork, a family-owned retro-diner serving breakfast and lunch in Midtown Sacramento.
About The Morning Fork
The Morning Fork is a very popular breakfast/brunch spot in the Midtown Lavender District. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Chef Keith and Jennifer Swiryn, it opened in 2019. The Morning Fork replaced what had been another very popular restaurant – The Lucky Café.
The diner has a retro-diner vibe, with a long counter and counter seating on one side of the main room, and booths lining the wall on the other. To the left is a doorway to a second dining area with additional seating.
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Especially on the weekend, it is advisable to arrive for breakfast early, or to be prepared to wait. If there is a line when you arrive, put your name and the number of people in your party on the wait list and wait to be called. On the sidewalk outside are picnic style tables and benches, so grab a seat if there is one available.
Because of its popularity, The Morning Fork requests that on weekends patrons limit their stay to 30 minutes after finishing their meal.
Retro-diner plus art exhibit with the walls of both dining areas displaying works of art for sale by local artists.
Music of all genres is continuously playing in the background. The upbeat music offers something for everyone as it changes from R&B to disco to rap, etc.
Two friends and I recently enjoyed a mid-week breakfast at The Morning Fork. The three of us ordered coffee ($3.25), two regular and one decaf. The coffee was very good, dark and rich just like I like it. The Morning Fork sources its coffee from local roaster Coffee Works.
Stronger beverages on the menu include mimosas, brunch cocktails, and beer.
The menu at The Morning Fork has any number of really great-sounding options to choose from. The menu offerings are not just your ordinary diner fare. The ordinary is made a bit extraordinary with a touch of creative flair and good quality ingredients.
Each menu item is served with sourdough, marbled rye or English muffin, and choice of hash browns, seasonal fruit or country potatoes unless otherwise noted.
For breakfast that morning one friend ordered the Potato Platter and Eggs ($14) with sausage and marbled rye toast. The other two of us ordered the Two Eggs & Choose One ($14) (Applewood bacon, link sausage, ½ bacon and ½ sausage). I ordered my eggs scrambled, the hash browns, and the ½ bacon and ½ sausage. My other friend ordered his eggs over-easy with bacon and hash browns, as well as a large glass of OJ ($4) and an English muffin.
All three of us were very happy with our meals, and two of us took leftovers home. My scrambled eggs (ordered dry) were done just right, and the two of us that had sausage remarked upon how tasty it was.
The staff at The Morning Fork were all friendly and attentive. Our coffees were refilled several times, and we were asked more than once how everything was and whether we needed anything else. In short, very good service.
To Sum Up
To sum up, The Morning Fork is a welcoming and cozy venue in which to enjoy a good meal.
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The Morning Fork Snapshot:
- 1111 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
- (916) 476-6765
- Open 7 days a week (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
- Vegetarian Friendly
- No reservations
- Metered Street Parking
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