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Hidden Breakfast Gem: Harry’s Cafe

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Those who work in downtown or midtown Sacramento will likely scoff at the idea that Harry’s Cafe is “hidden”, since the tiny 16th street eatery is packed with regulars on a daily basis, mostly for lunch. But for those outside the grid, Harry’s is a hidden gem begging to be discovered.

Harry’s Café serves Chinese, Vietnamese, and American food, all of which is a reflection of owner Harry Luong – a Chinese man who grew up in Vietnam and moved to the United States in search of the American Dream. While the lunch and dinner options are good (try the oxtail stew), it’s the breakfast options that keep me coming back.

The Harry’s breakfast menu has all the normal breakfast staples: bacon and eggs, French toast, waffles, omelettes, etc. From the traditional menu, you must try the pancakes – somehow Harry manages to make a pancake that’s light and fluffy on the inside, with a slight crisp to the outside, for a perfectly balanced bite.

When you’re ready to step up to the big leagues, though, go to the back page of the menu and order from the “Asian Breakfast” section. There you’ll find Harry’s famous fried rice with eggs and Asian fried chicken breast with eggs. But my personal favorite is the “Hawaiian Breakfast #1”, consisting of sautéed Portuguese sausage with onions and carrots, 2 eggs over steamed rice, and 2 slices of Spam (Hawaii’s unofficial “official” food). For those of you who are apprehensive of the Spam, don’t knock this dish until you try it. You won’t be sorry.

Breakfast is served all day, but get there before the lunch rush if you want a seat without waiting!

Harry’s is located at 2026 16th Street in downtown Sacramento, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 7:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Monday.

About the author

Tony Cervo

Tony is a native of Northern California who moved to Sacramento in 2001 after some time in Silicon Valley. When not busy at his day job (computer programming), he can often be found trying new restaurants and bars in the Sacramento area, heading up the hill for some skiing, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.

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