by Michael P. Coleman

I’ve driven past this location almost daily for three years, and had never stopped until earlier this week.  With the advent of 2015, I’ve decided to mix things up a bit, so I whipped in on New Year’s Eve for breakfast while running pre-holiday errands.

Lumberjack’s tagline is “Where the BIG BOYS eat!”, alluding to their large portion sizes.  My husband and I felt we were uniquely qualified to put that claim to the test.

Alex greeted us at the door with a warm, welcoming smile as he led us to our booth.  He told me later that his smile was just his “thing”, adding that he gets several comments daily about his demeanor.  I can see why.

Our server, Kathleen, was equally friendly and impressive, quickly offering us beverages and menus.  We went with coffee, which was the only thing we had that was standard issue.

I ordered the Denver Omelette, but asked them to substitute mushrooms for onions.  It was incredible…and HUGE.  I ordered it with country potatoes and a pancake, and it was more than I could finish.  My husband ordered the equally-enormous Pesto Omelette with hash browns and a biscuit.  The pesto was a little overpowering for me, but he loved it.  Both orders came out quickly and piping hot.

The star of the show was the biscuit.  That flaky, beautiful, warm, straight-from-mama’s-kitchen biscuit.  It was more than large enough for two reasonable adults to share, but my husband and I battled over its last crumbs.

Breakfast was a value, as we both ate for just over 20 bucks.  Kathleen seemed genuinely excited about working there and in describing other menu items.  She enthusiastically recommended the Redwood Burger (a full pound of beef on a homemade bun) or the Chainsaw (which she described as melt-in-your mouth roast beef) for our next visit – which will be very soon.

The restaurant itself was decorated with a rural log cabin motif, so the kids will love it.  There are a couple of spacious seating areas with fireplaces throughout the place, but the several flat screens on the walls let you know it sits squarely in 2015.

My only complaint about this location was its hours:  it closes at 3pm.  Other locations, however, including the one on Madison in Sacramento, are open for dinner.

Here’s to good eating in 2015.  Thanks, Lumberjack’s, for helping me start the year off on the right foot!


Lumberjack‘s Restaurant has two locations in Sacramento, with additional locations in Stockton, Redding, Grass Valley, Yuba City, Willits, Patulma and Las Vegas.   Information is available at

Michael P. Coleman is a freelance writer who who is a sucker for a good biscuit.  Information is available at, or reach him via email at or Twitter: @ColemanMichaelP.


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