Diner in disguise: The great burrito
Breakfast. Breaking one’s fast. As your momma used to say, it’s “the most important meal of the day.”
Why, exactly, is it the most important meal of the day? Oh I don’t know, it probably has something to do with calories and energy or something along those lines.
It’s certainly the most satisfying meal of the day, for me anyway. And very rare. I don’t have the luxury to eat breakfast every day, but when I do it’s a real treat, so when a friend of mine suggested we do breakfast at the Shingle Springs Coffee Company last week I was thrilled. I had been there once before, for coffee, and didn’t remember seeing a breakfast menu, but Linda assured me they had one, and that it was one of the best and most affordable breakfasts in Shingle Springs.
We arrive with the highest of expectations around 7:15 a.m., and it’s freezing outside. Raining even. Pouring down, actually, which made going through those doors into the warm, inviting environment so nice. The place is clean, and the service is friendly and helpful. Linda suggested we take a look at the items highlighted in the glass display case near the front entrance and choose a couple of starters. We chose the homemade glazed granola “cake” and a yogurt and fruit cup (more like a tall glass, actually). We ordered our main dishes at the same time as the appetizers. I chose the breakfast burrito and she chose their famous Good Morning Bagel, which she described as “simply killer.”
While waiting for the entrees we devoured most of the granola and yogurt, which were a nice compliment to each other — the dense and sweet granola balancing out the freshness and creaminess of the yogurt. If you get the granola, beware: it’s a meal in itself!
And then comes the star attractions.
Linda’s bagel was MASSIVE, and my burrito was the size of a quartered watermelon! The Good Morning Bagel is egg, cheese, your choice of meat, your choice of bagel drizzled in a tangy mayo sauce that’s top secret. If you get the meat it’ll cost you $5.50 and if you go the vegetarian route it’ll set you back a mere $4.75. Well worth the money, I can assure you. You’ll most likely be taking half of it home in a doggy bag.
My breakfast burrito was simply stuffed to overflowing with fluffy scrambled eggs, a very generous portion of bacon and artistically presented with a zigzag drizzle of cilantro dressing. I found out later on that the ingredients are also tossed in the cilantro dressing, which went a long way to explain why the eggs were green. Looking at this dish when it came to our table I was thinking that there would be no way that I would be able to finish. But guess what? I did. I devoured it; I just couldn’t stop. It was that delicious. No goody bag for me.
To find a locally owned and operated coffee shop that focuses on quality, quantity and extremely reasonable prices is not the norm, and when you find one you tell everybody and you come back often. I did, and I will. Cheryl Obereiner is the owner and you can tell from the smiles from both her patrons and her staff that making people happy is her ultimate goal with the Shingle Springs Coffee Company.
The restaurant, located at 4068 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, offers a large selection of breakfast items ranging in price starting at $3.50 and capping out at $6.95 for my burrito. Shingle Springs Coffee Company is conveniently open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.