Monday, August 30, 2010

Sonoma Chicken Coop--Campbell, CA

An Egyptian festival brought us to Campbell yesterday, but seeing the limited offerings there and the complicated ticket-for-food scheme, we high-tailed it for downtown Campbell instead for lunch. We were lured by the Kids Eat Free sign on the window, but once inside we found it applied to Mondays and Tuesdays only. Nevertheless, there were so many tempting offerings (Juicy burgers! Breakfast menu during lunch!) that we couldn't help but stay.

The idea of a fried egg on a burger long appealed to me and here was my chance: The Anytime Breakfast Burger (below). Made with Estancia grass-fed beef, the patty, was purportedly 5 1/2 ounces, but it seemed thicker and heftier than 1/3 pound burgers I'd had in the past. It spent a little too much time on the grill for my taste, but it was nevertheless juicy. The sandwich was delicious and I salivate just writing about it. But then, how can one go wrong with a burger when it has a fried egg and cheese? The sweet potato fries were crisp and sweet--a combination that worked well. One could opt instead for french fries or onion rings.
My wife had the California burger (below) but found the bacon to be too fatty and ended up taking out the strips. She too would have preferred the burger more rare. The twins offered off the Kids' menu and each finished his plate.

Despite both burgers being slightly overdone, we'll be back again for the family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is loud, one can choose any available table and flat screens glare from every direction. What better environment for a family with two squealing kids?

Sonoma Chicken Coop
200 E Campbell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 866-2699