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Venita Rhea's

  • American, Breakfast

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4415 Granite Drive
Rocklin, CA


2010 Best of Sacramento Winner - Best Benedict

It’s difficult to imagine that a restaurant housed in an industrial-style shopping area, flanking one of the region’s busiest highways, would be worthy of a special visit. But Rocklin residents have a secret—Venita Rhea’s is one of the finest, and friendliest, breakfast (and lunch) restaurants in the area. Just arrive mid-morning on a Saturday or Sunday and you’ll witness the popularity of this warm, accommodating restaurant. Venita’s cavernous interior is unlike any other in Placer County: Ceilings are festooned with flouncy swags of diaphanous fabric, artificial flowers burst from every corner, and one wall is elaborately painted to depict a romantic, European-style village, complete with tiny vineyards clinging to distant hills. A different wall is encrusted with a collection of clocks, and the dining room is punctuated with colorful, striped awnings. Breakfast, served all day, is a big deal at Venita Rhea’s. Popular are the “Venita Browns,” trucker-sized portions of crusty hash browns layered with eggs, your choice of meat (try the corned beef), cheese, scallions and—gulp—sour cream; and the dizzying array of eggs Benedict (the “Mary Sue” features avocado and asparagus, the “Papa Chuck” features breaded eggplant, tomatoes and ciabatta). If you’re a pancake lover, don’t miss the hearty buckwheat pancakes, and the breakfast quesadilla and burrito are other delectable choices. The lunch menu has a great selection of sandwiches (from hickory-smoked turkey on oat bran bread and a hefty vegetarian sandwich to a crab cake sandwich with roasted pepper sauce), burgers and salads. If your tummy’s got the grumblies, find your way to Venita Rhea’s. You won’t be disappointed. — Kira O'Donnell

Insider tip: Like creative hamburgers? At Venita Rhea’s, customers’ burger topping choices include peanut butter, marinated artichokes, country gravy and creamed horseradish.

Reservations: Recommended on weekend mornings

Payment methods: AmEx, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Alcohol: Wine and beer

Corkage fee: $5

Hours: 7 a.m.–3 p.m. daily (breakfast and lunch served all day)

Additional Information

Price Range: Inexpensive

2010 Best of Sacramento Winner: Editors' Pick

Special Features:
Business Lunch
Good for Groups
Hot Spot
Kids' Menu
Outdoor Dining

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