Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday: Farmers Market and Market Club for Eats!

Market Club - Sacramento

This restaurant is inside the gates of the Sacramento Produce Market and is closed on Saturdays and Mondays. It is in the middle of the southern most loading dock and is surrounded by produce sellers on both sides. Hours are from 5:30 AM to about 1:30 PM. On Sundays they have a special "oki breakfast". "Oki" is the Japanese word for big. It is Japanese fried rice with an egg on top and a side of linguica. You can also get fried bologna and eggs served with potatoes or rice. And of course the Hawaiian favorite Spam and eggs. Lunch specials include baked short ribs on Wednesdays served with short grained steamed rice (Japanese versus the long grained Chinese and American rice) or mashed potatoes.Their hours are T - F 5:30AM - 1:30PM and Sun 6:30AM - 11:30 AM. NOT OPEN ON SAT. CASH ONLY.
Market Club
2630 5TH St
Sacramento, CA
(916) 498-9953

My Review:
We went to the farmers market before hitting this spot for breakfast. I'll post a pic of all of the great produce and herbs we bought. The place was packed by 8:30 a.m. so from now on, I am getting there by least until my garden produce is ready. We plan to make the Market Club a regular bkfst stop.
It's a lively dive..been there forever and it shows. We met one patron who is a retired Sac Police Dept. officer. He told us that when he worked for the force, they would meet the lawyers and judges here for coffee..cause nobody bugged em. "Mayor Fargo used to come here all the time cause nobody bugger her either..actually, nobody really cared". He kept giving the waitress a hard time and she finally told him to "shut the hell up"...he laughed. Another regular, Steve who loves golf, knew the police guy. Steve was a funny guy too.."this place makes ya happy, like looking at a a fucking dead rose". We all laughed. Steve ordered 'the royal..with sprouts'.
So Dave ordered the house-made corned beef hash with two soft-poached eggs. It was crispy and delicious and the eggs were cooked just right. I had the bologna and fried rice with two over-easy eggs. The rice had freshly cut veggies in it and it was aromatic and delish. With the eggs on top, slathered with some Chinese hot sauce, I was one happy camper. The bologna was thick and tender...and cooked on the flat top. A former co-worker of Dave's walked by...and he told us that he just had fried liver and onions with eggs. I love liver and onions! It's not on the menu..but they'll make it. Next time.
The clientele was a mix of long-haired men and women, all races and ages. The vehicles in the lot were everything from junkers to new bmw's, mercedes, and pickup trucks....oh, and many produce express trucks.
Go. Sit at the counter. Joke with the patrons and the waitstaff. We loved it. It's sorta hard to find....but you can do it. It's close to the Sunday Farmer's Market..the one under the freeway. The really big one!


TaraDharma said...

oh, I LOVE crispy corned beef hash with poached eggs on top. Next time I'm in town visiting family, I'll steer them this way. They know alot of good eateries but have not mentioned this one.

Melly/Melody/or Mel said...

Well, call me and we'll join you! Let me know when you'll be in town.