Sybil's Omelettes Unlimited

I don't need to tell the locals, that on Sunday morning Sybil's is the place to eat. They already know. The place is packed, people sitting on each other's laps in the waiting area and barely a place to park. Sybil's is another suggestion by an Eat Salem reader that took me by surprise. I drive by that feathered fowl on the sign all the time and never thought about eating there. Inside, staff hurries to clear tables for the after church crowd who hunger for what Sybil's has served since 1981, omelettes. Make sure you have a full glass of water when you order omelette #36 jalapeƱos, salsa. Buried inside a layer of hot salsa and egg is enough sliced peppers to burn a hole in your tongue. For other's less daring, their menu lists 110 different omelettes with ingredients from spinach and cheese to oysters and bacon. They'll even make them with chicken livers. Also on the menu, huge homemade waffles and the usual breakfast items like eggs, pancakes and french toast. I don't think I will order the #36 again but I might stop in sometime for lunch.
One downside, the place seemed a bit worn out. The carpet was badly stained and the furniture was old and uncomfortable. The place could use a modern makeover that would be more complimentary of the food. And if you were wondering who Sybil is, she's the hen on the sign.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

#36 is my personal favorite!

Jenera Healy said...

We've eaten there so many times and love the people working there that I have never noticed the appearance of the place, lol! Until you mentioned the uncomfortable chairs I would have never paid them any mind. But now that I think of it, they really are.

Food Troll said...

If I hadn't just called someplace else the epitome of bland, I'd bestow the title on these guys.

First of all, in an omelet the filling goes inside, not mixed in with the eggs. It also helps to saute or otherwise pre-cook veggies. Nobody wants nearly raw onions in their omelet.

Second, it'd be nice to get a total on the bill before heading to the cash register. Especially if the person manning the register can't read the handwriting on the ticket.

Third, we had to wait 15 minutes while the hostess took care of people paying their bills before we were seated - even though there were other servers wandering around and many open tables.

Normally I look past all these defects if the food is decent. However when the food is only mediocre, all the other little things start to add up.

Anonymous said...

I recently "treated" myself to breakfast at Sybils. I arrived early {before the hordes}. I was alone so I decided on the way in to purchase a Sunday paper . I plugged 1.50 into the machine and proceeded to open the paperbox which remained locked and didn't return my money. After waiting appx. 5 minutes to be acknowledged by the hostess, I mentioned my experience with the paper machine and was told "we can't do anything about that". I said I understood and was led to my table. After being passed by a waitress several times and observing a couple of them chatting with each other for some time, I was finally approached, my order taken. I ordered the jalepeno omlette, with a biscuit and potatoes. The food came quickly. The omlette was enourmous, hot and really tasty. The potatoes were anemic looking, with the distinct taste of flavor fry (commercial grill grease)and a certain bitter aftertaste that I associate with the grill brick residue used to clean commercial grills. Yuk. The biscuit which I was looking so forward to was a huge free form affair with the oddest tough texture. Don't know if the dough is scratch or mix but it was overworked.I didn't eat it which is a first because I could practically live on any kind of bread and butter. Overall, given the mediocre service,off flavors and textures of everything but the omlette,I won't be back.

Jess said...

Their food is ok...it's a bit expensive for what you get.

I got the biscuits and gravy once (biscuits and gravy are my gauge of whether a place has good breakfasts), and was surprised to get these two monstrous cat-head biscuits and a large, congealed bowl of gravy on the side. I couldn't even finish ONE biscuit...it was so off-putting.

flowergirl said...

I was in Sybils today for lunch with my husband. We got sat right away and got our coffee as soon as we asked for it. My husband had a tricky order but the friendly waitress got it just right. My omelette had fresh mushroom,bacon and cheese and I must say...it was melt in my mouth good! The service was fabulous and the decor was cute! Way better than any chain restruant that is for sure. I would say that Sybils has a good rep in Salem because they are always busy! We will be back!

Anonymous said...

I was surprised to read so many negative comments about Sybil’s. I’ve eaten there many, many times and usually been happy.

There has been the odd problem now and then, but when I have mentioned it I’ve been happy with the response.

Serving the public can be a challenge at times and it’s often easier to criticize than do better.

I’d suggest anyone with a problem, ask for the manager or write to them and take it form there.

Dsperin said...

I've been eating here on a not-so-regular basis for years. I finally found the best thing. Order the Ham and swiss omelete with Hollandaise! It is so rich you'll wonder if you'll survive it. The only problem with this place (that I've noticed) is there's one waitress who always has a bad attitude.. and we always seem to get her when we go. Just my luck I guess.

Anonymous said...

Sybil's is my absolute favorite for breakfast and lunch. The ham and scrambled eggs with cream cheese is the best. The staff is wonderful and caring. The manager is always available for assistance and will go out of her way to make sure you have the best dining experience.

Anonymous said...

We love to eat our breakfast at Sybil's, When it is to busy, the service is not good. We had to serve our own coffee. My husband waited to get a refill and decided to get the coffee pot. He served himself and also filled others who were waiting for their refill. We have not been back. They need to hire more waitresses.

Silverton Omletteman said...

My wife and I eat once every weekend at Sybils. Reading quite a few of the reviews here I cannot believe that all of these anonymous whiners are eating at the same restaurant that we enjoy so much. In a couple of years going there I think I have had two meals that were not up to snuff. The service is always friendly & pleasant but maybe thats because we treat the staff well. We look forward to our visits, and they act as if they enjoy ours also. Yes the furnishings are old, and the carpet needs replacement, but thats not why I go here. If you want yuppie plush, take your breakfasts in Oswego or "the Pearl." It just makes for less of a line that us regulars have to wait in.

Anonymous said...

Biscuits & Gravy are to die for...elsewhere I always have to ask for extra gravy b/c everyone is too cheap to do B&G right....Sybil's changed my B&G experience. They don't have a side of gravy, they have a side BOWL of gravy. The biscuits were huge, thick, and perfect. The only place that compares to Sybil's B&G is my mom's....and to be honest, I think Sybil's won that competition.

Anonymous said...

I ate there recently and the food was excellent. The server was very attentive and the food was delicious. If any of you moan jobs dont like the surroundings and prefer a new modern restaurant then go to one. Take it for what it is. Its nice to have a nice cozy place to go to and not pay 15 bucks a head.

Anonymous said...

I've been eating at Sybil's for over 4 years, and have always been happy with the friendly service there. On rare occasions have I found anything 'wrong' with the restaurant, specifically times when there was food on my eating utensils, or another time when it took a while for the waitress to get to our table - both minor issues as, you can explain the situation and ask for new silverware, and the latter is a problem that can't be helped seeing as they are almost always busy - especially on weekends.
I love the bacon, tomato, mushroom, onion, and olive omelet with white toast for breakfast. And for lunch the Bacon Cheeseburger with fries. Delicious!

Lorri Collins said...

Hi, my name is Lorri Collins and I am a server at Sybils. I've been at Sybils for 25 years and I appreciate the nice comments about my home away from home. I do know that when I serve, I do my very best and my customers often become my friends. Life is too short...if something goes wrong please let management know so that we can fix the problem. There is nothing we can't fix. Come in and see us!

KandN said...

Thank you, Lorri. :>) Glad you found us.

Unknown said...

Hi: my twin and I along wigh local family eat at Sybil's twice a year when we visit. I'm not sure we care about the food, although it's very good and plenty of it; we come as the dear staff remembers us each year on our birthday. We drive down from Seattle area early enough to eat lunch with our family. Customer service keeps us coming back. We're quite loyal to them. thanks for the chance to say so.
Best wishes, Diane & David, Aunt Shirley and cousin Mary.