This review came in from Ociana on 05/08/08
While I am hesitant sharing it with others, I have a tasty little secret here in Salem. The Willamette Valley Grill has all you can eat prime rib dinner every Monday and Tuesday night for only $20. It is served with a dinner salad, broccoli and mashed potatoes. We ate there on 5/6/08 and it was quite good prime rib. The first cut is about a half inch thick, with subsequent cuts more like a quarter inch. They offer it from rare to well done and it comes with au jous and horseradish. The meat was quite tasty and well cooked and the broccoli was prepared in a butter sauce and was quite delicious. The mashed potatoes had a slightly sweet flavor to them and, while tasty, were not quite that creamy garlic concoction I was hoping for. My dining companion took on the challenge of "all you can eat" seriously and he consumed a whopping 10 portions of prime rib! The waiter and chef said that it was a record, the previous had been 8 portions. The service was very friendly and attentive and the food was good.
Reviewed on 10/24/07
Meeting a friend for breakfast turned into a great discovery for the Eat Salem blog. Because of it's proximity to the freeway, I suggested to a friend that I meet him at the breakfast buffet inside the Red Lion Hotel on Market Street. To my surprise, the buffet was gone, replaced by the Willamette Valley Grill. My immediate reaction to the change was overwhelmingly positive. The dining room is very clean and nicely decorated with curtains separating different sections of restaurant. Chandeliers hang over tables giving it the elegant feel of a high end restaurant. The breakfast menu is limited, with entrees like pancakes, waffles, eggs, omelets and oats. Prices range from $6 for Flapjacks to $13 for the Crab and Lobster Frittata. I ordered the Oregon Breakfast, which was two eggs, bacon, new potatoes and toast. Without a doubt this is the best breakfast I've eaten in Salem. The thick cut bacon was sprinkled with fresh pepper and very meaty. The eggs, which they boast are "cage free", were cooked perfectly and not at all greasy. My wife ordered the Eggs Benedict and was also pleased by her meal. The word may not be out yet about the Willamette Valley Grill because the place had very few customers, even for a late breakfast. Next time you see a line in front of Busick's or White's, I say head north to Market street and get a gourmet meal at the WVG. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so I had to use my cell phone to get these pictures of my meal and the dining room. If someone wants to get a couple of photos inside that are good, I will replace these. Send them to my email at email@example.com.