The Sassy Onion

Reviewed by K&N 6/30/08
"It was probably the threat of the hot temperature forecasted, but we were up and out of the house a little after 8 AM on a Saturday. We
drove downtown for the special treat of a Sassy breakfast before running errands. Evidently, if you arrive before 9 you can seat yourself. Something us late risers aren't accustomed to. The restaurant was about half full, so we picked one of the bigger tables for 4. Our carafe of water, my carafe of coffee and N's small orange juice arrived quickly, but due to a little confusion about who was tending our table, it took about 5 minutes before someone arrived to take our food order. I ordered my favorite, Prosciutto Scramble and N decided to try the Colorado Scramble from their special Spring menu. Our breakfast was brought out on large, oval plates. The inch thick sour dough toast, was still warm all the way through. How I love their tenderly scrambled eggs, the salty tang of the prosciutto, the slight sharp bite of the green onions and the subtle taste and texture of the diced tomatoes and the blend of cheeses! Oh and the nice, large, slab of hashbrowns - crispy on the outside, but moist and tender on the inside. Our breakfast for 2, plus my coffee and N's juice, came to $21.20. A nice incentive to get to Bi Mart and Costco before the heat
and the crowds arrive." K&N

Reviewed by Salem Man 12/20/07
To encourage you to walk or discourage you to drive, the City of Salem likes to put parking meters around state government buildings. It's sort of a way for the city to make up for lost property tax revenue on all the state buildings. Be sure to remember this when parking along the street in front of The Sassy Onion near the capitol on State St. at 12th next to the closed Lefty's. You'll need to have at least two quarters in order to buy enough time for breakfast, more if there is a wait. The Sassy Onion is worth the extra change, its just too bad you have to give it to the city instead of the restaurant. The food here is fantastic. The morning menu is simple with omelettes, traditional breakfasts, skillets and biscuits and gravy. One house specialty is called Green Eggs and ham. Others include Prime Rib and Eggs for $9.95 and Prosciutto Scramble, $8.95. A deal I found on the menu is the Snack Burrito for $3.25. It's just the right size for a quick morning bite, enough food to hold off your hunger till lunch. This is a good location for walkers, Willamette University is close by and tables are always filled with state workers. The restaurant is clean although it took awhile for tables to get bussed and there was a lipstick smudge on a coffee mug. There is also a messy server section in the back of the restaurant. Coats, newspapers and open drinks are piled up on the counter in this section. It's not horrible but it's noticeable. Overall, the service is prompt and the food has always been consistently good. The Sassy Onion should be on your short list for breakfast downtown. Oh yeah, one way to get around the parking fee is to go on Sunday morning when parking is free.

12 comments:

K & N said...

We usually go on the weekend. So, on those rare occasions when I meet a friend for breakfast or lunch during the week, it's an unexpected surprise that we need to feed the meter. Especially, if you park in one of the 30 minute spots. Why the city would do that in front of a restaurant is a mystery to me. Makes more sense to move them down in front of Dave and Vicki's other eating establishment, 2 Doors Down. So, who ate the 5 alarm scramble?? And was it hot enough? :>)

Salem Man said...

My wife ate the 5 alarmer. She fell asleep before I wrote the post so I wasn't totally sure what she had. She says it wasn't hot enough and she needed tabasco.

K & N said...

Oh my gosh! I feel like such a wimp now! I can't use more than dipped fork's worth of the hot sauce on a bite or two. Although, husband just chimed in that it wasn't as hot the last time he ordered it. Maybe there's hope for me yet . . .

Jasindra said...

Okay, I've been to the Sassy Onion once. At that time I posted a review on Yahoo which I will now post here:

"Poor Service: I was very disappointed with the service. The food was good, though my sandwich came with no garnishments or anything, just slapped on the plate. Though there were 2 cooks, 1 dishwasher and 6 wait staff and only 2 customers we had to sit surrounded by tables that weren't bussed. One cook was yelling at a waitress the entire time we were there. The owner was sitting at a table 4 away from us and did nothing to stop the yelling. Four employees were all on break together 2 tables from us. The food may be good, but I will not be going back."

This was posted on 09/25/2006 and I have not been back since.

Anonymous said...

The breakfast burrito is the bomb!

Magic Man said...

Considering the extremely low wholesale price of most breakfast staples (eggs, bread, potatoes) I'm usually reluctant to spend more than $7 on breakast, but this place is definately an exception. Went for the first time recently and had a country benedict, which was excellent. The hashbrowns were great too, possibly the freshest and most grease-free I've ever had.

Amecameca said...

Question: Are the hashbrowns homemade? In the picture they look like those horrible frozen hashbrowns you get at many breakfast places that don't care about quality. They buy them frozen, already soaked in coconut oil, so the frozen slab can go right on the griddle. You can taste the coconut oil. Yuck!

K & N said...

I don't know if they're frozen, but I think I'll ask. I DO know that they're not soaked in nasty coconut oil. That's a flavor and a feeling on my tongue that finds me pushing hashbrowns to the side. Yuck!

Anonymous said...

We've been here about three times. Every time, I thought that it was a bit overpriced for the food that ended up on the table.

Also, it was loud in there, hard to have a conversation. And we were squeezed into a small table, that was way too close to the next one. I wasn't there to dine with the hairy guy next to me!

The wait staff also seems swamped every time we've been there.

Anonymous said...

A nice alternative and the best breakfeast in town is Josey's family resturant. Good deal on the steak and eggs, and the biscuits and gravy are to die for. They always make sure that your satisfied with your meal. Yeah Ive been to the Sassy Onion its ok. But I really didn't like the service, and that was the end of it for me.

K & N said...

This must be one of the areas that Salem isn't lacking in - good breakfast spots.
Seems like there are several egg worthy places to go - enough to match the varied personalities of the patrons.

Janel said...

The Breakfast Burrito is amazing! It's a fair price and its HUGE!