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.