If you're having a conversation about "favorite breakfast" restaurants in Salem, it wouldn't surprise me if White's Restaurant was brought into the discussion. Rightfully, the sign above the door brags about being in business "since 1936." That's around the year that they started building the current state capitol building. But this place isn't stuck in the past, it's been remodeled recently and is as cozy as ever. Diner's come here all hours of the day for their great food and outstanding service. If you've been here before, the server is sure to recognize you and make you feel like your eating at home. This kind of service makes White's a hangout for some of Salem's most colorful characters. There's even
a menu item named after one of these patrons called "Maynard's Meatloaf." Maynard Drawson is a fixture at White's, known for his friendly demeanor. If you see him there, say hi and if he's not in a deep conversation with someone else, he might be your best friend for a few moments. He has plenty of stories to tell, he's known around Oregon as the "Tree Man." For $6 his meatloaf is one of the best deals on the menu. The portion is a bit small but you don't feel guilty or bloated after eating it. Although tables are full throughout the day, breakfast is the most popular attraction. Pancakes are light and fluffy, bacon, thick and meaty, omelettes are huge. My kids love the Mickey pancake on the children's menu. Instead of using chocolate chips for the eyeballs, White's puts in bananas. I think that's great and helpful when we're trying to teach them that fruit is fun and delicious. What more can you say about this place except that it's clean and reasonably priced. If you've haven't eaten here already you probably don't live in Salem, at least not South Salem.
1138 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97302