Cafe 22 West

Review by mama2dylan
Café 22 West
Breakfast 6 a.m-11 a.m.
Sunday 7 a.m.- noon
Lunch 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Dinner 5-8 p.m. Friday Saturday & Sunday nights
Breakfast includes waffles, stuffed pancakes, crepes, French toast, oatmeal, omelets and scrambles, chicken-fried steak and biscuits and gravy.
The lunch and dinner menu includes burgers, classic sandwiches, wraps and salads. Specializing in fresh, handmade fare that utilizes the in-season fruits and vegetables offered by the fruit stand.
The fruit stand offers ice cream creations, such as sundaes, waffle cone sundaes, shakes and shortcake. Flavors vary with the season.
(503) 363-4643
Last Sunday my family and I headed out for breakfast at the newly opened Café 22 West located at 5152 Salem-Dallas Hwy NW. Better known as Hwy 22. We live in West Salem near Eola Dr. so it was about a 3 mile drive from home. In case you’re not familiar with this new café you might know of the long standing produce and ice cream stand next door which is owned and operated by the Aspinwall family as well.
When we arrived it was confusing to us as to whether or not they had a wait list for names or someone seated you. It turns out they had a list. We chose to sit outside. The renovated barn seats about 30 inside about the same amount on the outside patio. There is also seating for 20 in a former greenhouse available by reservation only. It was a beautiful morning to sit outside watching the traffic buzz by on 22. We were also pleasantly surprised to see 2 deer grazing just across the hwy.
On the chalk board as you enter they listed their breakfast special as fresh peach creps using fresh peaches from the produce stand next door of course! Before we arrived I already knew in my mind that I was going to order the crepes because a friend of mine told me they serve them. Apparently their real specialty is breakfast. I understand they serve blueberry or raspberry crepes as well. They come topped with fresh whipped cream not the canned stuff from the store. You know the kind you make in a whip cream dispenser that operates with a disposable nitrous oxide cartridge. They were divine. Noting like fresh peaches in season.
My son had the pancakes and bacon with complimentary kids chocolate milk. I didn’t care for the pancakes. I’ve had lighter and much fluffier. The bacon however was delicious. My husband had eggs, sausage and french toast. He said his eggs were very fresh tasting and his sausage links were large, plump and juicy. I had a cup of coffee and oj. The coffee comes in a very large generous Java Crew mug. They also have a drive thru Java Crew kiosk on the grounds.
The wait staff was friendly and efficient. I wish I could say the food came in a timely manner, but with both the indoor and outdoor patio seating filled the kitchen must have been overwhelmed because our food took about 45 minutes to arrive. I understand they want to add another kitchen and enclose the patio for year-round service. Current specials and dishes, will be updated with seasonal additions that feature seasonal produce.
I’ll be back for more. I can’t wait to try the lunch and dinner menu sometime. I have to say half the fun was sitting there watching the staff run back and forth from the café to the produce stand each time they ran out of something. Now that’s fresh! Also watching all the customers walking out of the produce stand with their treasures of fresh produce finds. I too partook in $35 worth of fresh produce as I left the café before heading home with a full tummy and nice relaxing experience in outdoor dinning.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

This restaurant was featured recently in the Oregonian, so when some family came to town, we checked it out. I also had the peach crepes and although yummy, I've had better at Elmer's. Although the restaurant wasn't full it did take at least 30 min. to get our breakfast. One of us ordered the Waffle Boat and it was tiny. The bacon was crispy, just like I like it. I think it's a little overpriced for what you get, but I would try it again, maybe for dinner next time.

Y. M. said...

It seems Cafe 22 has called for attention to many magazines and newspapers.

Salem Monthly already talked about this 2 months ago. Japanese Entertainment magazine based in Seattle and Portland, called YouMaga (www.youmaga.com) will introduce Cafe 22 in September issue!
and Street Fashion Catalogue (http://streetfashioncatalogue.blogspot.com/) will talk about it in October... etc..
I'm excited for them.

by the way, i was kinda surprised that my photo of Cafe 22 is posted at Eat Salem! I took this photo for Yelp.com, YouMaga, and SFC. I think this is perfect one for Cafe 22. hope Eat Salem readers love this photo.

Anonymous said...

We ate there August 22. The coffee cup was dirty, the waitress said "it's just stained", I pointed out that the "stain" rubbed off on my napkin and I'd really like a clean cup. She seemed irritated that I had even asked for a clean cup. I ordered over medium eggs and crispy bacon. The bacon was like rubber and as soon as I cut into the eggs, the clearish/white ran all over my plate. Again, the waitress acted "put out" that I would actually want the eggs cooked. I have to say that my husband thought his meal was OK. If the waitress (Sarah?) had been a little friendlier, we may have considered going back to give the food another try. But, why bother

Anonymous said...

A very nice restaurant and I will be going back. I would have to echo all the other positive comments and to the negative ones, well sometimes people are not happy unless they have something to complain about. The food was great and the service was perfect.

Anonymous said...

The above comment is true! You cant please everyone all the time. I've been in for breakfast and lunch several times and have never been unhappy. I'm willing to wait a little longer for great fresh food. The service staff was also very friendly.

Anonymous said...

We, 2 couples, stopped by mid afternoon so we happened to be only ones there. Both couples ordered a sandwich to be shared. Sandwich a little spendy but very good altho it took almost a 1/2 hour to arrive. Nothing stated on menu nor did waitress mention, but when we received the bill we had been charged $2 per sandwich to have our sandwiches cut and put on two plates. We will not go back.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you the Restraunt is EXCELLENT!
during the summer they are extremely busy but during the wintertime it is calm and peaceful. they have the best hamburgers!
also for breakfast, one of the cooks, Jim, will make art with his pancakes!!
and i agree with the others, you cant please everyone

Anonymous said...

I eat there for lunch almost everyday. I noticed the note on every page of the menu saying there is a $2.00 charge on split plates. Not a good reason to not go back, the food is great!

mama2dylan said...

They finally have a website. There you can find hours, menus, etc. I'm headed back there soon!

http://www.cafe22west.com/Home_Page.html

Café 22 west is owned by Clyde Aspinwall and is set on 40 acres of peach orchards, strawberry fields, and a produce/ice cream stand that has stood for over 100 years on this same property by the Aspinwall family. All fruits and vegetables on the menu come straight from the nursery's fruit stand next door to the cafe. You can't get any fresher than that!

Anonymous said...

I think it is wonderful! The peach crepes CANNOT be beat! We were there this morning for breakfast and the service and food were both wonderful! Will definitely continue to go and enjoy everything they have. By the way,, their peach shakes CANNOT be beaten!!!

Anonymous said...

Warning: The following is a second hand account.

I had some family who stopped in to Cafe 22 on the morning of Saturday, August 15. According to them, there was hardly anyone else in the place when they arrived. The waitress took their orders (but never entered them into the computer for the ticket to print out in the back). Long story short, apparently 45 minutes later they left having never gotten any food or drink. By the time they left, the place was packed and people who had arrived way after them were getting served. This is dissapointing to hear because I had been looking forward to trying Cafe 22 as I pass it daily on my way to and from work. Also, I really have enjoyed to wonderful produce of the Aspinwall family (loyal since they were located out in Keizer). Anyway, hopefully it's not a reflection on the place, but rather the waitress (seems to be a consistent theme at this place). Given the opportunity, i will try the restaurant and draw my own conclusions. However, I know that the family that went is sharing this story with their friends, too.

Anonymous said...

That's too bad, Anon. Sorry to hear about their bad waitstaff experience -- they didn't even get to try the food.

On another note, you mentioned being a loyal Aspinwall customer since they were in Keizer.... but above, mama2dylan stated they have been on Hwy 22 for over 100 years.

Anon.... how old ARE you?

Anonymous said...

LOL. Aspinwalls had a produce stand in Keizer for many years, and I can remember getting strawberries and peaches there in the summer time as a kid. I'm in my mid- 20's, so it wasn't that long ago.

mama2dylan said...

This is posted on the Cafe 22 West web page @ http://www.cafe22west.com/About_Us.html. I wonder if they had 2 locations at one time?

Café 22 west is owned by Clyde Aspinwall and is set on 40 acres of peach orchards, strawberry fields, and a produce/ice cream stand that has stood for over 100 years on this same property by the Aspinwall family.

mama2dylan said...

Hmmmm.... found this.....

Aspinwalls Nursery & Produce - Keizer
765 Lockhaven Drive Northeast
Keizer, OR 97303
Phone: 503-393-4342

Anonymous said...

They own both the stand in Keizer AND off Hwy 22.

I just wanted to say that since they have started serving dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, we have found our new fav place to eat. The ribs are to die for good, and the portions are HUGE!!!

You MUST try this place for Breakfast, Lunch, AND Dinner!

Anonymous said...

Clyde is my cousin. The stand on hwy 22 HAS been there for 100 years, passed down through the family. The one in Keizer (by dairy queen, just up from 7/11) was openned in the 80's when I was a teenager.

At one point, my sister and brother-in-law openned a stand up in Gresham (just below the Bi-mart and Albertsons (or safeway)), in cooperation with Clyde's dad Clarence Aspinwall, and I worked their a couple summers (1987-88).

That said, I had a BBQ burger for lunch at the cafe 22 when I was home on leave from Iraq, and it was as good or better than any I've ever had. (yes, that's me in the picture on the counter!)