Café 22 WestBreakfast 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.
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.