Josey's Family Restaurant

I'd never realized how difficult it can be to dislodge oneself from a rut: that particular variety of rut you wear in your daily ritual of rising, resting, shopping, eating, etc. Case in point - my friend and I, have a deep and long standing tradition of meeting for breakfast in one location.

Wednesday morning I had an urge to remove myself from that rut . . . now where to find the 2x4 to heft ourselves out. I waited until the last minute to holler at my friend online, to see if she'd be open to trying out Josey's Family Restaurant for breakfast. She responded and we made plans to meet on the edge of town. It takes two navigators when heading to new territory, after all. Several months ago, N and I, not knowing Josey's schedule, had tried to dine there for a blood date. That's when I discovered (from comments made on this blog) they serve breakfast 7 days a week.

Since I have a problem with the corporate practice of tearing down a perfectly good building rather than trying to adapt their needs to what already exists, I find myself attracted to mom and pop type places that make themselves at home in a preexisting structure. That was my first thought and impression when we pulled into their parking lot. Josey's has the same kind of small town charm that brings in the regulars to White's. And regulars there were! You could tell by how familiar they were with the cook and waitress. Another first impression - I loved the mismatched collection of coffee cups. Possibly a collection begun by the owner and now added to by customers?

In the booth my friend and I shared, under the glass table cover, a collection of old 50s & 60s magazine ads and articles were on display. I ordered #11 - "Colorado Cooler", scrambled eggs with chopped ham and cream cheese, hash browns and toast. My friend ordered #3 - "Two Pancakes", 2 eggs, ham and two pancakes. My scrambled eggs were oh so tender (!) and slightly creamy from the cream cheese. And of course, the carnivore in me loves the addition of sweet, chopped ham. The hash browns passed my test of being golden and crunchy on the outside, and tender and moist on the inside. Our coffee cups were kept full by our sweet waitress with the sweet disposition and the coffee wasn't too weak. Although, it's tough to get it too strong for my taste.
My friend said, "The pancakes were light, fluffy and huge! (More than I could eat.) The ham was delicious but my eggs, though ordered medium, were less done than I like." Can I just say, this was a good "out of the rut" experience and yes, I'd do it again. :>)
Josey's Restaurant 2280 Broadway Street NE
 503 399-0046 At the intersection of Pine and Broadway
Hours: Monday - Saturday 7AM-2PM, Sunday 8AM-1PM

19 comments:

Salem Man said...

eggs "less done" is just how I like them.

KandN said...

Which is why I rarely order an omelet anymore - I like the eggs on the inside "wet". Would that be a food safety problem waiting to happen?

amanda said...

Thanks KandN for your blogs they help keep the site fresh. I know it would take a lot of effort for Salem Man to be able to post so many new blogs. So just wanted to say thanks for contributing!

KandN said...

Thanks for the sweet encouragement :>)
I'm enjoying this online food appreciation community Salem Man has created and hope to see more participation in the future. Salem has enough places to eat to keep a village busy! ;>)

Anonymous said...

Good review, its nice to see some really good resturants being reviewed. I will be going there again soon!!

Anonymous said...

All I have to say is the owner prides himself in serving big portions. The restaurant has a nice neighborhood vibe. I think his mom works there too. I'm not sure if it's the best breakfast place in town, but it's good. Coffee could be better. Check 'em out.

Anonymous said...

I have been going there on the weekends for the last year. They have some of the best service anywhere. The owner is the tall guy with a great attitude ask him what he thinks about chain restraunts. He is their most of the time. They have a great breakfeast. Some of my favorites are the biscuits and gray, steak and eggs, and the homemade country fried steak. The vegetarian omelette is good too. Also their burgers are great, big and juicy order it with tater tots they are cooked perfectly. Also try the fatso burger I bet you wont be able to finish it. Some of the best homemade food that I have found in salem and I always go back for the great service. They should be starting dinner again in september. I eat there every chance I get, I just wish they had a dinner hour. I have found few other places that offer this type of service in salem.

Katherine said...

Glad to see that someone else has discovered the #11 at Josey's. I keep telling myself I will try something else next time, but it usually wins out!

Anonymous said...

Had some fresh blueberry pancakes that were on special there on sunday. Awesome, I Had blueberries on the inside and outside. Also I want to add that they use fresh mushrooms in the omelette very good. I am always impressed with this place. Slowly Iam working my way through the menu. My favorites are the biscuits and gravy for breakfast and the riley burger with tots for lunch. It's nice to have good quality food in salem.

Anonymous said...

Had the bacon and cheese omlette with a side of country gravy. More than enough for two people, but just right for the working guy. Worth the money and great I had great service

Anonymous said...

Been wanting to check this place out for awhile and this review finally got me in the door. The ingredients were fresh and everything was well prepared in a very basic, diner-style way. I did think it was overpriced- If I'm paying $9 for breakfast, I'd like more ambiance and some "fancier" kind of choices, not just standard greasy spoon breakfasts.

Qaturn said...

Yay for Joseys!

I fell in love with the place, when I wanted to take my daughter out to lunch.I was very suprised to see a Salmon Burger, it was perfectly done and tasty.
I love their biscuits and gravy, so good!

Anonymous said...

Some of the best burgers and tots in town. Good milk shakes, Great steak and eggs. One of the best and biggest meals of genuine homemade chiken fried steak you can find. Great with the homemade country gravy. Really good sandwiches too for people with a lite appetite. Gets my vote for the Best breakfast in town.

Anonymous said...

Good homemade biscuits and Gravy. I only get to go on the weekends. I usually get cravings towards the end of the week

Anonymous said...

Brought my girlfriends family from californa for breakfeast. They were really impressed with the price, size of portions, and quality. Everybody agreed the biscuits and Gravy, especailly the Gravy was some of the best you can find. All of the breakfeasts were good but once somone tried the biscuits and gravy everyone wanted a portion. My suggestion is to order the breakfeast you want and get an extra biscuit and gravy for everyone to try.

Suz & Coy said...

As you can see from the photos we emailed to "photo your food", we enjoyed our meals. C tried the veggie omelet and it was plenty of food. Nick had the shrimp and tots and was very please with the quantity of tots and shrimp. Shelby loved the strawberry waffle and as you can see they didn't scrimp on the whipped cream! I had the weekend special steak and eggs and a 1/2 order of hashbrowns. My eggs and steak both were done to my liking! Oh, and I got a side of country gravy since I heard it was a must have. It was delicious on my hashbrowns!
Thanks for telling us about the place....we'll be back for sure!!

Next weekend we'll be trying "Word of Mouth". Can't wait for the crème brule french toast!!!

Jim Evarts said...

I think most things at Josie's are good, but for my money, the biscuits and gravy are the best thing there. I love biscuits and gravy and try them every time I go out somewhere for breakfast. Rock-n-Rogers has delicious gravy, but Josie's has delicious gravy AND incredibly perfect biscuits every time. The rest of the stuff is top of the line breakfast fare, too. They also have burgers and stuff for lunch, but no dinner.

Anonymous said...

Very good food! and i hear they are starting some new menu items!!

Chuck Bradley said...

It had been at least 25 years since I'd eaten at this location. Then it was owned by clients of mine. Today, in celebration of my silver exclusionary anniversary, I returned. You may be surprised to learn I ordered their Reuben Sandwich with crispy fries. It was good and could only be improved by the use of real Swiss Cheese. I carefully applied Malt Vinegar to my Fries having previously learned that the results of not having the little plastic drippy thing in the bottle mouth can be catastrophic. I then picked the bottle of Heinz Ketchup (You know, the slow one.) and gave it my customary triple shake. The mirthful miscreant who last used it daintily perched the lid atop the bottle. Now, I’ve perfected the triple shake over the years to the point that all portions of the contents are disturbed and subsequently less viscous and easier to pour. The unintended consequence, when cap is gone, belies the “slow ketchup” reputation. Think Ketchup tornado. I may have missed a point or two on the compass, but not many! My server, Carol, took it all in stride and was a trooper through the whole episode.

I am now legend at Josey’s Restaurant!