I donned my "no-rut-will-do" cape to decide where to head for my birthday breakfast with my dear friend Shirley. It was a decision between Almost Home and The Broadway Cafe. I opted for The Broadway Cafe, as I'd been curious about this place since reading about the owner's dream in the SJ a few years ago.
I told Shirley it was across the street from the north Freddy's, so she had Lancaster on her mind. After I told her "no" about the first few turns she asked about off of Broadway ("turn here?"), we were on the same page. (It didn't occur to silly me that she might correctly consider the Market Fred's to be "north".) We turned into the Broadway parking lot right behind another diner.
When we arrived, about half the booths were filled but about 15 minutes later all the seats were taken on the booth side. I can see why. The waitresses greet everyone who walks in the door with, "good morning" or "come on in". It was obvious that the cafe has several regulars. They knew the cook, the waitresses and each other. I noticed the cafe preferred fewer tables as opposed to filling the available space with tables. It was easier to chat with Shirley without the noise we're accustomed to and I'm sure it gives the cook a chance to do what he does best - produce a quality product.
Shirley ordered a Big Pete - 2 eggs, with bacon, hashbrowns and toast. I ordered the breakfast burrito.
She said her homestyle hashbrowns were some of the best she's ever had, her bacon was thick AND crisp and her eggs were done JUST RIGHT. My breakfast burrito had just enough spice, but not too much. It was loaded with delicious ingredients and a side of fresh, finely diced salsa (that I wish I'd had twice as much of, since it was so good). Our coffee was a medium to mild roast but there was absolutely no bitter flavor.
They didn't mind that we sat and visited for 2 1/2 hours - another plus in my book. When it was time to go up to the counter to pay the bill, the cook (and I think owner) asked if we were all caught up. Oh, so he understood the purpose of our breakfast!
2860 Broadway Avenue NE
Salem, Oregon 97303