The Broadway Cafe

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
(503) 361-7694

9 comments:

jill said...

Thanks for this recommendation. This will be our next breakfast out.

KandN said...

Jill,
I hope you check back in and let me know what your own impression is. :>)
~K

Anonymous said...

We ate at the Broadway Cafe this morning. Best breakfast ever. We had biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of home style potatoes. The service was friendly, the food hot, and well seasoned. The eggs were cooked to perfection. The potatoes,the best. Can't wait to go back. I saw a stack of strawberry pancakes go by and they looked Divine.

Jimbo said...

I can't believe the raves on this place. We have eaten there twice, both times very mediocre. In each case we were the only ones there for most of our stay. Service was "iffy", though they were probably in a "lunch" mode. One of us had the Big Pete, eggs were acceptable though over cooked. Bacon was good, but what can you do to bacon to make it bad except burn it??? Not impressed.

Anonymous said...

Really not at all impressed with ths place. Food AND service were only fair. Had to keep asking for coffee, eggs were overcooked, we were the only ones there for most of our stay. We ate a late breakfast so perhaps they were in a "lunch mode". Maybe I'll try it once more.

Anonymous said...

I dont think ol' Jimbo knows much about good food the only thing better then the food was the service. I ordered the country breakfast burrito and it was heavenly. They had coloring books for the kids and treated us like we were family. I'm gonna go at least once a week.

Chuck Bradley said...

Breakfast Masterpiece.........

This meal was on a par with what you might expect from The Original Pancake House, Cafe K.I.S. (now defunct), The Pink House in Independence or the Original Breakfast in Albany. It's that good! I had Bacon and Eggs. Everything was exactly as ordered. (If you've read my other breakfast reviews, you know this doesn't happen very often.) My server was friendly and propitious. The owner/cook was a very gregarious guy who greeted and spoke with every patron in the place. It's a little hard to find, even if you're looking for it. There is a sign on Broadway, but it's mostly obscured by trees. It's housed in a state office building which in Salem Oregon is the perfect camouflage. They have daily lunch specials weekdays which I plan to check out soon. If you haven't found this secret spot, take the trouble to do so.

Chuck Bradley said...

Back again for lunch...........

Today I tried their Grilled Turkey Club Sandwich special. It included a side and soft drink for $6.95. I had fries (extra crispy) and a diet Pepsi. Unlike most place's Clubs, they did not overdo the bread. I can do without the extra slice. It contained nice white turkey breast meat, cheese, tomato and bacon with a flavorful aioli sauce. The fries were perfect. (Sadly, they do not have malt vinegar.) My server, as before, was efficient and proficient. I couldn't ask for better service in a diner type setting. I think I'm going to be a regular here. (The tree obscured sign I mentioned in my earlier review is gone. This place is a little hard to find, but worth the hunt.)

Linda said...

My husband and I have gone to The Broadway Cafe since we moved to Salem 2 yrs ago. We've had breakfast and lunch there and it is always good. Admittedly, we haven't tried everything on the menu - we have our favorites and enjoy them often...breakfast burrito, Little Pete, biscuits and gravy - all very yummy! Their newest offering is the Taste of Soul at The Broadway Cafe...Afromerican Creole cuisine on Fridays and Saturdays, 5-9pm. Absolutely delicious food...we have tried the Gumbo, Bourbon St Baby Backs, Tchoupitula Chick, Catfish and Cheddar Grits, Portabello Fries...not a disappointment in the bunch...all excellent.