When N and I walked into Almost Home, it was obvious that it's a favorite amongst area seniors. We're both working on the second half of a century, but suddenly we felt young. ;>) A waiter stopped at a table out of his territory to say hello to a table of women. After he left, one of them remarked that she remembered when he was just a busboy. Their employees must stick around for a long time, too.
A life size cut out of John Wayne greets you at the entrance. He's positioned by two comfortable looking couches near a display of a pet photo collection. The owners must take the comfort and entertainment of waiting patrons seriously.
We were seated in a solarium that's usually saved for larger groups. One nice change from the ordinary was their vintage wood banquet chairs, instead of the standard metal variety. I was happy to see that they bring each table their own carafe of coffee. Sassy Onion also does this. I believe it helps keep the coffee fresh and prevents the frustration over an empty coffee cup. I prefer stronger coffee than what I was served, but it was hot and fresh. Our waitress came over and joked with us while we made up our minds. I ordered their Mount Rushmore skillet and N ordered the Pancake Sandwich, although it was hard to pass up the Prime Rib Skillet.
Our breakfasts arrived within 10-12 minutes. My scrambled eggs were moist - not over done, the potatoes and bacon were crisp and there was a nice assortment of peppers, onions and mushrooms in my skillet. N's eggs, bacon and sausage were also done just right and his pancakes were big and fluffy.
Another nice, friendly, local find - especially for those who appreciate a less noisy cafe experience.
3310 Market St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Situated right beside Shiloh Inn