Andy's Cafe - Independence, OR



May 2014 Update: Ragin River is now Independence Grill
Andy's Cafe has merged with Ragin River Steakhouse across the street
After a quick check on the "where should I eat next?" blog post, N and I hopped in the car and drove through the woods and over the river to Independence. As we drove north on Main Street, with our eyes searching addresses, we spotted the window with "Andy's Cafe" painted on it. The neon sign glowed "open" and the tables visible from the street were full of diners.
We were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and told we could sit at the counter until a table opened up.
What a warm, home-towny atmosphere with the chattering families and the sharing of small talk between regulars and the waitresses! Right after N and I placed our orders a booth opened up. N ordered a bacon waffle and I ordered a scramble with spinach, tomato, and asiago cheese. The waitress asked if I wanted onions in my hashbrowns, "Yes!". I was glad she asked, as I'd already forgotten to request the option. She also suggested their hazelnut toast instead of my standby sourdough.
We browsed through the pages of the available Sunday Oregonian while we waited for our meal. The waitress, Denise, brought out our food and had fun joking with us after we asked to photo our food and the menu. My breakfast was delicious! The eggs were tender, flavorful and the additions of the spinach, diced tomato, and asiago cheese were perfectly balanced to complement each other and not detract. I loved the translucent, sweet onions in my hashbrowns. Their coffee is a smooth, mild roast, but it didn't have that watered down taste that makes me wish I'd just had water or juice. N's bacon waffle appeared to have ears with the strips of crisscrossed bacon poking out on the edge. :>) The bite he shared with me was definitely made from a homemade batter that wasn't over beaten. The large crumb consistency can hold more syrup. That's a plus in my book!
As we paid our bill and prepared to leave, we heard a recently seated customer ask if they were serving lunch yet. When he was given the thumbs up, he asked for a piggy burger. The waitress turned and told us if we were taking pictures of food we should get a picture of that burger. Then she gestured widely with her hands to show how huge it was. Maybe when we return we'll go back at lunch time to give that big piggy burger a try.
227 S Main St, Independence, OR 97351. 503-838-1696

10 comments:

Vegan's Nightmare said...

I'm pretty sure those bacon waffles are something I'd like.

Hey, is that the old Big Jim's location?

KandN said...

Big Jim? Now you've piqued my interest! Was that a cafe?

Anonymous said...

Any place that puts bacon IN the waffle must have good food. My mom brought us up with the bacon waffle and I had no idea until I was older that not all waffles have bacon inside!

Vegan's Nightmare said...

Big Jim's was a "greasy spoon" that used to be in downtown Independence. I'm pretty sure it's the same restaurant because I saw a "Fisherman's Breakfast" on the menu in your picture which was a staple on the Big Jim's menu. Best breakfast ever.

Stacey said...

Andy's makes the best biscuits and gravy around!

Rebekah said...

We used to head over to Andy's from school in Monmouth when we needed a little comfort food after a hard class. :) It's a cozy place.

Genesis said...

That was my favorite place to eat breakfast when I was a student at WOU. Sometimes I still drive over from Salem. Great food, good people!

Anonymous said...

Used to be Big Jims way back about lkie 10 years ago, same good food

Chuck Bradley said...

My wife and I often drive here from Salem just for breakfast at Andy's. They prepare it exactly as you order it. (I'm fussy about my eggs, hash brown and bacon doneness.) The service is friendly. It takes a little while because they don't start it until you order it. (No soggy steam table stuff) and they're justifiably busy. If you like good food and plenty of it, Andy's is for you. (Last time we did notice their housekeeping was off a notch from usual. Probably just an anomaly.)

Jay VanValkenberg said...

They have closed permenently. The Ragin River location is going to be the Independence Grill, ran by the owners of Broadway Cafe in Salem. I'll miss Andy and denice :(