No, this wasn't N's and my original date night destination. The restaurant we set out to try was closed. We weathered the disappointment and a short while later we found ourselves a short distance down the road in Monmouth at J's 99 Grill, trying to remember what had been recommended.
The aroma of recently baked potatoes greeted us as we walked into the front door. The young hostess promptly seated us in a booth and brought us water. The two of us sipped our water and scanned the long menu. My first impulse (which I rarely heed and usually wish I did) was to order one of their "hand spanked" hamburgers, but the descriptions of the "home style" entrees on the back of their menu changed my mind. I ordered the Fettuccine with Chicken and Broccoli and N ordered the Cowboy Brisket.
I enjoyed my green salad with iceberg and leaf lettuce, cucumber, young peas, croutons, carrot slivers and red cabbage--with the dressing on the side. The fettuccine meal was okay, although the noodles were wider and thinner than I expect fettuccine noodles to be and the sauce could have used a more cheesy flavor. The broccoli was cooked just right and the chunks of chicken were both a good size and tender.
N described his brisket as definitely smoked and tender, but the smoked flavor wasn't close to Adam's Ribs brisket. He also wished the accompanying barbecue sauce was more tangy instead of sweet. His mashed potatoes were fresh made and tasty.
After getting a look at one of this hometown diner's "hand spanked" burgers in the hands of a customer, we plan on returning to give one a try or maybe a serving of those pumpkin pancakes someone recommended.
220 Pacific Avenue North
Monmouth, OR 97361