You're absolutely right, it's not necessary to leave Salem's city limits to find a satisfying and delicious breakfast. But lately N and I have felt the old desire to go for weekend drives around the local rural roads. True, it's not a good use of fossil fuels, but we find it therapeutic.
On Saturday, we found ourselves in Aumsville at breakfast time. We pulled into Neufeldt's restaurant to see what this hometown favorite has to offer. The restaurant is a nice size for the size of the town, not too big and not too small, and the tables aren't too close together. The building was bright and clean when we walked in. Love the big windows letting the sunshine in!
And speaking of sunshine, the smiling waitress greeted us and invited us to choose a table. As we entered the building I noticed a mushroom, ham and cheese omelet on the specials board. Sounded good to me! I chose their hashbrowns and biscuit for my included sides. N opted for a scramble with ham and hashbrowns and sourdough toast. After years of being disappointed in restaurants serving standard sandwich type toast, I've decided to start exploring other house made options when available. Unless, of course, I know they serve good bread.
When our plates were delivered, they sported an ample portion of tender, fall apart, light golden fried potatoes. The exterior of my omelet appeared to have been left on the heat a little long, but when I cut into it the eggs were still tender. My favorite part of the omelet was that it was made in the traditional way--not cooked on both sides. Even though I suspect the cheese was American, the ham was flavorful and the mushrooms tasted fresh. Oh and the biscuit? So fresh and tender! Good thing there weren't more! I would've made short work of them! N enjoyed his scramble, but wished he'd asked for cheese as his eggs were on the dry side.
If you like great service, good simple food and enjoy a small town diner atmosphere, take a drive out to Aumsville and check out Neufeldt's.
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190 Main Street
Aumsville, OR 97325