Jack Rabbit Cafe

Update: Jack Rabbit Cafe was sold and renamed near the end of April 2010, due to health issues.  They are now called Coffee Shots.  
Sold again. It's now a Mexican cafe named, Monarca.

Have you ever walked into a place and felt like it wasn't the first time, even though you had never entered their doors before?  That's how I felt when I arrived at Jack Rabbit Cafe.  I decided it's a combination of Break Point Coffee Co. and (the now closed) Corky's Daughter Gift Shop.  The size, the layout and the charming decor are the main things that drove my brain to make the Break Point connection.

The young woman at the counter greeted me and asked if I needed more time to look over the menu.  I did, but not long as I'd already browsed their menu online.  I ordered the Margherita Sandwich for me and the Meatloaf Panini with a cup of Italian Vegetable Soup (homemade said the sign) for N.  I went ahead and ordered a latte to sip while waiting for the sandwiches.  There were 3 occupied tables, 2 couples ordering at the counter and a 6 sandwich phone order all happening at the same time, so there was a short wait.  I divided my time between browsing their corner gift area and sitting at one of their tables, enjoying the bustle of the 3 employees working together.

The young woman who took my order brought out the bagged and boxed sandwiches and soup to where I was sitting.  Out to the car I went, carefully placed the bag on the bucket seat next to me and drove to N's work.  Just in case, I grabbed a couple of napkins from the car before I joined him upstairs.  Good thing, too!  The meatloaf panini should come with a messy eating warning or even better--a bib.

N made non-stop "mmm, mmm, mmm" noises as he ate the man sized sandwich, and ended up with sauce on both his shirt and jeans.  {mental note: pre-treat those clothes when he gets home tonight.} He enjoyed every part; the meatloaf, the cheese, the sauce and the bread. However, N was lukewarm when it came to the Italian Vegetable Soup.   liked that it was filled with a variety of vegetables, but didn't think there was enough Italian seasoning.   When I left I imagined he'd be ready to take a nap. My Margherita Sandwich was just the right size for me and included a nice handful of potato chips.  It featured sliced tomatoes (not too thin), thick slices of mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a generous drizzling of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.  The crusty baguette had the perfect texture to make this sandwich delicious.

If you're looking for some sandwiches or salads that are a variation on the usual fare, give Jack Rabbit Cafe a try.  But remember to eat carefully if you order the meatloaf panini!

Mon - Fri: 
Drive-thru: 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cafe: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
2420 13th Street SE
Salem, OR, 97302
(503) 371-9400


Anonymous said...

I was visiting salem for the day and spent about half an hour driving around looking for a cafe, when finally i turned the corner and stumbled upon this place! I had a great sandwich and wonderful iced chai, they were both delicious and the service was great too!

Anonymous said...

Glad they found new owners so quickly!