Favorite Breakfast in Salem Oregon

Today's questions: Which local restaurant serves your favorite breakfast?
What is your favorite breakfast?
And the third part: What are all the reasons that make this particular restaurant rank so high?


Is it the overall value?
The coffee?
Quality of ingredients?
Sides?
Atmosphere?
Location?
Awesome service?
Or maybe you wish every restaurant served a Bloody Mary for breakfast like Word of Mouth?

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hobo Scramble at Annette's. Lots of vegetables, it's in west salem. they know my name and know what I like.

Amber said...

I love the Sassy Onion's Benedict choices. Love love love the avocado and prosciutto combo. Plus, I love the pot of coffee on my table.

kneznanski said...

Word of Mouth is my favorite, I love the amazing flying biscuit, but I have to split it with at least one other person to avoid cardiac arrest. The service makes this place great, the time you have to wait to get a table can make it not so great. They're pretty popular, have limited space and their portions are huge!

Also a fan of Busick Court, their Oktoberfest scramble is probably my favorite and you can get almost any breakfast with a biscuit and gravy instead of toast which I love. (are you seeing a pattern here?) But their service has been pretty shoddy and unfriendly the last couple of times I was there. WOM definitely has them beat in that department.

Another great place is Whites. And if you’re looking for a cheap dive, Dairy Queen on Market serves a senior citizen style breakfast for 4 bucks or so. Really basic, but kinda fun too. Both have good friendly service.

Anonymous said...

Off Center Cafe was our favorite for a long long time. The last three visits have not been good. Great coffee. Food used to be great. Holding out hope it goes back to normal.

WOM is a nice atmosphere, but I think the food is hit or miss. Service is very good.

Busick Court is very good (but greasy) food. The service is very good. Coffee is blah. Poor ventilation = your clothes smell like grease when you leave.

White's - I was a regular for ten years, not for the food, but for the excellent service. Food is nothing special. They seem to go for lower quality ingredients. The coffee is the worst in town in our opinion. Warm brown water. Prices seem on the high side. All that said, it is a great place to have an early morning breakfast and read the paper if you aren't too picky about the food. The servers are the best in town.

Melina Tomson, MS said...

WOM is definitely my favorite. Love the french toast and they have a Florentine egg burrito that I love. Portions are crazy huge, but I think the prices are reasonable considering that you get breakfast and lunch when you go there.

Nate Rafn said...

It has to be Word of Mouth!

KandN said...

I love, love, love the prosciutto scramble at Sassy Onion. Doesn't hurt that they have some good bread and (like Amber said) that pot of coffee on the table. The only drawback is how loud it can get.
Second favorite is the Caprese Omelet at Word of Mouth--good bread, good jam, delicious potatoes and nice big mugs of Java. Drawback? You have to take your turn with the rest of town to get a table. :)

Salem Man said...

I would be the wrong person to ask this question. The only place that I eat breakfast ate anymore is Word of Mouth.

Dawn said...

This is a fun discussion; breakfast is a difficult topic sometimes at my house. Husband is hungry by nine o'clock, me sometimes not until lunchtime. I'm crazy about the Creme Brulee French Toast at WOM, but I feel like I need to eat breakfast before I go out to breakfast because the wait is so long. I can get very cranky when I have to sit for 20 to 30 minutes, all the while smelling other people's food.

Sassy Onion wins the Quirky Award for the Green Eggs & Ham - yummy.

When I'm not in the mood for the whole thing, my husband can take a one-minute walk from our house to Off-Center Cafe and sit at the counter, so the wait's not too bad for his basic eggs and potatoes breakfast. On the weekend, the wait for a table is so bad that the last time I went there was the last time. Honestly, I'd rather just get a Sausage McMuffin and get on with my day.

All in all, I think going out for breakfast is more trouble than it's worth due to the cost and the excruciating wait. I actually prefer picking up something that we can eat at home, from Cascade Bakery (many choices) or Muchas Gracias (breakfast burrito), or fresh warm donuts from EZ Orchards or a caramel-pecan roll from Queen of Tarts.

Frankly, if all the restaurants in the world stopped serving a sit-down breakfast tomorrow, I'd get by.

Anonymous said...

WOM is our favorite breakfast spot. But we seem to go there less and less because of the long wait on Weekend mornings.

Anonymous said...

I second the mention of the breakfast burrito from Muchas Gracias. I had my first one this morning and it was excellent, fast and portable! WOM is great but the wait gets old. I'm considering trying White's tomorrow morning. Great topic.

Anonymous said...

Another great place is Cafe 22 for those willing to cross the bridge of those of us in West Salem. In the summer you can sit outside and they use fresh, in season fruit toppings. I've tried so many things on their menu that I can't pick a favorite.

Beka said...

Oooh. Good topic! I love Busick and Word of Mouth, but apparently everyone else in town does as well. There is almost always a wait at either place. I love the Incredible Flying Biscuit at WOM, but like kneznanski said, you really need to share it with at LEAST one other person.

At Busick, I love the French Toast Sandwich. It is ham and an egg between two slices of their yummy french toast. The service has always been pretty good there and I think their coffee is pretty decent too. There is always a wait though and that can get a little annoying, especially if its cold or you're really hungry.

I also really like Pete's Place for a good spot with pretty good food for a decent price and no wait.

These are generally my go-to breakfast spots, although now and then I like to try other places like Sassy Onion for their Green Eggs and Ham.

What I would like to find is a good place that serves Mexican breakfast like chiliquiles. Anyone know a place in Salem that does good chiliquiles?

Chuck Bradley said...

I wasn't going to weigh in on this one because the subject has been so well covered by the excellent comments of others here. But the South Liberty Road Bar & Grill keeps creeping into my mind. They make a better than average breakfast. (I had Bacon, Eggs, Toast and Hash Browns just the way I like 'em) The service was very good and the price was $4.95! I don't know of a better breakfast value in town.

KandN said...

Chuck, You bring up something I've been curious about--how many local bar and grills serve a good breakfast?

Salem Man said...

I'm imagining a past out patron, scraping themselves off the floor of the South Liberty Bar and Grill, after a wild night of partying. Climbing up to the bar stool that they fell off of and ordering the $4.95 special with a bloody mary.

Anonymous said...

WOM is definitely high on our list. I'm a huge fan of the bacon florentine burrito and my husband loves the custom omelettes.

I have no problem getting my food fast, even on a Sunday, because we ALWAYS call in our order for pick up. We live about 15 minutes away and by the time we get there, our food is being boxed up and we weave through the crowd, wait about a minute at the bar and then we're out the door!

Chuck Bradley said...

KandN, I know Windjammers on S. Commercial serves a late breakfast. They open at 11 AM. Apart from that, I really don't know. The question does bear further research.

KandN said...

Salem Man, It's as if you knew me 35 years ago! ;>)
Chuck, I nominate YOU to do this further research, but with photos and in an honest to goodness post of your own. :>)

tracylee said...

LOL, Salem Man...Reminds me of the last time N and I went camping and woke up to pouring rain. We packed everything up in record time and because we were in our really grubby grubbies, found a bar in Lincoln City for breakfast. It was really good, and huge! No, I have no idea what the name of the place was - I was just glad not to run into anyone I knew looking like I did!

Anonymous said...

I would be tempted to say WOM on account of their creme brulee french toast, which is out of this world. But their parking and space issues frustrate me. Sassy Onion is great. So is French Press for Crepes.

Hi N!

Juggler

KandN said...

Juggler,
Do you mean Tracylee's N or my N?
Curious Ns want to know. :)

Anonymous said...

K, yours...sorry, I didn't catch that there were two....

Anonymous said...

Scoreboard on Front avenue.....breakfast and two Bloodys and its Nap time!