~Review by Chuck Bradley
This is another of Willamette University’s hidden dining opportunities. It’s located on the main floor of Kaneko Commons, just south of Mission Mill on Mill ST SE. Marc Marelich; Bon Appetit’s Director of food service at WU assures me that it is indeed open to the public.
It is open for breakfast and lunch only. Their lunch menu can be viewed at: http://willamette.cafebonappetit.com/cafes/kaneko/weekly_menu.html. Typically they have a Weekly Entrée, three “Market Fresh” lunches, Kettles (Soups), a Noodle Bar, and a Donburi Bar. (All but the Weekly Entree may change daily),
Don’t be put off by the cafeteria style set-up. This is quality food. Today I had their Weekly Entrée which was Slow Roasted BBQ Painted Hills Beef Brisket served with real Mashed Potatoes & delicious white Gravy and Steamed Broccoli Crowns. The meat was cooked to such tenderness that it just fell apart on the fork and the BBQ sauce had a hint of Mustard and was not overly sweet. An excellent meal for just $5.75! I can’t wait to return and try their Market Fresh offerings and Donburi Bar!
Gaining entry and getting out was a bit of a challenge requiring some improvisation on my part. I am told that today was the first day they were open since the holiday break. Someone had neglected to deactivate the automatic locks on the building effectively locking anyone without a key-card out and then, when other means of entry were employed, in. It made for an even more interesting lunch adventure with a delicious hint of naughtiness to it. It’s one which should not be necessary to repeat during future visits.
One more untried lunch destination on the Willamette campus remains. Cat Cavern! Stay tuned more to come!
Kaneko Dining Room
Willamette University Campus
(Just South of Mission Mill Museum)