~Review by Chuck Bradley
In the days before the definition of the term “Coffee Shop” morphed into something entirely different, there was a place like this on every Main Street in America and, often as not, it had the “Coffee Shop” moniker.
This is a breakfast and lunch only place which opens at 8 AM and closes at 2 PM on weekdays and 8 AM ‘til noon on Saturdays. I was hungry for breakfast and She Who Must Be Obeyed wanted a Sandwich. I ordered their “Hearty Breakfast” of Bacon and Eggs. Carol had a Turkey Sandwich with a generous Green Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing as her side.
If I had been asked yesterday if I knew every mondo breakfast place in Salem and the surrounding area, I would have said yes. How this place has escaped my attention until today is a mystery. I’m a fuss-budget when it comes to my breakfasts. I ordered (as always) my Eggs over medium with just the yellows loose, crisp Bacon, crisp Hash browns and dry Rye Toast. When I saw this masterpiece, I lamented my technological shortcoming in the photography department. The two jumbo Eggs were butter fried to perfection. The four (yes four!) thick strips of Bacon were crisp but not overdone. The Spuds were golden with a hint of crunch and my Toast was without butter. (Most places’ cooks bat about 500 on the dry Toast thing.)
Carol loved her Salad and liked her Sandwich which had a mountain of Turkey Meat, a big slice of Tomato, Lettuce and Mayo on Whole Wheat Bread. Yum.
Our server, Wanda, was one of those cheery folks whose attitude puts a little more bounce in your stride when you leave than you had when you came in. The place was bright and clean and the walls were festooned with past patron's comment cards.
We still love Taters, but this is our new go-to breakfast place in Dallas! If you’d like to try one of the best for miles around, it’s worth the drive.
Marty & Michelle’s Café
289 E. Ellendale Suite 401
Dallas, OR 97338