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Salem breakfast off I-5?

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Making a quick trip to Wilsonville from Central Oregon, and searching hasn't found me a good place for breakfast off I-5 as we pass through Salem. Suggestions? TIA.

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  1. I still vote for Novak's in Albany, unless you're coming in on 22.

    1. I have taken several executives to "Sassy Onion" and I have them calling me with the anticipation of going again on there next visit to salem. There are few others in the area that would Suffice but "Sassy Onion" has surfaced to the top of my list. Mama/ Papa atmosphere, amazing food.

      1. Steve, I don't know if they are still open, but the Donald Cafe (in Donald - just off I-5 about 10 miles South of Wilsonville) has always been good. I did hear a rumor that it was now under new management. Can anyone out there verify this?


        1. I used to like The Original Pancake House 4685 North Portland Road, N.E.
          Salem, Oregon 97305

          1. Steve, just found this link to an article saying the Donald Cafe did close, but that former owners had repurchased it and it's open again.


            1. Thanks, all, great suggestions. Sounds like Donald Cafe will be the choice, this trip, and look forward to trying the others.

              1. Busick Court in downtown Salem is a very popular breakfast spot. Rachel Ray ate there for breakfast when Salem had its 30 minutes of culinary fame on her old $40 a Day show. I find it to be okay but not great. If you're hungry they have big servings -- ususally more than I want to eat.

                A more eccentric breakfast choice in Salem in the Off Center Cafe. It's literally "off Center" (St.) -- just past Center on your right as you head north on 17th, east of the Capitol area. It's hard to spot. Look for a classic old sign that says "cafe" I believe -- that's it. It has a great old down-at-the-heels Oregon hippie vibe. There is a funny little counter and about a half dozen or so chrome dinettes in two small rooms. The food is very good with some unique breakfast combinations --some with funny names on the menu. They make some of their own bread, I believe. I like the food a lot. It would be my #1 choice for a unique breakfast in Salem.