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Jun 9, 2009 09:50 PM

Toro Place Cafe, Salinas

Toro Place Cafe, west of the river on the Monterey Hwy, has been dishing up big breakfasts and lunches to cowboys for more than 50 years. Still quite popular, a shady table on the patio today made for a pleasant lunch.

Mom had a burger, $5.75, and I tried the patty melt, $8.95. The request for medium-rare came out well-done but not dry. Fresh garnishes, and the grilled red onions on the patty melt added some sweetness. Not special, but not bad either.

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Toro Place Cafe
665 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA 93908

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  1. Well, that brought back some memories . . . I grew up about a mile from this place and used to love to sit at the counter for hamburgers. Used to have a really good reputation (we're talking 35-40 years ago!) I ate there "for old times sake" in the last year and I agree with your current assessment.

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    1. re: vday

      I forgot to mention that I had Toro Tea, the cafe's version of an Arnold Palmer or half iced tea and half lemonade that was good and included a free refill. And I should put in a word for the servers -- the waitresses there really hustle and they're the young and modern version of their friendly, efficient bee-hived forebearers who called everyone "hon".

      I was wondering if breakfast might be a better bet. Maybe someone can fill us in on the biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, pancakes, etc.

      It's always interesting to create a new Place record for the database because it then picks up other mentions of the restaurant. I was surprised to check and find no other mentions of Toro Place Cafe on this site, so thought I should go there and have something new to say. Guess there's nothing new under the sun, and sometimes that's just fine. The place was busy as ever.