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Toro Place Cafe, Salinas

Melanie Wong Jun 9, 2009 09:50 PM

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.

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

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    vday Jun 9, 2009 11:51 PM

    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
      Melanie Wong Jun 10, 2009 12:03 AM

      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.

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