Up until recently this was the Sawmill Saloon. The kind of joint you went to for an uninspired but decent meal or more than a few cheap beers. Now it is a diner, one that serves lunch, dinner and breakfast all day.
Pat and I just thought we were hungry. Pat had their basic breakfast. Two eggs with sausage or bacon, toast and potatoes. He got a pound of potatoes, 4 slices of bacon and what looked like more than 2 scrambled eggs for $7.50. He also decided he needed a half order of biscuits and gravy for $2.99
This is all the food Pat ordered for breakfast.
After all this it is no wonder Pat forgot that we ate here when it was the Sawmill Saloon.
I had their works platter. Two sausage, 2 biscuits, 2 eggs and potatoes and gravy for $7.99. The amount of food was nearly embarrassing. Not only did we each get a mound of potatoes but they were nicely prepared. A bit under seasoned but still nicely done. The sausage patties were super sized and delicious with a bit of spice. The gravy was pretty good but the biscuits were average.
I don’t think this place is still a destination but if you are hungry for a well prepared breakfast and you are even close by I don’t think you can go wrong with stopping in. I wouldn’t mind trying their lunch just to see how they handle that. They also proudly proclaim steak and eggs for $9.99 all day, every day. Normally I would avoid steaks in a diner but I saw a sign inside announcing that they refuse to cook any steak well done. Now that intrigues me. I just may have to go back for steak and eggs.
No. Not that Charlie Brown. This Charlie Brown
Sorry. I couldn’t resist. This Charlie Brown has only been around since 1975, serving breakfast and lunch to 1000’s of folks in this west side community of Speedway. Pat and I have had this on our list for so long we had damn near forgot about it. Today we remembered and thought it was time.
Some folks call it a diner. Some folks call it a truck stop;without all the trucks. Out of all the reviews I read no one really had anything bad to say about the food. Except for one guy, and he was down on the whole Speedway thing.
Pat allowed me a bite of his cakes and they were quite good, nice and fluffy. I too fell in line with breakfast. A sausage omelet with raisin toast instead of pancakes.
I thought it was great. Three eggs loaded with a large portion of sausage and cheese. I can’t say anything bad about my meal or this joint. I believe my plate was less than $7 and Pat’s was about $5. They also have some excellent breakfast specials they serve before 11 AM. They offer regular lunch items as well as country fried steaks smothered with sausage gravy. That is for a serious appetite. Also they have a “fritter” as well as a breaded tenderloin. I would guess that would be closer to something we got at the drive in when we were kids. So folks who have been here know. New folks in the area should probably find out. It is a nice little joint.
This picture looks other-worldly doesn’t it. I took it with my Android phone in their parking lot at 11:45 to-day. The sky was clear and the sun was out, and the temperature was about 30. I have no idea why it turned out that way. I like it though.
Art’s is a joint that is open from 6 AM to 4 PM M-S. Their main service is breakfast, with their speciality being skillets. These are one pan dishes loaded with potatoes,veggies and meat of your choosing and then topped with eggs and cheese. They also have lunch dishes as well. Some friends recommended Art’s to us after they had weekend brunch there. We could not figure out whether we wanted breakfast or lunch. While we debated we ordered a giant cinnamon bun to share for $3.75.
This “bun” was a good 6 inches wide and 4 inches tall and delicious. It was served warm and soft and so delicate I couldn’t believe it was at a joint on Pendleton Pike. This is a must order for any trip here.
Pat and I eventually decided on luncheon fare. Pat a grilled cheese with American and Swiss cheese,bacon, tomato and avocado on whole wheat bread for $6.99.
That day they were offering fried Perch,with potatoes,slaw and tartar sauce for $9.99. I am hot and cold as far as fried food goes;especially fried fish. Today I figured that if Art went to the trouble of buying some Perch and making some breading I felt as though I should do my part and buy some.
I was served 2 large and meaty pieces with a crisp breading. The fish was nicely done and very tasty. I would order it again,if I were in a fried fish-eating mood. I think with the right bun this would make a great sandwich. Fish,lettuce and tomato and some slaw on top instead of the tarter. The tarter was quite respectable but the slaw was very creamy. Creamier than what I make or what I am used to,but that was why it stuck out to me. Pat thought it too creamy. I thought it nice change. The fries were just fries,in quantity. Pat gave me some of his peasant potatoes to try. They were nice crisp potato squares with almost too much salt. Frankly I thought they were too clean. No oil,no grease. I like my breakfast potatoes to have some residue of butter or bacon fat, not a swim just a joyful little dip. But for most folks the drier the better,I get it.
So this little joint;I think it is located in an old Captain D’s Fish House;is definite a place you want to hit for breakfast or lunch. It is well staffed and clean and they have super nice outdoor seating. It is right on Pendleton Pike and all of its traffic but it is far enough back in a shopping center lot that traffic won’t be an issue;even in the summer. Oh they have French Toast made from their Cinnamon Buns. What more can I say.