Silverton Oregon probably has more old buildings than new, so the flavor of the downtown area along the Silver Creek sets the tone of the 1930's. Step into O'Briens, through the old fashion wooden screen door, with real metal screen and you have arrived. High ceilings and a malange of different decorations cover the walls. Everything from Christmas to July 4th is on display, presented for your eyes to roam over.
The menu is extensive, and as another reviewer wrote - they serve breakfast all day long. Our party of 4 arrived on a Sunday at 2pm and while the main dining area was not full, we opted for sitting outside on the balcony overlooking the creek running by, one story below. There are 5 4 person tables out there with sun umbrellas for each table. One young man was busy clearing tables for the full hour plus that we were there.
Our server was a young girl who took our orders for drinks and served those and then our food orders. We had asked for additional sugar packets as the bowl was empty and she forgot about that. The young fellow clearing the tables was prevailed upon and he rounded up more sugar as well as kept our coffee mugs filled. The waitress did not reappear until our food was served. We also had about a 15 minute wait after our last cup of coffee was drained for her to reappear with the checks. They are not rushing you which is most likely part of the small town vibe of just idlying away the afternoon down by the creek.
Our orders were a) a hamburger, b) halibut w/fries, c) a garden salad and d) french toast w/ eggs and sausage. Everyone felt the food was good - very good except for the fish. It was deemed to be a bit short on time in the deep fryer. A couple of food stand outs: the butter in the small paper cup was REAL butter - not whipped. The syrup served for the french toast was excellent maple (served hot and it formed a skin on the top of the container of sugar) and also a berry syrup which was excellent. The french fries were very good without a greasy after taste. The portions were also very good. We were not offered a dessert menu, but it appeared they had home made pies and hard ice cream milk shakes as I noticed the old fashion milk shake mixers on the way out.
A few things that might be helpful: If you choose the balcony for your meal, don't pick the table in front of the screen door leading out to the balcony. It is in constant motion by the servers and makes noise opening and closing. The young man doing clean up / set up and coffee on the balcony, brought silverware and napkins for our table. He was very careful in getting the utensils arranged on the paper napkins correctly, but handled each implement by the part used for going into the food instead of the handle. If you pay by credit card, be sure to state before handing over your card that you want a receipt. Their machine (also old fashioned) tends to not want to make a copy for you.
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