2950 West 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97402-3221
I know I am supposed to hate chain restaurants. This is something I need to work harder at doing. I should know that a big evil corporation could not possibly compare with all the funky little local competitors in the Eugene breakfast market, right? This is all my fault.
For example, I know I should love the laid-back hippie service attitude of Morning Glory. It’s really cool how they barely pay any attention when you walk in the door. And if you stand there slightly confused, you really learn a life lesson when they give you a hippie look of scorn (if you don’t know what to do when you walk into Morning Glory, then you just don’t belong, man!). I also should revel is the communal feeling you get when you ask for anything at Morning Glory, and they tell you, “It’s over there on that table by the door” (go get it yourself, you capitalist pig). But for some strange reason, I am a sucker for the way Shari’s greets you at the door and asks how many people you have in your group, and then escorts you to a nice clean table. They also bring you things like water, extra utensils, and Tabasco sauce. It’s my failing that I don’t “get” Morning Glory.
And of course, I really should appreciate the famous “Challah French Toast with Berry Compote” that so many people rave about at Studio One Cafe. I guess I am not evolved enough to understand the attraction of smallish, dry, tasteless pieces of french toast with little cups of toppings on the side. Shari’s apparently is trying to hold back my personal development by offering rich battered french toast with hash browns and a buttery biscuit on the side. Damn you, Shari’s!
Ye Olde Pancake House and Brail’s have patiently tried to teach me for years that serving sizes should be smallish at best. I know they are just trying to help me control my weight. And I should thank them for their concern and caring. Instead, like a lumbering zombie, I get drawn back to Shari’s over and over again for their reasonably-priced and good-sized portions. Whether it’s eggs & bacon, pancakes, or a spinach/mushroom omelette, Shari’s consistently shows their lack of concern for my health by giving me a good value for money.
Summary: Yes, I need to work harder to appreciate the local breakfast joints. I will think about this while I am chowing down on a delicious breakfast at Shari’s tomorrow morning.