There Is No Joy in Salmon Bay

With an apparent change in ownership, venerable Salmon Bay Cafe has forfeited any further patronage from me.

I’ve been coming here off and on for 20 years. While the food was never stellar, it was at least dependable, honest and scaled to fill. If you were local, you could always count on seeing someone you knew who worked the Bay shore.

Saturday, the food was just awful. For example, “hash browns” are now two grease-sodden frozen pucks. The cheese and “protein” in the scrambles are the cheapest grades possible (think $5 frozen pizza). Costco muffins pass for house baked. Portions have been downsized and prices raised. The sliced orange on my plate looked like it was on its third round trip from the kitchen. The servers do not know what they’re serving.

Had I not been a guest at this meal, I would have left my plate uneaten.

Beware the new Salmon Bay Cafe.

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Define awful? Awful for a high end restaurant - awful?

Good. This will solve the portion size problem in North America.

Awful: Very bad or unpleasant. In this case at a greasy spoon diner.

Perhaps downsizing portions would be good for the continent’s waistline. But it’s not good for repeat business anywhere but at prisons and nursing homes.

I think maybe the new owners are new to USA and its diner culture.

“Food is a pretty good prism through which to view humanity.”

― Jonathan Gold