Get a hearty start to your day at Memo's Kitchen, which serves up Mexican and American breakfast and lunch favorites every day from the former Old Farmhouse Restaurant at 603 S. Riverside Ave., Medford.
Guillermo Sanchez, who has cooked at restaurants around the Rogue Valley, opened the eatery this spring, proudly putting his name and face on the sign and menu.
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603 S. Riverside Ave.
Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Inside, the restaurant still looks much like it did when it was the Old Farmhouse. Pleasant earth-tone hues, light wood and a few country-style accents create a welcoming atmosphere, complemented by the amiable staff bantering with regulars.
Even on a busy Sunday morning, my husband and I were quickly ushered to a booth by a window, where we settled in to study the menu.
The menu's multicultural mix differentiates it from the cookie-cutter Mexican restaurants offering nearly identical lunches and dinners across Medford and drab Denny's clones serving breakfast any time.
I opted for a verde omelet. The tender egg was loaded with fresh spinach, cheese and crumbled bacon, then smothered in a zesty salsa verde and more shredded cheese. The fluffy flour tortillas I had on the side seemed like a natural choice, but I could have selected from several types of toast, corn tortillas or even a short stack of pancakes.
My omelet was also accompanied by thickly shredded hashbrowns that were lightly browned on the edges. I like a little more crispness on a fried potato, but these soft hashbrowns soaked up the salsa quite nicely.
My husband ordered huevos rancheros ($8.99) with the eggs over easy. The perfectly cooked eggs rested on a tortilla and were topped with a pale salsa and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Although wan looking, the salsa provided a salty, garlicky kick, with just a little chile heat.
Crispy home fries studded with green pepper and onion convinced me that this was the potato side dish to order next time. A scoop of refried beans edged with tortilla chips rounded out his plate.
A friendly waitress who called everybody honey kept our thick mugs of coffee filled and hot.
Traditional diner fare rounds out Memo's morning menu: ham and eggs, corned beef hash, country fried steak and eggs, biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, French toast and pancakes. Fruit pancakes headed to an adjacent table were topped with real strawberries, not brightly colored, fruit-flavored goo found at some restaurants. A senior section offers such classics in smaller portions with lower prices, ranging from $5.99 to $6.99. Prices on the regular menu range from $4.49 for a short stack of pancakes to $9.99 for a steak fajita omelet.
Lunchtime also features a combination of all-American burgers and sandwiches side by side with south-of-the-border burritos, again with a senior option.
No one will leave a table in Memo's Kitchen hungry. Plentiful portions, fair prices and friendly service should keep this restaurant a popular place in Medford.
— Anita Burke