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“Don't set your GPS for it . . . but don't be afraid to go in if you are hungry.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mom's Cafe

Mom's Cafe
Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Salina
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Diner
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lodi, California
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161 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Don't set your GPS for it . . . but don't be afraid to go in if you are hungry.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

Got off the interstate for gas and a bite in the middle of a mid-May snowstorm. None of the freeway close oldish looking fast food places seemed inviting so we drove a mile or so into Salina. We'd entered a time warp . . . back to the 40's and 50's. This comment goes for the town . . . and for Mom's.

Mom's is everything the name connotes: Warm, friendly, staffed with too many employees who seem to be really happy working together, dead and dying plants in an inside planter box, old pictures of "Mom" and her friends adorn a wall . . . and lot's of locals enjoying what appears to be the best place in town. Our meals were fine, nothing to brag about except that Mom's chicken noodle soup might be to die for, especially on a snowy day. I ordered a bowl, received a cup, no explanation when I inquired--perhaps they ran out.

It just happened to be Mother's Day which probably explains the seemingly excessive number of happy employees. Anne, who is a mother, received a mini pink frosted cupcake to commemorate her day. Nice touch.

All in all it was a good experience . . . who'd a thunk you could go back in time. And about those "scones," as a previous reviewer made clear they are not. I noticed a couple at the next table tackling something that looked like large deep fried dumplings. I couldn't help but ask them what it was, both chuckled and told me it was called a scone but one that didn't resemble any scone they had ever seen. One came as a dessert with the wife's meal so the husband decided he should order one. I followed suit. It seemed to have a heritage that included a beignet, a sopaipilla and/or Navajo fry bread . . . actually a deep fried dumpling would be a good collective term. As for the ersatz honey concoction served with it, don't read the label. These scones don't need additional fat, but some pure honey would have been nice.

We were both glad that we had visited Mom's.

  • Visited May 2014
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Fallon, Nevada
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“Definitely NOT scones”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

Exactly what you would expect from a small town in the west. Bland comfort food. I wasn't disappointed by the food but no reason to rave about it. I had a chicken fried steak which was ok, probably frozen and not made fresh. The mashed potatoes were not instant which is good. Service was average, once again, nothing to write home about.

The scones...definitely not scones but more like Mexican pan dulce. Granted, it was very tasty with the honey and butter sauce and I would definitely go back for more but these aren't scones.

Visited May 2014
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Thank DorminR
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Stockton, Kansas
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Excellant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

Down home cooking at a reasonable price. Dinner was great. Had chicken fried steak/mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans and salad.Waitress was very pleasant.

Visited April 2014
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Thank lynnd1949
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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117 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“unexpected delight for brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We stopped by here at 11am on our way through to Moab, and saw this local spot as well as some typical chain places. We opted to try this one without knowing what to expect. We were quite pleased. I had the pancake breakfast with sausage patties (late breakfast), and my companion had a cheeseburger (early lunch). The pancakes were wide as the plate, almost an inch thick, and very fluffy--not chewy or stiff at all. It was great with butter and syrup. The sausage looked uneven sized (meaning hand-shaped rather than machine pressed) and had just the right level of spice. The burger was also very nicely done, cooked through but still tender and not at all greasy. From reading other reviews, after the fact, it seems like some guests don't like their dinner options, but our experience with breakfast was a good one.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Yamamus
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Provo, Utah, United States
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“Used to be THE place to eat”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Mom's in Salina was once spoken of with glowing adjectives and promises to return. Not anymore. And it's sad. It used to have such a great reputation.

We shared a "broasted chicken" dinner and wondered where the meat was. It was pretty much all crunchy skin with a few morsels of chicken. It came with a baked potato and some steamed vegetables, we think. There weren't many on the plate. The salad bar was alright, nothing super great. The scone (which used to be a fluffy, delicious item) was sunken and a little doughy. There used to be homemade honey butter for the scones. Now there is a bottle of some honey flavored goo to squeeze onto it.

My husband knows they've had great pie in the past and asked for the last piece of coconut cream. The serving size was plenty big but it was a little too thick and pasty. The "cream" was actually the real whipped kind from cream but it wasn't whipped enough so it didn't peak like it should.

The waitress was nice but preoccupied even though the diner was nearly empty. Our water glasses sat empty for a lot of our meal. And a waitress should never ask "How are we?" upon greeting customers. I heard her ask that of others who came in. Overall, I don't think we'll return. We're not in that area much but we'll either keep going or see what else is in town.

I truly hope the new owner finds some help who a) know how to cook something-worth-talking-about homemade food and b) are pleasant and attentive with customers.

It would be nice to have Mom's reputation restored to what it was in years past. If it does, we'll return.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Kaye N
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