COOS BAY — The casino is small. The restaurant is relatively small. But, if you're looking for good values, then Cafe 1297 at Three Rivers Casino-Coos Bay might just be the place you're looking for.
Sports editor John Gunther and I visited Cafe 1297 for lunch last week and were met with several specials, as well as the regular cafe menu.
The casino has a daily special for $7.99, available at both lunch and dinner. On Tuesday, the special is an open-faced turkey sandwich, with potatoes and gravy, vegetables and cranberry sauce.
On Wednesday, the special is spaghetti with marinara and meatballs, a side salad and garlic toast.
On Thursday, they have an open-faced roast beef sandwich.
Also on Wednesday, they have another special of a double cheeseburger and fries for $5.
This gave me plenty of options. I've had the open-faced turkey sandwich several times. It's hard to leave hungry with all that turkey and the potatoes and gravy. I've also had the cheeseburger special more times than I can count without taking my shoes off.
So, I decided to get the spaghetti and meatballs.
John stayed away from the specials and tried the Cabana Grill Sandwich. Which is grilled deli turkey, tomatoes, and bacon with Swiss cheese and 1000 Island on sourdough bread. It comes with fries for $9.99.
As you can see from the photos, the spaghetti completely filled the plate and John said his sandwich had plenty of turkey.
We both left very full.
The cafe has plenty more on the menu.
They start with a two-part breakfast menu. The entire breakfast menu is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Then a portion of the menu is served all day. So if you wanted chicken fried steak and eggs for dinner, you can do that.
They also have appetizers, which include wing orders in two sizes, and with four different sauce options.
There are several salads and pizzas that you can customize. The cheese pizza is $6.99 and add a topping for $1 each, up to four toppings.
I've tried most of the burgers, but find it hard to pass up the $5 special when I'm there on a Wednesday.
The favorites part of the menu includes chicken tenders, deep fried shrimp, tempura fish and chips, chicken fried steaks and grilled salmon fillet.
Then for dinner on Friday and Saturday, they serve a prime rib dinner special for $15.99.
Cafe 1297 is located inside the Three Rivers Casino-Coos Bay at, surprisingly enough, 1297 Ocean Blvd.