MYRTLE POINT — Somebody is keeping secrets from us.
If you have friends in Myrtle Point and they haven't told you how good the Railroad Cafe is, you might want to question their friendship. Or their dining habits.
Every once in a while we find one of these little gems that no one has told us about.
But then it makes me wonder, why hasn't anyone told me about this place? The reviews online are very good. So, why?
Places like this are hard to keep secret. You folks in Myrtle Point are good.
Sports editor John Gunther and I have driven through Myrtle Point dozens of times without noticing the Railroad Cafe sitting there on the corner of Spruce Street and Railroad Avenue (behind the Umpqua Bank parking lot on the north side of Highway 42).
I only saw it for the first time when we went to Spruce Street Grill. On our way back to the office, we got stopped at the light there at Spruce Street and lo and behold, there it was.
"Have you ever been there?" I asked John.
So we put it on the list.
"Next time we get out to Myrtle Point," I said.
For those of you going there from Coos Bay or Coquille, just make a left at the light at Spruce Street from state Highway 42.
I think both John and I had an idea this was going to be a good stop as soon as we walked in the door.
"It has the cafe smell," John said. "I like the cafe smell."
The place was bustling when we got there a little after noon, and it was almost nice enough to sit at one of the tables they have on the large front porch. A couple of patrons who came later, did.
Quaint. The place is just cute, inside and out.
On one wall there are photos of old barns, on another a bunch of photos and paintings of our logging history. It is a cool stroll down Memory Lane.
Amber, our server, gave us a few extra minutes to go over our selections and informed us that they do indeed serve breakfast until they close at 2 p.m. After looking through their burger section, I noticed one that had John's name written all over it.
The Logger Burger.
The menu has a section of Classic Burgers, then another section called Big Rig Burgers. This is where I found The Logger Burger. Two patties, then add grilled ham, bacon, a fried egg, Swiss cheese and all the classic burger toppings.
Yep. Comes with a steak knife driven through it right up to the handle. It has to. If this one fell over, there's a possibility of seismic activity.
It's funny watching John get down to table level with his eyes to try to get a better idea of how he's going to hold onto a burger, much less eat it.
He relented and ordered The Logger. I, on the other hand, ordered breakfast since they serve it all day. I decided on the Hangover Omelet, which is a 3-egg omelet with onions, Ortega chiles, bacon and cheddar cheese.
The omelet is large and tasty and came with nearly an equal amount of hash browns.
The special of the day was blueberry pancakes for $9.75. I thought about it.
I probably had as much fun watching John eat The Logger as I did my own meal.
After sizing it up, then removing the steak knife and patting the bun down to see how much the lettuce was going to give, he finally hoisted it in the air and unhinged his jaw like a snake to take the first bite.
OK, he may not have unhinged his jaw, but I can't imagine any other way to get a bite out of that towering burger.
After a few bites he put the burger back on his plate.
"Putting this down may have been a mistake," he conceded.
He managed to get the burger back up and take a several more bites before declaring it "halftime."
"Ron, this is a monster.
"Oh, my goodness."
He would go on, while catching his breath for the stretch run.
"I wasn't sure with all the extras if I was going to be able to tell you how good the meat was, but this is a really good burger.
"Good bacon, too."
Soon, all that was left was the red oblong plate the burger and fries came on.
"Oh, my goodness."
I laughed at my friend for having the courage to even attempt The Logger.
"You can do that because you run," I said.
The Railroad Cafe is located at 301 Railroad Ave. and is open daily, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.