The Pine Cone Cafe has been at the same University Place location for 65 years. Our server, Becca, has been there for 12 years and reflected the hometown atmosphere with her friendly smile andÂ cheerful voice. Sit at a table, in a booth or at the counter, and you will find something you like on the complete menu.
I was looking for comfort food, and was happy to see that there was a Meatloaf Special at $10.75. Two large slices of flavorfulÂ meat loaf came with green beans, and I ordered french fries instead of mashed potatoes and they were excellent, crunchy and mildly seasoned with salt. Biscuits came with the meal, and I also ordered a cup of clam chowder. The chowder was freshly made and full of fresh clams. It was hot and very good.
We ordered a Monte Cristo sandwich ($9.75), a triple-decker with sliced ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses, dipped in beaten egg and fried until just golden brown. This was very tasty, with everything perfectly blended. We also ordered the excellent fries with this sandwich, and a small order of onion rings ($3.75), which was about 10 large rings, and delicious.
In addition, we ordered a Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich ($7.95) to go, and it was perfect. Crispy bacon, iceberg lettuce, thick slices of tomato with just the right amount of mayo. Toothpicks, just like my mother used to use, held the toasted bread and fillings together. I loved it.
We also decided to order a piece of blackberry pie ($3.75), which was loaded with berries, not too sweet, and wrapped in a flaky, tender crust that was a joy to eat. We shared, but next time I am getting my own.
I would recommend the Pine Cone to anyone who wants comfort food served in a home kitchen atmosphere at reasonable prices. Handicap accessible, but someone with a walker or wheelchair might need help in the bathroom.
IF YOU GO
Pine Cone Cafe
7912 27th St. W., University Place WA. Located west of Bridgeport on 27th; occupies the entire corner of 27th and Locust. Plenty of parking in front and on the street.
Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Carolyn Augustine, a freelance restaurant writer, writes the Senior Eats column for Senior Scene.