A Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast Restaurant Review: Oregon Dairy
Before I get into discussing the restaurant and what it has to offer, let me give you a little bit of background. My family has a connection with Oregon Dairy that goes back more than two decades. Oregon Dairy is a farm market/grocery store and is connected to a restaurant. Oregon Dairy provided me with my first real job. I mowed lawns and babysat at times, but it was here I learned to work in a more organized setting.
I started at Oregon Dairy Farm Market as a bagger and eventually ended up working in the seafood department for three years. Kathy was in charge of the seafood department. Elton oversaw seafood, the meat department, and the restaurant. Kathy has since moved on, but Elton still runs the restaurant. So if you do visit the restaurant after this review, please tell him I said hi. He will remember me. Nancy, who used to be a fellow co-worker in the seafood department, now runs it. You can tell her I said hi as well.
Over the years since, both my brothers have worked at Oregon Dairy: one in the meat department and the other as a bus boy in the restaurant. My sister worked in the meat department and the kitchen as well, if I can recall correctly. It was a phenomenal place to start working a part time job while in high school, get a little bit of spending money, and save up for college.
My brothers and I still meet and eat at the restaurant regularly for breakfast. Some of the first one’s in the door, we are greeted by Elton, who remembers us, though it has been twenty plus years for some of us. The atmosphere is very country, and you’ll find a wide selection of local foods that are typical for the area. One of my favorite breakfast items is their baked oatmeal. Its a healthy yet enjoyable meal. They also serve a dynamite Creamed Beef Breakfast and a Walnut Sticky Bun that is to die for.
But they also serve great meals for lunch and dinner as well. They have a mouth watering Shepherd’s Pie and one of my personal favorites: their Sweet and Sour Ham Balls. If you are really hungry, go on the weekends where you can enjoy their buffet.
If you are hungry afterwards, and that is a big if, a visit to their ice cream shoppe is a must. You can enjoy it in the restaurant, but I would recommend eating it on their deck which overlooks the Amish farmland, a pond, and a small covered bridge. Totally worth it in my opinion. There have been many times in the past where my family has gone to Oregon dairy for just the Ice Cream Shoppe.
So if you have never tried the restaurant, please do so. Let me know what you think. We have always had good dining experiences there, from staff, to atmosphere, to food. The locals love it. I think you will too.