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Don't bother to stop in the small town of Jordan Valley, Oregon for ANYTHING, as the town is not only a noted speed trap, but the community is home to some of the most unfriendly people I've ever encountered during the many road trips I've taken over the years.  Are you in need of some delicious food and friendly company?  If so, head a half hour west to beautiful Rome Station, to enjoy an delicious meal at an almost-too-low-to-be-real price, served by one of the friendliest pesons I've met during my travels to eastern Oregon.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Rome Station, 30 miles east of Jordan Valley Oregon has it all, including a cafe, convenience store, cabins, gas pumps, and an RV park.  That's great, but I came for breakfast!  It's 9 o'clock in the morning on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Photo:  The sign advertises all the services that Rome Station has to offer.  In many ways, it's a typical eastern Oregon, but in many ways it isn't, as this little roadhouse is as friendly as it gets.  

Photo:  As you walk in the cafe, you'll notice the small counter, and the few tables that make up the dining room of the restaurant.  The small convenience store is located behind the gentleman in the red.  By the way, the gentleman in the photo is the chef, and he definitely knows his trade, as he prepared an awesome breakfast.

Photo:  Another full view of the five-stool counter.  Rome Station has a Jordan Valley address, but it's located 30 miles west of the town, many miles away from anything.  Jordan Valley is a very hostile place, so when you're in the area, drive right through town, and drive the half hour to Rome Station.  Jordan Valley is a noted speed trap, and the only restaurant in town is operated by a woman who should have retired 30 years ago.

Photo:  The breakfast menu has everything a breakfast lover in eastern Oregon could dream of.  All options looked good, but the "Rancher" caught my eye, and I never faltered.  Is this really 2017?   ... the prices look more like 1997... and are way beyond reasonable!

Photo:  Meet Shawna, my super-friendly hostess, as she pours me another cup of wonderful coffee.  During the course of my breakfast, I had quite a conversation with this amazingly-friendly person.  I learned she's a native Californian - I had to 'fess up my California roots to her - and has two daughter, both of whom live in California.  She and her husband purchased Rome Station 9 years ago, and have been enjoying the good life ever since.

Photo:  Eastern Oregon is cattle country, it's politically conservative, and has little in common with the major population centers to the west.  Fox News was playing on the television - I was surprised high def television existed in this part of Oregon - and the president is posting his latest "tweet."  Note the signs... Oregon is an open-carry state, and in eastern Oregon, many people openly carry firearms, as its perfectly legal.

Photo:  My friendly server, Shawna, brings my "Rancher's" breakfast to me with a smile.  We enjoyed lots of pleasant conversation, and she was very open to me taking photos, and asking lots of questions.  Thanks!!!

Photo:  I'm in the mood to enjoy a great breakfast, and I smile for the camera.  

Photo:  How would I pass up a "Rancher's" breakfast, as it has everything that I absolutely crave in a breakfast? Two perfectly cooked eggs, over easy, hash browns, biscuit and gravy, along with Basque chorizo.  Eastern Oregon is cattle country, and Basque chorizo is an immensely popular breakfast option in this part of the world.  Note how the chorizo shines!  Not the mention the beautiful presentation of this breakfast.  This breakfast is a barometer for all breakfasts that are to follow in my life, and I can't think of words to describe how amazingly delicious this breakfast was!  At $8.25, it was an absolute steal.  Due to the amazing quality of the breakfast, and the wonderful company I enjoyed with my hostess Shawna, I left a $5.00 tip.  In retrospect, I probably should have left $10.00, as the meal, and the breakfast experience was priceless...

I must admit that during the past week or so that I've spent in rural Nevada and eastern Oregon that I've become quite a fan of Basque-style chorizo sausage.

I could use up nearly every absolute superlative to describe my visit to Rome Station.  Shawna was a joy and a pleasure to chit-chat with, the food was amazing, especially the Basque chorizo, and the atmosphere was pure eastern Oregon roadhouse hospitality.  

Rome Station
3605 Highway 95 West
Jordan Valley, OR. 97910
541 586-2295


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