|Mary's first opened in 1922 -- it's now owned by Carolyn.|
"Is there really a restaurant up here? This feels like Big Sur," my kids said. The menu's simple -- a few egg dishes at breakfast, burgers, tuna fish and turkey sandwiches at lunch. Sometimes there are chicken and rib dinners and music and night. Sunflower seeds on the tuna sandwich added to the hippie vibe, and Swiss cheese perked up Sam's burger.
The simple menu (pasted on a brown lunch sack) is perfectly fine, but Mary's is more about the setting and homey atmosphere. Sitting among thrift shop finds and cans of corned beef, diners are invited to paint rocks and paper table coverings while the food's being prepared.
An old-timer with a long white beard settles in at the counter. Several dogs wait outside. A plate of terrific chocolate chip cookies just baked by owner Carolyn (Mary is apparently no more) arrives unbidden after the meal. At Mary's, it's a different pace with a ladies of the canyon feel and a history told in historic photos lining the walls, and a great way to escape the city.
561 Woodland Dr