Pappy's Greasy Spoon, the downtown Canby breakfast/diner institution, was named the No. 1 authentic breakfast house in all of Oregon by ThatOregonLife.com, an outdoors and lifestyle online publication.
Mike Merril, owner of Pappy's Greasy Spoon, said he wanted the praise to go to his crew because he couldn't do it without them.
"We typically have cooked 70-dozen eggs on the grill by noon (on weekends)," Merril said. "I want to particularly thank my regulars who have been coming to see me for 15 years. Sometimes nowadays they come in and have to wait 45 minutes before they get a table and their food. We served 250 people last Sunday. We close at 2 o'clock and at 20 past two we still had 20 people eating."
Merril's restaurant wasn't always in the same location — 243 NW Second Avenue in downtown Canby. He originally opened at the old bowling alley where O'Reilly Auto Parts stands today along Highway 99E.
ThatOregonLife.com said Pappy's Greasy Spoon "takes the No. 1 spot for many reasons."
"Everything they serve is made in-house and served hot with the kind of healthy portions you expect at a real breakfast house," the article says. "There are so many reasons to love Pappy's Greasy Spoon that we had to reduce them down to our top 10 reasons why they deserve the title of the No. 1 best breakfast house in Oregon (in no particular order)."
Those 10 reasons? Merril and his crew's flair for cooking scratch biscuits, house-made sausage gravy, hand-cut baby red home-style taters and country skillets, sausage patties with grilled onions and green peppers, thick ham sliced directly off the shank, fresh local Oregon Marionberry syrup, corned beef for Reubens, hand-cut curly French fries, real, thick bacon and the restaurant's "great menu, prices, authentic family-style atmosphere and amazing service."
Anyone who's spent time eating at Pappy's Greasy Spoon knows that Merril is known for whistling melodies from the kitchen while he cooks, and peering around the line of order tickets hanging in the pass-through window to talk with and tease customers he knows.
Many people might be surprised to hear that Merril, originally from New Hampshire, is not nearly as boisterous when he's away from the restaurant.
"I'm very social while I'm down there but when I get away I like time to myself," he said. "My oldest daughter just turned 46. My granddaughter just called me recently and told me, she said I was going to have my second great grandson, and on the same day I got a Medicare packet in the mail. Makes you feel old (laughs)."
Merril opens his doors to feed his adoring customers from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but be forewarned — when the clock strikes 2 p.m. the front door locks, so it's best to get there early if you can.
To view Pappy's Greasy Spoon's menu go online to www.zomato.com/canby-or/pappys-greasy-spoon-canby/menu.