Hoot Owl Cafe

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If you are looking for a seriously hearty breakfast just north of Sandpoint, Idaho, the Hoot Owl will fill the bill. Biscuits made each morning, are the size of half a loaf of bread, and more the consistency of cake than anything else. You can have them plain or as a meal smothered with sausage gravy that has a strange and intriguing perfumy flavor. The big biscuits also play a significant roll in the dish known as Redneck Eggs Benedict, in which sausage patties substitute for Canadian bacon and gravy replaces Hollandaise.

Hoot Owl’s rib-sticking gravy is also available atop an order of hash browns. If you are not a gravy fan but want something seriously filling, consider Hash Browns Supreme: spuds and scrambled eggs, onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, and chopped fresh garlic, with salsa on the side. Like every other meal served here, this one is huge. Indeed, half portions of many items are available; and in our experience, half an order here equals about one and a half orders anywhere else.

This is a made-from scratch sort of place where nothing is trendy, but everything is a cut above: fresh corned beef hash sizzled as crusty as you request, plate-wide pancakes, gnarled chicken fried steaks. Vegans can order Hash Browns Supreme made without eggs, and the menu offers egg beaters and sugarless jam.

The Hoot Owl opens at 5 in the morning, shortly after which it is populated by locals drinking coffee and enjoying each other’s company. It closes after lunch, except on Monday, when it reopens from 4 to 7 as a community soup kitchen.

What to Eat
Hoot Owl Cafe, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
Must-Try
Good ol' diner-style corned beef hash: a fine balance of briny beef and plush spuds.
Hoot Owl Cafe, Chicken Fried Steak (small)
Chicken Fried Steak (small)
Must-Try
Hoot Owl's 'small' chicken-fried steak is very, very large.
Hoot Owl Cafe, Biscuits & Gravy
Biscuits & Gravy
The gravy on Hoot Owl's biscuits has a curious perfumy note. Is it rosemary?
Hoot Owl Cafe, Biscuit
Biscuit
Totally unlike something you'd get in the South, this big biscuit block reminded me of cake. Bread cake, if such a thing is possible.
Directions and Hours
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No

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