The Otis Cafe is an undersize roadside diner serving oversize meals. Located next to the post office, featuring a picnic-table patio as well as counter-and-table seats inside, the modest eat-place has received national acclaim for great pies, and lumberjack’s (or more accurately in this case, fishermen’s) breakfasts. Sourdough pancakes have a tang beautifully haloed by lots of melting butter and a spill of syrup. Eggs come with hash browns, the potatoes preferably blanketed with melted cheese and green onions (known as German potatoes), and excellent homemade black molasses bread or a jumbo cinnamon roll.
One great lunch is the two-fisted BLT made with full-flavored slices of beefsteak tomato plus a bonus layer of cheese. We also recommend the 1/3-pound cheeseburger, a goopy affair on a hefty bun with Otis’ homemade mustard. On the side come dreamy griddle-fried potatoes or potato chips. (Otis Cafe does not have a deep fryer; hence, no French fries.) Pies are gorgeous, especially the West Coast rarity, marionberry. A more intense, supremely aromatic blackberry, the marionberry was made to be put in a pie. That the crust here is crisp and aristocratic makes it all the more excellent a dessert.