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Bandits Cafe

Food: ()

Meals are simple but fresh, with good quality ingredients

Service: ()

Friendly, efficient servers give this a “Cheers” ambiance

Atmosphere: ()

Prohibition-era mural dominates one wall of small cafe

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Location: 3113 S. Highway 97, Suite 105, Redmond

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Cuisine: American

Price range: Breakfast $5.25 to $8.25, burgers and sandwiches $7.50 to $10.25, salads $5.25 to $10.50

Credit cards: American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa

Kids’ menu: Family service on patio

Vegetarian and gluten-free menu: Eggs, salads, cheese quesadilla

Alcoholic beverages: Full bar

Outdoor seating: Seasonal

Reservations: No

Contact: banditscafe.com, 541-504-7485

Double J Saloon

Food: ()

Limited menu features good burgers and generous salads

Service: ()

Bartender did a nice job doubling as table server

Atmosphere: ()

Primitive decor in front, opening to game and music rooms behind

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Location: 528 SW Sixth St., Redmond

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Cuisine: American

Price range: Burgers and sandwiches $6.95 to $11.95; soups, salads and bar snacks $2 to $12.95

Credit cards: Master Card, Visa

Kids’ menu: No

Vegetarian and gluten-free menu: Salads and some bar snacks

Alcoholic beverages: Full bar

Outdoor seating: No

Reservations: No

Contact: facebook.com, 541-923-1868

I’m always on the lookout for new holes-in-the-wall to pique my interest.

I found two on recent swings through Redmond. Both are open every day but Monday.

Bandits Cafe, at the south end of town near Coastal Farm & Ranch, is a little awkward to reach, but it rewards patrons with solid breakfasts and an excellent selection of burgers and other sandwiches until early evening.

The Double J Saloon, in the heart of downtown on southbound Sixth Street, is more of a nightspot. But from its 11 a.m. opening, it serves hearty burgers and other midday fare, including homemade soups and salads.

Bandits

Bandits holds down a space on the west side of Highway 97, facing a parking lot reached by a long driveway just north of Coastal. It’s a discreet cafe, seating about 30 at a half-dozen simple tables and along a counter with a corrugated-tin front.

A rear video poker area is separated from the front of the cafe by an open den with a cushy sofa and a popcorn machine. There are three televisions and 12 taps for mostly local craft beers. Classic rock radio plays in the background.

A large mural that depicts Prohibition-era demonstrations and other memories from “The Jazz Age” dominates one wall. Scattered elsewhere are other reminders of Depression-era rebels and personalities.

Best of all, perhaps, the service is excellent: On two visits, different servers were equally friendly and efficient, giving this place a sort of “Cheers” vibe.

My breakfast, a “Groucho Marx,” came without a mustache and cigar, but it was simple and inexpensive. A freshly cooked chicken-fried steak — its breading crispy but not overly thick — was served with plenty of white sausage gravy and two eggs, over easy. Rather than country potatoes or hash browns, I enjoyed sourdough toast with jam. The whole meal cost only $7.75.

Cafe lunch

On another visit, my dining companion and I started with a half-dozen jalapeño poppers, deep-fried and not too spicy, served with sweet chili sauce.

I ordered a Polynesian chicken sandwich — made for the South Pacific, I assume, with the addition of a grilled slice of canned pineapple and a sweet teriyaki sauce. The chicken breast, grilled tender, was topped with Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato, and served on a Big Ed’s artisan toasted bun.

As a side, I opted for a salad of green leaf lettuce with diced tomato, black olives and onions.

My companion had a juicy “Al Capone” burger, which took a basic cheeseburger (“The Lieutenant”) — including cheddar, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato — and added bacon and an onion ring. Smoky, house-made chipotle dressing added extra zing. Served with thick-cut Kennebec steak fries, it was an excellent sandwich.

So, too, was the traditional Reuben that we took out for my friend’s son. Served on toasted, marbled rye, it featured multiple thin slices of corned beef with ample fresh sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing.

Double J

The Double J Saloon is in the center of town. From the front, it doesn’t look like much, seating about the same number of guests as Bandits at four tables, the main bar and another window-side row of bar stools facing the sidewalk. Decor is basic, with posters and beer signs providing adornment. There are eight beer taps and two TVs.

But the saloon extends back, through a narrow corridor, to a large showroom for music, a separate pool room and Lotto space. It’s far more spacious that one might imagine.

The menu features four burgers and four other sandwiches, as well as salads, a soup of the day and typical bar snacks — nachos, chicken wings and the like. On my visit, the bartender was also working the tables, but she was pleasant and efficient as she took my order and passed it to the cook in back.

I had a mushroom Swiss burger with a side salad. Other than not quite enough mushrooms and way too much onion (a full quarter of a sweet onion, otherwise unsliced, sat atop the meat), this was a good burger: one-third of a pound of beef on a corn-dusted bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. My accompanying salad was fresh and larger than I expected. It was made with green leaf lettuce, shredded red cabbage and carrot, diced tomato, thick-sliced cucumber and a small celery stick.

— John Gottberg Anderson can be reached at janderson@bendbulletin.com.

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