The Regional Restaurant That Oregonians Embrace for Its Local Charm

The outside of Sharis Restaurant. This one has a red sign with white lettering and accents of brown.
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Reflecting on the nostalgic memories of the 1990s, Shari's Cafe and Pies in Oregon holds a special place in the hearts of many who grew up during that era. Back then, it was more than just a restaurant; it was a social hub where teenagers and young adults would gather.

A waffle with strawberries and whip cream.
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For some, including myself, it was our go-to spot for hanging out with friends. We would spend hours at Shari's, sipping on coffee and, as was common in those days, smoking cigarettes. The atmosphere of the cafe, combined with the freedom and camaraderie of youth, made it an iconic place for our generation.

A burger and fries.
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Though times have evolved, notably with the welcome ban on smoking in restaurants, the core charm of Shari's endures unchanged. It continues to be a beloved spot for its comfort food and exceptional pies, serving as a reminder of those simpler times.

A plate with toast, hash browns, and scrambled eggs with various red and green vegetables. Looks tasty!
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The menu has evolved to cater to current tastes and health standards, but the core of what made Shari's special — its welcoming ambiance and local charm — persists.

Two fried eggs on top of hash browns with ham and lots of vegetables.
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The chain, which started in Hermiston, Oregon, in 1978 by Ron and Sharon Bergquist, has expanded significantly, with about 45 locations in Oregon and others across the Pacific Northwest. Despite this growth and the inevitable changes over the years, including the notable shift in public health policies like the ban on indoor smoking, Shari's has retained its identity as a cozy, family-style restaurant.

A display case full of pies.
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Today, while you can no longer light up a cigarette inside (definitely a good thing!), you can still enjoy the vast array of dishes and, of course, the pies that have made Shari's a regional favorite. From their all-day breakfast menu featuring classics like pancakes and waffles to their extensive lunch and dinner offerings including burgers, sandwiches, and prime rib, there's something for everyone.

A slice of lemon meringue pie on a white plate.
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And let's not forget the pies — from chocolate cream to pecan and fruit varieties, they're an essential part of the Shari's experience.

The outside of Sharis restaurant. This one has a yellow sign with green letters and accents of brown. There's a light up neon green sign on the building.
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Shari's Cafe and Pies stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of good food and warm memories. It's a place where the past and present merge, reminding us of the days gone by while continuing to create new memories for current and future generations.