I grew up in Scholls, Oregon, which is not really an official place. There is no post office and addresses out there always say Hillsboro. But actual Hillsboro, with strip malls and grocery stores, is fifteen minutes away. Scholls is hill country, farm country, berries and hazelnuts and lavender. It is the region over the mountain from Newberg. My entire childhood, on the corner of 219 and 210 (officially now referred to as "Hillsboro Highway" and "Scholls Ferry Rd"), was a building called the South Store. It would change hands, and eventually what was a store (the only option in Scholls other than Petrich's, and that was closed several years due to fire) would convert to a cafe or restaurant and change hands several times. I had stopped going in there until I did a search for the best breakfast in Hillsboro and The South Store Cafe kept coming up. My husband and I needed a quick morning escape and decided to try it.
The South Store Cafe's owner recently passed away. From what I read about her, she sounded like an energetic force making everything go, and I think she baked too. I am sad we couldn't try the cafe while she was running it, but I have to say, it is running very well now and everything was delicious and perfectly served.
If you live in Hillsboro, Newberg, Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton, Cornelius, etc. - this is the perfect place to go for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Scenic drive included! During berry season it will be a lot busier, because the Smith Berry Barn is right across the highway and Rowell Bros. (marionberries, blackberries, raspberries) is just down the road. Plan accordingly!
The South Store Cafe
24485 SW Scholls Ferry Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
phone: (503) 628-1920