Mom's Kitchen

Industry Observer with ARFCO Media

One of my favorite places for breakfast food is Mom’s Kitchen. It’s tucked away in an older industrial area of south Kent warehouses on Central Ave. It’s easy to drive by without knowing it’s there if you don’t catch the one roadside sign. It wasn’t scientifically located by experts from a national big box chain for maximum street exposure to a targeted demographic. I don’t think they’ve ever advertised because I’ve never seen it. Yet, locals know exactly where Mom’s is and are willing to make the trip to get here. 

Make good no nonsense real comfort food and they will come.

By and large we clean up pretty good around here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re usually quite respectful of our appearance. Yet, from time to time and being from the motherland of grunge, we do love our places where we can just show up as is because we’ve been out working in the yard or taking a truckload to the dump and we’re hungry and must have coffee.

As it turns out, this is usually when I come here. Out on the weekend running errands, call my good friend Dave, “Let’s hook up for coffee and breakfast.” I love the plastic red & white checkered tablecloths and the fact that most furniture doesn’t match. It kind of makes me think the interior design team did a quick shopping spree at the Goodwill or as my cousin Susan once said; “Our decor is primarily early attic.” Don’t get me wrong, to me that is the real authentic charm of the place and I love it!

photo credit: Josh R

A typical Sunday morning you’ll find families dressed up and stopping by after church while others are in the midst of a major weekend project. They all have something in common. They want good food, skip the frills, great service, and comfort. Well, they came to the right place.

photo credit: Bert W

Mom’s is one of the few places left where you have to surrender; “Please no more coffee refills.” I’m grinding my teeth and I think my jaws locked. All kidding aside, it’s a great low-keyed eatery and I cherish the fact we still have places like this in the Northwest.

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Comments (6)

Emily Read
Salt Lake City, UT

You had me at 'Mom's Kitchen' - how could it go wrong? I'll have to remember this next time I'm in Washington! Thanks Rene!

Jun 08, 2011 09:29 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks Emily... Mom's is a fun place.

Jun 10, 2011 09:43 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Sounds like a great place for a really good breakfast. Makes me hungry just reading about it.

Jun 13, 2011 02:43 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Rene, I'll have to check out "Mom's Kitchen," next time I'm north. We have a "Mother's Bistro" in Portland that is a great breakfast spot..if you're ever South. And we are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest.  Have a good day.

Jun 14, 2011 02:23 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Richard: I know, and I'm not really a big breakfast eater anymore, but I sure put it away when I go there.

Debb: Hi... I've been to Mother's Bistro in Portland... I'd say the Bistro is quite eloquent compared to Mom's in Kent... Yet, they both have great food!

Jun 14, 2011 03:13 AM
Greg Saffell
Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ

Rene, we have been stuck on breakfast at Wild Wheat Bakery for years. I knew about Mom's but never think about it when the time comes, I'll give it a try one of these days soon. After breakfast mosey on down the road and have a great burger at Chicago Willy's in Auburn. We just discovered this place and it's now our favorite burger joint, good fries too.

Jun 14, 2011 04:13 AM