Gingerbread Village Restaurant

12300 Hwy 126
Mapleton, 97453
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New owners and now called Pop's Gingerbread Smokehouse. We had the pulled pork, chicken strips and brisket. All were very tasty! We'll be back!
Everybody who's spent any time at all in Lane County has driven past Gingerbread Village, though few people I know stop with any regularity. It's a quaint, iconic spot to stop on those occasions you just need a break from driving, whether headed for the coast or points east. The last time we went, about a year ago, the waitress had an attitude and manner bordering on brusque. Most times the people have been nice enough, but slow and not very attentive. Gingerbread Village is not a destination restaurant, it's a place people stop on their way to someplace else, and considering the unimaginative, greasy-spoon food they serve, the staff really needs to work harder at making the visit a consistently pleasant experience. The menu is crying out for a makeover, because the type of customer who embraced the sort of stuff they serve here is dying out. It's edible if you're 8 or 80, but the baby boomer set and pretty much everyone else old enough (and young enough) to have fully-functional tastebuds is more discriminating. I'll probably stop again at some point, if only because there are so few restaurants in the area, but my visits have become less and less frequent over the years. A person can only eat so much packaged food-service iceberg salad and thousand island dressing in a lifetime. There's a lot of potential at Gingerbread Village, but it needs a lot of help. Mr. Irvine, Mr. Robert Irvine, to a white courtesy telephone, please.
I'm very forgiving where food service is concerned, but not when the food doesn't make up for long wait. Our orders were bungled, my grilled veggie sandwich came out cold (not that it was anything special to begin with), the side salads were bitter, bagged blends, and everyone was generally disappointed. The french fries were mind blowingly delicious, but as far as I can tell, that's all that's worth ordering. The staff was friendly enough, though.

(541) 268-4713

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Alpha-Bit

10780 Hwy 126
Mapleton, 97453
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(541) 268-4311

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Pop’s Gingerbread Smokehouse

12300 Hwy 126
Mapleton, 97453
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(541) 268-6809

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