Ask anyone long-time Tri-City resident where a fabulous breakfast might be found and you can bet, they will answer, The Sage Port Grille at the Richland Wye. This mainstay of the Tri-Cities offers breakfast and lunch daily, with a twist of motorcycle and military nostalgia, along with authentic road sign and license plate wallpapering in this cinderblock building on Columbia Park Trail, just to the south of Bateman Island.
Columbia Park Trail has recently gone through a complete upgrade with sidewalks, paved parking lots, and new, smooth pavement to welcome clientele…not that the old gravel was a problem! Oftentimes a tabby cat with a clipped ear waits to the side of the front door to welcome guests; pet him at your own risk!
Once inside, customers don’t have enough time in just one visit to read all the posters on the walls and ceilings, so they must come back to enjoy more fun. Sarcasm, humor, and just plain fun quotes and quips keep the reading mind active after perusing the extensive menu. Before ordering, customers must consider what chores the day ahead holds because each bloody Mary and each mimosa are artistic and plentifully created. They are truly works of art and there’s no scrimping involved.
A write-up on one wall tells the story of how George Barrett bought the Sage Port over 21 years ago (and we have no idea how long this write-up has been posted on the wall). Mr. Barrett brought the motorcycle and military culture to the diner and his daughter, and the employees keep adding to the American-loving, patriotic, non-political correct style and flavor.
Speaking of flavor, after Mr. Barrett passed, his daughter Michelle continued to serve the homemade delectables offered at the Sage Port. There’s probably not a better omelet or biscuit in town. The homemade hash browns are a blend of chunks of potato and shredded potato grilled to perfection. Breakfasts cease at 11:00 on weekdays and the popularity might keep customers waiting for a bit, but the time goes by quickly as you read the local Tid Bits or the Giant Nickle.
Once seated, the servers are casual and friendly. Because the seating is limited, each employee covers all the bases. This is a restaurant you can feel comfortable asking any server who runs by for whatever you need, and it will be delivered with a smile. This is the type of restaurant too, where they pride themselves in learning your name and making you feel valued as a customer…in fact, you will be treated like family at the dinner table.
At lunchtime, a favorite order is that of fish and chips. Sage Port batters and deep fries large chunks of cod and marries it with home cut fries…definitely worth the calories! Whether you are ready for eggs, an omelet, a morning cocktail, or even lunch, this local favorite is sure to please the palate and the eclectic experience. Go early, and don’t be in a hurry; just enjoy the superb food and the fun culture of the Sage Port Grille.