Hoot Owl Cafe

This is a made-from scratch sort of place where nothing is trendy, but everything is a cut above: fresh corned beef hash sizzled as crusty as you request, plate-wide pancakes, and gnarled chicken fried steaks. If you are looking for a seriously hearty breakfast the Hoot Owl will fill the bill.


Some of Our Local Favorites —


Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs

Our famous, giant, chicken fried steak. served with two eggs, hash browns and toast.


Hashbrowns Supreme

Hash browns, peppers, onions, ham and scrambled eggs with melted cheddar on top. Served with a side of sour cream and salsa or gravy on top and toast.


The Heathan Vegan

Loyel’s vegan potatoes with ham, scrambled eggs and cheese. Avocado on request.


Old Fashioned Oats

Served with raisins, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar and warm milk. Cranberries and candied nuts upon request.


The Double Wide

Grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with chicken strips, special sauce, lettuce and tomato. A fried egg and cheese on top.


Turkey Crunch

Turkey, bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Served on grilled asiago sourdough bread.


The Bomb Diddly

A fluffy three egg omelet stuffed with ham, onion, pineapple, jalapeño, mushroom and cream cheese. Served with hash browns and toast.


The Redneck Benedict

A biscuit topped with two eggs, two patty sausages, cheese and gravy.


The Moon Man

A homemade biscuit topped with gravy, grilled mushrooms, onions and sausage.


The Hot Mess Burger

Bacon, grilled peppers, onions, mushrooms, jalapeños, Swiss, American, onion straws and hot mess sauce. 


Tyler’s Philly

Chicken breast, grilled mushrooms, onions, peppers, jalapeños and Swiss cheese. Drizzled with zesty ranch and served on a grilled French roll.


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Quite possibly the best breakfast west of the Rockies. No frills good old fashioned food in a charming rustic atmosphere. The country fried steak breakfast comes on 3 plates. Come hungry. Plenty of vegan and gluten free options as well.
— Local Guide Joe V.
The Hoot Owl is a respected institution in these parts. They know how to make and serve comfort food. They are also known for feeding the hungry which is an exemplary Christian activity.
— Paul S.
The Hoot Owl is a quaint small very busy local nook with the usual breakfast and lunch fare. Good basic items, reasonably priced. And the crew is genuinely kind and attentive to your needs. It’s always crazy busy, so don’t be in a hurry. If you are looking for fluffy tofu and soy, keep driving. These guys are meat and potato types. No espresso but great chili and eggs! A favorite of ours here in Sandpoint.
— Andy Moore
Comfort home cooking at the Hoot Owl Cafe! It has been a number of years since I have been to the Hoot Owl Cafe so being in town, I wanted to see if it lived up to my expectations. My expectations were exceeded as this down-home, quirky, friendly, cafe served up a meal that was like a warm and filling hug from the kindest and sassiest of grandmothers.
— Brent M.


30784 ID-200
Ponderay, ID 83852



Mon – Sun, 5 am – 2 pm



(208) 265-9348