Macleay Country Inn
When I started this blog, I knew that it would lead me to places off the beaten path. Macleay Country Inn is as far off that path as you will get in Salem. Located about 10 miles east of downtown Salem on Macleay Rd this roadside inn has lots of country charm. According to their sign, they've been in business for 31 years and by the taste of the food they'll continue to have customers for a long time to come. The thick 12oz prime rib comes with a salad, potato and bread for $17.25 and is much more than I can eat in one sitting. With a mild horseradish and aujus, this is the best steak I've eaten in a few years. The potato is filled with sour cream and chives with butter oozing out the side. Dining is casual, and judging by the crowd gathering in the bar area, the night life is popular with locals. It seems odd, but they have a basic website. I had never even heard of it until a few days ago when I saw it online.
We had a great dinner and the twilight drive back to town through Willamette farmland, capped off a beautiful summer day.