Where Should I Eat Next?

Suggestions are coming in about where I should have my next meal. Here's a few that you suggested.
"Ritz Diner"
"Casey’s"
"Christo’s Pizza"
"Dunkin Donuts"
"Court Street Dairy Lunch"
"Los Panditas"
"Marco Polo"
"Pastamichi"
"Wallery's"
"Tong King"
Thank you for your ideas, those are on the lists of places to eat next. Any more?

162 comments:

Jenera Healy said...

Sybils on State Street

Blue Willow on Lancaster

oregonmommy said...

casey's is awesome!!
try their club sandwich

EazyMoney said...

Breakfast..

Chads...

The Edgewater cafe.. (not to be confused with the westgate cafe)

The Off Center Cafe

Lunch or dinner

Adams Ribs.. Best pulled pork in Salem..

Just order a pound of pulled pork to go and grab a bottle of franks hot sauce and a bag of hamburger buns at the grocery on your way home.. Don't bother staying there to eat.

The smokin swine

Decent for bbq

Gepettos.. they have a decent italian style pizza..

McGraths.. Good fish and seafood..

Enjoy..

Anonymous said...

I have heard a few good things about The Thailand Restuarant, will you check it out?

Anonymous said...

Try the Star of India. I did the lunch buffet right at opening (11:30) selection was huge, everything hot, fresh and tasty. I did not know what some of the items were, but they were all tasty. Price was reasonable, $8.00, I think, for all you can eat, including beverage.

K & N said...

Sassy Onion (breakfast)
Royal India

Anonymous said...

Wallerys in West Salem has the BEST pizza in Salem. It's old school, and cheap prices.

K & N said...

Oh! I forgot to add Amadeus to my short list!

Kim said...

Grand Vines and Jonathan's. Both are downtown and not far from each other.

Nora said...

Oooh Eat at Tong Kings. I've driven by the tiny restaraunt a few times and always wondered what it was like in there. Let us know!

Salem Man said...

Tong King...I'm debating whether or not I will ever eat there. It may have to be a lunch visit when I'm much further down my list of places to go.

Anonymous said...

Off Center Cafe -- great food, funky/laid back atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

My family eats at Caruso's on River Road in Keizer alot. Good food and good atmosphere. They are alittle small, but prefer to keep it quaint. They are looking to open another location by the Golf course in Keizer.

BoggyWoggy said...

The delicious "cake" shop off Commercial. I'm in Corvallis and I've forgotten the name. It's a German name, I think...something like Klondi....ugh! Their cakes are KILLER! They also make an awesome curry chicken salad and knock-out Italian Wedding Meatball Soup!!! Yum!

Salem Man said...

Boggy the name of the place is Konditorei. Look in the "Other Reviews" section I've already eaten there. Thanks for the comments. Do you know of any geocaches near the capitol.

D. Lamkid said...

We have been going to Tong King for about 20 years! It is small inside, but has two seperate dining rooms. Each room I'd guess holds about 30 people.

Lunch time, this place swings. It is busy from 11:30 to about one thirty. They have lunch specials and I have never gotten a bad lunch there.

They serve ample portions, and the ladies that serve you are the same ladies that have been there since we started going there. For about five bucks you get a combo lunch with soup and hot tea! Best "Chinese" food in this town that I have eaten.

This is one of those places that has the same people eat there all the time. They have take out too. You can call ahead for your food to go. TRY THEM!!!

Stephanie said...

Have you eaten at Sushi Kyo yet? I highly recommend it! Also check out the salad bar at Two Doors Down.

jeff said...

Love Love Teriyaki, out in the Sunnyslope shopping center. You won't be disappointed. There is one in the strip mall on the far side of the North Salem Fred Myers as well, run by relatives of the original.

K & N said...

Our favorite way to enjoy Love Love is to order one plate of the spicy vegetables and one plate of either the yakisoba noodles or the yaki udon noodles and share. You never know how much heat will be added to the spicy vegetables, but as long as we have water we don't mind.

Stephanie said...

Ooh, I see that a Pita Pit is being put in downtown, on State just east of High Street. Yay! I know it's a chain, but I've liked it in other cities.

Salem Man said...

Pita Pit will be high on the lunch list when they move in. I still have to get to Dairy Lunch. That place never seems to be open when I'm around.

Anonymous said...

Dairy Lunch has great lunch and their breakfast are good also. try their fixed potatoes. They are really good.

Anonymous said...

Apizza in Stayton. It was bragged upon on another blog as being the best pizza place in Salem. I would love to read your review.

Anonymous said...

Another vote for Tong King. (Although I'd recommend dinner, I've never made it there for lunch.) It's a hole-in-the-wall that seems unchanged since I first went there in 1986 or so.

Also, try Off-Center Cafe for breakfast.

Capri said...

For breakfast..Chad's....White's.... For dinner.. Old Spagetti Warehouse- excellent calazone! go their with your honey, dark and romantic.

Anonymous said...

Try Grand Vines on the corner of High and Court street downtown. Be sure to try their Caesar salad and Vegetarian Lasagna.

Anonymous said...

i noticed you eat in west salem as well and wondered about the new bar & grill that opened in the new california-style strip-mall area (the place that also includes panda express) on wallace. i cant remember what the bar & grill is called... i just drove past it once. it appeals to me because "new" could mean "not smoky", but i'm curious to know if anyone else has been there and can share their experience.

Anonymous said...

taco del mar in keizer!

i love this place when i'm out of state and was thrilled to hear we were getting one in this area. have been a couple times since they opened.. their food is so good but their service is SO SLOW! would like to hear your review

Salem Man said...

anon,
I came real close to eating at that new bar and grille in West Salem. It didn't allow minors inside so we settled for Panda Express.

Anonymous said...

Davinci's Just came out with a new menu. I know that they can be pricey but how about a special occasion review?

Anonymous said...

Please don't review non-local chains. We should support this city's local businesses.

Anonymous said...

I know that they are not in Salem but North Dallas Bar and Grill Has some great food. Check them out sometime for dinner.

Anonymous said...

J's 99 Grill on Monmouth has the BEST pumpkin pancakes I have ever had. They are only hear for a few months. Get their fast and let us know what you think. Say Hi to Jim. He knows more about the business in this area than any one.

Anonymous said...

Think someone should do a write up on Court St.Dairy Lunch. They never seem to write much up on them and they have really great food.Homemade fries and try thursday's open face turkey sandwich. It is the best in town, gravy you could eat like soup, it is so good.

Anonymous said...

RUDYS

Anonymous said...

The Little Cannoli in the Reed Opera House.

John said...

The Dessert Diva on Edgewater
"The Best Dessert in Town Hands down"

Pam's Inbox said...

Cafe Today in the lower level of the Labor & Industries bldg is surprisingly good. I mean, you never think about going into a state office building for lunch, and there's no sign outside to let you know they're even down there, but if you're on that side of downtown that'd be the place to go. They're open from 7am-2:30pm M-F for bfast & lunch. Most of the food is made from scratch, so it actually tastes good. Portions are generous, prices are very reasonable, specials change daily, staff is friendly and they know what they're doing. (Plus, I've seen their kitchen and it's clean - always a good sign!)

Anonymous said...

7 Mares in Woodburn
561 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn, OR

It is actually closer to Salem than the main part of Woodburn. I highly recommend their garlic dungeness crab. I believe their menu was primarily in spanish but their staff speaks English and the waitress was very helpful explaining things. The times I have been there it has been almost completely empty. The prices are great. They also have seafood burritos and things. (7 Mares has nothing to do with horses and the name is actually Seven Seas in Spanish but for whatever reason they are always listed as 7 Mares.. I suppose to confuse the English speaking only so they don't discover what great seafood this place has at great prices!)

I discovered this place shortly after moving to Oregon. We were just driving randomly looking for somewhere to eat and went up Lancaster and ended up continuing on the highway out of Salem. The first time we were there the owner came in and asked what we thought. Apparently their garlic crab is considered their specialty and is kind of a local secret of sorts from what I gathered.

Anonymous said...

Taco del Mar in Keizer (I always eat at TdM when in the Seattle area)

Gepetto's on Lancaster has great Chicago style pizza (I believe they just call it stuffed pizza because it has the toppings in the center) I actually prefer this to the half dozen pizza places I've eaten at in Chicago that seem to just cash in on the Chicago reputation.

not really for this blog, but I recommend Abu Karim in Portland (the food is so cheap I've left a 100% tip because the service was so good and the food so incredible.. the waitress just kept bringing things to try at no charge since the person I was with had never had Lebanese food before)

Leslie said...

Hey, Eat Salem Blogger. Check out Venti's Cafe for some fabulous bento. Reed Opera House, 189 Liberty Street. You will not be disappointed. Good variety of entrees, eclectic interior, microbrews on tap.

Anonymous said...

Venti's is OK. Decent food. I haven't been there in a while, but I recall frozen veggies. C+

Tong King is pretty good. Definitely a off-beat place. B

Busters = D-

House of Terriyaki = C

La Perla = B+

Thai Orchid = B

Marco Polo = buffett is excellent = A. If you tried it and didn't like it, I recommend you try it again. This is a great lunch spot.

Wild Pear = B-

White's - great place for breakfast. The service is the best in town (A+). Food is adequate (C). Great old school vibe early on weekday mornings. Some folks have been going there for 50 years.

Busick Court - Great food, although can be a bit greasy. Service is good. A-

Off-Center Cafe - best breakfast food in town. Service is erratic. Waiter might be distracted with a conversation for 5 minutes instead of filling your coffee (best restaurant coffee in town by the way) or might be all over you. However, the food makes up for the erratic service. Annie's Eggs is better than even the best brkfst in Portland. Food A+, Service: all over the board.

Christo's - very good pizza. simple little spinach salad. Cozy environment. Great date location. Excellent take out pizza. A

Wallery's - artery buster, but a great guilty-pleasure. Years ago this was the Sunday hangover "breakfast at noon "place. B

Lefty Pizza - pretty much Pizza Hut quality. OK if you are not picky. C-

New York Pizza - Cheap good slices. Took a pepperoni and a cheese pizza for my employees last week and everyone loved it. A

Geppotto's - Good deep dish sausage pie. Love the funky old school location. B

Smokin Swine - excellent food. Too bad they didn't open out south. Three different locations and I didn't like any of the spots. The ribs were excellent and their homemade bbq sauce was great. The authentic sides made the meal. They will be missed. A-

Adam's Rib- Never ate there, but it will be my next dinner for decorating the Christmas tree.

AM/PM - I was standing in line behind someone who was telling the clerk "..you know, you do a real good hot dog here".........not brave enough to try, but based on smell and the shriveled up look....D-

Kwan's - Love the funky old school vibe and the cheesy gift shop in the lobby. We have had good service and average service. The food is usually really good. We prefer to get take-out as opposed to eating there. B+/A-.

Spaghetti Warehouse - If you want a big pile of slightly above average pasta, good fresh soudough, it is a good spot. Not for the pasta snob (my wife is one), but not bad for quick and easy. Love the bread and garlic butter they bring for appetizer. Get the meat sauce meal. Love the little scoop of ice cream you get at the end of the meal. B+

Boon's Treasury/Thompson's - the food is real average and expensive, but the best place in town to hang out or meet friends. Beet is excellent. Service is famously bad. Love the buildings. They are making a mint here in Salem.

Magoo's - was watching a football game there was some friends and someone ordered a mess of food. Nachos, wings, burger. Way below average. I think they microwave everything. On par with AM/PM food quality. Not bad if you are starving. Service is good sometimes (twin girls are great) and terrible at other times. Too bad, I always want to like Magoo's, especially since they went smoke free. I really want to recommend them, but they make it really hard...this place has potential if a new owner/mgmt took over.

Salem Man said...

anonymous,
nice job, that's like the cliff notes for eating in Salem.

Wade Davis said...

China Faith on Lancaster, by Les Schwab, is our favorite Chinese in Salem. Would like to know what you think about it.


I also want to second the above comment about APizza in Stayton. It's GOOOOD. We really like it. Even moreso we love their freshly made Caesar salad. However, theirs is the most expensive pizza, ounce for ounce, that I have ever seen. Anywhere. So much so that it feels like they are really sticking it to you. Hopefully it's because they pay the employees well. Otherwise they are. lol

Anonymous said...

Rudy's is delicious. they have good prices and great service. I love to go there- and went their just last week. Try it!

laina said...

Jonathan's on State and Liberty? They have the best clam chowder, ever (even better than Mo's at the coast). Their meals are decent, and their childrens menu choices and prices are reasonable, too.

guy who loves his food said...

Josey's on the corner of broadway and pine st.
They are only open for dinner on friday's until 8pm. The New york steak dinner is mouth watering and at an unbeatable price. I went to the Roadhouse last week and paid twice as much only to be disappointed.
They are only open mon-sun till 2pm. Awesome breakfast and lunch menus. Great service. Everything that I have tried on the menu has exceeded my expectations.
The resturant is very casual and has an old diner feel to it. Try the dinner on friday night.

guy who loves his food said...

John's chinese resturant in keizer. They have great chinese food, and best of all a convenient drive thru take out window. I have recomended this place to all of my friends and they all agree that it is a definite find! My girlfriend who has admitted to being a bit of a food snob with regards to Chinese and Japanese restaurants, even gave 2 thumbs up. The dine in service is quick and friendly but beware, they are really busy thur-sat.

Anonymous said...

John's Chinese Restaurant in Keizer. I have told many people about this place and all have agreed that it is a definite FIND! My girlfriend was extremely hesitant to try it but was won over by the terrific food! They even have a convenient drive-thru take out window. Inside you'll experience not only fast but friendly service--but beware they can be really busy Thurs-Sat.

Anonymous said...

La Mixteca on High street is hands down the best Mexican Food in the city. Amazing Mole and green sauce and all their peppers are shipped up from relatives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Anonymous said...

You should do some research and find out which restaurants in Salem serve homemade soups. On cold days like these, I would love some freshly made, hearty soup. Is the Soup Cellar any good since Marc sold it?

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, you should try rudy's. As i can see, several people have already mentioned it. To be honest, it provides a great relaxing atmosphere, the prices are decent, and they have the most delicious club sandwiches. As an added bonus, the service is great and the waiters are ALWAYS friendly. It also only helps that they were so fast with my order, and it was cooked to perfection. After reading this, please take the time to review it. You won't be disappointed...and you may even find a new favorite lunch spot.

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for a restaurant that has homemade soups, have you tried Flight Deck at the Salem Airport? They have really good homemade soups and desserts. The service is fast and friendly. Worth a try!

Anonymous said...

Do not eat at whites. I recently went there and my firend found a bug in the food. It was disgusting. We got a free meal, but we are NEVER going back again.

guy who loves to eat said...

I see that you have Ritz diner at the top of your list on places to eat, but no review. I have heard that they have great food but I have never eat there. I am going to suggest again that you eat at Josey's family restaurant. They are owned and operated by the same person and I know that Josey's has great food and the restaurant is bigger.

Salem Man said...

The Ritz is a place that I have considered eating. There are a couple of reasons why I haven't gone. One is the location. It's a bit further from me than other restaurants so it's hard to get there when I'm hungry. Two, being located next to the adult shop is another downer. Josey's is a better possibility but it also has location difficulties for me. This year I'm going to look for places a bit further from home so expect to see reviews from exotic locales such as NE Salem.

Anonymous said...

La Mixteca and The Little Cannoli are hidden treasure in this town!

Anonymous said...

NE Salem - there is a very good authentic mexican food restaurant on...not sure of the street...somewhere off boardway...there is a skateboard shop nearby there (Dokument is the name?). Dang, I have lived here forever and can't remember that street - Handi Hus used to be on the same street (about 15 yrs ago) and the Harley dealership.

Anyway, great food and it is very authentic.

I would love to hear reviews of the other taquerias on Portland Road. There are a bunch that look authentic. I just don't get out there much.

Anonymous said...

Found the address from another post:

It's at the corner of Jefferson and Fairgrounds, on the near northside.

Jr.'s tacqueria

really good food

Oso said...

Original Pancake House? This place has always been consistent...at least in Oregon. In Edina, Minnesota (a ritzy part of Minneapolis), they managed to screw it up by making OPH more upscale. The Spanish Omlette is very filling (especially with a side of potatoes).

Anonymous said...

Lum Yung's on Portland Road.

Anonymous said...

DO NOT EAT AT WHITES.

I don't know hoe they passed their health inspection. I was out with some friends and someone found a SLUG in their food. The girl looked terrfied and they got breakfast free. FREE. For all that? Rip Off. I wil never go back to whites and i no longer support their business, you should too.

Anonymous said...

Los Baez. I love this place! It has delicious food and the people and service couldn't be better! ( The food is my fav though...)

guy who loves to eat said...

RAMEN ICHIBAN in SOUTH SALEM. It may be easier for you to get to. They have some of the best Japanese food in Salem. The atmosphere is ok, but not that great. The whole place could use a remodel. Anyways, you go to Ramen Ichiban for the real Japanese food. I would reccomend having this for takeout. I read your review of Love love teriyaki. I went and tried the keizer location today for the second time. Big disappointment!!!!!. I hate it when they have to state that they are authentic. The atmosphere was upbeat and ok, somewhat Asian but not Japanese. I saw some Asian and white people working behind the counter, but not one Japanese person. Need I say more the food was truly a disappointment. They even served me hard rice. The word Authentic is commonly used at food places to justify what they serve. Love love teriyaki is truly a disgrace to Japanese food.
Again try RAMEN ICHIBAN. You are guaranteed to meet a Japanese person when you walk in and their prices are competitive. Above all the food is truly "Authentic", top quality food.

lovesfuschias said...

Try the Oregon Tea Garden in Silverton. Best scones ever -- be sure to try with the clotted cream (sounds gross, but mmmm...) and the lemon curd on your scone. Really delicious soups and light sandwiches as well, the tea is served in beautiful mismatched china cups -- and you can wear a silly tea hat if you like. Kind of a girly place, but the scones are worth it!

Anonymous said...

When it comes to Mexican there are as far as i am concerned only 3 great places in the Salem area:

Keizer on River Road next to the Liqour stre is Los Dos Hermano's which has great service, great food, and the best margaritas hands down in this area. Standout dish is Taco's El Padrino Barbachado. Other great places are El Guirense sp? on Portland Rd. and La Margarita downtown.

For Chines Luem Yung, Kwan's, and one of the best kept lunch secrets in Salem is Trinh's Cuisine at the Cheriouts Depot.

Best Thai is Thai Lotus in Keizer

And finally another best kept secret is Bentley's for Happy Hour menu choices that are cheap and fabulous: 7 days a week in the bar only from 3pm-6pm and 10pm to close. Menu has about 10 items ranging in price from &3-$10.

Vegan's Nightmare said...

I haven't been there yet, but I've heard from several folks that Mt. Angel's Cafe is the new "Best BBQ Around" place to eat.

If you decide to go, give them a call first to get their hours because I believe they serve the BBQ during limited times -- something like Thursday and Friday after 3pm, and all day Saturday and Sunday from what I recall.

To me, that's a good sign for good BBQ -- that means they're cooking it fresh, slow, and low.

Paul said...

Teriyaki Diner on 25th across from the airport. I like them better than Young's except for the fact they don't offer cheap tuna rolls, but their rice is delicious! Also Chinns, which is next to Ramen Ichiban.

Anonymous said...

Mavericks bar and grill in south salem

Anonymous said...

Try that new place called Spud Brothers Pizza in the Target Shopping Mall off of Lancaster. I have not been yet.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Bentley's does have the best happy hour! You have to try the mini pulled pork sandwiches, delicious! I've never been disappointed with Bentley's although it is a little spendy, but not too bad.

jeff said...

There is a new Love Love Teriyaki next door to Target on Center Street. They've definitely taken this one upscale in design as well, it looks like a place you'd be happy to take a date for dinner, not just a lunch stop.

Brian said...

Has anyone tried Singley's? It was the Big Kahuna?

Anonymous said...

come on. there's no need to review Dunkin' Donuts.

Anonymous said...

Macedonia (in the Reed Opera House) - the sign says they're re-opening, serving Greek and Italian cuisine

Anonymous said...

Thai Lotus. They have great lunch specials!

Anonymous said...

According to the Statesman Journal review today, there is no reason for you to go to Lum Yuen's. As I suspected, another mediocre "Chinese" restaurant in Salem, shocking!

Anonymous said...

How about Caruso's?

Anonymous said...

Rudys, I have NEVER had a bad meal, or bad service there. Have taken out of town guests for a casual, but "nice" lunch. They all love it.

Anonymous said...

Agree, Caruso's in Keizer has great atmosphere, and good food. Make sure you make a reservation I went without one and had to find another place to eat or wait three hours. Actually Caruso's had a great Valentines dinner last year

Space said...

Jr's Taqueria on Fairgrounds road

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate any reviews on authentic Japanese restaurants in the area. Very particular about Japanese food and have found that the best places are owned and run by Japanses families. GO SUSHI

Anonymous said...

To the stateman Journal comment about chinese food. Try John's chinese food in Keizer. They have great chinese food. The best that I have had in the Salem area, and all of my friends agree.

'laina said...

How about Jake's Bar and Grill on 12th and Rural? They proclaim themselves "Best burgers in Salem".

filbert said...

Have you tried Goudy Commons on the Willamette campus? There's amazing variety: soups, huge salad bar, Mexican bar, deli, grill, featured entree, etc., etc., etc. Great for families because you can see what you're getting in most cases. They even have spoons out so you can taste the soups! Best of all; it's very inexpensive.

Anonymous said...

I love love chiliburgers. I go to ROCK N ROGERS all of the time to get a chiliburger. I get cravings almost daily for a good chili burger. Rock N Rogers and CJ's are the only two places I've found in Salem to get Chiliburgers. I would like some Chiliburger reviews where to get them and which places have the best Chiliburgers. Also Which places are the best for a fast chiliburger I don't always have time to savor every bite. I would greatly appreciate some help. Ive had to go to the Portland area to get them occasionally.

Anonymous said...

Try Jonathan's Long Bar on Liberty Street of every first Wednesday for their FREE wine tasting and great 50 cent Whimpy's.

Jeffrey said...

HOw about Non-Smoking night life. I know that the ban starts in a few months. But until then it would be nice to know where to go.

Anonymous said...

Adam's Rib on State St. near Willamette Univ.
I have yet to take someone to Adam's Rib for lunch who didn't enjoy it and the prices. Often there is live guitar music on Fridays at noon. They guy is really good and he comes in to play on his lunch hour for a BBQ. I don't think they are open for dinner.

Anonymous said...

Goudy Commons on the Willamette campus for lunch is good!
Don't miss Marco Polo's lunch buffet. About $6.50 and some of the freshest, best food in town. Even the deserts (that come with) are baked there. You won't be sorry.
Ever had Hawaiian food? There is a place on 25th out by the airport that serves the Banana Pancakes for breakfast that Jack Johnson sings about. Yum (but rich). I don't recall the name but it was fun to eat Hawaiian for a change.

Anonymous said...

Rock N Rogers is a good D+ at best. The waitresses all act like you just interupted a phone call with their teenage boyfriend...Annoyed you are there. Burgers are cooked to hockey puck. Who wants a 2 inch thick slice of onion? Average fries. The whole place is a good idea, but bad execution.

Best burger, hands down, is Burger Basket. Take it from someone who has been around burgers since Ray Kroc was still a vacuum cleaner salesman.

Bentley's - this place is everything that is wrong with Salem. The place is cheesey and the food is D-. As someone once told me, all you have to do is be average in Salem and you will be a superstar.

We had smoked halibut at $23 at Bentley's and the fish was good, but they poured liquid smoke all over it. We had to put it on an adjacent table the smell was so bad.

guy who loves to eat said...

Kyoto Japanese restaurant on Lancaster. Never been there I've heard its good, but expensive. I've also heard mixed reviews. This would be a good restaurant for a review.

Anonymous said...

Ramen Ichiban in S. Salem has the best katsudon ever.

Anonymous said...

Morton's bistro in West Salem

Anonymous said...

Starduster Cafe at the Independence State Airport.

Anonymous said...

John's Chinese restaurant very family oriented, and good food. Also Caruso's Italian restaurant Both in Keizer and both are excellent.

Anonymous said...

The new "Sonic" going in just South of the corner of Lancaster and state street, next to wal-greens. I guess its big on the east coast and wanted to know more about it, just another Jack in the box????????????

Anonymous said...

Mongolian grill either the more popular one changs on lancaster or the one in south salem on commercial street. Would like to see a comparsion of the two and find out which one people like more.

Anonymous said...

Sansei Teriyaki! On Lancaster tucked away by the Safeway. Try the Unagi! Sweet delicious Unagi.

Anonymous said...

A previous post was asking for you to review the "Hawaiian" place by the airport - that's Maui Grill. I'd like to know what you think as well. (Any chance you'd order something that doesn't have beef in it?)

SandraC said...

Please try the Old Europe Inn.. We haven't been there yet and want you to do the dirty work for us before we go.. And be sure to do the Sunday Brunch. Also, have you ever thought of doing reviews for catering companies. I am sure some of the summer brides would surely appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

If you are looking for a quick and good bite to eat try Capitol Dog very good hot dogs at great prices.

Space Is The Place said...

Burgerville in Monmouth. It may not be worth the trek here like apizza is for stayton, but it's a refreshingly interesting take on the fast food format. I'm sure most are familiar with the franchise since they're all over Oregon, but I didn't know there was one so close by. Anyway, they use quality grass-fed beef, and all local, seasonal ingredients. Very quality place for a burger and fries.

Anonymous said...

What about Morton's Bistro in West Salem? Always excellent food, locally grown food wherever possible, great wines, excellent service. What more could anyone want?

Anonymous said...

los dos hermanos(sp?) just inside keizer. i am the furthest thing from an adventurous eater, so when we went to a new restaurant and i ordered a new dish my husband nearly fell out of his chair.i had a chicken dish off the El Salvadorian menu. soo good! my 11 year old also had a dish from El Salvador- pupous(sp?) that was also delish. great kids enchilada. my husband had carne asada with cactus. can't wait to go back and try something else!

Anonymous said...

2nd los dos hermanos in Keizer is very good and great for takeout. Also John's chinese food in Keizer best in Salem-Keizer area. And I don't even live in Keizer. I have friends that drive from corvallis on the weekend to eat at John's a must try for anybody seeking excellent Chinese food.

Anonymous said...

Johnny's Bar & Grill

jill said...

Eola Inn -- Sunday Chicken & Dumplings sounds like a winner.

Anonymous said...

If you're willing to venture out to Stayton for Apizza, why not Sublimity for Wooden Nickel?

Huge delicious hamburgers!! And I think it's a great deal as well.

Anonymous said...

I just heard the Eola Inn just reopened under new management I plan to give them a try if for nothing but the river view :)

Anonymous said...

JOHN'S IN SALEM/KEIZER THEY HAVE THE FRESHEST AND BEST CHINESE FOOD IN THE AREA. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET BETTER CHINESE FOOD IS TO DRIVE TO SAN FRANSISCO

Anonymous said...

Old Europe Inn and Adam's Ribs are great depending what you are in the mode for.

Please try Eola Inn for all us. They have recently reopened.

MissyH said...

Try Caruso's in keizer they have great food and very nice atmosphere. I also recently went to The oyster bar and it was very good.

Anonymous said...

Old Europe Inn; Spud Brothers pizza next to Target on Center St.

Anonymous said...

Where should I eat next??

At my house, man.

I cannot afford to go out to eat anymore. saving money and cooking at home is the best vote.

hey, help out local review site as well. http://www.yelp.com/salem-or

YM

Anonymous said...

How about high end reviews?

Morton's is by far the best restaurant in a 30 mile radius. High end service, excellent food, great atmosphere.

Carusos - excellent food. Haven't been to the new location.

Divinci's - excellent food, good service, best place for a nice cocktail in Salem.

Anonymous said...

Pete's Place. I have heard all kinds of good things about the food. I have never had the guts to eat there. Great place for a couple cheap beers (or five) in the evening. Usually a good crowd.

Anonymous said...

Caruso's I believe this is the 15th suggestion. Maybe someones trying to say something. A++++

Anonymous said...

Venti's you have it on your coupon board. But no review, checked out the website. Soon would be a good chance to review it at their new location

Anonymous said...

Mcgrath's downtown this is where it all started. I think people in salem should have a review of the downtown mcgrath's. thanks.

angelinawax said...

I'd really like to know about the Northern Lights Theatre Pub. I've always wanted to try it, but a bit timid.

Anonymous said...

Next on your list should be Venti's, Bentley's and the Little Connoli Bakery.

Anonymous said...

Annette's Westgate in W. Salem. HUGE, HUGE portions. Great breakfasts (have yet to try lunch or dinner). Their Monte Cristo for breakfast is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

kyoto on Lancaster! I'm curious about their sushi - their dinner tables are fun too :)

Anonymous said...

Some really good resturants in salem that everyone is missing out on Bentley's, Venti's, Josey's family resturant (breakfast and lunch only), Ramen Ichiban in south salem.
Also Salem/Keizer resturants "John's chinese food", and Caruso's actually two of the best in Salem.

Anonymous said...

Mendi's Pizza in Independence. Get there Mustang pizza. They use Tillamook Pepper Jack Cheese.

Anonymous said...

Carino's in Albany just opened up. I haven't been there but its supposed to be ten times better than Olive Garden. They have them all over I would have expected Salem to have the first one. I have heard from three people that all liked Carino's. They said its supposed to sw italian. This would be a good place to add to your blog. Salem should have one in the next couple of years.

Anonymous said...

I am not going to name a place. But I am looking for a place thats affordable and good quality food and atmosphere for dinner. I like to eat out everynight for dinner and would like a decent place to eat.

Anonymous said...

Try CopperJons bar down town I am real curiouse how you would rate it.

Anonymous said...

Novak's Hungarian Paprikas in Albany is a bit of a drive - but the food in unbeliveable. It's really cool to go to a family run place where everything is right. Call ahead on weekends.

Anonymous said...

I second the recommendation of Novak's. Papa Novak often does the meet & greet when we go there, & I believe it's his daughters that also work there. The breakfast stuff they have up by the registers is highly recommended. For dinner, I recommend the Hunter's plate (a stuffed cabbage roll, sausage with sweet mustard, parslied potatoes, a few fried thingies whose name I Cant remember, a salad on which you must get the house dressing, & a cup of the goulash).

KandN said...

I'm heading out for breakfast this Saturday. I want to go somewhere different, somewhere unreviewed on this site. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

^^Annette's Westgate in W. Salem! Yummy!

KandN said...

Maybe we ordered the wrong thing when we tried Annette's a year ago . . .
What would you recommend?

Anonymous said...

Mina's Restaurant at McNary golf course. The Fresh Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce are the best I have ever eaten. They are fresh, crisp with a touch of apple and small bits of crispy chicken or tofu on requst. The Crab Cakes are good and the Thai Food is awesome.

Anonymous said...

We have tried Eola Inn with a group and found excellent service as well as great food. Did a repeat and found very good and prices very reasonable.

susan said...

Red Ginger in Keizer is fatastic.

Anonymous said...

A few responses back RE Annette's Westgate - their breakfast Monte Cristo SO good!

Thai Cuisine in Keizer - run down building but the most amazing Thai food I've ever had

Eola Winery has an amazing brunch

Anonymous said...

Annettes (on Edgewater) has a Gouda Cheeseburger that's fantastic.

Garlic Jim's has the best pizza around - lovely chewy crust.

EazyMoney said...

You should give "Latitude point one" in Dallas on main street by the court house a try. Its new and they feature northwest cuisine.

tracylee said...

Kyoto's on Lancaster - I was so sad when Hiroshi had to move from the S. Salem Location when it closed

for Mexican - Los Dos Hermanos and El Grullense

Anonymous said...

Andy's Cafe in Independence. The best breakfast around, OK, second to Busic Court. their biscuits and gravy are divine!

The Roentgenatrix said...

I second Pete's Place/Pioneer Grill, between Commercial and Liberty on State St.

Their food is cheap, ample, and delicious, and they mix the drinks super-strong.

THE PHONES said...

We just picked up some pizza and stuffed breadsticks tonight from a new place that just opened up in Sublimity called Paneza Nelli http://ourtownlive.com/ourtownsantiam/?p=202. When I'd heard that it was owned by the man who originally opened Giovanni's in Mill City we knew we had to try it because we loooove Giovanni's (soft, sweet, raised crust) but hate the drive. I've gotta tell you that this place is amazing. It's very small with limited seating but their baked goods look incredible. Their pizza and breadsticks are just like Giovanni's except they have more to choose from with toppings. I highly, highly recommend checking them out! It's so wonderful to have such a great little place out this direction! :)

Anonymous said...

I have seen Morton's show up many times in this blog. Yet I have not seen a review. I looked up Mortons on google and found Morton's bistro nw in West salem. It looks like a really good place to get quality food. I was thinking that it would be a good place for a valtines day reservation for two. I would like to know if this is a good place for that since I have not eaten there yet??

Anonymous said...

Please, Please, Please, try J.James. We have seen it over across Mill Creek for years. Under the parkade. Kind of dark, and not inviting.

mama2dylan said...

Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro will be opening for dinner beginning February 9th. They also have a liquor license now. My other pick would be Willamette Noodle Company Too downtown. I'm sure it's roomier than the Broadway location. :)

Anonymous said...

Old Europe Inn

Anonymous said...

Just got word from a friend of mine who did all the graphic design/branding for the new coffee shop opening up on South Commercial, French Press. She said they did a soft opening last night for friends and family, and are optimistically hoping to be open tomorrow... but Saturday for sure.

Hope you'll go soon and get us a review! I want to go as soon as possible, review or not..... This friend of mine already raved about the food and coffee :)

Vegan's Nightmare said...

Thanks for the update Anon! I'm excited to try it out!

Anonymous said...

red ginger in keizer please

Anonymous said...

i would love to see a review of the old europe inn. the location and outside do not seem to match up to the great things i have heard about it.

Anonymous said...

Paneza Nellie’s Bread Stick Shoppe in Sublimity, Oregon.

Anonymous said...

I live just a few miles from Paneza Nellie’s Bread Stick Shoppe in Sublimity and it is our new favorite pizza!

The bread sticks with the red sauce are to die for!

You need to check the place out.

Anonymous said...

Red Ginger in Keizer!

susan said...

Red Ginger in Keizer. Has always been good. We went the other night and the sign said Under New Management, which worried us a little. But all was well. We still had a great meal.

Anonymous said...

Chinn's in South Salem has the BEST egg rolls. They have good service and amble servings. They are a true treasure that few know about.

KandN said...

Trying to think of where to take N for Wednesday date night . . .

Suzette Boudreaux said...

Little Connoli Bakery downtown is fabulous!! I would recommend Tim’s desserts to anyone (& have.)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous suggested Chinns in South Salem..I tried it out...what a treat. The eggs rolls are unbelievable and the Chinns Special Chow Mein is filled with pork, chicken, veggies and shrimp, the Triple Dragon is so yummy I can't wait to get some for take out. What a fabulous suggestion...Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Cafe 22 next to Aspinwall's fruit stand on HWY 22 as you head out to the coast from Salem. Hands down best Ribs I've EVER had! Friendly service, and great patio seating seal the deal!

Anonymous said...

Had a great meal at Cristo's on Broadway. The service was adequate but the pizza was the bomb, that and some wine from Mystic Vineyards. Good times and basically good atomsphere in a very raw sense. Cool