Young's Teriyaki


Young's Teriyaki is now closed. Love Love is slated to open in it's place in December 2011.


After being online with this blog for over a year now, I've had to make some small sacrifices for my readers' enjoyment. Knowing that hundreds of people are going to read about my experience, and that they are going to be critical of me, the way I am of the food, I try to make my meal as entertaining as possible. This might mean ordering food knowing that there is something much better on the menu. I've already written about how good the sesame chicken at Young's Teriyaki downtown is, so, I decided to try something else on the menu. Unfortunately I decide to order the salmon salad for $10. Immediately, when it was placed before me, I looked over at my wife's sesame chicken and started feeling regretful. The salmon was a flavorless piece of fish placed on a bed of lettuce, mixed with avocado, tomatoes, broccoli and hard boiled egg slices. I wound up pouring the the entire side of teriyaki dressing all over the fish, hoping to resuscitate the taste. After that it wasn't too bad, not very filling though.



Young's has been under new ownership for a few month's now and I can't say that I noticed any difference in the quality and atmosphere. Located downtown near the mall, the lunch crowd at Young's is pretty good. Tables inside generally fill with customers and in the summer it's very comfortable to sit out front. Prices here are reasonable and I guess that should have been a good indicator for me not to order salmon. Good fish is generally expensive. Even if the portions are small, anything under fifteen bucks isn't worthwhile.



360 High street NE

503-566-6860



It's true, Young's is under new ownership. Paul and Young, you guys did a great job, you'll be missed. 4/20/08



Previous Review by Salem Man 8-22-07

For take-out or downtown outdoor dining, Young's Teriyaki at 360 High Street next to Exit Real World is the place for sesame chicken. A generous portion of lightly breaded chicken comes with fried rice and a side of broccoli for $7.50. The friendly owners are very attentive to their customers and make sure that they are comfortable and served promptly. Inside the small restaurant, the walls are adorned with paintings and photos by local artists. This adds to the feel that Young's is a Salem original and with the constant flow of customers they are expecting to be around for awhile. Nothing on the menu is over ten dollars, in fact, most items are around$7. That makes this place a hit with the lunch time crowd. Despite their popularity I have never experienced a long line for lunch and for dinner the service is always quick.

On this visit, I had the shrimp teriyaki for $9.50 and regretted that I didn't order teriyaki chicken or the yakisoba noodles. The shrimp weren't very flavorful so I poured lots of soy sauce on them to add some flavor. That will not stop me from going back, there are lots of other choices on the menu worth ordering.

Be sure to grab a take out menu for your glove compartment and put Young's on your speed dial for great teriyaki take-out.

14 comments:

jeff said...

One name: Love Love Teriyaki. Preferably the Sunnyslope one, but the Fred Meyer North one is good too.

jonas said...

Their food is Zzzzz....

Anonymous said...

Best Beef or chicken rice bowls in town, low cost filling lunch with tremendous flavor and savory veggies,

Anonymous said...

Young's Teriyaki is superior to Love Love Teriyaki in quality of food, service, and atmosphere. There is no comparison when it comes to the sesame chicken, I get a half order of this, it's cheaper and plenty filling. My wife loves the tofu stir fry, they prepare the tofu in a way that can't be matched. Their interest in the community with support of artists is also greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

I worked at Young's for over a year and personally loved their food so much that I still went there with my family after changing jobs. Paul and Young have always made their customers first priority and took care of them well. Not only are the owners friendly and genuing but there hearts are really in their business, you can see that with how they have taken care of their restaurant and created their menu. The teriyaki sauce is the family receipe of Young and very delicious. I highly recommend them in the evening for dinner.

Anonymous said...

We recently went to Young's, and we noticed a whole new cast of characters running the place. We were disappointed since Paul and Young made that place. We appreciated Paul's friendliness and energy. We also appreciated that the business tried to connect to downtown and to local artists. Indeed, Young's has new owners. The new owners said that the menu will expand to include more sushi. What we ordered tasted pretty much the same as always. I hope the teriyaki dishes remain; I understood that they would. I suspect the feel and look of the place will change over time since Paul is gone. I'm guessing no more corn chowder either! Ans yes, Young's is better than Love Love and cheaper too.

Anonymous said...

Every time I want to have lunch I go to Young's because I love the food there my favorite is the Beef Bowls and I am not one for meat. I could never get tired of Young's. Every one there is just so kind and loves to make sure their customers are happy with what they have. I will never stop going there and I will continue to support them. And as soon as I am better at drawing I'm going to see if I can sell my pictures there!

KandN said...

. . . well, at least your side salad looks good. Hopefully, the Sesame Chicken eater didn't gloat more than necessary. ;>

Salem Man said...

She only gloated a little more than she normally gloats.

Chuck Bradley said...

This place is a close second to Love Love's on S Liberty. I had Chicken and Yakisoba noodles ($7.50). The portions were VERY large. I had to get a box and take what I couldn't consume away with me. The counter person was courteous, if somewhat reserved. The place was clean but rather dark. I stopped by about 12:30PM expecting it to be slammed, but there were more empty tables than full. Given what a great place this is, I was rather surprised by this. If you're downtown and have a Yen (Sometimes I just can't help it ;-D) for Teriyaki, you should try Young's

Anonymous said...

I am sad since there are new owners, I do notice a change in the quality of some dishes, the menues do not reflect what was on the board, and the cashier girl was not friendly. My family will forever miss Paul and Young as the owners, we were always greeted by our names, and treated so wonderfully! We are so sad that they are not there, it's just not the same and I hope they see this and know that they are missed deeply!!!

Anonymous said...

Love Love is terrible compared to Young's. RIP.

Anonymous said...

Sad Youngs closed. Wish we could get the receipe for their teriyaki sauce. It was amazing...

Anonymous said...

I agree.