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Have you ever left your house before your family has agreed upon a place to eat and you end up on Commercial Street hoping that a new restaurant will appear and save the day? You drive through downtown and nothing seems to motivate you to pull over and eat. So you head back down Commercial, hungrier than ever and now you're just hoping for any place that will seat you right away and have crayons for the kids to color. It's usually not a first choice but Rock-N-Rogers on Commercial Street near the old Safeway, is always a great backup plan for dining in Salem with kids. It's kind of a greasy dive, but the portion are large and they have great deals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My favorite thing on the menu is the Chili Cheeseburger with onions for $7.99. Served open face, the chili covers the huge 1/2 lb burger, the bun and almost spills off the side of the plate. This is the best chili cheeseburger I've ever eaten. The chili would be a great meal by itself but sometimes you just have to indulge yourself. What the heck, I'll be walking all night on Halloween. Most of the items on the menu are grilled or fried. If you are looking for something light, they do have a selection of salads and wraps, but even some of those are pretty heavy. One good option is the Classic Baker and Salad or Soup combo for $6.99. It's served with a scoop of whipped butter, on the side, that is about the size of your fist. And since you've gone this far off the diet you might as well order a strawberry shake made with fresh fruit. The whipped cream on top is optional, not an option I ever refuse. The dining room is diner decor and comfortable with lots of booths and the music is great if you like 60's rock and roll. Breakfast is served all day and the pancakes are huge.
3135 Commercial St SE
3235 Market St NE