Rock-N-Rogers Diner

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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

27 comments:

jeff said...

If you want an outstanding chili cheeseburger, head for Calamity Jane's up in Dundee on Hwy 99W.

Incredible. And huge.

D. Lamkid said...

So, it looks huge, and you say it's the best. Do you think they make their own chili, or is it canned?

Because to be an excellent Chili Burger, you need excellent Chili!

Anonymous said...

Our dinner at Rock-N-Rogers on South commercial will be our LAST Dinner there for awhile. The food arrived cold, asked for a reheat and was reserved cold. We asked for water from 3 different servers and finally some on the 4 request, we got it. AND the place was not crowded. No Management was on duty when we asked!

Anonymous said...

Food is realllll average, and the waitstaff always seem to be bothered to help you.

This is a really a great concept restaurant that is not run real well.

I rate their burgers a 4 of 10. If you are starving and there is nowhere else to go and you find yourself here, I suppose it will do. Otherwise try the burger basket.

Anonymous said...

I've had a chocolate shake there, and it was nothing to write home about. Actually, it's hard to get a shake wrong, but it was one of the worst shakes I've had out.

Anonymous said...

The Mamager was a Rude Lying Snotty Brat.Thats because the so called GM is her Bo. LOL "Over Priced" nothing to write home about. Dairy Queen , Mcdonalds and Burger King are more friendly with better service. Don't waste your time!!! Rude and lazy staff. If someone smiled I think their face would Crack .LOL zubbra

Anonymous said...

As anonymous said below, tonight's dinner here will be our last also. We arrived with two children that wanted the loaded potaoes, and when the came, they were still mostly raw. This is the second time this has happened to us. She ordered the chicken cordon blue, and it was served with extremely greasy fried chicken and some weird sauce on top that did not mesh well with the "i can't beleive it's not cheese" cheese on top. The chicken should have been baked, not fried, and there should have been no sauce. We complained to the people working, and also like below, there was no manager. We were told that we would get two CHEESE burgers to take to go and the potatoes would be comped to us. We got the check and the potatoes were still on the check. After getting this rectified, the card machine wasn't working and they had to use the old-school manual one, which noone in the place knew how to use. I had to show the kid how to do it. When we arrived home, the over-cooked burgers had no cheese on them and were, for whatever reason, cut in half. Very very disappointing experience all the way around. If there were a home page for them, we would be writing this there so that the "powers that be" knew what the hell was going on there. Good luck everyone

Anonymous said...

My wife and I only go here when we're in the mood to be really "bad" and grease up our innards.

I have given up hope in ever finding a decent restaurant in Salem. It is truly the food ghetto of the Pacific Northwest

Anonymous said...

Went there recently, looks like they updated some of the staff since I was last in, they were all very polite!
I ordered an Oreo shake and a breakfast combo.
The shake was AWESOME! OMG! Totally worth the $6.00!
My egg I ordered "w/o the yolk"
it came with runny yolk. -_-'
My "date" was very happy w/ his chicken tenders.
Then I had a chicken burger the other day; stay away from the fries if you don't like grease!
The burger was great, however.

I am defiantly going to get more milk shakes ^_^

Sylvia and Greg said...

We LOVE Rockin Rogers on Commercial! Deb is a great manager and Tom is also!! Dillon, Patrick, Kelsey, Sally, Renee, Carrie, James and the rest of the crew are the best!! They all go out of their way to help and have the customer's needs no matter now small. Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!!

Dsperin said...

Here's my major problem with Rockin' Rogers burgers: While they may give you a generous portion of meat, is it too hard for them to flatten the patty a little bit more so it reaches the edges of the bun and I don't end up with a burger 8 inches tall? I can't get my mouth around it, and it's a terribly messy situation. I'm afraid to put the thing down becaue I know that once I do, it's going to topple over and I'll have to reconstruct it before I can take another bite. And at the end of the burger I'm left with a pile of bun and burger toppings that never made it to my mouth. No, the meat to toppings ratio in each bite is terrible. I'm not a prude when it comes to messy food either-- I just think that a standard burger shouldn't explode in your hands. And don't get me started on the godawful fries...

Kelly said...

Best peanut butter-chocolate milkshake ever!!

Anonymous said...

All of the people at Rockin Rogers are nice, yes they are very busy on the weekends and that should say a lot about the food.......if it wasnt good why would they be this busy?????
The management is very good and friendly, we will continue to go to Rockin Rogers!!

Anonymous said...

The one in Plano, TX is opening up on April 6. Can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

Ate at the new Plano location today, 4-6-2009. Granted it was their first day open, the waiter could barely speak english, I pointed at the cheeseburger I wanted, and was still given the wrong one. Then had to wait for another. I saw a lady leave after she had not received service for 5 mins +. The food was comped, but I was VERY disappointed. Also there was a piece of "yard art" ( a cement statuette) in the restaurant depicting an unflattering caricature of a Black Man sitting. I suggested they might want to remove it, and the manager on duty said " you're the second person to mention that" DUHHHH ! She finally removed it from public display. Your money is better spent down the street at Moo-ya's,

Anonymous said...

Good food, but the young waitress talked to the table next to me for about 20 minutes while I waited for water, maybe a friend of hers??
Don't think I'll be going back any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Love the fries there. Service has been terrible in the past but the last few times we were there it was just fine. Great breakfast deals too. They need to redo the booths though. Shouldn't have to sit on duct tape.

Anonymous said...

hey everyone the one is plano,tx is the best! the shaker up there named keith is good at his job. he can make you any kind of shake. anyway there has been alot of changes there in the past few months. well yes the first few months that it open it is slow and people still get everything down to the tee. so maybe everyone that has had a bad day there could come back and try them again.

Anonymous said...

i went there a few weeks ago i think on a Saturday. there was a lady manger yelling and pointing her finger at a server and made her cry. and she came by my table and she smell like smoke really bad... i hope something is done about that..........

Anonymous said...

Tom and Deb sure make you feel welcome at Rockin Rogers! It was VERY busy and they were out helping clean tables, take food out and checking
people out. We love the family atmosphere and food is good and filling.
Thanks for all of the things you do, just goes to show you that fabulous management and crew and great food........WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I dined at the Commercial street restaurant a couple nights ago, everything at OUR table was fine, but I overheard a waitress make a extremely inappropriate comment to a girl dinning there.
Commenting on how much your customer eats is NEVER okay!
This "Tom and Deb" may be great servers, but one bad apple spoils the bunch.
Obviously management there doesn't "manage".

Anonymous said...

Have given Plano a few chances, not impressed. Management is too quick to comp out food with no regard to customer service. Yes, lady manager smelled badly of smoke and I heard some innappropriate comments made about other staff, can't believe she talks about people like this. Also, a big big bug issue, my friend had a live bug in her burger! Server Ryan tried to make ammends but what can you do. Shakes are awesome, but servers and staff tend to be a little dead, most likely managements fault if they treat employees this way. Moo-Ya down the street is a bit more cordial and experienced. Also better service at Wendy's or Whataburger on other side of street. Opt out of this one, can't shine a t***!

Anonymous said...

rockin rogers is a good place to eat but people r right the fries r greaey

dick1944 said...

Rockin Rogers is a '50s style burger joint. I eat there at least once a month at the south restaurant. I have really liked everything I have ever eaten at one of these restaurants. Any request I have ever made was done in a timely manner by a friendly employee. Myself and a group of fifteen or so friends meet there every month.

Anonymous said...

wha you talkin about

Anonymous said...

The food at the South Salem Commercial street Rockin Rogers is pretty good. The breakfast is better then the dinner. Hamburgers always seem way to dry for me. My biggest problem with this location is the customer service is terrible. I had a problem with my food, Waitress put in the wrong order. When I asked her to fix the problem she seemed very put out by this. When I asked her, her name she seemed annoyed , like I didn't have a right to ask her. Were are the name tag people, she finally answered my husband and said her name was Kris? We never did find out if she was telling the truth. When we talked to the girl at the front counter, she told us there is know point in complain, since she is friends with the boss. We will not go back there because of the terrible services.

Chuck Bradley said...

I can't believe I haven't weighed in on this one here! These are among the few places I've completely eighty sixed!

I'll give you the short version.

The service at the Commercial SE and West Salem locations ranges from abysmal to outrageous. I've been ignored, endured surly treatment, had orders delivered completely wrong, when I finally got them, and lied to. To say it's slow would be kind. (How about 1 hr 33 min from order to presentation on my last visit to W. Salem? After an hour of assurances that my order would "be right out", the owner admitted that he had failed to give it to the cook!) I have not been to the Market Street location since the ownership change, but how goes the captain so goes the ship.

I have never had an issue with the food. It's typical diner fare. No better and no worse many other places you've been.

Saying “never” is ill advised, but I have no present plans to return to any R n R location under current ownership and staff.

Well….. It was a fairly short version.