Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant on Lancaster Dr. SE near Shopko was a great find for my family and I. We were looking for somewhere new and warm on a wet evening. Immediately after being seated they brought out a warm bowl of chips with salsa and bean dip. I've always found good chips and salsa means good food. The chips and salsa here were great. The chips were fresh and not at all greasy and the salsa had large bites of fresh tomatoes. I ordered the Carne Asada for dinner because the picture on the menu looked appetizing. For $11.50, they serve a generous portion of juicy skirt steak cooked perfectly. My wife noticed the crispy edges of the meat and commented on how that's how she wants me to barbecue meat at home. The steak was cooked over charcoal and that's how they achieved the amazing flavor and texture. On top of the steak were a couple of grilled jalapeños which gave the meal a strong kick of spiciness. Fortunately, they leave a picture of water at the table. My wife ordered the chicken fajitas for $13, which were cooked in the restaurants' "secret sauce." The "secret sauce" was sweet, it almost tasted like a teriyaki. Overall the restaurant was clean and the service was prompt and friendly. This is a bigger restaurant than it looks from the street. It seemed like they had a large staff of servers and bussers moving quickly to help seat customers and clear tables. Las Palomas is not a chain restaurant and has been serving the city of Salem for 13 years. With the meal I had this night, I'll have to put this down as one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in town.
1126 Lancaster Dr. SE