BiGFOOT Bar and Grill

Bigfoot Bar and Grill is closed

Reviewed by Salem Man 7/13/08
Outdoor, shaded dining at a recession proof price for dinner is what we were looking for when we headed over to Bigfoot this night. The restaurant is tucked back from Commercial St. behind a protected pond where they've taken advantage of the serene setting with several picnic tables. They have some good deals for burgers here with the basic John Wayne Burger starting at $7.95. A further scan of the menu led me to the $6.25 Meatloaf Sandwich. I've been called names worse than "frugal" on this blog before but this is how I'm able to find the best deals. This sandwich was huge, even to Bigfoot standards. I imagined the size of the loaf that this meat was cut from was as large as a mail box. What I really should have done is cut it in half and taken it home, eaten it for lunch the next day. After a few bites of this savory sandwich it was clear that I was going to finish it here. The sandwich, smothered in BBQ sauce was messy. Halfway through, I put it back on the plate and ate it with a knife and fork. The fries are cooked crisp and served up in a generous portion. After being open a few months now, I noticed the kinks in service have been worked out nicely and our server's timing was right on. No wait to order and no wait for the check when we were finished. She took a moment to enjoy the pondside view with us and told us that the water was thirty feet deep in the center. It kind of reminds me of the Dr. Seuss book McElligot's Pool. "You never can tell what goes on down below. This pool might be bigger than you and I know." If your thinking of bringing your rod and your reel, forget it, there may be fish swimming around in there, but angling is forbidden.





Reviewed by Salem Man 5/23/08
That Sasquatch statue was staring at me and I couldn't wait any longer. With some extra time for lunch, I decided to eat at the Bigfoot Bar and Grill on Commercial. The place is decked out with wood tables and chairs, and decorated with framed celebrity head shots and posters of 60's rock bands. As I walked in with my coworker we were greeted by, staff and chose to sit in the in the front with a view of the pond. In the summer this is going to be a fun spot to hang out, the
gated patio has picnic benches just outside the front door. I ordered the John Wayne Burger, their basic cheeseburger for $7.95. It came with a huge stack of crispy fries. Not only was the burger patty thick it's circumference was larger than a dvd. One bite into this thing released the juices seared inside the patty. I quickly grabbed a napkin to stop the flow from dripping down the side of my mouth. The menu is basic, in a good way, with several choices of hamburgers and appetizers. In talking with the owners, they are making an effort to make sure that whatever you order, you will get your money's worth. Driving by later, around 6:30pm, I noticed a crowd gathering at the doors of the restaurant and a full parking lot. It's good to see that we're getting more local choices for dining in Salem. With the quality of food and fun atmosphere, I expect that Bigfoot has found a home here in the capital city for a long time to come. The legend continues. Don't forget, Eat Salem Night, May 31st at 7pm, at BiGFOOT Bar and Grill, I'll see you there.

3330 Commercial St. SE
503-991-5918
Here's a cool local Bigfoot link I found online.

37 comments:

Jenna said...

Tried to go there for lunch today, only to find out they weren't opening until 2 pm for some mysterious reason. Frustrating to say the least. I mean, it's a Saturday and nice outside...perfect patio weather. Dunno yet if I'll be willing to give it another shot. Mighty dissapointed.

theresa said...

Had lunch there today. Crab cake appetizers are yummy and very generous portion. Hubby had the John Wayne Burger - 1/2 pound burger - great burger. They have sweet potato fries - yummy. Great patio - great prices - nice staff - very enjoyable. Will definitely be back !!!

K & N said...

Jenna, Can you remember what their hours are? It may be a service to others if you do.

Jenna said...

The Statesman listed their hours as 11 am to midnight. I was going off of that. Honestly, it is kind of a confusing set up they have there, sharing the space with Monighans. We walked in the door of the building and as I looked around, I said to my husband, "I don't think we are in the right place." Two women who were seated there eating lunch asked if we were looking for Bigfoot. We told them we were, and they informed us they had been as well and were informed by the staff at Monighan's that Bigfoot did not open until 2 pm and when they did the patio door would be open. Apparently, the entrance to Bigfoot will be through the outdoor patio set up. I did not see any signs posted listing Bigfoot's hours. I guess that was a long way around to tell you, I have no idea, huh. :)

Salem Man said...

When I went in there, they didn't open until 2pm. You have to go through the fence gate to get to Bigfoot. The other door is for Monaghans, I'm told their burgers are as good or better than Bigfoot but it's a bar and they don't allow minors.

K & N said...

Do you think they share the kitchen? I wonder if the cook/chef from Mike's Steakhouse, prepares meals for both businesses? Maybe I should do my own homework, instead of asking so many questions!

Jenna said...

According to the paper, they are owned by the same folks and the chef is the same at both places. Menu is different, and Monighan's is adults only. Hours 11am to 10 pm, closed Sundays.

Salem Man said...

I was told they have the same chef, Mike, and two different kitchens.

louis said...

I stopped by there on Friday for lunch, but left with mixed feelings. The burgers looked great, but I'd had quite a few recently so I went with a Chicago dog. Good quality dog, but it took a long time and did not come as described on the menu. I'll give it a second chance, but I'll definitely be ordering a burger.

Jack Martin said...

The burgers are where it's at! They also have live music every Saturday night, and I will be playing there THIS Saturday from 9 to 11. Relaxed acoustic pop, folk and blues. Get there early and get a burger than enjoy some tunes.

K & N said...

I was wondering how the meatloaf sandwich would be. Sounds and looks delicious!
So it was shaded on the deck in the afternoon? Good to know. Looks like the place to go on a warm afternoon.

Salem Man said...

We ate there around 8pm and it was really nice. A little bit of direct sun till around 8:15.

Anonymous said...

tried it this last week and was definitely disappointed. was thinking it would have a dining area like the ram that would be family friendly but no. basically this is a bar with 3 tables off to the side where minors can sit. food was very under seasoned and just all around tasted blah and odd. staff were loud and annoying while enjoying their smoke break right outside the doors - i'm not used to bar culture so it was a bit odd having lunch with my family while people were getting drunk basically right next to us. couldn't wait to get out of there.

KandN said...

I found a big foot story online today and had to share ---
http://www.efluxmedia.com/news_Bigfoot_Evidence_To_Be_Unraveled_22224.html

Anonymous said...

The restraunt is open at 11am, there is a seating section that allows minors to come in untill 9pm with 6 tables. I was told that there are new owners now, so some changes will be made, all for the better for sure. Like a happy hour menu and possibly breakfast. The menu has Burgers, apps, pasta, steaks, seafood ect...Portions won't leave you hungey or break your check book. Great Food and Great service at Great prices. Monighan's is a seperate bar in the same building, these are 2 seperate restraunts. They have seperate cooks and seperate kitchens. There are some staff members that work at both places. Monighan's is a sports bar of sorts with it's own seperate menu. Burgers, checken strips ect... bar style food. No minors allowed there. It has a lunch and breakfast buffet also. Both places have a nice envoirment and a great staff. They now also have lottery machines. Give em' a try you'll like it. If you tried them in the past ya might give them a second try....it's only getting better!!!!

Dsperin said...

I finally tried Bigfoot this past Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. Both myself and my man ordered the Hangover Burger... it was described as having a "mound of shredded cheddar on top and crisped on the edges". They weren't kidding! when the burger arrived I saw there was so much cheese that it had spread out around the burger, adding 3 more inches in diameter in cheese. It was too much for both of us, so we both ended up peeling off the huge ring. The burger was really good though, and I liked the fries. My son had the deep fried hot dog... kind of weird fried, but it was a really good tasting hot dog.

The service was really nice too!

KandN said...

I apologize for the long long link, but thought people would want to read about the changes at Bigfoot:
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckPersona&U=2271b77e53164e69b049bf37555193d9&plckPersonaPage=BlogViewPost&plckUserId=2271b77e53164e69b049bf37555193d9&plckPostId=Blog%3a2271b77e53164e69b049bf37555193d9Post%3acf8a8097-b118-4c21-aa1b-2d13e4707b96&plckController=PersonaBlog&plckScript=personaScript&plckElementId=personaDest

Anonymous said...

I went to big foots last week and the experiance was amazing the bugers were so big and great prices I loved my burger so much i went back for breakfast the pan cakes are heavenly and the eggs just melt in you mouth. I love the nice relaxed atmosphear and the friendly wait staff. The decor is unlike any other resturant I have had the pleasure of dinning at. I will defanantly come back especialy for breakfast belive me it is worth takeing the time to try. I recamend this to any one who is looking for quality food in a very relaxed comfortable enviorment and check out the statue of big foot in the parking lot while your there.

Anonymous said...

all thease comments are old I went there for breakfast yesterday and it was great then I went today for lunch and it was great too. the resturant has new owners and new management try it for your self if you dont belive me.

Lisa Anne said...

I finally got to go here a few days ago, after reading from afar how good the place was (I was in Virginia for a couple years). If anyone here has seen the How I Met Your Mother episode looking for the perfect burger, I had a moment of the same scale yumminess while eating my blue cheese and crunchy onion burger. Sorry I can't remember the name. I was also surprised to see the selection of beers available, after being forwarned they didn't have much to choose from. Must have been one of their recent changes. I think our party of 4 each choose a different beer and they were all the same color and type of beer from our favorite breweries in the northwest.

Chuck Bradley said...

My wife and I tried Big Foot on New Year's day. What a delightful surprise. My bride had a 1/4 lb. hotdog and I had a Rueben. I asked that my saur kraut be drained so as to not soak the bread. (I hate when that happens!) It was perfect! I also asked for crispy fries, and got exaclty what I ordered. Go figure.

Also, a friend told me the chef is Mike Lewellen, formerly of Mike's Steak House. If this is true, judging from my experience, super high quality is no surprise.

Chuck Bradley
Salem OR

Anonymous said...

I attempted to eat there a few weeks ago. The my fiancee and I stood there for ten minutes before we were directed for seating. Then we were told by the waited that they were out of wings and various other items. Basically we were left with just burgers to choose from. After about 15 minutes with out so much as a drink order taken, we left and will not return.

Ralene said...

My husband and I thought we would try it on a Saturday. We sat down and no one ever came.. 20 minutes later we went up to the bar and was told someone would be right with us, that the waitress was working both sides? Needless to say 15 more minutes and we finally left.

Anonymous said...

I've been going to Bigfoots for about a year. I can say that all the comments are valid based on when they were made. The service (time you have to wait) and food has gotten better and better over time.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I ate there finally and I had the basic cheesburger I think it was the john wayne burger anyway nothing special to say about it.My wife had the ranch burger it was pretty good. The place was dirty inside and out though. No reason to return.

Teldira said...

My husband and I decided to stop in this morning to try their breakfast. I ordered The Traditional with the egg scrambled and Canadian bacon. My husband ordered the Biscuits and Gravy. While waiting for our order we overheard one of the other patrons complaining about their order to the waitress. She had only received a half order and it was served cold. Instead of fixing the order and discounting the meal, first the waitress talked to them, then a manager came out to make excuses - it wasn't until they left that they were given the meal free.

It didn't take long before I received my order and it was disappointing as well. I received bacon and eggs over easy - not what I'd ordered. My husband and I were pretty disappointed and decided that was our last trip to Bigfoot.

We'd eaten dinner there before and always hesitated going back because although the decor is fun the seats are terribly uncomfortable and not meant for enjoying a leisurely meal and conversation.

We gave it two chances and I'm afraid they are now off our list.

Anonymous said...

When it first opened we went there a few times and the food was great. It has gone down hill from there. The quality of the food is terrible to say the least. The fish and chips looks and tastes like it is from a fast food chain, the burgers look and taste like they are from the same fast food chain. The owner owns a few fast food chain resturants. I think that he gets his food from there. The service is POOR and the plase is dirty.

Chuck Bradley said...

Easily the best Reuben sandwich in Salem! The kraut was well drained at my request. Great fries done to order. (They have malt vinegar, which to me is a must with fries.) Good friendly service. I've also had their club sandwich, which was good. Interestingly, housed in the same building is a Thai place (same ownership, I'm told.) that is not so hot, but Bigfoot's is great. I've lunched here several times and it's consistently good. Check 'em out!

Anonymous said...

After waiting over 25 minutes for the loud, obnoxious waitress to take our drink order we knew that we should have left. After waiting another 15 - 20 minutes for our food to arrive, I took one bite of the ranch house burger and refused to keep eating it. The bun was stale and crunchy, the burger seemed like it had been sitting around for god knows how long and the barbecue sauce was watered down and cold. The french fries were awful, even the vegetables on the burger were bad. Another person in our dining party ordered a chicken sandwich, he said the chicken was stringy and dry. The waitress was rude and not attentive at all, we asked for management so we could ask to not pay for any of it. The manager handled the situation well and took the food off of our order and we payed for drinks and left. Just about the only good part was the coca cola, avoid this place at all costs!

Chuck Bradley said...

I'm devastated! No more Reuben Sandwich at Big Foot. Theirs was the best in town, for my money! In fact, pretty much all their great sandwiches are gone except Burgers. The menu now consists of about 90%+/- Thai Fusion (the restaurant housed in the other end of the same building) items. I have to believe these menu deletions are a strategic mistake. In fairness to Thai Fusion, I have not tried it since they first opened, so it’s possible their food has improved as other comments have suggested. Today, we left and went to Roth’s Vista where a better-than-average Reuben (Boars Head Meat and Cheese) can be had for the incredibly low price of $3.99!

mama2dylan said...

Hey Chuck, Queen of Tarts is rolling out a new menu in a few weeks. In the past we have run the reuben as a special. On the new menu we'll have a reuben where we'll pile on the meat made with high quality corned beef roasted and sliced by us as well as Tillamook all natural Swiss cheese (with holes!) and the kraut be well drained (we put it in a colander and squeeze it). You can view the new menu at http://queenoftartsbakerycafe.blogspot.com/ new items will be marked w/ the word NEW.

Chuck Bradley said...

mama2dylan, Thank you. Sounds wonderful! I'll be there.

Anonymous said...

Chuck, Have you been to Kenny & Zuke's in Portland. Hands down the Best Rueben in the State of Oregon, maybe anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Oh I agree -- Kenny & Zuke's is one of my favorite spots in Portland! I love their latkes and a big slice of housemade pastrami with mustard for breakfast. I can imagine their Reubens are legendary :)

-guitar4me

Chuck Bradley said...

Anon 1/19/11 12:57PM and guitar4me, Thanks for the tip! I'll check out Kenny and Zuke's at first opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Just be advised the Reuben at K&Z is about $13.50!

Anonymous said...

Rueben? Try Goose hollow inn in pdx. Easily my favoite