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
Here's a cool local Bigfoot link I found online.