Queen of Tarts Bakery and Cafe
Update: Queen of Tarts is now closed
Owner and employee pride is an ingredient you'll find in all the best restaurants. It's part of a restaurant recipe that seeps into the quality of the food, the upkeep of the dining room and most importantly the smiles on the faces of employees and customers. At Queen of Tarts Bakery and Cafe, that pride was evident in their earlier efforts to get me to review their restaurant. I'm sorry that it has taken so long to get down there and have a bite to eat.
Queen of Tarts is located in the lower level of the Salem Public Library right across from City Hall and the mayor's office. If you go there for lunch, I suggest ordering the Chicken Aioli sandwich for $7.75 which comes with your choice of salad, soup, fruit or chips. The sandwich is made with provolone, tomato, onion, lettuce and warm marinated chicken breast sliced thin. This might be the best warm sandwich in town and I would bet it taste great cold. Their menu is rated to a Weight Watchers point scale and this meal scores 7 points. If you're worried that this is diet food, there's nothing to fear. The sandwiches are filling and rich with flavor. My wife and I have visited Queen of Tarts together and separately and have found that most everything that we have tried is of the highest quality in both taste and presentation. She ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad for $8.75, pictured here and the other photo is a children's portion grilled cheese sandwich. Notice the fruit.
Next time you are making a trip to the library, plan on staying there and treating yourself to a terrific lunch in a nice atmosphere accented by a great selection of music ranging from soft classic rock to motown. If you're planning on driving by, be sure to bring some coins to feed nearby meters. There is free parking on the streets but close spaces can sometimes be hard to find.