JJ's Deli



There are lots of restaurants in town that fly under the radar of the eatsalem.com blog. Usually they're small, lunch/breakfast places that cater to walkins from local businesses and serve simple menu items like soup and sandwiches. They're probably happy to operate without pesky restaurant bloggers coming in with digital cameras and writing unsolicited opinions about minor observations. JJ's Deli on Commercial Street SE in the Big 5/Coldstone strip mall probably would have avoided contact with me had they not put a small sign up advertising a biscuits and gravy breakfast special for $2.75. We're in a recession and I got to figure people have their eyes open to deals like this, heavy filler food for cheap. Add a buck and a quarter for a cup of steaming hot coffee and you get a pretty decent sit down meal for $4. That coffee was scalding hot too. They must have a new heating element in that coffee maker that brews that beverage to just below a boil. With a plastic spoon, I dug into the creamy covered biscuit quickly and didn't leave much left in the styrofoam container. I can't say it was terribly memorable but it served the purpose of filling my belly without emptying my wallet. I can see myself heading back here to try a sandwich for lunch. A good alternative to the sandwich line at Subway maybe. It was clean and the owner, J, seemed friendly.
Times are tight right now for a lot of people in town and it may get a bit worse here in Salem when the state tightens it's belt after this latest revenue shortfall. If you see or know of any good, cheap deals in town let me know with an email to eatsalem@gmail.com or post it in the comment section of this blog.

(503) 485-1931
4683 Commercial St SE    

8 comments:

KandN said...

About two years ago, a small group of us from work went to JJs. I remember being surprised to see fried rice on their menu. I don't remember much about the sandwich, except I was the lucky recipient of a fellow diner's tomatoes she didn't want. :>)

jeff said...

My wife and I went to JJ's for lunch several years back (we aren't normally in that area) and remember that it was quite good.

Anonymous said...

I had the biscuits and gravy with an orange juice last week. It cost me $3.75 and was well worth it. I thought the biscuits and gravy was excellent. There was more pepper than I was used to, but it really made it taste good. I will be back for more

Anonymous said...

oh bummer, I was ready to go get me some good ol' biscuits 'n gravy until you mentioned too much pepper. I'm not a fan of pepper in the first place, so too much pepper to a normal person is POUNDS of pepper to me.

Thanks for the heads up though.

Anonymous said...

oh dear.... i'm going to get pelted for this, but you mentioned cheap eats and breakfast and i immediately thought of ikea. their food, especially their breakfasts, are so cheap and so delicious. mmmm. $2 for french toast sticks, eggs and bacon.... $1 for coffee, $1 for a giant cinnamon roll or thin swedish pancakes covered in berries and cream. often they have a weekend each month offering free breakfasts before a certain time in the morning. i think if you're watching your dollars and are shopping for furniture up there anyway, it's totally worth eating there while you're at it. i know i know, it isnt local, or even convenient for salemites. but i know you shop there. haha. it sounds like cafeteria food, but i was very pleasantly surprised a couple of saturday mornings ago.

Salem Man said...

We try not to pelt anyone here, especially not anyone with tips for cheap eats. Ikea? I had no idea. That sounds like a better deal then Costco hot dogs. OK, you can pelt me for saying that.

tracylee said...

Speaking of Cheap biscuits and gravy, I saw DayNight Donuts has a sign on the window for them for $1.75.

I haven't tried them, I'm afraid I'd go overboard stepping into a Donut Shop!

Anonymous said...

I love JJ's. Their grilled smoked turkey sandwich is EXCELLENT - the owner is so nice and for the quality of food, the price is good and it is pretty fast!!