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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post it in the comment section of this blog.
4683 Commercial St SE