Mardi Gras Salem Oregon

Is it called "The Ram" or is it just "Ram?" Anyway, that's where we wound up celebrating Fat Tuesday this year. Ordered the Hefeweizen, which was a good reminder why I don't usually order microbrews. This one tasted a bit too unfiltered and not a good fit with the Chicken Soft Tacos for $9.99. Like most of the food at Ram/The Ram, the tacos were great with a nice side of Spanish rice. The tortillas overflowed with marinated onions, peppers and generous portions of spicy chicken.

We ended up at Ram/The Ram mostly because this is where my daughter really wanted to go. When the name, Ram/The Ram, was brought up before we got in the car she was reminded of the toy bin at the front of the restaurant. On a previous visit, she got a little plastic bear from that football shaped prize bin and cherished it for at least a week after the visit. I think she even brought it to school for show and tell. I'd be surprised if Ram/The Ram paid a buck for a bag of one hundred of those plastic bears but it left a lasting memory of their restaurant of legendary proportions in the eyes of this sweet little girl. So that, coupled with the "kids eat for a $1" deal ending at the end of the month, is what brought us through the front doors of the somewhat local restaurant and brewery. It was a nice meal out on the town with barely a mention of Mardi Gras festivities. This visit's pick from the toy bin was a kaleidoscope that my wife and I seemed to enjoy as much as our kids did.



"Fat Tuesday" as it is called, can pass through Salem without much fanfare. No parades through our streets and barely a mention on google about any Mardi Gras happenings around town to celebrate. Bentley's has a special menu for tonight, including Jambalya, Seafood Gumbo and Beignets. For drinks, Magoo's is handing out souvenirs to patrons who buy a "promo drink." But wait, that's not all they're offering to get you in the door. How about free tacos and a chance to meet the Jose Cuervo girls? It would be fun to have a yearly event in town but with our weather and current economy it might be hard to get people out of their homes. If you are celebrating Mardi Gras in Salem, tell us where you plan on dining. Are there any secret spots that you've been wanting to share with all of us? My family will be heading downtown for dinner tonight to support local restaurants. Got any suggestions?

7 comments:

tracylee said...

Pffft, I remember a few years ago when I'd married in to The Brick crowd (I've since divorced out of it) that I wore my GIANT Mardi Gras beads there, and people couldn't figure out why I was wearing beads on Taco Tuesday.

So, no, not much to recommend in Salem. We're sorting food at the food bank tonight, and I think my beads would just get in the way.

KandN said...

Salem Man, thanks for the update!
We usually have several people at work who wear beads on Fat Tuesday, but I didn't spot even one.

Anonymous said...

You didn't look very hard then K! I was in the kiva half the day wearing them :-D

KandN said...

Sheesh! I must be blind!

mama2dylan said...

I believe it's called either "The Ram Restaurant & Brewery" or "The Ram Restaurant & Big Horn Brew". I made a pork tenderloin for dinner last night. Tonight we went to the Woodburn Outlet mall then to Old Chicago for some great pizza and brew.

jeff said...

Ram vs. The Ram - oddly enough I had this discussion with friends on Sunday as we drove past. The new sign certainly is sans the word "The."

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing great things about the Ram. I must be going at the off times. I have been 3 times with different groups of folks. We are not early 20's or sports fans and each time the food was good but the service abyssal . The staff either was too busy chatting or working the larger tables of college students . Good food but I never recommend anymore but if friends go I know I can get a burger to be happy with