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?