Where did YOU eat?

Time for your input. Let us know where you ate last and how was it. It's easy, just fill out a comment at the bottom of this page and tell thousands of people what you thought of your last meal. This post is the updated version of the ever popular "Where should I eat next?" post that has now gotten over 150 suggestions. We'd love to hear about any meal and if you take photos you can email them to foodpic.oregon@picasaweb.com. That photo is a friends lunch from Don Pedros many months ago. She said it was pretty good. Happy dining in Salem see you soon. 


Pam said...

Yesterday at about 2pm, we had a late lunch on our Girls' Day Out. I wanted to try someplace new, but my daughter wanted to go back to Soba downtown. She loves the atmosphere of the dining room and their chicken mango salad is her favorite. She ordered it again, I ordered the Phad Thai, and we split an order of firecracker rolls. Yum.

I think they changed the size on their edamame. We ordered two because in the past, they would come in a little bag, like a small french fry size, about 1/2 c of pods. Our double order yesterday was in a huge bamboo steamer basket - about 4 cups of pods. Delicious, but way too much.

We each also ordered beverages and I don't know why, but she was given a 16 oz cup at the counter and the lady told me I could get my cup at the pop machine, and they only had 10 oz cups over there. Free refills, yes, but that was odd.

I was shocked that our meal cost me $24 - for lunch! I walked from the counter to our table, almost shellshocked. I had my doubts and told my daughter, "For $24, it'd better be good."

The food came, we ate it all, it was good...

...and we were starving about 2 hours later. $24 worth of lunch should fill us up until tomorrow. This is the reason I was resisting going back. My hubby won't eat there because he walks out still very hungry.

We decided we won't return again. It's just not worth it.

Plus the bathroom smelled like pee.

lavachickie said...

Yesterday morning we dined at Annette's Westgate Cafe in West Salem, just across the bridge on Edgewater Street.

We started going to Annettes after finding a lunch coupon in the paper not long after moving here. Three and a half years later it's still one of our favorite places to go. I don't believe I've ever had anything there that wasn't great, and I know if I ever did, all I'd have to do is say so and I'd get the problem solved.

The service is great, the food is tried and true good stuff with large portions to satisfy.

I had biscuits and gravy with chicken fried steak and hash browns, my dining partners each had granny's omelete which is a chicken friend steak inside the omelet with gravy on top.

Other favorites there is the do wah didde burger (two patties with bacon and gouda) and their chicken strips (tender with a very flaky and flavorful coating). Be sure to get sweet potato fries and ranch for dipping with that, too!

We always oogle the desert case when we walk by, but I don't think we've EVER made it that far!

Over time we've seen servers come and go, but when we were going there a lot (like every Tuesday because they had a half price burger deal or something), we became regulars and were tended to without even having to order. I kinda liked that. =-)

I have never been into the bar so I can't say much about that.

Can Opener Boy said...

Napoleon's Creperie & Gelato in the Reed Opera Plaza.

Small, but nice atmosphere. We had the gelato which was good -- not the best we've had, but by far the best we've had around here! Spoke with the owner who said she bought the gelato equipment from the place which had been on State Street. Her Gelato chef has been hard at work making better gelato in a variety of WONDERFUL flavors!

Their menu of crepes puts them in strong competition with French Press, but their menu of italian delights (paninis, etc) makes them our choice for the next few meals out.

As a nice treat, their free water is infused with bay leaves and cucumber slices, pleasantly displayed in a large transparent container.

I snapped a picture of my gelato and their menu and eMailed it to foodpic.oregon@picasaweb.com

Anonymous said...

The other night I went with my group of friends to the McCleay Country Inn. We ordered a pitcher of beer to share between the four of us, but none of my [skinny] friends wanted anything to eat. It was 6:30, and I had come straight from work.... I wanted food! But our server was nowhere to be found. To preface this, I'll say that one of our friends' mom is a server there. So we weren't sure if she was going to be our server or if the other woman was... either way, no one was coming by our table. My friends didn't mind, and we had lots to talk about, but I was pretty hungry. After being there over an hour, my friend jumped up and got her mom so she could take my order.

I thought the BLT sandwich sounded good, and because I'm watching my bank account as most other people are these days, I liked that it was one of the cheapest meal options at $7.00. She asked if I wanted macaroni salad, or fries, or there might have been another option in there.... I chose fries.

Time goes by, no sign of my food. We order another pitcher of beer. I'm hungry. My friends say, "this is taking forever! You should get your food for free!" 45 minutes later, it shows up. Friends' Mom brought it by with, "I kept telling him to get that sandwich going," and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how a sandwich could have taken so long for this "him" to make. Starved, I devoured it -- and it was awesome. Tons of crispy bacon, cooked just right, piled on tomatoes slices and mayo squeezing out from between green leaf lettuce. It was on thick sourdough toast, and it was delicious. The curly fries were tasty too, just right, and a good portion. I felt like I was at the State Fair, only my feet didn't hurt. Nothing fancy, but it was hot and tasty.

A plate was also dropped at our table of "extra" curly fries and some deep-fried shrimp that my friends ate. So at this point, with my connection to the server and the fact that we were given some free fries, I didn't feel like I had the right to complain about the late delivery of my meal. Its not that we were in a hurry by any means, but that I was so hungry.

When we were finally ready to leave, we couldn't get a hold of anyone (mom or other) for my ticket. I was told to go up to the counter (aka Bar) to pay. "Ok, $9.25," the woman told me. What the heck? I swear the menu said my sandwich was seven dollars. I still felt uncomfortable complaining, so I paid it, and left a good tip for Friend's Mom too.

Now that I can see their menu online, it shows that if you want fries instead of macaroni salad you have to pay EXTRA. That is crap. Fries should always come with burger/sandwiches, yes? Also, they obviously charged me $2.25 for my fry sub, to bring my total to $9.25. Not cool, especially not cool not notifying me when I made the order that fries were extra. I sound stingy -- I know a BLT and fries at Red Robin is at least $10. But I dont like being lied to by the menu or the wait staff.

--Side note, the web site says their BLT is $4.50! My, things have gone up.

I kind of liked the feel of the restaurant, a little leftover stale smoke, some countryfolk eating with their families or significant others... We stayed on the dining room side of the restaurant as the baby we had with us kept us from the bar side -- which was definitely the main part of the place. It seemed kind of busy over there; about four tables on our side were full. There are a lot of old paintings and deep-backed wooden chairs that indeed feel like a country inn.

To summarize: fantastic food, cheap beer, poor service and little on the spendy side for what you get.

Dsperin said...

The last two days I'ven eaten at the Teryaki House on Liberty. I love this place.

I usually just order the Yakisoba Chicken, but I took the advice of a co-worker and went with C6, which is a combo plate.

It has teryaki chicken (thigh) over stir fried veggies and rice on the side of it. In addition, it comes with three chicken pot stickers, a small side salad with ranch dressing, two tempura shrimp and tempura veggies. This plate is $9.

I love teryaki, I love pot stickers, and I really love tempura, so this plate was awesome. The meals always come with two little sauce cups, and I have no idea what the sauces are. I use them anyway because they taste good.

I really like this place because they're close to my work, really fast with the food, and are rarely busy.

Anonymous said...

Vietnam Restaurant

Love this place! We eat there all the time. The food is good, the people are nice, and the prices are very reasonable. $6 for a giant bowl of pho. I bring all my friends there, and they love it. My entire family eats there, even my young children love the food. It's a great place to feed the family for not a lot of $$. I love the soup, it's hard not to order that. But all the other dishes are good tood. Even the chinese food. I totally recommend this place. It's near Rite-aid, on Center.

Anonymous said...

First, I have to admit that I absolutely love the coffee from the govenors cup. I keep wanting to like the place, but sadly will be unable to return to this delicious coffee spot based on the attitude of one man working there. Three times in the last month I have been in and been treated in an extremely rude and degrading manner by the man who was making the coffees. I am not sure what his problem his, but there is no way he should be in customer service. I went in yesterday as they were celebrating their award for best coffee shop in town, and he was treating customers so terribly. It is a happy celebratory day, yet he ruined it. One time I was in there an obviously homeless man came in asking for a cup of black coffee. The man paid his dollar or whatever the price was, and the horrible man made this homeless man wait 20 minutes to fill his coffee. His uncalled for disrespect of people astonds me. I am sure he was trying to ensure that this homeless man never came back, but in doing so I am sure he also ensured that most of the individuals in the shop who watched this would not come back. Everyone else working there is so nice. The coffee shop would be so amazing if they got rid of this one individual. I won't be back.