By Salem Man
Eat Salem contributor, Vegan's Nightmare got a behind the scenes look recently at our new French bakery and so I wasn't so surprised when he rang my phone one morning offering an invitation to go Bakery D'Amour with him. I'll stick to my "no first week/month review" policy and just leave you with the pictures of our breakfasts and a scan in of the menu. The top photo is the French Toast for $7.25 and the bottom is "The Basics," a Signature Three-Egg Omelet for $8.95. We each complemented our meal with a constantly refilling cup of French pressed coffee. I will tell you that the two of us were smiling big when we left there. Part of it was the caffiene rush but more of it was the thought that we are seeing major improvements in Salem.
I've asked the following question before because that location has gone through such a dramatic transformation. Does anyone remember the restaurant that used to sit at the corner on Commercial St. where French Press now stands? It was a dumpy little place called the BBQ Pit. In an early eatsalem.com post, I described the location as making Salem look like a third world country. I'm adventurous but I never had enough nerve to eat in there. It was such a shame that that visible location looked so shabby and it was somewhat symbolic of Salem's dismal dining scene at the time. Fortunately, some developers, with good taste, saw potential in this lot and improved the property by building a modern looking shopping center and office complex. French Press went up first, and now, Bakery D'Amour is open offering more traditional breakfast and lunch options. One of the things I look forward to trying soon is the Turkey Pot Pie. Also worth noting is the bicycle logo on the menu with the basket filled with bread and wine. It won't be long before this place is filled with customers.