Boy, it's been a long time since we visited Busick Court Restaurant! Friend Shirley and I used to meet here on a regular basis--putting our name on the waiting list and braving the elements anywhere from 30-60 minutes. I don't miss the waiting outside part, but I have missed the cozy, historical ambiance. Another benefit to eating breakfast at this location? The proximately of Riverfront Park, in case you're in the mood for a stroll.
On this morning, our wait was a little short of half an hour. Not bad for the first weekend of the month. N and I were seated at one of the small tables near the entrance. (There was a slight chill whenever the front door opened, but it warmed back up quickly.) Our friendly waitress chatted a bit about the time change and took our drink orders. N ordered "The Busick" omelet with sausage and I ordered "Broadway Joe's" scramble with chicken. Both of us chose the potatoes and toast option instead of a biscuit with gravy.
As the two of us visited during our wait for food, our water and coffee were kept full. Thirty minutes later our breakfast plates were brought out. Ah, how I love good toast! The chunks of potato (a few with tasty, brown crisp on one side) nestled up against my scramble. I did notice that the tender chunks of chicken appeared to have been poached instead of sauteed or ?. Which was fine, since all of the flavors in this scramble are on the subtle end: mushrooms, spinach, onion, cheese. The sausage in N's omelet had a nice medley of sage and other spices. The addition of hollandaise sauce made this a rich and filling meal. In fact, N couldn't finish--to my benefit.
We continued our conversation during our meal, amongst the buzz from all the other tables, well tended to and never feeling rushed. When we were ready to go, I set my charge card on the table. Which our waitress noticed immediately. She took my card, with one hand full of just bussed dishes, and brought out our receipt to be signed. She wished us good morning with one more comment continued from our earlier time change conversation.
Salem is so fortunate to have so many gems.
250 Court Street
Monday-Friday 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am - 1:30 pm