Anyone who has lived in West Salem for a while has heard of the Alibi.  Before all of the changes on Wallace, the Alibi use to stand not far from it's current location.  But, when the Walgreen shopping center went up, Alibi's found a new home and is now a shiny, new, modern bar.  

We stopped in on a Tuesday on a whim, which is why there aren't any pictures.  It happened to be 50 cent taco night and we each ordered a taco while we perused the menu.  The tacos came out quickly; hard shelled with taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and a side of salsa.  Not a bad deal at all.  We had both ordered something to drink, strawberry lemonade and a soda and the beverages came with the tacos.  The strawberry lemonade was perfect, not too sweet or too tart.  It took a bit for the waiter to come back over to take our orders, but I was busy trying to narrow down my choices, so it was okay.  Their menu is extensive with a large variety of bar food, including a variety of sandwiches and late night specials.

Our food took a little longer than we expected, but since we had the tacos to snack on, we didn't mind.  While we waited, we took in the atmosphere.  The bar is well lit and the windows are tinted, which made it seem like it was dark out.  There were a couple of pool tables and a couple of video games, along with a room for video lottery games, as well as several flat screen TVs.  The furniture is dark wood which provides a nice contrast against the open ceiling with it's exposed pipes, all painted black.  It's a very clean and comfortable environment, with a wide variety of patrons.  There were regulars and occassionals, young people and older and people from all walks of life.  The Alibi makes all of their customers feel welcome.

Hubby ordered the club, which is pretty standard for him.  On his "Club Scale," this sandwich scored 8 out of 10!  He raved about the mountains of turkey and bacon, making it quite substantial.  He got the regular fries that came with it and they appeared to be fresh cut, with the peels still intact.  These fries were okay, but he lamented not ordering the potato salad. 

I ordered the Turkey, Bacon, Avocado wrap and it was delicious.  It included cream cheese and it was gigantic. I ended up taking half of it home! The wrap came with a healthy portion of fries, I choose the waffle fries (aka criss-cross fries) and they were good.  I gave hubby half of them and he like them more than his regular fries.  

We will definitely eat at the Alibi again soon.  Their prices were very reasonable, the helpings generous, the atmosphere comfortable and the staff friendly.  I can see why so many people become regulars at the Alibi!

The Alibi
590 Taggart Dr NW # 190
Salem, OR 97304-4089
(503) 581-1894

Sunday -Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. 
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.


Anonymous said...


The only thing worse than a generic strip mall, is a generic strip mall bar. There are 25 of these up in Portland off 82nd (in between the low-rent strip clubs and used car lots).

Nothing interesting, unique, or memorable about the Alibi. Generic and bland.

Honestly, at it's old location (total run down dive, alcoholic bar) it actually had a little character.

The Alibi feels like going to the bar at a Sherry's. If this is the best people can do in West Salem, it is a sad statement.

Sorry to be so negative, but I just can't imagine why anyone likes this generic strip mall stuff. Unless of course it is all you know. I know we don't have a lot of good bars in Salem, but there has to be a lot of better places than this.

Amber said...

Unfortuantely, West Salem has a very limited selection of restaurants that aren't fast food. Alibi may not be the hottest ticket in town, but it is clean, well cared for and the food is decent, with good prices. And it's local, which is important to us.

Anonymous said...

I am commenter #1 up above and I have to acknowledge that I fully support anyone who choose to support locally owned businesses. By spending $1 at a locally owned shop/rest as opposed to spending at a chain, there is a huge positive effect locally. Spending at chains really hurts the local economy/schools/fire/police/etc.

So I may think it is generic and boring, I would rather spend my money there than at Wal-Mart or McDonalds or Target (these places are toxic to the local economy).

I stand corrected, rightly so.

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Chuck Bradley said...

Disappointing is a generous description the Rueben Sandwich and fries I had here today. This bar and grill was clean both front and back. My server (Chris) was pleasant enough. BUT…The excessively fatty mystery meat (I’m not at all sure it was not, in fact, Pastrami rather than the requisite Corned Beef) was cut with the grain, not across it, making each bite a greasy, rubbery tug of war. I asked that my fries be crispy. Either my request was not conveyed to the cook, or he summarily ignored it. I have eaten spaghetti with greater rigidity than the pale, limp, wormy things on my plate. I may be back for a cold beer on a hot afternoon, but I won’t be eating here again any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Why can't someone put a decent bar in West Salem? There is plenty of money is West Salem and no competition. I suppose I shouldn't complain if I am not willing to put my money where my mouth is, but still, I just don't get it.

Barbara said...

We eat at the Alibi for the first time on Monday.. The men had the chicken fried steak, one person had fish and chips and I had chicken tenders. All was very good . Brad did a Great Job taking care of us.. We plan on going back on a Saturday for prime rib..

Anonymous said...

I think that unfortunately due to the way West Salem is set up, there aren't many choices on where to put a bar, hence the "strip mall experience". That's all Wallace road has, and Edgewater isn't all that different. Lots of people, little property.