Spoons Gourmet Deli
NW Spoons Bistro is now closed
Who knew that Spoons Gourmet Deli is open for dinner Wednesday through Friday until 9 PM?
I've heard many a south Salem resident wish for more neighborhood dining options. Y'all can add this spot to the list.
I won't lie, we were disappointed not to be able to order off their dinner menu. This was due to their recent loss of a chef and new hire of 2 new ones--one from Bentley's with 7 years of cooking experience.
The lunch menu is good, though not what we were prepared for. (Remember K, there will be other date nights!) My choice from the menu? A glass of a California Cabernet to sip, a bowl of their tomato gorgonzola soup to start and the quiche of the day complete with a small green salad & viniagrette. N ordered a Deschutes Brewery Fat Tire and started with a cup of split pea soup with ham. He liked the sound of the special--a steak melt with grilled onions and mushrooms on a baguette.
I consider tomato soup a comfort food. It makes me think of being a pampered child with a hot lunch on a snowy day. This particular bowl of tomato soup was just as uncomplicated as the ones from my childhood. The addition of herbs and Gorgonzola cheese went well with the cozy comfort of the warm tomato base. The spinach and black forest ham quiche was delicate in both flavor and texture.
N was wishing his split pea soup had that "simmered all day" quality. He said it was good, but felt the flavors hadn't had a chance to really meld together. He had several ideas on how to make his sandwich more satisfying; more meat, a cheese that could stand up to the steak flavor and a sturdier choice of bread. I was surprised to hear him say that the baguette had an overly spongy white bread quality. To her credit, our hostess did come over and ask his opinion and suggestions. He appreciated the opportunity.
We decided to let the dessert menu tempt us into a splurge. The buttery lemon raspberry tart jumped out at me. I do love a good lemony dessert. N picked the peanut butter parfait. Mine was rich, sweet and lemony, but N's? His was the closest we've tasted to our all time favorite dessert--the chocolate peanut butter pie at Munchies in Glide and Ashland. Fork licking good!!
Now that we know Spoons is open for dinner three nights a week, you can bet we'll head back to see what the new chefs cook up.
Hours: Mon, Tues, Sat 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Wed - Fri 11:00AM to 9:00PM
4093 Commercial St S, Salem, Oregon