What a beautiful Saturday afternoon! N and I made a trip to Saturday Market specifically for lunch and music. After a walk through to check out all of the food booths, we returned to Burley's Chuck Wagon to try their BBQ. I opted for a chicken sandwich, to compensate for the NY steak I'd eaten the night before. I was hoping for some smoke flavored chicken, but it was a fairly bland, grilled chicken breast pulled apart on a bun with mayo and some of their Carolina sauce. At least the chicken wasn't overdone and dry.
Lucky for me, N shared 2 of his ribs. They were smoky, fall off the bone delicious! Right up there with the ribs we ate at the Bite and Brew from Adam's Ribs. But N was disappointed in the sides. The tasteless biscuit was slightly underdone and the potato salad was scooped out of a tub with Reser's printed on the side. (sigh) Details are important in my book. Even if it is at a booth as opposed to a restaurant. The folk music group nearly made up for those less than exciting sides. I hope to hear them again soon.
After a drive through Salem's beautiful agricultural area northeast of town, we turned the car south and sought out Minto Island Grower's new fruit and food stand, just off of River Road South, on Brown's Island Road, on our way home. I can't remember if it was Salem Man or Vegan's Nightmare who told me last year that MIG were planning on putting up a food stand out south. I've been anxiously waiting ever since--driving down Brown Island Road once a month to check on any possible progress. And then I heard the news of their opening via Emily's, "Desperately Seeking Salem" blog.
By the time this is posted on eatsalem, their stand will be open for the final day of the season. If you don't make it today (Saturday, 25th) be sure and check them out in the spring. I predict their delicious smoothies, milkshakes and food will be in high demand.
3394 Brown Island Road South, Salem OR
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