The place gets pretty crowded on Sundays during pool tournaments, but I sat a table with my friend and her pool buddies and ordered a salad. A couple people at the table recommended the Chicken Chef Salad, which came with either crispy or grilled chicken. I was going to order the grilled chicken, but when the waitress informed me that the grilled chicken was actually thigh meat (and not lean breast like I assumed), I decided to go with the less healthy, but tasty, crispy chicken instead. I appreciated the friendliness of the waitress and how informed she was about the menu and food products used.
The salad came out on a big platter with lots of toppings as a chef salad should. I wasn't thrilled about the colorless iceberg lettuce in the salad, but I don't expect anything different in a $7 salad. In fact, I would have been really surprised if there had been a higher quality lettuce in what is basically a dive bar that has a pretty decent menu. While I was eating my salad, I noticed a VERY large hamburger go by and I think I might have to try it sometime. Jake's is definitely generous with their portions.
The clientele and the servers were very nice and friendly. I would go back to Jake's for the friendly bar and probably to try to one of those yummy looking burgers. I would also like to try one of their breakfasts sometime.
Daily Specials Board1686 12th St SE
Corner of 12th and Rural
Salem, OR 97302-2821