It's true, there are fewer options for dining out on a Sunday evening in downtown Salem, but after a more thorough examination you'll find there are a number of choices. That's what N and I discovered last Sunday.
We spotted open signs at:
Venti's, Clockwork Cafe, La Margarita Express, Bentley's, Thai Orchid, McGrath's, Golden Crown, Brown's Towne, Straight from New York, Alessandro's, The Beanery, Coffee House Cafe, Napoleon's, Pita Pit, Copper Jon's, Marco Polo, AND La Margarita Co.
That's where we decided to sate our appetite--La Margarita Co.
Over the past 19 years, we've only been to La Margarita Co. a few times. No particular reason, like so many local eateries it had never become one of our very few "go to places". If we had tried one of their specials the first time we visited, I can say with confidence that we would've become regulars.
After our meandering drive (to see who was open) on downtown's grid of one way streets, we found a parking spot on Ferry Street and walked into the bustling restaurant. We were seated and given a basket of warm tortilla chips with small bowls of both salsa and pico de gallo. We enjoyed it all, down to the last chunk of tomato.
We both ordered a margarita: a raspberry for N and a Marionberry Pedro for me. For dinner, I ordered Taco al Pastor: "A handmade corn tortilla filled with pork that has been marinated in adobo and pineapple juice and slow roasted. Topped with onion, cilantro and pineapple chunks." N chose Gerry Lewin's Combination: "A shrimp enchilada topped with red salsa and a chicken enchilada topped with house made mole sauce and sour cream. Both from the mesquite grill."
After one amazing bite, I was wishing I'd ordered two instead of a single Taco al Pastor. The combination of marinated pork, adobo, onion, and pineapple made for a delightful party of flavors in my mouth. Delicious! N gave an enthusiastic thumbs up for his entree, as well.
When you're downtown, whether it's a Sunday or any other day of the week, don't forget this hidden gem on Ferry Street. Order one of their specials or ask what they recommend. You won't be sorry.
545 Ferry St. SE Salem, OR 97301
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:00-2:00
Sat 11:30-5 (Special brunch menu 11:30-3)
Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:00-9:00
Fri & Sat 5-10