A few months ago, they added shawarma to their deli in the back. If you aren't familiar with their deli, you have got to try their homemade tzatziki sauce with pita! I often pick some up for parties or just to have on hand for a little snack. It's amazing.
For this new shawarma venture, they also opened up the upstairs seating and have a full service restaurant. There is a combination of seating including booths and table/chair combinations. The booths are leftovers from when the place was The Big Kahuna I believe and are quite comfortable. There are two separate seating areas upstairs, so you can find privacy if that is what you're looking for. They also have two big screen TVs on one half of the seating area, so you can choose to watch a game or the news while you eat, if you sit in the right spot.
I have been twice for eat in experiences, and a couple times for takeout. The food is consistently delicious. I usually have the lamb shawarma sandwich, but have also tried the chicken. This last time, I called a friend to come join me for lunch and we chose a booth upstairs. We were provided with menus and water quickly and our server/deli worker also asked about our drink order right away. Because of the overlap of deli/server work, don't expect to have consistently fast service. It's always friendly and the food is consistently good, but if the deli gets busy and they don't have a dedicated server, the times will be a little slow. If I'm in a hurry, I usually get my shawarma to-go.
The half eaten baba ganoush
Lamb Shawarma Sandwich = Deliciousness!
This restaurant/deli comes with and interesting ambiance since it is located over the grocery store. Personally, I love people watching and I was quite entertained by looking down at people's heads while I ate, but maybe that's just me. It's usually not packed with people, but there were about four other groups that were there while we were.
I am really happy to have this addition to the downtown dining scene. I really hope that it works well for the owners and that they keep this sit down option open in the upstairs area. It's a comfy little spot to enjoy a delicious meal.
145 Liberty Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3528
(Between The Brick and the Reed Opera House)
Open Mon-Thu 8am-9pm; Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-6pm