Gerry Frank's Konditorei

~Review by Chuck Bradley
At the urging of some internet acquaintances, I gave Gerry Frank's Konditorei another test drive today.
I had a Panini Chicken Sandwich and a cup of Vegetable Barley Soup. As requested, my soup was presented first. It was indeed served in a cup. By the time it reached my table the soup had slopped over onto the saucer and covered my spoon handle. An inconvenience my napkin solved without difficulty. In fairness, I understood it was a meatless soup when I ordered it, but its flavor would have been much enhanced by the addition of some beef. What little barley existent had been cooked to disintegration? The soup gets a “D”.

The sandwich was very good. It had grilled Chicken Breast Meat and Sweet Basil covered Provolone Cheese nicely grilled on Panini Bread. The Basil really set off what would otherwise have been a Ho-Hum sandwich. It was served with Salt and Pepper Kettle-type Chips and an Orange wedge. It gets a “B+”.

The service was friendly. I like a leisurely lunch with a good book. When the place started to get busy, I got a couple of “How are you doing here?” gentle “bum’s rush” inquiries. Recognizing that my activity may be better suited for the library than a busy restaurant, this was probably not inappropriate. This is a nice place where folks come for special gatherings. Given that, I guess what I have, in the past, considered extortive high prices, can be justified.

Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday 7:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am -11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm
310 Kearney SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: 503-585-7070


Rachel said...

"Extortive high prices" - really? That thought can be justified how? I seem to have missed that explanation and supporting arguments.

That's a pretty inflammatory statement to make about a business. If you're going to make such a derogatory remark, you should be prepared to back it up with documentation (e.g. examples of high prices).

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Rachel. If you are going to review these places you owe a level of caution when making such statements - to the proprietors. These are peoples livelihoods. I definitely want to see honest reviews, but well thought and solid cases made when making negative statements.

That said, I do enjoy your input on this blog Chuck.

Anonymous said...

My first though on reading this was "Does the soup get a D because of the mushy barley or because the reviewer prefers meaty or meat-flavored soup over vegetarian/vegetable soup?" Might have been helpful to list the price of the meal to go along with the comments about pricing.

Chuck Bradley said...

Rachel, Please read my last two sentences again.

Anon, The soup failed on two counts. It lacked flavor and "Vegetable Barley" soup should contain some recognizable barley, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell you,I have given this place a two time try but will NOT make a third time.
Service behind the dessert counter was not friendly, cakes and brownies are dry and not fresh.