Arriving around 5:00pm ensured we could order off of the happy hour menu, with all well drinks on special. Several of us ordered well drinks and found them strong. Our table ordered the sweet potato fries and tater tots, both tasty and hot. As we all arrived at different times, we each placed our dinner orders at different times, which the waiter had no problem with.
A couple of us ordered the Chicken Strips. I think they were called the Tahitian Chicken Strips and they were good, although slightly over-fried. They came with two side sauces, both of which made the dish: a sweet chili sauce and a Thai coconut type sauce. Without these, the dish would have been bland and boring. I would suggest asking for these sauces when ordering the sweet potato fries as well!
Other dishes ordered at our table included the BLT, which was praised and one of the pita pockets, which didn't stay together and ended up needing a fork to eat.
The atmosphere at Brown's Towne Lounge is interesting. It brings in a broad range of customers and you are never quite sure who you will see while you are there. The prices on the menu are good and the portions are healthy, with an individual being able to eat for under $10.00. The service is sometimes hit or miss. On this evening, it took our lovely singing star over 40 minutes to get her salad. By the time she received it, she had about 10 minutes before she had to be on stage. However, the rest of the evening, the service was much better.
The biggest complaint around our table was the way the cigarette smoke came right through the front door as smokers came and went (which they did a lot!). At times, the smell was overwhelming and the air so cold. This actually prevents some of our group from frequenting Brown's Towne.
Brown's Towne Lounge
189 Liberty St NE Ste 112,
Salem, OR 97301