Update: Queen of Tarts is now closed
~Review by Chuck Bradley
With positive memories of my last visit, and the desire to introduce a friend to it, I returned to Queen of Tarts today. It’s hidden away in a corner on the plaza level of the Salem Public Library. I had a QT Club Sandwich: “Thinly sliced marinated chicken breast, black forest ham, Swiss cheese, tomato and dijonaise”. All this on a delicious focaccia-style bun. I chose a cup of Czech cabbage soup for my side. The soup was delicious. I looked and smelled as if it might be spicy, but a delicate sweetness underscored the brothy goodness of the veggies. The freshness and quality of the sandwich ingredients was amazing. I know it can’t be true in January, but I would have believed the tomato was fresh from the garden. I don’t know where they got it, but it was orders of magnitude better than the genetically engineered, hot house grown, reddish, tasteless things from the grocery store. And the Swiss cheese had that wonderful bite to it which only the real deal can offer. (I propose a Constitutional Amendment banning all processed cheese! ;~D) The price of my lunch was $7.75. Most other places would have charged this much just for the sandwich, then another $3-$4 for the cup of soup.
My companion had the Caesar Salad; romaine hearts, red onion and croutons all sprinkled with shaved parmesan cheese. A nice thick piece of fresh baked bread with a pat of butter was a pleasant and unexpected treat. She said her salad was very good.
They also have 6 Gilled Panini-Style sandwiches and 7 salad offerings. A couple of menu items, sure to please the children, are also to be had. I have it on good authority that a Reuben Sandwich will be available soon! I can’t wait for that. Judging from the quality of their current menu items, it will be off-the-charts good!
As we finished our meals, our server, Roxie, passed through the shop with a plate of bite-sized samples of chocolate cake with a creamy white frosting. It was heaven! I can’t finish a conversation about QT without mentioning their cakes and other baked goods. Theirs are the best to be had in Salem Oregon. Period! Next time your sweet tooth is acting up, do yourself a favor!
Queen of Tarts Bakery & Café
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem, OR 97301
Hours 9 AM – 4 PM Tuesday thru Friday