Review by Bonnie
For the 21 and over crowd, there’s a great breakfast alternative to the usual choices in Salem. We’ve often visited this comfortable West Salem eatery for tasty burgers, sandwiches and a wide range of adult beverages. Who knew that some of the best breakfast food can be had at this classy watering hole?
When Brad, bartender extraordinaire and a member of the family that’s owned Alibi for the past 19 years, suggested we might enjoy the weekend breakfast selections, we needed no convincing. From the moment we first stepped into this pub/restaurant/home away from home, Brad made us feel welcome and comfortable. Often filled with long-time regulars, newcomers are quickly greeted and drawn into the family. So on a cold and rainy Sunday morning, we ventured across the bridge, anticipating the usual SRO wait for a table. To our surprise, we garnered our favorite spot immediately; within moments of our arrival, the ever friendly, always energetic Brad greeted our arrival with menus and beverage options. We both opted for the Bloody Marys with coffee on the side, an excellent choice—Brad’s Bloody Marys are among the best we’ve ever tasted—along with an oh-so-tasty biscuits and gravy selection and the chicken fried steak combination. My husband reports that the steak (prepared by Chef Mike) was delicious, seasoned just right, and fork-tender—one of the best he’s ever enjoyed—the eggs perfectly prepared, and even the toast (a marbled rye) grilled just right. I immediately joined in his song of praise: the biscuits and gravy were, well, wonderful is the best description. With just a slight heat, the generous portion of gravy topped the lightest of biscuits; the accompanying scrambled eggs (with cheese sprinkled across the top at Brad’s suggestion) were light and fluffy.
Since our first breakfast/brunch visit, we’ve since sampled the French toast (a weekend special—absolutely delicious, made with thick Texas toast), several omelettes, and the most magical mimosas around. Alibi continues to please and provide ever-growing reasons to return. And what a delight it is to walk into this friendly establishment and be greeted immediately with a cheerful hello and an offer of drink. Brad has managed to create an environment that is welcoming to even those not comfortable in a bar setting. When asked what he wanted folks to know about the Alibi, he responded “I want people coming in here to feel at home, like they’re having a relaxed and delicious meal in their own homes. We work hard to prepare tasty meals with fresh (and often local) ingredients offered at a fair price.” There is no doubt that Brad meets this goal over and over again, with every person who walks through the door.
Breakfast is served every day at Alibi, beginning at 10:00 a.m. However, weekend brunches at the Alibi are especially enjoyable…with Bloody Marys priced at $2.00 and Mimosas at $2.50 (from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays) and breakfast starting at $4.95, customers can experience a culinary treat while watching their wallets. And the friendly, comfortable atmosphere fostered by Brad, while free, is absolutely priceless.
590 Taggart Dr NW #190
Salem, OR 97304-4089
Salem, OR 97304-4089
Sunday -Thursday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.