by Emily Grosvenor with photography by Will Bragg (NW Palate article)
It’s never easy to cull a list of favorite Salem restaurants down to just a few, but that’s the task I had a couple of months ago when I wrote my first story for Northwest Palate, one of the region’s premier food magazines.
If you’ve never seen the magazine before, I suggest you get thee to a Border’s and pick up a copy. They do a consistent job of featuring some of the most exciting food trends and tastemakers in the Pacific Northwest.
But back to the Salem food scene. I’m not the first person to announce it’s been changing in a direction for the better. I’ve been in this city for just 2.5 years, and during that time, I’ve been thrilled to see a lot happening, both downtown and in the outer pockets of the city. More choices, more talent, more tapas.
The State Fair is coming up, and Northwest Palate saw this summer as a great time to profile Salem’s food scene on the move. You can read the story in its entirety online on page 10 of the online version.
Working closely with the magazine’s editor I tried to include a variety of places to give a fresh look at the city’s best new hands in the kitchen (or, in some cases, the truck). It was the editor, by the way, who added in the subtitle “Eat Salem” to the article, borrowing from the best.
Here’s to hoping more Oregon foodies will set their compasses to Salem to join in the fun.