Gerry Frank's Konditorei
Gerry Frank's Konditorei is not just for your sweet tooth's cravings, though I imagine this isn't news to the majority of Salemites. Nor is it news that this delightful little corner cafe is uniquely Salem. True, we do have many other places that are unique to our lush valley, but how many are owned by local (perhaps even national) celebrities?
It's hard to miss the Konditorei as you drive south on Commercial out of downtown. The bright red awning stands out, as does the sign. Not in a garish, unpleasant way, but in a welcoming, enticing, beckoning way. I often wonder if downtown wouldn't love to have this shop move across from the Grand Hotel, but personally I believe the current location is a good fit.
N and I decided to check it out for dinner. We walked in to find a half full dining room on a Wednesday around 7:30pm. But just minutes later, two groups walked in and nearly every table was full and bustling with conversation and activity. I sipped a tall, fresh brewed, iced tea while checking out the menu. I couldn't help but notice that every diner I could see from our table was ordering dinner. The dinner menu is the same as their lunch menu with a variety of salads, sandwiches, quiche, soup, etc. N was tempted by the mac and cheese, but decided on the ham and cheese croissant sandwich and a cup of potato chowder. I ordered the pesto chicken pasta salad.
When our plates were brought out, the first thing that crossed my mind was how my salad offered a bigger portion than N's sandwich. Not a big deal, just something I noticed since a salad is usually something you order when you want a light meal. Never mind! Pasta is never light! The diced red onion and pesto created a nicely flavored combination. I appreciated the small pieces of chicken for easier eating. The salad came with 3 warm wedges of delicately salted flatbread.
N enjoyed his sandwich, but thought the croissant's buttery flavor overpowered the flavors of ham and cheese. Between his sandwich, chips, and cup of soup, he ended up almost too full to share a slice of carrot cake. Almost. It wouldn't seem right not to finish the meal with dessert, so he rallied for the delicious cause.
Whether you're in the mood for a dessert, a pot of tea and something light, or a full meal, don't forget Gerry Frank's Konditorei can satisfy your cravings.
Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 7:30am – 9:00pm
Fri. 7:30am – 11:00pm
Sat. 10:00am -11:00pm
Sun. 10:00am – 9:00pm
310 Kearney SE
Salem, Oregon 97302