I’m pretty sure that I have found my new favorite place to eat in Salem. I was informed yesterday that Venti’s Taphouse was finally open.
I used to drive past the building every day after work and wonder what it would be like inside. Now I know. They did a really great job on the interior of the building. It is colorful, inviting, and very open.
We were lucky that there were two seats open at the bar, but otherwise, there is quite a wait during dinner hours. I guess everyone else in town wanted to see this great new place too.
I was happy to find that the new Venti’s location is doing the same happy hour as their downtown location. In addition to the usual fare, they have added new types of menu items. They now have pizza and pasta. We ordered both and …wow… their pizza is amazing. It was overflowing with toppings, crispy, and beautiful.
For dinner, I decided on the pesto pasta. It came with a small salad. I loved the fresh greens and the salad dressing was incredible. My date ordered the garlic tofu dish with noodles instead of rice. He was pretty impressed with his dinner as well, but thought that the pizza was the best thing of the evening.
As a lover of condiments, I was really happy that Venti’s still had their multitude of sauces, but now they have labels telling you what they are and how spicy the sauce is. My favorites are the teriyaki and peanut sauce.
As for our beverages, my date had Booker’s on the rocks and I had an Indio lemongrass vodka and soda water, as well as their chocolate porter on nitro with a float of raspberry Framboise. It was like drinking a raspberry chocolate cake. Our bartender Scott was also the friendliest and most knowledgeable bartender we have ever had.
I think that Venti’s has really set themselves apart from the rest. They offer really high quality ingredients at very reasonable prices. I love that they use environmentally friendly to go boxes and have a great deal of vegetarian options.
Also worth noting is that they have a children's play area so you can keep the screaming ones busy while you have a few tasty beers. Their bathrooms are also pretty neat, but you’ll have to go see for yourself (mostly because I felt odd taking photos in the bathroom).
The next time I go I want to sit next to one of their big picture windows. I can’t wait to go back. Is it unreasonable to go into a restaurant every time you drive by it?
Venti’s Café + Taphouse
2840 Commercial St. S