Salem Dining Scene Changes--2012

6/03/12 Chuck Bradley gave us the scoop...
Well, it's not "Happening in Salem"...yet. But it is happening in Monmouth. Just opened is BOSS's Burgers. (423 Main ST E) It fills a niche between the FF joints and the gourmet Burger spots. Fresh ground, hand-spanked and locally sourced Patties. Unique Fries and Buns. Owner has plans for two spots in Salem; the 501 Grill and Flipside Dance Club. You heard it here first!

5/28/12 via email: Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza is set to open up a second Salem area location in Keizer at 5151 River Rd. N June 19th, 2012.

5/28/12 via Twitter & @Oregonwmn: Happy Curry Foods to open soon at Church & Trade.

5/25/12 via @Oregonwmn on Twitter ...
Tacos from Taqueria El Tapatio 615 High NE
Tacos from new place corner of High and Union St. They were good. Place isn't running 100% yet. Bare inside. 3 tacos less than $3.
Another local Tweep weighed in: "They were delicious! I did asada & my dad, chorizo. Also, my mom is a connoisseur of chile rellenos-very picky- she was impressed.

5/25/12 Chuck Bradley learned . . .
Here's a response to my inquiry about Panera Bread coming to Keizer: "Dear Chuck, Thank you for contacting Panera Bread. Good news! We are opening in Keizer, OR but not for at least six to eight months from now. It will be located at the Corner of Keizer Station Blvd & Stadium Dr. at Stadium Drive, 97303. Sincerely, Isabella Customer Comment Coordinator"

5/24/12 Anonymous said . . .
E-San on Commercial is now closed! That stinks!!

5/21/12 Chuck Bradley gave us the scoop . . .
Just learned that the new Mexican place in the old Cherry City Cafe venue is now open. Here's the info:
Taqueria El Tapatio, 615 High ST NE, Salem, OR 97301, (503)385-8816
Closed Sundays

5/21/12 Chuck Bradley suggested . . .
I went to Wild Buffalo Wings grand opening today. I'm going to suggest giving them a little time for the dust to settle. It was pure bedlam. The legions of staff were tripping over each other. The first order delivered to my table was someone else's. I bit into a tongue numbingly hot wing before I realized it. Just as I was finishing my correct order, the same delivery runner who brought me the first surprise brought me an order of Deep Fried Pickles. I hadn't ordered them either. Give 'em time to thin the Keystone Cops down to Larry, Mo and Curly, then check 'em out. The potential is there.

5/21/12 Anonymous agreed with CB re: BiBim Bap House . . .
I concur. Solid authentic selection of Korean choices (also Japanese & Korean/Chinese fusion)- surprising for Salem as the closest authentic Korean dining is Beaverton. Korean-Chinese cuisine is more commonly found in NYC so delighted to see the inclusion here. I heard the vegetables are fresh from their organic garden but don't quote me on that. Very cozy mom&pop atmosphere.

5/19/12 Chuck Bradley shared . . .
  • Wild Buffalo Wings is scheduled to open Monday (5/21/12).
  • A nearby business worker, of unknown veracity, says the owners of the unfortunately named Drunken Cook (Hard to conjure any positive connotations here.): "are hoping to open in about two months".
5/17/12
  • Fast Eddie's has closed
  • Jimmy Johns has opened next to 5 Guys on S Commercial
  • Freshmart is going out of business

5/12/12 Anonymous shared . . .
Coffee In Motion is reopening on South Commercial on May 15, at this location 3170 Commercial St. SE  This is the Events at Copper Hill parking lot. It is across from Rock N Rogers

5/11/12 Anonymous hopes . . .
The Coffee in Motion location in front of the Golden Tent Mongolian Restaurant is now closed too. I hope they choose to to reopen somewhere on South Commercial.

5/09/12 KandN shared . . .
Coming soon . . . Drunken Cook (not Kitchen, oops!), an Italian restaurant. It'll join Fitt's Seafoods, Davidson's Landscaping and Santiam Wine Co. in the 12th Street Marketplace.

5/05/12 Anonymous added . . .
I have been hearing that the old Mazzi's/Golden Tent Mongolian Grill building will be torn down, and be replaced with a steakhouse.

5/04/12 Anonymous shared . . .
  • Golden Tent Mongolian Restaurant on south Commercial is closed.
  • BiBim Bap House is now open (near SJ building) and Stone Soup Bistro is slated to open second week of May.
5/02/12 Anonymous shared . . .
Just spotted message on old Cherry City Cafe's reader board, "Fresh, homemade tamales coming soon" and on the flip side it reads, "el Tapatio coming soon".

4/21/12 Anonymous shared. . .
Papa G's Blacklight Bar no longer bears the name Papa G's. The signs have all been modified to just say blacklight bar.
4/20/12 Anonymous knowingly shared ...
There's a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich shop going in at 2990 Commercial ST. SE Sw #190 in the strip mall where Five Guys is.

Chuck Bradley said ...
  • Apr 11, 2012 ...Unless you like cold deep dish Pizza, don't go to the new Silverton Bread Board expecting to have lunch. It's really just a Bread store. (Albeit a very good one.) Everything is baked in Falls City then transported to Silverton for sale. No oven, no Soup, no Salad, no Sandwiches and no fresh Pizza.
  • Apr 19, 2012... Just learned that Goodfellas is under new management and has a revised and expanded menu
  • Apr 20, 2012... Checked out the "new" Goodfellas today. My Bleu Cheeseburger rivaled Willamette Burger Company's, which I've long judged to be Salem's best. My bride's Turkey Grinder with Cheddar toasted in their Pizza oven was also top drawer. This place is definitely worth your time.
4/18/12 Observed by @salemrebekah . .
"Something's happening at the old Cherry City Cafe bldg. Looks suspiciously like a stack of sombreros in the window... "

3/20/12 Posted on Twitter by @MySalem:
"Al Aqsa Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine on State ST finally is open in#SalemOR: 1326 State ST 503-581-1160; And it's in my neighborhood!"

3/19/12 Chuck Bradley said . . .
The Sandwich Shop, 1350 Hawthorne NE. Tried the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad and Navy Bean & Ham Soup. Also sampled Tri-Tip. All amazing. Uses a Traeger (Oregon Company) Pellet fired BBQ. BrucePac (Local source) Brats. Ian, the proprietor is the owner/operator of Iggy's Catering. Knows his stuff. Prices very reasonable. Check it out! (Chuck, is it in the Texaco station?)

3/16/12 Chuck Bradley updated us . . .
Falafel King is up and running at 498 Church ST NE. The food is good but they're pretty proud of it price-wise. Open 6 day 10AM 'til 8PM.

3/14/12 Anonymous teased . . .
"As noted above Lil's Cupcake has new owners and a new name. Becky & Nick are the owners and the new name is Twinsies Coffee and Cupcakes. I tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate and really enjoyed it. I never tried Lil's but I think Twinsies had a great cupcake today! PS More changes are on the way for the South Commercial dining scene." (I hope you share more, anonymous!)

3/06/12 via Red Ginger's Facebook page: "Yes we are closed for a slight remodeling, but we will open again very shortly! Come by and check out our new renovations, and enjoy some good tasty food :)"

3/06/12 R on Twitter asked....
"Am I the last one to notice the handwritten "for sale by owner" sign in the window of Sushi Topia (place by La Capitale)?"

3/05/12 David on Twitter shared...
Cupcake cafe on High St. is under new ownership.

3/01/12 Oregon Maiden shared....
To save folks an unneccessary trip---there was a note on yelp this morning that Red Ginger had a sign "Closed for remodeling until March 18." Since I live w-a-y South and am currently snowed in---I haven't seen it for myself but would suggest at least calling before you make the trek :-) OM ( 503 304-5092 )

2/25/12 DeeDee Diner shared....
According to the S-J's Polk Co. reporter Justin Much---2/22/12: Nine Lounge brings sushi back to the heart of Monmouth’s Main St. Nine Lounge, located next to Main Street Pub & Eatery in Monmouth, recently held its soft opening. The eatery once again brings sushi back to the heart of Main Street, Miyama Sushi, but it is also equipped to offer a much broader menu: pasta, seafood, sandwiches, etc. Owner Naing Soethura said the restaurant recently secured its liquor license, and he hopes to host a grand opening very soon. Nine Lounge phone is (503) 838-4511.

2/13/12 Chuck Bradley said...
Napoleon’s menu is greatly expanded to include Soups, Salads, Sandwiches Crepes and Quiche. Everything we've had there, so far, has been very good. The new eatery in the old Smiles BBQ venue is not open yet. It will be Bi Bim Bap House. Sounds like another Korean place. Anxious to try it! The Food Truck at Commercial and Ferry is Speedy Tacos. Have only had Tacos there, so far. Lengua and Carne Asada were good. Tripe was a little chewy and not crispy as I like it. But confess I did not specify. He has a pretty extensive Mexican menu.

2/12/12 Anonymous said...
1. Napoleans did a huge expansion downtown. Anyone tried it yet? Looks nice. 2. There is a taco truck on the corner of Ferry and Commercial, across from Umpqua Bank and in the parking lot of the youth church. Anyone try it? 3. There is a new restaurant taking a stab at the old Maxine's location (formerly Smile BBQ among many other incarnations). 4. There is definitely activity at the old Coffee House. That is a really cool old space. Lots of potential. 5. Old Super Pho location is papered up and something is definitely happening there. 6. The old Big Town Hero is going to be a bar/retro-arcade. Rumor has it.. 7. Governor's Cup is now having live music on weekends and serving cocktails. Really nice space. Great ambiance. 8. Christo's took over the old "Space" venue and now have lots of great live music and a cool bar. Seen rock and jazz. Great addition to Salem. 9. Quizno's in downtown is gone. Always glad to see chain's lose out to locally owned.

2/07/12 Via FB...
Someone has applied for a liquor license for Super Pho's old spot on 383 State St..

2/06/12 Sign spotted downtown...
"Falafel King Food Mart, coming soon"--on north side of building where Papa G's Blacklight Bar resides.

2/04/12 Word on the street says Gilgamesh may be moving to a new spot downtown. :>)

2/04/12 Via The Breadboard's FB page...
"Join us March 22nd in Silverton as we celebrate the opening of our second location..206 S. Water St., next to the Silverton Coffee Station!"

2/03/12 Via email ...
Salemites have noticed something going on in the old Coffee House Cafe & old Spaghetti Warehouse location.

2/02/12 Kristi replied re: Smile BBQ...
I've tried to go there a couple times in the last month and there was a sign on their door that they were "closed for remodeling". I'm hoping that's all as their food was amazing and the two women were so nice!

1/29/12 DeeDeeDiner said . . .
Just saw on yelp that Smile BBQ closed---haven't independently verified however. 3-D

1/27/12 Spoons Bistro said ...
We are saddened to announce the closure of Spoons and are forced to closed our doors to all customers. today will be our last day

1/26/12 MRose said...
Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar will open at old Party Depot site on 3892 Center NE in Salem Ore. by June, company says

1/05/12 Anonymous asked & KandN answered...
"Is rockin rogers moving into the Eola Inn space on hwy 22 in west salem?" Yes, as mentioned below on 12/20/11, they have opened another location in the old Eola Inn building.~KandN
Anonymous also asked:
"Anybody try the taco truck downtown on the corner of Ferry and Commercial street?"

1/04/12 KandN shared...
Just learned that San Diego Taco Co. in Salem is still open. Two other stores (Canby & Hillsboro) are now closed.

12/28/11 Roxie shared ...
Cherry City Café is going out of business. I answered an ad on CL for Cafe out of business - $1 (ne salem). ... So sad.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Buffalo Wild Wings? Ugh. I have ate at the ones in Portland three times. I really want to like the place because - hey its wings and beer. Two of my favorite things. The wings were never cooked well. Slimy on all occasions. The place is loud and they have 15 different games going - which is very distracting if you want to watch just one. Too much visual stimulation. Plus the tvs are so far away you can't really see them very clearly. Like watching TV on one of those early rear projection big screens from the 80's. The employees were all 18-20 years old and the service was hit/miss. They must have had 20 servers running around. On the up side, they serve very cold beer (+points). I just hate to see these national chains come in and suck money out of our community. If they were really good it would be one thing, but they excel at being mediocre.

Anonymous said...

Macedonia has delicious food. I think they would get more dinner customers if they reduced their prices. I certainly would eat there more if prices were lower. That being said, they've been in business for a while and perhaps they've found a price point that works for them.

KandN said...

"We are saddened to announce the closure of Spoons and are forced to closed our doors to all customers. Today will be our last day" from NW Spoons Bistro's Facebook page :(

DeeDeeDiner said...

Just saw on yelp that Smile BBQ closed---haven't independently verified however.
3-D

Kristi said...

DeeDee,

I've tried to go there a couple times in the last month and there was a sign on their door that they were "closed for remodeling". I'm hoping that's all as their food was amazing and the two women were so nice!

KandN said...

Just spotted on The Breadboard's FB page, "Join us March 22nd in Silverton as we celebrate the opening of our second location..206 S. Water St., next to the Silverton Coffee Station!"

KandN said...

Sign spotted downtown...
"Falafel King Food Mart, coming soon"--on north side of building where Papa G's Blacklight Bar resides.

KandN said...

Hmmm, something's moving into Super Pho's old spot and they've applied for a liquor license.

Anonymous said...

In the last month I've had burgers twice at each of Bizznaga 303 Grill, 5 Guys, and Willamette Burger. Bizznaga's Bacon Burger kicks the others butts.

Anonymous said...

1. Napoleans did a huge expansion downtown. Anyone tried it yet? Looks nice.

2. There is a taco truck on the corner of Ferry and Commercial, across from Umpqua Bank and in the parking lot of the youth church. Anyone try it?

3. There is a new restaurant taking a stab at the old Maxine's location (formerly Smile BBQ among many other incarnations).

4. There is definitely activity at the old Coffee House. That is a really cool old space. Lots of potential.

5. Old Super Pho location is papered up and something is definitely happening there.

6. The old Big Town Hero is going to be a bar/retro-arcade. Rumor has it..

7. Governor's Cup is now having live music on weekends and serving cocktails. Really nice space. Great ambiance.

8. Christo's took over the old "Space" venue and now have lots of great live music and a cool bar. Seen rock and jazz. Great addition to Salem.

9. Quizno's in downtown is gone. Always glad to see chain's lose out to locally owned restaurants.

guitar4me said...

I have a review on the way of the new Napoleons :)

Chuck Bradley said...

Napoleon’s menu is greatly expanded to include Soups, Salads, Sandwiches Crepes and Quiche. Everything we've had there, so far, has been very good.

The new eatery in the old Smiles BBQ venue is not open yet. It will be Bi Bim Bap House. Sounds like another Korean place. Anxious to try it!

The Food Truck at Commercial and Ferry is Speedy Tacos. Have only had Tacos there, so far. Lengua and Carne Asada were good. Tripe was a little chewy and not crispy as I like it. But confess I did not specify. He has a pretty extensive Mexican menu.

DeeDeeDiner said...

According to the S-J's Polk Co. reporter Justin Much---2/22/12:
Nine Lounge brings sushi back to the heart of Monmouth’s Main St. Nine Lounge, located next to Main Street Pub & Eatery in Monmouth, recently held its soft opening.

The eatery once again brings sushi back to the heart of Main Street, Miyama Sushi, but it is also equipped to offer a much broader menu: pasta, seafood, sandwiches, etc.

Owner Naing Soethura said the restaurant recently secured its liquor license, and he hopes to host a grand opening very soon.

Nine Lounge phone is (503) 838-4511.
3-D

Anonymous said...

Just saw that today on my way to the bridge @ Church & Marion.

Anonymous said...

To save folks an unneccessary trip---there was a note on yelp this morning that Red Ginger had a sign "Closed for remodeling until March 18." Since I live w-a-y South and am currently snowed in---I haven't seen it for myself but would suggest at least calling before you make the trek :-)
OM

KandN said...

Thanks OM :)

KandN said...

"Cupcake cafe on High St. is under new ownership" via David on Twitter

KandN said...

from R on Twitter: "am I the last one to notice the handwritten "for sale by owner" sign in the window of Sushi Topia (place by La Capitale)?"

KandN said...

via Red Ginger's Facebook page: "Yes we are closed for a slight remodeling, but we will open again very shortly! Come by and check out our new renovations, and enjoy some good tasty food :)"

Aaron said...

Passed through downtown Salem last week and saw Rainbow Chinese Restaurant had likely closed. Can anyone else confirm?

KandN said...

Sorry, Aaron. Didn't realize our discussion was on their review instead of here. Their closure took everyone by surprise.

Anonymous said...

As noted above Lil's Cupcake has new owners and a new name. Becky & Nick are the owners and the new name is Twinsies Coffee and Cupcakes. I tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate and really enjoyed it.

I never tried Lil's but I think Twinsies had a great cupcake today!

PS More changes are on the way for the South Commercial dining scene.

Anonymous said...

Falafel King is up and running at 498 Church ST NE. The food is good but they're pretty proud of it price-wise. Open 6 day 10AM 'til 8PM. ~Chuck Bradley

Chuck Bradley said...

The Sandwich Shop, 1350 Hawthorne NE. Tried the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Potato Salad and Navy Bean & Ham Soup. Also sampled Tri-Tip. All amazing. Uses a Traeger (Oregon Company) Pellet fired BBQ. BrucePac (Local source) Brats. Ian, the proprietor is the owner/operator of Iggy's Catering. Knows his stuff. Prices very reasonable. Check it out!

Anonymous said...

Chuck, Sorry to inform you, but the Traeger Family sold the grill business out a few years ago. The grills are now made in China.

If you are looking for an American made grill, MAK Grills out of Dallas, Oregon is the one. Their marketing manager is Bruce Bjorkman, who used to work for Traeger.

I will try the sandwich shop.

KandN said...

Posted on Twitter by @MySalem:

Al Aqsa Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine on State ST finally is open in #SalemOR: 1326 State ST 503-581-1160; And it's in my neighborhood!

Chuck Bradley said...

Checked out two new places today. Fresh & Natural (Salem Center food court) was neither. 95/05 Tamales. (95% Masa, 5% Chicken) Don't waste your time. And Shiver's Frozen Yogurt in Stayton which was excellent. (Disclosure: Related to Shivers' ownership.)

KandN said...

via Twitter & @salemrebekah "Something's happening at the old Cherry City Cafe bldg. Looks suspiciously like a stack of sombreros in the window... "

Anonymous said...

Chuck Bradley said ...
Apr 11, 2012 ...Unless you like cold deep dish Pizza, don't go to the new Silverton Bread Board expecting to have lunch. It's really just a Bread store. (Albeit a very good one.) Everything is baked in Falls City then transported to Silverton for sale. No oven, no Soup, no Salad, no Sandwiches and no fresh Pizza.
Apr 19, 2012... Just learned that Goodfellas is under new management and has a revised and expanded menu
Apr 20, 2012... Checked out the "new" Goodfellas today. My Bleu Cheeseburger rivaled Willamette Burger Company's, which I've long judged to be Salem's best. My bride's Turkey Grinder with Cheddar toasted in their Pizza oven was also top drawer. This place is definitely worth your time.

Anonymous said...

There's a Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich shop going in at 2990 Commercial ST. SE Sw #190 in the strip mall where Five Guys is. http://www.jimmyjohns.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow! I did not know that Trager had been sold and now is being made in China. It had always been on my wish list to upgrade to a Trager but I refuse to support any company that fires Oregonians and moves the jobs overseas to make more profit. That is bad news.

Anonymous said...

Papa G's Blacklight Bar no longer bears the name Papa G's. The signs have all been modified to just say blacklight bar.

Anonymous said...

Just spotted message on old Cherry City Cafe's reader board, "Fresh, homemade tamales coming soon".

Anonymous said...

BiBim Bap House is now open (near SJ building) and Stone Soup Bistro is slated to open second week of May.

Chuck Bradley said...

Tried the Bibim Bap House today. Very good. Four course Yaki Soba Beef and Vegetable meal with two piece Sushi Roll Sample, two kinds of Kim Chee and Nokdumuk tray and a Orange and Strawberry desert complete with a paper cocktail umbrella. :~D $6.95!

I'm impressed.

Anonymous said...

Golden Tent Mongolian Restaurant on south Commercial is closed. Wonder what they'll put in after tearing the building down? Please tell me it won't be a Mickey D's or ??

Anonymous said...

I have been hearing that the old Mazzi's/Golden Tent Mongolian Grill building will be torn down, and be replaced with a steakhouse.

KandN said...

Coming soon . . . Drunken Kitchen, an Italian restaurant. It'll join Fitt's Seafoods, Davidson's Landscaping and Santiam Wine Co. in the 12th Street Marketplace.

Oregon Maiden said...

Now who on earth thought Drunken Kitchen would be the perfect name for a new restaurant ???

KandN said...

Oregon Maiden, I goofed but amended the name at the top of the post. It's actually "Drunken Cook". Does that sound any better? ;>)
Nope, didn't think so.

Hopefully, it's only the food that's "stewed". Maybe Santiam Wine Co. should keep an eye on their inventory.
But in the end, I wager we'll all be curious enough to visit.

Anonymous said...

The Coffee in Motion location in front of the Golden Tent Mongolian Restaurant is now closed too. I hope they choose to to reopen somewhere on South Commercial.

Oregon Maiden said...

Nooooo...you're right...no better :-)

I'm no prude, but I suspect a number of people will "self-select" NOT to patronize a spot with "Drunken" anything in its name...We shall see...

Anonymous said...

Coffee In Motion is reopening on South Commercial on May 15, at this location 3170 Commercial St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302 per their listing on Groupon.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/coffee-in-motion?c=all&p=0

This is the Events at Copper Hill parking lot. It is across from Rock N Rogers.

Anonymous said...

I'd go just to see if there would be any crazy knife action in that drunken kitchen, but not from the closest table. ;-)

Chuck Bradley said...

Two notes:

1. Wild Buffalo Wings is scheduled to open Monday (5/21/12).

2. A nearby business worker, of unknown veracity, says the owners of the unfortunately named Drunken Cook (Hard to conjure any positive connotations here.): "are hoping to open in about two months".

Anonymous said...

I concur. Solid authentic selection of Korean choices (also Japanese & Korean/Chinese fusion)- surprising for Salem as the closest authentic Korean dining is Beaverton. Korean-Chinese cuisine is more commonly found in NYC so delighted to see the inclusion here. I heard the vegetables are fresh from their organic garden but don't quote me on that. Very cozy mom&pop atmosphere.

Chuck Bradley said...

I went to Wild Buffalo Wings grand opening today. I'm going to suggest giving them a little time for the dust to settle. It was pure bedlam. The legions of staff were tripping over each other. The first order delivered to my table was someone else's. I bit into a tongue numbingly hot wing before I realized it. Just as I was finishing my correct order, the same delivery runner who brought me the first surprise brought me an order of Deep Fried Pickles. I hadn't ordered them either. Give 'em time to thin the Keystone Cops down to Larry, Mo and Curly, then check 'em out. The potential is there.

Chuck Bradley said...

Just learned that the new Mexican place in the old Cherry City Cafe venue is now open. Here's the info:

Taqueria El Tapatio
615 High ST NE
Salem, OR 97301

(503)385-8816

Closed Sundays

Anonymous said...

Buffalo wild wings = mediocre wings, teenage servers and a bunch of large blurry tv's. Blah!

Anonymous said...

I just went to a Buffalo Wild Wings for the first time in downtown Portland.

When I think of going out to eat, I assume I will get superior quality than the average home cook.

I make wings once a month for family get togethers. Mine are 1000x better than the slimey wings I had there. The wings were well below average.

The beer was cold.

There were at least 5 different sporting events on TV and I swear I was either going to walk out with attention deficit disorder or have a seizure on the floor. It's unnerving to have some much stimuli !!

I'd give BWW a solid C-.

Anonymous said...

E-San on Commercial is now closed! That stinks!!

Chuck Bradley said...

Here's a response to my inquiry about Panera Bread coming to Keizer: "Dear Chuck, Thank you for contacting Panera Bread. Good news! We are opening in Keizer, OR but not for at least six to eight months from now. It will be located at the Corner of Keizer Station Blvd & Stadium Dr. at Stadium Drive, 97303. Sincerely, Isabella Customer Comment Coordinator"

KandN said...

via Twitter & @Oregonwmn: Happy Curry Foods to open soon at Church & Trade.

Chuck Bradley said...

Well, it's not "Happening in Salem"...yet. But it is happening in Monmouth. Just opened is BOSS's Burgers. (423 Main ST E) It fills a niche between the FF joints and the gourmet Burger spots. Fresh ground, hand-spanked and locally sourced Patties. Unique Fries and Buns. Owner has plans for two spots in Salem; the 501 Grill and Flipside Dance Club. You heard it here first!

Anonymous said...

Are they opening another store or will it be a restaurant?

Anonymous said...

Yes, definitely some of the best teriyaki I have had in Salem. The lunch specials are great and the food is fresh and delicious. The service is wonderful, we are impressed with the complimentary samplings that they start you off with...you don't see that anywhere else.

Chuck Bradley said...

Returned to Taqueria El Tapatio today with SWMBO. We nearly exhausted their Taco Menu. All($.99 ea.)were very good. But the standouts were the Papas con Chorizo (Unique in my experience. Think Molotes stuffing!) and the Pescado.

Anonymous said...

Saw glowing neon for the Drunken Cook - though memory recalled it as Drunken Chef? - over the weekend. It will be nice to have the bay filled, but yeah, an unfortunate name.

TheAvasmommy said...

Heard a rumor that the old Taco Time in Dallas, which has been the site of some sorry Mexican food since Taco Time closed, is going to re-open as a barbecue joint. Anyone hear anything in that regard?

Anonymous said...

Glad we still have San Antonios in Independence.... I hope they aren't leaving Dallas (old Taco Time). Best Mexican food around!

TheAvasmommy said...

The old Taco Time Building is empty. Has been for several months now.