A toast and a pause: Remembering Chuck

Wednesday morning I heard the sad news that Salem lost an icon--Chuck Bradley.
He was a long time realtor, but what many remember him for was his penchant for dining out. Chuck didn't care if it was a hole in the wall, a local favorite or a chain. If it was new or interesting, he was there.

There were several times when I broke my own rule and visited a new place during their first week and I nearly always ran into Chuck. While my focus was narrowed to service and flavor, Chuck liked to note whether there was a good hook or hanger on the inside of the men's room door.

We knew his dear wife as "she who must be obeyed", which either evoked a smile or a shake of the head. While she'll be missing her life partner, we'll miss the twinkle in Chuck's eye and the knowledge that Chuck most likely beat us to the best new place in town.

Rest in peace, Chuck, and save us a spot at that table.
~K

Here are a few of Chuck's EatSalem reviews:

http://www.eatsalem.com/2011/08/eagles-nest.html

http://www.eatsalem.com/2010/11/lets-thai-it-up.html

http://www.eatsalem.com/2010/12/roths-vista-market-deli.html

http://www.eatsalem.com/2011/01/ajs-hideaway-bar-and-grill.html

http://www.eatsalem.com/2010/12/freddies-deli-pub.html

8 comments:

Eat Street Maps said...

Awww. I loved reading his posts. Rest in peace, Chuck. I hear they serve dessert first in the big restaurant in the sky.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this. Rest in Peace, Chuck!

Bukko Canukko said...

Chuck was the all-time champeen writer at the Urbanspoon restaurant review wikisite, too.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/profile/648911

I always felt like I could trust his judgment.

Lloyd Christmas said...

Chuck, you will be missed by the Urbanspoon family. RIP

Stone Soup Bistro said...

This comes as a big shock to me! I just saw Chuck 2 months ago at my bistro where he ate and reviewed a breakfast burrito. I have known Chuck for over 6 years now. He has reviewed our place and Queen of Tarts many times. The reviews have always been glowing. That's a huge compliment coming from Chuck. Chuck was a warm, genuine and sincere man with a large vocabulary and a palate to match. He will be missed.

E said...

Chuck was an amazing contributor to the online community and one that was truly looked up to. He will be missed and my condolences to his family for their loss. He is gone but will never be forgotten!

jeff said...

Wow. I can't even count how many locations I've checked the reviews on, and seen the Chuck had written one - he was everywhere. He will be missed indeed.

Jim Scheppke said...

A big appetite and a big heart. He was one of a kind and will never be equaled for his dedication to discovering good eats in the Salem area. RIP Chuck.