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.
Here are a few of Chuck's EatSalem reviews: