The party is always in The Kitchen.

Quick, early report on a new place in town. Demurely called The Kitchen, it's on Court Street where Casey's used to be.

But you wouldn't know it.

Walking in, there's a fresh, clean, comfy-homey-modern feel. The narrow, long space is well used with a line of tables along the left, with a large booths that jut into the front windows. Our team of  had a lovely lunch bathed in indirect natural light, with plenty of elbow room, and entertainment as we watched passers by on the street. Noise is fairly well controlled, but it's still a boisterous atmosphere.

Service was quick and friendly (with just a bit of style), despite being a packed house for lunch. Our table went 4/6 on the Catfish Tacos and my oh my, it was a good choice. Tender, crispy, lightly fried catfish chunks on fresh and flavorful hand made tortillas, topped with a bright slaw mix. We asked for hot sauce, and a very thick, rich and flavorful (if not so hot) sauce was delivered for all. With a small side of rice and beans, it's good food for a decent price. My only shock was $2.50 for a soda; their glasses are small Ball-jar-like glasses, so the one soda with no refill that I had was less than a can of Coke. For $2.50. But everyone's doing that these days; just another reason to avoid the junk. My bad!

Someone else chose Chicken Tacos, another the chili. I'm sorry I don't have details, but it looked good and all was consumed. :)

Sorry there are no pictures. Do check out their Facebook page for menu, photos, etc.

I was pleased and look forward to exploring further. Maybe for dinner tonight...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Kitchen is clean (as was noted) and the service
service was fine. The salad was fresh. But the
Wide screen TV blaring destroyed the
Possibility of a pleasant meal. People were having to
Yelling at one another to carry on a
conversation. So the whole atmosphere was unplesently
ruckus. That is not a party. It's bedlam.

I resented having to pay for the experience.
I thought it was a restaurant, not a sports bar.

Anonymous said...

I've been in twice and the tv hasn't been an issue. Perhaps you could have asked them to turn it down?

Anonymous said...

I had breakfast there on Monday (first day) and it is hands down the best breakfast in Salem!! It is serving breakfast 7 days a week and it is great.

The biscuits are real yeast biscuits and the chicken fried steak is amazing! Also lots of eggs benedict

This is great!
~CW