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A Derby Street Food Safari – Part 1

5 Stops On Derby That Will Feed You Well By The BaldOne   Long ago someone coined the term, “Derby Street Shuffle” to describe the journey from the old Russian Aid Society on Union Street, down Derby Street where a stop would be made at every watering hole along the way.  The shuffle would end on Cousins Street at the Polish Falcons Club.  The stalwarts on that route other than the two previously mentioned were the St. Joseph’s Polish Society, The Derby Cafe, In A Pig’s Eye, The Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), the No Name Pub, and the ...

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Bon Chon Salem Beckons Your Appetite

Wings, Bulgogi, Kimchi, and Steaming Hot Udon Soup By The BaldOne     In a town, especially a downtown that is full of restaurants it is important for a new place to stand out. You can give the place a funny name, or assign your entrees funky names.  Maybe you can dress your staff as lumberjacks, or have them wear tight shorts. Whatever works, but success is never guaranteed. The one tried and true way is to serve something that is not already common to the area.  We already have our share of seafood joints, Italian eateries, burger spots, and ...

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Smokin’ Betty’s To Bring Southern Cooking To Salem

All Hail The “Lord Of The Brisket” And His Hog Trotters By The BaldOne   What do you do for an encore after you have built three separate restaurants from the ground up?  The obvious answer is that you open another restaurant, one that will fill a particular void on the Salem scene.  Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ & Bar at 94 Lafayette Street (the old Strega and Red Lulu spot) plans to fill that void.  They will serve southern cuisine to include smoked meats, BBQ, and vegetarian selections, not as a part of their menu, but as their entire menu. Steve ...

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In A Pig’s Eye Stands Ready For A New Era

A Pleasant Pig Purgatory Awaits Your Visit The old awaits the new on Derby Street By The BaldOne There was a plan the other day to visit three or maybe four Salem food spots to sample a cup of chili and then post an article detailing the afternoon adventure. Plans are wonderful, plans are handy, and making plans can be fun.  It was fun deciding where to go and in what order. The decision was made to drop into In A Pig’s Eye first. The Pig is under new ownership, and currently in a kind of holding pattern. The old ...

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The Adriatic And The Anniversary – A Perfect Match

Adriatic Exceeds High Expectations Monkfish, Lollipop Lamb, And Great Service By Joey Ferrari My wife and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on September 2nd, and having lived in Salem for nearly two years we decided to try a place that was always high on our “to dine” list and consistently received great reviews.  We chose Adriatic for obvious reasons, word of mouth, Mediterranean fare, proximity to our apartment, and looked forward to a satisfying and memorable dining experience commemorating our nuptials.  Our anniversary dinner not only exceeded expectations in every way but landed Adriatic on our short list of ...

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O’Neill’s Of Salem – Well Worth A Washington Street Walk

Shepard’s Pie Rangoons, Asparagus Roll-Ups,  Lobster Rolls, And Curry By The BaldOne   Every once in a while, instead of doing a typical food review we like to partner with a local restaurant and send a team in to do a menu tasting.  The process is quite simple, we ask the business if they are interested and then round up six or eight of our contributors. We show up hungry and thirsty and the restaurant provides us with whatever menu items that they feel are worth showcasing.  The business provides the food, but we buy whatever beverages that are consumed ...

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A Selection Of Favorite Appetizers

  Beets, Octopus, Baked Potato Soup, And Kimchi Pancakes By The BaldOne         Naumkeag Ordinary –  Roasted Beets with whipped honey goat cheese, beet top pesto, and beet chips.  We found this to be a lovely dish well worth the $10.  The beets, both the red and yellow were cool and crisp and were complimented both visually and in taste by the very creamy goat cheese.  The beet top pesto provides a nice color contrast and blended well with the goat cheese. A definite hot day snack.   Sea Level –  Grilled Octopus with carrot rosemary white bean ...

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A Visit To Life Alive – An Organic Oasis In Salem

It’s All About Healthy And Tasty Choices At Life Alive By Chuck Christiansen EDITOR’S NOTE:   We at Salem Digest love it when our readers and fans contribute.  There’s no better source of information than you, and those like you that are out there in Salem and other north shore locations every day.  Who has a great burger?  The coldest beer? An awesome waitstaff?   Those are things that we want to hear from you. We love that Chuck has decided to contribute here and we would love it if somewhere along the line you would also consider submitting a little ...

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Summer Salem Highlights – The Farmer’s Market And Kylie Sullivan

Veggies, Meat & Fish, Baked Goods, Cider, And Music In Derby Square By J. Smithfield Oppenheimer III Tradition dies hard in Salem, and the Salem Farmer’s Market proves that every Thursday during the summer months. History dates the first formal market in Salem back to 1634.  Fresh game and locally grown vegetables and grains were probably the most common goods purveyed, but some kind of cider or beer would also have likely been available. Salem’s public market endured into the 1970’s, some of you may remember the stalls and carts located on the asphalt surface of the old Marketplace and Derby ...

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Aurora – Harry & Sally Return For A Second Chance

Bahn Xeo And Lemongrass Chicken Do Not Disappoint By Harry & Sally Editors Note:  The BaldOne cannot do all of the restaurant reviews, even if he would like to do exactly that.  The primary reason is, that it would not be fair.  He has places that he likes, and some places that he likes a lot.  He also has places that he doesn’t like, and perhaps one or two that he dislikes a lot.  In order to be fair to everybody we sometimes send some others out to do the work. Harry & Sally come as a team, and most ...

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