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Four Spots For Breakfast In Salem

Three Of My Favorites And One That Attracts Crowds By The BaldOne We all have our favorite spots for particular purposes.  Given a choice of breakfast places you would certainly have an immediate preference, or at least a short list of options.  Breakfast seems simple enough, but it isn’t really simple at all.  Eggs, meat, potatoes, bread, cheese, veggies, sauces, even fruit are all in the equation.  For me home fries are key. They have to have some character, and they have to be consistent. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular order complete with a short ...

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

A Few Delectable Delights Around Salem By The BaldOne You may like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. You may even like falling out of trees and cold toilet seats. In this world of political correctness I must accept yours and you must accept mine. With that in mind I present to you some of favorite items from the wonderfully varied menus of Salem. First up the Irish breakfast served at O’Neill’s of Salem every Sunday for brunch. This plate of eggs, baked beans, fries, meats and tomato is a guilty pleasure. t’s surely doesn’t hurt that they also ...

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Adriatic Defines Excellence And Consistency In Salem Dining

Sometimes Your Lunch Finds You A Tale Of Unintended Consequences By The BaldOne       There are many things that a customer expects from a restaurant when they walk in.  Prompt and polite service, pleasant ambience, a good beverage selection, and a solid menu that will bring delicious and well prepared food to the table.  The objective of all restaurants is to achieve all four of those things every time. It is difficult, improbable, and virtually impossible.  No place can manage to do it all of the time.  There are always issues, both avoidable and unavoidable that can get ...

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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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