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Contributor Debut – A Review of Kokeshi

Not Your College Ramen Creativity, Presentation, and Flavor Rule By TeeRev   One day last month, as I was walking downtown, I thought, “What would be good for lunch on this hot autumn day?” My answer might surprise you: an equally hot bowl of soup. In the mood for something unusual and different, I headed to Kokeshi for a bowl of noodles. For a drink, I ordered yuzu lemonade. It is made from yuzu citruses, which have a stronger, tarter taste than lemons. They have been grown in Japan since the 7th century, when they were introduced by the Chinese. ...

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The Tin Whistle – A Neighborhood Spot That You Need To Discover

Don’t Whistle Past The Whistle Tips, Burgers, Wings, Ribs, and A Great Bar Pie By The BaldOne The time has come for us to welcome The Tin Whistle to the wonderful world of Salem Digest. We have been featuring local eateries for four years now, and finally…. finally Salem Digest has come to The Tin Whistle. It is our pleasure to collaborate with them in an effort to make both this little local social media entity and their wonderful little Jefferson Avenue restaurant the best that we can be. Nowadays you hear a lot of place call themselves a neighborhood ...

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OPUS – Deviled Eggs, A Steak Sandwich, and Infused Vodkas

A New Menu and Extended Bar Lead The Way To Salem Summer By TheBaldOne The options in Salem for lunch or dinner have become legion. It’s difficult to keep track of them all. We regularly see new places open up, and have seen a few favorites fade away. Rumors of new spots to fill empty places are a regular feature of conversation. Opus has occupied the space at 87 Washington Street for a few years now having succeeded the short lived Greenland Cafe. They are a part of the Serenitee Restaurant Group that operates nine other food spots in eight ...

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Four Salem Burgers of Consistent Quality

Consistency Is Key In The Salem Burger Wars By TheBaldOne   The season for burgers is year round. It seems that almost every restaurant has a burger now. Even those high-end spots that once would never have served such pedestrian fare now have burgers. Truly ethnic spots seem to be the last bastion of of the no burger menu.  Here we present to you a few Salem burgers that we note and commend for their quality, but as importantly for their consistency.  Serving a consistent product is arguably the hardest thing to do in the restaurant business.  These spots have ...

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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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