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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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A Sunny Saturday at The Lobster Shanty

The Most Recent Shanty Generation Makes A Statement Burgers And Beer On Artist’s Row By The BaldOne   In the middle of downtown Salem sits a block that consists of a variety of businesses.  Salem Fire Headquarters, and a trio of public and private parking lots fill the space.  Included in those businesses are four restaurants, one of which, Passage To India we have previously reviewed. Today we review the second of those four restaurants, The Lobster Shanty.  The Shanty has been a Salem fixture for over thirty years under four different owners. The legend of the original ownership group ...

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Maria’s Place – Sometimes Old School Is The Right School

Maria’s Rules in Prompt Service And Good Food By The BaldOne         At 10 Jefferson Avenue, just past a storage building that once housed Thermal Circuits sits a small strip mall. Situated in that mall is a convenience store, a dry cleaners, and a driving school.  There is also a small  Salem institution known as Maria’s Place. Like many places in town it has changed hands once or twice.   Local lore credits the original founders\ of Red’s as also being the founder of Maria’s Place.  They are very much an old-school business in that there is ...

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SCRATCH KITCHEN – The Cure For A Burger And Bacon Jones

Find Your Way To Scratch Kitchen And Discover What Scratch Means By The BaldOne     In the wonderful world of social media there are three things that are guaranteed to draw views.  Those three items are burgers, bacon, and pizza.  Burgers it seems, have become the standard measure for local restaurants.  Everybody offers them and bacon is expected to be offered as an option. This past Saturday we had a jones for a bacon-cheeseburger.  After reviewing the myriad options it was decided that if bacon was in the mix we should visit the place in Salem that cures their ...

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Salem House Of Pizza – Where The Sauce Rules

Still A Neighborhood Tradition – We Return After An Extended Absence By The BaldOne   On the corner of Margin Street and Endicott Street, a quite prominent Salem spot sits the Salem House of Pizza.  Every town seems to have a house of pizza.  The menus are generally similar from town to town.  Pizza, sandwiches, pasta plates, steak tips and chicken wings, salads, and more.  They tend to be an all things for all people sort of stop The one aspect of these places that makes them different than  the many other pizza and sandwich places is the pizza style.  Instead ...

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Major MagLeashe’s – Hall Of Fame Steak Tips

The Major Outranks All Others On The Grill Tips, burgers, beers, and salad for the Salem appetite By The BaldOne       Salem has a lot of places where you can get a meal. Most are newer to the community, some are newer than others. If you have lived in Salem for 20 years, there is a good chance that most lifelong Townies still consider you a newcomer. Restaurants are somewhat the same. Few have been here more than twenty years. Major MagLeashe’s has been located on Washington Street since 1974.  That is 42 years of continuous service to ...

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Aurora Vietnamese Cuisine – Cocktails & Nails Wednesday

            Tomorrow night, Wednesday 20 April at 6:30 is the Inaugural “Cocktails & Nails Night” at Aurora Vietnamese Cuisine at One Barton Square. Join Tran and friends, Mom’s, Grandma’s, Aunts, and daughters for a night of fun and friendship. Cocktails and wines will be available as local shops like Laura Lanes and Witch’s Tee’s showcase the latest trends for the upcoming season. Get there early for a chance to win an in-house manicure on Newbury Street in Boston. The first ten ladies will get the royal treatment. Appetizers, music by Kathy Corneau and a cash ...

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Little Depot Diner – A Peabody Square Tradition

13-Seats For Breakfast & Lunch With a Hungarian Twist  By The BaldOne   On a recent Monday morning while returning from a short visit to the RMV at Liberty Tree, a stop was made at the The Little Depot Diner  Located just on the edge of Peabody Square next door to the Essex County Courthouse, it has been a fixture in Peabody since 1929 when it was known as Kurly’s. Ross and Alicia Scanlon have owned it since 2102 and market the joint as having a “fantastic blues breakfast with a Hungarian touch.”  We lament that the Corton that was available ...

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Say Hello To Aurora Vietnamese Cuisine At One Barton Square

Finally Pho Has Returned To Salem By The BaldOne Every once in a while, when the opportunity presents itself, we like to do something that is a little different than a straight up review. This helps to keep it interesting for you the reader, and gives us an opportunity to reward some of our SalemFoodi operatives. Aurora Restaurant located on the corner of Barton Square and Washington Street invited us to bring in a group to sample their menu, their service, and their creativity. Each restaurant is different, not only win their menus but in how they prepare and present ...

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Celia’s Restaurant – Simple Food Done Right In The Point

A  Local Favorite Prepares To Move To a New Location By The BaldOne     We first reviewed Celia’s Restaurant at 88 Congress Street in August of 2014. They were new to Salem at the time and had just opened in a space that had long been associated with good, budget friendly food spanning many years and crossing two distinct cultures. From Larry’s Sub Shop to Topico’s,  88 Congress Street has been feeding Salem for generations. This is not truly a review though, it is just a record of our visit. Joel and his family, who operate Celia’s have announced ...

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