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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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Who Will You Vote For At-Large?

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What Does The Preliminary Election Mean?

ELECTION ANALYSIS  – City-Wide And Ward Two Results Diverge By William Legault   How do you break down the results of an election? There are professionals out there who get paid good money to analyze voting patterns and results.  I am surely no professional at this, but will make a run at it just for the sake of conversation. The first thing to consider is the turnout.  As has become normal, the Salem electorate remains apathetic during preliminary elections, especially if there is no mayoral contest.  The turnout was around 12% of the roughy 26,000 registered voters in the City. ...

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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 Question For The Councillor At-Large Candidates – PART 2

Is The Salem Master Plan Still Relevant? Last week we asked a question of each of the nine Salem City Councillor at-Large candidates.  We reached out to each challenger and incumbent using either email, Facebook private message, or by telephone. Each of the five challengers responded with the assigned deadline.  Two of the incumbents responded also, but there some decline issues created by email issues that were overcome.  Two of the incumbents never responded at all. Yesterday we ran the answers provide by Brendan Peltier, Elizabeth Bradt, Domingo Dominguez, and Jeff Cohen.  Today we bring you the remaining candidates. Here ...

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Favorite St. Patty’s Corned Beef

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Never Been Restaurant Poll

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Design Review Board Looks At Design for Old District Court Site

DRB Talks Donuts, Switchgear, and A New Design For District Court By William Legault   The Salem Design Review Board met Wednesday (25 JAN) night at the City Hall Annex to review portions of three separate projects taking place in the downtown Salem district.  Six of the seven board members were present with Paul Durand being the only absence. The first project to appear before the board was Honey Dew Donuts at 99 Washington Street seeking approval for street signage on the facade of their business space.  After some discussion on the “crowded feel” of the proposed design and further ...

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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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