I will be in Boston next week for a convention, but staying with my brother in Salem. As a happy coincidence, it is also his birthday next Wednesday, so I’d like to take him out. I don’t believe he’ll have a car, but I could be wrong on that. What would be the possibilities for taking him out for dinner?
Salem itself now seems to be filled with restaurants. If you’re near downtown, you can walk to two different Irish-style pubs, mexican restaurants, Indian restaurants, Middle east restaurants, Chinese, japanese, and Thai cuisine, a zillion pizza places, a Greek-run place that makes damned near anything, or a place that serves a zillion different kinds of hot dogs. And quite a few other things besides. And that’s not even counting Pickering Wharf.
Unfortunately, I haven’t eaten at most of them recently, so I can’t tell you if Roosevelt’s, under its current owbners, id any good, or if Rockafella’s is as good as its prices suggest, or if the hidden-away high class restaurants are worth it. There’s plenty to choose from there, though.
Good to know that there are a lot of options in the area. My brother has been “commuting” to Salem during the week for the past 3+ years, so he probably has a decent handle on the mid-range stuff. Is there any “hidden” place worth a drive or a trip via cab or train that anyone could recommend, or anyone really familiar with Salem could suggest a particular place?
If you are in Salem and you want to try something different make sure you go by one of the Roast Beef sandwich places. Man I miss those sandwiches. Hot sliced roast beef on a roll with tangy barbeque sauce. They were a lunch time/late night item of choice in my teenage years. Whenever I get back up to that area I stop in to one of the places, I grew up one town over in Beverly.
If you like off beat places go by Salem Willows. It is a waterfront park with a few small mom & pop chinese/italian/fried food places. Try the tender steak or chop suey sandwich from the chinese place. They also have one of the best arcades around. All the oldies including many pinball games.