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Restaurants in Salem Ma

I used to go to Salem almost every weekend, but haven't been in 5 years or so. Anything new? Is the Lyceum still good?

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  1. I'd be interested as well in anticipation of a trip to the Peabody Essex. There's a pub right near the museum that sounds good-the name escapes me now........

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      1. re: Taralli

        That didn't sound quite right (although I love the name-reminds me of a story about my grandmother). Anywho.............it's The Old Spot. http://www.theoldspot.com/

        Anyone been? "Sounds" good..............

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        The Old Spot
        121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

        1. re: mtm7654

          Th Old Spot is pretty decent- british/irish themed pub food, but slightly fancier. good beer list. Every once in a while I'll go there because of cravings for their roast pork or corned beef sandwich. Get myself a Harpoon 100 Series that's on tap, sit back, and relax. I think it's a nice atmosphere and good service.

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          The Old Spot
          121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

          1. re: mtm7654

            The Old Spot is one of those places that I generally stop at when in Salem. Good pub fare. Also, like Witches Brew which is very local, yet friendly with some surprisingly good food coming out of the kitchen. Friendly banter at the bar as well. I also like Finz if only to go in for drinks and their buffalo calamari. One not to miss place is the AJ King bakery. It's worth the trip just for the croissants.

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            The Old Spot
            121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

            Finz
            910 Washington St., Dedham, MA 02026

            Witches Brew Cafe
            156 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970

            1. re: Pegmeister

              They also have great sandwiches, which are nice to grab and wander with.... they're on baguettes, so super portable and quite yummy. Then, cupcake for dessert!

              I would probably say my Top 5 favorite eateries in Salem are: Sixty2 On Wharf, Old Spot, A&J King, A Passage to India, and Bagel World.

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              The Old Spot
              121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

            2. re: mtm7654

              Just ate at Old Spot on Sunday, since the selection at the PEM cafe was pretty slim. Good, fresh - be forewarned that "items to share" are exactly that, huge! So don't order the ploughman's lunch for just yourself. (That was perhaps the least consistent item we had, some bits great, but just a blue cheese instead of stilton, not so great.) Fish sandwich and fish and chips got high marks.

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              The Old Spot
              121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

              1. re: Splendid Spatula

                Problem w/ Old Spot is that they only serve lunch fri-sun.

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                The Old Spot
                121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

        2. I will, of course, recommend Sixty2 On Wharf due to its overwhelming awesomeness in the areas of food, value, drinks, atmosphere, and service.

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            1. re: noradeirdre

              Sixty2 sounds perfect for the poster, and The Old Spot sounds perfect for me and my Anglophile friend!

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              The Old Spot
              121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

              1. re: noradeirdre

                I had an excellent meal recently at 62 on Wharf...I dream about that bolognese...went with four people and all of our apps, meals & desserts were remarkable...

              2. The Lyceum has a new chef and a new menu. We were there for dinner a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it (full review on our blog). Like the other posters, I also highly recommend Sixty2 for upscale dining. Old Spot is my favorite for pub food as well.

                http://www.northshoredish.com

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                1. re: Northshoregirl

                  we are big fans of 62 Wharf, but did i recently see somewhere on CH that there's a new salem restnt that begins with an A? th you.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    maybe my memory is junk; i did see a small post about The Great Escape. anyone been?

                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                      That's Adriatic, in the space that was formerly Edgewater Cafe on Washington St. Haven't been there, though.

                      1. re: fesenjan

                        thanks much, fes. by the way, i've alw wanted to ask you, do you cook/eat your moniker? i made it once in the '80's; pretty darn rich stuff! only once in my life was i was lucky enough to have someone prepare for me the rice dish with the potato crust on the bottom of the pot. yuuuuum. now why have i not pursued a recipe for that........

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          I've (only once) cooked a very loose interpretation of chicken fesenjan in an effort to use some pomegranates we had. I've eaten the real thing a few times in restaurants, but as you say, yeah, it really is a bit overwhelming as a whole entree.

                          However, I thought it was a name not likely to be taken already!

                    2. re: Northshoregirl

                      hey, you 2 talented No.Shore blogger girl/gals, why haven't you tried Adriatic yet? i find no website.
                      Please report to us about it soon! We want to know what you think!

                      1. re: opinionatedchef

                        Hi opinionatedchef!

                        Have been crazy busy and not keeping up with Chow as often as we'd like, so just saw this now.

                        We have heard terrific things about Adriatic, but haven't yet been. They are high on our list to check out, though, and maybe now that Salem's October crush is over we'll make our way there.

                        Their web site isn't up yet, but they do have a facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Salem-M...
                        Have you been yet?

                        http://www.northshoredish.com

                        1. re: NSDishGal

                          no, haven't been yet. waiting for you!!

                          1. re: NSDishGal

                            dishgal, i want to find 3 best lunch spots and 3 best dinner spots in salem, w/ and w/o car.

                            what do you think ?(plse CHs, chirp in):

                            3 Best Salem Lunch Spots:

                            Lobster Shanty, Lyceum, Old Spot? (American(?) BBQ w/ car?)

                            3 Best Salem Dinner Spots:

                            62 Wharf, Grapevine?, Strega? (Tryst and 5 Corners w/ car)

                            What about Adriatica? you must have tried it by now?

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                            The Old Spot
                            121 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                              OC, how do you define best?

                              - bang for the buck?
                              - highest quality chow?
                              - most creative?
                              - caters to the widest audience?
                              - etc?

                              It's really an individual and situational thing, so perhaps some more explanation of what you are looking for would help get the most useful answer.

                        2. re: Northshoregirl

                          i read your 12/09 review of the 'new'Lyceum. have you tried it again or heard reports? anyone?
                          the menu looks promising but i'd like to know the restnt backgnd of this chef.

                        3. Whenever I'm in Salem I make sure to stop in at Polonus Deli for a Polish snack. Their Bigos ("Hunter's Stew") is outstanding.

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                          1. re: Boston_Otter

                            http://polandpoland.com/bigos.html

                            had never heard of bigos, so wanted to see if it tempted me. this recipe certainly does. BO, is this like theirs?

                            http://www.polonusdeli.com/

                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                              FYI, Speaking of Polish food, Cafe Polonia just opened a location in Salem and friends have told me that the wurst platter and the pierogi are excellent. Another one on the list!

                              http://cafepolonia.com/locations/sale...

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                              Cafe Polonia
                              611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127

                              1. re: opinionatedchef

                                Sounds kinda like it! Bigos is basically a really rich and thick stew -- it's a "national dish", which means everyone has their own version. The one at Polonus is a sauerkraut dish with kielbasa, bacon, and all kinds of other smoked meats; it tastes like it's been cooking on the back of the stove for days. And unless I'm wrong, Cafe Polonia (which NSDishGal mentioned) is run by the same family as Polonus Deli.

                              2. re: Boston_Otter

                                hi, otter, we got the bigos and had it last night, so thanks for the tip. My take on it is this:
                                it certainly was cheap($8 qt.) and this is why: 90% cabbage, 8% sausage, 0% stewed meat; 2% dried mushrooms.Very good flavor but now i know that with the next qt.(in the freezer now) I'll be adding lots more sausage, some stewed pork,sauteed onions and dried mushrooms. we served ours over scallion pasta and topped it with generous amounts of sophia's 'yoghurt' ( store in belmont) which is sour cream by any other name.

                                1. re: opinionatedchef

                                  That sounds like it'd be fantastic :) I usually just get a little bowl of it with some summer sausage to snack on. Last time I got it, it seemed amazingly thick and rich, with chunks of sausage and bacon; maybe it depends on how long it's been stewing and what sausage/meat is available that day.

                                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                                    oh it's thick for sure, but thick with silky shredded cabbage!

                              3. I liked the Lyceum the last time I was there -- the menu has been nicely updated, the food was fresh and tasty, and of course, the decor makes me feel like a Robber Baron.

                                Question: I saw a place in Salem called The Lobster Shanty featured on Triple D the other night. Has anyone been? Is it worth going out of my way?

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                                1. re: resipsaloquitor

                                  We like the Lobster Shanty. It's tiny and dive-y but the outdoor seating is fun in the summer. The food is better than you'd expect from what looks like a dive bar. Dee Dee and Lee Wolf bought it from the original owner some years back and she's a terrific chef. I've not had the pulled pork that Fieri featured on DDD, but they know how to do a lobster roll right.

                                  http://www.northshoredish.com