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Scratch Kitchen and Comida Mexicana in Salem?

opinionatedchef Aug 28, 2013 12:58 AM

Searches revealed older posts and I'm wondering if anyone has recent experiences in these spots? They both seem very 'local vendor' and 'made from scratch' oriented ,and they both get good reviews from some other sites. Scratch did seem a bit high priced for some of their brunch items ($8 for biscuits and gravy? really?) but still looked very promising. TIA.

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    Northshoregirl Aug 28, 2013 06:35 AM

    I had brunch at Scratch about 2 months ago. It was terrific. Not inexpensive, but a thoughtful menu and hot/fresh/flavorful food. I had eggs, my DC had french toast. Their bacon is house made and the best I've ever had. Really. We got take-out from Comida, but it was right after they opened, so we need to re-try.


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      kewpie Aug 31, 2013 10:32 PM

      Yes' I concur-,well worth the price- quality sometimes costs a bit more-
      Biscuits and gravy( was a white sausage gravy(?)--- yum

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      phatchris Dec 24, 2013 08:28 AM

      I recently had the brisket sandwich at Scratch and it was some of the best smoked brisket I've had. They claim its Montreal style, but it was more like southern smoked brisket and less like pastrami. Also had a really nice cup of chowder and house made potato chips.

      1. ChinaCat Dec 29, 2013 06:46 PM

        I went to Scratch for lunch about 3 months ago. I had a bacon quesadilla that was outstanding. Also, the basket of homemade potato chips they put on the table was so very tasty. I liked it very much. I was alone, and I will add that the service was very good, and friendly making it a pleasant stop for solo dining.

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          mlschwartz Mar 8, 2014 03:01 PM

          We ate at Scratch today for lunch and really enjoyed it. We had a brisket reuben and a smoked salmon BLT accompanied by beer from a brewery we had never heard of, Left Hand Brewing. Slices of toasted bread were thin instead of thick, so the bread did not overwhelm the rest of the sandwich. Staff was very friendly.

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