One of the most beloved eateries has to be Red’s Sandwich Shop. Located in the historic London Coffee House (built in 1698), this place does classic diner fare and they do it well. Fried egg sandwiches; omelets; and lots and lots of sandwiches.
For a modern twist on diner grub, hit up the Ugly Mug. Think breakfast poutine; or their take on chicken and waffles, made with duck confit and candied pecans atop a waffle, served with a bourbon maple syrup reduction. Kids and adults will love their soda fountain drinks, from the traditional New York Egg Cream to the unconventional Spring Sprang, made with elderflower, ginger syrup with a splash of lemon.
Who doesn’t like pizza? You’ll find delicious Neapolitan-style pies at Bambolina restaurant. Try the Autumn Harvest, made with roasted cauliflower, aged provolone, truffle essence, mascarpone, topped with a soft poached egg. Their simple margherita is fantastic as well.
Good bar food, cocktails and classic arcade games? Count me in! Bit Bar offers next level (video game puns!) mac and cheese, burgers, tater tots and salads alongside your childhood favorite games. You really can’t go wrong with the food, so I guess the real question is which to play first: Centipede, Q-Bert, Miss Pac-Man or Galaga.
I love a good brewery, but being a bit of a lightweight means many tap rooms pour stronger stuff than I want. Enter Notch Brewing, who specializes in session beers, aka beers that won’t knock you on your Massachusetts. A session beer is 4.5% ABV or lower, but that doesn’t mean they’re not delicious. Try a perfected European brew, like the Polotmavy Czech Amber Lager; or the Dog and Pony NE IPA. Bring your own food, order from one of the food trucks that often pops up, or enjoy a delicious Bavarian pretzel from their onsite kitchen.
Of course, no trip to Salem is complete without a little seafood. Visit the Lobster Shanty for a great seafood spot that’s masquerading as a dive bar. Awesome clam chowder, spicy crab cakes, sammiches and more.
For more great places to eat, check out AAA’s recommendations