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The Great Escape Restaurant is house in the building which was once America’s oldest active jail having been built in 1813 and remaining open until 1991. My wife suggested this place and after hearing the history of the building, I was all for it. The restaurant interior is a jail theme with brick walls, the original two foot thick granite floor, a bar made out of recycled cell doors, and cell bars all around.
We made a reservation for a 12pm Sunday lunch; thinking it would be busy for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Surprisingly, as we entered there was only one other table of patrons. The lack of patrons allowed us to choose our table. We of course chose the table with cell bars flanking it. The host handed us menus and we began to peruse the items. The menu was loaded with appetizers, soups, pasta, seafood, pork, lamb, beef, and chicken selections.
Our waiter Mack came over and took our order. I chose the Al Capone; a pasta dish with fresh fussili, Italian sausage and broccoli rabe with sliced hot cherry peppers tossed in a garlic and olive oil sauce. My wife chose the Lobster and Shrimp Pomodoro; a pasta dish with fresh fussili with lobster meat and shrimp, in tomato sauce with parmesan cheese. To drink; I chose a Sprite and my wife ordered a club soda with lime.
About five minutes later Mack arrived with some warm fresh rolls along with some olive oil for dipping. The rolls were very good, soft, warm and perfect when dipped in the flavorful oil. I had to stop myself from eating more and spoiling my appetite. Less than ten minutes later our entrees arrived piping hot. The portions were very large; enough for two people in my opinion.
I truly loved my entrée. The pasta was incredibly fresh. The sausage was sliced very thinly which made for an excellent flavor. The broccoli rabe and cheery peppers were delicious covered in the garlic and oil sauce. My wife had the winning dish in my opinion. Her pasta was covered in a rich tomato sauce with large whole shrimp and huge chunks of lobster meal. After stealing a few forkfuls, I know what I’m having next time we are here.
Unfortunately due to the large portions we didn’t have dessert. We barely ate half of our entrees it was just so much food. This was an excellent meal and I can’t wait to return.
**FYI: Mon-Friday there is a lunch menu. Sunday lunch is the dinner menu.**
Favorite Dish: I truly loved my entree but I would have to say my wife's was the best of the two.
Updated Jun 4, 2012
Address: 50 St. Peter Street
Phone: (978) 745-5022
Jaho was the second of two coffee stops I was forced to make so the boys could use the bathroom. The girl behind the counter was pleasantly surprised when I told her how I had to buy a coffee cause they had to pee. She thanked me for being honest and abiding by the bathrooms for patrons signs posted.
I am actually glad that I stopped. I got a most delicious frozen coffee drink. It had the flavors of vanilla and toffee in it. While they made my drink I browsed the freshly made gelattos in the cabinet. They all looked very yummy. Anyway, I really liked my coffee drink. It was refreshing on a very hot day and was tastier than anything Starbucks has to offer for about the same price.
There was also an assortment of cakes and pastries available for you to chose from.
Favorite Dish: My frozen coffee drink.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 197 Derby Street
One our way out of Salem, SES and I stopped at this place to eat, only because it was part of the American I Dines program. This was a mistake to eat here. The food was nasty, the service wasn't anything great and the waitress got my check wrong. The one saving grace was the Buzz Lightyear walking around making people laugh. It turns out every Sunday a different character come to have brunch with the little ones.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the baked scallops. When they arrived they were covered with some bread crumb mixture and they were way over cooked. SES got some taco salad which looked like they took a garden salad and dumped some meat on top of it and served it as a taco salad. The iced tea was good.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 29 Bridge St
Phone: (978) 745-8881
There are many waterfront restaurants overlooking Salem harbor, most of them specializing in fresh seafood - as I am rather picky (!), we chose to eat at Victoria Station as there were other items on the menu besides seafood. We ate outside on the patio and really enjoyed the lazy, friendly atmosphere of the harbor and the restaurant. If you happen to be there on a rainy day, you'll probably enjoy the rather unique interior decor as well - everything (menu included) is inspired by the British railroad system - hence the name of the restaurant, of course!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
This was our first time here. Atmosphere was really nice, but we went there early. The band wouldn't be playing until after 9 p.m. so next time, we'll go down just for drinks, appertizers and to hear the band. They have Jazz or Blues bands and local guarists, etc. play there on different nights during the week and weekends.
Seating was comfortable and decorating was nice.
Favorite Dish: We were not as impressed with the food. I did enjoy the flavor of my Stuffed chicken breast with Godda cheese & spinach with sundried cranberries. There were also various kinds of potatoes pieces & parsley scattered about the plate for color . The chicken was delicious but some of the potatoes were hard. I thought it was at the most very good, but VERY expensive for what it was: A CHICKEN DISH.
My husband was very UNHAPPY with what he got. Crab stuffed Shrimp. The stuffing was soggy and the shrimp was rubbery to okay, but not worth the price either.
Well, we probably won't go back to dinner, but will try it again for the entertainment some night.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 231 Essex Street
Phone: (978) 745-2411
This was my first visit and I 'm sure there'll be many more, altho without my Hubby. He doesn't like Mexican food much at all, but since it was my birthday, he took me there for my celebration.
The decor inside could use some updating and the booths are rather small if more than two people are sitting at your table. BUT the food and the service were great! I'm looking forward to trying another dish on my next visit.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Chimichangas - Tender chunks of chicken and Jack cheese in a fried flour tortilla topped with their special sauce.
This is what I had for my B'day dinner and it was wonderful!
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 155 Washington St, Salem
Phone: (978) 740-4669
Other than the Rockmore, my other favorite is Victoria Station. It's on Pickering Wharf and you can eat inside or out on the patio. Food is great!
Favorite Dish: Seafood, seafood, seafood, frozen-margaritas! Oh ya ... that's a drink! Love the fish n' chips or my very favorite: the Station Burger.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: on Pickering Wharf
This place looks tiny from the outside but is massive when you enter it - a bit of a tardis.
Reasonably priced with good service we enjoyed a lovely lunch.
There was a choice of two veggie homemade soup of the day - tomato and feta - and butternut squash. I had a veggie meditterrean wrap with houmous and veg. excellent
Favorite Dish: The Mac and cheese for once didn't contain bacon or ham - hurrah and it was made with goats cheese - yummy and different.
Written Mar 25, 2011
Address: 247 Essex Street
Phone: 978 740 8882
I had lunch here before checking out Essex street and the museum. I was lucky to be able to sit outside and enjoy the weather, my lunch and the company. The restaurant's in a great location on the square where the Bewitched statue is. (Why I didn't get a photo of that I may never know!)
Favorite Dish: They have a pretty basic menu of sandwiches and salads - your basic lunch time fare. I had a pressed panini with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto and my friends all had roll-up sandwiches. Everything was good. Nothing was extraordinary but nothing was bad either!
Written Nov 1, 2009
Address: 247 Essex St, Salem MA.
Finz is our favorite place to enjoy some drinks and have a snack while looking out on the wharf. Finz has an indoor dining room as well as an outdoor patio overlooking the Wharf. We've never done a "real" meal here just drinks and appetizers on the patio. The appetizers here are very good and we have enjoyed several:mussels, hummus, crab cakes and their guacamole with crab meat. The food is very good and I enjoy being outside on a nice summer day. The service here is very good even though the place is usualy packed (we waited 10 minutes for an outdoor seat last time).
Our last visit here was after we visited the House of the Seven Gables and were in need of a drink and a bite to eat. The weather was nice and sunny with a nice breeze. We were able to enjoy ourguacamole and crab cakes with a nice beer for me and a Raspberry Martini for Liz. I was a nice wasy to relax and recharge with a beautiful water view.
Favorite Dish: The guacamole is one of my favorite here with some tasty crab meat. The tortilla chips are very good and crispy.
Updated Sep 9, 2009
Address: 76 Wharf Street
Phone: (978) 744 8485
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