Olde Main Street Pub 121 Essex st Salem MA
Food-lovers: do not let the informality of the setting fool you. There is a skilled and talented kitchen at work here. Excellent food, and a fine ale/beer/cider list: a real gastropub.
We had the Korean duck wings; the hamburger; and the fish and chips, and recommend them all. Even an addition to the burger - caramelized onions - was very nicely prepared. And update: great at not just the grill-style favorites either: the lobster/scallop pasta was excellent (far better than many more expensive restaurants I've been to). They have a fried lollipop kale appetizer I'd like to try next time, as well as vegetarian option entrees. The flat-iron steak was cooked as ordered, and nicely accompanied with swiss chard, and choice of potato. (Again, better than I've had elsewhere, and less expensive) We had to make a train, and couldn't have dessert but the selection sounded great (flourless chocolate cake with ginger cream, etc).
Exceptionally well put-together menu. Friendly server, and a bonus was the UK indie music in background.
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