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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Salem Diner- the Real Thing

The Salem Diner has occupied its corner at 326 Canal Street since 1941, and is still going strong.  If you want to "step back in time"- a phrase often associated with Salem's many historic attractions, the Salem Diner is the place to do it- without a theater, without a ticket, without a tour guide. 

The Salem Diner is a Sterling Streamliner built by the J.B. Judkins Company of Merrimack Mass, and is only one of two remaining.  The Sterling Streamliners were a line of customized, factory-built, “modernistic” diners manufactured in the 1930s and early 1940s. It is a favorite of locals as well as college students (Salem State is directly across the street).

Having eaten many omelets there, I can attest that the food and coffee are great.  The waitresses are laid-back, friendly, and very accommodating. The coffee comes in thick white mugs and the food is delicious- when I returned to research this blog post, my eggs were done perfectly,  the home fries crispy on the outside and creamy inside and my coffee mug was refilled with good black coffee.

They also serve lunch- BLTs, tuna sandwiches, as well as daily specials such as Yankee pot roast  and spinach pie.

Directions from the Salem Inn: go left on Summer Street when you leave the Inn.  Take your first left, and you will come to a major intersection.  Take the second quick right and follow the signs for 1A south.  After you pass the orange brick buildings of Salem State on your left, The Salem Diner will be on your right, turned sideways.

Salem Diner
326 Canal Street
Salem, MA

Open daily 6-3
Sunday 7-2

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