Court Street Dairy Lunch, located on Court Street in downtown Salem, Oregon, serves traditional American breakfast and lunch comfort food.
Court Street Dairy Lunch is pretty much a diner-feel. You can sit at the counter and even watch the ladies make your milkshakes for you right there.
I had been wanting to try this place for a few days, and one particular item on the menu that intrigued me was their oven-roasted turkey sandwich, with lettuce and cranberry sauce inside. I got a half sandwich with a cup of chili (the server said the chili was quite good).
At first glance of the food, I saw sloppy presentation and mushy bread (due to the cranberry sauce). Not a good start. The cooks in the back should have toasted the bread. It's a shame. While the menu clearly gave me a choice of whether I wanted my bread toasted. I personally was hoping the server would reinforce such an option when she took my order.
The sandwich was a letdown. Not only was the bread very mushy, the cranberry sauce was getting lost in the shuffle of the sandwich. I tasted turkey, but it looked and tasted processed to me.
The chili was heated well, looked good, and had a sufficient amount of beans and meat in there. Unfortunately, the chili lacked flavor. I would have liked a bit more salt and pepper in the chili, and perhaps a bit more heat would have worked for me too. The bill was $5.30, which is not too bad. However, I could have prepared a better meal than the one I ate at Court Street Dairy Lunch.
I also saw their ice cream was basically store-bought, in a large multi-gallon container. Yeah folks, they also sell a scoop of store-bought vanilla ice cream for $1.75! Really, now?!
When I went to pay for my food, one woman was making a milkshake and basically ignored me for a good two minutes. I had the tab and cash on the counter in plain view, so any worker would have known I was ready to pay for my food. At least acknowledge me and say that you will be with me in a little bit.