Broken Bread is located on Edgewater St. NW in Salem, Oregon. I had this place on my list for a while, and on a sunny day in mid-July, I felt it was the right time to check it out.
It's a bit of a journey to get to the actual restaurant. Go in one door, go through another door, down the steps, and woohoo, there it is! While they mention they get very good business, I sometimes wonder, given the reliance on limited street parking. But hey, if it's working out, that's cool.
|You'll eventually get to this door|
|Menu on July 14|
|Specials on July 14|
Excellent presentation. People also eat with their eyes, and it looked tremendous. A top-notch gourmet dessert that wasn't overly sweet. Panda approved!
I got my Faux Chef Salad ($15) to go. This dish is served all day. Romaine and other greens join sliced smoked duck breast, boysenberries, sliced red onions, a sundried tomato dollop, feta cheese, and "Horseradish Goddess" dressing. I also received a small piece of bread (hmm, broken bread tribute?) and some seasoned butter.
|Faux Chef Salad|
|"Horseradish Goddess" dressing|
|Bread and butter included|
At $15, I expected at least a slightly larger portion. Perhaps a sandwich is in order next time so I can have a more filling experience. Some of the greens had started to turn brown by the time I dug in. To be fair, I decided to walk a couple of miles home in the dang sun, while the salad remained in a closed box. Feel free to blame the panda here.
The bread was extremely tough, and I didn't find that very enjoyable. Not a huge problem, since I'm not a bread addict. If anything, I'd prefer very light, airy bread that won't make my teeth do laborious work.
Good service throughout. Not too hard to pull off, since my friend and I were the only customers in the place at the time. Nothing like beating the dinner rush! Doug Davault, the owner, even stopped by to say hi. I found him to be a confident, kind, and humble individual.
If you're a sandwich person, it seems like the Muffaletta ($12) and the "Roast Beast" ($14) are the ones to get. My server tried to sell me on the Braised Bison Brisket dinner entree with sausage stuffing, vegetables, and blackberry demi-glace ($22). Trust me, it nearly worked.
The prices will certainly remind you that you're in a fine-dining establishment, and that's probably what may keep people from coming here even more frequently. I'd say virtually everything is made from scratch here. Head to Broken Bread and try this place out! 7/10