Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Half Penny Bar & Grill

Half Penny Bar & Grill is located on Commercial St. SE in Salem, Oregon.

After hearing some good reviews about the food, I arrived on a Tuesday, just after 11 a.m. I ordered their Diablo Chicken Wrap ($8.25 -- included a 50-cent take-out order fee): a 6-ounce chicken breast seasoned with secret hot spices, sauteed jalapenos, melted pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and chipotle mayonnaise. It came with a side salad and honey mustard dressing.

Diablo Chicken Wrap
Side salad with honey mustard dressing
The chicken wrap exploded with lovely flavors and textures. The heat from the secret spices and the jalapenos produced a mild, pleasurable kick. The vegetables in the wrap were crunchy and refreshing. The creamy chipotle mayo brought everything together. Unfortunately, the chicken was slightly on the dry side.

The salad and honey mustard dressing were fine for what they were, but the menu said it would be a spring green salad. I merely received a basic romaine, shredded carrot, and cucumber mix. Spring greens usually mean arugula, raddichio, chard, frisee, etc.

Half Penny is not the place to go for ambiance. I opened the door to a dark, dingy atmosphere. The wooden floors were sticky, probably from any beer that had spilled on the floor the previous night. The service was nothing to write home about, either. Basically, I'm glad I got my order to go. A delicious chicken wrap, yes, but my rating is about the entire experience. This is not a place I would stay at to eat or drink. 3/10

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