Salem's had impressed me at many local foodie expos like GoodTaste! Pittsburgh and Farm to Table, so it was about time I checked them out in person. It was impossible to miss. Standing out from the crowd in the blander-section of Penn Avenue with it's hyper-colored brick walls and it's motivational graffiti.
We stepped in to a frigid cafeteria (there's no permanent heat at Salem's and it was a nippy April afternoon) and were smacked in the face with the mouth-watering smell of Middle Eastern cuisine.
As I stepped up to the counter, I was overwhelmed in the best possible way. So many meats to choose from. So. Many Meats. The best possible problem to have.
PID and I filled our plates to the brim and I added some Spanikopita for the road.
I chose a combination of Lamb Chops and Tandoori Chicken, served with chick peas and Jasmine rice. Basically, I scarfed it down in .5 seconds and immediately wanted more. Shocker? My chickpeas were the best part of my meal.
|Lamb Chops & Tandoori Chicken Combination - $8.99|
PID went with the Tikki Masala and loved the insane combination of flavors and spices with the cool yogurt kick.
|Tikki Masala Platter - $6.99|
The Spanikopita was tough for me as I'm used to the Greek version. It was very earthy and slightly less creamy. I wouldn't get it again, but that's just because of my premonitions.
|Spanikopita - $2.50|
Salem's Market & Grill
Salem's is a great spot for a quick, affordable, fulfilling lunch. Every bite is filled with flavor and every face is smiling. If you're in or near the Strip, stop by Salem's for lunch.