November 19, 2019

Eat Drink North Shore – Small Business Sat. Salem edition!

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You’ve decided to Check out small business Saturday on the North Shore and we know you’re ready to immerse yourself in all the vendors and explore what the North Shore has to offer. With all that local shopping, there’s really only one question: What should you eat? You will definitely need something to warm your belly but maybe you aren’t familiar with any of the local watering holes? We have compiled this guide to simplify your Small Business Saturday experience. So while you worry about the shopping, let us take care of the food recommendations! Read on to find out which restaurants you need to check out and some of our favorite dishes to order while there. 

Suggestions from Salem!

Ugly Mug Diner

122 Washington St.

Salem, MA 01970

This quirky spot right in the heart of downtown Salem has an award-winning breakfast menu and fills up fast.  Be sure to get there early!

Recommended Dishes:

  • Duck Confit & Waffles
  • The P.E.L.T.
  • Loxiluxe

Ledger Salem

125 Washington St

Salem, MA 01970

This extremely popular spot,  which boasts a Michelin trained chef,  serves up modern American food with a twist.  Also famous for their ‘scratch’ donuts on Sunday mornings.  

Recommended food:

  • Sunday morning donuts
  • Spicy Pork belly
  • Day Boat Scallops

Finz Seafood 

86 Wharf Street

Pickering Wharf

Salem, MA 01970

This beautiful spot right on the waterfront has some of the freshest seafood you will ever get your hands on!

Recommended Dishes:

  • Finz Surf N Burger
  • Seafood Paella
  • King Crab Legs

Sea Level Oyster Bar 

94 Wharf St

Salem, MA 01970

Sea level is definitely a pescatarian’s dream but has a plethora of options for non-seafood eaters and vegetarians! 

Recommended Dishes:

  • 3 way Pizza
  • Grilled Spanish Octopus
  • Whatever the Current grilled cheese is


41 Lafayette St

Salem, MA 01970

This amazing Ramen house has highlighted Korean street food right in Downtown Salem.  Comfort food is what this menu has to offer. Guaranteed to leave you with a warm belly. Be sure to check out what’s on tap with their extensive beer list.

Recommended Dishes:

  • Nori Tacos
  • Swine Line Ramen
  • Steamed Shrimp Buns

Grab and Go…..

Lobstah on a Roll

135 Lafayette Street

Salem, Massachusetts 01970

This spot is right off downtown and fairly new to the North Shore. Come here for the Generous portions and fresh lobster.  There are a couple of non seafood rolls on the menu. 

Recommended Dishes:

  • Minute Man
  • Lobstah Bisque
  • Two if by Sea

Paprika Grill

2 Liberty Street

Salem, Ma. 01970

This popular spot offers up a  small curated menu highlighting Turkish cuisine. Fresh veggies bold flavors.

Recommended Dishes:

  • Baba Ganoush
  • Lamb Adana
  • Red lentil Soup

Drink Stir 

99 North St.

Salem, MA 01970

This tiny restaurant is on North street not far from downtown. Street Chinese Cuisine. Don’t leave without trying their Bubble Teas and the egg puff waffle ice cream cones.

Recommended Dishes:

  • Mango Bubble Tea
  • Combo Meal
  • Egg Puff Ice Cream Cone

New England Soup Factory 

140 Washington St.

Salem MA. 01970

This little shop has a constantly changing selection of soups based upon the seasonality of ingredients. Salads & sandwiches can also be found here. 

Recommended Dishes:

Menu Changes daily,  but you can’t really go wrong.

Aurora Vietnamese 

140 Washington St.

Salem Ma. 01970

With the Recently changed ownership,  Aurora serves up authentic Vietnamese Cuisine. Banh Mi’s can definitely be eaten on the go but if you decide to get an entree or bowl of PHO consider staying a while and enjoy a glass of wine.

Recommended Dishes:

  • Banh Mi Thin Pate
  • Bo La Lop
  • Hu Tieu Hai San