Living in the state capital of Oregon, there’s plenty of national brand restaurants, but nothing tastes better than Salem’s hidden gems. Are you ready for the inside scoop on the best food spots to hit? We’ve got you covered, don’t forget to support these local restaurants when you’re out and about!

El Taco Melon

Let’s taco bout’ it. El Taco Melon is the closest thing you will find to tacos in México. El Taco Melon is open Friday and Saturday from 5 pm-1 am and Sunday 5 pm-12 am. You know it’s good when there’s a line, El Taco Melon is always packed. They serve fresh meat, authentic salsas, and play Mexican music that makes you want to dance in line. They are located at 3375 Harold Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305.

Dough-Hook Donuts

Forget crispy cream and voodoo donuts, Dough-Hook is the new donut shop in town. Dough-Hook Donuts is a Latinx owned business that sells traditional donuts and donuts with a Mexican twist. Dough-Hook brings your palate alive with maple bacon bars, poppyseed passion fruit glaze, and our favorite, Churro donuts. If you live in Salem, Dough-Hook offers delivery using UberEats! Enjoy tasty donuts at home 10/10 recommend.


What do you call a fake noodle? An im-pasta! You are an im-pasta if you don’t love pasta, and for those who don’t like it, I bet Gamberetti’s can change your mind. What set’s Gamberretis apart? They make fresh homemade pasta every day! That’s right; you get fresh noodles in every shape and size. Apart from fresh noodles, every flavor is sensational and brings joy to the soul. For our gorgonzola lovers, they offer creamy chicken and gorgonzola pasta with sundried tomatoes. Pair it with your favorite cocktail. We go for a spicy jalepeño margarita.

Annette’s Westgate

If you’re a chicken fried steak lover, I need to see you in the comment section. Annettes Westgate has a mean chicken fried with homemade sausage gravy. No, it’s not hamburger steak coated and deep-fried; on the contrary, it’s a pounded hand-pounded steak breaded to perfection served with your choice of hashbrowns or home-style potatoes, choice of eggs, and toast. What we love most about Annette’s is the opportunity to upgrade from toast to chocolate chip pancakes.

Alright, we’ve given you a place to get your late-night tacos, fresh donuts, creamy pasta, and yummy breakfast. Now it’s your turn to try them. Let us know what you think in the comment section below. If you have other suggestions, let us know @oregonfarmbrokersresidential

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