Scoops and Insider info by Octocog
A Salem First: Late-night Cookie pop up! On Fridays & Saturday nights, 7pm-midnight, Derby Joe turns down the lights and transforms into Goodnight Fatty! We can vouch for the warm, gooey goodness of these treats. And, honestly, what’s going to make you feel better tomorrow morning? That last round of tequila shots purchased by your friend Stephanie, the queen of bad decisions? Or a huge, freshly baked cookie? Come on, Stephanie! Feel free to ruin your own life but don’t take us all down with you!
In a Pig’s Eye
Well, it’s official: Pat Schultz, who started Howling Wolf Taqueria a number of years ago, is breathing new life into In a Pig’s Eye in Salem. The spot was scheduled to be shuttered just about a week ago but Schultz moved quickly to save this neighborhood favorite.He promises an ongoing commitment to music and food with some significant physical improvements coming after the winter holidays. The Pig Lives!
BBQ – Lafayette
A Brick & Mortar BBQ joint is on the way for Salem and it’s going to be done by the talented Steve Feldmann and the creative team behind Gulu-Gulu Cafe & Flying Saucer Pizza Company, two of Salem’s most beloved spots. This is great news for a North Shore thirsty for some of the best cuisine that America offers. Sources say that the location will be Lafayette Street in the building that had housed Strega and more recently Red Lulu Cocina + Tequila Bar before lying vacant for quite some time.
Notch Brewing goes for a run
Notch Brewing has started a free weekly event dubbed “Meters for Liters”. Each week, nearly 50 runners gather at the Tap Room and leave for a 5k run at their own pace. Afterward, runners meet up in the Tap Room to enjoy free pretzels and Liter Mugs of Notch beer. Runners earn free Notch swag after completing 10 runs (50,000 meters)! Follow the Facebook page for the latest info
Salem’s new spot for Asian street food is coming along. Kokeshi has a floor and the bones of a bar and kitchen. A bright mural by local artists is planned for the large back wall. Details are slowly being revealed about the menu and beverage program and it sounds awesome. Sake, cocktails and craft beer. Maybe a Kung-Fu arcade game?
The Naumkeag Ordinary is now selling tickets for their 2nd Beefsteak party. The last Beefsteak was a sold out success. Each guest was given an apron and a beer glass. Steak was passed around on platters and pitchers of Notch beer were on every table. No utensils allowed! This next Beefsteak promises to take things up a ‘notch’ because it’s being held on Election Night. Hold on tight! Tickets available on Eventbrite. All food, beer & aprons included! TICKETS HERE
The Howling Wolf owners Amy & Jeremy Jones report that their new Marblehead outpost, Howling Wolf Express, is going very well. It’s been busy and the Marblehead crowd has enjoyed the streamlined ‘express’ menu.
Bambolina & Far From the Tree
Bambolina has served their 40,000th pizza! That means they’ve made, balled, stretched and baked over 11 tons of their delicious dough since opening in June 2015. We’ve also got word that they will host their 2nd annual Pig Roast with their friends from Far From the Tree in November. Tickets are available on eventbrite and include all food and one cider. GET TICKETS HERE
The Donut Experiment
The Donut Experiment will open soon next to Flatbread Pizza on Derby Street. This concept donut franchise allows customers to choose what toppings and fillings go on their donuts and watch as their donuts are made in front of them. Other franchise locations include Florida and South Carolina. The Wampole couple who started the concept hails from Philly. No word on whether a Philly Cheesesteak donut will be an option in Salem.
NERAX, which stands for New England Real Ale Exhibition, is having a party on the North Shore… and it’s gonna be in Salem, guys. November 10-12 in the Salem Knights of Columbus Hall on Washington Square. Over the course of three autumn days, they will serve over 50 firkins of Real Ale and Cider. Half British beers and ciders from England, Scotland, and Wales; half New England beers, ciders, and meads. All are cask-conditioned, served by gravity or hand-pump. TICKETS
From our friends across the bridge: Tartine
Alexandre and Monika Simon, a husband and wife team recently transplanted from Belgium to Beverly, will open Tartine Kitchen and Eatery later this month on Cabot Street in Beverly. The duo plans to operate the restaurant as an outpost for all those who enjoy a relaxed, European cafe atmosphere where they can enjoy breakfast and lunch foods all day long with a curated selection of Belgian beers. For more than 20 years, Alexandre operated his family’s restaurant business overseas before deciding to go out on his own. Two of the most exciting tidbits: sidewalk seating on Cabot where Tartine WILL be allowed to serve beer. Hooray! This al fresco enjoyment of beverages is sorely needed in downtown Beverly and Tartine just happens to be located on the widest part of the sidewalk (more seats!)
Also, and perhaps most importantly, there will be waffles… but they will be traditional Belgian street fare rather than the Americanized version. The Belgians enjoy several different styles and none of them are called “Belgian Waffles”. That would be a bit like a Paris restaurant offering French fries. We might be looking forward to a Brussels waffle or Liege waffle soon. Could this be the first Belgian “street food” stop on the North Shore? We can’t wait to learn more!
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