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Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
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Ranked #2 of 216 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Located in the Old London Coffee House, which dates back to the 1700s, Red’s Sandwich Shop has been visited by many Celebrities, Congressman, Senators and even First Lady Barbara Bush. A relaxed, friendlly atmosphere in a historic building is the perfect place to join Salem locals for the BEST breafkast and lunch menu in town. The food is delicious, all home-style cooking at pricing so reasonable you almost feel guilty. Having visited numerous restaurants in Salem that charge outrageous pricing for mediocre food, Red's Sandwich Shop is the crown jewel of the city in terms of excellent food, great prices, and a lovely environment with a friendly staff. They offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, Dinner Specials, and a daily $6.95 Special.. And when they say roasted turkey, they mean roasted turkey -- whole turkeys are roasted on the premises and carved for your order. In a tribute to Thanksgiving, their Home Style Turkey Sandwich (roasted turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and gravy) is out of this world! Wonderful specialty items from Chicken Marsala and Chicken Piccata to Chicken Pot Pie are made to order. Soups and chowders made fresh daily. For a variety of sandwiches from open-faced, to club, to roll-ups -- they cannot be beat. Red's is an award-winning restaurant that received the "BEST BREAKFAST ON THE NORTH SHORE" award for 24 years in a row! I cannot rave enough about this restaurant. If you have only one restaruant to visit in Salem, make it Red's.
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89% Recommend
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English first
River Edge, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

For a great breakfast in Salem this is the place. Great variety of omelets and other choices, food is fresh and delicious. Good coffee too. Highly recommended.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Stopped for breakfast. Eggs were cooked to order and came out hot and fresh. Service was friendly and attentive throughout our meal. Most impressed by the 'Lobster Benedict' which was just lobster cakes topped with poached eggs and an abundance of Hollandaise sauce. My only quibble was with the home fries which were large pieces of par-boiled potatoes and nowhere... More

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Bar Harbor, Maine
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

For the record, this is the 2nd time we've eaten here. I was truly hoping this 2nd time would be a better experience....but it wasn't. Everyone was just standing around talking and laughing instead of checking on customers or anything to be busy. We had to ask 2 times for a refill of our water. It was hot and we... More

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Sugar Land
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We ate at Red's Sandwich Shop during our four day trip to Salem and it was definitely worth it. We barely made the closing time on Sunday but were welcomed and the "breakfast" for lunch was excellent. Clearly, this is comfort food and very well done. The staff are very personable and enhanced our time there. We would eat there... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Breakfasts have never been among my favorite meals. But Red's changed my mind. The omelets are to die for: my favorite is the tomato, spinach and cheese, accompanied by home fries and raisin toast. Plus, a large glass of tomato juice. Substantial portions, which means that I take at least half of the meal home to finish it there. My... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Heed the waitress's warning- pancakes are huge. Menu is packed with choices, all of which served plentifully. Waitresses were very kind and quick. I had the cinnamon french toast, which were 3 thick slices and very tasty. They only accept cash but have an atm inside.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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270 reviews 270 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was about the best lunch we've ever had. The portions were huge, very fair priced, and hot and fresh. Can now understand why Reds has the number one rating in Salem, and its a breakfast and sandwich shop. Got more food for lunch than is served for a dinner in many restaurants, for a fraction of the price. I... More

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New York City
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

My family and I were looking for a place to eat breakfast, and Red's had a line out the door which is always a good sign. We were seated pretty quickly, and didn't have to wait long for the food to be served. We had to ask the waitress for water four times before she actually brought it to the... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Love Reds and have eaten there all my life. Time goes by and it gets better! I no longer live back home in Salem, but all I do is think about eating at Reds :)

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Greeted by staff with smile, we ordered 3 meals and one big pancake. They have the best breakfast food I ever tasted so far in my life. Quantity and quality is a much and they do have them. FIsh/Chips is good . Cornedbeef hash amazing and all meat omellette the best!

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