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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

I love the atmosphere at Red's Sandwich Shop: it's a bit of a time warp, and it just feels friendly and happy. The pancakes are insanely large, and the other food has good sized portions and is quite tasty--with good options for your type of toast! It's not fine dining, but then, it's a sandwich shop. Fine dining isn't the... More

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Mission Viejo, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We had lunch here on our trip to Salem, Three of us had sandwiches and one had a salad. While this is a historic location and town meeting place the food is nothing special. It was your average cafe sandwiches and salads. I think we would try something else if we ever fin ourselves back in Salem. Like others have... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wherever you had planned to go for breakfast, skip it. Go to Red's instead. BE SURE TO BRING CASH; NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast in Salem, but ended up going to Red's two mornings in a row. The waitstaff was wonderfully friendly, and the breakfast was super. Very reasonable prices, lots of options. They... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Breakfast was good but nothing noteworthy. Everyone in town says this place is awesome and a place you must go. Breakfast was good but they were out of the blueberry pancakes on Wednesday. I guess they only make one batch a week and when it runs out that's it. OK place but wouldn't go out of my way. Also, they... More

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River Edge, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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
39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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