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Red's Sandwich Shop

15 Central St, Salem, MA 01970-3702
978-745-3527
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Ranked #2 of 213 restaurants in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped for lunch during a trip. It is a diner-like restaurant (I love diners so take that into account). They had a very large menu with a variety of choices. My companion had the chouder and enjoyed it. I had a sandwich which was good. The staff was extremely nice and attentive. The food came incredibly fast. I would... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of my favorite places to get breakfast. Unfortunately the wait can be quite long as the line usually goes out the door. The prices are great, very friendly staff, and large portions. Their pancakes can actually dwarf a Frisbee, no exaggeration. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a good full breakfast.

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Amherst, New York
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11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here for breakfast... Ordered one 3-stack blueberry pancakes for my two boys and myself.... Was enough to feed a family of 6, not kidding... In fact i took a picture. Inexpensive & great food. Friendly staff as well... Eat here!

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Treorchy, United Kingdom
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I go to Florida each year, but his is real US food, The line out the door tells you all you need to know, Went there for breakfast Sunday morning at 09.00 & there was already a line...................

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

My boyfriend and I love it here. The prices are great and the portions are good also.. the banana pancakes are delicious. It is a cute place and well worth the wait if u have one. The staff are always very nice and attentive. Haven't had lunch yet but breakfast is awesome! Would definalty recommend this place if u are... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Me and my husband stayed in Salem for a few days and we were hooked on this place from day one! As Brits, we are used to the standard "Full English" and so American breakfasts and the vast options were very exciting to us. First time we went I had scrambled eggs with bacon, rye toast and my husband had... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Local popular breakfast spot.. Good food and good prices.. All the locals go here to rub elbows with the local politicians.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

I live in Salem. This is my favorite place to get breakfast. Don't be intimidated by the line because it moves quick. Waitresses are attentive and friendly. The food is great and try the specials. L

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Being a Salem resident and going to Reds is a monthly experience, am a pancake lover and can never beat this place. The Reds on Route 1 is also a keeper for lunch and dinner. I go to enjoy the back ground music and great food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is very good. They have a great breakfast. The prices are extremely reasonable. Located in a historic part of Salem

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