1. Adam’s Rib Smoke House
Known for authentic American barbeque, Adam’s Rib Smoke House has two locations in Salem. The meat is slow-smoked over real hardwoods – cherry, red oak, hickory and mesquite.
Smother your pork ribs, tri-tip or chicken in one of the restaurant’s signature sauces. And then pair your barbeque with sweet poquito beans, creamy red potato salad or a handful of other house-made sides.
After living all over the world, Chef Diana Ramallo opened Amadeus in downtown Salem in 1996. Since then, the restaurant has spanned three generations and become a true family affair.
The family refers to Amadeus as the first “Fork to Mouth” restaurant, a place where you can enjoy your dining experience and know you’re being served the finest, local ingredients. With entrees like brisket, stroganoff and burgers, the menu has something for everyone and even has a special section dedicated to paleo offerings.
3. DaVinci Ristorante and Wine Bar
DaVinci Ristorante and Wine Bar offers some of the best fine dining in downtown Salem. The Italian eatery uses high-quality ingredients in its recipes and serves extraordinary wines from the valley.
The seasonal menu highlights pasta favorites, such as ravioli, fettucine and gnocchi, along with seafood, steak and duck.
4. Giovanni’s Mountain Pizza
Giovanni’s Mountain Pizza is one of Mill City, Oregon’s, hidden gems. Located on Highway 22, the pizzeria doesn’t look like much on the outside, but it has some of the best pizza in the area.
The hand-rolled pizza pies are packed full of flavor and the breadsticks are a must. Sporting tables decorated with napkin doodles, the restaurant is a fun, family-friendly stop on the drive to Detroit Lake.