Where to eat: Counter in Salem, MA

Counter, located in the lobby of The Hotel Salem, is the latest installation by Lark Hotel’s Executive Chef, Justin Perdue. Like his other spot, Picnic Social in Stowe, VT, Justin’s menu at Counter is approachable and surprising.

Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com

From burrata to burgers to naan, the team at Counter surprise and delight with a range of flavors and dishes that are unexpected but, in the end, make total sense.

Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com
Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com
Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com

Counter will also be serving food at The Hotel Salem’s rooftop bar, and I had a chance to get a sneak peek of the menu. I won’t lie, I’m still dreaming about these chips and guac. And the tacos are outstanding. I’ll definitely consider taking the ferry from Boston for a snack.

Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com
Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com

Like the name implies, Counter is a true throwback to the counter service at department stores back in the day. Similar to The Hotel Salem, the 60s mod vibe is threaded throughout Counter as well.

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THE DIGEST

MY PICKS

Hummus

The naan is so freaking good. Get the hummus just for that.

Counter Burger

A tried and true burger. So much flavor, and perfect after a day of exploring Salem.

Guac

Technically only served on The Roof, the guac is so delicious. And the chips are hearty and such a good scooper.

Counter

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209 Essex St, Salem, MA
countersalem.com

Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com
Counter The Hotel Salem | The Stopover by Meaghan Murray | meaghanmurray.com

A million thank yous to Counter in Salem, Massachusetts for generously hosting me! If you’re interested in eating at Counter, visit their website at www.countersalem.com. All opinions and images are my own.

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