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Second Annual Give Out Loud

Give Out Loud

The holidays need special events that are happy occasions to get together with friends, give back to the community, and celebrate the holiday cheer.  Give Out Loud is setting the stage to be that annual event for scores of people. 

The second annual Give Out Loud event will happen at Victoria Station on Thursday, December 5.  Admission is free when you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Salem Food Pantry, or a $10 donation at the door.  With music by DJ Andrea, special guest Gay Jim from Kiss 108, and the second annual Ugly Sweater Contest, Give Out Loud promises a great night of holiday fun for all. 

As if that's not enough, Go Out Loud is donating 50% of all Go Out Loud Discount (GOLD) Card purchases to HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) in Salem. The GOLD Card is that gift for that person who has just about everything. 

RSVP on Facebook, and learn more at

Posted by Kate on 12/03 at 08:59 AM Permalink

Welcome A & B Burgers to the neighborhood!

A&B Burgers opens for business on Monday, December 2 at 5:30 PM, and this is a burger joint worth putting on your restaurant list.

When I wear my "Mom" hat, I'm always looking for restaurants that serve good food quickly, and that can get my family of four in and out for $50.  A&B Burgers fits that bill, which gives it family appeal.  They are awaiting their liquor license, and once that arrives (hopefully on December 2), they will offer adult milk shakes and draft beer, which will give it adult appeal.  They serve good food fast in an historic (and possibly haunted?!) location, which gives it visitor-appeal.  A&B Burgers is poised to be a great addition to the Salem restaurant scene.

A&B Burger Menu Board

We got to stop by for their soft opening, and my family of four indulged and overindulged in the new menu.  The A Burger, B Burger, Hangover Burger, DG Burger, and Hot Dog all met with enthusiastic approval.  The vegetarian Chickpea and Crab Cake Burgers were delicious.  We especially liked the use of Arugula instead of lettuce on the burgers.  The fries and shakes were great, especially the fry sauce that arrived with the sweet potato fries.  

The meat is locally sourced through Northeast Family Farms and the produce is fresh, making this a bit more than your average quick-burger restaurant.  In addition to the burgers we sampled, there is a Tuna Burger, a Wagyu (like Kobe Beef) Burger, Truffle Fries, and more. 

A&B Burgers, the Chickpea, A, and DG Burgers

A&B Burgers is located in the Old Salem Jail, and while they have a few parking spaces adjacent to the restaurant entrance, your best bet is to park at the Church Street lot and take the 2 minute walk to the restaurant (that's the same distance as the South Harbor Garage to Pickering Wharf).  Follow their Facebook page for daily specials and changing information.

The Hangover Burger, Shake and Fries, Welcome Sign

Welcome to the neighborhood, A&B  Burgers! 

Posted by Kate on 12/02 at 10:05 AM Permalink