- $20 for $40 worth of locally sourced burgers and fixings
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It's funny. Ever since Thomas Holland and Amy Butler took over the old Salem Jail, people have flocked to the historic brick building and happily handed themselves over to its custody. But it's not as crazy as it sounds. For one, the building—now known as A&B Salem—no longer houses any cells, though there might be some iron bars or black-and-white photos that harken back to its earlier days. Today, the focus stays primarily on two things: burgers and beer.
Local, sustainable, and organic ingredients are a central part of the restaurant's identity, so naturally that's what chefs use to make more than 10 beef, veggie, and poultry burgers from scratch. Some of those burgers come in traditional configurations of meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomato, while others get more inventive. Take the Shepherd's Pie Burger, for example: a beef patty that's nearly unrecognizable beneath toppings of mashed potatoes, bacon bits, American cheese, grilled corn, and homemade gravy.
Each burger is the result of careful attention to detail from top to bottom bun, and because of this the chefs ask patrons to be patient during the expected 12–15 minutes of cooking time. But really, that wait should fly by over an order of craft brews, a freshly blended milkshake, or an appetizer of homemade chili that warms the soul like a sweater knitted from shredded copies of "Tuesdays with Morrie."