New Chef and updated menu at Naumkeag Ordinary just in time for Salem Restaurant Week


Matthew Brady

Owner|Naumkeag Ordinary                             978-744-4968 office 



The Naumkeag Ordinary in Salem Introduces New Head Chef, Updated Menu

Salem’s most charming restaurant ups the ante with fresh takes on classic comfort dishes

Salem, MA – November 5, 2014 – The NaumkeagOrdinary, located in the heart of historic downtown Salem, Massachusetts, is excited to introduce a new Head Chef and share details about its fresh, updated menu offeringcomfort dishes with a creative twist on classic favorites.

Head Chef Scott Jensen will lead the kitchen at The Naumkeag Ordinary, effective November 5th.  Jensen strives to create menus that are well balanced and approachable, with just enough intrigue, and he has been working with owner Matthew Brady to update The Naumkeag Ordinary’s menu with some of his signature touches.

“I’m very excited to have Chef Scott on board,” said Matthew Brady, Owner of The Naumkeag Ordinary.  “Scott’s resume and style will add to the foundation we’ve built thus far, and I’m confident guests old and new will enjoy what we have in store.”

The kitchen at The Naumkeag Ordinary prides itself on creating every dish from scratch using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.  The menu is designed to highlight the unique seasonal tastes of New England, insuring the freshest and most authentic of choices.  An ever-changing selection of craft beers, as well as balanced wines and eclectic cocktails, are the perfect compliment to the restaurant’s meal choices.

The new menu, which features additions like Warm Mushroom Strudel with baby arugula, goat cheese crème, pickled shallots and EVOO, a Pulled Pork Poutine starter with house slow-roasted pork, hand cut fries, cheddar cheese curds and maple bourbon gravy, and a Cassouletentrée with tomato stewed white beans, braised pork, fennel sausage, confit duck leg, and herb buttered crumbs, also includes popular older items like “The Daily Taco,” specially created each day by the chef.

“My philosophy on food is pretty simple – I cook what sounds good to me, and that has everything to do with the quality of ingredients and the season,” said Chef Jensen.  “I’ve been a Salem resident for more than two years now, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity to serve my community at The Naumkeag Ordinary.”  

Born and raised in Rutland, Vermont, Jensen has been working in restaurants since the age of 10.  He graduatedfrom the New England Culinary Institute in 2006, andmoved to Boston, where he spent almost a decade paying his dues at restaurants such as Vintage Lounge & the Beehive.  In 2012, Jensen brought his experience to Alchemy in Gloucester, where he began to develop his own personal style as Head Chef.  He stays grounded in his classic French training, incorporating touches of Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, while remaining true to his New England home-style roots.

The Naumkeag Ordinary, located at 118 Washington Street in Salem, is open daily for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., from 11:30 a.m. to midnight for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:30 am to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner on Sunday.  The bar is open daily until 1 am.  

Come meet Chef Scott and get a taste of the new menu as part of a three course offering for $28 during Salem Fall Restaurant Week November 9-13 and 16-20.  

Visit for more information and swing by daily for a taste of what Salem has to offer.


About The Naumkeag Ordinary
Centrally located in historic Salem, the welcoming staff at The Naumkeag Ordinary provides their guests a casually elegant culinary experience.  The seasonal menu offers comfort dishes with a creative twist on classic favorites.  With its hand-crafted bar procured from reclaimed wood, soft Edison lighting, and photographs of historic Salem, The Naumkeag Ordinary delivers a warm, comfortable environment in which guests can enjoy exceptional food, craft beers, select wines, and specialty cocktails.  Visit and follow @TheNaumkeagon Twitter and Facebook for more information and specials.