No, not that kind of salt!
About a month ago, I sent this tweet out:
Kinda pathetic, right? Pathetic but true.
Anyway, one of my twitter friends sent this tweet back to me in response:
Oh April…how awesome are you?!? Seriously.
The next thing I knew, this happened:
Another foodie meetup was in the works. Have I mentioned how much I adore twitter?
We met up at Salt in the Central West End. I didn’t snap a photo of the exterior, but you can find a picture of it here. What a sweet building! The interior was even more impressive; I felt like I was in a fancy palace!
After a drink at the bar, we were seated. We started with a yummy cheese plate:
This was fantastic. Flavorful bread, savory meat, sweet raspberries and blueberries, creamy cheese, and salty almonds. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth. Amazing.
We all studied the menu a bit:
And decided to share some small plates.
First up? Pork and fennel meatballs.
They were served with a blackberry jam sauce. These meatballs were so juicy and flavorful, it was unbelievable! I’m not a huge fan of fennel, but I must say that it complemented these meatballs perfectly. It added a rich depth of flavor that was unmatchable. I hated that I had to share! Just kidding.
Next up were broiled mussels.
You can’t see it in the picture, but there was some house made chorizo in the bowl along with the mussels. That’s what made this otherwise ordinary dish extraordinary! The chorizo added a spicy, meaty kick to the dish. I wanted to drink the broth! Instead, I just settled with dipping the bread in it.
Finally, we shared the seared scallop.
How cute is that?! Apparently, they add cedar smoke to the jar, along with cracked mustard sauce and scallions. The plate is brought to the table with the lid closed. You open the lid, and the smoke comes out! What a cool presentation.
I didn’t taste any hints of cedar smoke, but the scallop was amazing anyway. Besides, there were tons of other flavors to enjoy! It was a very light, refreshing dish.
Since Caryn is vegan, she didn’t have the scallop, mussels, or meatballs; instead, Chef Wes Johnson made her a special vegan dish! I snapped a bunch of pictures, but all of them were super blurry. Argh. Shooting in dim lighting is tough!
Did I also mention that we had wine?
You simply can’t share a meal with Angela (stlWINEgirl!) without having a glass (or three) of wine. I know very little about wine, but she taught us all a few things.
Time for dessert! The moment I saw the lingonberry bread pudding on the menu, I just knew I had to try it.
Hey there, gorgeous
I loved the presentation of this. Bread pudding in one jar with a carafe of bourbon sauce. This was pretty freaking fantastic! The sweet lingonberry jam added the perfect touch of sweetness to this dessert. The bourbon sauce just pushed it over the edge. I was in foodie heaven.
We also ordered the s’more:
Graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow – you really can’t go wrong with that!
Overall, I was really happy with everything at Salt. The food was great, the service was fantastic, and the company wasn’t too shabby either
Thanks, ladies, for a great time! And thanks again to April for organizing! Can’t wait to do it again soon