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“Gastronomic Feast”
Review of Salt of the Earth - CLOSED

Salt of the Earth
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Baltimore, Maryland
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gastronomic Feast”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

First visit and I fell in love. The experience was first class all the way. We showed up without a reservation and the hostess was empathetic but told us we may have an hour wait. Since we really wanted to try this place, we were willing to wait; and were well rewarded. We had originally wanted to sit at the tables but one of the hostesses recommended we try the kitchen seating since a spot opened up within a short time. I highly recommend this option.

Sitting next to the kitchen gave us an opportunity to see the staff working up close and the food they were preparing. We were amazed at how fluid and efficient the staff was in the tight quarters; nary a spilled item nor a bumped elbow - Poetry in motion.

Based on the visuals and smell, we chose our entrees and were not disappointed. Food was prepared perfectly and presented elegantly. The taste met all expectations and we were sated at the end of the night.

I can go on, but suffice to say go try it at your earliest convenience.

  • Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Try out the tasting menu”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Salt offers a tasting menu Mon-Wed with seating at the kitchen bar. Choice are 5 or 8 course, with optional drink pairings. We went for the full boat, 8 course with drinks, and had a marvelous time. Dinner took about 3 hours, and was nicely paced. There were a few times I wondered when the next food was going to show, but I was quickly distracted either by conversation or getting to watch the kitchen staff work from a literal front-row seat. The tasting menu is not inexpensive by any means, but allowed us to fully experience the best the restaurant had to offer.

Amuse: scallop, radish, chie, olive oil, lemon
Soup: canteloupe broth, melon, mint, oregano, jalapeno
nectarine, lardo, cress, correl, cucumber
foie gras, fig, fried garlic, pink peppercorn, balsamic vinegar
Fish: black bass, uni, potato, carrot, basil
meat: lamb, beet, musroom, beets, black garlic
cheese: blue cheese, plum, honey, cocoa, celery
dessert: peach, chocolate, hazelnut, pound cake

I was able to handle all the details via email, which was great!

  • Visited August 2012
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Baltimore, MD
Level Contributor
220 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Stunning”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

I am pretty jaded about restaurants, but this took my breath away. The dishes were different, but intelligently prepared with flavor mixes that were really unique. The Rib-Eye steak with mushrooms was fantastic -- and I am very picky about steaks. The cut was great and the sauce with the mushrooms and zucchini really added to the taste. The pork loin was awesome as well. The tomato and peach appetizers really demonstrated the chef's creativity and ability to bring together unusual flavor matches in very tasty ways. We sat downstairs, which is a little louder and looks like it can get kind of crowded, but we felt it added to the Bohemian experience. The wine list was not extensive, but worked well for us (a Duoro for $36).

Visited August 2012
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Pittsburgh, PA
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fun, unique atmosphere, simple yet creative menu”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

We visited Salt in May - we chose to make a reservation so we could sit upstairs in the mezzanine. The space is a great blend of new style but retains some of the original architectural window details. It's nice to have the local brewery options on-tap: especially East End's bootstrap stout. We tried the risotto to start. The pork and chicken were excellent - desconstructed in presentation but a good blend of flavors. The mini-pickle was a bit unexpected but worked well with the pork. My wife and I split the strawberries and oatmeal cream served with granola (see picture). Good place for dinner with friends or with a significant other if you plan ahead with reservations; otherwise, the communal seating downstairs, though fun, could be less intimate. Parking on the street is ample, though, the neighborhood is on the fringe in an continually evolving area.

  • Visited May 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
145 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“You Have Got to be Kidding!”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

Odd location in a bit of a challenging area. Got there at 630 and was told the upstairs private areas were booked solid so we ate downstairs at the communal tables. Drinks, one brand of vodka that is awful, bourbon same, wines--not a good selection. Apps brutally small and what is the fetish with peaches? Salmon was small and overcooked, came with tatertots that looked like came out of the freezer. Scallop came three to the plate--for a main course, the chef should be "chopped."

I don't get this place at all and do not recommend.

  • Visited July 2012
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