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Jul 24, 2006 12:16 PM

Sea Salt Minneapolis Report

We went to Sea Salt yesterday for an early dinner and were fairly pleased. Standouts include the calamari taco and the soft shell crab sandwich. The line was awfully long at 5pm, partly because there were a lot of people, partially because the set-up is not so efficient: the guy taking orders was sort of slow, and he was also responsible for getting beverages, so we waited at least 15 minutes to order. Once we ordered it did not take long to get food.
Eating outside is nice, but there are only a few tables with adequate shade, so be prepared to sweat!

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  1. I've noticed some of the same inefficiencies in terms of getting your order in and whatnot. But I think the real issue is they seem to have a pretty good handle on how quickly they can put out the food. I think they intentionally take their time on the ordering end because if they get all the orders in too quickly, people will wait too long for their food.

    I can't honestly decide if I'd rather wait in line and then get the food quickly or get the order in quickly and then have to wait longer for the food. I suppose it depends on the weather?

    Here's hoping they have a way to increase their kitchen size!


    1. Alice,

      If you can ever get there for lunch, there likely won't be any lines. Most of my visits occur over the lunch hour -- I get from Eagan to there and back, including ordering and eating in the car, easily within an hour.

      Also yesterday (a Sunday), I was up there at about high noon -- no line and plenty of tables.

      Of course, now that I've broadcast that, I'm sure I've tainted the no-waiting karma I've enjoyed there so far. I guess that's alright -- there are some places where waiting just forces me to take a deep breath and enjoy the surroundings more. They seem to have that vibe at Sea Salt.

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      1. re: MSPD

        You've been lucky. I come up from the airport for lunch, and it's been slammed every time. Maybe it's not so bad in the heat. I'll try again this week.

      2. Dara Moskowitz wasn't kidding in her review -- eat early and keep an eager eye out for the rain.

        1. ... peering at the sky (late-afternoon T-storms in the forecast) and wondering about the Catch of the Day (one last week was lobster) ...

          might have to leave work a tad early today... :)

          1. Alice forgot to mention they serve Surly Beer wich is a very good thing.