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Let's discuss Salut in Edina..

People - I'm torn. Salut claims it is "French", and yeah, they have a un croque monsieur, they have french onion soup, blah blah. I know it's super americanized, and that is especially substantiated by the understanding that it is ran by the corporate company Parasole Holdings - who identify with the likes of Chino, Good Earth, Figlio's, etc. - and I know it's not La Belle Vie, Vincent-A Restaurant, or any other place...but I've been there twice -once for lunch when Edina Grille had too long of a wait -- it was good, not great...and I recently went there for dinner to blow a $100 gift card - the fondue app was good, but other than that...nothing to write home about.

Both times I was there, it was outrageously busy....so tell me, is it because it is just "newer" or is because I haven't been ordering the right entree for my wow buzzer to go of... thoughts on this mid-to-low priced restaurant? (Though we managed to blow that $100 gift card on nothing memorable...)

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  1. We've been there 3 times, twice we had great experiences, once the service was so terrible I was embarrassed to have recommended it to friends. The cornmeal crusted halibut is wonderful.

    Most of the Parasole restaurants are packed even though they're medicre. They do a great marketing job, have accessible menus and moderate prices, and have a fun atmosphere. I've also heard Salut has a great brunch, and it's not nearly as crowded.

    I do wish the cities had some kind of authentic french brasserie. When we first went to Salut I was so excited because I thought this would be it, but it tries too hard to please too many people to fit the bill.

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    1. re: katebauer

      Does Margaux in St. Paul not fit the definition of french brasserie (I haven't been yet, sorry, or I'd know...)

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I didn't know about Margaux! Their description says brasserie but their webpage isn't up yet.
        Has anyone been? That would be so exciting.

        1. re: katebauer

          Margaux is nice. It's kind of a faux-French brasserie meaning while the menu is pretty French, it has been somewhat Americanized. It is very good though. I've also mentioned this on the board, for a great French experince head over to Signal Hills and Cafe Kallyste. This is neither bistro or brasseries, but is really similar to a lot of French lunch places I've been in. It's at 5 Signal Hills Center in a strip mall. Bruno the owner/chef/everything is great fun to talk with and the food is wonderful.

          As for a true french bistro, I don't think we have anything at the moment.

          1. re: misterpatrick

            Since this thread has been bumped, a piece of information for new people reading it-- Margaux closed some time ago.

    2. I saw an interview recently where one of the Parasole partners commented that Salut was as French as PF Chang is Chinese. They're planning on opening a second Salut on Grand in St. Paul.

      Look at Salut as the French equivalent of P.F. Chang/Big Bowl/Macaroni Grill, etc and perhaps your expectations will be more properly aligned.

      Here's a couple of good reads on Salut, and where they're really looking to go with the place: http://www.chainleader.com/archives/2...
      http://www.vita.mn/story.php?id=942967

      1. Katebauer is right - Parasole is a master at marketing!
        I DID hear that they were planning to expand on Grand Avenue - my expectations were not too high because I know that is was not real French - but c'mon, the name is SALUT, I was sort of hoping that there would be more on the menu than a sandwich y jambon y fromage, I mean, there isn't even any orangina!!!!! :( I was just hoping to get feedback for my friends that don't want to spend an arm and a leg for French food. We might have to try Margeux -
        I miss the Hotel Sofitel back in the day...

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        1. re: snoboardbabe77

          I actually do think that Salut has all the elements of a real brasserie - salad nicoise, steak frites, a nice roast chicken, cheap wine, etc. It's just that the execution seems cartoonish, same as Chino and Stella's.

        2. I love the steak frites at Salut, and the French onion soup there is the best I've had in town. That being said, it's not a true to form brasserie, but it's as close as most Americans would want.

          We aren't exactly the kind to go for sweetbreads, cassoulet or foie gras served five ways. If you haven't eaten at Les Halles in NY (Bourdain's place), Salut is a nice "starter" brasserie. I quite enjoyed it, and my wife (who isn't as daring as I am) loved her nicoise and frites.

          If we had a true bistro or brasserie, I would jump at the chance, but much of the french peasant food found in many brasseries in NY or Paris wouldn't be eaten by the majority here. People fear the nasty bits.

          1. I was there once and was seriously underwhelmed. The food didn't impress me, and I really disliked the noisy chain atmosphere.

            Salut seemed quite expensive for what it was. For virtually the same amount, you could go to the bar at Vincent for a croque monsieur. (Vincent's steak frites is cheaper!)

            http://www.vincentarestaurant.com/men...

            Anne