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Salt Tavern or Jack's Bistro in B-more?

yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 06:45 AM

My husband's relatives are coming to town for a Wed night dinner from NYC, and they would like a neighborehood/local place with some good fish options. I narrowed it down to these two, but can't decide between them! Help?

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  1. BaltoPhilFood RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 07:24 AM

    Tough choice! 2 great options as far as food. Jack's seems like it would be a deviation from NYC restaurant atmosphere; quiet, unique, cozy, personal (not saying there aren't restaurants in NYC with those characteristics!). Salt seems a bit more modern, but maybe that's just color scheme. Anyway, when my parents are in town they prefer Salt over Jack's, it's a little closer to their speed. Hope that helps.

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      jaykramer RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 08:19 AM

      Try Saute!

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        kelarry RE: jaykramer Apr 22, 2008 02:17 PM


      2. bawlmeroryuls RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 09:00 AM

        Salt has great food. But Jack's is more unique. I'd go there.

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          matt8313 RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 09:05 AM

          I've had bad experiences at Salt -- nothing dramatic, but occasional frustrating lapses -- and none at Jack's. They're close in a lot of ways, but I think my personal preference is for Jack's.

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            hon RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 09:16 AM

            How about Henningers Tavern in Fells Point, good fish/seafood options!


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              cece_balti RE: hon Apr 22, 2008 09:25 AM

              For adventures in tasting and food pairings I would pick Jack's. Logistically though, depending on how many relatives are coming, Jack's may feel cramped since it is a pretty "cozy" (read: small) place.

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                yankabanka RE: hon Apr 23, 2008 06:00 AM

                I also want to give Hennigen's restaurant a try but Salt's fish options and other items inspired me more for the same price. After reading various posts I now have a long list of places to go to (not in any particular order) - Jack's, Henniger's, Peter's Inn, Birches, Wine Market, Bicycle... why can't relatives come more often!

              2. inbox_blues RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 09:43 AM

                I've heard good things about HOOK in Georgetown. And Black Salt, too. Apparently the latter has a nice Jazz brunch.

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                  hon RE: inbox_blues Apr 22, 2008 11:47 AM

                  But thats in DC.

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                  SGI RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 01:02 PM

                  Definitely a tough choice as BaltoPhilFood pointed out! Nonetheless, I think Salt is a better choice for hosting relatives.

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                    sas RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 01:13 PM

                    Salt by Far!! Love Jacks but it does not compare to Salt if you are a true foodie and love unique food. Check out the new spring menu at salt we have been their twice it was fabulous

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                      rudmansjmu RE: yankabanka Apr 22, 2008 06:38 PM

                      hmmmm...that's a toughie and a good dilemma to have. Salt has better bread/tomato tapenade but Jacks has a bigger menu and it's a little more affordable. Service at Jack's is more engaging too.
                      I'd give the edge to Jacks and would encourage your parents to try the tomato soup. I was so sad to see the butternut squash soup leave the menu (made me wish I had ordered it more often!) but this was a nice replacement. Also noticed several seafood options on the menu (apps and entrees) last time I was there.

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                        yankabanka RE: yankabanka Apr 23, 2008 05:53 AM

                        Thank you everyone for your input. I decided to go with Salt because I liked their menu a little better (Barbecued Pork Cheeks - yum!) than Jack's and I decided to stay away from food pairings that are very unique when it comes to hosting older relatives. Also, Salt seems to be kind of a place that you need an excuse, like relatives coming to town, to try it out. We decided to try Jacks on our own.

                        Do you know if Salt has daily specials that are not listed on the menu? And in your opinion, would it be rude to request the scallop entree as an appetizer?!

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                          BaltoPhilFood RE: yankabanka Apr 23, 2008 07:13 AM

                          Please report back after dinner and let us know what you and your guests thought of Salt. They do have specials outside of the regular menu and as far as ordering an entree for an app I'm not sure, but everytime I have eaten there, servers have overdelivered in providing direction and were very helpful with any/all questions we had. Jack's will be a great date night as well once you guys make your way over to try it out!

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                            sas RE: yankabanka Apr 23, 2008 11:10 AM

                            I'm not sure have eaten their twice with new menu. Check out my listing under Salt. Scallops to die for. enjoy

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                              hawaiigrl2003 RE: yankabanka Sep 19, 2008 01:28 AM

                              Did you get to both places? How was it?

                            2. BaltoPhilFood RE: yankabanka Jan 12, 2009 12:05 PM

                              Had another wonderful experience at Salt on Saturday. My parents came to town and I think I'm now neck and neck with this restaurant as a reason for my mom to visit Baltimore. We had: ceviche/spicy shrimp special app, mussels (so tender, best I've ever had), pork belly&scallop app(wonderful!), flat iron steak(homemade truffled blue cheese tater tots), veal cheeks (with farro and fig...delicious!) and the tuna dinner, which I couldn't get to in time, it was all gone in a flash! The 4 of us had such a wonderful time. Our waitress was spot on with every detail, extremely knowledgable, personable, just fantastic. It is just so consistently great. I can't wait to go again.

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