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May 16, 2012 07:35 PM

Se Salt

The crowd was lined up halfway to the parking lot today. They were serving beer to the people in line and everyone seemed reasonably happy to stand around on a very nice evening and have a beer while waiting.

The calamari tacos were pretty darn good. I liked the tortilla, the crunch, the corn kernels in the topping. The grilled mahi mahi tacos were not as interesting. Not bad, but not as good as the calamari tacos. The green salad was very basic. I'd skip it next time. The oysters on the 1/2 shell were not bad, but not great either. I'd skip them next time.

The best best thing about Se Salt is the location and the next best is the very good beer selection. Surly Shadenfreude on tap! Summit Saga IPA too!

If you want super-duper fancy seafood, you will be disappointed. Go to Sea Change instead.

I'd like to try the peel and eat shrimps and the soups.

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  1. Thanks, Jim.

    FYI, it's Sea Salt, not Se Salt. (Also, no relation to Per Se!)

    15 Replies
    1. re: Jordan

      When Thomas Keller wants to up the sodium level of a dish in his NYC restaurant, does he use Per Se Salt?

      I'll take your word on the name. I was confused by the sign painted on the side of the building.

      To re-iterate my point from my original post: Sea Salt is a Twin Cities treasure! I will definitely be going back again and again.

      1. re: JimGrinsfelder

        yeah, the colors on the sign try to clue people in on the name. "Sea" kind of curls down into "Salt" You're not the first.

        1. re: babaoriley7

          Is there some world-wide shortage of the letter "a" of which I am woefully unaware? I see it now that you point it out...clever overloading of that letter a. I plead old-age and stupidity.

          1. re: JimGrinsfelder

            It's grade inflation, donchaknow? Too many 'A's being handed out.

        1. re: keg

          Can you expand on your comment, keg?

          1. re: foreverhungry

            Road salt, the indigenous form in Minnesota. I go there for the ionic energy coming from the falls, the shade of the oak trees, the people watching, and frequently a pitcher of ice cold beer. The food generally is not a factor, but if I'm looking for a hit of fried food it fills the void.

            1. re: keg

              @keg so you meant it in a good way or?

              1. re: dalewest

                Yeah. I would not be interested in eating at Sea Salt if it were not in it's distinctive location. I'm happy to go there a few times a summer.

                There are lots of great ways to eat local fish here in the heartland. A mess of semolina dredged smelt with some lemon garlic mayonaise (made with a briefly coddled egg). A walleye or crappie fish fry on a pile of cold slaw. Pickled Cisco. Smoked Lake trout or Rainbow. Baked walleye with roasted morels and asparagus. Battered Pike with freshly fried chips and remoulade.

                1. re: keg

                  I want a restaurant in the Twin Cities that serves all of the fish dishes you described! Sounds great.

                  1. re: Quince

                    If there was a local-only fish restaurant, Road Salt would be a damn fine name.

                    I eat only local foods. My definition of local is anything from Planet Earth. If it's from Mars or the Moon, I'm just not into it. The sauces from Jupiter are just to heavy for my taste. The meat from Mercury is typically over-cooked. Don't get me started on Uranus...

                    1. re: JimGrinsfelder

                      Interplanetary fish fry. I'm in. No holds barred. Irony is the State fish you're so committed to eating is in almost all instances Canadian. Eh? Game fish are tricky that way.

                      1. re: JimGrinsfelder

                        I wasn't trying to express a desire for a local-only fish restaurant, only that I love to eat lake fish and have no fishing skills or equipment. It's hard to find restaurants that serve lake trout and herring in the Twin Cities, so I make sure to try to get my fill anytime I am along Hwy 61.

                        I like Sea Salt, for what it's worth.

                      2. re: Quince

                        And, if it is several restaurants, I would like the whole list! Especially the semolina smelt. Thanks!