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Sweetsalt Redux: Dinner

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  • ns1 Jun 13, 2012 01:22 PM
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So I had a craving for a dinnertime shrimp po boy and wanted to grab one at Sweetsalt. When I walked in, I was surprised to find the whole thing laid out in a dining room fashion, and I was greeted by a host.

I was so confused, but the host explained that a few months ago when they started dinner hours, they started doing dinner service. I was already there and only had a small amount of time to eat, so I sat down with my girlfriend and ordered dinner. We were first there, so managed to grab the cute window seat. Unfortunately, the window sill was a little dusty. Who does the housekeeping around here?

Anyway, here for the food so here it goes:

Menu is smaller and more expensive @ dinner. Apps are around 10 each with a high of 18, entrees average around 15 each.

We decided on splitting several apps, so we got the soup of the day, shrimp napolean, pei mussels, and asparagus risotto.

Soup - Pretty good but not mind blowing, it was a mushroom and (something?) soup. Big ol' bowl of soup, that "something" which I now forget definitely cut the mushroom earthiness so it wasn't as one-note as most mushroom soups are.

Shrimp napolean - beautiful presentation, perfectly cooked shrimp, high quality ingredients. Expensive @ $16 but there was a healthy amount of shrimp/quality ingredients on the plate so I didn't mind.

PEI mussels - beautiful large serving of mussels in a beautiful broth, served with sausage and shaved fennel. Fantastic and at $10 a complete bargain. 2 people eating 2 of these apps is enough IMHO

Risotto - great texture/taste but did not hold up/reheat well.

bread was good and the soft herb butter was awesome.

Also got 3 macroons and a cupcake for dessert. Whoever they have as a pastry chef is AMAZING. The cupcake (chocolate w/ strawberry on top and strawberry preserve center) was great (filling not too sweet) and my GF claimed it was the best cupcake she's ever had, and she's tried many.

Damage was about $70 for 2 after tax/tip.

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  1. http://www.sweetsaltfood.com/

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    1. re: Servorg

      the dinner menu is not on the website. one more reason why i had no idea they started dinner service.

      1. re: ns1

        Although their website leads off with:

        "WELCOME!

        Sweetsalt is now officially open for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

        Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily soup and sandwich specials"

        1. re: Servorg

          so how is one supposed to know they don't serve the one and only menu they have on their webpage at dinner time?

          answer: you don't know until you you get there

          1. re: ns1

            They evidently haven't had time to add their dinner menu to their website. I understand that problem. At least they alert you to the fact that they are serving dinner (a fairly recent change I assume?), which would allow one to call them and inquire about dinner menu additions, no?

            1. re: Servorg

              wtf man, if langers all of a sudden started doing dinner hours I would not call them and say "hey, any new items for dinner?" I would go in there expecting the normal menu (or at the very least, the one and only menu on the website)

              moot point, meal was good, let's move on.

              1. re: ns1

                I'm simply cutting them some slack for not having had the time (yet) to update their online site with their other menu choices. My wife has run a small business for the last 32 years and I know how hard she works just to keep up with customer orders and everything else she has to do to keep the doors open and the wholesale merchandise in stock in the proper amounts and the bookwork up to date and the displays looking attractive...and and and and. At least twice a week she works all night, comes home for a couple of hours sleep and comes back to start all over again. So I'm just not surprised that the online information doesn't reflect the menu for their dinner items.

                1. re: Servorg

                  lol c'mon man, it's a pdf link. they need to print their dinner menu in PDF form and throw it up and add a link.

                  1 minute flat. AND they changed to dinner service "a few months" ago. no excuse.

                  1. re: ns1

                    Is this a pdf file? http://www.sweetsaltfood.com/menu.html

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Not taking sides here, but... that is an image file: http://www.sweetsaltfood.com/images/m.... It's interesting because it looks like it might have either been a scan or a save-as image of a Word document. Note that the URL at the bottom of the menu is in blue and underlined like a hyperlink, but is not a hyperlink. Whatever the original source of the menu, they could have saved it as PDF and then the hyperlink may actually work.

                      So assuming they designed the dinner menu the same way as the "normal" menu, it would be trivial, from a technical perspective, to save it in the same image format or as PDF. However, while I always hope every restaurant's website is always up to date (and every restaurant had a website), I can't give them too hard of a time on not updating their menu. I don't know if they do the website in house or hire out or any other circumstances behind it.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        wow, an image file, so much harder than a pdf file.

                        1. re: ns1

                          im confused. are "image file" and "pdf" on the dinner menu or just on the lunch menu?

                          1. re: ns1

                            Food is consistently good. If you must plan out your entire meal before going to a restaurant the just don't go to this one. Smh

                            1. re: hambriento

                              @Linus - the menu is loaded on the website as an image file, I mistakenly thought it was a pdf

                              @hambriento - I wanted a shrimp po boy for $12. If the dinner menu had been posted to the website, I wouldn't have gone to sweetsalt for dinner.

                              Once again, when you click the words MENU, NOWHERE does it say it's a lunch time menu only.

                              1. re: ns1

                                was the image file tasty? would you order it again? is the pdf at sweetsalt normally worth ordering?

                                1. re: linus

                                  the image file needed salt and the pdf needed sweet.

                                  1. re: ns1

                                    Thank you all for the reviews and suggestions. We don't put our dinner menu up on the website because the chef is changing the dishes on a bi-weekly basis. We also have not really advertised that the restaurant is open for dinner because we are still waiting on the liquor license and finishing up some minor construction details. Once everything is in place we will not treat dinner as a "soft" opening. I will add something to the website that mentions a different dinner menu. Again, thank you for your patronage and I will make sure the window sill is properly cleaned :)

                                    1. re: Sweetsalt

                                      thanks ;)

                                      1. re: Sweetsalt

                                        Good to have the restaurant respond.

                                        Note: A sample menu, clearly marked as such, is better than no menu. And be sure to include prices, which we all understand are subject to change.

          2. Well apparently this idea failed or something because they now serve the lunch menu all day. FANTASTIC, I can get that shrimp po boy all day!

            Saw Alex E. last time I was there too - he's on a bike team with Velo or something, which explains why there's a huge bike rack out front.

            Not a cheap lunch though - 2 sandwiches 1 soup and some pastries led to a $45 bill.

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            1. re: ns1

              ive always found the place kind of pricy. and i think its gone a bit downhill; i miss their ham sandwich.
              however, the salad that comes with the sandwiches is still perfectly dressed.

              still cant decide if olive and thyme down the street is just a bit better, if not even pricier.

              1. re: linus

                it's always been kinda pricey but no different than it's brethren (olive & thyme, oaks gourmet). shrimp po boy was the same amount of godly and that's all I really care about!

                I preferred the salads @ sweetsalt over olive & thyme, but the short rib is better @ olive & thyme.

                1. re: ns1

                  i'm afraid the wedding is off, ns1.
                  i'm the opposite. i like the salads at olive and thyme better than sweetsalt.
                  not sure about the sandwiches...
                  hope never dies, i guess.