That may not be completely accurate. I like Filet-O-Fish, Fish Sticks, and – well, I like shrimp, lobster, crabs, some of the fish you get when it’s properly prepared and calamari. Yes, calamari. Calamari is the food of the Gods and should be eaten at least thrice daily.
We recently hit Sea Salt during the middle of the afternoon. Given the reviews on Yelp and other sites, it seemed that they were too popular to try during peak hours. On a lovely, but cool, May afternoon we ventured in to check out the cuisine.
The restaurant has a terrible website. Its signage is even worse. Then there’s the location: the middle of a public park in what probably was a picnic shelter with a kitchen at one point. None of that matters given the delicious food inside. The Minnesota hours work for locals, but if you’re from the coast, they close at 8 in the evening.
My wife and I started with the Calamari. THE.BEST.IN.YEARS. I haven’t had Calamari that good since I was last in Monterey, California. It was flavorful, not oily, crisp to chew, and came with a great sauce. The serving was extremely generous, and I will order nothing but Calamari the next time. We’re talking 9 out of 10 stars – it was a tad bit salty.
The crab cake basket was the main reason we went for lunch – my wife loves crab cakes. She got the double (no such thing as too much crab for her. Keep catching them, Sig Hansen) portion which came with a crisp/dry cole slaw that was perfect for the meal. This wasn’t the best she’d ever had, but a solid 8 out of 10 stars. Worth the drive for Minnesotans who usually get their crab cakes from a box in the freezer section.
The chowder. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH! Crab and Corn. Peppery. Chunks of potato. Creamy. Delicious. More. 10 of 10.
But the thing that made me smile the most was the bread. They had little loaves of jalepeno corn bread with honey butter. I have pondered the worth of selling my soul for a lifetime supply of that stuff. Here it was and I could keep my faith. It was perfect. 10 of 10 stars. (seeing a trend?)
Interior. It’s nice in a very chrome/hipster sort of way. An impressive assortment of beers if you’re a drinker of said beverage. I don’t anymore, but the names all have good reputations locally. It more closely represents an indoor sidewalk cafe than a restaurant when you get right down to the nub of things. It fits the overall feel of the place, so it’s not out of context.
The staff. All pleasant and polite, and as far as looks go I fit right in with them. No tuxedos, not even coordinated T-shirts. The service was great and if you’re hung up on appearance you’re probably not eating at a building in the middle of a city park. The cooks know their stuff, and the food came out fast for having been made to order.
Would I go again? Absolutely. It’s on the list for afternoon lunches with my wife. I can only imagine how packed it is during the summer.
Price and quality went hand in hand, we spent about $55 with tip. Not bad. Very good, in fact.
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