Desserts include a simple tart of seasonal berries topped with salted-caramel ice cream, and that inescapable local favorite, bread pudding with bourbon sauce, here distinguished by lingonberries. This, too, is served in a Mason jar, which is cute, but spooning the stuff out of there is a bit more work than it is worth.

On my visits, the service was very good, especially given how busy the restaurant was. However, I was definitely made as a restaurant critic, so you should take that analysis with a grain of, um, salt.

The wine list is modest in scope: domestic and Old World reds, most in the $30 to $60 range; whites offer more variety, but fewer selections. The "culinary cocktails" include the "Ornery Hound," a refreshingly tart and subtly complex concoction of gin, yellow Chartreuse, grapefruit bitters and fresh ruby-red grapefruit juice.

Wes Johnson. Click here for more photos of Wes Johnson's Salt.
Jennifer Silverberg
Wes Johnson. Click here for more photos of Wes Johnson's Salt.
The rustic tart made with local peaches from Nature's Way. Click here for more photos of Wes Johnson's Salt.
Jennifer Silverberg
The rustic tart made with local peaches from Nature's Way. Click here for more photos of Wes Johnson's Salt.

Location Info

Map

Salt

4356 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Louis - Central West End

Details

Salt
Seared scallop...$9
Duck fat-fried chicken...$17
Sorghum-lacquered duck...$19

The "culinary cocktails" moniker is a rare note of pretension in a restaurant otherwise refreshingly free of it. Johnson's team, he says, is "just trying to enjoy ourselves — to be professional, but not so serious."

I hope that Johnson won't mind me concluding on a more serious note, then: Salt is the best new restaurant to open in St. Louis so far this year.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
 
Loading...