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July 26, 2011 Slideshows

Wes Johnson's Salt 

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Of all the reasons why you should try the duck fat-fried chicken at Salt, Wes Johnson's terrific new restaurant in the Central West End, I can think of no higher recommendation than this: On a day when the heat index reached 110 degrees, when chicken fried in duck fat and served atop mashed potatoes would seem to be the least appealing entrée in the history of the universe, I picked every last morsel of meat from the bones — and finished the taters, too. Click here to continue reading Ian Froeb's review of Salt. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
4356 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108
St. Louis - Central West End
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Chef Wes Johnson in Salt's kitchen. Chef Johnson opened Salt three months ago after working at Eclipse and Shaved Duck. This is the first restaurant where he's an owner.
Baetje farms chevre: local soft goat cheese.
Baetje farms chevre: local soft goat cheese.
Duck fat frites.
The duck fat frites are served with house made ketchp and mayonnaise.
Sorghum laquered duck with swiss chard. The swiss chard is sourced locally.
Duckfat fried chicken served with pickled watermelon, mashed potatoes.
The pickled watermelon served with the duckfat fried chicken.
The rustic tart made with local peaches from Nature's Way.
And, of course... different sea salts. Flaked sea salt in front, pink Himalayan sea salt behind it, and in back is a sea salt with thyme.
Flaked sea salt.
One of the beautiful rooms at Salt.
The front room dining space at Salt.
The front room dining space at Salt.
Another one of the bright and comfortable dining rooms at Salt.
Upstairs, the not to be missed, women's restroom.
The equally interesting men's restroom, also upstairs.
Downstairs, the wine cellar room has one large table. Used mostly for reserved or private functions.
A detail from the cellar ceiling.
The bar at Salt.
Chef Johnson brought this duck with him from his Shaved Duck days. It lives in the kitchen.
Another kitchen resident, this one, left behind from when the restaurant was Savor, is the Darth Vader Mr. Potato Head.
Baetje farms chevre: local soft goat cheese.

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