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Carrie Racanelli
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    2004
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SALT, you are aptly named. I happen to be a great lover of our friend, sodium chloride, but your food made even my mouth pucker. To begin, I have patronized and loved the original Station 22 for 20+ years (their pan-roasted grouper over grits with tomatoes and rock shrimp was the BEST!). Since Marshall Stith stepped down from the restaurant business, I had wanted to give Salt a try. I was in town for the 4th and took my family out. There were 6 of us for 6:30 reservation and we were seated promptly. Taking a page out of the original Zagat's book, I'll remark on the decor, service, and food. Decor - I love what they've done here. They've opened up the front wall to the porch to make an outdoor bar and seating area and mirrored that setup on the inside. So no longer is there a tiny little entryway for the hostess stand. They've retained many of the original black and white photos and gotten rid of the Christmas lights. Other than the bar area, it's not very open. We were seated in a small room to the left of the indoor bar with one other 6-top. There were ceiling fans turning, but they did absolutely nothing but look pretty. Because it's open to the outside, it was far too warm. My sister and I were wearing short-ish sundresses and the leather seats were a recipe for some serious swamp-ass. We both had to spread our napkins on our seats and sit on top of them. Service - We arrived just a couple minutes prior to our 6:30 reservation and were seated pretty promptly. Our server was very nice but we saw him maybe three times during the whole meal. Being stuck in a little room separate from the main dining room didn't really lend itself to flagging him down either. After being seated, it took about 15 minutes for anyone to come by with water or to take a drink order. After that, our server stopped by perhaps two other times. I'll go ahead and give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they were short-staffed. Food - I ordered the sweet corn soup with creme fraiche and black truffle coulis and it was delicious. My father and my husband ordered the blue crab beignets, which were also outstanding. However, they should have come with the caveat that the portion size is entirely too big and would be far better suited to a shared dish. 8 beignets for an appetizer portion is ridiculous - especially when you're talking about a dish that's been battered and deep fried. My sister ordered a few of the oysters and one was definitely off (I believe it was the Beavertail) but she loved the Shiny Seas. For entrees, my mother had the black pepper fettucine carbonara and enjoyed it. My brother-in-law had the shrimp and grits and while he cleaned his plate (he is kind of a garbage disposal), he said it was nothing special. My sister and father really enjoyed the local peach salad. I had the salmon and as I mentioned above, holy salt overload, both with the salmon itself and the accompanying succotash. I had spent all of the previous day in the Leadenwah and wasn't nearly as bloated afterwards as I was after leaving SALT. My mother ordered the peach cobbler for dessert and while I didn't have any, again, the portion size was huge - a probably 4-inch diameter cast-iron skillet filled with cobbler with a softball-sized scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. As for drinks, I had the jalapeno margarita (more lime-y than jalapeno-y) and a Moscow Mule. I could barely taste the ginger in the latter - it was practically all lime juice. For a second there, I thought they had brought me a gimlet instead. All in all, I'd consider going back for the crab beignets (though only if I'm going to share), but will probably not return. Which is sad, considering how much the original Station 22 was a part of growing up for me and how much I continued to enjoy it as an adult. I have yet to try The Obstinate Daughter (in the old Atlanticville space) but if it's even just slightly more than decent, it will probably become my new bit-more-upscale-than-Poe's Sullivan's mainstay.
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