Salt of the Earth (in Garfield) certainly doesn't have "that fault," which makes its name quite appropriate. From start to finish the experience was filled with great flavor (and consequently, great texture and taste); and although it's not dahntahn, Salt of the Earth is a true representation of Pittsburgh's "Third Renaissance."
Salt is exactly what Pittsburgh needs. Why? Well, from the outside, patrons know that they are in the Burgh, which is good because Burghers like familiarity. Salt sits near a classic Pittsburgh intersection (like so many in this neighborhood-based city) that serves as a melting pot of diverse areas. There's East Liberty with its surging redevelopment, and Friendship is over yonder waving hello. Bloomfield, Shadyside, Morningside, Highland Park, and Lawrenceville are just a few blocks away as well. But, from the inside, patrons could be in any bustling, chic, urban environment, which is also what Pittsburgh needs... urban dining without the Terrible Towel hanging on the wall and the yinzer accent reverberating.
With an open kitchen and both communal and private dining areas, Salt of the Earth has an understated ambiance. Metal sculptures with light features; neutral tones contrasted with blacks, grays, and charcoals; wooden and metal furniture; and traces of IKEA; all work well together to create a warm atmosphere. The absence of color doesn't last once food and drinks complete this picture.
|Boyd & Blair, Gozio Liquorice, Cranberry, Prosecco ($10)|
Everything we (JTP and me, that is) tried was full of flavors, textures, and tastes that we would easily recommend to anyone. The portions were optimal, and the combination of ingredients (as provided below) created dishes that were startling bursts in our mouths, but were also fulfilling and satisfying. In short, nothing disappointed; and although we will try new items* on our next trip to Salt, I would order these again without hesitation and with gusto!
|Octopus, white bean, chorizo, cilantro, botarga, almond ($13)|
|Sweet Potato Gnocchi, beef cheek, tongue, chestnut, papaya ($11)|
|Scallops, mussels, sunchoke, artichoke, pancetta olive ($24)|
|Hangar Steak, broccoli kimchi, wild rice porridge, ginger ($21)|
|S'more, chocolate, elderflower, graham, malted barley ice cream ($8)|
Overall, we were in Salt of the Earth for a little over an hour, which was the ideal amount of time for an evening meal on a weeknight. The service was knowledgeable, helpful, and polite; and we were never without anything that we needed.
Lastly, I truly appreciate that Salt of the Earth offers tap water to drink; as there is nothing wrong with drinking this tasty beverage option in Southwestern PA.
4 stars (4/4)
*JTP is looking forward to the Duck (parsnip, haluski, pomegranate apple butter, brussels), and I anticipate trying the Pork Loin (farro, mushroom, pear).