I had been to Sea Salt Eatery in Minneapolis as part of a work function last summer and really enjoyed what I had but heard a few complaints from those around me on that visit. With my positive experience in mind and the excellent reviews of so many others I knew I had to get back there soon to try it again. The weathermen were calling for temperatures in the mid 60s in early April and with my sister-in-law in town visiting I wondered if taking a half day and meeting up with Josh wouldn’t be the best time to try it again–for real.
Knowing that Sea Salt can create quite a bit of attention on warm days at the peak times we decided to heat to Minnehaha Park after the lunch rush to grab a great bite to eat and enjoy the warm weather with some frisbee in the grass. We arrived at around 1:45 and placed our orders at 2:00 but still had to wait a good bit to get our food as there were plenty of other tables munching on some tasty seafood sourced from Coastal.
I had been watching the specials all week but didn’t see anything that particularly interested me there. While their online menu is nice, it was much better to actually walk up to the counter and observe the chalk board menu. While this particular type of menu isn’t typically our style it is absolutely necessary for a restaurant that is not only counter style but also serving some of the best fish you’re going to find in Minnesota. I looked over the specials and the regular menu items and settled on the crawfish po’ boy. After a short chat with the woman behind the counter and the different regional pronunciations of “crawfish” I also ordered my wife’s crabcake basket, a pitcher of Surly Bender, and an order of incredibly inexpensive pickled herring. This was no cheap date as it racked up a $41 tab of which I tacked on another $5 for tip coming up just over $46. My sister-in-law was up next ordering a shrimp po’ boy and seafood gumbo and Josh grabbed another crabcake basket. We all sat down and waited for our food to arrive at the table. Again, as I stated above, this was a fairly long wait and while the place was busy I wouldn’t call it anywhere near “packed,” so if you’re looking to eat quickly you might want to go somewhere else.
Eventually our food arrived and man was it ever huge. On my previous visit I received some of the biggest shrimp, pieces of herring, and definitely the largest soft shell crab sandwich I’d ever seen but figured it was just luck. Nope, our portions were absolutely huge and my sandwich required much squishing and even had to be cut in half to get it to a manageable size. The herring (for only $2.95) came in two cups that never seemed to end, and the crabcakes were enormous. Awesome.
My crawfish po’ boy was quite tasty. I added some Old Bay Seasoning (they have a wide assortment of hot sauces and Old Bay available!) and a couple of different hot sauces on different parts of the sandwich. Everything about the sandwich was fantastic. My sole complaint was their ho hum coleslaw but again I’m really picky when it comes to my slaw. Instead of just eating it plain I threw it on the sandwich and just added to the girth. As I mentioned the herring was nearly endless but man was it ever tasty. This isn’t your mediocre pickled herring out of a jar, nope, this is some meaty and tasty stuff. Both Josh and my wife enjoyed their crabcakes. Josh mentioned that it wasn’t as good as his favorite ever but it was definitely good. My wife said that it was by far the best she’s ever had in Minnesota. While I didn’t try either they certainly looked yummy and my wife mentioned that it’s generally the sauce that does it for her and whatever was on this one was up to her standards.
After eating my wife and her sister both got some of the ice cream available. After many people suggested the salty caramel that’s what they ordered. The small orders (two tiny scoops) rang up another $6 on the order. While the ice cream was apparently very good, $3 for two little scoops is a bit much for me but being someone who doesn’t much care for ice cream unless it’s soft serve (and preferably Carvel) you probably should pay no attention to me.
Overall an amazing lunch and one I can’t wait to do again. I am writing this nearly 7 hours later and still full! Have you ever been to Sea Salt in Minneapolis’ Minneahaha Park? If so what did you think? What did you have and what do you recommend? Whatever you have to say about Sea Salt Eatery go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say!
Sea Salt Eatery
4825 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55417-2373
Open April 2nd – October 31st, 2010
7 days a week: 11 AM – 8 PM
See all the pictures from Sea Salt Eatery on Flickr here.