Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Appetite Adventure - Salt, Butchers Hill
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salt is worth the trip for their duck fat french fries with aioli trio alone. luckily, there are so many other reasons to get excited about this butchers hill gem.
this was my third visit and i have yet to be disappointed. both their regular menu and cocktail recipe changes seasonally, but no trip is complete without the above mentioned fries. the three dipping sauces (truffle, malt vinegar, and chipolte) are so good i could make a meal on this one starter alone. i could practically swim in the truffle aioli it is so decadent.
my lovely date and i decided to make a meal of starters. after we put a dent in the duck fat fries, we moved on to their grilled peach and maytag bleu salad.
i think this was my favorite of the evening. the peaches were fresh and juicy and perfectly grilled. the bleu cheese was an excellent compliment to the sweet peaches and while the "salad" part was scarce, who needs greens when you have thinly shaved serrano ham?
our third plate of country pork terrine was a little out of the box for me but i was pleasantly surprised by the combination of the pork with pistachios, dates, and spicy dijon.
the only dish we weren't wild about was the crispy fried cod cheeks. this was mostly due to their decided lack of crispiness. the flavor was there, but we couldn't get past the chewy, fattiness of the cod cheeks.
the only problem with our final starter plate was the fact that it came last and we were filling up. the foie gras and wagyu beef slider is decadent to say the least. the slider is rich from top to bottom including not only the beef and foie gras but truffle aioli and red onion marmalade. we split this mini burger and couldn't have eaten another bite of it if we had tried. be sure to savor every small bite.
we may have been full, but couldn't have possibly turned down dessert. we selected their mini goat cheese donuts that unfortunately for me, i have never had before. if a picture is truly worth 1,000 words, its safe to assume we enjoyed them with the salted caramel ice cream and honey with lavender sea salt.
salt has been and will continue to be one of my favorite baltimore spots. i always recommend it to people looking for something different. if you haven't yet had the pleasure of taking your appetite to salt, i suggest you do so. i can all but guarantee you will not be disappointed. if you have any hesitations, take me with you and i'll be happy to help you navigate their menu.
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