Saltie Girl, Boston, New England
For something out of the box, Saltie Girl has been wowing diners in Boston with its new take on seafood – some of it straight from a tin.
The place is buzzing from the moment we step inside, and we love the shelves – lined with more than 60 varieties of tinned seafood that are mostly from Spain and Portugal. We start with a cocktail at the diner-style bar and, while you can dine at the bar, we opt to move into one of the booths. All diners are given a sheet of paper and you tick what you want on it.
The list of oyster dishes available on the day (along with prices) is long. We go for the Duxbury Massachusetts – described as “medium, briny, deep and ocean” and the Hood Canal from Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, described as “medium, light, crunchy and melon”, both served on ice with condiments added via little droppers.
Next up we try the tinned sardines from Portugal in a tomato sauce served with chunky home-made bread, a New England clam chowder, a delicious Gloucester lobster roll served warm with Saltie Girl French fries, fried lobster and waffles with sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup and French burgundy snails with black garlic butter.
Saltie Girl is the brainchild of Kathy Sidell who wanted to create something different in Boston. She has definitely achieved that.
Tip: Go early as they don’t take bookings.