quick bite: Saltie Girl

July 19, 2021

Saltie Girl is one of the most loved restaurants in Boston. It recently was named “Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Back Bay” on Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston list. It has also been a darling of Eater, regularly showing up on the Eater 38. The location is hard to beat, a two story restaurant overlooking trendy Newbury St. with outdoor dining. Saltie Bar on the lower level and the intimate Library Bar on the main level are both incredible spaces to dine.

The menu is extensive, seafood focused, but with many different manifestations. Fried food, raw bar, tinned fish, caviar, smoked fish, toast, and small and large plates all have a place on the menu. Despite hearing about Saltie Girl for years, today was my first visit. Below, I share photos to make you hungry.

Coconut – $16

The Coconut is a delicious, easy to drink cocktail made of coconut rum, banana liquor, and lime. It’s served over crushed ice and garnished with mint and a maraschino cherry. Even if you don’t come here to eat, you could be very happy sipping on this at the bar.

Clam Chowder – $14

The clam chowder at Saltie Girl is packed full of clams. They even top it with a few fried clams. It’s a clam chowder for bacon lovers, because you can taste it in every bite. Thick and rich, it’s a dish I would get again.

Hand-Chopped Dry Aged Steak Tartare – $18

The steak tartare is under the “Toasts” section of the menu which is appropriate given how good the buttered brioche that comes with it is. There is plenty of Parmigiano-Reggiano with a petite quail egg hiding under it. It’s dressed with a truffle aioli, so if you are a truffle oil addict, this one’s for you.

Fried Calamari – $16

The fried calamari starts out pretty standard. It’s served with fried spicy peppers. (The ones with the stems attached are delightfully diabolical.) But then they add a twist by adding in some Spanish chorizo and serving it with yuzu aioli.

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