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Best New Restaurant

Salt

Michael Northrup

2127 E. Pratt St., (410) 276-5480, www.salttavern.com

Posted 9/20/2006

Let's define terms. What we're praising Salt for is having a vision and sticking to it. We can tell that well-traveled chef/co-owner Jason Ambrose has been thinking about what he wanted his restaurant to be: a place where people feel good being out with each other, where the food gives pleasure and flavor without calling too much attention to itself. We appreciate having the door held open for us when we walk up, we love the spicy wines they've been serving in their opening summer season, and we've had lots of fun playing with the expressive menu--a sugarcane-skewered pork loin and a brimming bowlful of lamb stroganoff leap to mind. We'll like Salt even better in a few years, when the excitement and attention wear off and it becomes the ideal neighborhood tavern it was designed to be.

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Other Awards for Best New Restaurant:

Mekong Delta, 9/16/2009

Woodberry Kitchen, 9/17/2008

Rocket to Venus, 9/19/2007

Pazo, 9/21/2005

Soos Kimchee House, 9/22/2004

Kali's Court Mezze, 9/17/2003

Chameleon Café, 9/18/2002

Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria, 9/19/2001

The Bicycle, 9/13/2000

Atlantic, 9/15/1999

Holy Frijoles, 9/18/1996

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