The Salt House, located on Mission Street in the South of Market area of San Francisco, is found on a street filled with other great eating establishments.
The Salt House is located in building from the 1890’s (a 1906 earthquake survivor) that housed a printing press. The rustic interior is bright and the atmosphere is lively.
The cuisine is New American and the menu is varied.
Christine, our Summer Intern, and I arrived during the lunch rush but we were seated quickly at the bar, which is always open as is a communal table directly behind.
First up was the Bruce Adams – grapefruit / ginger / lemon / sparkling water. Wow! Refreshing, light and bubbly. Perfect for a hot San Francisco day.
I always have a hard time deciding what to eat and this day was no exception! I asked the server what they recommended and their favorite was the crispy chicken sandwich. Always a good idea to ask the staff what they like, right?
The Crispy Chicken Sandwich is just that – CRISPY! The chicken is served on a poppy seed bun with a spicy green and red cabbage slaw made with a horseradish crème fraîche. Now, I’m not a huge sandwich fan but I at the WHOLE THING! The crispy chicken, crunchy slaw and tender bun was the perfect combination. A little pickle on top and the flavors blended together perfectly. On the side comes the most delightful, crispy, thin, and delicate sweet potato chips. They are so light, they are lighter than a Lay’s potato chip! I ate all those, too!
Christine ordered the Branzino which comes with smashed marble potatoes, baby red chard, and a
shrimp sauce. Branzino is a mild flavored, white fleshed, European fish which that somehow keeps finding it’s way onto San Francisco menus. It’s also served at the Tadich Grill on California Street, so it seems very popular. Christine let me taste a little of the Branzino with the potatoes and it was cooked perfectly.
I asked the server why this place was called The Salt House. We had imagined there might be different varieties of salt available for tasting but there is no real story, apparently. The owners just liked the name.
The Salt House is a nice place for lunch. Next time, I’d like to go back and try some desserts!