After hearing the hype, we headed to Saltie yesterday at lunch. It is a very cute shop and seems surprisingly spacious. I love sandwiches...but nothing on the menu jumped out at me as sounding great. My husband got the Captain's Daughter -- pickled eggs, sardines and capers on focaccia. I got the Ship's Bisquit, which was soft scrambled eggs and ricotta on focaccia. On the plus side, the focaccia was simply divine -- a bit oily and flavorful. Secondly, the quality of ingredients is clearly excellent. However, neither of our sandwiches were very well balanced in terms of flavors. Mine was delicate, but borderline bland. It needed something else -- dill? Fresh cracked pepper? Something with a little bite. My husband's sandwich suffered the reverse problem...way too vinegary. On looking at the menu at the rest of the sandwiches, many of them sounded to me like they'd make better salads than sandwiches; like one with squash and feta.
For dessert, we got a chocolate pistachio "nudge" (cookie) and an eccles cake (a small pastry with fig jam, I think). Those were both excellent with a capital (though the pricing structure escapes me...the nudge was $1, the eccles cake was $4).
It seems to me that Saltie is on the right track, but not quite there yet. More experimentation and playing with flavor balancing could make for some really great sandwiches.
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