Salty’s on Alki Beach Seafood Grill

Written by on October 18, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – West Seattle
How I heard of this place: Working at Alaska Airlines, Salty’s was most often the restaurant of choice when staff were celebrating anniversaries with the company – five year, ten year and twenty-five year celebrations were almost always at Salty’s. The Baha’i Community in Seattle also celebrated its 100 year anniversary at Salty’s!
Type of cuisine: Gourmet seafood with a view! Everything from crab mac ‘n cheese to chowder, from grilled fish to sample platters including halibut, scallops and shrimp.
Ambiance: Traditional men’s lounge is the sense you get when you walk into this space. A port town space with urban posh circa 1980s. Large and on the water, Salty’s large windows give patrons a view of the most of the Seattle cityscape. Large, expansive water views with barges and boats can be enjoyed from every seat in the house. The restaurant area offers booths at each table, while the large bar seating area has tables and chairs throughout, as well as bar stool seating. Artfully made and decorated fish sculptures, paintings and other such paraphernalia clutter the walls and columns throughout the establishment. While it seems the majority of patrons are over the age of 60 years, the venue and the booth seats are large enough to host young diners as well.
What I ordered: Being one of the 100 establishments participating in Seattle Restaurant Week it was a great place to visit on a gorgeous, clear and sunny fall day. A three course fixed price menu for $15 could not be refused by any of the three of us dining! After enjoying the complimentary seed-filled bread and crispy sesame seed crackers with roasted garlic and chive butter, we placed our orders. Two of us opted for the Caesar salad with flair, including pickled vegetables in the dressing, crispy bread croutons, Parmesan cheese and the tart tastes of fresh lemon juice. The third in our party ordered the chowder to start, made with clams, fish and bacon! All three of us chose the crab mac ‘n cheese for lunch (over the rib eye sandwich and the lunch-sized Caesar salad). The half portion was easily overlooked by the rich, deep flavors! Large chunks of crab, gooey cheese baked over macaroni pasta with a crunchy breadcrumb topping was a beautiful pile of delicate mustard greens lightly dressed in a lemon vinaigrette. For dessert, two orders of white chocolate mousse cake graced our table, as well as one selection of the assorted cookie plate (with one cocoa M’n’M cookie, one almond meringue and a raspberry shortbread in the shape of a cartoon flower).
What I loved: The crab mac ‘n cheese was the unanimous favorite! The light summer flavor of the mustard greens over the rich and dense comfort of the cheese and crab perfectly complemented each other as the flavors married in your mouth!
Why I loved it: The view, the cost and the serenity in the space made for a very enjoyable long lunch!
Cost: Average to high ($15 for a three-course menu is a special deal; the regular menu offers lunch entrees for $10-$30)

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