Jun 262011

Cuisine: American, Fish & Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar, Patio, Sunday Brunch Menu
Locations: Edina & St Paul, MN
Addresses & Maps:

Edina– 5034 France Ave South Edina, MN 55410 (952) 929-3764

St Paul– 917 Grand Ave St Paul, MN 55105 (651) 917-2345
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-12am Sun 10am-10pm
Links: Salut Website * Salut on Facebook

Atmosphere: Salut Bar Americain St Paul is located in the heart of Grand Ave, between Lexington and Victoria St.  The inside of the restaurant is a big open space, with booths along the back wall and tables placed throughout the rest of the dining room so that each table had plenty of space. The lighting in the dining room is very soft and the walls are painted warm colors, giving it a cozy feel.   The black and white checked tablecloths and the tables themselves are reminiscent of many cafes in France, helping to set the mood as a swanky French-inspired American restaurant. One thing that stood out that night was that it was uncomfortably warm inside the restaurant. I am not sure if there was a problem with their cooling system on this particular night or if it is always like that in the summer, but we honestly left as soon as our meal was done because we were all feeling too warm.

There is also a Bar, which is illuminated in a similar fashion as Chino Latino and Il Gatto, two of Parasole’s other restaurants that I have been to.

You can’t miss the patio, as you have to walk through it to get inside the restaurant

Menu: Salut’s Hor’sD’oeuvres include French Onion Soup, Soud du Jour, Ricotta Hushpuppies, Tenderloin Carpaccio, Five Spice Seared Tuna, Baked Brie, Pommes Frites, Crispy Calamari, Escargot Bourguignon, Truffled Deviled Eggs, Artichoke Pizza, Pizza Espagnole, Moules Cafe De Paris, Blue Crab Cake, and Charcutiere Et Fromage.

Raw Bar items include  Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Le Grande France Platter (oysters, crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels and tuna tartare), Oysters Moscow, and Fresh Oysters.

Salad offerings are the A La Greque, Baby Beet, Salade de Canard, Salut Bleu, Caesar, Grilled Ahi Tuna Nicoise, Chicken Cobb and Seafood Louie.

Items offered only on the lunch menu include Chicken and Artichoke Crepes, Crepes Madame, Seafood Crepes, Eggs Benedict, French Country Omelette, and Smoked Salmon Omelette.

Sandwiches are served with either hand-cut fries or side salad.  Choices include Le Pesto Burger, Cheeseburger Royale,  French Onion Soup Burger, Burger Bar Americain, Steak Sandwich, Grilled Tuna Steak Sandwich, Knife and Fork Chicken Club, and Croque Madame.

Steak options at Salut include Steak Classique, Steak Au Poivre, Hanger Steak, and Petite Filet.

Fish dishes are made with fish flown-in daily.  Options include Scottish Salmon, Pacific Ahi Tuna, Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled Rum Shrimp and Crispy Walnut Salmon.

Other Entrees include Pepita Poulet, Herb Roasted Half Chicken, Duck a l’orange, Braised Lamb Shank, and Cassoulet (traditional French stew).

Pasta dishes that are offered at Salut include Bolognaise, Smoked Chicken Fettuccine, Butternut Squash Tortellaci, Carbonara Milanese, and Champagne Shrimp Fettuccine.

Price guide: Appetizers $6-15 Salads $8-17 Sandwiches $11-15 Steaks $23-29  Fish $24-28 Pastas $16-18

Happy Hour:

  • 3 – 6 pm daily
  • Late Night: 10 pm – 12 midnight, Friday and Saturday
  • $4 tap beers, well drinks and house wine
  • $3 small plates
  • $1.95 Oysters

Weekly Specials:

  • Monday: Poulet Morrocain $17.95
  • Tuesday: Shrimp Arrabiata $17.95
  • Wednesday: Zee Walleye Feesh N Chips $19.95
  • Thursday: Short Ribs $22.95
  • Friday: Bouillabaise Seafood Stew $29.95
  • Saturday: Cote de Boeuf Prime Rib  $29.95
  • Sunday: Steak Dianne $19.95

What we ordered: I started with a House Margarita, which was decent but only slightly tart and not overly strong.

My companions and I started with a couple of starters, such as the Pomme Frites.  These were skinny-cut fries that had a justa  hint of a batter on them which made them extra crispy.  The order was served with a boat of homemade bearnaise sauce.

We also shared an order of the Moules Cafe de Paris.  This was a big order of mussels steamed and then served in a broth of butter and wine with a sprinkling of green onions for garnish.  The mussels were cooked perfectly so they were tender rather than chewy and the broth was very light.  I enjoyed the mussels but would’ve like them even more in a sauce that had more flavor.

Before our meals were brought out we were served warm baguettes with whipped sea-salt butter.  Simple but delicious.

Like usual I debated about what I was going to order, afraid of getting something boring.  I ended up with the Steak Sandwich and ince I got to choose my side, I went with the Cream of Potato Soup.  I was very happy with my choice, as the beef tenderloin was very tender and perfectly flavored with caramelized onion and melted gruyere cheese, served on a ciabatta bun.  As per my usual when ordering steak, I requested freshly grated horseradish on the side.  The cream of potato soup was also delicious.

A couple of my companions each ordered the Fork & Knife Chicken Club.  You can see from the photo exactly why a fork and knife are needed for this beast of a sandwich; a giant grilled chicken breast atop a ciabatta bun with romaine then topped with thick-cut bacon and half an avocado.  Side salad was chosen for the side item.

One of my companions ordered the Chicken Cobb Salad, which was packed with chopped chicken breast, bacon, avocado, hard boiled eggs, tomato, roasted beets, and bleu cheese crumbles.

Another companion ordered the Croque Madame, a fabulous spin on the traditional Croque Monsieur.  Like the classic Croque Monsieur, this sandwich is open-faced with toasted  ham and  gruyere but then is topped with a fried egg.  This is one item that would be great to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner!  Mixed baby greens  salad was choice of side.

The last of us ordered the Seafood Louie Salad.  This salad consisted of a bed of greens, then topped with grilled salmon, shrimp and blue crab.  Tossed with tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions  and Louie Dressing (mayo, lemon, chili, worcestershire).  Served with toast.

Service: We had decent service at Salut.  We had a reservation for a group of six and our table was ready for us when we all arrived on a somewhat busy Friday night.  We did not see our server immediately and when we did she was busy getting our drink orders and didn’t tell us about the daily specials until just before we ordered our meals.  Luckily there was a sign near our table that featured the daily specials so we could have time to decide what to order.  Our food came out reasonably fast, appetizers followed by the entrees about 15 minutes later.  One thing I thought was really nice is that the server wrote us all separate tickets, eliminating the need to split everything up ourselves at the end of the night.  I always appreciate that when out with a big group!

Overall Impression: For the most part, I enjoyed my visit to Salut.  I thought the food and service were good and the atmosphere was nice despite how warm it was.

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