The Salt Line (Washington, D.C.)

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One of the questions that I’m consistently asked is, “What’s the best seafood restaurant in D.C.?” or “Where do you suggest I go to dinner tonight?”  My typical response is, “Have you gone to my site?”.  One of the reasons I created this site was to bring awareness to the dishes that are all around us.  I wanted to inform people that there’s more to food than just chain restaurants.  Every once in a while, I’ll get a craving for Red Lobster, but that doesn’t have the experience as a restaurant that you’ve researched and seen pictures of.


The Salt Line, which is located down Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is a New England style restaurant that offers classics to go along with a riverside patio view.  During my visit to this restaurant, I had a taste for a lobster roll.  There are plenty of places you can get a Lobster Roll, but I figured I’d come to this establishment because I’ve never been. It was a beautiful night out, so dining outside was the option for the night.


During my visit to The Salt Line, four dishes were ordered.  Fried Clam Bellies, Rockfish TarTar, Stuffed Lobster, and a Lobster Roll.  I’ll begin with the Fried Clam Bellies.  The Clams were Ipswich Clams served on a side of tartar sauce and lemon.  The Clams were a little too pungent and gritty for my liking.  It had a similar texture to the accidental poop that you taste in crab legs, and the smell of them wasn’t the best.  There isn’t too much to say about this dish, other than that.  The flavors were bland but on the upside it had a nice crunchy texture to them.


The next dish that was ordered was the RockFish TarTar.  It consisted of pickled mustard seed, worcestershire mayo, fried capers, and potato crisps.  This dish reminded me of pure mayonnaise and water.  There wasn’t too much flavor beyond what I just described.  It seemed as though the dish was rushed and too much mayonnaise was added to truly enjoy it.  There was also a fishy smell to it, which isn’t acceptable when dining on creatures from the sea.  The potato chips were an after thought and lacked creativity.  This is one of the dishes that I’d truly pass on consistently.


The third dish that was ordered was the Stuffed Lobster.  It consisted of basil pesto, marinated cherry tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, and whipped burrata.   Think of mushy sand, surrounded by bread crumbs, and that would be the perfect way to describe this dish.  Basil Pesto, Bread Crumbs, and Fresh Lobster are three ingredients that shouldn’t be mixed.  Lobster goes well with items composed of a light, rich flavor.  The dish was also horribly presented.  The Stuffed Lobster sat on a beat of lettuce, surrounded by grape tomatoes, and potatoes.  I expected so much more from this dish, but I suppose what I thought a Stuffed Lobster would be and what was offered on the menu got away from me.


The last dish that was ordered was the Lobster Roll.  A beautiful toasted buttered split bun, topped with Fresh Lobster.  The Lobster Roll was succulent, mouth-watering, and fresh.  This was my favorite dish of the night, and it wasn’t challenging to choose from.  The dish came with a side of Fries or Greens, so I opted for French Fries.  I love a good Lobster Roll and I was genuinely impressed with this one.


Overall, this restaurant is a pass.  Too many inconsistencies, lack of flavor, and creativity.  This establishment is next to a theme park, so maybe the amount of food they push versus the quality of it is what they’re going for.


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