When you get tired of the same old meat and potatoes dinner, step out and try something extraordinary like Apple Salad, Seitan, Short Ribs, Salmon, Seared Scallops or Ramen, and don’t forget to try the Millionaire’s Shortbread for dessert at the Salt of the Earth Restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The “steel city” has never tasted so good and the food served at this quirky eatery is not only extremely creative, it is updated often and executed with the utmost culinary know how that a highly skilled chef can dream up. Since they first opened their doors in the fall of 2010, Pittsburghers have been experiencing some of the hippest atmosphere and unique food served with an artistic flare that promises to please even the most conservative eaters.
The vibrant open air communal type seating makes eating in mixed company enjoyable and unpretentious, while the detailing of the loft followed by the top of the line open stainless kitchen give Salt of the Earth the kind of savvy appeal that you would find at some of the most elegant restaurants on the planet. The huge chalkboard wall brings the elegance down a notch, but the sheik touch of streamline light fixtures make a clear and precise statement at what lays ahead on the food and drink menu. The dress code is “come as you are”, giving hungry diners the benefit of walking in right off of the street. After walking through the Salt of the Earth’s doors, you instinctively know why the distinguished eatery has won “Best New Restaurant” in Pittsburgh Magazine.
Salt of the Earth was carefully created by Chef Kevin Sousa and architects Lisa and Doug Cruze. The concept was an easy, but brilliant one. Simply limit the entrees so that each course would have the utmost thought and planning exhibited through the vast amount of locally grown ingredients incorporated into every dish. Foods boasting with unusual flavors and textures are part of his menu’s master plan, and he often manipulates his culinary masterpieces by chemically altering them with unusual temperatures to get varied results, depending on the entree. His culinary skills have not gone unnoticed, and Pittsburghers are gobbling up this tantalizing way of wetting one’s palate.
The Salt of the Earth restaurant has received several awards in the few short years since its opening, and hands down they get kudos when it comes to their high end cocktails made with only the finest ingredients including the best alcohol money can buy. Guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the kitchen when sitting at the bar, and reservations are a smart idea if you prefer to dine in the trendy upstairs loft. Dinner Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 pm to 1:00 am, Closed on Sunday.
Location: Pittsburgh’s Garfield Neighborhood, 5523 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206
Phone: (412) 441-7258