Salt's Cure: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
Are you looking for the restaurant of the future? Because I have the feeling it is going to look a lot like Salt's Cure, which works the DIY groove with uncanny finesse. If you want to know what's for dinner, you click the daily Twitter link, which takes you to a picture of the day's chalkboard menu posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, in time for you to rearrange your evening to include goat chops and baby bear pumpkin. Insist on local, sustainably sourced meat? Chris Phelps and Zak Walters give you the feeling that they knew each animal personally. Not much for formality? Good, because you're probably going to end up sitting at the counter, and the dining room seems to have been designed to laugh in the face of feng shui. Salt's Cure is a meat-intensive bistro with a tiny menu that happens to contain a lot of things like bluefish, fried pig's ears and pork shoulder in all of its various manifestations. At weekend brunch, the evanescent grapefruit pie, delicate buckwheat pancakes and tall sticky buns haunt the brunch dreams of West Hollywood. And it would be a shame to endure even a single extra day without having experienced Salt's Cure's sweetly smoky bacon. If Salt's Cure were in Brooklyn, the brunch lines would stretch halfway to Canarsie. 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 850-SALT, saltscure.com. Lunch, Mon., Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; brunch, Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner, Wed.-Mon., 5:30-10:30 p.m. Beer and wine. Street parking. MC, V. American.
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