Live, from Peoria, Illinois, it’s Saturday Night Cheeseburger, starring this week’s host, Salt and featuring the Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. And now from deep in the heart of “Restaurant Row” in Peoria Heights, please welcome...Salt!
Here we go back to Salt where we had a cheeseburger experience exactly a year ago. Time to go back and try something different from the menu.
And we've arrived here, the place looks great in all its lit-up glory!
I'm oh so happy to report that winter is finally over! The temperature actually got up to 80 degrees today and Salt has tables outside for dining.
We'll eat inside though, I prefer to sit at the bar.
It's close to closing time, so there's plenty of seats at the bar, let's snag one and get settled in for the evening.
Here's the pretty and friendly bartender for the evening, Karla, serving up the first beer of the night!
A salt with a Budly weapon! Ouch, sorry about that!
As I noted last time we were in here, the back of the bar is really cool with the lit-up bottles and the figurines overhead.
Blue lights hang over the bar giving the room a cool atmosphere and ambiance.
Salt has an extensive wine list and here's some glasses lined up at the bar ready for action.
Here's a longshot of the elegant, lit-up bar.
This is Chris, who's part of the team here at Salt. He was very helpful with deciding what to order. I actually had one item in mind and Chris steered me in another direction. I ordered and you can see the results soon. Just keep on scrolling!
There's tables lined up against the wall opposite the bar.
Here's a shot of the bar area from the back of the room.
The main dining room is just through this portal here.
As opposed to the blue mood of the bar, the dining room is done up with a decidedly magenta hue. The whole place is elegant but with a comfortable relaxed vibe.
The lit metal fixtures on the wall are cool.
Meanwhile, back at the bar...
It's just about time for dinner!
Wow, check out the silverware, fancy-schmancy!
I got the fried deviled eggs for an appetizer and they look amazing! And yes, you read that right, fried deviled eggs!
Oh my God! You can read more about these in the review, all I can say now is, oh my God!
And here's Karla with the main course! Beautiful! And the meal looks pretty good too.
I got the Salt Crusted Beef which comes with Yukon garlic mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. And as you can see, there's a little pond of gravy in front of the whole meal. It looks and smells wonderful!
Wow, the beef is so tasty and tender, the gravy is really savory and it compliments the beef nicely. And as you can see, i've refrained from using pepper in here since the name of the place is Salt. When in Rome...
The potatoes and vegetables are really tasty too, what a great meal! My thanks to Chris and Karla for their help in selecting the meal from the menu.
After dinner I met the General Manager of Salt, Luciano. Luciano just moved here eight months ago. He was born in Italy and lived in Brazil and New York. It turns out we both lived in New York at the same time. And you know what that means...time to cue up, "It's a Small World After All." Sorry about that!
Alright, it's out the door we go, but the evening's not over yet...
We'll travel a few doors down to Emack & Bolio's. I wonder who's working, Tim or Jim?
Well it turns out neither one is in here tonight. Jim's working at the downtown location that overlooks the river and Tim's taken off on a trip out of town! That lazy son of a bitch! They've left Olvia and Brooke to mind the store tonight. Oh well, these two ladies are way more pretty than Tim and Jim, so all is good!
Here's Olivia serving up the dessert for the evening, a peanut butter cookie dough ice cream cone. The perfect dessert for the perfect evening. Thanks to Olivia and Brooke and to everyone at Salt for a wonderful and fun night on the town in Peoria Heights! We'll see you all tomorrow!
One of my favorite things in the world is deviled eggs and so I had to try the Fried Deviled Eggs. That’s right, fried deviled eggs! I’ve had deviled eggs all over the place from New York to Chicago to Peoria and I can honestly say that these are the best deviled eggs I’ve ever had in my life! The eggs are covered in a panko crust, then just lightly deep fried and then stuffed with a sriracha infused filling. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re topped with sugar-cured bacon. I cannot even describe how tasty and delicious these deviled eggs are. You need to go and try them yourself.
For the main course, I chose the Salt Crusted Beef. This is a grilled beef tenderloin that’s prepared with a salt-infused dough. It’s served with homemade brown savory gravy and it was tender and very tasty. The way it’s prepared gives it a unique taste and it was a great slab of meat. It’s served with Yukon gold garlic mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables and they were a great accompaniment to the beef. One of the best meals ever!
Four Galloping Gourmets—The main course was wonderful and filled with unique tastes, but the deviled eggs took it over the top. Next time I go to Salt, I might just get seven plates of them and call it a night!
4542 N. Prospect Rd.