The Saalt of the Earth

When I wrote the title for this post, I wasn’t thinking about what the phrase meant, it was mostly a play on words and maybe a little click-baity for someone to criticize my spelling abilities. But upon googling the phrase and getting past the documentary and Bible references, I discovered that it meant “basic, fundamental goodness.” So essentially what everyone wants in a good meal!

I’ll admit that when friends recommended I try SAaLT PUB in Gorham a few weeks ago on a recent road trip, I didn’t know what to expect. Was the food going to be really salty?

Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. The food was incredible. Head chef and owner Liz Jackson spent two summers cooking with THE Julia Child and offers a delicious and constantly-changing menu. According to their website, there’s also a good chance that the beautiful plates we were using were also made by Liz. I was really impressed with their beautifully renovated old bank building, the casual but upscale ambiance, and of course, the food.

Unfortunately for you, this was the only photo I got of our food from that meal. We began by sharing an order of Indian Pakora, which are chickpea fritters, not pictured. These beautiful, crispy fritters were so flavorful and crispy and came with a sweet and spicy sauce and a little salad of thinly sliced veggies and red onion. The flavors were surprising but cohesive and I would highly recommend giving them a try.

Pictured above was one of their seasonal specials, the eggplant stack. In my humble opinion, it was the prettiest plate on the table and was so, so tasty. Thinly sliced crispy fried eggplant was layered with soft ricotta and other cheeses, topped with sautéed greens and a homemade marinara sauce. Everything was so fresh and vibrant (can a flavor be vibrant? If so, this was) and I would drive back to Gorham for another plate of this any day. Other meals from our group included the lasagna, seafood stew, and several unique burgers. This menu is anything but boring and has a beautiful, delicious meal to satisfy any palate!

On a warm summer day when Gorham was overrun with ATVs on their way to climb up Mount Washington, I was pleasantly surprised with the elegance and complex flavors of SAaLT. I would highly recommend a visit, and a reservation, to this beautiful location in the heart of the mountains!

Visit SAaLT PUB or its sister restaurant, Libby’s Bistro, at 111 Main Street in Gorham. They are open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday starting at 5:00 pm.

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at eatdrinkplay@stayworkplay.org to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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