This is what happens when friends go to dinner and blog - dueling reviews!
Heather: This review is incredibly old because Craig and I are crazy busy and had a bit of mis-communication. But we’re here now so here we go. Craig’s going to do a lot of complaining about Salt’s Cure which tells you he has exacting standards. He also doesn’t play well with others but then again, I don’t either. That said, I liked Salt’s Cure - a lot - and would go back if it wasn’t so far away from where I live. You see, I used to live right up the hill from it’s locale but now I have kids and live on the westside of LA. If Salt’s Cure were in West LA, I would certainly be there more often. But it’s not, so I’m not. :(
The menu is incredibly limited and changes almost daily. That chalkboard above is pretty much it which is amazing if you think about how much they save in printing menus every day. The meat is a little salty but don’t you expect that from a place that cures/brines everything and is called SALT’S CURE? Exactly.
Go, eat the food but the past part are the owners - those two guys in the picture above. How can you not love them? They take their meat VERY seriously and I can appreciate that. Just like I appreciate Craig for his high expectations and demanding nature.
Craig: I had heard about Salt’s Cure for some time. Heard about it opening, heard about lots of people going there, heard about, heard about. But I actually, come to realize, knew very little about the place. I certainly didn't know that their fancy chalkboard contained the only items on the menu and not just the specials. (Wait, you have, like 9 total dishes?) I didn't know the guys behind the bar owned the place. And I certainly didn’t know that all those appealing dishes other people were ordering that were not on the chalkboard were actually on a printed wine menu. I mean, guys, get it together! You can’t tell me the whole menu is on the chalkboard and then hide the cheese plate on the wine menu. You hide a cheese plate from me, and I will come after you.
Aside from my cheese rant, the place was enjoyable enough. The food was good, and the wine was good. After a long and stressful week, it was a nice, relaxing evening even amidst the rare Los Angeles rain. But what made it really great, not to be too pandering, was the company at hand. In the end, it doesn't matter if you go to a McDonald’s, it’s the glittering nature of conversation and friendship that makes even what was really just an “OK” meal a great time. So go ahead and try Salt’s Cure once or twice. It’s not a repeat kind of place. Unless you repeat with a good friend. In which case, you should try someplace that matches the company.
Craig’s Rating: Worth going back…maybe.
Heather’s Rating: Worth Going Back
7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90046
Open: Closed Tuesdays, Dinner 5:30p-10:00pm, Sat & Sun Brunch AND Weekday Lunch 11:00a-3:00p