Saltie Girl - West Hollywood

Has anyone been here? Hugely popular in Boston and heard people say it’s better than Connie & Ted’s, May check it out soon

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Looks really good. I might see if my wife wants to go here on her birthday in a week or so. Either that or Bar Chelou in Pasadena. Hmmm.

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Bar Chelou looks really good but I might wait longer before going to a restaurant that just opened a week prior, just my two cents. I’ve heard great things about Saltie Girl and plan to go soon

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@porkybelly and I have different M.O.'s lol… #TrynaScoopEater

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Hey, you do you! but I wouldn’t risk a birthday dinner at a week-old restaurant. Also having been to plenty of brand-new restaurants the experiences aren’t always indicative of how the restaurant will end up. I try and wait at least a few weeks, ideally a month.

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Yes, it’s a risk but it is also nice to go before it is discovered by the masses. Also, chefs pay more attention at the beginning. No meal is guaranteed, really.

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also somewhat true, but my issue with early visits is more FOH service and pacing of meals vs. quality of food, which of course is variable in any visit. If you try Bar Chelou, please share your experience!

I’ve decided not to try Bar Chelou based on their limited menu. That’s often something which changes over time too so I wouldn’t rule out a visit after they’ve had a while to figure out what works and perhaps fatten their menu.

We’re booked at Saltie Girl a week from today.

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IIRC, the late restaurant critic Elmer Dills mentioned waiting six months for new restaurants to work out the kinks and cut dishes that just didn’t work.

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I’ve been to the one in Boston. It was aiight. Fried lobster and waffles was more hype than substance IMO. Def not better than Connie and Ted’s.

I’d still give it a shot for brunch — can’t have too many brunch options.

I see the reasoning for that. But in L.A., sometimes the restaurants have lived their full lifetimes and are closed by the 6-month mark. #EatItBeforeItGoesExtinctLOL #SlowBurned

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Grace Dent from The Guardian reviewed the London location:

Sad but true. Wink and they’re gone. The pandemic certainly hasn’t helped.

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