WGBH Food & Wine Fest Feature: Saltie Girl Brings Sustainable Seafood to Back Bay

July 27, 2016

Until the festival begins on September 15th, we'll be introducing you to the chefs, restaurants, wineries and brewers giving local flavor to the big event. Here's another enticing installment. 

Nicole Fleming
WGBH Food & Wine Fest Feature: Saltie Girl Brings Sustainable Seafood to Back Bay | WGBH | Craving Boston

As great as the Boston seafood scene already is, I’m always excited for another addition to the landscape. One should have lots of options when it comes to eating their weight in lobster, sole, and calamari. In this vein, Boston has a new venue for sustainably sourced seafood.

Kathy Sidell opened Saltie Girl this June in Back Bay, next to one of her other restaurants, the MET Back Bay.

The menu, which focuses on sustainable sourcing, features fried lobster and waffles with sweet corn butter and spicy maple syrup (!!!) and French burgundy snails with black garlic butter. For the more traditionally New England items, Sidell has you covered with lobster rolls, both cold and hot— clearly she read my previous Craving Boston article about hot vs. cold lobster rolls — plus fried clams and clam chowder.

And besides the toasts — from snow crab with avocado and burrata to smoked Atlantic salmon with garlic clams with bacon jam and Fresno chilis — Saltie Girl offers a dazzling selection of tinned fish: four kinds of anchovies, 10 kinds of sardines, three kinds of octopus, and 11 kinds of tuna, to give you an idea.

WGBH | Craving Boston | WGBH Food & Wine Fest Feature: Saltie Girl Opens in Back BayClearly, we needed to pick the brain of the person who created such a menu

CB: What's your favorite place to eat or drink in your hometown?
KS: Neptune Oyster [in Boston's North End].

Favorite cookbook?
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking [by] Marcella Hazan.

If you could switch places with one other New England chef for a day, who would it be and why?
Melissa Kelly of Primo in Rockland, Maine. It would be an extraordinary experience to pick vegetables right from the garden while still garnering beautiful seafood from New England waters.

Where do you go after work to eat and wind down?
Gourmet Dumpling House.

Where do you get your favorite cup of coffee?
Barrington Coffee.

Fun fact about your business?
Largest selection of tinned fish in Boston.



I’m psyched to see what Kathy makes at the Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival, which you should totally get tickets for.

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Nicole Fleming is the author of The Girl Who Ate Boston food blog. Follow her on Twitter @GirlEatsBoston and on Instagram @TheGirlWhoAteBoston.

  • July 27, 2016