Top Ten Dishes 2011 #2: The Seared Scallop at Salt

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I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.

Wes Johnson, owner and chef of Salt, Riverfront Times'  "Best New Restaurant" 2011 - IAN FROEB
Chef Wes Johnson sears a single plump scallop, dresses it in a cracked-mustard sauce and then seals scallop and sauce with a puff of cedar smoke inside a Mason jar. The aroma strikes you as soon as you open the jar and then, having whetted your appetite, quickly dissipates. It's a clever trick ― it isn't Johnson's own, nor does he claim it to be ― and it would be nothing more than that if the scallop weren't so tasty, its buttery sweetness nicely offset by the sharply flavored sauce and your memory of the woodsmoke.

- from "Duck Yeah" July 28, 2011

Salt (4356 Lindell Boulevard; 314-932-5787)

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