My girlfriend and I were looking for a good non-chain seafood restaurant in the Capital Region. They can be a little hard to find. Reel Seafood is good, but they are kind of expensive. We decided to check out Salty's Pub and Bistro in Clifton Park. A friend was having a meetup there, and she knows her food, so we figured we would take a chance.
Salty's is located off of Exit 8A on 215 Guideboard Road in Clifton Park. It is a nondescript shop in a nondescript strip mall. Inside, Salty's has a very friendly atmosphere. About half the space is allocated to the bar, and half is allocated to the bistro. Even on a Monday night, it was a little noisy, which we did not mind too much. However, those who enjoy a quiet dining experience, beware! Wood trim abounds in the interior, giving the restaurant a warm, cozy feel. Pop music plays in the background.
Because Salty's looks kind of plain from the outside, I assumed the menu would be quite limited. On the contrary! Salty's has a variety of dishes, and an extensive seafood menu. My girlfriend and I were very excited. I decided to order Salty's Famous Fisherman's Platter. I had high hopes, and Salty's exceeded my expectations! Out came a generous portion of fried seafood wrapped in a bread shell of some kind, with coleslaw and a baked potato. I tossed aside the shell (too many calories), and headed straight for the fish. First, I bit into the scallops. My taste buds were so happy when I bit into the juicy, fresh seafood. I instantly said to my girlfriend, "We have to go back to this place!"
For a nondescript place, Salty's sure took me by surprise. This just confirms in my mind that it is not always the fancy places that have the best food. I would go to Salty's over Reel Seafood or Red Lobster any day.
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