Salt & Cleaver recently had its grand opening last week. It had been operating for a few weeks prior to that and has been one of the restaurants I was most looking forward to trying. The restaurant specializes in unique gourmet sausages creations made in-house.

This weekend I finally got to check it out with fellow blogger CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High.

Most of the interior seating of the restaurant revolves around a bar area. It makes sense since sausage and beers go together. They do have a nice selection of craft beers. We opted to sit outside for the nicer lighting.

S & C Fries

We started our meal with some of their house fries. The natural cut fries were crisp but nothing really special. However, there was a choice of 3 sauces to dip them with and I’m glad we ordered the fries just so we had something to try the sauces with. Out of the three, my absolute favorite was the S & C sauce.

Their version of ketchup, it’s made with chipotle, grilled tomatoes, onions, garlic, poblanos, and a few other ingredients, all combined together in a big vat where it stews and cooks. I really loved the sauce, which tasted like a smoky tomato sauce. I could have easily put it on everything and I kept eating the fries just for the sauce.

Lobster and Leek Sausage

For the sausages, you can make your own combination or try one of their creations. I had my eye on a few, including a duck one they were unfortunately out of. So I ended up with the lobster. I enjoyed the sausage. It did taste mostly of lobster meat. I did feel that it was almost best eaten by itself. When eaten with the bread, it was hard to taste the lobster, since lobster has such a mild flavor, but when I bit into the sausage  by itself, I could taste it. I did like the grill marks on the bun though.

Pork Belly Sausage

CC ordered the pork belly sausage. I liked that it had a spicy kick to it and thought it had strong flavors compared to the lobster one. However, it was hard to tell it was made of pork belly.

Overall, we had a pretty good time here. It looks like the menu will continue to expand and they have a pretty good weekday lunch special if you’re in the area.


Of course, it was also fun catching up with CC. She once again spoiled me with gifts. I’m so excited to try out the Mexican ice pops recipe book and I had to show a ton of self restraint in not devouring the macarons in the car so that I could take a photo of them.

Salt & Cleaver
3805 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
http://www.enjoysausage.com/
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10 Responses to “Salt & Cleaver”

  1. Gastronomer — July 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Is it just me or does the logo look very…violent?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

      Lol, I didn’t think about it until now, but you’re right.

  2. Faye — July 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Oh those dogs look good! What did you think of the prices? And was there parking somewhere for this restaurant?

    • Kirbie replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

      I think the prices were pretty average for gourmet sausages. Unfortunately, no parking other than street parking and the parking structures nearby.

  3. caninecologne — July 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Wow, you’re fast!!! :)

    I had a fab time at lunch with you. I really liked your lobster/leek sausage – it was so flavorful! Mine was pretty good too but I didn’t really taste the bacon in there. Maybe the next time you visit, you can try the duck sausage they were out of.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

      Yeah it was hard to taste what protein was in yours, though I liked it. I hope to try the duck next time. I had fun with you, as always!

  4. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Those sausages look crazy good!! I need to check this place out.

    • Kirbie replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

      They are pretty good! I need to go back and try some more.

  5. Mary — August 1, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I still wish they had kept the first name they were going to call this place (Abe Froman’s). This place is on my to-visit list! The sausages look great, will definitely have to check those sauces out. Looks like all their desserts come with liquid nitrogen ice cream. Hmm, how interesting!

    • Kirbie replied: — August 1st, 2013 @ 11:40 am

      Ooh, I need to try the dessert next time. I like the original name too.

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