// Location244 Front St.
Bath, ME 04530
// Hours 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
// Price Range$$
// Cuisine Type American, Eclectic,
// AT A GLANCE
Bath’s commercial district is bookended on one side by the Bath Iron Works shipyard, and on the other by Salt Pine Social, a lively restaurant that opened in a renovated metal workshop this past October. With a wide-ranging menu of dishes that make up a tour of chef and co-owner Eloise Humphrey’s cherished memories, the restaurant offers an eclectic, playful approach to casual dining. If Humphrey – who, with her sister and brother-in-law, also owns the popular El Camino in Brunswick – has pickled herring recently, don’t miss it. Her tart, British-style rollmops are served with dense rye toast, sweet butter and slices of pickled red onion. The hacked chicken, whose smokiness you can smell from a few tables over, is also worth ordering, and it stands up well to Salt Pine Social’s stronger cocktails, like the Grand Street ($11), an unlikely, but excellent, cross between a Negroni and an Aviation, or even a glass of Eden Imperial Rose Cider ($8), with its 11-percent-alcohol roundhouse kick. It is almost unbelievable to say, but both the Lebanese tomato salad and panna cotta with tropical fruit are astonishingly good, even in the winter. As marvelous as they are now, they undoubtedly offer a preview of what lucky Bath residents have to look forward to as the months grow warmer, and Humphrey keeps reminiscing.