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Salt’s opening had been eagerly anticipated for months, perhaps over a year. Any restaurant to occupy the space of the shuttered Tom’s Tavern had a lot to live up to: the historic location, the reputation as a dining mainstay, and a beloved place for visitors and Boulderites alike to hobnob. There was, needless to say, a
Fortunately, Salt seems to have hit the mark well. I headed there for Social Hour—the bistro term for “Happy Hour” –and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Previous attempts to visit the restaurant were foundered by the wait times in the evenings: the shortest I was ever quoted was an hour and fifteen minutes. This time, around on a cloudy weekend afternoon, the place was about half full with plenty of seating available at the bar. I ordered the local cheese plate (always interested in what’s deemed “local” cheese) and hand-cut fries with house made ketchup, along with a “Floating Buddah” from the cocktail menu. The fries were delicious: perfectly seasoned, beautifully crispy, and their accompanying ketchup was delectably tangy and flush with zesty vinegar. The cheese plate came with—as local as one can get; you can tour the dairy a few miles north of downtown
As for the drinks, they also stood nicely on their own. (Next time, I’m going in for a pre-Prohibition menu tasting) The floating Buddah, a concoction of Hangar One Citron “Buddah’s hand”, lemon juice, cristalino cava and pink grapefruit zest was a sparkly, tartly summery drink on an otherwise—and unusually—cloudy, chilly, stormy day. I followed up with Salt’s take on a Cranberry Caipirinha, a sprightly combination of veuv açai liqueur, agua luca chachaca, fresh lime and cranberry juices. It tasted like a Cosmo made with deeply smoked rum, entirely unlike a typical acid-sweet rum-based drink; more, as Jessie described, “like spicy tequila”. Quite delish, especially served on the mermaid bar.
The service was excellent; my food was brought within minutes of my ordering at and Jessie was there to answer any question I had about absolutely anything; she was truly fantastic. She kindly brought me more bread for my cheese plate, and included hearty whole-grain as well as foccaccia-style pieces along with the traditional baguette points. All in all, a perfectly lovely experience under $25 with tip. With the wide windows framing
Check out Salt at www.saltthebistro.com.