Restaurant Lovins: SALT the Bistro

by Grace Boyle on October 20, 2010

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The lowdown:

Name: SALT the Bistro

Location: 11th and Pearl, Boulder, CO

Cuisine: New American Bistro, Farm Fresh

Chef and Owner Bradford Heap (also owns Niwot’s, Colterra) has a infused this philosophy into SALT: the best food travels the shortest distance from farm to table, that menus should change with the seasons and that locally sourced ingredients, combined with European technique and innovative thinking make for a truly remarkable experience.

I love SALT because it’s not complicated, it’s rustic in nature. It’s simple but it’s an elegant place to wine and dine. A family could head to SALT for dinner or it’s a great date spot, especially their downstairs redbrick lounge and bar. There is outside seating in the summer, on the heart of Pearl Street (great for people watching) and the interior of the restaurant visually shows exposed brick, an open kitchen and wood.

The experience at SALT (albeit, it can be a bit loud because of the small restaurant and popular spot) is great because of their interactive service. Their bartenders understand mixology and the servers and hosts are accommodating. Insider Tip: Ask for Joey. He’s a fantastic waiter, who is knowledgeable, personable, interesting and cares not just about your meal but about where the food came from, what they’re serving and how you’re treated.

SALT’s “open” kitchen

The SALT Bar

Like many Boulder restaurants, SALT is largely made of recycled and reclaimed materials (from original building). Their tables are old doors from a local High School and their tiles and countertops came from Resource 2000 (quality, used material).

The food itself, also supports farm fresh. They have local farm relationships and you can feel the localvore vibe fused throughout the food, the people, the cocktails and the environment. Check out their menu’s here. They host everything from lunch, social hour (aka happy hour), dinner and brunch.

A delicious cheese plate from SALT – sweet onion jam, mostarda, grilled bread and artisan cheese change often

Besides the simple, fresh yet elegant food I really enjoy SALT for their ‘Pre-Prohibition Spirituals’ and a nightcap after dinner.

My girlfriend Joni and I sat outside at SALT one evening, as the summer was winding down and a cool Fall breeze flowed over us. We enjoyed this cheese plate and an original Lavender Martini. Insider Tip: On their current cocktail menu, they list the Lavender Gin Sling (this is not the original Lavender Martini). Although delicious (lavender syrup, lemon juice, pomegranate, and plymouth gin). Ask the bartender or your server for the Original Martini (it’s devoid of the pomegranate) and I swear, it tastes like delicious silk. You want many. You can’t have just one. Trust me. They should likely, oblige.

Find Them:

Website and Phone Number: http://www.saltboulderbistro.com and 333-444-SALT

Reservations: 5 or more (OpenTable)

Blog: http://saltbistro.tumblr.com/

Twitter: @SaltBistro and Facebook

Photos of restaurant via Salt– all others, Grace Boyle

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