“… one of the best be-cool and be-seen spots in all of Boulder…”
~ elephantjournal.com, Sept. 2009
And that’s what it feels like. But I'm already cool.
When a girl in heels needs to eat, she needs to eat.
Luckily made it for lunch on a sunny Saturday after a stroll through the Boulder Farmer's Market. Salt is odd in its hours of operation - open for lunch and dinner with a mid-day gap between 3-to-5 p.m. with just the house burger and limited appetizers offered. I think. Still not entirely clear.
Salt was Tom's Tavern, Boulder legendary as a college drop-in-and eat-on-the cheap beers and burgers. Doors opened in 1962 and closed to much sad fanfare in 2007. A lasting tribute can be found on the Salt menu, the original Tom’s Tavern Burger (Never-Never beef, Vermont cheddar, pickled onion, house made fries and ketchup). For $13. In the day, thirteen bones bought smart groceries for a week.
The Never Never (really, Peter Pan?) Steak Sandwich (shiitake mushroom, caramelized onion, roasted poblano pepper, fontina cheese, serrano aioli) ate like a grown up Philly Cheese Steak housed in the same pillowy, egg bread bun as the burger, good if out out place. And $12.
Tally for lunch (two burgers, two drinks, one dessert) ran $70 with tip. With a plethora of known and yet-to-explore places to eat it, Denver (and Boulder and Arvada and Lyons and Louisville) can’t say I’m salivating to return.
The web site sorts of tells why, screaming style over substance:
"...European technique...innovative thinking...truly remarkable experience...simple, yet elegant and delicious."