Salt Opens in Boulder

September 22 2009, 7:20 AM
Salt is Bradford Heap's chef d' oeuvre, his farm-to-table ideal, and his most ambitious project to date. The Pearl Street restaurant has emerged from a six-figure renovation of the former Tom's Tavern as an upscale, modern version of the beloved Boulder locale. Heap pays tribute to Tom's by preserving everything from window glass to floorboards and copper piping---and turning them into furnishings and works of art. The homage continues with the grass-fed "Tom's Tavern Burger," which is the only permanent entrée on an ever-changing menu. The rest of Salt's fare can easily stand up to the clean, contemporary, and locally focused cooking of the Kitchen just two doors down. Standouts include the Long Family Farm pork belly BLT, a decadent deconstruction of pork, fresh greens, charred bread, a fresh heirloom tomato, and a fried green tomato. Throw in a Palisade peach flatbread and a creamy, lavender-vanilla panna cotta, and Salt becomes Pearl Street's newest darling. 1047 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-7258