If you’ve ever been in that classic Tuesday night dilemma of trying to decide between grilling some burgers in your backyard or going out for one (is that just us?), try mulling things over at Salt & Time. This spot on East 7th is equal parts butcher shop and restaurant, so either outcome ends with you and a delicious burger.
In the butcher shop half, you’ll be met with all your classic cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and whatever else they have in for the day, but you’ll also find a treasure trove of house-cured meats - like guanciale, pancetta, and capicola - as well as sausages and offal. In short - if it’s part of the animal, they probably have it. And if they don’t, we’re willing to bet a quick request would throw it on next week’s menu.
The restaurant - which we’ve always found to be underappreciated and maybe a bit overshadowed by the butcher shop - is home to a wide slew of dishes featuring house-cut and prepared meats, and a well-curated selection of natural wines (mostly) and draft beer. It’s certainly one way to elevate an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night.
While Salt & Time’s butcher shop remains open, they have temporarily converted the restaurant portion into a small grocery store, complete with local produce, beer, wine, and just about everything you might need to fill a pantry. The prepared foods from their restaurant menu remain available for takeout.
If you’re not already sold on this from the name alone, we’re not really sure what to tell you. Sure, we could mention the lentils cooked with peach and pasilla vinegar, or even the smoked bell pepper “ratatouille” served over it, but the giant, bone-in pork chop is the star of the show here. Besides, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a butcher shop would excel at preparing large cuts of meat.
OK, you’re probably not coming to a butcher shop/cafe hybrid and looking for a salad. Nevertheless, look and you shall find. But don’t worry - they still manage to throw some of their house-made deli meats and bacon on top of it. Despite being covered in as much meat and cheese as a small charcuterie board, this salad is definitely on the lighter side, so plan accordingly and order this alongside something heartier, like say... the butcher’s burger.
The burger here is made with the daily steak trimmings, so it’s going to be just a little bit different every day. You know, if you needed an excuse to order it three times this week. It’s a simple burger - dressed with just Duke’s mayo and house pickles - but when you really want to showcase the quality of the meat, we kind of prefer that. This should definitely be in your ~~monthly~~ weekly burger rotation.