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Salt’s Cure

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7494 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 850-7258

What a strange, light, and utterly enjoyable evening I had at Salt’s Cure.

Strange entered into it when my plans to go have a big, heavy meal at The Gorbals got waylaid by an opportunity for some surprise evening entertainment plans. I needed something much closer than my downtown dinner reservation. Salt’s Cure wasn’t really on my short list going into my trip, though it certainly was on my longer list. It was in the running basically because it was only 10 minutes from the Pantages.

The more I read, though, the more I was excited. As other reviewers mentioned, there’s no printed menu. A chalkboard is your only guide. In a gastronomic world that prizes seasonal, you can’t get a nod toward dishes being created around what is available much more clear than there being no menu.

That said, I’d had an absolutely gullet-cramming afternoon at UMAMIcatessan. So, I was looking for something on the lighter side of things. That’s not to say that these guys are known for light fare. One of the chops came out to a table and it was beautiful, decadent, and enough protein to feed four people.

I started out wanting something akin to a salad and that’s all. My server helpfully suggested the ham, honeydew, and farm cheese. It was a perfect dish, full stop. The classic pork/melon combination was beautifully executed, with the fresh, wet cheese that was all of the right notes of a cottage cheese to compliment the other two ingredients. The ham didn’t really need the extra unctuous feel, but it certainly did gild the lily beautifully.

The dessert options weren’t floating my boat, so not wanting to waste that leftover bit of stomach room, I ordered a second dish, marinated sardines and cherry tomatoes. Sardines are generally not my thing, but the opening dish was so well executed, I figured that I’d give them a chance to change my mind. They came very close to succeeding: huge portions of oil-drizzled fish on crispy grilled bread with a nice bite of acid from the tomatoes. I doubt I’ll order sardines elsewhere, so it’s not like the dish changed my mind completely. That said, I’d consider doing it again here.

Service was quick and friendly. It’s a pretty small venue, something worth keeping in mind when it comes to reservations. I wish I’d asked to sit at the bar so that I could have watched them work. I’ll be back next trip for brunch.

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October 15, 2012 at 8:35am

Pop on Over Cafe

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Ever bemoan the relative lack of unique places to eat around SLC? Do you find yourself awash in large national chains slinging low-quality meat on boring, styrofoam-flavored bread?

Think of Pop on Over as the anti-Subway. The awesome starts with the bread. These popovers are dense, eggy, and brilliant as a platform for sandwiches. The two sandwiches I had over a two day period were on the asiago, which was very tasty. They also have a regular, a whole wheat, and will make you a garlic or an onion popover to order.

Next comes the meats: they recommended the pulled pork on my first visit, and they were not wrong. It was tender, flavorful, and drenched in a red sauce that was spicy and delicious. I noticed that they sell the stuff in jars, so that gives you some indication of popularity.

The second day, it was ham and swiss. The ham was delicious, as was my wife’s turkey that I begged a few bites of. All of their meats are made in house, with some of them like the beef and pork roasting for many, many hours.

Sides: I’ve tried the tuna salad, which was uncommonly good. But the real star here are the deviled eggs. They are creamy and made even better by a piece of shrimp on the top.

The atmosphere is excellent. I can’t recall a time that I’ve been made to feel more at home and treated so well in a cafe. Everybody there was friendly and went out of their way to talk to me about ingredients and their approach to food.

Parting shot? Chocolate covered bacon. Excellent!

If you’re struggling to find the place, note that it’s not in the strip mall that runs parallel to the main street. There’s actually one that run perpendicular to it, and Pop on Over is at the end of the strip.

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February 14, 2012 at 7:01am

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