Salt + Time (Austin)

I do not seem to fancy myself as the "butcher shop" type for trendy lunch outings, but my eye was set on trying Salt + Time; and I couldn't have been happier that I did. The concept is brilliant: a full-service salumeria and butcher shop, and a full-service dining space and bar. The fuse of in-house cuisine and take-home charcuterie and artisan products is seamlessly executed.

The shop basically provides only a selection of sandwiches for sit-down service (spelled out on a tiny chalkboard!)...but these hefty sandwiches are enough to anchor the small menu. Stephanie and I opted to split and share two different sandwiches, served on a piece of lightly toasted, fluffy ciabatta that I can still distinctly remember.

The roast beast presented a generous portion of roast beef, sweet caramelized onions, tangy and slightly bitter pickled green tomatoes, and a light aioli. I couldn't get over the sweet versus vinegary complements, which added such depth without overwhelming the roast beef's established spotlight.

The veggie special, which consistently aims to feature local seasonal ingredients, was fully loaded with winter cauliflower and brussels sprouts. I love these two vegetables for dinner, but I now know that they do belong on a bun for lunch. This sandwich, and restaurant, hit a home run. I will be back in soon to get a feel for the local products available for purchase. Thank you, Salt + Time, for a wonderful first taste!