Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Picky Eater's Guide to Salt and Smoke

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Salt and Smoke is located in the Delmar Loop. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Salt and Smoke is located in the Delmar Loop.

Salt and Smoke
(6526 Delmar Boulevard) offers Texas-style barbecue and over 100 bourbons. It’s a paleo dream, with a few yummy options for vegetarians and gluten-free diners, too.

click to enlarge The bar at Salt and Smoke features over 100 bourbons. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The bar at Salt and Smoke features over 100 bourbons.

The rustic/Western vibe of Salt and Smoke is charming, with red checkered napkins dotting the tables and Edison bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The restaurant boasts an extensive list of bourbons and a good selection of cocktails and craft beer. Its outdoor tables offer a prime spot for people-watching in the never-dull Loop, and the servings are hearty – if you don’t leave with a to-go box, we’d be very impressed by your appetite.

Read on for our take on its offerings for vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo and very young diners.

click to enlarge Salt and Smoke has a rustic/Western vibe. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Salt and Smoke has a rustic/Western vibe.

Vegetarian: 
You could start out with the fried house pickles, deviled eggs or hush puppies with maple butter. Go for the falafel burger entrée; it’s got a good amount of kick and avoids being crumbly or soggy as is the case with many veggie burgers.

There are lots of sides to choose from: garlic and herb fries, sweet pepper potato salad, creamed corn, barbecue sweet potato chips and our personal favorite, white cheddar cracker mac.

click to enlarge The falafel burger and white cheddar cracker mac. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The falafel burger and white cheddar cracker mac.

Gluten-free:
For starters, Salt and Smoke has deviled eggs, smoked wings and trashed wings. There’s a Caesar salad (minus croutons) and the daily salad special (double-check with your water that that day’s choice is gluten-free; it was when we visited). The sandwich options can be ordered without bread, and all are gluten-free except for the brisket; you’ll want to request it without the tobacco onions. The barbecue plates come with two sides and your choice of bologna, pork, brisket, pulled chicken or ribs.

The side options include garlic and herb fries, cole slaw, sweet potato chips, pit beans with smoked bacon, sweet pepper potato salad, brisket chili, and green bean and tomato salad. To top your plate, all the sauces are gluten-free except for the mustarolina. There’s also sorbet for dessert.

If you imbibe during your visit to Salt and Smoke, keep in mind that many of the bourbons are not gluten-free, so you may want to stick to wine or try a gluten-free cocktail.

click to enlarge Salt and Smoke's menu. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Salt and Smoke's menu.

Paleo:
This might be your ideal restaurant, with lots of delicious protein options – pulled pork, pulled chicken, ribs and brisket plates are offered. Each plate comes with two sides; we recommend the cole slaw and pit beans. You can also try two meats, plus two sides, with the “bestie” combo.

click to enlarge The bestie combo with pulled pork, burnt ends, cole slaw, pit beans and a popover. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • The bestie combo with pulled pork, burnt ends, cole slaw, pit beans and a popover.

Kids:
Parents, you are in luck — there are high chairs and a kids’ menu! If you’re going for lunch or an early dinner, we think you’d be fine to bring your kids along. As it gets later and the whiskey gets flowing, you might want to think about getting a sitter instead so you can fully enjoy what Salt and Smoke has to offer.

click to enlarge Salt and Smoke has a great patio for people-watching. - PHOTO BY LAUREN MILFORD
  • Photo by Lauren Milford
  • Salt and Smoke has a great patio for people-watching.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Salt + Smoke's gluten-free options. We have updated the post to better reflect the restaurant's offerings, and we regret the error.



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