Salt & Grinder Officially Opens With Killer Breakfast
For the 11th time, Frank Bonanno’s a proud papa. Since soft-opening last week, his Highlands Square deli has been serving close to 250 customers a day, he says — "and we haven’t even started breakfast yet.” But they’re oh-so-close. Following the official grand opening today at 11 AM, when the crew is giving away $50 gift cards to the first 100 folks in line, Salt & Grinder will be and up and running at 7 AM tomorrow with nine rise-and-shine plates that range from a green-chile-smothered burrito to peanut-butter-and-jam-stuffed French toast to, of course, sandwiches loaded with meats, eggs and cheese. They’re major mouthfuls, just like the ones on the lunch and dinner menu — which are soon to be supplemented by daily specials like knishes and maybe even the occasional bowl of matzo-ball soup.
Yet Bonanno’s equally tickled by the reception for some of his lighter offerings. “I had no idea the egg salad would be such a big seller. It’s just mustard, mayo and tarragon from my garden!” he laughs. Same goes for the cucumber side salad in lime vinaigrette, which “people are eating with these big meatball subs.” If that sounds like the old joke about the dieter who skips the cherry on top of her ice cream sundae, it's all part of the fun for Bonanno, who marvels at “how embracing the neighborhood has been.” In the same spirit, we tested out a couple of relatively healthy sandwiches on top of the breakfast bombs. Have a good look in the slide show below. 3609 W. 32nd Ave.; 303-945-4200