The anticipation of the opening of Salt + Honey was felt by Instagram followers who coveted the countless teaser pics that owner and baker Maggie Asfahani posted almost daily. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because she was the former editor of this publication. While it was sad to see her go, the Five Points neighborhood gained a chic café that looks like it would grace the pages of Bon Appétit magazine.
The one-page menu offers a bit of sweet and savory breakfast, brunch and lunch items served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beverages and pastries can be enjoyed until the 4 p.m. closing time. Enjoy coffee beverages, pots of tea, mint lemonade, hot cocoa, wine and beer. Pastries vary and have included bear claws, croissants, pies, birthday cake, triple-layer brownies (made with Oreos and chocolate chip cookies), strawberry rose scones, muffins and various gluten-free items.
Seemingly familiar favorites pack whimsical surprises and clever names. La Huevona, which plays with Spanish words for eggs or lazy (slang), will get you a breakfast sandwich with a poached egg, house-made turkey sausage, sharp cheddar, gochujang mayo, arugula and tomato. Breakfast decadence is a fluffy stack of pancakes with house-spiced honey topped with baklava and vanilla bean ice cream. For something on the healthier side, try the vanilla chia pudding made with almond milk, mixed berries, nuts and coconut chips. Everyone’s lunch favorite is The Black Friday, a homage to Thanksgiving leftovers done right; roasted turkey is topped with spiced cranberry pear chutney, stuffing, muenster cheese and arugula on a brioche bun. At times the menu isn’t exactly clear, but friendly staff will clear up any confusion. Some menu items include a side of fries, side salad or homemade soup of the day. For a little extra, you can upgrade your fries to include feta and spiced honey.
Maggie’s Lebanese background finds its way into much of the menu, making twists on dishes like the trendy avocado toast. At Salt, avocado toast is first slathered in hummus and finished with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend. Fattoush salad replaces the traditional fried pita pieces with garlic naan croutons, and is a mix of greens, radishes, red onion, mint, tomato and garbanzo beans in a sumac vinaigrette. Other favorite items include the East Coast bagel with house-cured salmon, the burger and a loaded grilled cheese.
Frequent visits are required in order to graze your way through the menu, sample the rotating pastry offerings and bask in the posh atmosphere.