2/19/2013 02:06:00 PM

Salt and Time Shakes Things Up With Its East Austin Brick and Mortar

Austin has been enjoying Salt and Time’s charcuterie and artisan products for some time at the farmers’ markets. Now, the much-awaited brick-and-mortar butcher shop and salumeria has launched on East Seventh. In other words, don’t get sad at the Saturday market when you realize the booth is no more; get steak any day of the week at the new location.
The Space: The new digs aren’t enormous, but the ceilings are high and the feeling is light and airy. An impressive butcher case greets walk-in customers straight away, and the charcuterie waits demurely to the right. Enormous glass windows let eager meat lovers watch the butchers break down the animal of the hour behind the case. Along the east side of the store, a long light-wood bar area features seating for a future lunch service as well as a glass mural of Willie Nelson (what Texas establishment is complete without Willie?).

The Food: The butcher’s case stars drool-worthy steaks, pork belly, pork jowl and any other cut you can imagine. The prepared foods case features award-winning products like coffee lomo as well as new concoctions like chipotle terrine. Right now the lunch menu is grab-and-go, with three daily sandwiches, including a vegetarian option: Think muffulettas, meatloaf sandwiches, and roasted beet and goat cheese. The sandwiches are made with Baked in Austin bread, a new artisanal company that bakes out of Salt and Time’s kitchen. You can also buy fresh loaves at the front of the store, as well as local products like Confituras jams and jellies and Delysia chocolates. And here's a scoop for you: starting next week, Cuvee Coffee will have its first storefront here as well; you'll be able to order espresso shots and other coffee drinks pulled by the masters and buy beans too.

Co-owner Ben Runkle says that they plan to be cooking food to order in two to three weeks, with options like a charcuterie plate on weekends. The day we visited, Chef de Cuisine Alex Jackson was experimenting with a mouth-watering quail dish.

The Crowd: Neighbors like Takoba, Rio Rita and East Side King mean that Salt and Time has cemented its place in the burgeoning East Austin area. And the hip yet casual East Austin crowd has already found this locale. Right now neighbors are wandering in and out the space, but we predict the salumeria to be slammed once the menu is fully fleshed out.

The Cost: Moderate; the artisan charcuterie and great cuts of meat are worth the price, and sandwiches run at $8. 

The Details: 1912 E. Seventh St.; 512-522-7258


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