It's taken a while for me to post one of my best meals in Las Vegas over Christmas. Honey Salt opened in late 2012 and is owned by an impressive bunch of people who have worked in the Vegas food industry for many years. It's location in bourgeois Summerlin is perfect - lots of parking, a sunny outdoor seating and a large airy indoor space that totally fits with the local residents casual chic style.
We went for lunch on a Thursday (booked via Open Table) and walked into a full restaurant filled mostly with Vegas locals including food aficionado John Curtas of Eating Las Vegas and Luis who owns nearby coffee hot spot Sambalatte in Boca Park. We were seated immediately and given menus. Before we ordered, I looked around and admired the touches that only real professionals knew how to create - the brown paper place mats stamped with the Honey Salt logo, the kitchen towel extra large linen napkin, salt and pepper grinders and a basket of crispy lavash with a spicy dip that was served as soon as we sat down. The lunch menus have quite a selection: some starters, half a dozen salads, a few family favorites, several sandwiches and pizzas. We all chose something different from the menu so we could all taste each other's food. One sister had the Tuscan Cannelini bean soup ($7) - a large bowl of chunky soup filled with beans, tomatoes and kale and served with a cheesy Parmesan baguette. Another sister had the Backyard Favorite Burger ($13) with tomato jam, a butter pickle and french fries. I went for a starter the calamari and shisito New England Fry-Up ($14) which they now do with clams as well, which was hot and crispy and served with a tangy lemon aioli. J, the only child in the group, opted for the biggest main course - the 12oz. Cedar River Farm NY Strip ($31) (which is no longer on the lunch menu but only on the dinner one), which was a perfectly seared pepper crusted hunk of meat which came with yogurt creamed spinach, crispy hot fries and a perfectly tart Bearnaise, which he polished off on his own. Service was seamless and it was a joy to see the waitstaff and managers all working together as a team and walking the floor often to check that all was well with all the tables.
1031 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89145
Telephone: +1 702 445 6100
*Bookings via Open Table
*Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Brunch menu on weekends.