Thanks to it’s prime location and the great University of Virginia, Charlottesville has the power to attract all sorts of interesting people, including the two charming globetrotters, Barrett Hightower and Rani Morris, founders of Salt. Morris, born and raised in Pakistan, and Hightower, an Oklahoma native, started the restaurant with a couple of goals in mind: source food locally and deal directly with farmers and suppliers.
Set in the middle of magnificent rolling hills and vineyards, Salt is a creative sandwich shop that also sells coffee and picnic fare, such as local cheeses and charcuterie. It’s a frequent stop for Belmont commuters and people on the Monticello Wine Trail in need of a quick bite, only a 12 minute drive from downtown.
Salt takes pride in surprising customers with what they can do with a sandwich. Morris, who commands the kitchen, lets her exposure to South Asian flavors influence her creations, while Hightower manages the shop. The rotating menu features specialty sandwiches such as the Free Union Chorizo with roasted garlic aioli and fennel slaw; Kite’s Ham with hot peach chutney, brie and arugula; and the Local Soul Miso-marinated Tofu with spicy plum chutney and kimchi. So yummy!
When you drive by Jefferson Vineyard, you will see a historic gas station with a hanging pig sign and you will have found Salt. This sunny and cozy shop is the perfect place for lunch and one of the best gluten-free cookies in town. It’s also worth mentioning that Morris herself is a jewelry designer, known as The Clockwork Witch, and Salt organizes an arts and crafts market twice a year (check their website for details).
Hours: Tue-Fri 9:30am – 4:30pm. Sat 9:30am – 5pm. Sun 12pm – 5pm
Text&Photo: Edu Bayer