Looking like a fine boulangerie in southern France, Sweetsalt Food Shop is a study in white marble, pewter, vintage silverware and cafe tables. The front window is filled with footed plates piled high with beautiful macarons, bars, bundt cakes and pies. Patrons linger at sidewalk tables and families relax inside in front of plates filled with greens, sandwiches, meats and sweets. In this location for four years, Sweetsalt has become a neighborhood hangout and a top destination for cyclists.
Owner/chef Alex Eusebio is a cyclist himself and it seems his desire to stay fit informs his menu. On Friday mornings, the restaurant is a gathering spot for the Sweet Ride. Before or after the tour, Eusebio’s group of cyclist friends come together for sustenance and camaraderie. Orders can be crafted to patrons’ specific hankering of the day. If one just wants a bowl of Brussels sprouts, no problem. I saw a cyclist with a baguette slathered with avocado, something not specifically on the menu.