by Guy Hand
After nearly three years away, Mitchell and Andrea Maricich are back on the Boise restaurant scene.
Their just-opened— as of Jan. 17—Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery is anything but a reincarnation of their much loved, if long-closed MilkyWay restaurant. Where MilkyWay, especially in its first location, was small, intimate and full service, Salt Tears is wide-open, airy and focused on light breakfasts, lunchtime soups and sandwiches, and evening tapas and occasional specials. Thus the "noshery."
Salt Tears' morning menu includes, among other things, sweet onion and bacon pirogues ($6), chocolate croissants ($3), breakfast pizzettas ($5) and poached egg crostini with wilted spinach, bacon and parmesan sauce ($5). The lunch menu sports a half dozen appetizers like jalapeno shrimp bites ($7) and gorgonzola stuffed olives ($6) along with soups of the day, salads and sandwiches like roasted eggplant with red pepper ($6) and pork shoulder with red onions kalamata olives and Dijon cream ($6). There are also pastries, pie, pudding and a bunch of brewed-by-the-cup coffees (featuring DOMA fair-trade coffee from Post Falls).
Open Tue.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. or later; Sun., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon., 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
4714 W. State St., 208-275-0017.