Salt Tears Coffeehouse & Noshery Opens

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Salt Tears interior

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."

Breads and pastries
Carrot cumin soup
The tastefully stark cafe—think L.A. industrial design—takes up about a quarter of the space it shares with the Green Chutes artists' collective, a development just to the west of 20th Century Bowling in the Collister Shopping Center on State street.

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).

Jalapeno and shrimp bites
Roasted pork sandwich
As the Maricichs settle in, their Facebook page explains it well: "We will have a really interesting and ever-changing calendar of events including beef cheek dinners, live music, guest featured bartender nights (yes, we will have a liquor license), wine flight nights and pairings, whole roasted pig nights (yep), cooking classes (maybe) and whatever else suits our fancy, or yours!"

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.

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