First Taste

Salut Kitchen Bar Greets Tempe With Decent Eats and an Easygoing Air

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Salut Kitchen Bar Location: 1435 East University Drive, Tempe Open: About a month Eats: American/Mediterranean Price: $11 to $30 per person

The dual advantage of Salut Kitchen Bar in Tempe is that it serves as a spot you can take your parents as well as a hangout you wouldn't mind calling your own.

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Courtesy of Cyprus-native Anastasios Tirkas (a.k.a. Taso), Salut, on the corner of a nearly abandoned strip mall on University Drive (between McClintock and Rural), is decidedly understated. The new restaurant and bar offers up an easygoing atmosphere, a thoughtful list of American and Mediterranean-inspired eats, and enough wine and beer options to satisfy your folks as well as your friends.

And absinthe? Yeah, apparently that's still a thing.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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