So, I bet you’re saying to yourself, “With all the wine, beer and cocktails, what's the cheapest thing on the menu that I can order as my 'food item' to appease the DABC Gods??” The answer is simple: $3 cured olive plate, but, due to different regulations at the airport, you can actually walk in and just order a drink with no food! “What’s that you say? I can order a drink at 8 a.m.! Spectacular!” However, you would be remiss to skip the fare that VVAH offers. With a robust menu that includes breakfast, appetizers, salads/soups, sandwiches, specialties and desserts, VVAH has taken a cue from its Squatter's menu and offers some solid pairings to accompany the diverse wine and beer selections. A Fresh Pear and Brie Salad ($7-half, $12-whole), was a great introduction to the menu. In the last two years this has become a very popular salad at a lot of restaurants, but for good reason. It ups the ante with crisp pear slices, candied pecans with brie cheese and a bright, flavorful champagne vinaigrette. The Cubano sandwich ($7-half, $12-whole), with roast pork Milanesa, has a jalapeno spread that offers some sweet heat as it accompanies the queso fresco and pineapple. Served on ciabatta bread, the Cubano continues the theme of “refined yet relaxed” that is the trademark of Vino Volo. The options to order in whole and half size also parallels the reality that travelers are on the go and smaller plates allow for lighter stomachs—you can be sated but not gluttonous.
My only complaint about Vino Volo Ale House is the cover charge. As a Salt Lake resident, I was overjoyed when bars got rid of sponsorships, but now I will have to buy a plane ticket just to be able to visit SLC's newest lounge, and you will, too, so be sure to take advantage of the luxury when you can.
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