he name refers to owners/chefs Sarah and Rob Gartzman, who also operate Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop and Mo Burrito, which we haven’t visited, but are solid, we’re told by locals. Like Howl
, The Biker & The Baker Wine & Dessert Bar
(123 W. First St., Salida) is a very cool, eclectic space, somehow making everything from exposed brick and fresh woods match with subway tiles and a gorgeously gaudy, ’70s-style floral print wallpaper behind the bar. We aren’t big bubbly people, but we aren’t disappointed when we go out a limb with tea-mosas ($8) made with a half-and-half ratio of La Marca Prosecco and a choice of tea from Boulder’s The Tea Spot. We opt for a coconut tea, which gives a nose to the drink that invokes tres leches cake somehow — a good thing. There’s almost a faint cider element to the mix, but it’s nicely balanced between tannic and sparkly — simple to execute and totally interesting.
From a daily dessert board with many alluring options we regret not venturing for a crabapple cream cheese tart or Key lime and Palisade peach crisp. I say this because our lavender crème brûlée could be craftier for $10. Texturally it’s fine inside, though a bit over-caramelized on top for a touch of burnt flavor in one bite, and the herbal element’s not very strong, past a pinch of petals in the garnish. (Why not a more impressive touch, like perhaps butterfly pea flowers steeped to give a purple hue, or ... something.) Still — love the space; we’ll be back.