Salt & Smoke, a Mesquite Seafood Grill, opened in Downtown Ocotillo in November 2020.
The restaurant, which is an offspring of Tom Kaufman’s Hospitality Co-op, LLC family—which includes The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge, CHoP Chandler, and Rock Lobster—is already attracting a loyal following of diners who are hungry for fresh seafood.
The kitchen is under the direction of Corporate Executive Chef Christopher George, who joined the restaurant group last January following a 21-year career with Roy’s Brands.
“We are offering a delicious and elevated seafood experience in Chandler, and Chef George has nailed our vision,” Kaufman says.
Salt & Smoke offers the freshest available, hand-selected seafood, which is butchered in-house, as well as a variety of tasty beverages. SaltAndSmokeChandler.com
Diners can select from a number of appetizers, including the Grilled Hawaiian Mahi Taco made with curry slaw, garlic yuzu aioli, mint, and jalapeños; the Lobster Potstickers with spicy yuzu miso butter sauce; and the Pacific Halibut Ceviche featuring avocado, fire roasted tomatoes, cucumbers, and pickled onions.
These include Mesquite Grilled Alaskan Halibut, served with lobster mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and citrus herb velouté; and Maine Lobster Tails with fire roasted tomato scampi butter sauce.
Serious Craft Cocktails
Ocotillo Sazerac, made with Basil Hayden Dark Rye Whiskey, Absinthe, and muddled berries; the M.J., with lemon juice, agave, cucumber vodka, CBD soda, and fresh cucumber juice; and Rose Water, which includes Botanist Gin, rose water, and lemon juice, served on the rocks.