After a quiet soft opening last Thursday, High Noon (originally named Bonanza) is officially open at 822 SW 2nd Ave., just up the street from Luc Lac in Downtown. Anyone who likes greasy late-night food and is familiar with Downtown's limited offerings will appreciate that High Noon stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends and midnight all other nights. It also has a full bar, with a menu overseen by Tom Lindstedt (Little Bird, Taylor Railworks).
Aaron and Jessica Grimmer own and operate the restaurant as well as Barlow and The Picnic House. Unlike the fancier, international fare found at The Picnic House, High Noon offers counter service and serves the Southwestern dishes of Jessica's childhood: frybread, as well as arepas, salads, street corn, and tortilla soup.
For those who haven't had frybread—which you can also find at Teepee's food cart and Vitaly Paley's Penny Diner—frybread are crunchy and flat deep-fried bread. At High Noon, they're topped with your choice of filling, cheese, salsas, red onion, cilantro, and cabbage, like a taco. Fillings include beef brisket, achiote chicken, sweet pork, and fire-roasted vegetables.
Focusing mostly on mezcals and tequilas, the drink menu has a good number of cocktails, and the Horseback, a blend of rye whiskey, Torani Amer, and ancho chile, has become a staff favorite. High Noon also has three beers are on tap and an $11 sparkling wine by the glass, for those who must have bubbles with everything.
High Noon is open daily for lunch and dinner, and it has gluten-free and vegan options.