In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of the new Alpharetta location of Salt Factory, the self-proclaimed gastropub that first opened in Roswell in 2008. While the menus at both Salt Factory spots are identical, the space, clientele and energy all diverge.
Perhaps because I’m not part of the historic Roswell neighborhood circle or perhaps because I like a little breathing space and hassle-free parking options, I much prefer this new Alpharetta outpost of Salt Factory. But both are built around the beer selection, which has the variety you’d expect of a gastropub and a nice representation of local craft beers. The accompanying provisions range from modern gastrofare with dishes like sumptuous Thai beef lettuce wraps to a cardboard pizza that qualifies as bare bones pub grub. You’ll find the best bites are the lighter ones that you might not typically associate with traditional bar food — ones befitting a gastropub.
Ask for beer pairings for items like five-peppercorn-crusted Ahi tuna and those lettuce wraps. You’ll want something perfect to partner with the juicy bowl of marinated beef, sharp red onions, mint and basil with oversized lettuce leaves and tall sprigs of cilantro.
I gave it a grade of 2 stars. Subscribers can read the full review on myajc.com.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog