Though the Salt Factory has only been open for about a year, it feels like a Roswell institution. Located on Canton Street – Roswell’s restaurant row, recently named “Georgia’s Best Street to Eat” in Southern Living magazine – Salt Factory has exposed brick walls and open rafters, a nod to the historic building’s age, but with an industrial, updated decor.
One of my favorite things about the menu is the Butcher Block, selections of meats for starters or for a meal – $5.00 each or 3 for $14.00/5 for $22.00 – it’s one of the only places I’ve found really good Liverwurst on the menu – served with fresh bread and gourmet mustards. I’m also a huge fan of the Prince Edward Island mussels on the starters menu (pictured), often my choice for a lunch entree. Served in a slightly spicy broth of shallots, chipotle, tomatoes and cilantro and complemented with freshly sliced bread, the portion is enormous and it’s a favorite of mine. There is also a selection of really great burgers – a friend of mine recently tried the Roswell burger, with bleu cheese, caramelized onions, and chow-chow. A few other favorites: I enjoy the Steak Grinder, with double Gloucester and Stilton cheese and mushroom ketchup on a baguette, and also the Gastropub Pizza, featuring wild boar sausage, provolone, tomatoes and Vidalia onions.
The bar has ample seating and the many tables are close and cozy, but my favorite seats are the tables in the windows, where you can watch the people walk by on Canton Street. Canton Street not only has some fantastic restaurants, bars and eateries, it’s also the home to some really great shopping – and Roswell’s ample parking (lots and street) means that finding a spot is relatively easy, allowing for a relaxed dining experience, followed by a leisurely stroll through the downtown area. Whether it’s a work-day lunch, a weekend afternoon or a dinner date with friends and family, Salt Factory is one of the best that downtown Roswell has to offer for casual, comfortable dining and excellent food.
WHERE: Salt Factory – 952 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075