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Two Stars Each for Salt Factory Pub and St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia.
St. Cecilia.
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The second location of gastropub Salt Factory Pub, this one in Alpharetta, gets two stars from Jenny Turknett behind the paywall in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She prefers this outpost to its sister restaurant in Roswell for its "additional elbow room and an environment more accepting of families' underaglings." While the beer selection is extensive, more suggestions for food and brew pairings would be welcomed: "If it played to its strengths, Salt Factory could become just the kind of gastropub it claims to be."

In Atlanta Magazine, Bill Addison awards two stars to Ford Fry's latest concept St. Cecilia, deeming the Buckhead spot "the restaurant of the moment." Addison praises the crudo and the pastas from executive chef Brian Horn, as well as the bar program led by Lara Creasy.

THE ELSEWHERE AND THE BLOGS: Marie, Let's Eat! visits tried-and-true Smyrna spot Umezono, makes a stop at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and praises the "short and simple menu" at Gio's Chicken Amalfitano. Food Wolf Blog enjoys Westside's Better Half and also tries the fare from food truck Nana G's Chicken & Waffles. Review Atlanta recommends the breakfast burger at No. 246 and indulges at Serpas, Hunger Pangs in Atlanta visits The Original El Taco, Hot Dish Review gets into March Madness at Taco Mac, and Crush Crave is already planning a return to Nam Phuong.

no. 246

129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (678) 399-8246 Visit Website

The Original El Taco

1186 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 873-4656 Visit Website

St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 554-9995 Visit Website

Serpas True Food

659 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312 404-688-0040 Visit Website

Better Half

349 14th Street Northwest, , GA 30363 (404) 695-4547 Visit Website