When I crossed the border into Georgia after driving 14 hours to Atlanta, I immediately thought of dinner. I knew quickly that my first meal back would have to be Saltyard in Buckhead. This was an easy decision as Saltyard has delicious and unique small plates that change seasonally. I had visited Saltyard in the spring and was eager to try more items on their menu.
The owners of Saltyard are seasoned pros, as they have experience working at some of my other Atlanta favorites, such as La Grotta and Two Urban Licks. They have created a great modern environment for a fun night out for college students and adults alike. Immediately when you walk in, you are greeted with a view of the open kitchen with plates constantly flying out. The rest of the evening from that point on is just as lively and enjoyable.
Some of my favorite small plates, which I highly recommend, are the burrata and salmon “poke” tacos. Saltyard does a great job with the burrata, which has the perfect texture of melt in your mouth mozzarella. The way in which it’s prepared is always spot on, as well. When I went in August, the burrata was adorned with ripe and juicy peaches, but currently on the menu, it comes with brandy-apple butter, pistachios and chili flakes. No matter the toppings, the burrata is always sophisticated and delectable.
The tacos, however, are my unchanging favorite and a must-order every time. The raw salmon is always noticeably fresh and it is topped with little orange pearls of roe and a tasty sesame aioli. This epic combo is stuffed into a crunchy Asian-style taco shell. Each order comes with three tacos, so it is an easily shareable dish (even though I could devour all three by myself).
From appetizers to desserts, the helpful waitstaff will guide you through the extensive menu in order to find a combination of dishes that works for your table. Other notable menu items include tuna bruschetta, roasted Brussels sprouts, grilled petit filet and grilled octopus.
Between hot and cold small plates, “biggie smalls,” which are larger portions, cheeses, pastas and my other favorite, the wide variety of tasty veggies, I can guarantee you that you will find plenty to order. I’d also bet that you will return multiple times, like me, because you are dying to try the other items.
While it is definitely a venture from campus and an upscale treat, Saltyard is ideal for every date night, girls night out or celebration. They definitely have reasonably priced items that will give you a fun and adventurous culinary experience without breaking the bank. Add Saltyard to your must-try list for 2015.
Location: 1820 Peachtree Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30309
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm Sun 5pm-9pm