Saltwood’s weekday salad bar is Midtown’s best-kept lunch secret

If you like big salads, this is the place for you

One big salad.

Photograph by Jennifer Zyman.

The Midtown lunch crowd has been pretty good at keeping this lunch secret to themselves. But I’m not very good at keeping food secrets—especially when they include big salads in commercial stainless steel kitchen bowls. That’s right. I said big salads. This is not a drill.

During its weekday lunch service from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar at the Loews Atlanta Hotel has an amazing salad bar that is $13.50 and all-you-can-eat. Head to back the of the salad bar room, where you’ll grab a metal mixing bowl that looks like it can hold enough for a family of four.

Start here.

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Choose your toppings.

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Pick your protein and get your salad tossed.

Photograph by Jennifer Zyman.

Choose your base from a mix of greens (spinach, romaine, mixed greens, kale, etc.) and then pile on a variety of whatever you’d like from about a 100 different mix-in items—veggies, cheeses, grains, salts, peppers, eggs, tuna, sprouts, dried fruits, nuts, and a bunch of different olive oils, vinegars, and dressings. The final step is choosing your protein from chicken, shrimp, steak, or a combination of those, and after which a team member will toss the salad together. You can get your meal to go or enjoy it at the restaurant. If you are staying in, your salad will be plated on what looks like a big white platter.

Iced tea comes with a flight of simple syrup.

Photograph by Jennifer Zyman.

To drink, I suggest getting the ice tea only because you get a flight of simple syrups in flavors such as lavender to drizzle in your tea. There is also a dinner roll station and a rotating dessert (sticky toffee pudding, flan, cake, etc.) if you need a carb fix in addition to the unlimited of thick and crunchy housemade potato chips that come with your salad. But from the looks of the crowds, the secret is getting out about this killer lunch deal, so hurry in if you want to be the first among your friends to try it.