Written by: Steve Stover
Date: August 3, 2018

Strongwater Food & Spirits was one of the first restaurants to venture across the Scioto River into Franklinton six years ago. Stongwater and Franklinton have flourished, and the growth and popularity are evident.

Strongwater is located at 401 W. Town Street, in the former EBCO plant. It has a large event venue, with spaces for 200 and 100 people respectively. It is so popular that they are adding an additional 5,000 square foot event space adjacent to the current venue. To be transparent, my niece is the catering manager.

The restaurant, situated in the former plant offices, is eclectic, with a bar, small dining room, and lots of interesting glassed in spaces for groups. There are a few sidewalk tables in front of the building.

We visited for lunch. The menu is chef-driven, made from scratch, gastropub fare, creative and full-flavored. My friend enjoyed the Nashville hot chicken sandwich with pickles, arugula, and red hot aioli ($10).

I had the pork belly taco with pickled onions, sweet potatoes, pepper cream and micro cilantro (only $4); a side macaroni and cheese featuring campanelle pasta, Tillamook cheddar cream, peas and onions – the summer version includes pesto ($6). We shared an order of house-made pickles and house-made chips.

The dinner menu includes soups and salads ($4 to $10); tacos ($3.50 to $4); sandwiches, including pulled pork and burgers (9 to $12); plates, including Cajun grilled shrimp, seared tuna, short ribs and roasted chicken ($14 to $18); and for dessert, chocolate pot de creme, cream puff and shortcake ($6 each).

Stongwater Food & Spirits offers an opportunity to explore the Franklinton area and enjoy very good food at low prices. It is worth a visit.

Strongwater Food & Spirits
401 W. Town Street in Franklinton