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Salt Factory Pub restaurant review, Alpharetta

Thai beef lettuce wraps (credit: Becky Stein)

Thai beef lettuce wraps (credit: Becky Stein)

In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of the new Alpharetta location of Salt Factory, the self-proclaimed gastropub that first opened in Roswell in 2008. While the menus at both Salt Factory spots are identical, the space, clientele and energy all diverge.

Perhaps because I’m not part of the historic Roswell neighborhood circle or perhaps because I like a little breathing space and hassle-free parking options, I much prefer this new Alpharetta outpost of Salt Factory. But both are built around the beer selection, which has the variety you’d expect of a gastropub and a nice representation of local craft beers. The accompanying provisions range from modern gastrofare with dishes like sumptuous Thai beef lettuce wraps to a cardboard pizza that qualifies as bare bones pub grub. You’ll find the best bites are the lighter ones that you might not typically associate with traditional bar food — ones befitting a gastropub.

Ask for beer pairings for items like five-peppercorn-crusted Ahi tuna and those lettuce wraps. You’ll want something perfect to partner with the juicy bowl of marinated beef, sharp red onions, mint and basil with oversized lettuce leaves and tall sprigs of cilantro.

I gave it a grade of 2 stars. Subscribers can read the full review on myajc.com.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

7 comments Add your comment

david c

April 3rd, 2014
2:31 pm

What a regrettable choice of name for a restaurant.

c david

April 3rd, 2014
2:55 pm

Content Gatekeeper

April 4th, 2014
9:51 am

Hard to believe this content requires a subscription. I find myself using this site less & less. Hey AJC, the 2000’s called and they want their business model back.

Part-Time Suburbanite

April 4th, 2014
10:48 am

One star would be too low, but two stars seem generous. The pizza truly is atrocious, but other items on the menu are tasty (fish tacos). Both spaces (Roswell & Alpharetta) are a bit cramped. Do not even try going to the Roswell location on a Friday or Saturday night. There will be a 1 hour wait and no room at the bar to have a drink while you wait for a table. I have not yet been to the Alpharetta location on a weekend. I have only had lunch there on a weekday. There was a decent lunchtime crowd but no wait for a table.

Robert

April 4th, 2014
8:37 pm

Part-time – you are not kidding about the pizza – just awful. At one time the Roswell location had quite good food but a couple of years ago when F&H started expanding the food took a nosedive. It’s a shame because both places have a good vibe and the owner’s are nice people – we used to go to their original Little Alley on Old Roswell. Unfortunately the focus seems to be solely on how many folks they can cycle through the doors now. Hopefully they can bring the food back up to par.

Steve

April 5th, 2014
8:40 am

@Content Gatekeeper – agreed. You get better online reviews of the same places at Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing & eater.com. at no charge!

Eeyore

April 9th, 2014
12:32 pm

Unfortunate choice of photo, too