Salty Sow in North Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close.
With exposed brick walls, rich, sleek wood furniture, an exposed kitchen and paintings of portly pigs gracing its walls, Salty Sow, a restaurant that originated in Austin, Texas, looks like the newest hot spot to hit North Phoenix. Daily specials and a full list of craft cocktails and drafts make the menu look promising. Heck, even the name is about as hip in the restaurant industry as it gets right now. If it feels like we're building up to a contradiction to these initial observations, you're definitely catching our vibe.
Heather Hoch The $7 lamburger at Salty Sow.
The happy hour selection offers dishes for $5, $7 or $10, depending on what you pick-- all decent prices for the portions you get. However, some preparation and execution issues plagues almost every dish we tried. The $5 three times fried duck fat fries with a poached egg and béarnaise dipping sauce promised both Belgian and French inspiration, but delivered dry, flavorless, lukewarm fries and a slightly overcooked egg. The $5 eggplant fries with parmesan and marinara were similarly disappointing, basically functioning as grease bombs-- so oversaturated and fried that they turned soggy and would gush with fat every time you took a bite. We stopped at two.
Veering away from the sad fry train, we landed at lamburger station-- a $7 five ounce lamb patty with olive tampenade, goat cheese and arugula, with another unfortunate side of fries. The burger itself was actually a stand out, though. The moist, perfectly medium rare meat played nicely with its high-end condiments, with rich, peppery, creamy, tangy and briney flavors throughout. Definitely worth the price, even if you opt to ignore the side of fries entirely.