Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.
In last week’s food article, one of my readers mentioned this topic. Alpharetta’s food scene is lacking in dessert-only options. Down in Atlanta there are numerous choices available. I’m talking about somewhere to go late on a Saturday night to grab a cup of coffee, maybe a cocktail and some over-the-top dessert to share with your sweetheart.
This is a very relevant topic for my blog’s theme too. Here’s the scenario… You’re the rootless relo family. You have no one around that will baby sit your kids for a long Saturday night so you and the spouse can have an upscale dinner. Sure, you can hire a sitter for this, but that will add 40 or 50 bucks to the cost of your romantic evening. Ah but what about the in-laws? They come to visit a few times a year and stay overnight. You’d feel bad ditching them for dinner (even though they would probably let you). The alternative is to sneak out after the kid’s bedtime for a romantic dessert for two. But where to go? Here are my suggestions.
Fondue restaurants are way past their prime. But I’m not suggesting Melting Pot for dinner. I’m suggesting you make a dessert-only reservation. The quality of the food and chocolate really isn’t all that great. What I enjoy is the seating arrangement. You can snuggle up next to your sweetheart and feed each other sweets dipped in molten chocolate goo. Sexy!
A bit of a drive down from Alpharetta, but it might be worth it. The coffee here is terrific. The dessert selection is vast but the service is lacking. It was hard for me to get a decent overview of their offerings. It is also as loud as a rock concert. On the night we went it was more like a nightclub filled with 20-somethings. These suburbanites were way out of their element!
I don’t really know of many other options. There are a lot of terrific bakeries in town, but that doesn’t really fit my topic. And some of these bakeries (Alpine Bakery in Milton for example) make the cakes and pies you might order at a restaurant.
At times we’ve just picked a random upscale restaurant that has a dessert menu. Go sit in the bar area, order a cocktail and ask for that dessert menu. Some suggestions here might include Cabernet, Milton’s, Vinny’s, Sage Woodfire Tavern, Killer Creek or Stoney River. Again, you might just be paying a premium for an Alpine Bakery cake on a fancy piece of china. But you’ll at least get the experience of being in a somewhat swank restaurant with your spouse. I’ll take what I can get!