Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
Lots of new restaurants are in the works for Alpharetta. For several weeks I’ve ignored one of my sources for this information. As a result, I’ve missed a few joints. Here’s what I know. If you know of anything I’ve missed, leave me a comment!
One Star Ranch – Closed?
I’ve heard from two friends online that this joint might be closed. The Highway 9 barbecue corridor was saturated. Consider that Smokejack, One Star, Dickey’s, ‘Cue and Slopes all existed on one road and just a few miles from each other. Something had to give. As I said in my review of One Star over the summer, this was the most authentic-looking Q joint in town, but one of the worst tasting. While I hate to see a business close, I kinda hope a craft/boutique barbecue joint snaps up this space.
Lettuce Souprise You – Windward – Closed
Not a huge souprise surprise. This shopping center eats restaurants. But this marginal salad bar joint was sub-par from the start. In the window there is a sign that reads “Coming Soon… Saigon Café“.
Tilted Kilt – Windward
Hooters meets the Irish pub. I’ve never been to a Tilted Kilt franchise, but I certainly know their reputation. They will be opening in the space formerly home to Frontera and before that Roadhouse Grill. Again, this spot might be cursed. The building sits below the road level of Windward Parkway. It can be tough to see as you drive by. On the other hand, it is one of the very few walkable lunch destinations on Windward, especially for those who work in the old Cingular office. Other Tilted Kilt locations in the burbs are very successful. I think this one will be also.
Tifosi Gastropub – Main Street Alpharetta
They are building out the old KFC/Long John Silvers spot on Main Street, across from Hardees. I have a hard time seeing this space as a gastropub. Whenever someone converts an old fast food joint into something different, I never see past what it used to be. Maybe they can do better here. The building is also small. And what’s in the name? Someone on the 285foodies.com forum told me that “tifosi” in Italian is a fan, and the fans of cycling in Italy are called the Tifosi. Will it be a cycling joint? We’ll see.
Genghis Grill – Windward
They will open in the strip mall with Five Guys and Which Wich. They will be right at home here. This is a fast casual, build your own Mongolian stir fry kind of deal. It might be interesting, but I’m growing tired of the latest fast casual restaurant concept de jour. I also very much dislike this strip mall, especially for lunch. It is crazy busy and hard to find parking.
Blue Agave Cantina – Old Milton
It’s been hard to find information on these guys. Seems they’ve got their eye on the old Pisces Seafood/Coquettes Steak location. I don’t know much else about them. They’ve been making the rounds with the city to get various permits to open up. That’s about it. Stay tuned.