Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
This week I tried two new restaurants. I will review neither of them. Well ok, I’ll write a mini review of each explaining why. Let’s also hit a few new kids on the block.
This place got popular in a hurry. Went there for an early dinner on Saturday night. I was lucky to get in the door without a reservation. This night I had kids in tow and the youngest was a tad on the grumpy side. I was not able to give the restaurant and their menu the attention it deserved for a full review. So let’s just say that if you’re a fan of places like Casa Nuova then you’d probably like Rosa Mia. Reservations are almost a requirement at this point though.
I won’t offer a full review of TRE mainly because I don’t know Vietnamese cuisine. It would be hard for me to say something is off here if perhaps I just didn’t enjoy the cuisine itself. That’s kind of where I am. I tried the Banh Mi (like a po boy sandwich) with grilled sliced pork. The bread was very hard, almost stale. I also didn’t care for the pork which was very salty. Again, this could be spot on for all I know. And a lunch combo is a tad on the expensive side.
Zafraan Hyderabadi – South Forsyth
Recently opened on GA-141 in south Forsyth not far from the First Redeemer Church. I can’t find anything on these guys on the interwebs. But on a recent weekend night, they were packed. There’s a small but growing Indian community in this area in addition to an international market in this same strip mall. Both are positive signs. If you’re feeling adventurous, Zafraan is probably worth a try. I’d love to hear from someone who knows more about these guys.
Coming soon to the shopping center across the street from the Avenue Forsyth. These guys created some buzz on twitter last week when they came out of nowhere and hit one of the deal websites. They’re set to open in a few weeks but will do home delivery in the meantime. I’ll review them once they open. And in full disclosure… I received a free sample from La Cupcakerie.
I don’t know a lot about these guys. They appear to be a smallish sandwich shop/chain in the Mill Creek area close to the mall. Their target market is catering to cubicle dwellers who need a box lunch delivered for a lunchtime meeting. I usually decline these meetings, even if a free lunch is involved. Why? Because of places like this and their pedestrian menus. After all, they are near the mall so don’t expect a lot.