Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.
Let’s get ready to rumble! March Madness is approaching so how about a tournament-style restaurant review contest? I’ll pit restaurants in head-to-head match ups to see who moves on. Don’t expect a full review, but do expect a straight up comparison. The theme… manly food! Here’s how it will shape up and how you can help.
I expect to have a field of 16 restaurants. Sorry, 64 isn’t realistic. Initially the field will be divided into four groups; barbecue, pub food, burgers and pizza. That’s pretty much my four main food groups, right? Each group will have four restaurants seeded based on Urban Spoon rating. A post will be dedicated to each group, pitting restaurants against each other to see who advances in the bracket. At the end, the winners of each bracket will square off for the title of Most Manly Restaurant in Alpharetta.
How can you help? Next week will be our selection show. I need my readers’ help selecting four restaurants in each group. They should all be located roughly in my geographic area; Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek and south Forsyth. I know, there are tons of great eats in Roswell, I just don’t get down that way much. Sometimes I even don’t hit the boundaries of my own area (for example, I almost never get over to Crabapple).
We all have personal favorites in each category, so I want to hear about yours. And being a March Madness theme, I’d like to have a few Cinderella stories thrown in. You never know what’ll happen, right? Let’s go through the categories.
Last summer I published a series of Q reviews. My readers kinda know where I stand on this. But please feel free to suggest something not on this list. The field includes:
- Jim ‘N Nicks
Yes, I threw Shane’s in there. Perhaps they are the Cinderella story? I’m sure Duke Smokejack will slaughter them in the opening round.
I’m overall disappointed in this category but we’ll include it. First of all, I’m going to rule out English/Irish joints and gastropubs. Sorry Tifosi’s.
I expect these joints to make a mean chicken wing, know how to fry up some appetizers and have a decent beer selection. I will rate food here only, not atmosphere, games, number of TVs, nightlife, etc. Some suggestions might be:
- Miller’s Ale House
- Taco Mac (various locations)
- Wild Wing
- Buffalo’s Wild Wing
- TJ’s Sports Bar
- Loco’s Deli
Everyone has a burger on their menu, but they all can’t make this list. I’m looking for joints where the burger is king on their menu. Here’s the field…
- Cheeseburger Bobby’s
- The Spot
- Scratch Fresh
- BB’s Best Burgers
- The Counter
- Five Guys (various locations)
- Ted’s Montana Grill
- Flippin’ Out
I put Flippin’ Out here to make a statement. Had they not closed last month, I’m pretty sure they would have easily won this part of the tournament (and perhaps the whole shebang).
This is a crowded field, I can’t mention them all. I’d like to see pizzerias that crank out some seriously awesome pies. I know my favorites, what are yours?
Here’s the schedule of posts you can expect:
- Selection Show – Friday March 4
- Barbecue – Friday March 11
- Pizza – Friday March 18
- Burgers – Friday March 18
- Pubs – Friday March 25
- Final Four – Friday April 1
So next week I’ll announce the field of 16. I’m sure there will be disappointments. Everyone questions the selection committee, right? Let me know who you think should be included and why. Let the big dance begin!