Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
Sometimes I get a hankering. I discover an entree so tempting and delicious it begs me to try it again and again. This week I feature three single menu items from Alpharetta-area restaurants that I find crave worthy. Rarely does a month go by that I don’t eat the three items on this list. Or in one case I’m talking weekly obsession.
Crab Cake Sandwich – Wildflour
It’s probably good that Wildflour’s crab cake sandwich isn’t on the menu everyday. Perhaps the limited availability makes me crave it even move. Whatever it is, this is hands down the best sandwich in Alpharetta. It starts with fresh bread made in house. It’s pillow soft yet sturdy enough to hold whatever delicious contents are cradled inside. The crab meat isn’t lump by any means. It’d be difficult to keep the sandwich affordable if that were the case. I suppose purists or Maryland natives might have a problem here, but I can’t find anything wrong with this crustacean. It’s moist and flavorful with a slightly crunchy crust.
Chef Michael Field usually has his crab topped with a jalapeno lime sauce. It sounds spicy but the heat isn’t overpowering at all. I like to get the sauce on the side for dipping. You’ll also find this sauce on some of Wildflour’s chicken, pork and fish sandwiches. If the crab cake isn’t available on your visit, these would be good alternatives.
Wildflour is located at 5815 Windward Parkway at the corner of North Point Parkway. They are only open for lunch during the week.
BB’s is well known for their bagels, greasy spoon atmosphere and in-your-face New York attitude. In all honestly, the regular menu here doesn’t do it for me. But their everything bagel is my weekly obsession. Here’s how I order it…
First of all, get it to-go. Yeah, you’ll miss the banter and chatter that gives this place some charm.You’ll get in and out in minutes and for less than two bucks.
You can’t go wrong with the homemade cream cheeses at BB’s, but I like my bagel with ordinary butter. I choose to toast my bagel just before eating which is usually at the office. Next, slop some butter on and let it melt and ooze into the nooks and crannies of the bread. I like how the salt on the exterior of the bagel contrasts with the butter. The rest of the “everything” toppings, poppys, sesame seeds, onion and more, give the bagel a lot of texture with each bite. Combine that with the chewiness that comes from water boiling and you’ve got an winner. Atkin’s dieters need not apply, this is a gut bomb of carbohydrate goodness that will get you through the morning.
I like both BB’s locations, the original on McFarland Parkway in south Forsyth and the newer store on State Bridge in Alpharetta. A good BB’s alternative is Essex Bagels in Johns Creek.
Chicken Shawarma Wrap – Jerusalem Bakery
It starts with a fresh pita, baked on the premises. Next comes chicken cut to order from a rotating spit. It’s juicy with a bit of singe. Throw on some lettuce, tomato, onions, red cabbage and a few pickled veggies. Don’t pass up the garlic, tahini and hot sauces. Wrap it all up and give it a quick warm up on the grill. What you’ll find is an explosion of Middle-eastern flavors and textures. The veggies are crisp, the pickles tart, the tahini creamy and the pita fresh. And at only eight bucks including a side and drink, Jerusalem Barkery’s chicken shawarma is one of Alpharetta’s best lunch values.