Alpharetta Restaurant News – August 2011

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.

About once a month I’ve posted a new/closed restaurant column. I’m going to change the format a bit, making this more of a general catch-all article on the Alpharetta-area restaurant scene. Let me know what you think. And as always, please comment if you see anything new or closed that I’ve missed.

Cupcakes in Alpharetta

Alpharetta continues to play catchup in this foodie trend. We’re not seeing a lot of new retail cupcake shops (along the lines of Jilly’s) but rather existing places supplementing their offerings. Here’s what I’ve found that’s new:

Yummy Pieces of Flour – North Point Mall – This oddly named shop opened in a kiosk near the food court. I have not tried them yet, but they’re getting a lot of buzz and playing social media well.  Check out their website, twitter and facebook profiles. Their cupcakes are not baked on site. Perhaps they come from a place like…

Simply Cupcakelicious – Opened last week in an office/industrial park off McFarland Parkway on Shiloh Road. It’s not exactly a retail location so I’m guessing this is more of a wholesale operation. Here’s their website.

La Cupcakerie – The Avenue Forsyth – These guys burst onto the scene back in January with Groupon specials and a lot of hype. Unfortunately they never got off the ground. I hear that Groupon is now refunding La Cupcakerie’s deals.

GoWaiter – North Fulton

GoWaiter is a restaurant delivery service. They have existing franchises in Atlanta, Gwinnett and the Vinings area. A North Fulton franchise is set to open next week featuring a growing list of popular eateries.

Delivery services for restaurants are hardly a new idea. GoWaiter seems to be a little more advanced with menus and ordering online. I’ll give them a shot next week.

Bite

Way back in September 2010 I reported on Field Good selling to a catering outfit called Bite Atlanta. Months went by and I feared that the bad economy swallowed up these guys before they took off. Not so as they finally opened a few weeks ago. I’ve heard glowing feedback on Bite from several people who’s opinions I trust. Put this place on your to-try list! They are located on the corner of Webb Bridge Way and Kimball Bridge, near the post office.

Crafty Draugh – Avenue Forsyth

What’s a growler? I didn’t know until I read Aldo Nahed’s story over at the Forsyth Herald. A few young beer connoisseurs are attempting to open this shop across the street from the Avenue Forsyth. If they can get Forsyth County to relax a few rules, you’ll be able to fill your growlers (small jugs) with craft brewed beer. Cheers!

Heavenly Gourmet Popcorn

100 flavors of popcorn? Bring your dental floss. Heavenly has opened on North Main Street in Alpharetta, a little south of Windward. I’m not a huge popcorn guy, but maybe they’re worth a shot.

Johns Creek Restaurants and the PGA Championship

Several restaurants hurried plans to open in Johns Creek ahead of the PGA Championship this week. Included in the list are Twisted Taco and Smashburger. Sinbad’s Feast also announced an expansion of their restaurant just in time for the golfers. Fore!

Closed Restaurants

K Cafe – Windward – This concept restaurant from the folks at Krystal’s has closed. It’s unfortunate as they were growing on me after a ho-hum first impression.

Durty Kelly’s – This Irish pub on North Main has poured their last pint.

Coming Soon

We’ve talked about these already. I’ll keep a running list in this column of each new joint, with updates when appropriate, until they finally open.

Azul Agave – I was mistaken when I reported they would open in July. Looks like they still have some work to do. My apologizes for the error. I expect them to open on Old Milton Parkway any day now.

Smashburger - Now that the Johns Creek location is open, Windward Parkway appears to be next. Smash has a PR firm running around generating buzz. You won’t be caught off guard when these guys open, trust me.

La Casa Italian Grill – Their making progress but still not open. Two new Italian restaurants in Johns Creek – Rosa Mia and Dal Cuore – have been very well received. I wonder if La Casa will get the same attention in Alpharetta? Look for them in the old Cafe Efendi location downtown.

Dulce Chocolat – A new high-end chocolatier in the works for Old Milton Parkway.

Twisted Taco Express - These guys are probably several months away from opening. Look for them next to Wildflour on Windward and North Point.

6 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – August 2011”

  1. GA Jim August 12, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    It’s a sad commentary on my gastronomic sophistication but I am more excited about the re-introduction of a takeout delivery service in Alpharetta than any of the other developments. I still remember late night burgers from the Brickery when I lived in Dunwoody years ago.

    It will also be great for family movie nights or any other time you don’t want to go out but don’t want pizza or chinese.

  2. Cool Papa Bell August 12, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    With all the good restaurants in the area, can’t believe Twisted Taco keeps expanding. I guess they do have a pretty good pseudo sports bar concept, but the food is average at very best.

  3. Lee August 12, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Oh, and I failed to mention as a followup to my review of MyFavEats… They now have a mascot, a walking whisk. Ug. Will that make you want to check in to a restaurant?

  4. SCSA August 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Durty Kellys is gone? What happened? That place was always packed when I drove by. I tried the K cafe a few weeks ago. I was impressed. Food was good. Place was empty. Just too many choices along Windward. You really have to stand out to make it there.

  5. Grant Goggans August 14, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    I read a story that Krystal itself is up for sale. If that’s the case, then I guess it makes sense that enterprises like K Cafe needed to be closed down quickly. Shame, though!

  6. S. Pierson July 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    You guys should review Once Upon A Cake cupcakes. Although they are a cake shop primarily, the cupcakes are to die for! Very moist, just the right amount of icing. My favorite is the butter pecan!

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