Alpharetta Restaurant News – February 2012

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

I don’t have a lot of new restaurants to report this month. However several from my coming soon list have finally opened. Get out and try some of these new joints!

But before I get into the new restaurants, I’d like to put in a plug for something called Have a Heart for NFCC. Several local restaurants have partnered to raise funds for North Fulton Community Charities, a very worthy cause. If you dine at one of these restaurants on their designated day, a portion of your bill will be donated to the charity. There are some decent restaurants on this list. I encourage you to participate.

Feb 20 – Slopes BBQ
Feb 21 – Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar
Feb 22 – Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
Feb 28 – Alpine Bakery & Trattoria
Feb 29 – Sedgwick family of restaurants (Pure Taqueria, Vinny’s, Bistro VG and The Union)

Seven Seas Cafe – Devore Road

This Mediterranean restaurant quietly opened a few weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by The Spot. Not sure where this is? You’re not alone. This restaurant might as well be invisible, especially from Main Street.

I’ve yet to try this joint, but I trust the opinion of Boris Y on Yelp.

Breadtime – South Main

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but this little mom-and-pop German bakery is sehr gut! Their made-from-scratch ravioli cooked in browned butter is amazing. But you didn’t hear it from Roots in Alpharetta, alright? A full review is forthcoming. I promised them I would wait until they secured their liquor license.

Saigon Cafe – Windward

Their grand opening is Monday, February 20th. Look for them near Smashburger and Einstein Bagels.

Liu Fu – China Inn

China Inn has relocated from Chamblee to Johns Creek. They opened this month under the name Liu Fu. A Chinese co-worker of mine tells me they are generating quite a buzz on the hyper-local Chinese websites. Check them out on 141 across from the Emory Johns Creek hospital. I suggest the Sichuan hot boiled fish.

Bassanos – Johns Creek

Now open on State Bridge Road in Tasca Latin Bistro’s old location. I ate there last weekend and was impressed with their New York-style pizza. It’s certainly worth a return trip. Watch the crowds and be patient as they work out the kinks.

And speaking of Tasca… the broker that sold this restaurant said on his blog that former Tasca chef and owner Rogerio Martins will host a cooking show on Telemundo.

Erwoods – Crabapple

They have a new chef by the name of Brian Earl. He brings steakhouse and Italian experience from past jobs at Houstons and Longhorn. Also new at Erwoods is a wood-fired pizza oven.

52 Bistro – Main Street

They also have a new chef – Adam Legrand. His past gigs include Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, Downtown Kitchen and Goin’ Coastal in Canton.

Coming Soon

El Molcajete Mexican - Coming to Zola Bistro’s old space on Highway 9 in Milton.
Alfresco - Should open any day now on Main Street and Old Milton.
Meat & Potatoes - Johns Creek in the old Rio Bravo/Star Diner space.
Ipanema Grill - Coming to Old Milton Parkway where Chip’s Southern Cooking used to be.
Construct-a-burger - Still no word on a future location. I’m removing them from this column until I hear of firm plans to open.
Carrabbas - They plan to build a free-standing out-parcel restaurant at The Avenue Forsyth.

9 Responses to “Alpharetta Restaurant News – February 2012”

  1. JB February 17, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Thanks for posting. I have been haunting Breadtime online for weeks now and they have no presence that I can find. Please tell them to at least put up a facebook page. I will check them out this weekend.

  2. Cool Papa Bell February 17, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Interesting about Erwood’s. Their original chef was a Peter Principle casualty, but he was most accomplished at making pizza at Vito Goldberg’s. They get a new pizza oven and he’s gone?

  3. Lee February 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    A few things I failed to mention in this article…

    I think Liu Fu is currently on Scoutmob. That’ll save you a few bucks.

    For those of you in Cumming… Firewater Chophouse has closed. They never got good reviews. Makes you wonder if Cumming could support a high-end steakhouse.

    Also in Cumming is a new joint called Braise. They are in the same building as the Coo Coo’s Nest at exit 16.

  4. Laura February 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Have you tried Firefly yet? Have I missed the review? I’m eager to read what you think of it. Thanks for all the valuable info!

  5. Lee February 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    @Laura – Yeah I’ve been there several times with mixed results. I really can’t decide if I like them or not so I’ve decided to hold off on a review for now. For new restaurants I’d rather not review them at all versus writing something critical that might jeopardize their chances.

  6. SCSA February 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    A few things. Yes Liu fu is on Scoutmob. 50% off your bill up to 10 bucks. We used it last weekend and got a fantastic meal for $14. I went there when it was China Inn in chamblee and it’s better now (if that’s possible). Went there at lunch. Huge portions, fast service, and great food.
    Bread time has been open for a little over a week and it is very very good. Haven’t been for lunch yet but breakfast twice. Was not disappointed. Eager to hear more about this place, and I hope it does well.

    Looking forward to braise and alfresco. Oh and yeah, firewater chophouse was terrible. Can’t believe it was open as long as it was. I think if Cumming folks want a high end place, they’ll come to Alpharetta.

  7. Travis Allen February 18, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    ahem…or Milton

  8. Lee February 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Several men were arrested following a home invasion of an Indian family in Roswell. I don’t know if they have been charged in the two Alpharetta cases or not. Either way, we have not seen another home invasion since these arrests.

  9. JB February 21, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Bread time was good. We tried them this weekend for a loaf of very good bread. Got a menu as well. Looking forward to getting pasta from them.

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