Archive - March, 2012

DA Butcher – McGinnis Ferry

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

You might get a sense of deja vu walking into DA Butcher. At this early stage they still bear a strong resemblance to the New York Butcher Shoppe, the former occupant of this space. Replace “NY” with “DA”, drop the quaintly spelled “shoppe” and everything else remains the same?

There’s a little more going on with DA Butcher. New York Butcher decided back in the fall to close this Alpharetta location. Their goal was to concentrate on their Sandy Springs store, the last one in Metro Atlanta. A former employee at this Alpharetta location decided to open the independent butcher shop you see today and brought on an entirely new staff.

The store has the same layout as before with a meat case separating patrons from staff. Large cuts of steak are featured prominently here including a monster porterhouse with impressive marbling. Also catching my eye were a handful of prime steaks including a few whole beef tenderloins. There was even this nice Wagyu sirloin, something you don’t see everyday.

Along the wall you’ll find a bank of freezers. Their compressors emit an abnormally loud groan that makes conversation a little difficult in the store. But inside their doors you’ll find an array of prepared foods and frozen meats. They’ve got sushi-grade tuna curiously sitting next to bricks of pork scrapple and many other proteins. You’ll find expensive pastas, ravioli and potato gnocchi along with more mundane steakfries.

On my first visit I took home two prime beef filets. They were cut to order and turned out a little thicker than I had planned. They also offered to season the filets, a suggestion I found unusual of such a quality cut of meat. I declined as I had an au poivre preparation in mind. Otherwise I had no complaints with the steaks. They were wonderfully tender as you might expect from this cut and grade. But price will keep me away from these guys except for the most special of occasions.

I was determined to try their barbecue on my second visit. They smoke pork and brisket in front of the store and sell it at lunch or as whole pieces of smoked meat sealed in cryovac. I’m always on the prowl for good barbecue in the suburbs and am willing to try just about anything out of the ordinary. As I explained to a co-worker, you’ve gotta kiss a few frogs before finding a prince. Unfortunately for DA, there was nothing princely about their barbecue.

I opted for a pulled pork sandwich and cringed as I watched the guy place chilled pork meat into a microwave oven. The small quantity of meat was not tender at all but did have a solid core of smokey flavor. It was a little fatty and overall was not very good at all. I was hungry an hour later.

So for an early look, DA Butcher seems eerily similar to their predecessor. Their steaks and prepared foods are expensive, especially when compared to places like Costco. They can distinguish themselves somewhat by offering very premium cuts and grades, something most are not in the market for on a regular basis. They are planning to expand offerings including beer and wine. That could help as would better execution on the smoker. Give them a little more time and they’ll have it all figured out.

Alpharetta Jobs – March 2011

Approximately quarterly the career websites of Alpharetta’s largest employers are queried. The number of jobs advertised are tallied and trended against data going back over two years. The results are published to the Roots in Alpharetta blog and used by permission in the Appen Newspapers. These numbers were tabulated on March 26th and 27th. All attempts were made to maintain accuracy but some errors are possible.

I’ve run this column monthly for the past two years but am transitioning to a quarterly frequency.

The overall number of openings remains strong at over 700 advertised. 2011 saw strong hiring at HP and Siemens as they ramped up new projects in Alpharetta. The current number of openings at these two companies is down, possibly indicating that their staffing shortages are coming to an end.

Scientific Games in south Forsyth shows 41 openings, the most since I’ve tracked the company. Mega Millions is setting record payouts. Coincidence? Other companies showing an increase in job openings include software shops RedPrairie and Infor in Milton.

Largest Employers in Alpharetta - March 2012

Company Number of Jobs
McKesson 166
LexisNexis/Choicepoint 40
ADP 51
E-Trade 11
Equifax 45
AT&T 8
Verizon 58
NCR/Radiant 41
HP 12
Alcatel-Lucent 1
UPS 20
Siemens 65
Traveler's 21
T-SYS 6
Metlife 3
Total 548

Mid-Sized Employers in Alpharetta - March 2012

Company Number of Jobs
Research in Motion 8
Ciena 10
RedPrairie 24
Exide Technologies not available
Ryder 20
Phillips 9
Outcomes Health 5
New York Life 0
GXS/Inovis 2
Infor 19
Hanjin Shipping 4
Scientific Games 41
VeriFone 7
AIG 2
Farmer's Insurance 5
LaFarge 2
Crown Castle 8
Amdocs 1
Total 166

Photo credit: Kevin Harber (creative commons)

Taxpayer-funded Progress Partners crosses ethical line

On Wednesday North American Properties presented their Avalon plans to Progress Partners, the economic development arm of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The proposed mixed-use development was well received by the chamber and Progress Partners. Even the apartments in the plan passed muster with the group, calling them vital to the project. This is to be expected.

But the leaders behind Progress Partners went a step father. According to an article in the Alpharetta Patch, chamber leaders urged members to begin a lobbying effort. They suggested calling Alpharetta City Council members, responding to online surveys, and speaking favorably of the project during public hearings.

Progress Partners’ attempt to influence a pending zoning matter is inappropriate because the group receives taxpayer funding from the City of Alpharetta.

In December 2011 the City Council voted to enter into an agreement with the chamber and Progress Partners in an effort to further the city’s economic development plan. Part of the agreement provided for $50,000 to be paid to Progress Partners from the city’s general fund. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the deal.

Further compounding the relationship are two councilmen who also serve on the chamber’s board of directors. Michael Cross and Chris Owens both serve the chamber in their professional capacities as well as on behalf of the city.

As an agent of the city and taxpayer-funded organization, Progress Partners committed a breach of ethics when it crossed the line into political lobbying. The taxpayers of Alpharetta deserve better.

Alpharetta Restaurant & Retail News – March 2012

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

I have a handful of new restaurants to announce. Despite all the vacant restaurant space in town, most of these guys are choosing new construction or to use space not designed for an eatery. Go figure.

Tassa Caribbean Express – Old Milton

Tassa Roti Shop is a Caribbean restaurant on Powers Ferry Road in Marietta. They specialize in cuisine from Trinidad and Tobago served buffet-style. Tassa has Alpharetta in their sights for a second location to be called Tassa Caribbean Express.

What’s odd about this proposed new restaurant is the location. They’ve identified a space at 4005 Old Milton Parkway not terribly far from Caribbean Fiesta, a restaurant certainly to be a competitor. But even that isn’t as bad as the building they’ve picked. This office building adjacent to Simon’s Chinese isn’t set up to host a restaurant. Their kitchen would be limited to simply reheating food, presumably brought in from their Marietta location.

Additionally, Tassa will have to go before the city to obtain a master plan change and variance to allow a restaurant in this space. This is an unusual political hoop for a new restaurant to have to jump through.

Reheated food, close proximity to an established competitor and political hurdles make for an uphill battle for this newcomer.

Uncle Maddio’s – Windward

Welcome to Moe’s Uncle Maddio’s!

Uncle Maddio’s will open their first Alpharetta location at 5215 Windward Parkway in the space formerly occupied by K-Cafe. If you’re not familiar with this concept, I’d describe it as the Moe’s of pizza. That’s not an accident because a Moe’s co-founder is behind this idea. They build a custom pizza right in front of you, much like a burrito… or a sandwich… or a cup of yogurt.

The company tells me they plan a May opening. I’ll bet you a pizza with extra anchovies that doesn’t happen. Too ambitious. Look for them this summer.

El Molcajete – Milton

This small chain of Mexican restaurants has finally opened their Milton location at 14155 Highway 9 in the old Zola Bistro space. I haven’t tried them yet but trusted sources are not giving me good reports. Speedy Gonzalez is on the menu. Need I say more?

Chipotle – Haynes Bridge

This national chain of burrito joints has big expansion plans for 2012 and Alpharetta seems to be on their list. They want to open a second Alpharetta location on Haynes Bridge Road. I don’t know where exactly it will be but my sources tell me it will be new construction. I hope to know more soon.

Update: I’ve learned that Chipotle will be between GA-400 and the mall entrance, across the street from Best Buy.

Pollo Tropical – Johns Creek

Matthew Quinn at the Johns Creek Herald wrote a good piece on these guys. This is another Caribbean restaurant but with an emphasis on grilled food. They want to build a new restaurant on an out-parcel at Medlock Center, 5805 State Bridge Road. And just like Tassa, this will require a zoning application to pull off.

DA Butcher – McGinnis Ferry

Remember the New York Butcher Shoppe? They closed their Alpharetta location a few months back to concentrate on their other store in Dunwoody. Well it seems an independent butcher shop has quietly opened in the same space. Look for them at 5354 McGinnis Ferry next to Never Enough Thyme. Also check out their active Facebook page.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Alfresco - Pizzeria on Main Street and Old Milton.
Meat and Potatoes Kitchen & Bar - Johns Creek in the old Rio Bravo/Star Diner space.
Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse - I’d been calling these guys Ipamena Grill but this seems to be the real name they’re after. Look for them on Old Milton where Chip’s used to be.
The Velvet Note - Itty bitty food and music venue coming soon to Old Milton.
Joe’s NY Pizzeria - In the planning stages for 1605 Mansell Road in an old Starbucks space.

Retailers

I’m considering expanding this monthly column to cover new Alpharetta retailers. I know, this is Foodie Friday. I come across a lot of these guys while researching restaurants, so it’s a natural fit to include a few.

Avalon’s Retail

North American Properties has announced a few retailers for their proposed mixed-use development. They include:

Whole Foods - This will be an important part of the development and a welcomed addition. I think it also explains why there is so much surface parking at Avalon. But the question on everyone’s mind is… will Whole Foods close the old Harry’s location on Upper Hembree once the Avalon store opens?
Regal Theater - Another anchor that’s important to Avalon.
Chick-Fil-A - They didn’t come right out and say the name of this place but rather referred to a very popular fast-food restaurant – with a drive thru – that isn’t open on Sundays. Look for them in one of the Old Milton out-parcels at Avalon.

Other New Retail

Northpoint Mall Theater - I’ve heard a few rumors about which theater is coming to the mall but I’m not ready to say. I’m kind of surprised the mall hasn’t come forward with a name by now.
Cutters Cigar Emporium - Building out in the old Schakolad Chocolate location on Windward next to Qdoba. Long ashes, fellas.
International Gourmet Foods - Coming soon to 222 South Main Street in the rundown stripmall behind Bank of America.
Dress-up Boutique - This small chain of women’s clothing stores started in Dahlonega three years ago. They are building their fifth store on Windward near LA Fitness.
Walmart Neighborhood Market - A new grocery-only version of Walmart to open at 11770 Haynes Bridge Road behind Alpha Soda.

Reuben Lack vs Alpharetta High School

A new controversy is swirling at Alpharetta High School and is starting to get picked up by local and Atlanta media. At this point most of the information is coming from one side of the debate, but here’s what we know.

Reuben Lack is the student body president at Alpharetta High – or I should say he was. Last month he was removed from his position by school administrators. Lack alleges that his removal was due to his support of a proposal to make the prom king and queen tradition more inclusive of gay and lesbian students. He’s retained a lawyer and is suing the school. In his suit he asks to be reinstated as student body president and seeks to be repaid damages including punitive damages.

It’s still too early to take sides in an issue like this. I personally don’t have a problem with any student being considered for prom king and queen. But it’s always been my experience that the truth is somewhere in the middle. Now that the case is in the court system it is doubtful school officials will make public comment.

But the most unfortunate part will be how this reflects on Alpharetta. Atlanta’s media never misses a chance to paint affluent suburbanites as xenophobes (or in this case homophobes). This case will likely serve as ammunition to further that endeavor.

I’m sure this story will continue to play out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read Lack’s complaint as filed in US District Court (opens as a pdf). Lack’s lawyer also has a blog entry on the case. And finally, here’s an unrelated Youtube video of Lack speaking before the Fulton County Commissioners.

St. Patrick’s Day in Alpharetta

Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday. Today feature sa guest post from Mike Christensen. Follow Mike on Twitter @SCSA31274.

Every March 17th,  people get together and celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, commonly known as St. Patrick’s Day.  All over America, the beer flows green, shamrocks are everywhere, and all people are Irish.  This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, so party goers will be out early and often with no worries of being late for work the next day.  If you’re not able or willing to drive to Savannah to join 400,000 of your closest friends in dyeing the fountains green, numerous places in Alpharetta  have much to offer to tickle your Blarney Stone.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub – Crabapple

Certainly one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Alpharetta.  They open Saturday at 10:00 AM and close “when the Guinness is gone or 2:00 AM, whichever comes first”.  I’m guessing 2:00 AM.  They will have live music all day.  There is a $5.00 cover charge to get in and tickets will be sold that can be redeemed for food and beverages outside on the patio.  Inside, cash and credit cards only are accepted.  Food is served from a limited menu consisting of burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage.  Traffic in the area will be extremely heavy, so come prepared.  If the Olde Blind Dog is too crowded, head across the street to…

Erwoods Kitchen and Keg – Crabapple

Erwoods is hosting the “Ain’t Patrick’s Day” party Friday and Saturday.  According to their Facebook page, they will have a special menu as well as 24 kegs ready to go.

The Firkin and Crown – The Avenue Forsyth

Food specials all week long along with an all day party on Saturday with an outdoor bar under the big tent.  Live music and prize giveaways starting at 6:00 PM.  There is no cover charge and plenty of parking.

Crafty Draught – The Avenue Forsyth

The newest addition to the beer scene in south Forsyth is offering a special St. Patrick’s growler to go along with a whole selection of beers pouring on the growler wall.  Some of the beers special for this weekend include Smithwick’s (Irish Red Ale), Harp (Irish Lager), McSorley’s (Irish Black Lager), Magners (Irish Cider), and Brooklyn Dry Stout (Dry Irish Stout).  They will be closing a little early Saturday at 9:30 PM.

Tilted Kilt – Windward

Don’t forget to wear green all day Saturday for live music from 2:30 PM on in the outdoor tent area.  There will also be DJ’s spinning music on the inside.  VIP tables are available in advance, so call soon.

Scottsdale Farms – Birmingham Hwy, Milton

For those who want to exercise your green thumb for St. Patrick’s Day, Scottsdale Farms is open on Saturday.  WSB radio’s Lawn and Garden Show host Walter Reeves will be on hand at 11:30 AM to answer your gardening questions.  After 2:30 PM, free green mint milk shakes will be given away.

Whatever you end up doing this weekend, drink responsibly and either have a designated driver, or call a cab.  Do not drink and drive.  The police will be out in force, and a DUI is not the way St. Patrick would have wanted your weekend to end.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo credit: Sami Keinänen (creative commons)

Fitch downgrades Fulton Science Academy’s bonds… again

This week the credit rating agency Fitch downgraded the bonds of the Fulton Science Academy. This is the second time the agency has done so since the building bonds were issued in September 2011.

My opinion in this issue hasn’t changed since I wrote about it here and here. I’ll let Fitch’s words speak for themselves as they have summed up the issue rather well in my opinion.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:13 PM

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the rating on the $18.9 million of Development Authority of Alpharetta, Georgia educational facilities revenue bonds (Fulton Science Academy project) (the bonds) to ‘B’ from ‘BB-’. The bonds remain on Rating Watch Negative.

SECURITY

Joint and several general obligation of Fulton Science Academy, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy Middle School, or the middle school or FSAMS), Fulton Educational Services, Inc. (Fulton Science Academy High School, or the high school), and Fulton Sunshine Academy (Fulton Science Academy Elementary School, or the elementary school; collectively with the middle school and high school, the borrowers, or the schools or FSA), payable from all legally available revenues and secured by a first mortgage lien on the new campus.

KEY RATING DRIVERS

MATERIAL DEFAULT RISK: The downgrade to ‘B’ reflects elevated default risk related to the non-renewal of FSAMS’ charter by its local school district, a shrinking window to pursue alternative charter renewal options, and further FSAMS leadership missteps in managing key relationships.

POTENTIAL LOSS OF CHARTER: Late last year, the charter authorizer (Fulton County School District, FCSD) rejected the middle school’s charter renewal application. FSAMS applied to the state of Georgia’s Department of Education (DOE) for a new charter, but a final determination is not expected until the middle of June, just weeks before its FCSD charter expires.

TURBULENT RELATIONSHIPS CAUSE CONCERN: FSA’s recent failure to obtain required construction approvals for its project, along with the FSAMS charter non-renewal, highlight an on-going, worrying trend of management inattention to regulatory requirements.

CONCERNS TRUMP INVESTMENT-GRADE CHARACTERISTICS: Fitch notes that on a consolidated basis, the borrowers generated solid debt service coverage in fiscal 2011 and standardized test scores generally exceed state and district averages. However, these factors, which help drive positive enrollment trends, do not fully offset the concerns Fitch has regarding FSAMS’ future, and FSA’s relationship management.

WHAT COULD TRIGGER A RATING ACTION

FAILED STATE CHARTER APPLICATION: Expiration of the middle school’s FCSD charter at June 30, 2012, without a replacement state charter could result in an immediate event of default as defined in bond documents. In such a scenario, Fitch would likely downgrade the bonds to no higher than ‘C’, with a Negative Rating Watch. According to terms of the loan agreement and indenture for the bonds, the trustee could implement accelerated redemption provisions.

STATE CHARTER WITHOUT ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT: If the middle school wins approval of a state charter, it still faces the challenge of operating without significant revenues currently provided by FCSD. Should proposed legislative remedies fall short of fully replacing the loss of district funding, the middle school plans to rely upon internal resources, potentially diminishing an already modest financial cushion.

FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF REGULATORY RELATIONSHIPS: The elementary and high schools maintain FCSD charters in good standing.

Spring Foodie Festivals

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

Spring is the season for our various “Taste of” food festivals. I try to hit most of these and it seems I’m not alone. Their popularity continues to grow. Some of these events are growing beyond their capacity.

Yet even though it is cool to sample food from many restaurants, I’m starting to feel a little disappointed after each event. Maybe it is because I’ve been intentional in trying new restaurants as they open. Most restaurants at these events are already very familiar to frequent restaurant patrons in Alpharetta. But nevertheless there are always a few that surprise me and occasionally you’ll discover a gem, such as a catering outfit you never knew about.

Let’s get onto the list!

Alpharetta Public Safety Chili Cookoff

Saturday March 10, 2012
11:00 – 2:00
Alpharetta Fire Services Headquarters
2970 Webb Bridge Road

It’s not exactly a “taste of” event, but I’m not going to pass up chili! Alpharetta’s police go head-to-head against the firefighters in this event to raise funds for the city’s Public Safety Foundation. Bring the kids for an up-close look at the fire trucks.

Taste of Webb Bridge

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Webb Bridge Middle School

This event is growing very fast, almost become a preview of the mammoth Taste of Alpharetta event in May. Their list of restaurants has grown and is spilling out beyond the east Alpharetta area. Look for notable restaurants like Bite, the Sage/Spice/Northpoint Diner family of restaurants, and Mr Taco among others. Also on the list is a catering outfit called Christophes Kitchen that’s worthy of a few tickets.

Taste of Forsyth

Saturday, April 7, 2012
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Cumming Fairgrounds

Talk about a great place for a festival, the Cumming Fairgrounds is the perfect venue. There’s a lot of space and you can be comfortable eating food at an honest-to-goodness table (imagine that!).

Unfortunately this event has suffered over the past several years. Participation is way down. I’d wait for the list of restaurants to be published before making the trip up there.

Taste of Alpharetta

Thursday, May 10, 2012
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Old Milton Parkway at Wills Park

The granddaddy of them all! Tens of thousands of visitors, shuttle buses, games, prizes oh my!

It’s probably a bit premature to talk about this event. The list of participating restaurants isn’t even out yet. I’m likely to devote two Foodie Friday columns to Taste of Alpharetta. Stay tuned.

Flavors of Forsyth

Sunday, May 20, 2012
Noon – 6:00pm
Lanier Technical College

This will be only the third year of this event and they’re growing by leaps and bounds. This year it will be organized by the United Way. They’ve also moved the event from the Avenue Forsyth to the Lanier Technical College just down the street.

HOT Lanes on GA 400

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Have you seen the white signs all over town? Dozens of them have cropped up in north Fulton and Forsyth along GA 400 off-ramps and elsewhere. They advertise a public meeting in Roswell concerning GA 400. No other real details are available on the sign. And very little has been published in the local media at this point in time.

So what does the Georgia DOT have in mind for GA 400? They’ve lit the fuse on what will surely become a firestorm of controversy in this area. They are proposing HOT lanes on GA 400… like the ones on I-85 in Gwinnett County. GDOT is considering these lanes starting in Cumming at the GA-20 interchange all the way down to I-285.

I won’t go into a lot of detail in this post except to say that I haven’t personally decided if I like these or not. All I know is that these will be very controversial, perhaps more so than the HOT lanes along the I-85 corridor. The jury is still out on their success in Gwinnett. On top of that GA 400 commuters have lingering bitterness over the extension of the fifty cent toll. Tacking on more tolls (albeit optional ones) are not likely to sit well with north Fulton and Forsyth commuters.

But we’ll have a lot of time to work through all of these issues. In the meantime, visit the DOT’s GA 400 HOT lane website or attend one of the three public meetings listed below.

March 13, 2012
The Cottage School
700 Grimes Bridge Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075

March 15, 2012
Piney Grove Middle School
8135 Majors Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041

March 20, 2012
First Baptist Church Sandy Springs
650 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Fish Tacos in Alpharetta

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

We’re in the season of Lent, a period for some believers to reflect, prepare, offer penance and practice self-denial. For many this includes eating only fish and vegetables on Fridays.

So I got to thinking… I write about food on Fridays. An observant Catholic might stumble upon my blog during this season and read about delicious and smokey barbecue. He or she might have been tempted by Mike Christensen’s description of lasagna bolognese in last week’s review. I don’t want to be the one who tempts you in your faith journey, so today I’ll offer something that better conforms to your theology – fish tacos!

Fish tacos are on a lot of Alpharetta menus these days so there’s no way to review them all. I like fish tacos because a chef can pack a lot of contrasting flavors and textures into a small package. Some were successful in this regard and others were not. Here’s what I found. Please let me know your favorite fish taco!

Boga Taqueria

Boga will do tilapia in their tacos either fried or grilled. My preference is fried. Their slaw is fair but the spicy mayo makes this taco. I wish there was a little more of it. All in all, Boga’s fish taco is fair. They offer far better alternatives elsewhere on their menu.

Pure Taqueria

Pure also offers fried and grilled fish tacos. The fried fish is tilapia. I liked the crisp batter which was almost tempura style. The mayo and slaw are good but the corn tortilla is awesome.

Pure’s grilled fish taco is the best in town. They use swordfish grilled with lime which comes deconstructed on the plate like a fajita. You assemble with grilled pico and fresh avocado slices. The fish is amazing with powerful grilled lime flavor. The grilled tomatoes in the pico stand out and the avocado acts as a cream sauce. If I had to nitpick about anything here it would be that it lacked a crisp texture for contrast.

BW Tavern

BW uses the most obscure species of fish in their taco – panga. I was not familiar with the panga but it has a white flesh not unlike a lot of fish in tacos. They rub the fish in ancho chili powder before cooking. It gives BW’s fish taco the spiciest bite of any in this list. They top it with cabbage, black bean salsa and a cream sauce. It is a decent taco but is a little wet and drippy.

Bite

The first thing that hits you is the pungent smell of cotija cheese. A little dusting of this Mexican parmesan cheese goes a long way. The guys at Bite are experts at layering flavors and they certainly do that with their fish tacos. Their pickled jalapeno slaw is amazing all by itself, as is their street corn. Both find their way into the taco. There’s so much going on that the flavors completely blow away the delicate taste and texture of the grouper.

Bite’s fish taco is good. But sitting right next to it on the menu is their highly-touted mole-braised pork taco. Order that. (oops, did I mention red meat? Sorry.)

Azul Agave

I’ve not been impressed with this Mexican newcomer to Alpharetta. Their fish tacos have been inconsistent on the two occasions I’ve had them. On my first try the mahi was overcooked and dry. A second chance turned out better. A generous application of Azul’s spicy cream sauce greatly helps these tacos. The cole slaw is decent but overall these fish tacos don’t stand out.

Photo credit: Cory Voglesonger (creative commons)

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