Tasting notes from Taste of Alpharetta 2012

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

Another year of Taste of Alpharetta is behind us. The weather was perfect, much cooler and less humid than in years past. The downtown setting was also neat at the beginning of the event. It was nice to stroll the streets of downtown at a leisurely pace. I saw some homeowners along Old Roswell Street sitting on their porches for some people watching.

But by 7:00 the event was crazy. Milton Avenue was elbow to elbow and almost impassable. The narrow streets of downtown couldn’t handle the crowds that were accustomed to four lanes of Old Milton Parkway. But nevertheless the event went off well. Kudos to the city for all their efforts.

I tried to hit newer restaurants this year along with a few favorites. Here are my notes from the evening. Leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!

Mole braised pork sandwich from Bite

Bite

They brought a short rib taco, something I don’t think is on the menu. It was pretty good but a little wet and mushy. And as I had hoped, the mole braised pork made an appearance. They served it as a sandwich with cole slaw and a pickled onion. Delicious stuff.

Breadtime

It was great to see a crowd in front of their booth. They offered a lot of variety last night which should drive some business their way. I had, as the Germans call it, weisswurst or white sausage. I’ve eaten this stuff in Munich but never in the states. I didn’t care for the curry sauce on top but it was still very good.

Wildflour

Disappointing. They had spot number one, right as you walk in. Yet even with this prime space they were an hour late setting up. Once they did they only had chicken salad and cookies. I expect better from these guys.

Miltons

I’m also a little disappointed in this Taste of Alpharetta favorite. They were offering fried chicken but couldn’t make it fast enough. I went back several times but they never had any.

Alpine Bakery

For only three tickets folks were walking away with huge slices of cake including red velvet. I dropped two tickets on a cheesecake sample but was underwhelmed. If you’re expecting a dense cheesecake, don’t look for it here.

The Counter

They were set up real close to competitor Smashburger. I liked the grilled slider I tried here. Bursting with flavor, juicy and FAR cheaper than what you’d pay at their over-priced restaurant on Mansell Road.

Madras Chettinaad

The former Minerva Indian buffet doesn’t get enough attention at this event. They always cook a lot for Taste of Alpharetta as their cuisine lends itself well to an event like this. I found my mango lassi to be a refreshing drink towards the end of my evening.

4 comments on this post.
  1. Greg:

    We liked the new setting, too, but like you, we were there early.

    I got to try Milton’s chicken. It was excellent, with an apple flavor. That and Jill’s Cupcakery salted caramel cupcake were my two favorite things. I also enjoyed Bite’s pork, Smokejack’s pork, and Miller’s Alehouse baby back ribs, but as you’ve said before, they need to dial the BBQ pork down a notch. The Flying Biscuit still has the best shrimp and grits.

    I can’t really think of anything I didn’t like. Great event this year!

  2. Cool Papa Bell:

    Didn’t make it this year, but I will say, the one thing I’ve been disappointed in at Alpine is their cheesecake. Weird about Wildflour, but I guess chix salad is the easiest to serve to the masses.

    Breadtime is great. Crepes are fantastic, but also probably tough to serve to the masses because they will get soggy quickly.

  3. L Crompton:

    I liked the new venue but I always come early and leave early so didn’t experience the crazy crowd part of it. I try to eat vegetarian but always find plenty to eat. My favorite was Madras Chettinaad – they piled on the somosas for my 3 (I think it was) tickets. I’ll definitely be checking them out for some evening dining.

    Maybe it was the new setting, but it seemed to me that there weren’t as many restaurants this year. Or maybe it was simply there was much of a sameness about the selections.

    Anyway, I enjoyed the event and the weather.

  4. Kelly and Michael:

    We were there right when they started in order to avoid the crowds. Our favorites were Madras (delicious samosas) and Breadtime (bratwurst w/sauerkraut). Bite was also very good. The meatballs at La Casa Italia were moist and flavorful. Thanks for your suggestions from last weeks blog!

    We left just before the crowds got too crazy, but love the new set up. It was also great to be able to have a choice to buy beer or wine at a couple of locations. The weather was perfect this year also. Can’t wait to go back next year!

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