Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
I have a confession to make. In my day job I’m a software quality assurance engineer. That’s a fancy way of saying that I test software; and that’s what makes my column two weeks ago particularly embarrassing.
The WordPress plugin I used for polling didn’t work so well. Oh and I didn’t test it out. The result was a frustrating experience for my readers when selecting their favorite new restaurant of the year. Please accept my apologies.
But I’m very pleased with the results we do have. The winner by a narrow margin is the German bakery and cafe Breadtime. I certainly concur with that opinion.
It took this husband and wife joint a while to hit its stride. They opened to a limited menu and small staff. Early patrons were often confused by the offering and working of the restaurant. If you ever needed a reason not to harshly judge a new restaurant, this was it. To add to the confusion, they closed for an entire month for vacation. How very European of them.
But Breadtime has hit their stride. I’ve never had a bad meal here. Their homemade pasta is awesome, especially served in lip-smacking browned butter. Their schnitzel is authentic and cooked golden brown and delicious. And their chicken salad sandwich might be the best in Alpharetta.
I agree that Grand Champion BBQ might have earned some votes on reputation alone. I’ve been twice since they opened in Crabapple and think they might still have some kinks to work out. Let’s give them another month or so before conferring titles.
While I don’t think they deserve to be on any best-of lists, here’s a hat tip to Uncle Maddio’s. I set some very low expectations of this joint given their common ancestry to marginal burrito chain Moe’s. But they easily exceeded these diminished expectations. North Fulton has some outstanding New York-style pizzerias that elevate par. Maddio’s certainly isn’t there compared to these guys, but they make a worthy pie for a fast-casual joint.