Taste of Alpharetta 2013 – A Preview

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

It’ll be an intimate little gathering. Imagine me, you, a few of our favorite restaurants and tens of thousands of our closest friends. In a nutshell that’s Taste of Alpharetta. And for the second year the event will be crammed into a few blocks of downtown Alpharetta. Get there early before it gets to be elbow-to-elbow.

To me Taste of Alpharetta is a chance to kick the tires of several new restaurants. For a few bucks I can sample their menu without the commitment of an entire meal.

Unfortunately there are not as many newly opened restaurants at this year’s event. Here are a few that I suggest trying.

Fresh Lettuce – This sandwich and salad joint recently opened in the far reaches of Johns Creek on Holcomb Bridge Road. They’ve managed to generate some serious buzz in a short time. Fresh’s sandwich menu lends itself well to an event like this. I’ll make a bee-line to their booth hoping for a hot panini.

Noche Johns Creek – Also lending itself well to such an event is a tapas menu. Johns Creek has the fourth location of this popular Atlanta restaurant. Expect Spanish cuisine. I’m not sure what they plan to make but a cool ceviche would be delightful on a warm Spring evening.

Breakfast/Brunch – Fancified breakfast/brunch restaurants are trending in the ‘burbs and two are coming to Taste of Alpharetta. Another Broken Egg from Old Milton Parkway might be worth a ticket or two. Johns Creek’s Egg Harbor Cafe will also be there.

Tassa Caribbean – Want something completely different? Try the Trinidadian cuisine from Tassa. They quietly opened a buffet restaurant on Old Milton Parkway. If they make it, try the roti. It’s unleavened bread with savory fillings.

There are a handful of perennial favorites at Taste of Alpharetta. Milton’s Cuisine is always popular and shouldn’t be missed. Bite is urber-trendy and cranking out some adventurous grub. And don’t be afraid to try Madras Chettinaad. There’s never a line at this delicious Indian restaurant’s booth. That’s a shame.

And there are dozens more restaurants to sample. The complete list can be found at the city’s website. Also check out the event’s new social media presence. They are on twitter @TasteAlpharetta and on Facebook.

What: Taste of Alpharetta

Where: Downtown Alpharetta

When: Thursday May 9th, 5-10pm

Cost: Free to get in, food samples range from $1-3

3 comments on this post.
  1. Cool Papa Bell:

    Zero comments? I’ll bet if you were giving away free hash browns at WaHo, you’d have 60. Where did all the freeloaders go?

  2. Travis Allen:

    I haven’t had much interest in the Taste in years. I used to get there 15 minutes before it started, just to beat the crowds, any later and I get to a “no thanks” mood.

    Plus, to me, many of the restaurants have offerings that are NOT typically available at their locations.

  3. Greg:

    It’s like Yogi Berra said, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

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