Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
But this blogger keeps forgetting to mention their opening! It might be easy to do. Taziki’s is just one name on a growing list of Mediterranean restaurants setting shop in our area. We like to talk food trends here on Roots and this is one that’s caught me completely, and pleasantly, by surprise.
I’m going to lump Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants into the broader category of Mediterranean for the sake of this article. We could split hairs I guess.
In the time I’ve been writing about Alpharetta’s restaurant scene more than ten Mediterranean restaurants have opened. It’s staggering. They outnumber Indian joints. Can this area support so many? Do you have a favorite? Let’s run through a few.
Main Street Alpharetta – You’ve got four options for gyros along this short stretch of road. Mac Meals to the south is small and overlooked. Seven Seas on Devore Road is very good with friendly folks. Cafe Efendi is an Alpharetta institution. I like their new digs on North Main. And don’t forget Gyro King up closer to Windward.
Cubicle dwellers can hit Papoulli’s on Windward or Jerusalem Bakery on Old Milton. Jerusalem’s chicken shawarma sandwich is among my favorite things to eat for lunch in Alpharetta, in any genre of food.
Mediterranean food near the mall is lacking. Fast-casual chain Extreme Pita open and closed in a short time. Close to that was Dalia’s Grill, a rare gem on North Point before they went under. The newly opened Chill Restaurant and Lounge will offer higher-end Mediterranean food in their cavernous space on Haynes Bridge.
Johns Creek shouldn’t be left out. 1001 Nights opened recently on Medlock Bridge offering Persian cuisine. Also doing Persian food is Noosh Kitchen on Douglas Road. On the fast-casual side, try Grecian Gyro in Johns Creek Walk. The portions are huge here. They’re also on Scoutmob for 50% off.
And south Forsyth even figures into the mix. Shiraz Cafe is a beautiful little restaurant that’s hidden from drivers on McGinnis Ferry Road. And don’t forget Baba’s Gyro and Kabob on Ronald Reagan. This gem next to a gas station took Cumming by storm a few years ago once word got out.
Do you have a favorite Mediterranean restaurant? Who’s making the best gyro in town? Let me know!