Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
Shame on you if you don’t know of this event. It’s basically you and about 40,000 of your closest friends all piled into charming downtown Alpharetta to taste little vittles from scores of restaurants. Each year I do a preview article, even though last year I didn’t go. And I probably won’t go this year either.
Why? It’s mainly because I’ve tried just about every restaurant on this list. Chances are you have too. Scoping out new joints is our schtick here. Plus I have a family commitment that night anyway.
There’s always a handful of new restaurants looking to make a splash at Taste of Alpharetta. Here are a few I personally would spend a few tickets on as well as a list of glaring absences.
Mondo’s Pizza Kitchen – They are about to open any day now on Highway 9 in Milton. Here’s your early chance to get the inside story on their menu. I’ve heard this place may have promise.
Real Chow Baby – Did a double take seeing this name on the list. They closed their flagship restaurant in Atlanta several months ago with a promise to open here in Alpharetta. But as of now we’ve seen no evidence that a restaurant is in the works, unless they are outside of Alpharetta proper. Go try their stir fry and ask when and where they will be. And someone send me a tweet with the answer please!
Four Fat Cows Ice Cream – Graze on over to these guys for dessert. They are soon to open on Main Street near Mittie’s Tea Room. I’m excited to try a new ice cream joint in town and have high expectations on the quality of the product. Hope they can deliver. Again, someone send me the scoop!
Oak Steakhouse and Colletta – Wow, they will let the great unwashed at the food festival try their eats without a corporate AMEX? Here’s your chance! Goldbergs and Kona are the only other Avalon restaurants at Taste. Disappointed that El Felix isn’t there. And no-shows from Bantam + Biddy, Antico, Bocado and the others?
Also missing this year are the darlings of downtown – Salt Factory and South Main Kitchen. Perhaps they will do something curbside at their restaurants? Between these guys and the Avalon absence, there are some noticeable gaps in the lineup this year.
That’s pretty much all that stands out this year. Milton’s is always there and worthy of your tickets. Others I’d try include Ceviche, Bite and Noche from Johns Creek.
My only other advice is to get there very early, perhaps before the official 5:00 start. The place is elbow-to-elbow by 7.
Taste of Alpharetta is on Thursday May 7th starting at 5:00pm in downtown Alpharetta.