Alpharetta Restaurant News – July 2015

I have a theory about doughnuts. They’re the trend in Alpharetta right now. New shops will open in just about every corner of the city.

First up is Delightful Donuts which opened a month ago in the former Scratch location (yes, in Milton). This joint is remarkably similar to Sweet Apple on McGinnis Ferry, selling product probably made from a mix. Oh and they have those pigs in a blanket too as well as a small line of DaVinci ripoffs, mini cake doughnuts with cereal toppings.

A much more promising store to watch is Donut Theory which is building out in the same shopping center as Bite on Kimball Bridge and Webb Bridge Way. Their website and Facebook page promise refined and made-from-scratch doughnuts. Cooking from pre-made commercial  mixes is common at every joint in town save one – Dutch Monkey in Cumming. So obviously these comparisons should be made immediately.

Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs is set to open a restaurant near Scratch on Highway 9 in Milton. They have a handful of other stores in metro Atlanta. Del Taco is still in talks to open up the street in front of Aldi. And rounding out our tour of Milton is Moctezuma Mexican Grill which will open in the former Bobby G’s location at Webb and Morris Roads. That name is uncomfortably similar to a certain colloquial term known to bathroom-weary travelers south of the border. What are they thinking?

And speaking of the runs, look for Tacos on the Run to open in the former Quiznos location near Costco. An Indian joint called Dancing Mouth was set to open here but plans fell through.

Texas-based Black Walnut Grill will soon begin construction of a new free-standing restaurant on the corner of Windward and North Point Parkway. Additional locations are planned in Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners. The casual restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the $8-13 range. Given the prime location and growing cubicle dweller lunchtime business, this restaurant should be a hit.

Kickshaw Japanese Style Tavern appears to have kicked the bucket. The restaurant was beautiful but lacked visibility. Close proximity to popular Campania wasn’t enough of a boost.

Opening since last month is LottaFrutta at Avalon as well as Bawarchi Biryani Point Indian Cuisine near Northpoint Mall.

Big thanks to Mike Christensen for his help with this article.

Restaurants Coming Soon

Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar – Opening on Milton Avenue in downtown Alpharetta next to 2B Whole Bakery.

Mugs on Milton – Second location for this indy coffee joint to open in Crabapple, former Scoops location.

Varasano’s Pizzeria - Coming to the back entrance of North Point Mall. Opening delayed to Spring 2016.

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina – Still waiting on their construction to begin at the former Uncle Madio’s space on Windward.

The Real Chow Baby – Stir fry joint coming soon to downtown Alpharetta.

Windward Tavern – Building in the former Cinco’s on McGinnis Ferry near Publix.

Anabella’s Table – Mom and pop French joint coming to the former Cosmic Deli location on Windward.

Flavor Juicery – Juice bar opening near Bite on Kimball Bridge.

9 comments on this post.
  1. David Wilhite:

    Just an FYI, Mugs on Milton has been open for at least a couple of weeks now. No signage when I was there two weeks ago, but open. Really nice space.

  2. J:

    We tried delightful donuts last weekend and enjoyed it. They are very friendly and the donuts were fresh and better tasting than dunkin donuts.

  3. Alan:

    How did you confirm Delightful Donuts is made from a mix? Just curious since their marketing says “made from scratch” (Facebook, Instagram)…either way they’re still good though.

  4. Adam:

    Seems like there’s a bias about DD. They managed to offer a similar (if not superior) product at a lower price point than some of the other shops in the area. It’s called competition and fact of the matter they will get my business because they’re closer to me than the other shops and are cheaper. I don’t feel like I got a substandard product in exchanged either…

  5. Mike Christensen:

    The sign in the donut shop says “made fresh daily from scratch from a mix”. Plus there are bags of donut mix stacked by the bathrooms.

  6. Grant Goggans:

    Great news about Baldinos. They and Dave’s Cosmic Subs are my favorite sandwiches in the Atlanta area.

  7. Travis Allen:

    I really don’t care how they are made as long as they taste good…for real people?!?!?

  8. J:

    @travis agree. They taste great to us!

    Baldinos is great and glad to see them expanding close by.

  9. Cool Papa Bell:

    Delightful Donuts are good. If I decide to take the back way instead of GA 400, I can pass them on my way to the far superior Dutch Monkey Doughnuts.

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