Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday.
I don’t have a lot of new restaurants to report this month. However several from my coming soon list have finally opened. Get out and try some of these new joints!
But before I get into the new restaurants, I’d like to put in a plug for something called Have a Heart for NFCC. Several local restaurants have partnered to raise funds for North Fulton Community Charities, a very worthy cause. If you dine at one of these restaurants on their designated day, a portion of your bill will be donated to the charity. There are some decent restaurants on this list. I encourage you to participate.
Feb 20 – Slopes BBQ
Feb 21 – Altobeli’s Restaurant & Piano Bar
Feb 22 – Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub
Feb 28 – Alpine Bakery & Trattoria
Feb 29 – Sedgwick family of restaurants (Pure Taqueria, Vinny’s, Bistro VG and The Union)
Seven Seas Cafe – Devore Road
This Mediterranean restaurant quietly opened a few weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by The Spot. Not sure where this is? You’re not alone. This restaurant might as well be invisible, especially from Main Street.
I’ve yet to try this joint, but I trust the opinion of Boris Y on Yelp.
Breadtime – South Main
Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but this little mom-and-pop German bakery is sehr gut! Their made-from-scratch ravioli cooked in browned butter is amazing. But you didn’t hear it from Roots in Alpharetta, alright? A full review is forthcoming. I promised them I would wait until they secured their liquor license.
Saigon Cafe – Windward
Their grand opening is Monday, February 20th. Look for them near Smashburger and Einstein Bagels.
Liu Fu – China Inn
China Inn has relocated from Chamblee to Johns Creek. They opened this month under the name Liu Fu. A Chinese co-worker of mine tells me they are generating quite a buzz on the hyper-local Chinese websites. Check them out on 141 across from the Emory Johns Creek hospital. I suggest the Sichuan hot boiled fish.
Bassanos – Johns Creek
Now open on State Bridge Road in Tasca Latin Bistro’s old location. I ate there last weekend and was impressed with their New York-style pizza. It’s certainly worth a return trip. Watch the crowds and be patient as they work out the kinks.
And speaking of Tasca… the broker that sold this restaurant said on his blog that former Tasca chef and owner Rogerio Martins will host a cooking show on Telemundo.
Erwoods – Crabapple
They have a new chef by the name of Brian Earl. He brings steakhouse and Italian experience from past jobs at Houstons and Longhorn. Also new at Erwoods is a wood-fired pizza oven.
52 Bistro – Main Street
They also have a new chef – Adam Legrand. His past gigs include Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth, Downtown Kitchen and Goin’ Coastal in Canton.
El Molcajete Mexican - Coming to Zola Bistro’s old space on Highway 9 in Milton.
Alfresco - Should open any day now on Main Street and Old Milton.
Meat & Potatoes - Johns Creek in the old Rio Bravo/Star Diner space.
Ipanema Grill - Coming to Old Milton Parkway where Chip’s Southern Cooking used to be.
Construct-a-burger - Still no word on a future location. I’m removing them from this column until I hear of firm plans to open.
Carrabbas - They plan to build a free-standing out-parcel restaurant at The Avenue Forsyth.