PHOTO: Enjoy the culinary stylings of Alpharetta's award-winning chefs. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Alpharetta has been known for its dining scene, and the city was named one of the best places to open a restaurant in 2015. It looks like local chefs and culinary entrepreneurs have taken a cue from that nod because the city’s dining scene has never been better.
“Alpharetta is a beacon of culinary tourism. Whether checking out one of the 175-plus dining experiences, learning how to create mouthwatering dishes at one of Alpharetta’s distinguished cooking schools, picking up some fresh produce at the farmer’s market or checking out the Taste of Alpharetta, visitors will see why the city is a foodie’s paradise,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Basically, it’s a good time to be dining out in the Atlanta area these days.
Atlantic Seafood Company
For those looking for a unique culinary experience, head to the Atlantic Seafood Company. Executive chef Nick Carpenter creates an epicurean journey for diners that is focused on fresh seafood flown in daily and is curated in an ocean-to-table menu. Try out signature dishes such as soy honey-glazed Chilean sea bass or orange miso prawns.
South Main Kitchen
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Local flavor and Southern cuisine blend together at South Main Kitchen. Housed in a historic building, the entire meal is an epicurean experience, with an inviting dining room, open kitchen, communal seating and a rooftop bar that makes dining a social experience.
Another Alpharetta game-changer is Colletta, located in the thriving shopping and dining district of Avalon. This Italian-syle eatery won Best Bite in Taste of Atlanta in 2015. It also was awarded best meatball by the Atlanta Meatball Festival. If that’s not enough, USA Today said that it's one of the best pizza places in Atlanta.
James Beard Award Nominee and Eater Atlanta “Best Chef” Ford Fry has joined forces with executive chef Kevin Maxey to open El Felix. The eatery brings the flavors of Texas to Atlanta with a delicious menu of tacos el pastor, enchiladas and fajitas.
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New to the Scene
While well-known and respected establishments are a major draw to the area, new entrants to Alpharetta’s culinary scene are not to be overlooked.
Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Bar is a new restaurant and beer garden concept. Brine Seafood Shack is another new concept in seafood from the local, award-winning chef Marc Taft. District 3 at Avalon will feature modern yet authentic Vietnamese cuisine and artisan ice cream Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is also coming to Avalon.