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food& drink 2018 COMPREHENSIVE RESTAURANTS GUIDE

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ALPHARETTA +MILTON

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One thing I know for sure is we are passionate about our food in Alpharetta and Milton. Fresh, local ingredients are standard. The smiles on the faces of service professionals in our award-winning restaurants (and renowned local chefs) make eating out an unforgettable experience.

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Every one of our fine-dining restaurants’ dress codes are labeled ‘casual.’ In the South, we assume every one knows what we mean by ‘casual.’ Rather than tell guests what they should wear it’s understood that ‘casual’ doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing in Alpharetta as it does in Key West, FL.

President CHRIS SMITH

That said, we truly are a casual city - in dress and in temperament. The majority of us have no problem saying, “ya’ll” - even in professional settings. We don’t look down or away when we walk down the street. We enjoy our modern living and shiny, new things; but we’re grateful it’s all served up with big portions of hospitality and deliberate regard for history. And, we appreciate we don’t have to drive too far in any direction before running into another great restaurant, or another familiar face. That’s all for now. We will update the guide in late summer. A little bird told us there are a dozen or so new restaurants opening this year and we will be right there to let you know more when they do. Go out to eat. And by all means, #eatlocal Warm Regards,

Regina { I’m finishing up some work and having a cup of coffee at Mugs on Milton in Crabapple. }

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Founder, Publisher REGINA BARKLEY

Editor CLAIRE MURPHY Associate Editor DANIELLE BARTLING Contributing Writer BECKIE HAWKINS Staff Photographer PHOTO-SMITH Production & Design KT Curran Administrative Assistant SARAH MABAL Food & Drink - Alpharetta is published annually, with an updated print issue in July by LLP. The opinions expressed by writers and advertisers are not necessarily those of the publishers. We will make mistakes, so don’t be too harsh when we do. We’re human just like uoy (see?). Sharing articles on social media from our digital publication is encouraged. More to love online: alpharettarestaurantguide.com

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How to Get the Most Out of This Guide

THIS PRINTED RESTAURANT GUIDE, Food & Drink - Alpharetta, offers a comprehensive alphabetical directory of almost all of the restaurants in town. Research indicates most people still want their information in printed form; so we’ve got that covered. But at the same time, all of this information can be found in more detail,

www.alpharettarestaurantguide.com . Explore the directory to discover establishments you’d like to try and/or learn more about the ones you already frequent regularly. In the back we provide a condensed list of restaurants broken down “by type of cuisine” and “by location.” A few words about our “by location” section: We have taken creative liberty deciding where the “dining districts” are in Alpharetta - they do parallel closely to our established shopping districts; however, we felt there were a few differences. We came up with nine distinct areas we’ve blocked off in order to clearly let you know in which part of town each restaurant is located. Keep in mind, please: 1. If the first word of a restaurant’s name is “The” we alphabetize by the first letter of the

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second word. So, if you’re looking for The El Felix or The Union, don’t look in the “T” section. 2. Initially we planned to include some of the “fast casual” restaurants but ultimately chose not to include those with counter-service or drive-throughs. We admit we did include some - like Chick-fil-a (of course), Corner Deli (of course), the new POKE-trend restaurants, non-franchised locally-owned spots, and a few that may have slipped through our rigorous research team’s fingers. But for the most part, we should know our town has almost every brand name and national fast casual chain one might need, even if they’re not listed in this guide. 3. We love breakfast and desserts; so we listed these - counter-service notwithstanding. 4. The digital version of the guide can be found pinned to the top of our Facebook page @alpharettarestaurants. 5. We’re social folks - so if you LIKE us, please do so on Facebook. We set the posting functionality public, so have at it. In case you skipped over #4, the FB page can be found at @alpharettarestaurants. 6. FYI - WE WILL and probably did make a few mistakes. Don’t be too harsh on us if you find one. We’re human, just like you. So, be nice. But please DO let us know. info@locallifepublishing.com. #eatlocal

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Inside RESTAURANT PROFILES Branch & Barrel, p35 Oak Steakhouse, p17 Chuy’s Tex Mex, 26

Olde Blind Dog, p13

Colletta, p23

Original Pancake House, p24

Hudson Grille, 30 & 11

Sage Woodfire Tavern, p31

Indigo Restaurant, p11

SHADE Street Food, p25

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, p15

Smokejack BBQ, p18

TABLE OF CONTENTS Alpharetta Foodie - p8 Alphabetical Listings - p12 Smokejack BBQ - p 18 Eat Outside - Patio Seating - p28 Spirit of Alpharetta: Bourbon - p32 Taste of Alpharetta - p37 Type of Food Listings - p38 Choosing Sides - p40 Location / Dining Districts - p42

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BY CLAIRE MURPHY

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WHILE CHATTING IT UP with local foodies, we learned Alpharettans have strong opinions and preferences for which types of food we like, as well as in which areas of town we become regulars. One thing we all agreed on is we prefer to #eatlocal. We believe the type and number of restaurants in a town say a lot about the personalities of the people who live and work there. So, then what do the numbers say about us? In Alpharetta and Milton, the numbers don’t lie, showing we especially love fine dining, contemporary American/Southern cuisine, sports bars (go Dawgs!), Mexican food, pizza and desserts, as evidenced by the 15+ establishments of each of these categories of dining. Our palates are next enthusiastic about Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, cafes/delis, steakhouses and breakfast food, with 10+ restaurants of each of these types of cuisine around Alpharetta. A good number of us also gravitate towards barbecue, seafood and Mediterranean foods with 5+ locations of each these yummy options. But, we have to face an uncomfortable truth. We need a little help in other categories in order to be considered for a “Melting Pot of the South” award. We’re close. But we need more French, Korean, Irish, Latin, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern options. If you’re contemplating opening a new restaurant anytime soon, then give us one of these, please? Which areas of town give us the largest selection of cuisines and ranges of prices and styles of restaurants? Windward tops this list with over 60 restaurants packing into that one strip of geography North of downtown. The North Point district to the Southeast of downtown boasts 50+ options; and the Old Milton Parkway area beckons us East with 30+ choices. Many national and regional chains mark their spots in these districts, persuading suburban families -- and those of us I like to label, “hungry and in a hurry” -to zip in and zip out. I admit I fall into this “hungry and in a hurry” category, regularly. (continued p10)

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Of course the Avalon area, with its 25+ top restaurants will continue to draw us in droves to the refined and upscale destination, chef-driven menus, attention to detail and professional servers. Here we will always find lots of luxury locals, out-of-towners, event-seeking families and diners with discriminating tastes who have driven North from their ITP bubble to “experience Avalon.” The Crabapple/Milton area - with 15+ restaurants - offers its own dynamic temperament - non-pretentious upscale, local residents with a lot of community affection can always enjoy delicious meals with fresh, attractive presentations. Both Avalon and the Crabapple/Milton areas are ideal for date nights, gatherings of friends, lunches and special occasions. One of my favorite things about dining out “well” in Alpharetta is that every single “fine-dining” labeled restaurant insists its dress code is “casual.” Where else can you get such chef-driven, prettily presented dishes without having to suit up? The Haynes Bridge Rd area lines 15+ restaurants along a 2 mile strip connecting downtown to North Point featuring many fine dining, upscale

local spots and national chains, mixed in with efficient business lunch options. If we head here for our next blind date, business lunch or celebratory dinner, we’ll fit right in. Plan to settle in this part of town for ample parking in the evenings and less traffic congestion. Drive South on Alpharetta Hwy or North on Highway 9 to find a scattered mix of durable restaurants with plenty of parking and familiar restaurant brands we can count on for consistent taste and service. We are fully aware it will show our journalistic bias when we write our favorite place to meet for lunches or dinners (or happy hours!) is downtown. By the end of 2018, downtown will offer us over 40 options as many new restaurants open around City Hall. Locals and young professionals are drawn downtown - for a number of reasons: community affection, loyalty, a little history and a little modernity all packed into a few walkable blocks where it seems everybody knows somebody over at the next table. So what do you think? Do you agree with these characterizations? #eatlocal

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LOCAL RESTAURANTS There are over 250 local restaurants in Alpharetta and Milton for diners to choose among. There is no reason to travel ITP (or even to nearby Johns Creek, Sandy Springs or Roswell) when going out to eat. We have everything we could want in variety of cuisine right down the street. So, have a seat. Your server will be right with you, and you can enjoy international flavors with a Southern accent.

19 NORTH Windward, New Southern, $$ www.marriott.com 5750 Windward Pkwy (770) 754-9600 Located inside the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, its food is sourced from local farms and local breweries blending casual dining with southern fare.

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2B WHOLE GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY Downtown, Cafe, $ www.2bwhole.net 42 Milton Ave (404) 919-8875 High quality gluten-free and allergen-friendly baked goods that taste great. They educate their customers on better eating options, and how to lead a healthier and balanced life style.

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850° F BARPIZZA Crabapple/Milton, Pizza +, $$ www.850fbarpizza.com 12635 Crabapple Rd (678) 585-4628 Largest and award-winning selection of American Whiskey in the state of Georgia. Authentic Italian cuisine, chef-perfected pizzas, local ingredients. Gelato. Gluten-free selections; scratch kitchen, patio.

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AFFAIRS INDIAN CUISINE Old Milton Pkwy Area, Indian, $$ www.spiceaffairatlanta.com 4120 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 566-0169 AJ’S COUNTRY COOKING Haynes Bridge Area, Southern, $ www.ajscooking.weebly.com 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 754-0530 Unpretentious daily buffet featuring down-home, all-you-can-eat Southern meals.

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ALPHA SODA Haynes Bridge Area, Diner, $ www.alphasoda.com 11760 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 442-3102

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ALPINE BAKERY & TRATTORIA Crabapple/Milton, Desserts / Italian, $$ www.alpinebakeries.com 12315 Crabapple Rd (770) 410-9883 Dynamic trattoria and legendary bakery where everything is created with high quality ingredients, an abundance of imagination and lots of love.

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AMERICAN GIRL BISTRO North Point, Cafe, $ www.americangirl.com 1202 North Point Circle (877) 247-5223 AMMA KITCHEN Downtown, Indian, $ www.ammakitchen.net 390 Cumming Street (770) 475-7776

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG Old Mil Pkwy, Breakfast, $ www.anotherbrokenegg.com 4075 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 837-3440

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OLDE BLIND DOG IRISH PUB www.oldeblinddog.com Irish, Pub, Tavern • $$ Crabapple / Milton District 12650 Crabapple Rd (678) 624-1090 Traditional Irish fare (Bangers & Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish & Chips) and American favorites; 100+ Whiskies, 30+ Craft Beers, Brunch Menu, Gluten-friendly; Events Venue; International “Irish Pub of the Yearâ€? S-M 11am-11pm, T-Th 11am-12am, F-S 11am-2am

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ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA Avalon Area, Pizza +, $$ www.littleitalia.com 3185 Avalon Blvd (770) 674-8811 Relaxed restaurant serving crisp, Naples-style pizza to diners at communal tables in the kitchen.

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ATLANTIC SEAFOOD CO North Point, Seafood, $$$ www.atlanticseafoodco.com 2345 Mansell Rd (770) 640-0488

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AUNTY’S KITCHEN Downtown, Indian, $ www.auntyskitchenus.com 735 N Main St (470) 358-9526 Aunty has been serving chaat in the Alpharetta community for several years, high quality ingredients and homey atmosphere.

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BAGEL BOYS CAFE 2 LOCATIONS Haynes Bridge Rd Area and Old Milton Pkwy Area, Breakfast, $ bagelboyscafe.com

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BANTAM + BIDDY Avalon Area, Breakfast, $ www.bantamandbiddy.com 4195 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5159 Roast-chicken specialist featuring creative, locally sourced Southern food in a relaxed environment. BARLEYGARDEN KITCHEN & CRAFT Avalon Area, Gastropub, $$ www.barleygardenkitchen.com 900 Avalon Blvd (678) 266-6218 A gastropub focusing on locally crafted artisanal beers, meats & charcuterie, with a rooftop bar.

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BAWARCHI BIRYANI North Point, Indian, $$ www.barwarchialpharetta.com 2500 N Point Ct (678) 297-6700

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BENIHANA North Point, Japanese, $$ www.benihana.com 2365 Mansell Rd (678) 461-8440 BEZORIA Avalon Area, Mediterranean, $ www.bezoria.com 2685 Old Milton Pkwy (470) 294-0991

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THE BISTRO Windward, Cafe, $ www.marriott.com 12655 Deerfield Pkwy Courtyard by Marriott

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BITE Old Milton Pkwy Area, New American, $$ www.biteatl.com 11500 Webb Bridge Rd (770) 754-5500

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BLACK WALNUT CAFE Windward, New American Grill, $$ www.blackwalnutcafe.com 5805 Windward Pkwy (404) 600-1222

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BOBBY G’S 9 North, Sports Bar, $ www.bobbygs.com 12990 Highway 9 N (770) 772-0710 Authentic Chicago Eatery And Sports Bar Experience only 650 miles from downtown Chicago.

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BOCADO BURGER Avalon Area, Burgers, $ www.bocadoburger.com 2820 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 248-5223 Relaxed joint serving burgers & boozy shakes in casual digs with a covered patio & bocce court. BOMBAY FLAMES Alpharetta Hwy Area, Indian, $ www.bombayflames.com 3050 Mansell Rd (770) 552-5575

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BRANCH & BARREL Avalon Area, Gastropub, $$ p35 www.facebook.com/ branchandbarrel 4100 Avalon Blvd (678) 436-5655 19th century industrial Craft Bar and Kitchen led by Chef Todd Hogan. Chic gastropub featuring creative New American cuisine, local, craft beer, a large bourbon selction and specialty cocktails with both indoor & outdoor seating.

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BRINE SEAFOOD SHACK Avalon Area, Seafood, $ www.brineseafoodshack.com 700 Avalon Blvd (470) 226-2190 Coastal fare like lobster rolls & fried fish, upscale casual. BROOKLYN JOES 9 North, Pizza +, $$ www.brooklynjoespizza.com 13065 Highway 9 N (770) 754-0202 BRUSTERS ICE CREAM Old Milton Pkwy Area, Desserts, $ www.brustersicecream.com 3855 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 762-7790 BUCA DI BEPPO North Point, Italian, $$ www.bucadibeppo.com 2335 Mansell Rd $$$ - 30-39

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Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 800 Mayfield Rd, Alpharetta • (770) 817-0161 • miltonscuisine.com Crabapple/Milton District • $$$ • Fine Dining, Seed-to-Fork NESTLED IN THE FIVE POINTS OF CRABAPPLE’S historic district, the distinctly unique Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails entices your senses with its inviting atmosphere and artful edge. The 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930’s cottage were preserved and restored with classic elements and charming details. Beyond the cuisine, guests rave about the energetic bar, multiple fireplaces, intertwining outdoor deck and patio, and onsite garden, Milton’s Acre. The restaurant features contemporary new Southern cuisine which utilizes fresh, local ingredients to create regionally inspired comfort food with bold flavors artistically presented by professional attentive servers in the welcoming atmosphere. In addition to its seed-to-fork new Southern fare, Milton’s features prime steaks, including filet mignon, grass-fed Delmonico rib eye, dry-aged bone in NY Strip and their signature American Kobe flank steak. Many of the ingredients originate from Milton’s Acre, which features fresh heirloom vegetables and herbs used nightly in the kitchen. This one-acre outdoor space is perfect for weddings, wine tastings, social and corporate events. From late spring to early fall, Milton’s offers a “Garden Dinner Series,” which has sell-out limited seating. It’s a must-try dining experience that features a four-course, family-style menu with wine pairings in the center of the garden. Executive Chef Derek Dollar has gained a reputation as an inventive and uncompromising chef who demands the very best. He insightfully chooses which produce is to be planted in Milton’s Acre and incorporates the garden’s bounty each night in his dishes. Dollar has been applauded for his cuisine by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Local Palate, Zagat and more. Over the years, Milton’s has been honored to received OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Awards in the Best Overall, Best Food and Best Service categories. Zagat recently deemed Milton’s one of the “most unique culinary experiences” in Atlanta.


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(770) 643-9463 Recipes handed down from generation to generation by Italian immigrants. Dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by the entire table. BUFFALO WILD WINGS Northpoint, Sports Bar, $ www.buffalowildwings.com 2375 Mansell Rd (678) 352-4599

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BURGER FI Windward, Burgers, $ www.burgerfi.com 5475 Windward Pkwy (770) 817-4656

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BUTCHER & BREW Downtown, Gastropub, $$ www.butcherandbrewshop.com 3 South Main St (678) 585-3344

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CABERNET STEAKHOUSE Windward, Steakhouse, $$$ www.cabernetsteakhouse.com 5575 Windward Pkwy (770) 777-5955

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CAFE AT PHARR Windward, Cafe, $ www.cafeatpharr.com 3050 Windward Plaza (678) 691-4375

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CAFE EFENDI Downtown, Mediterranean, $$ www.cafeefendi.com 488 North Main St (770) 360-8014 Since 2004 Cafe Efendi has drawn locals in with authentic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine, Turkish music, cocktails, belly dancing and Hookah pipes.

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CAFE INTERMEZZO Avalon Area, Cafe, $ www.cafeintermezzo.com 4910 Avalon Blvd (404) 355-0980 Cuisine offerings include various crĂŞpes, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, pastas, entrees, and breakfast all day.

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CAFFE ANTICO Avalon Area, Desserts, Cafe, $ www.littleitalia.com 2200 Avalon Blvd (404) 347-3874 Rustic-modern coffee shop featuring gelato, espresso shots & light Italian food such as panini. CAKE WORLD 9 North, Desserts, $ www.cakeworldga.com 12890 GA 9N (770) 751-9990 CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN North Point, Pizza +, $ www.cpk.com 6301 North Point Pkwy (770) 664-8246

CARMINE’S PIZZERIA Old Milton Pkwy, Pizzeria, $ www.pizzarestaurantalpharetta.com

4055 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 772-3644 From mouth-watering pizza and refreshing salads to tender pasta with zesty sauces, highest quality ingredients prepared fresh every day, handmade dough. CASA NUOVA 9 North, Italian, $$ www.casanuovarestaurant.com 5670 Atlanta Hwy (770) 475-9100 CASCADES North Point, Cafe, $ www.embassysuites3.hilton.com 5955 North Point Pkwy (678) 566-8800 CEDARS GRILL Alpharetta Hwy Area, Mediterranean, $$ www.thecedarsgrill.com 1497 Alpharetta Hwy (404) 844-1441

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CEVICHE TAQUERIA Downtown, Mexican, $ www.cevichetaqueria.com 42 Milton Ave (770) 777-0230

CAMPANIA PIZZERIA Downtown, Pizzeria, $ www.campaniaga.com 800 North Main St (770) 559-4674

CHEESECAKE FACTORY North Point, New American, $$ www.thecheesecakefactory.com 1000 North Point Circle (770) 740-9273

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CARIBBEAN FIESTA North Point, Caribbean, $ www.caribbeanfiesta.com 4000 North Point Pkwy (770) 521-0390

CAMICAKES CUPCAKES North Point, Desserts, $ www.camicakes.com 7391 North Point Pkwy (770) 641-7534

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CANS TAQUERIA Crabapple/Milton, Mexican, $ www.canstaqueria.com 12635 Crabapple Rd (770) 663-0908

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OAK STEAKHOUSE - AVALON 950 Third Street • (678) 772-8333 • oaksteakhouseatlanta.com OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE INDIGO ROAD restaurant group, Oak Steakhouse Atlanta presents a fresh take on the classic steakhouse. Located in Alpharetta’s premier community, Avalon, Oak Atlanta offers inspired contemporary dishes alongside steakhouse classics in a modern and refined environment. Executive Chef Stuart Roger’s menu celebrates Georgian ingredients from local purveyors, farmers and fisherman. Oak Steakhouse features traditional Prime Certified AngusŽ Beef steak cuts along with contemporary small plates, salads and entrees. Oak’s extensive wine list pairs perfectly with each course, and its curated selection of beers are available on tap and in bottles from local breweries. The cocktail program pays tribute to classic recipes, while enhancing the flavors with creative, modern ingredients.

CHICKEN SALAD CHICK North Point, Cafe, $ www.thechickcaters.com 970 North Point Dr (770) 667-5459

925 North Point Dr (678) 893-0171 Kids entertainment with games, live shows, birthday party specials and pizza.

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CHILI’S GRILL & BAR 2 LOCATIONS North Point, Windward, $ American Grill chilis.com CHIN CHIN CHINESE Crabapple/Milton, Chinese www.chinchinga.com 3070 Windward Pkwy (770) 569-7565 CHUCK E. CHEESE North Point, Attraction, $ www.chuckecheese.com

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2560 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 722-3580 Newly opened in the Avalon area, Chuy’s serves up authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere with lots of color and personality. Family recipes from border towns made to order with the freshest ingredients. Great prices. CLEAN EATZ Windward, Healthy Fresh, $ www.cleaneatz.com 5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 569-4888

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Opening 2018 Coalition Food & Beverage is a place for neighbors to gather for a common purpose: enjoying expressive, chef-driven American cuisine, carefully crafted drinks, warm hospitality, and the spirited companionship of your guests. COISAS DO BRASIL Old Mil Pkwy Area, Brazillian, $$ www.coisasdobrasil.com 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 867-2115 COLDSTONE CREAMERY Downtown, Dessert, $ www.coldstonecreamery.com 875 N Main St (770) 777-2183

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Article BY DANIELLE BARTLING Images by PHOTO-SMITH

Smokejack BBQ Pictured: "Porkzilla" Sandwich topped with coleslaw and pickled relish on Texas Toast

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IN THE RESTAURANT business aesthetics are important, but not to be overvalued. You’ve probably noticed the trend of overpriced, boutique-y restaurants with all the style and none of the sub-

stance. Those shiny “new toy” establishments lose our interest (and patronage) very quickly. It is understood that most restaurant startups do not last beyond the five-year mark, but if they do, they will endure. Impressively, one restaurant in Historic Downtown Alpharetta beat these odds by

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a landslide-- having more than a thirteen-year legacy under its belt. Smokejack BBQ opened its doors in December 2004 on Main Street, in a charming old building that dates back to the early nineteenth century. Behind the restaurant’s black-and-white façade, you’ll discover a warm and welcoming atmosphere of rustic red brick and wood-paneled ceilings, the signature aroma of house-smoked beef, pork and ribs (oh my!), not to mention their signature sauces and sides made fresh and from scratch every single day. Some of the most popular and unique menu items include fried pickles, “triple bypass fries,” the “cue-bano” sandwich, and an entire category called, “From The Smoker,” so imagine all the possibilities. It should be no question that any restaurant measuring their menu items in pounds is a worthy investment. Smokejack is a self-described “family-friendly Southern grill with a major emphasis on barbecue,” but this concept didn’t manifest out of thin air. It is the brainchild of Dave Filipowicz, the restaurant’s dedicated and longtime owner. Before he opened the restaurant, Dave recruited his friend Jay Swift (of Atlanta’s South City Kitchen) to join him on a cross-country road-trip to scope out the national barbecue landscape. He kept a journal of ideas, observations and potential influences, from which he developed the ultimate concept of Smokejack itself-- a culmination of Dave’s experiences at BBQ hotspots across the nation, as interpreted by his creative imagination. Upon return he recruited Chef Johnny Umberger, who has remained Chef to this day, ensuring exemplary consistency in flavor over the last 13 years. The fully stocked bar is impressive, with friendly

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Brisket Plate with House Made Collard Greens and Mashed Sweet Potatoes and familiar faces offering 30+ bourbons, 7+ scotches, 10 vodkas, 20+ varieties of whisky, 30+ bottled and draft beers plus several specialty house cocktails. A few favorites include their Peach Palmer; Jack’s Blueberry Moonshine Lemonade; and the 24 oz. “Large Marge” a-rita. The draft and bourbon flights, as well as the variety of draft - and local craft - beers makes Smokejack one of our favorite Happy Hour destinations downtown. In addition to a full-service dining room and full bar, Smokejack offers professional catering services both on and off-site. Upstairs is “Jack’s Attic,” a private dining room and reservable event space appropriate for parties, banquets,

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“Jack’s Attic” Bar, Smokejack’s upstairs private event space

brunches, meetings and rehearsal dinners. The space can accommodate anywhere from 25 to 95 guests. Upstairs catering is buffet-style with a customizable menu featuring a variety of meat and sides, optional desserts, and bar options. Offsite catering is available for up to 2,000 guests; but unlike other cater-claiming restaurants, quality will never be sacrificed for quantity. Dave works hard to innovate traditional recipes and improve business operations. Under his ownership, Smokejack always has and will keep striving to be quicker, more original, and better-run. Take, for example, the journey of their famous fried pickles. Dave is never impressed by the ordinary, and for a while it seemed that the competition had simply given up and settled for soggy pickles. So he set out to correct this injustice, employing a vendor to churn out batches of a larger “super-cut” pickle. Dave then worked with his culinary team to concoct a crispier (and soggy-free) fry batter recipe that today remains a house secret. This unique and fine-tuned appetizer is a town favorite, and the envy of all transient competition. While most restaurants lack the drive to innovate or even improve (in the outwardly-noble name of tradition), Smokejack does both, maintaining a strong legacy while continuously working to be better.

After making it past the interviews, Dave was selected as a finalist for Small Businessman of the Year 2017 by the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The honor was ultimately awarded to Michael Lundmark of Jekyll Brewery, a close friend of the restaurant. Smokejack BBQ is no stranger to praise. Smokejack received the Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.com, and is ranked no. 1 out of a whopping 250+ Alpharetta restaurants, so you can take the city’s word for it: Smokejack is more than a must-try, it has become a landmark and a repeat venue for hungry Alpharettans (who know where to find the good BBQ). Known for its full-service dining room, exclusive house-made menu items, fully-stocked bar, familiar faces, impeccable service, private (upstairs) dining, special event space and offsite catering, Smokejack leaves a lot of legacy but little left to be desired. SMOKEJACK BBQ 29 South Main Street Alpharetta, Georgia 30009 (770) 410-7611 Sundays - Thursdays, 11AM to 9PM, Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM to 10PM Live, local music every week www.smokejackbbq.com

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Image by Photo-Smith @ Smokejack BBQ

(L) Chef John Umberger and (R) Owner David Filipowicz

House Made Dill Pickles (Editor couldn’t stop eating these!) along with Corn Pudding, Cole Slaw and Collard Greens

Roasted Chicken on the Bone - in the House BBQ Sauce (left) and Bama Style (right)

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COLLET FRENCH CAFE Haynes Bridge, French, $ www.facebook.com 225 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 770-6066

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COLLETTA p23 Avalon Area, Italian, $$$ www.collettarestaurant.com 900 3rd St (678) 722-8335 Modern airy eatery featuring upscale Italian food, including wood-fired entrees & family-style platters, new interpretations of Italian cuisine using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, open kitchen, service second-to-none; from the Indigo Road Restaurant Group CORNER BAKERY CAFE Haynes Bridge Rd Area, Cafe, $ www.cornerbakerycafe.com 10920 Haynes Bridge Rd (678) 317-0224

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CORNER DELI Downtown, Deli, $ www.facebook.com/cnrdeliatalpha 10 Roswell St (678) 566-0576 For over ten years, this family-owned and friendly downtown deli offers made to order breakfast and lunch and has a large, popular pet-friendly patio.

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(678) 248-5181 Relaxed, Napa-style wine-bar chain serving New American fare, stone-fired pizzas & cheese plates. CRUST PASTA & PIZZERIA Downtown, Pizza +, $$ www.crust-pizzeria.com 131 South Main St (678) 240-0174

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CUE’ BARBECUE 9 North, Barbecue, $ www.cuebarbecue.com 13700 Highway 9 N (770) 667-0089

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DAVE & BUSTERS North Point, Sports Bar, $ www.daveandbusters.com 6500 North Point Pkwy (770)256-1100 DAVINCI’S DONUTS Downtown, Desserts, $ www.davincisdonuts.com 131 South Main St (678) 392-2523

CRACKER BARREL Windward, Southern, $ www.crackerbarrel.com 5590 Windward Pkwy (770) 521-9597

DICKEY’S BBQ PIT 2 LOCATIONS Windward & 9 North www.dickeys.com

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CRU FOOD & WINE BAR Avalon Area, Wine Bar +, $$ www.cruwinebar.com 300 Avalon Blvd

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www.screamnnuts.com Desserts, North Point, $ 5950 North Point Pkwy (404) 474- 4766 A small batch creamery and donuttery specializing in artesian ice cream, donuts and locally roasted coffee. Their mad scientists create familiar and unusual desserts from-scratch. Truly inventive, unique flavors that will appeal to kids and grown-ups alike.

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DINER AT NORTHPOINT North Point, Diner, $ www.thedineratnorthpoint.com 2355 Mansell Rd (770) 650-6400

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DONUT THEORY Old Milton Pkwy Area, Desserts, $ www.donuttheory.com 11550 Webb Bridge Way (470) 275-5530

CUTTERS CIGAR & SPIRITS Windward, Drinks, $$ www.cutterscigarandspirits.com 4915 Windward Pkwy (770) 640-0550

CRABAPPLE TAVERN Crabapple/Milton, Sports Bar, $ www.thecrabappletavern.com 12350 Arnold Mill Rd (770) 667-7456

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DISTRICT III Avalon Area, Vietnamese, $$ www.experienceavalon.com 7140 Avalon Blvd (404) 977-1779 Classic Vietnamese dishes like pho & bo luc lac served in a crisp, refined room sporting a full bar.

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DOS MARGARITAS Crabapple/Milton, Mexican, $ www.dosmargaritas.net 12460 Crabapple Rd (770) 777-4847

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COLLETTA - AVALON 900 Third Street • (678) 772-8335 • collettarestaurant.com COLLETTA’S CUISINE DRAWS INFLUENCE LARGELY from Northern Italy, presenting new interpretations of Italian cuisine alongside traditional favorites. Promising excellence from its kitchen, an ever-changing, seasonal menu of pizzas, pastas and small plates curated by Executive Chef Jason Stern pleases the most discerning palates. True to Italian heritage, the “For the Tableâ€? menu offers family-style options for a personalized, communal dining experience, as well as a la carte items. The space, designed by architect David Thompson, is centered around its kitchen and wood burning oven front and center, also featuring a wood-fire pizza oven, grills and rotisseries. A chef ’s counter brings diners closer to the excitement, overlooking the kitchen and pasta station. A breezy patio off the bar offers an alfresco dining experience.

www.eatfitgo.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (470) 275-4994

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EGGS UP GRILL Crabapple/Milton, Breakfast, $ www.eggsupgrill.com 270 Rucker Rd (678) 878-2251 Relaxed family-owned breakfast and brunch restaurant serving a delicious menu of traditional breakfast items, burgers & sandwiches in a colorful setting.

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EL DON MEXICAN GRILL 9 North, Mexican, $ www.eldonalpharetta.com 6320 Atlanta Hwy (678)404-5473

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THE EL FELIX Avalon Area, Tex Mex, $$ www.theelfelix.com 1130 Avalon Blvd (678) 248- 5239 Stylishly rustic eatery serving upscale Texas-style cuisine with south-of-the-border influences.

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EXPRESS BURGER & MEDITERRANEAN GRILL North Point, Mediterranean, $ www.expressburgergrill.com 7291 North Point Pkwy (678) 795-0065

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FANCY PANTRY North Point, Southern, $ www.fancypantry.com 10595 Old Alabama Rd (770) 650-6544

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EINSTEIN BROTHERS BAKERY Windward, Breakfast, $ www.einsteinbros.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 339-1866

EM BOP Downtown, Korean, $$$ www.embop.com 800 North Main St (678) 395-6226

FARM TO LADLE Avalon, Cafe, $ www.farmtoladle.com 2200 Avalon Blvd (678) 534-5390

EL AZTECA 9 North, Mexican, $ www.elaztecaatlanta.com 13800 Hwy 9 (678) 867-9950

ESPRESSO’S COFFEE Windward, Cafe, $ www.espressoscoffee.biz 5670 Atlanta Hwy (770) 558-2701

FAVORS & FLAVORS CAJUN Downtown, Cajun, $ www.favorsflavors.com 11775 Northfall Ln (470) 275-6932

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FINLEY’S BAR & GRILL North Point, Sports Bar, $ www.coolerathletics.com 10800 Davis Dr (770) 649-6600

FUDDRUCKER’S North Point, Burgers, $ www.fuddruckers.com 6360 North Point Pkwy (770) 475-3338

featuring lunch buffet and a la carte dinners 7 days a week. Hyderabadi Biryani, 100 varieties of dosas, Indo Chinese specialities, Catering Services.

FIRE & BRIMSTONE TAVERN North Point, Sports Tavern, $

FUZZIWIG’S CANDY FACTORY Avalon Area, Desserts, $ www.fuzziwigscandyfactory.com 3175 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5217

GOLDBERG’S Avalon Area, Breakfast, $ www.goldbergsbagel.com 3180 Avalon Blvd (770) 663-8555

FUZZY’S TACO SHOP Windward, Mexican, $ www.fuzzystacoshop.com 5325 Windward Pkwy (678) 916-7674

GRAND CHAMPION BBQ Crabapple/Milton, Barbecue, $$ www.gcbbq.com 12635 Crabapple Rd ((770) 993-4227

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10595 Old Alabama Rd (678) 421-4213 Traditional bar and grill food freshly mixed with music and sports in a classic American tavern setting.

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FIREBIRDS Avalon Area, Steakhouse, $$$ www.firebirdsrestaurants.com 2665 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 225-8611

GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO Windward, Cafe/Bakery, $ www.getfreshbread.com 4915 Windward Pkwy (678) 209-2229

FIREFLY KITCHEN Windward, Cafe/Grill, $ www.fireflyalpharetta.com 3070 Windward Pkwy (770) 609-8523

GREEN LOTUS THAI Downtown, Thai, $$ www.greenlotusthaiga.com 875 N Main St (770) 864-5651

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FIRST WATCH Old Milton Pkwy Area, Seafood, $ www.firstwatch.com 3450 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 566-3447 FLATLANDS BOURBON & BAYOU Downtown, Cajun, $$ www.flatlands52.com 52B N Main St (470) 242-5458

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FLAVOR JUICERY Old Mil Pkwy Area, Cafe/Healthy Fresh, $ www.flavorjuicery.com 4620 Kimball Bridge Rd (678) 849-5367

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FOUR FAT COWS Downtown, Desserts, $ www.fourfatcows.com 64 North Main St (470) 268-5268

ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE www.pancakesalpharetta.com

Breakfast, Lunch • $ Windward District 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 393-1355 Awarded “Best Breakfastâ€? in North Atlanta • Made-fromscratch Buttermilk Pancake Batter, Fresh-squeezed Orange Juice (5 oranges per glass!), Eggs cracked daily and supplied by local farmer, bread from local bakery. M-F 6:30AM - 2:30PM, Sat & Sun 7AM - 3PM

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GODAVARI ATLANTA Downtown, Indian, www.godavarius.com 865 North Main St (678) 579-5985 Authentic Indian cuisine chain

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GROUCHY’S NY DELI Haynes Bridge Rd Area, Deli, $ www.grouchysdeli.com 11525 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 667-6933

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HOP ALLEY BREW PUB Downtown, Gastropub, $$ www.hopalleybrew.com 25 South Main St (770) 696-2097

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SHADE Street Food + Bar

10 South Main St, Downtown • www.facebook.com/shadestreetfood Coming Late Summer/Early Fall 2018 to Alpharetta City Center

SHADE Street Food + Bar is a full- service restaurant that offers chef-inspired street food along with local and global cocktails, craft beer and wine. The combination of their flavorful menu and eclectic, relaxed environment will make for the perfect evening destination. But the fun doesn’t stop there; you can also expect SHADE to be the go-to spot for late night music and drinks! Mikka Orrick, restaurant owner and co-owner of Alpharetta and Roswell’s Ceviche Taqueria, designed the concept based on her passion for upbeat and colorful city-style eateries. Tucked into the charming Carriage House with an urban touch, SHADE Street Food + Bar will deliver a high-energy dining experience where street art meets street food.

HOUSE OF HUMMUS North Point, Mediterranean, $ www.house-of-hummus.com 5950 North Point Pkwy (770) 680-2638

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HUDSON GRILLE p11 North Point, Sports Grill, $ www.hudsongrille.com 7955 North Point Pkwy (770) 777-4127 A neighborhood sports bar and grill featuring wings, steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, healthy options and beer served up with 360Ëš view of all the games on multiple screens. Newly opened in this location, conveniently located at the corner of Mansell and GA 400 in the North Point district. HUMBLE PIE PIZZA CO Windward, Pizzeria, $ www.humblepiepizzaco.com 869 North Main St (678) 867-6773

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ICHIBAN Windward, Japanese, $$$ www.ichibansteaksushi.com 5306 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-6822

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IPANEMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Steakhouse, $$ www.ipanemasteakhouse.com

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IPPS PASTARIA Windward, Italian, $ www.ippspastaria.com 12850 Highway 9 (678) 624-1900

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JEKYLL BREWING CO Windward, Brewery, $ www.jekyllbrewing.com 2855 Marconi Dr (844) 453-5955 $$$ - 30-39

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FOUNDED IN 1982 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, Chuy’s serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy’s, with 4 locations in Atlanta, has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex, at a great price. 2560 Old Milton Pkwy • (678) 722-3580 • facebook.com/ChuysAlpharetta

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JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM Avalon, Desserts, $ www.jenis.com 800 Avalon Blvd (678) 894-1483

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JERUSALEM BAKERY Old Milton Pkwy Area, Bakery, $ www.jerusalembakeryandgrill.com 4150 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 777-0193 JILLY’S CUPCAKERY Windward, Desserts, $ www.jillyscupcakery.com 12850 Windward Pkwy (770) 777-1900 JINYA RAMEN BAR Downtown, Japanese, $ Opening 2018 JOE’S NY PIZZERIA North Point Area, Pizza, $ www.joesnewyorkpizzeria.com 1605 Mansell Rd (770) 640-5637

JUICE BAR Healthy Fresh, $ www.ilovejuicebar.com 4180 Old Milton Pkwy (470) 233-7299

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LA CASA ITALIAN GRILL Downtown, Italian, $$ www.lacasaitaliangrill.com 37 Old Roswell St (770) 609-6311

KONA GRILL Avalon Area, Japanese, $$$ www.konagrill.com 5100 Avalon Blvd (470) 226-1540 Kona Grill offers contemporary American dining, award-winning sushi, and handcrafted cocktails – all made from scratch using fresh ingredients.

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KREMO ICE CREAM Avalon Area, Desserts, $ www.kremoicecream.com 3910 1st St (770) 212-9045

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LA PARILLA MEXICAN Windward, Mexican, $ www.laparilla.com 865 North Main St (678) 339-3888 LAPEER, A SEAFOOD MARKET Downtown, Seafood Opening 2018

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LIME JUICE THAI BISTRO Downtown, Thai www.limejuicethai.com 670 North Main St (678) 242-2991 LIN’S CHINESE CUISINE 9 North, Chinese, $ www.linschinese.com 12850 Highway 9 (770) 740-1892 LITTLE TOKYO SUSHI & GRILL Windward, Sushi

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4305 State Bridge Rd (678) 393-3131 MAIN EVENT ENTERTAINMENT North Point, Attraction, $$ www.mainevent.com 10700 Davis Dr (770) 521-9100 MAMA’S PIZZA North Point, Pizza, $ www.mamaspizzaalpharetta.com 5950 North Point Pkwy (770) 751-6001

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5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 663-0630

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LOCO’S DELI & PUB Haynes Bridge Area, Sports Bar, $ www.locosgrill.net 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 751-9898 LOLLI & POPS North Point, Desserts, $ www.lolliandpops.com 1000 North Point Circle (678) 762-7639

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MADE KITCHEN & COCKTAILS Downtown, Spanish, $$ www.madekc.com 45 Roswell St (770) 452-6233

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MADRAS CHETTINAAD Old Milton Pkwy Area, Indian, $ madraschettinaad.com

VINTAGE PIZZERIA

www.vintagepizzeria.com Pizzeria, Crabapple-Milton, $ 12540 Broadwell Rd (770) 817-6000 Family owned and operated since 2005. Jersey-style thin crust pizza; hand tossed w/ dough made fresh daily; homemade Italian dishes, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, full-service bar, outside patio. Family-friendly. MAMBO’S CAFE Windward, Latin / Cafe, $ www.mambos-cafe.com 5915 Windward Pkwy (770) 753-4354

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MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT Windward, Desserts, $ www.menchies.com 12850 Highway 9 N (678) 297-0107

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MF BAR Avalon Area, Sushi, $$$ www.mfbaratl.com 7135 Avalon Blvd (404) 977-1207 MIDWAY MEAL HOUSE 9 North, Southern, $ www.midwaymealhouse.com 5150 Atlanta Hwy (770) 442-3738

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MILLER’S ALE HOUSE North Point, Sports Grill, $ www.millersalehouse.com 10750 Davis Dr (678) 277-2581 MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS p15 Crabapple/Milton, Contemporary American, Farm to Table, Fine Dining, $$$ www.miltonscuisine.com 800 Mayfield Rd (770) 817-0161

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MAPLE STREET BISCUIT CO Downtown, Bakery/Cafe, $ Opening 2018

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MELLOW MUSHROOM Haynes Bridge, Pizza, $ www.mellowmushroom.com 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 663-3810 MELLOW MUSHROOM Windward, Pizza, $ www.mellowmushroom.com 3070 Windward Plaza (678) 566-7888

LOBSTER HOUSE North Point, Seafood, $$ www.lobsterhousealpharetta.com 10890 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 475-0333 THE LOCAL WOODFIRE GRILL Windward, Middle Eastern, $ www.thelocalwoodfiregrill.com 5315 Windward Pkwy (470) 448-1249

MARLOW’S TAVERN Avalon Area, American Grill, $$ www.marlowstavern.com 3900 1st St (678) 248-5230 Local bar & grill chain offering a classic setting for American pub fare & sports on TV.

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THERE ARE FEW THINGS we love more than patio season. Fortunately, Alpharetta is filled with plenty of delicious restaurants that offer great outdoor dining spaces. The phrase “al fresco” is borrowed from Italian meaning “in the cool [air].” When a restaurant offers an al fresco dining option that means it has a patio or other designated outdoor area with tables and chairs usually serviced by waitstaff or bartenders. In the winter, many

restaurants have heaters and outdoor fireplaces or fire pits to keep guests comfortable on cool evenings. Be careful using the phrase “al fresco” in Italy, however. Today, Italians use the expression to refer to spending time in jail. Instead, when intending to mean “dining outside” they use the phrases “fuori” or “all’aperto.” To the right are some of our favorite spots for al fresco, fuori and all’aperto dining down the street :

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WHERE TO DINE AL FRESCO? 850° F Barpizza Alpine Bakery & Trattoria Antico Pizza Napoletana Bantam + Biddy Barleygarden Bocado Burger Branch & Barrel Brine Seafood Shack Burger Fi Butcher and Brew Café Intermezzo Caffe Antico Campania Ceviche Taqueria Chuys Colletta CRU alpharettarestaurantguide.com

Dos Margaritas Express Burger & Med Grill Farm to Ladle Four Fat Cows Goldberg’s Grand Champion BBQ Jason’s Deli - Windward Kona Grill La Casa Italian Grill MADE Kitchen & Cocktails Maple Street Biscuit Co Marlow’s Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Natsu Sushi Oak Steakhouse Olde Blind Dog Rays at Killer Creek

Restaurant Holmes Rumi’s Sage Woodfire Tavern Scratch Fresh SHADE Street Food South City Kitchen South Main Kitchen Swagat Indian Cuisine Taco Mac Ted’s Montana Grill The El Felix Truck & Tap Twisted Taco Vin 25 Vinny’s Vintage Pizza Vitos Pizza Restaurant

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MITTIE’S CAFE ON MAIN Downtown, Cafe, $$ www.mittiesalpharetta.com 62 North Main St (770) 772-0850

OLDE BLIND DOG IRISH PUB p13 Crabapple/Milton, Irish, $$ www.oldeblinddog.com 12650 Crabapple Rd (678) 624-1090 Traditional Irish fare (Bangers & Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish & Chips) and American favorites; 100+ Whiskies, 30+ Craft Beers, Brunch Menu, Gluten-friendly; Events Venue; International “Irish Pub of the Year� S-M 11am-11pm, T-Th 11am-12am, F-S 11am-2am

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MOCTEZUMA GRILL North Point, Mexican, $ www.moctezummexicangrill.com 5950 North Point Pkwy (770) 751-3944

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MONDO ITALIAN KITCHEN 9 North, Italian / Pizza, $$ www.mondopizzakitchen.com 14155 Hwy 9 (770) 680-4452

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NAHM THAI CUISINE Windward, Thai, $$$ www.nahmfinethaicuisine.com 5310 Windward Pkwy (678) 762-1818

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THE NEST CAFE Downtown, Cafe, $ www.thenestcafe.net 58 Canton St (678) 231-2477

HUDSON GRILLE hudsongrille.com Sports Grill, North Point, $ 7955 North Point Pkwy (770) 777- 4127 Now Open! Alpharetta’s “Best Sports Bar�. Wings, Burgers, Steaks, Sandwiches, Healthy Options, Quick Lunches, Party Areas. Never miss a Game or UFC Fight! VIP Program. Mon - Saturday 11AM -2AM Sundays 11AM - Midnight 1am-12am, Sun 10am-2pm

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OAK STEAKHOUSE Avalon Area, Steakhouse, $$$ p17 www.oaksteakhouseatlanta.com 950 Third St (678) 722-8333 Classy restaurant featuring locally sourced beef & American cuisine with views of the open kitchen.

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ON THE BORDER MEXICAN North Point, Mexican, $ www.ontheborder.com 10575 Davis Dr (770) 998-3335

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ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE Windward, Breakfast, $ p24 www.pancakesalpharetta.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 393-1355 Awarded “Best Breakfastâ€? in North Atlanta • Made-from-scratch Buttermilk Pancake Batter, Freshsqueezed Orange Juice (5 oranges per glass!), Eggs cracked daily and supplied by local farmer, bread from local bakery. M-F 6:30AM 2:30PM, Sat & Sun 7AM - 3PM

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Windward, Desserts, $ www.nothingbundtcakes.com 5230 Windward Pkwy (678) 366-1445

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ORIGINAL CHOW BABY Downtown, Chinese, $$ www.originalchowbaby.com 58 Canton St (470) 709-2902

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PANERA BREAD North Point, Cafe/Bakery, $ www.panerabread.com 6480 North Point Pkwy (678) 393-2647 PAPOULI’S CAFE Windward, Mediterranean, $ www.papouliscafe.com 3070 Windward Pkwy (770) 442-8884 PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN North Point, Seafood, $$

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www.pappadeaux.com 10795 Davis Dr (770) 992-5566 PEACE, LOVE & PIZZA Crabapple/Milton, Pizza, $ www.peaceloveandpizza.com 12640 Crabapple Rd (706) 810-8888

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PEPPERONI’S TAVERN Old Mil Pkwy Area, Sports Bar, $ www.pepperonistavern.com 4190 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 343-8228 PERSIS BIRYANI Downtown, Indian, $ www.persisindiangrill.com 631 North Main St ( 678) 395-5457 PF CHANGS North Point, Chinese, $$ www.pfchangs.com 7925 North Point Pkwy

(770) 992-3070 FARM TO WOKÂŽ philosophy, made from scratch recipes, purposeful & healthy ingredients using fiery wok power, one of the purest forms of cooking. PIECE OF CAKE North Point, Desserts, $ www.peaceofcakeinc.com 970 North Point Dr (678) 990-2931

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PINKBERRY Avalon Area, Desserts, $ www.pinkberry.com 2200 Avalon Blvd (678) 248-5162

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PURE TAQUERIA Downtown, Mexican, $$ www.puretaqueria.com 103 Roswell St (678) 240-0023

PURPOSE SNACKERY Crabapple/Milton, Snacks, $ www.purposesnackery.com 12630 Crabapple Rd (888) 883-1004

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RAMEN BAR BY HAJIME Old Milton Pkwy Area, Dunno www.ramenbarofalpharetta.com 4180 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 622-1718 RAY’S AT KILLER CREEK North Point, Fine Dining, $$-$$$ www.raysrestaurants.com 1700 Mansell Rd (770) 649-0064

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THE REPUBLIC (Chef Todd Hogan) Downtown, Steakhouse, $$$ Opening 2018 - Liberty Hall

11405 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-9199 sagewoodfiretavern/alpharetta

IN THE 17 YEARS SINCE OWNER JAMES LIAKAKOS opened his first location in Alpharetta, Sage Woodfire Tavern has become known for their exquisite woodfire grilled dishes. This classic, casual gathering place for locals and young professionals draws large crowds who enjoy nightly cocktail specials, craft beer and an extensive wine list. Live entertainment Tuesdays through Saturdays is a terrific backdrop to their wonderfully prepared contemporary American cuisine with global influences, ensuring a festive atmosphere for their guests. A wide variety of dishes appeals to every palate: market fresh fish, seafood, hand-cut steaks, chops, chicken, gourmet salads, pastas and burgers are all prepared over a live hickory oak woodfire grill. Professional, attentive servers are eager to take care of their guests every Monday through Friday for lunch. Dinner is served every evening, seven nights a week. Walk-ins are always welcome; and reservations are accepted over the phone or online at www.sagewoodfiretavern.com/alpharetta. ($) Avg Dinner Entree (no beverage) $ - up to 14

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According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, bourbon and Tennessee whiskey exports topped $1 billion in 2015 for the third straight year.

The Spirit of Alpharetta

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850F Barpizza in Crabapple/Milton has the largBOURBON HAS BEEN AROUND est selection of bourbon in the state of Georgia. FOR CENTURIES. Scots, Irish and Yep, you read that right, the largest selection in Georgia. Their ever-growing collection is curated Englishmen brought knowledge of by their own bourbon-obsessed mixologist, distilling across the sea with new Danny Shearer. grains. Thus, the Native Spirit of Bourbon is, “no longer your America, as declared by Raise a glass of this grandfather’s drink,” states Shawn congress in 1964, came sweetened amber spirit June Flanagan, bar manager at Smokejack BBQ. He credits this to “creto be known as bour14 for National Bourbon ative marketing, social media and Day and again every day in increased interest in craftsmanship.” bon, the corn-based September, National whiskey. A few blocks away, Flatlands

Bourbon Heritage Month

With a long, deeply rooted history, bourbon is making a cultural comeback, and it doesn’t look to be taking the bottom shelf anytime soon. The bourbon industry has managed to prove it’s staying power, which is an astounding fete for a product that prides itself on maturity, taking years to bottle a high quality spirit. More and more restaurants are investing in this brown spirit’s comeback.

Bayou and Bourbon turns creating bourbon cocktails into a spectacle. Bar manager Joe Rampino adds flare by “using a smoking gun to infuse bourbon with cherry and oak woods and adding a twist to classic cocktails, like the Smoked Rose Manhattan, which is served with a hand-picked rose.” Branch and Barrel Craft Bar & Kitchen at Avalon set up a very popular-with-the-locals “Bour-

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bon 101 Club,” for anyone who is interested in the fine art and taste of good bourbon. Free to join, B&B keeps track of incremental benchmarks which reward members with special tastings, invitations to exclusive dinners and rare barrels. When a real treat comes in their doors, “Bourbon 101 Club” members are the first to know. We don’t think about it when we sit down to sip our bourbon, but the process this dark liquid went through before it reached our lips is quite lengthy and technical. A few regulations have to be met before a whiskey will be considered a bourbon. According to the Federal Standards of Identity for Bourbon, the mash (mixture of grains) must contain at least 51% corn and the spirit must be distilled at 160 proof or less, and then barreled at 125 proof or less, with no additives. Even though over 90% of Bourbon is born and raised in Kentucky, there is no regulation stating it has to be, but it does have to be produced in the United States. The barrels - which might arguably be the most important element in the process - must be distilled in new charred oak barrels. The key word is “new” - brand new, and used for bourbon only once. Discarded barrels are then used for other spirits, such as tequila, or even shipped to Scotland for Scotch. Bourbon rookies, Flanagan suggests, “Can start “mid-tier, typically a $9-10 pour.” He believes this starting point ensures “a quality product that will introduce the robust flavors but allow the palate to adjust and appreciate the complex varieties.” Flanagan also welcomes bourbon drinkers both new and seasoned to try a flight of bourbon at Smokejack, which he indicates is the best way to understand the differences between bottles and price points. Smokejack’s flights showcase 3 different bourbons. Create your own or choose an already curated flight such as the Single Gents highlighting single barrel bourbon or the Three B’s, which showcases distilleries starting with the letter “B” (Bakers, Bookers, Basil Hayden). “Straight Bourbon” has been aged for at least 2 years. “Single Barrel” means it is not a blend from multiple barrels. “Bottled in Bond” dates back to regulations established in the 1800’s, which means a higher quality product, aged for a minimum of four years. Bourbon is one of a class of dark liquors called “whiskey.” Other familiar types of whiskey common in US restaurants include Irish, Rye and Scotch. In all parts of the world except in the US and Ireland, “whiskey” is spelled without the “e” as “whisky.” That’s not a typo. Though origin, ingredients and the

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Barrel-aged and Bottled WHERE TO FIND THE BEST SELECTIONS OF BOURBON

(and other whiskies): 850° F Barpizza (150+) Crabapple/Milton • www.850fbarpizza.com

Branch & Barrel (120+) www.experienceavalon.com/ restaurants/branch-barrel

Carbernet Steakhouse (50+) Windward • www.cabernetsteakhouse.com

Flatlands Bourbon & Brew (90+) Downtown • www.flatlands52.com

Oak Steakhouse (50+) Avalon • www.oaksteakhouseatlanta.com

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub (100+) Crabapple/Milton • www.oldeblinddog.com

Rays at Killer Creek (75+) North Point Area • www.raysrestaurants.com

Republic Steakhouse (50+) Downtown (2018) • www.foundersclubatl.com

SALT Factory Pub (50+) Downtown • www.saltfactorypub.com

Smokejack BBQ (50+) Downtown • www.smokejackbbq.com

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production process may be the same, there are – contrary to vodka – huge differences in the taste between the distilleries. Especially the maturation in casks which accounts for the aroma of each. Home to the “International Irish Pub of the Year,” the very best place for a good Irish Whiskey is Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Crabapple/Milton. “The Irish

Pub of the Year award {never before awarded to an American pub} is given to the inspirational pub which has reached benchmark standards that others should aspire to,” said John Byrne, CEO of Irish Pubs Global Federation. Unless you’ve got a trip to Ireland planned, the closest you’ll get to an authentic total Irish Whiskey drinking experience is right down the street. #drinklocal

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE between all the dark liquors; and how do we distinguish between the four main types: Bourbon, Irish, Rye and Scotch? WHAT IS WHISKEY Whiskey (with an “e” in the US and Ireland) is made from fermented grain mash (barley, corn, rye or wheat) and aged in charred white oak casks giving its distinctive brown color. Whiskey is a broad category of liquor and can have lots of differences in color, taste and smell. The four main types of whiskey (y) are Bourbon, Irish, Rye and Scotch.

Bourbon Bourbon, whose name comes from an area known as “Old Bourbon” in Kentucky, is a whiskey that’s distilled from corn. For a whiskey to be considered bourbon, the grain mash must be at least 51 percent corn.

Irish Irish Whiskey ranks as one of the best whiskies in the world. The primary ingredient of Irish whiskey is barley. It gives off a lighter and less sweet flavor than the full-bodied American whiskey.

Rye Rye is a grass in the wheat tribe, closely related to barley. {American} Rye Whiskey, full in body and spice, must be distilled from at least 51% rye and aged two years or more.

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Image by PHOTO-SMITH @ Smokejack BBQ

Technically, Scotch is whisky (spelled without the “e”) that must be produced in Scotland, made from mostly malted barley and aged in oak barrels for three years or more. The number following the name on a bottle of Scotch tells you how long it was aged. Some Scotch tastes a lot like bourbon, but with a signature smokiness that lingers at the tail-end of a tasting.

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RESTAURANT HOLMES Downtown, Small Plates, New American • Opening 2018 www.facebook.com/ restaurantholmes 50 South Main St

www.rubytuesday.com 6055 North Point Pkwy (770) 667-5776

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RIO BALSAS TAQUERIA Alpharetta Hwy Area, Mexican, $ www.riobalsastaqueria.com 235 South Main St (770) 475-7890

RUMI’S KITCHEN Avalon Area, Persian, $$$ www.rumiskitchen.com 7105 Avalon Blvd (678) 534-8855 An inventive Persian menu, freshly baked traditional bread, flavorful starters and the kabobs.

ROASTERS Windward, Sports Grill, $ roastersfresh.com 12850 Highway 9 (770) 753-0055

RUSANS 9 North, Sushi, $ www.rusansmilton.com 13085 Highway 9 (770) 346-9020

ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL www.Windward, Italian, $$ macaronigrill.com 5045 Windward Pkwy (770) 360-6302

RUTH’S CHRIS Haynes Bridge, Steakhouse, $$$ www.ruthschris.net 11655 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-1500 Our perfected broiling method and seasoning techniques ensure each cut of USDA Prime beef we

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SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN p31 Contemporary American, $$-$$$ www.sagewoodfiretavern.com 11405 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 569-9199 Contemporary American cuisine with global influences prepared on a woodfire grill - classic yet casual gathering spot with a variety of dishes appealing to every palate.

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SAIGON CAFE Windward, Japanese, $ www.saigoncafeusa.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (770) 360-6366 SALLY’S GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY Old Milton Pkwy Area, Bakery, $ $$$ - 30-39

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www.sallysglutenfreebakery.com 4390 Kimball Bridge Rd (470) 226-7965 SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA Windward, Mexican, $ www.salsaritas.com 5215 Windward Pkwy (770) 754-5822

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SALT FACTORY PUB Downtown, Gastropub, $$ www.saltfactorypub.com 102 South Main St (770)752-1888 Upperscale gastropub featuring contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner.

SCREAM’N NUTS North Point, Desserts, $ www.facebook.com/screamnnuts 5950 North Point Pkwy (404) 474-4766

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SECRETO KITCHEN & BAR Windward, New American, $$ www.secretokitchen.com 6195 Windward Pkwy (770) 752-0922

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SEVEN SEAS MEDITERRANEAN CAFE Alpharetta Hwy Area, Greek, $ www.sevenseascafe.net 125 Devore Rd (678) 624-9372

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SANJHA CHULHA Windward, Indian, $ www.sanjhachulha.us 5815 Windward Pkwy (470) 395-8527

SHADE STREET FOOD & BAR p25 Downtown District • 2018 www.facebook.com/ shadestreetfood

SAVANNAH’S North Point, Cafe, $ www.doubletree3.hilton.com 2925 Jordan Court (678) 347-0022

SHANE’S RIB SHACK Old Milton Pkwy Area, BBQ, $ www.shanesribshack.com 4180 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 569-1988

SAX BLUES & JAZZ CAFE Old Milton Pkwy Area, Cafe, $ www.affairsbluesjazzcafe.com 4120 Old Milton Pkwy (404) 341-0837

SIMON’S CHINESE CUISINE Old Milton Pkwy Area, Chinese www.simonschinese.com 3975 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 762-0038

SCRATCH FRESH Windward, Breakfast, $ www.scratch-fresh.com 12890 Highway 9N (770) 753-4833

SLOPES BBQ Windward, Barbecue, $ www.bbqalpharetta.com 5865 Gateway Dr (678) 393-1913

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SOUTH MAIN KITCHEN Downtown, New American, $$ www.southmainkitchen.com 9 South Main St (678) 691-4622

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SMALLCAKES - Alpharetta Old Milton Pkwy Area, Desserts, $ www.alpharettacupcakebakery.com 4055 Old Milton Pkwy (470) 545-2051 SMASHBURGER Windward, Burgers, $ www.smashburger.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (770) 754-0553

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SMOKEJACK BBQ Downtown, Barbecue, $$ p18 www.smokejackbbq.com 29 South Main St (770) 410-7611 Alpharetta mainstay holding 13 years downtown featuring award winning Southern style cuisine, made-from-scratch BBQ, secret sauces, the best brisket in town, full bar, attentive service and special events room, “Jack’s Attic.�

SOUTH CITY KITCHEN Avalon Area, $$$ - $$$$ www.avalon.southcitykitchen.com 9000 Avalon Blvd (678) 722-3602 Serving Atlanta’s best Southern food since 1993, South City Kitchen offers delicious contemporary Southern cuisine including iconic signature selections, and innovative seasonal dishes. SOUTHERN BAKED PIE CO Avalon Area, Desserts, $ www.southernbakedpie.com 2685 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 254-0598

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TOPGOLF - Alpharetta North Point, Attraction, $$ www.topgolf.com 10900 Westside Pkwy (770) 217-0513

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TARA HUMATA Windward, Mexican, $ www.tarahumata.com 3055 North Point Pkwy (678) 867-9001 TASSA CARIBBEAN North Point, Caribbean, $ www.tassarotishop.com 4005 Old Milton Pkwy (678) 395-6748 STARBUCKS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS Avalon, Haynes, Windward, Old Milton, North Point, 9 North STOP BOP GO Old Milton Pkwy Area, Korean, $ www.stopbopgo.eat24hour.com 4000 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 674-1969

SUSHI NAMI Windward, Sushi, $$ www.sushinami.com 5316 Windward Pkwy (678) 566-3889

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TAZIKI’S CAFE Windward, Mediterranean, $ www.tazikiscafe.com 5306 Windward Pkwy (470) 235-5614 TED’S MONTANA GRILL Avalon, Steakhouse, $$$ www.tedsmontanagrill.com 6100 Avalon Blvd (678) 710-9025

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TACO MAC Old Milton Pkwy Area, Sports Bar, $ www.tacomac.com 4305 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 754-9290

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TACO MAC Windward, Sports Bar, $ www.tacomac.com 3055 North Point Pkwy

TERIYAKI GRILL HOUSE Old Mil Pkwy Area, Japanese, $ www.teriyakigrillhouse.com 3710 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 777-1152 THAI SQUARED Windward, Thai, $ www.thaisquared.net 5530 Windward Pkwy (678) 297-0202 THAI THAI North Point, Thai, $ www.eatthaithai.net 11525 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 777-1306 TIFF’S TREATS Old Milton Pkwy Area, Desserts, $ www.cookiedelivery.com 3665 Old Milton Pkwy (404) 649-6290

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SUPERIOR WOK North Point, Chinese, $ www.superiorwok.com 6480 North Point Pkwy (770) 343-9698

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Windward, Healthy Fresh, $ www.tropicalsmoothie.com 869 North Main St (678) 580-1045

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OLDE BLIND DOG IRISH PUB www.oldeblinddog.com Irish, Pub, Tavern • $$ Crabapple / Milton District 12650 Crabapple Rd (678) 624-1090 Traditional Irish fare (Bangers & Mash, Shepherds Pie, Fish & Chips) and American favorites; 100+ Whiskies, 30+ Craft Beers, Brunch Menu, Gluten-friendly; Events Venue; International “Irish Pub of the Yearâ€? S-M 11am-11pm, T-Th 11am-12am, F-S 11am-2am

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TRUCK & TAP Downtown, Food Trucks, $ www.truckandtap.com 30 Milton Ave (770) 702-1670 TUSCANY CAFE & BISTRO North Point, Cafe, $ www.tuscanycafebistro.com 28017 Mill Creek Ave (678) 624-9532

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VIN 25 - Alpharetta Downtown, Opening 2018 $$$

WAFFLE HOUSE (4 locations) Alpharetta Hwy Area, Breakfast, $ Old Milton Pkwy Area Crabapple/Milton North Point www.wafflehouse.com

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VINNY’S ON WINDWARD Windward, Italian, $$ www.sedgwickrestaurantgroup. com • 5355 Windward Pkwy (770) 772-4644

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VINTAGE PIZZERIA p27 Crabapple/Milton, Pizzeria, $ www.vintagepizzeria.com 12540 Broadwell Rd (770) 817-6000

TWISTED TACO p38 Alpharetta Hwy Area, Mexican, $ www.twistedtaco.com 1495 Alpharetta Hwy (770) 696-2835 TWISTED TACO Windward, Mexican, $ www.twistedtaco.com 5815 Windward Pkwy (770) 777-9199

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THE UNION Crabapple/Milton, New Southern, $$ www.theunionrestaurant.com 14275 Providence Rd (770) 569-7767

TWISTED TACO twistedtaco.com

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WILDFLOUR Windward, Cafe, $ www.wildflouratlanta.com 5815 Windward Pkwy (678) 822-9453

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WINDWARD TAVERN Windward, American Tavern, $$ www.windwardtavernga.com 5206 McGinns Ferry Rd (678) 297-0904

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URBAN TEA Windward, Tea Room, $ www.urbantearoom.com 5250 Windward Pkwy (678) 446-4200

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VILLAGE TAVERN Haynes Bridge, American Grill www.villagetavern.com 11555 Rainwater Dr (770) 777-6490

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VOLCANO ASIAN BISTRO Windward, Asian, $

Mexican, Alph Hwy Area, $ 1495 Alpharetta Hwy (770) 696- 2835 Tex-Mex restaurant, made to order California style burritos, nachos, quesadillas, fresh salads, homemade salsas, and 30 different versions of “Twisted Tacos�. Since 2002, only the freshest ingredients fuse new American flavors and bold Mexican cuisine.

YA MON JAMAICAN CUISINE Windward, Jamaican, $ www.yamonjamaicancuisinega. godaddysites.com 5530 Windward Pkwy (470) 336-7965

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ZOE’S KITCHEN North Point, Cafe/Fast Casual, $ www.zoeskitchen.com 10960 Haynes Bridge Rd (770) 772-5632

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Taste of Alpharetta May 3, 2018 • 5PM - 10PM • Milton Ave. & Roswell St • Rain or Shine A Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event” for 2018!

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Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendars to dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, but attendees may purchase food tickets on site at our ticket booths for just $.50 each. Restaurants participating in the Taste of Alpharetta will not accept cash (tickets only). Restaurants charge $1-3 per food sample. The Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in

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five categories – Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented on the Main Stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. Vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Culinary Competition Stage prior to 7:00 p.m. Free parking. A shuttle system is available. Arriving and leaving the event, shuttles will drop off and pick up by a ticket booth on the corner of Roswell Street approximately every 20 minutes from 5-10PM. Last Year’s (2017) Culinary Competition Winners Best Appetizer/Salad – Bite Bistro   Best Fast Casual – Wildflour   Best Fine Dining – Foundation Social Eatery   Best Dessert – Wildflour   Best Presentation – Nothing Bundt Cakes   People’s Choice - Nothing Bundt Cakes   Best Booth - Southern Baked Pie Company

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TYPE OF CUISINE

TYPE OF CUISINE

What are we in the mood for tonight? AMERICAN GRILL Alpha Soda Bantam + Biddy Black Walnut Cafe Cheesecake Factory Chili’s Grill & Bar Coalition F&B Finley’s Bar & Grill Hudson Grille Marlow’s Tavern Miller’s Ale House Ray’s at Killer Creek Roasters Ruby Tuesday Sage Woodfire Tavern Village Tavern ATTRACTION American Girl Bistro Chuck E. Cheese Dave & Busters Finley’s (The Cooler) Main Event TopGolf - Alpharetta

BAKERY - CAFE - DELI 2B Whole Bakery Alpine Bakery-Trattoria Bagel Boys Cafe Cafe at Pharr Cafe Intermezzo Cascades Chicken Salad Chick Clean Eatz Corner Bakery Cafe Corner Deli Cuzi Fresh Cafe Einstein Brothers Bagels Espresso’s Coffee Fancy Pantry Farm to Ladle Firefly Kitchen Flavor Juicery Goldberg’s Great Harvest Bread Co Grouchy’s NY Deli Highland Bakery Honeybaked Ham Jason’s Deli Jerusalem Bakery Juice Bar

Maple Street Biscuit Co. Mittie’s Cafe on Main Mugs on Milton My Friend’s Place Never Enough Thyme Panera Bread Savannah’s Cafe The Nest Cafe Tropical Smoothie Tuscany Cafe & Bistro Wildflour BARBECUE Cue’ Barbeque Dickey’s BBQ Pit Grand Champion BBQ Shane’s Rib Shack Slopes BBQ Smokejack BBQ BRAZILLIAN Ipanema Steakhouse Coisas do Brasil BREAKFAST Scratch Fresh Another Broken Egg

Eggs Up Grill IHOP J. Christophers Original Pancake House Waffle House BURGERS Bocado Burger Fuddrucker’s Burger Fi Express Med Grill Smashburger CAJUN Favors & Flavors Cajun Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou CARIBBEAN Caribbean Fiesta Tassa Caribbean Buffet Ya Mon Jamaican Cuisine CHINESE Teriyaki Grill House Chin Chin Chinese Jinya Ramen Bar Lin’s Chinese Cuisine

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TYPE OF CUISINE Original Chow Baby PF Changs Simon’s Chinese Cuisine Superior Wok DESSERTS Alpine Bakery & Trattoria Sally’s Gluten-free Bakery Southern Baked Pie Co Tiff’s Treats Menchies Frozen Yogurt Pinkberry Bruster’s Ice Cream Camicakes Cupcakes Cinnabon Cold Stone Creamery Dairy Queen Davinci’s Donuts Donut Theory Four Fat Cows Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Jilly’s Cupcakery Kremo Ice Cream Lolli & Pops Piece of Cake Scream’n Nuts Smallcakes of Alpharetta FINER DINING Atlantic Seafood Co. Cabernet Colletta The El Felx Indigo Restaurant & Bar Kona Grill Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Oak Steakhouse The Republic Rays at Killer Creek Ruth’s Chris Sage Woodfire Tavern South City Kitchen VIN 25 HAWAIIAN Poke Fresh O-shi Poke Bowl & Sushi Poke Bar INDIAN Sanjha Chulha Swagat Indian

Affairs Indian Fusion Amma Kitchen Aunty’s Kitchen Bawarchi Biryani Bombay Flames Godavari Atlanta Madras Chettinaad Persis Biryani Taste of India

Dos Margaritas El Azteca Fuzzy’s Taco Shop La Parilla Moctezuma Mexican Grill On the Border Cantina PURE Taqueria Rio Balsas Taqueria Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina Tara Humata Grill The El Felix Twisted Taco

IRISH PUB / TAVERN Olde Blind Dog ITALIAN Alpine Bakery & Trattoria Vinny’s on Windward Brooklyn Joe’s Mondo Italian Kitchen Buca di Beppo Caffe Antico Casa Nuova Colletta Ippolitos/Ipps Pastaria La Casa Italian Grill Romano’s Macaroni Grill Vin25 JAPANESE Kona Grill Natsu Sushi Bar & Grill Ichiban Kiku Japanese Restaurant Little Tokyo Sushi & Grill MF Bar Ramen Bar by Hajime Rusans Sushi Nami KOREAN EM Bop Stop Bop Go MEDITERRANEAN Cedars Grill Cafe Efendi House of Hummus Papouli’s Mediterranean Seven Seas Mediterranean Taziki’s Cafe MEXICAN Cans Taqueria Ceviche Taqueria Chuy’s

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MIDDLE EASTERN Bezoria The Local Woodfire Grill NEW AMERICAN Sage Woodfire Tavern Secreto Kitchen & Bar South Main Kitchen The Union MADE Kitchen & Cocktails Bite Chef Todd Hogan’s Prairie CRU Food & Wine Bar Indigo Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Holmes PIZZA Vito’s Pizza-rant 850 BarPizza Antico Pizza California Pizza Kitchen Campania Pizza Carmine’s Restaurant & Pizzeria Crust Pasta & Pizzeria Humble Pie Pizza Co. Jack’s Pizza Joe’s NY Pizzeria Mama’s Pizza Mellow Mushroom Peace Love & Pizza Pepperoni’s Tavern Vintage Pizzeria SEAFOOD Atlantic Seafood Co. Brine Seafood Shack First Watch Lapeer, A Seafood Market Lobster House

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen SOUTHERN HOME AJ’s Country Cooking Cracker Barrel Midway Meal House SPORTS BAR / TAVERN Fire & Brimstone Tavern TopGolf Alpharetta Bobby G’s Buffalo Wild Wings Crabapple Tavern Dave & Buster’s Fire & Brimstone Hudson Grille Loco’s Deli & Pub Main Event Taco Mac TopGolf Wild Wing Cafe STEAKHOUSE 19 North Cabernet Steakhouse Firebirds Ipanema Steakhouse Oak Steakhouse Pampas Steakhouse The Republic Steakhouse Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Ted’s Montana Grill STREET FOOD SHADE Street Food Truck & Tap THAI Chad Thai Volcano Asian Bistro Saigon Cafe Benihana Green Lotus Thai Lime Juice Thai Bistro Nahm Thai Cuisine Thai Squared Thai Thai VIETNAMESE District III

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Choose a Side

One of our favorite pastimes is discovering unique side dishes that offer us that one-of-akind-ness feeling and make our palates feel so special. Here are a few of our local favorites:

Alpine Bakery & Trattoria

which serves on fire from scratch

risotto cakes: w/ imported carnaroli rice

Oak Steakhouse

Branch & Barrel

Brussels sprouts & cauliflower: flash fried tossed in sweet Thai chili sauce, shaved red onion cilantro

jalapeño candied bacon & sweet potato fries with maple aioli

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

Brine Seafood Shack

beer braised cabbage

haricot verts: garlic, soy, chili flakes

Original Pancake House

Ceviche Taqueria

thick-cut Hormel black label bacon

mango salsa: mango, lime juice, red and green peppers, onions and cilantro

Ray’s at Killer Creek

Chuy’s creamy jalapeño dip: top secret; but it’s a ranch base w/ jalapeños and secret sauce

wood oven roasted wild mushrooms: shiitake, oyster, cremini, herbs, lemon

Sage Woodfire Tavern

Colletta

Brussels sprouts: blanched, flashed fried, with sautéed pancetta and asiago cheese

kohlrabi

SALT Factory Pub

Hudson Grille

local andouille hash

edamame succotash, honey mustard slaw

Smokejack BBQ

Indigo Restaurant & Lounge

pimento cheese grits

grilled fresh peaches (yum!)

South City Kitchen

La Casa Italian Grill

potato-parsnip gratin Sea Island red pea cassoulet

spaghetti squash w/onion, broccoli, marinara sauce

MADE Kitchen & Cocktails chicharrones: fried pork skin, sweet cayenne rub boquerones: anchovies parsley, garlic, olive oil

Midway Meal House

South Main Kitchen charred baby carrots: mint tahini, yogurt, sumac, peanut, chive oil

Swagat Indian Cuisine

fried okra

goat haleem and paya authentically prepared with pulses and meat

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Ted’s Montana Grill

smoked gouda mac-n-cheese w/applewood bacon, chive

kale salad: roasted corn, Anaheim pepper, vine-ripened tomato, fresh herbs, vinaigrette

Natsu Sushi

The Union

(for special occasions) dessert-bananas foster

120 second collard greens w/ garlic, bacon

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BY LOCATION - AREA - DINING DISTRICTS

BY LOCATION

Heading to a specific part of town? NINE DINING DISTRICTS 9 North • Alpharetta Hwy Area • Avalon Area • Crabapple / Milton • Downtown Haynes Bridge Rd Area • North Point • Old Milton Pkwy Area • Windward

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Bobby G’s Brooklyn Joe’s Cake World Casa Nuova Cue’ Barbeque Dickey’s BBQ El Azteca El Don Espressos Coffee Midway Meal House Mondo Italian Kitchen Rusan’s Slopes Barbecue

Goldberg’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Kiku Japanese Restaurant Kona Grill Kremo Ice Cream Marlow’s Tavern MF Bar Oak Steakhouse Pinkberry Rumi’s Kitchen Southern Baked Pie Co South City Kitchen Ted’s Montana Grill The El Felix

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CRABAPPLE / MILTON

(South of South Main)

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Las Balsas Seven Seas Cafe Cedar Grill Twisted Taco Waffle House AVALON AREA (includes area around Avalon)

Antico Pizza Bantam + Biddy Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bocado Burger Branch & Barrel Brine Seafood Shack Cafe Intermezzo Caffe Antico Chuy’s Colletta CRU Food & Wine Bar District III Farm to Ladle Firebirds Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory

850 BarPizza Alpine Bakery & Trattoria Cans Taqueria Chin Chin Chinese Crabapple Tavern Dos Margaritas Eggs Up Grill Grand Champion BBQ Indigo Restaurant & Bar Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails Mugs on Milton Olde Blind Dog Peace Love & Pizza Purpose Snackery The Union Vintage Pizzeria DOWNTOWN (historic downtown and North Main)

2B Whole GF Bakery Amma Kitchen Aunty’s Kitchen

Butcher & Brew Cafe Efendi Campania Ceviche Taqueria Coalition Food & Beverage Cold Stone Creamery Corner Deli Crust Pasta & Pizzeria Davinci’s Donuts EM Bop Favors & Flavors Cajun Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou Four Fat Cows Godavari Atlanta Green Lotus Thai Highland Bakery (2018) Hop Alley Brew Pub Jinya Ramen Bar La Casa Italian Grill Lapeer, A Seafood Market Lime Juice Thai Bistro MADE Kitchen & Cocktails Maple Street Biscuit Co. Mittie’s Cafe on Main Never Enough Thyme Original Chow Baby Persis Biryani PURE Taqueria The Republic Restaurant Holmes SALT Factory Pub Shade Street Food Smokejack BBQ South Main Kitchen The Nest Cafe Truck & Tap Vin25 HAYNES BRIDGE AREA

(connects downtown & North Point)

AJ’s Country Cooking Alpha Soda Bagel Boys Cafe Corner Bakery Cafe Loco’s Deli & Pub Mellow Mushroom Rising Roll Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Sage Woodfire Tavern Village Tavern Zoe’s Kitchen NORTH POINT (In and Around the NP Mall)

American Girl Bistro Atlantic Seafood Co. Bawarchi Biryani Benihana Bombay Flames Buca di Beppo Buffalo Wild Wings California Pizza Kitchen Camicakes Cupcakes Caribbean Fiesta Cascades Cheesecake Factory Chicken Salad Chick Chili’s Grill & Bar Chuck E. Cheese Diner at North Point Express Burger & Med Grill Fancy Pantry Finley’s Bar & Grill Fire & Brimstone Tavern Fuddrucker’s Grouchy’s NY Deli Honeybaked Ham House of Hummus Hudson Grille

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Ipps Pastaria J. Christophers Jason’s Deli Jekyll Brewing Jilly’s Cupcakery La Parilla Lin’s Chinese Cuisine Little Tokyo Sushi & Grill Mambo’s Cafe Mellow Mushroom Menchies Frozen Yogurt My Friend’s Place Nahm Thai Cuisine Natsu Sushi Bar & Grill Original Pancake House Papouli’s Mediterranean Persis Biryani Roasters Romano’s Macaroni Grill Saigon Cafe Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina Sanjha Chulha

Scratch Fresh Secreto Kitchen & Bar Smashburger Sushi Nami Swagat Indian Taco Mac Tara Humata Grill Taste of India Taziki’s Cafe Thai Squared The Local Woodfire Grill Tropical Smoothie Cafe Twisted Taco Vinny’s on Windward Volcano Asian Bistro Wild Wing Cafe Wildflour Ya Mon Jamaican Cuisine

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Comprehensive Restaurants Guide for Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia.

Food & Drink - Alpharetta  

Comprehensive Restaurants Guide for Alpharetta and Milton, Georgia.