When the weather turns cold, it’s time to get out our slow cookers, make hot chocolate and head out for foods that fill our bellies and remind us of the comforting foods of childhood. Here’s where to go to find them in Alpharetta.
For the winter months, they offer Creamy Artichoke Chicken Soup. It is hearty enough to warm you up on the coldest winter day. This tasty dish is not always available so call before visiting to make sure it is on the menu.
Though there are many healthy choices for soups and salads, if comfort food is what you are after, get the Pimento Cheese Sandwich & Tomato Basil Bisque. The Pimento cheese has both yellow and white cheddar cheeses and a touch of mayo. Dip it in the bisque made with sweet onions, bay leaves, basil, heavy cream and brown sugar.
Steaks may be the star here but there’s one comfort food item you need to have: The Lobster Queso. The gooey cheese is packed full of lobster chunks and it’s served with tortilla chips, though I could just eat it by the spoonful!
Flatlands brings a taste of the Louisiana Bayou to Alpharetta. The charming spot is tucked away in downtown and is worth seeking out. There’s lovely décor both inside and out! For comfort food, don’t miss the Gumbo, a signature New Orleans dish.
If you’re in Wisconsin, you can’t visit any restaurant without spotting cheese curds on the menu. Here in the south, they are less prevalent. However, fried cheese is on the menu at Hop Alley and it is oh so comforting!
Rather new to Alpharetta is Secreto. The talented chef has put his own unique spin on many familiar dishes. My favorite was the Fried Chicken though. Does it get more comfy than fried chicken? What I love about this dish is that it is thin and boneless and topped with creamy gravy.
There’s two delectable dishes here that are the epitome of comfort food: Shepherd’s Pie and Chicken Pot Pie. The Shepherd’s Pie is especially tasty made with lamb instead of beef for a twist. And it’s served in a cast iron skillet.
If you haven’t had Ted’s Bison entrees you are missing out. They make a wonderful Bison chili, pot roast and meatloaf. Pair that up with mashed potatoes or my favorite Ted’s side, Squash Casserole, and you are in for comfort food.
A place dedicated to grilled cheese? Sign me up! They are known for their fancy grilled cheese sandwiches with lots of interesting fillings. But they also have unique grilled cheese doughnuts, which was featured on Man vs. Food.
My favorite comfort food menu item here is the Pimento Cheese BLT, but their Pimento Cheese Burger is a close second. Tip: Their happy hour is a killer deal: Monday through Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. with comfort food options like Deviled Eggs.
Malika Bowling is Alpharetta’s Culinary Insider and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Atlanta. She has been featured on HGTV, The Huffington Post and USA Today. She’s served as a judge at many culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta.