In case you missed it, Alpharetta’s dining scene is exploding. If you’re a foodie, you are in for a treat. And one thing that’s great about Avalon is there is so much to do that’s all within walking distance. So, here’s a fantastic recipe for the perfect progressive dinner in Alpharetta’s Avalon.
Branch and Barrel has a warm and inviting look that begs you to sip on a well-made cocktail or two. My pick is the S’marti Pants with bourbon, vermouth, grapefruit and ginger. If liquor isn’t your thing, there’s also a terrific list of craft beers available to wet your whistle. You may be tempted to linger after a cocktail and maybe stay for a second drink, but there’s lots to do on this progressive dinner.
Take a short stroll over to Colletta to have their delicious Italian appetizers. Items perfect for sharing are the Butcher Board, Calamari or Prosciutto di Parma Flatbread. The latter comes with peaches for the perfect marriage of sweet and savory. Bonus – Colletta offers half off appetizers from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Before moving on to the main course next door, take a respite in the form of a friendly game of corn hole. There’s a small patch of lawn between Colletta and Oak Steakhouse that has comfy Adirondack chairs and a couple corn hole boards. Play a game or two.
Oak Steakhouse is your destination for your main course. Sure you can indulge in a pricey steak (and they are so worth it!), should you want, but there’s so much more to Oak Steakhouse like the delicious Scallops and Chorizo and other non-steak entrees. If your group is small, sit at the bar and take advantage of the somewhat secret bar menu with outstanding offers like C.A.B. Steak Frites for just $15.
No doubt that you’ll be quite full after such a dining roundup. But you can’t skip dessert. Still, keep it light with the offerings at Caffè Antico. This is part of the family of Antico Pizza that is arguably some of the best pizza in the city. Oh yeah, there’s an Antico Pizza in Avalon as well. But that’s for another day.
Caffè Antico has a variety of gelatos and sorbets to end the evening on a sweet note but one that won’t leave you overstuffed. The gelateria has a variety of delicious flavors, all imported from Bologna, Italy. Cap it off with one of their tasty coffees.
You can certainly call it a night after this fun-filled progressive dinner. But if you still want to keep the party going, head on over to Crú Food & Wine Bar for post dinner drinks. They have a roof top lounge, perfect for the fall days, and are open until midnight on weekends.
Insider Tips: Depending on your group size, it may be worth making reservations or calling ahead to Colletta and Oak Steakhouse and letting them know of your progressive dinner evening so you won’t have to wait long, especially if it is a weekend. Crú Food & Wine Bar does not take reservations but they have call ahead seating for parties of 4-7.
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.