With more than 200 dining destinations, Alpharetta offers a menu of options when it comes to tempting taste buds. Alpharetta is home to the area’s best meatball, best retro diner and showcases flavors inspired from almost every country around the globe. Try these five eats that you’ll only find in Alpharetta during your next visit.
This upscale Italian eatery is located in Alpharetta’s Avalon, a thriving shopping and dining district. As newly named executive chef of Colletta, Jason Stern offers a wealth of knowledge and a traditional, fresh approach to the kitchen. Originally from New York City, Stern relocated to Georgia in 1993 to begin his culinary career and later joined the Colletta team in February 2016, where he trained with executive chef Michael Perez. With his appointment, Stern leads his team with a strong, traditional culinary vision and unique perspective bringing a new level of dining experience to each guest.
With a claim to fame as the oldest business in Alpharetta, Alpha Soda has been serving up classic Southern veggies and “meat and twos” alongside homemade sweet treats since 1920. Voted Best Retro Diner by Atlanta Magazine, Alpha Soda Restaurant will tickle your taste buds with homemade hand-spun Mayfield ice cream shakes, malts, sodas and floats, coupled with menu staples like in-house cubed choice Angus country fried steak. George Petrakopoulos, a restaurateur since arriving in the United States from Greece in the late 1960s, purchased the restaurant in 1991. His son Charles, co-owner and chef, has been involved since then bricking grills and busing tables – welcoming visitors and locals, alike, to enjoy this authentic Alpharetta experience.
MADE Kitchen & Cocktails:
MADE is one of many distinctive dining scenes in the vibrant downtown Alpharetta area. Renowned Metro Atlanta restaurant entrepreneur, Chris Sedgwick, says customers will feel as if they’ve ventured across the Atlantic. Chef Tim Agee is the man behind the food and his passion for all things cured, fresh and pickled shines through in his dishes like Piquillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese, croquettes and grilled oysters. Sip on a premium craft cocktail and let the repurposed century-old building whisk you away to another world.
Smokejack BBQ Owner Dave Filipowicz went on a cross-country barbecue tour before opening his restaurant in 2004, gaining insight so today his customers can savor regional flavors without ever leaving Alpharetta. Filipowicz uses the rich sweetness of Kansas City, the distinctive seasonings of Memphis, the spicy kick of Texas and the zesty tanginess of Georgia and the Carolinas to give diners an all-encompassing barbecue experience. Top Smokejack’s famous smoked brisket or ribs with homemade, regionally-inspired sauces sure to send taste buds in a tailspin. Here, the food is as fun as the laidback atmosphere. Enjoy local bands picking rock and country favorites every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
South Main Kitchen:
Known for its delectable fare and unique kitchen-inspired dining experience. Diners can savor dishes from the ever-changing American inspired menu. Behind the food scene, meet the dynamic duo – Louis Soon and Chef Christy Stone, who met in culinary school and eventually opened South Main Kitchen, with Stone as the chef. Try the sea scallops, topped with a persimmon glaze, over a sweet potato puree, alongside Brussels sprouts and pork belly, garnished with a hot pepper sauce and bacon powder. Cap off the night with an innovative, hand-crafted cocktail, like the Black Walnut Old Fashioned at the upstairs patio bar overlooking downtown Alpharetta.
Insider Tip: For locally-owned suds, sip at Hop Alley Brew Pub, which brews a winning combination of finely crafted beer and pub classics with a fresh modern twist.
Plan your visit around these food-centric events:
Alpharetta Farmers Market:
Open Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m., April through October
Shop local at the Alpharetta Farmers Market featuring food vendors including produce, grass-fed meats, cheese, baked goods and more.
Alpharetta Food Truck Alley:
Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., April through October
Feast on the street every Thursday evening at Alpharetta Food Truck Alley. This weekly gathering will have a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!