In Alpharetta, Georgia, you’ll find a unique foodie culture with an unbeatable lineup of top-notch eateries and one-of-a-kind culinary hot spots. A true hidden gem, the city is home to an eclectic blend of restaurants where you can enjoy modern, craft cocktails or turn the corner for some made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy just a block away. Whatever craving you’re out to satisfy, know you’re in for a drool-worthy meal you won’t soon forget.
It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing. Good thing for you the beloved breakfast (and brunch) options in Alpharetta are bottomless. Here are a few can’t-miss eats for the early risers.
The Original Pancake House: Make everyone in the group happy by starting the day with breakfast where the buttermilk pancake batter is made from scratch every day. Pancakes aren’t all that’s on the menu though – breakfast lovers will enjoy a menu of waffles, omelets, crepes, bacon and sausage, fresh fruit and much more. Be sure to try a Dutch Baby while you’re here – this signature dish is made from fresh German batter, topped with powdered sugar and served with fresh lemon wedges and whipped butter.
Café Intermezzo: Start your day with breakfast on the patio at Café Intermezzo in Avalon. Try one of their delectable gourmet breakfast items like the croque-madame, eggs benedict, or fluffy Belgian waffles. Be sure to check out the extensive coffee menu to find the perfect beverage to complement your meal!
The Southern Porch: A homey, warm ambiance, hearty portions, and tomatoes so vibrant and fresh you’ll swear they were just rescued from some garden out back make Southern Porch a must-try when it comes to Deep South deliciousness. This is the place to go for a breakfast or brunch that very well may save your soul (or at the very least, save your stomach). Do not miss the pillowy-soft biscuits topped with sausage gravy. And if you need a little hair of the dog that bit ya, the Southern Porch’s blood mary and mimosa bar do not disappoint.
Alpharetta’s eclectic dining scene continues to break the mold and challenge the idea that big time flavors are only found in big cities. Tantalize your taste buds at these culinary hotspots.
Carson Kitchen: Housed in a replica of the old 1848 Milton County courthouse Carson Kitchen features an open kitchen with a marble slab that serves as a chef’s table where you can hang out with chefs as your meal is prepared. The menu is infused with Southern influences including a Secret Sunday Chicken Sandwich, a Butter Burger with Boursin Cheddar – and make sure to order the oh-so-cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese as a side.
Secreto Kitchen: Secreto translates to secret—the secret art of incredible food that is! Their authentic meals have been shaped by Chef Boyd’s passion for food and flavor, emphasizing the best in every bite. Secreto’s menu features Chef Boyd’s secret family recipes that he has updated and modernized. The Fried Green Tomatoes appetizer are stuffed with pimento cheese and topped with strawberry jalapeno jam – you won’t soon forget that amazing taste! Main entrees to write home about are his Southern Fried Chicken and Coastal Shrimp & Grits. Do us a favor and save room for the Warm Buttermilk Glazed Carrot Cake for dessert. You will thank us later! The cocktails at Secreto are terrific too. Try a classic like a Manhattan or the Negroni.
Oak Steakhouse: Located in Alpharetta’s Avalon community, Oak Steakhouse presents a fresh take on the classic steakhouse in a warm, leather and wood-toned dining room. Chef Travis Kirkley perfectly balances steakhouse indulgence with modern luxury. He dishes out your choice of five “classic steaks” and two cuts from Master Purveyors of New York City. Appetizers include Oysters Rockefeller, Southern Fried Quail and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. And sides like Truffle Frites or Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower are perfect compliments to any meal. And for something to sip on, Oak’s wine list highlights California Cabernet and Old-World reds including a selection of Italian and Spanish wines you’ll definitely want to imbibe on!
Searching for the perfect after-dinner spot to satisfy that sweet tooth? We’ve got you.
Le Macaron Alpharetta: In need of a French indulgence but don’t have the funds or time to fly to Paris? Le Macaron inside of North Point Mall is here to satiate all your French pastry cravings! The star of the show is the gluten-free macarons in a wide variety of flavors like Salted Caramel, Belgian Chocolate, Lavender White Chocolate, Red Velvet, Orange Grand Marnier with Chocolate and even Bubble Gum! Beyond the signature macarons, the menu also includes gourmet chocolates, French gelato, classic French pastries, European style beverages and homemade candies. Insider tip: if you don’t feel like choosing between a macaron and the French gelato, you don’t have too! Le Macaron will top your gelato off with your favorite flavor of macaron for you!
Crumbl Cookies: How do warm milk chocolate chip cookies sound right about now? Yeah, we thought so! Crumbl offers huge, warm, melt in your mouth, delicious cookies that you can pick up at the shop’s curbside….or you can have them delivered to your front door! Each week their menu rotates 4 specialty flavors (120 different flavors to be exact!) like Chilled Raspberry Lemonade, Cotton Candy, Hazelnut Churro and Caramel Popcorn. But don’t worry, their famous warm milk chocolate chip and chilled sugar cookies are always available. Need something to dunk your warm cookies in? The shop also offers milk and ice cream flavors such as Buckeye Brownie, Churro and Raspberry Cheesecake in half-pints.
Crave Pie Studio: We’re just here for the pie! Crave Pie Studio that is! This Downtown Alpharetta pie shop is best known for its five and 10-inch pies made with seasonal ingredients, as well as quiche, pot pies, crusts and pie accessories. Crave Pies’ specialty flavors include Chocolate Chess, Maple Pecan and Dutch Apple, along with a rotating selection of fruit pies, creams and custards.
And that’s just a handful of Alpharetta’s more than 200 dining spots! Click here for a full list of all of the city’s restaurants.