Alpharetta restaurants are getting creative with their outside dining areas as we head into the colder months. Many eateries throughout the city have added tents, fire pits, heaters and even igloos to their outdoor spaces extending the al fresco season indefinitely! And, of course, you can also BYOB (bring your own blanket) and cozy up to dine on amazing Alpharetta fare.
When the temperature does decide to dip, you want something warm and comforting on your plate. We’ve put together five delectable Alpharetta dishes sure to make you feel cozy from the inside out – and you can enjoy them in the locale’s outdoor dining area, too.
Barbecued Beef Brisket at Branch & Barrel
Branch & Barrel’s Chef Todd Hogan has created a masterpiece with his Barbecued Beef Brisket entree. You won’t be needing your knife for this dish; the brisket pulls apart and is impossibly moist. Jalapeno mac and cheese and green beans accompany the brisket all served perfectly in an iron skillet. Insider Tip: start your meal with the Salt & Vinegar Brussel Sprouts appetizer – they are the talk of the town!
Shepherd’s Pie at The Cheesecake Factory
Shepherd’s Pie is THE quintessential comfort food. The Cheesecake Factory combines ground beef, peas and carrots, and zucchini and onions with a delicious mushroom gravy and a mashed potato-parmesan cheese crust. You’ll be left full and content, and maybe even have some left over for seconds from the generous portions. And can you really leave The Cheesecake Factory without cheesecake? We think not. Choose from 34 different cheesecake flavors for dessert!
Clam Chowder at Lapeer Seafood Market
Looking for a mental trip to New England right here in Alpharetta? Savor a classic winter favorite for those who love seafood. The Clam Chowder is made with potatoes and celery and is the perfect soup for a light lunch or a pre-dinner bite. The clam-infused broth will hit the spot and leave you wanting more while bites of potato and celery will satisfy your hunger. And don’t forget to top it off with their oh-so-essential house made oyster crackers.
Gnocchi and Veal Meatballs at Vinny’s on Windward
For a pasta dish that is absolutely to-die-for, order up the Gnocchi and Veal Meatballs at Vinny’s on Windward. The potato gnocchi pasta is served in a parmesan cream sauce and then they amp up the flavors by adding veal and pork meatballs in a tomato sauce. Pair this with a glass of Vinny’s House red wine and you’ll be making the “chef’s kiss” gesture in no time!
Meatloaf with Mushroom Merlot Gravy at Never Enough Thyme
Ok, you had us at Merlot Gravy! Scrumptious and satisfying are two food descriptors you love during cold weather, and they perfectly describe the Meatloaf with Mushroom Merlot Gravy from Never Enough Thyme. This hearty dish is just the ticket when you have a hankering for classic cuisine flavors. You’ll be reminded of your grandmother’s traditional meatloaf and have heart eyes for the mushroom merlot gravy.
Click here for a full listing of the 160+ Alpharetta restaurants offering outdoor dining options. And don’t forget your blanket!