It is a universal truth that good food is the way to the heart. Whether reminiscing on your grandmother’s Sunday fried chicken or your mom’s Meatloaf Mondays, we all have a favorite meal that takes us back to a special place and time. Here in Alpharetta, the culinary community has created flavorful favorites that will make you fall in love. We have rounded up 7 of the city’s exclusive drinks, dishes and desserts that you can only find here, that will have you visiting time and time again. These must-tries will delight you from start to finish, so make sure to make time for them all on your next Alpharetta excursion.
1. Desert Rose Cocktail from Jekyll Brewing Downtown Alpharetta
To kick off this Alpharetta round up, we are starting with a cocktail that you can’t find anywhere else. The Desert Rose from Jekyll Brewing is one of several new cocktails available now that Jekyll has expanded their horizons from brewing beers to also curating their own line of tequila, vodka, gin, rum, and bourbon. Featuring tequila, agave, and fresh lime juice, garnished with a hibiscus flower, this refreshing cocktail will hit the spot on a warm Southern day. Enjoy the beautiful views from Jekyll’s rooftop patio while you enjoy a cool beverage to make the most out of your visit.
2. Lavender Latte from Valor Coffee
Get your caffeine kick at Valor Coffee, where great coffees and espresso drinks pair with their awesome food options in a café oozing with charm. Settle in to one of the pink seats out on the patio with a large mug full of a lovable Lavender Latte – a unique pairing of subtle floral flavors, warm milk and espresso. With many options for every dietary need, guests can choose from regular milk, as well as almond and oat milk.
3. Avocado Toast from Fuel Coffee
For a nutritious and flavorful slice of joy, Avocado Toast at Fuel Coffee is a must. As a bonus, while we’re mainly focusing on solo dishes, you have 4-options-in-1 at Fuel, because they have a whole section of their menu dedicated to avocado toast afficionados! Try the Avocado Toast Easy Up for toasted multigrain bread, avocado spread and an over easy egg with salt and pepper. Mix it up with the Everything But the Bagel slice for a slathering of cream cheese and Everything Bagel Seasoning with your toast. Want savory sweetness? Opt for the Avocado Toast Strawberry Balsamic with strawberries and balsamic glaze over your avocado spread. Make it cheesy with the Avocado Toast Tomato Mozzarella for an avocado toast that has caprese salad vibes.
4. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Brussels Sprouts from Branch & Barrel
Brussel Sprouts are having a moment and we couldn’t be happier about it! We can guarantee this exceptional appetizer from Branch & Barrel will win you over. Something magical happens in the kitchen at Branch & Barrel when combining crispy roasted Brussels Sprouts with a generous sprinkling of salt and vinegar seasoning. You simply have to try it to understand what we mean. Order more than one serving for the table—you’ll thank us later!
5. Gluten-Free Fried Chicken from Citizen Soul
Enjoy dining al fresco or step inside at Citizen Soul and order a big Southern serving of the Gluten-Free Fried Chicken. Served with organic rice grits, thin beans and sorghum cider, this unique take on a Southern staple is truly amazing. As an added bonus, Citizen Soul has amazing starters like Braised Bacon, Fried Okra, and Short Rib Piquillo Peppers that are all amazing and cannot be found anywhere but in Alpharetta!
6. Bananas Foster for Two from Cabernet Steakhouse
Part of the magic of Cabernet Steakhouse’s Bananas Foster is the spectacle of its tableside demonstration. Perfectly ripe bananas are sautéed in butter, sugar, and cinnamon and then bathed in rum—all of which is set aflame in a fiery burst. The fire burns off the alcohol in the rum, leaving a hint of smoky taste and rum flavor. The delicious concoction is then complemented by a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream to balance out the warmth. The result? A palate-pleasing wow-factor you’ll be talking about for days.
7. The Signature Donut Ice Cream Cone from Scream’n Nuts
Small-batch creamery and donuttery (yep, that’s a thing!) Scream’n Nuts gets that two delicious desserts are always better than one. How do they accomplish this? A donut cone. Yep, you read that right. The ultimate ice cream vessel—this signature donut cone is made from a yeast-raised donut batter with caramelized sugar on the outside and a soft, decadent texture (like if a waffle cone received angel wings). As if that weren’t genius enough, you’ll also find a roster of fascinating ice cream flavors like lavender violet, matcha green tea with mochi, and the wildly Insta-worthy charcoal ice cream.
Are your tastebuds tingling yet? Hopefully we’ve enticed your inner foodie and you’re already elbow-deep into planning your trip to Alpharetta. If you need further convincing, Alpharetta is home to 30 modern hotels that will make your trip a breeze, with many hotels also having their own signature restaurants and awesome accommodations. Don’t miss out on creating new memories and trying dishes that will find a home in your heart. Visit Alpharetta and share your adventure with us @AwesomeAlpharetta with our hashtag #AwesomeAlpharetta! Salud!