With the final days of winter upon us, looking forward to warmer weather may have you searching for new experiences. Thankfully, finding divine new dining options is easy this February 20 through February 26 with Alpharetta Restaurant Week! With over 30 restaurants participating citywide, this year’s culinary celebration promises a next-level lineup of classic local cuisine you’ve always adored and new favorites waiting to be explored! Throughout the week, featured Alpharetta Restaurant Week eateries boast special multi-course menus with prix fixe prices ranging from $20 to $35 for lunch and $25 to $50 for dinner (with many participating restaurants offering both lunch and dinner options!).
To help guide your epicurean experience, here are just a few of the highlights you can expect at this year’s weeklong foodie fête!
1. Carson Kitchen (Lunch & Dinner)
Located in Alpharetta’s bustling City Center, Carson Kitchen infuses the familiarity of comfort food with fine dining ingredients resulting in approachable upscale classics that both adventurous and traditional palates absolutely love. During Alpharetta Restaurant Week, you’ll have the choice between “Devil’s” Eggs popping with pancetta, Tempura Green Beans served with pepper jelly cream cheese, or Crispy Chicken Skins accompanied by smoked honey—and those are just the first-course lunch menu apps! For dinner, don’t sleep on the Pork Meatloaf glazed in molasses and served with your choice of Rainbow Cauliflower, Warm Spinach Salad, Beet Tartare, Baked Mac & Cheese, or Tempura Green Beans. Just be sure to save room for the third course offerings—either the Bourbon Fudge Brownie with brown butter bacon ice cream OR Glazed Donut Bread Pudding featuring three rum caramel and a vanilla crème anglaise. And, if you’re feeling like a little vino to further elevate the experience (we say, “absolutely yes!”), wine pairings will be available in perfect 5 and 9 oz. pours.
2. Branch & Barrel (Lunch & Dinner)
Avalon’s ode to the gastropub, Branch and Barrel is a culinary commemoration of small batch magic and all things barreled. Branch & Barrel will offer three delectable courses at both lunch and dinner—we’re talking menu items like roasty-toasty French Onion Soup, a choice between Honey Bourbon Cured Pork Tenderloin or Maple Bourbon Grilled Salmon, plus the option of insanely good Hummingbird or the dreamy Gigantic Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup for dessert. There’s not a bad choice on the menu—just be sure to choose a craft cocktail to join the Alpharetta Restaurant Week party. After all, you can’t do dinner at a place with “barrel” in the name without getting into a little bourbon!
3. Ray’s at Killer Creek (Dinner)
Ray’s at Killer Creek is a date night mainstay for Alpharetta’s locals and visitors alike. With a bevy of accolades like Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, and OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award, it’s no surprise to see Ray’s at Killer Creek make its way to must-have status for Alpharetta Restaurant Week. Beloved for melt-in-your-mouth steaks, we’d be remiss not to implore you to select the 10 oz. Prime New York Strip complemented by Yukon Gold whipped potatoes and a savory mushroom ragout. If you’re looking for more of a carb-forward dinnertime main course, be sure to choose the Chef’s Feature Pasta, a gorgeous creamy shrimp pasta dish featuring fresh herbs and a perfect dusting of sharp parmesan. And dessert? Well, let’s just say there’s no wrong answer when faced with the decision between the super silky Chocolate Mousse Cake or the chiffon-style Key Lime Pie. In fact, perhaps the smartest way to experience the best of the best at Ray’s is to bring a friend (or two!) who’s especially good at sharing. Hey, who says you can’t have it all?!
4. Härth (Dinner)
Nestled inside the tres chic Hilton Atlanta Alpharetta on Windward Parkway, Härth is helmed by Michelin star experienced Chef Julien Rogee and dazzles with avant-garde dishes designed to meld French food culture with American Southern cuisine. During Alpharetta Restaurant Week, Härth is proud to treat guests to a culinary exploration in three courses, starting with a pillowy soft Burrata Caprese dish served with house-baked bread, then moving to your choice of a lovingly crafted, comforting 48-Hour Cooked Short Rib or the 60 South Salmon sparkling in a honey-jalapeno glaze. To round your epicurean journey out, the third (and sweetest) course will consist of either Raspberry Tiramisu or Classic Vanilla Bean Brulee. Prepare to transport your palate!
5. Salt Factory Pub (Dinner)
Creative fare has practically become synonymous with Salt Factory Pub, and during Alpharetta Restaurant Week, the crème de la crème of this inspired gastropub is up for grabs in three crazy-good course offerings. Hints of Thai flavors guest star with the first course’s Crispy Shrimp option or start the meal off south of the border with the Pulled Pork Tacos or Short Smoked Salmon Tostadas. For your second course, you have a tricky decision between four entrees representing the best of land, air, and sea. Perhaps you choose the Chicken Pot Pie with a parmesan thyme cream sauce, love the London Broil dry aged for 37 days, savor the golden-battered Fish and Chips, or devour a Pan Crisped Trout drizzled in a crawfish Monica sauce? Make your trip to Salt Factory Pub a double date and have everyone order something different (or you could plan to make a few return trips throughout Restaurant Week!). Vanilla Crème Brulee or a Chocolate Brownie punctuate your meal, but don’t forget to inquire about the unbeatable beer list to find a perfect pairing for every course.
The food scene in Alpharetta is worth celebrating every week, but during Alpharetta Restaurant Week, talented chefs across the city take much of the guesswork out of what to order for you! Pay homage to all things sweet, spicy, savory, and umami all week long, then retire to cozy, convenient accommodations sure to facilitate that blissful food coma! For more information about what to get up to while you’re in Awesome Alpharetta, explore our featured attractions here.