Suburbanites weary of schlepping to Midtown for a little scenester action can now trot over to their very own hot spot. The concise menu is a close fusion of Mexican tradition and American inclination: hone in on the guac, the queso fundido with chorizo, the beef cheek tacos and ceviche. Even gringos with little fondness for Mexican will be dazzled by the gloriously goopy hamburguesa Sedgwick.
More so than any other restaurant in the Atlanta area, 5 Seasons Brewing is bringing slow food to the masses. First in their Sandy Springs location, and now in Alpharetta, the restaurant quietly slips organics into the rotation of their all-American brewery menu. Chef David Larkworthy uses local farm produce on the regular menu as much as possible, but the ever-changing specials are where the freshest food and the most innovation can be found.
Who'd have thought a chain serving enormous volumes of food could be this good? Spectacular etouffee, lovingly prepared gumbos, delicately broiled seafood and mountains of fried stuff are turning out crowds that cause 90-minute waits. Go early. Real early.
The star of the show here is the Australian meat pie, a hot and crusty personal pie filled with meat and gravy, but the Cornish pastie -- a buttery pastry filled with meat and vegetables -- is great, too. Whether you're an Aussie ex-pat or a newcomer to the cuisine, you can be sure you're getting the real deal here.
Sal Grosso is a sleek, modern take on the all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style steakhouse concept that's taken Atlanta by storm. The $29.95 dinner includes a classic retro deluxe salad bar and as much meat as you can stomach. Don't miss the succulent fraldinha or bottom sirloin with a likeably nubbly texture. Don't save yourself for dessert -- the meat's the thing to fill up on here.
When Peter Chang popped up on the Atlanta restaurant scene at Tasty China in 2006, food fiends went mad for his intoxicatingly ma-la (hot and numbing) Szechuan dishes. But the chef suddenly left Atlanta just months later and landed somewhere in Tennessee. Or was it Washington, D.C.? Virginia? But now, the Wuhan, Hubei, native and former Chinese embassy chef is cooking in Marietta at his old stomping grounds again. All of Chang’s greatest hits are permanent fixtures on Tasty China's menu. Many are much improved. Just keep your chopsticks crossed that he's sticking around this time.
There is no menu at Vatica. For $10.99 at dinner and $8.99 at lunch, the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat meal on a thali, a round metal tray upon which five or six harmonious dishes are served. This isn't the usual assortment of flabby, overcooked vegetables in creamy curry sauces found in many Indian joints. This is home-style cookin' like your mama would have made, had she been from the Gujarat in Western India. The selection changes every day.
Restaurant offering the uniquely spiced cuisine of Trinidad has made a name for itself among local expatriates and adventurous eaters. Also has a lunch buffet to help new customers get acquainted with the variety of dishes.