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Restaurant Brings Something 'Opulent' to Roswell, Ga.

Restaurant Brings Something 'Opulent' to Roswell, Ga.

What a surprise Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac have in store for diners at Opulent restaurant in Roswell, Ga.

The owners have redone the old INC. Street Food eatery with its gritty graffiti-style brick walls and Latin cuisine and transformed it into a sophisticated dining experience with polished furnishings and an American menu "with a modern twist." Black and white now dominates the space with white tile walls, antique mirrors, black and white photos of American icons such as Charlie Chaplin, and clear glass bottles of Opulent vodka.

The menu has been elevated as well — now offering such trendy items as salmon sashimi, blistered shishito peppers, and fusilli avellinesi with roasted tomatoes, capers, basil, olive oil, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

While the pan-seared scallops with beech mushrooms, buttered leeks, and bacon Parmesan broth were perfectly prepared and tasty, I couldn’t get enough of the chicken and fig flatbread or the eggplant fries. Those fries were so light and crispy with a sprinkling of Sichuan spices and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Salad lovers may have a hard time choosing between the quinoa salad with spinach, arugula, mint, shallots, cashews, feta, and a satsuma vinaigrette and the green goddess salad with leaf lettuce, grape tomatoes, chevré, Parmesan grissini, shallots, and herb dressing.

Among the entrées, the orecchiette turned out to be one of my favorite. Imagine the flavors of pork sausage with broccoli rabe and Calabrian chiles combining with those little ears of pasta and exploding on your tongue. The New York strip with leek bread pudding, glazed onions, French beans, and a red wine beef jus didn’t disappoint. Parmesan-crusted Carolina flounder with burnt lemon was light with a citrus burst and the goat cheese-stuffed chicken was a wonderful comfort dish — creamy and filling.

Also on the menu, which I didn’t get to sample, were duck tacos, BBQ shrimp, sorghum-glazed pork belly and a Kobe beef burger with Gruyère cheese and shitake mushrooms.

Executive chef Robert McDonough, who also serves as the food guru for Little Alley Steak and Salt Factory Pub in Roswell, is the man behind the menu here.

The restaurant’s signature drink is the Opulent sparkler, concocted with cava sparkling wine, pomegranate, and a sprig of rosemary. The extensive bar also offers a full line of wine and liquor.

At this tasting I saved room for dessert, a buttermilk panna cotta and chocolate walnut bar. Both were beautifully presented and made for a sweet finish for the meal.


Secret’s Out: 35+ Alpharetta Restaurants Locals Love

When you think of world-class dining, you don’t normally think of the suburbs. But the Alpharetta restaurants on this list are dining destinations that coax even city-folk to travel.

In addition to comfortable national and local chains, there are a host of chef-driven and family-owned restaurants in Alpharetta Ga. that you don’t want to miss. Try inspired Southern cuisine, or experience a traditional steak house. Prefer Asian flavors or an Indian Restaurant? Alpharetta has those too.

The award-winning Bacon Jam appetizer from Carson’s Kitchen at Alpharetta City Center photo credit: Chris Wessling. Carson’s Kitchen debuted February 2020.

For progressive dining, there are four main dining hubs: For a hometown, Main Street feel, the Downtown Alpharetta restaurants are a perfect choice. Plus from April through October you can also take advantage of the abundance of shopping and seasonal events every week in the area. Avalon Alpharetta restaurants are extremely walkable, with plenty of upscale shopping and activities nearby. There are also some great choices of restaurants near North Point Mall (it’s not all fast food), and some restaurants along Windward Parkway are hidden gems.

So before you discount the dining options beyond the big city, read through our list for the perfect culinary experience, no matter the occasion.

The * means you’ll find these establishments only in Awesome Alpharetta.

Iconic Alpharetta Restaurant Favorites

South Main Kitchen*. For a more relaxed date night that still leaves you glad you came, head to the rooftop at South Main Kitchen overlooking downtown Alpharetta for a drink and the brussels sprouts appetizer. Don’t like sprouts? You will after trying these. After dessert, enjoy a stroll through Main Street.

Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar. A cool space with Southern food favorites that doesn’t disappoint, so hang up the diet for tonight. Start off with the warm pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes. It will loosen up your waistband for the main dish: southern fried chicken that will make you slap your mama. Top it all off with some warm carrot cake and you have a Southern evening to remember. Chances are, you’ll get a visit from Chef Boyd before the night is out, too.

La Casa Italian*. Take your special someone to Italy with dinner at La Casa, a local Italian favorite (winning several Open Table awards) located in a historic house in downtown Alpharetta. Owner/Chef Pasquale Cardamuro is a native of Naples Italy and each dish at La Casa is an authentic Italian recipe. You may think pasta when you choose Italian, and they do have good noodles here, but seafood is the house specialty. All the fish comes fresh from the docks. May we suggest the stuffed salmon?

Rumi’s Kitchen. Spice up your date with a visit to Rumi’s for authentic Persian cuisine. The open kitchen gives the restaurant a lively atmosphere, and the food is stellar. Try the Barg and Koobideh with rice, or if you need something a little more familiar, the salmon is a great choice.

Lapeer Seafood*. Named one of the hottest restaurants in Atlanta for 2019 by Eater Atlanta, Lapeer is a welcome newcomer to the burgeoning food scene in downtown Alpharetta.

Vinny’s on Windward*. One of the top restaurants on Windward Parkway for a special occasion, Vinny’s is a homegrown favorite owned by locals Chris and Michele Sedgwick. The fare is billed as California Italian and runs the gauntlet from wood-fired pizza to chicken scallopini.

For a Business Lunch

Cabernet Steakhouse*. Cabernet is a Zagat rated traditional white tablecloth steak house that is a favorite on Open Table. One of the top Alpharetta steak restaurants, Cabernet also has an impressive wine list and liquor menu. The exemplary service means it’s a good place to entrust with your most special of occasions.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. A solid corporate-owned chain that sits in a shopping center across from the Avalon restaurants. Chef/owner Donte Youmans cooks up American classics with wide appeal. This is a popular lunch spot, so get there early.

Superica – Chef Kevin Maxey and Ford Fry deliver in Alpharetta at Avalon with Superica. The yummy southwestern fare is perfect for a relaxed date or as a family friendly affair. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Crust Restaurant Alpharetta*. Not your average pizza joint, Crust has a more upscale feel, perfect for when you want something nice, but casual. In addition to pizza, they also serve pasta, salads and crustwiches – served on the pizza crust bread.

Biltong Bar Now Open.Opened in 2020, the South African-inspired Biltong Bar gives OTPers another reason to skip the drive into Atlanta. In addition to the sit down restaurant, the Avalon restaurant also offers counter service where to-go orders can be purchased. The location boasts a large retail section with cured meats, cheeses and house-made spices and rubs, as well as a trendy rooftop patio with relaxed lounge seating.

Tacos from Ceviche. Photo from Facebook.

Lunch with Friends

Jerusalem Bakery & Grill. A locally owned gem, Jerusalem Bakery & Grill isn’t necessarily the first place you think of for vegan restaurants in Alpharetta, but they do have lots of vegan options. I have a friend that can’t stop talking about the hummus. A perfectly healthy lunch spot, there is also a middle eastern grocery attached, so you can take some fresh made fluffy pita and that house-made hummus home for later.

Ceviche Taqueria & Margarita Bar. Ceviche is Alpharetta ‘s casual, locally owned Mexican eatery. The mainstay order here is the fish tacos, which you can get for only $2 on Taco Tuesday. Beyond tacos, you can’t go wrong with Elsa’s chicken enchiladas Verde, washed down with a handmade margarita.

Maple Street Biscuit Company. They had me at ‘biscuit’, but they kept me coming back with an impressive variety of flavors from sweet to savory stuffed between those fluffy scratch made puffs of heaven. I mean we have breakfast for dinner, why not for lunch too.

A Casual Evening with the Girls (or the Guys)

Coalition Food & Beverage*.You know the team from Table & Main? They’ve done it again, this time in Alpharetta! Our menu pick here: the Blackened Tuna Burger. It’s made with wasabi ginger aioli, marinated cucumber, onion, radish, and carrots, on a milk bun.

Antico Napoletana Pizza. It’s awesome when you can bring some in town favorites to the north side of town. This location of Antico is part of the Avalon Alpharetta restaurants. I love the communal tables and of course the crisp Naples-style pizza. My favorite is the Margherita. And did we mention Antico is routinely rated as one of the best pizzas in the world? Yes, I said the world.

Salt Factory Pub. You can’t go wrong at this casual American gastropub located in the downtown Alpharetta restaurants district. Mussels are a favorite appetizer, and the burger is a specialty. And the beer selection, well, let’s just say you can choose between 50 different drafts or bottled brews.

Bite Bistro & Bar*.Two words here…Lobster Rolls. Ok. review over. Thank me later.

Pappadeaux. Come hungry for their humongous cajun seafood concoctions. You can’t go wrong with their crab legs dripping with butter and the mason jar banana pudding for dessert. There may be a wait, but it’s worth it!

Chef Taylor Neary in the kitchen at Restaurant Holmes.

Top Restaurant in Alpharetta for Sunday Brunch

The Nest Cafe*. Get your morning jolt with a specialty coffee, made from local Atlanta roasters Batdorf and Bronson. But you can’t live on coffee alone (no, you can’t) so get the California croissant, or if you prefer lunch, the turkey and brie panini. And they have a dog-friendly patio too!

Top Restaurants for a Cocktail

Restaurant Holmes*. The first restaurant to open at Alpharetta City Center, Restaurant Holmes is a neighborhood establishment, owned and operated by Chef Taylor Neary (recently of Marcel and St. Cecilia). The eclectic American menu changes often, so if you find something you like, go back soon for more. Top off every meal with seasonal soft serve ice cream made in-house.

Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou*. You can’t go wrong with a glass of bourbon from the Voodoo Bar. They have standard brands like Jim Beam, to finer pours like Angels Envy, voted by Liquor Magazine as bourbons best high roller. This downtown Alpharetta restaurant is located in an old house, and the cajun vibe is evident throughout. From the alligator that greets you on the porch to the catfish Pontchartrain on the menu.

Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar*. Maybe switch your usual cocktail for a beer from their impressive brew options when you visit Barleygarden Kitchen. Whatever you choose, it tastes better with the hot pretzels and the rooftop view.

Colletta Restaurant*. Yes, the food at Colletta Italian Food & Wine is delicious, (you have to try the meatballs), but what we love about this Avalon Alpharetta restaurant is sitting at the bar for fancy drinks (think dry ice on Halloween!)

Sliced beef brisket from SmokeJack BBQ. Photo from SmokeJack BBQ.

Where to Bring the Kids

Smokejack BBQ*. You can’t mention restaurants in any Southern town without mentioning a BBQ joint. Smokejack has award-winning que, made from scratch daily, and a decent craft beer selection. My suggestion, however, is the smoked sliced beef brisket. My mouth is watering as I type. I like to load up on the meat, but if you are a sides person, get the mac and cheese.

Campania. Can’t go wrong crisp wood-fired Neapolitan pizza made with freshly imported ingredients. Oh, and do save room for the limoncello cake. You are welcome.

Chiringa. Everything is better at the beach, right? Now there’s no need to leave Alpharetta to catch that beachy vibe. Chiringa is a casual counter service restaurant offering clean proteins, fresh fish, and a full-bar including fresh-squeezed juices. The open-air setting provides a terrific gathering spot that is super chill and relaxing. Want to be wowed? Try the Dole Whip soft serve.

True Food Kitchen. Clean food that tastes amazing! It can be done. Seasonally-inspired. Locally sourced. You will rethink what “healthy” should taste like after coming to True Food Kitchen.

Top it All Off with Some Amazing Dessert

Scream’n Nuts*.What’s better than a scoop of ice cream? How about a scoop sandwiched between two yeast raised donuts and drizzled with toppings. Choose between some seriously weird flavors too -Doritos ice cream? Charcoal ice cream? Yup. Taste them all if you like. And everything at Scream ‘n Nuts is made in house, from the donuts to the ice cream.

Cafe Intermezzo. We used to go to the old location on Peachtree Road and I’d just stare into the cases, mouth watering for pretty much EVERYTHING. The perfect dessert stop located in Avalon Alpharetta. Bring a friend, that way you can split two desserts. Oh and I hear some people come for the coffee, latte, and espresso too.

Jeni’s Ice Cream. You can’t go wrong with Jeni’s, the perfect break after (or maybe before) a day of serious shopping at Avalon.

Alpine Bakery. Because whenever I go to a restaurant, I always look at the dessert menu first. This New York style bakery is the real deal. If you aren’t sure what to get, I suggest the snicker cannoli. And the food is good too, so bonus.

Crave Pie Studio. Because you can’t really go wrong with a handmade pie, add Crave Pie Studio to your Alpharetta ‘must try’ list. All of their pies are made from scratch using the finest ingredients available. Maple Bacon? Lemon Chess? Peanut Butter Cream? The options are endless. (Seriously. They are able to create a concoction just for you!) Also look for quiche, pot pies, frozen pie crusts and coffees.


Restaurant Brings Something 'Opulent' to Roswell, Ga. - Recipes

Was looking forward to some great Italian. This was not it. The server was prompt but not overly friendly. No explanation of specials or suggestions that you would expect in an Italian restaurant. The bread was served with an olive spread that was overwhelmed by the taste of fishy anchovies. The shrimp scampi was disappointing with overcooked shrimp and tasteless pasta. I had to ask for a lemon to squeeze on it just to try and brighten the flavor. Perhaps the biggest let down was the fettuccini Alfredo. The cream sauce had no dimension or flavor. It was thrown on top of mushy pasta, not mixed in or served with a drop of seasoning or something to dress the plate. This place is missing finesse. The dishes could use a major overhaul. Too many interesting choices to return here.

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Lucia's is a classy, fun spot for dinner. weeknight or weekend. Weekend brunch
is very special as well. The food is authentic Italian. The menu has a great selection of entrees, salads and desserts. The service is always friendly and professional. Take out works well. Great for families, couples (date night) or a chick's gathering.

Like coming here. My little one LOVES Kiddie size Chicken Parm. I pretty much love everything on it. We come here regularly. So, why 4 stars and not 5? Let me lead you to my answer.

EXCELLENT ITALIAN food - Check!
Great wine list, including Cianti - Check!
WONDERFUL Italian DESSERTS (my favorite - Tiramisu) - Done!
What MUST an Italian restaurant have to enjoy Tiramisu after wonderful dinner? - You are right - CAPPUCCINO, or ESPRESSO. NO CHECK.

After all that great food, the restaurant only offers regular, or decaf coffee. Sorry, hence loss of a star. Hope they get the machine soon.


The Perfect Place For Your Event

Come to Maggiano's Little Italy for Italian food near Roswell that doesn't disappoint. Stop by your neighborhood restaurant for lunch, dinner, or a cocktail and appetizer at the bar, or reserve a table online. No matter the time of day or the size of your dining party, you'll be treated like a special guest at Maggiano's. At our table, everyone is family!

From scrumptious antipasto dishes to made-in-house desserts, we believe that simplicity is at the core of Italian cooking. To really bring out the full-bodied flavors at the heart of our handcrafted recipes, our chefs use only the freshest season-ready meats, vegetables, cheeses, and grains. With vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and classic Italian fare, Maggiano's has a plate for every palate. Order a Chef-prepared pasta entree, refreshing salad, hearty soup, or cheesy flatbread and get ready for an Italian-American treat!

Eating Italian style is about more than simply eating. It's about savoring each bite, visiting with family and friends, and relaxing after a busy day. It's always delicious, never rushed. At our restaurants, your next lunch or dinner can be memorable, but so can your next private event or special occasion. With wonderfully decorated banquet halls and private dining rooms, plus an experienced, attentive staff to match, Maggiano's is the ideal event venue near Roswell for any type of occasion. Whether you're hosting an anniversary dinner, bridal lunch, or need a large space to celebrate a quinceanera or bar/bat mitzvah, let our Private Dining Managers make your next get-together easy, stress-free, and above all—mouthwateringly delicious!

Call your local Maggiano's today or make a reservation online to see why we're nothing like other Italian restaurants near Roswell. Experience something exceptional at Maggiano's!


Where to Eat

Dine out at one of Roswell’s many great restaurants.

Table & Main

Table & Main is a Southern eatery set in a former home. Their fried chicken has won them a number of accolades, but other favorites include their burger and vegetable plate.

Hugo's Oyster Bar

The plentiful seating and sports on the televisions make Hugo's Oyster Bar a popular spot for fans. The menu is created by the team behind C&S Seafood and Oyster Bar and includes chargrilled oysters, Crab Louis, and shrimp po boys.

Sugar Shack in the Back

Sugar Shack in the Back is a cute coffee shop behind the team from the Fickle Pickle. They offer baked goods and pastries like croissants, brownies, and cookies as well as breakfast biscuits.

From the Earth Brewing Company

For locally sourced cuisine, world-class beer, and craft cocktails, head to From the Earth Brewing Company. Beer is brewed in house and the menu includes farm-to-table items like sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees.

Douceur de France

You don't have to book a flight to enjoy authentic French pastries! Douceur de France is run by a French pastry chef and has lunch dishes like soups, quiches, and sandwiches, including the croque monsieur.

Roux on Canton

Easily one of the most popular restaurants in town, Roux on Canton has a rotating craft beer menu and Louisiana-inspired dishes like po' boys, jambalaya, oysters, and Southern-style catfish.

Ceviche

Ceviche offers authentic Mexican food with a twist, a wide variety of tequilas, and an awesome atmosphere. Share the mango salsa and guacamole with friends and enjoy tacos, fajitas, and, of course, ceviche.

1920 Tavern

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 1920 Tavern has a "speakeasy" style decor but no password is required to enjoy the chef-inspired dishes. The restaurant boasts an impressive bar program and approachable cuisine.


Food Festivals: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in metro Atlanta, why not sample some goodies and enjoy the entertainment at the Marietta Greek Festival or Powder Springs Seafood Festival? You can also watch an outdoor movie, take an exercise class or have fun on carnival rides.

Check out the following 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta:

Marietta Greek Festival. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, May 14, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 15 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday May 16. Grounds of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road NE, Marietta. 770-924-8080. mariettagreekfestival.com.

Enjoy homemade Greek goodies, music, dancing, hospitality and atmosphere in a drive-thru only format.

Bringing the Sea to Powder Springs Seafood Festival. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 15 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Free parking and admission. Thurman Springs Park, 4485 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. 706-897-6197. bringingtheseatothesprings.com.

Eat fresh seafood and other food options, browse through arts and crafts and listen to live music. Masks and social distancing are requested.

Farmers Market at The Battery Atlanta. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Admission is free, and parking is free for the first three hours in the Purple, Green, Yellow or Red decks. The Battery Atlanta Plaza Green, 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. batteryatl.com.

Shop for prepared foods, artisanal bread, home and beauty products and more.

“Unplug Broadway.” 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15. $50 per vehicle. Cobb County Civic Center parking lot, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. 770-528-8450. andersontheatre.org.

Brings snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, outdoor chairs and blankets to watch “Unplug Broadway,” a revue with a folk twist.

Movie in the Moonlight. 8:45 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Free. Murphey Candler Park, 1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive NE, Brookhaven. facebook.com.

Watch the Disney Pixar film “Onward,” about two elf brothers who go on an adventure. Bring your own blankets, chairs and snacks, and if you interact with other households, masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Fernbank after Dark: Eye Spy. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, May 14. $21.95 for non-members, $16.95 for members. Fernbank, 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. fernbankmuseum.org.

If you’re age 21 and up, come learn about your perceptions and observations through experiments and more.

Stone Mountain Village 2021 Cruise-In. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Free admission, $10 entry fee for vehicles. Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, 5312 West Mountain Street, Stone Mountain. 770-630-1727. cms4.revize.com.

See cars of all makes, models and years and enjoy listening to music. Prizes will be awarded.

Outdoor Yoga. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, May 15. $10. Blackburn Park, 3494 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Brookhaven. m.facebook.com.

Bring sunscreen and a mat to join Element Yoga for an outdoor yoga class.

Alpharetta City Center Spring Fling. noon-2 p.m. Sunday, May 16. $45. Alpharetta City Center, 2001 Commerce St., Alpharetta. facebook.com.

Watch a fashion show, enjoy brunch, listen to music and score a swag bag. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to North Fulton Community Charities.

“Matilda Jr: The Musical.” 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 15. $10. (Friday showing is sold out.) Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-3987. roswell.gov.

Catch “Matilda Jr.,” a Broadway junior adaptation of a story of girl power. It’s presented by the Roswell Youth Theatre, and current COVID-19 safety measures will be observed.

TRIBUTE – A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 15. From the Earth Brewing Company, 1570 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. freshtix.com.

Listen to the eight-piece group TRIBUTE faithfully recreate the music of The Allman Brothers Band. Arrive early (from 7 p.m.-7:50 p.m.) so you don’t have to park first and then check in at the entrance gate. Masks are required outside of your space/box, and social distancing should be observed. If you’d like, bring chairs and a small table, but no outside food or beverages are allowed.

Sunday Sweat Session. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 16. Free. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. facebook.com.

Bring your mat to take part in a free workout led by Burn Boot Camp.

Loganville Carnival. continuing 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 15 and 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Free admission, tickets sold for rides. Field next to City Hall, 4303 Lawrenceville Road, Loganville. loganville-ga.gov.

Get ready to have fun on rides, play games and eat fried desserts when the carnival comes to town.

Mitsubishi Electric Classic. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 14, Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16. $11-$300. TPC Sugarloaf, 2595 Sugarloaf Club Drive, Duluth. axs.com.

Watch top golfers at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, Atlanta’s annual stop on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.

Brunch on the Lawn. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Free general admission, VIP $35. Lawrenceville Lawn, 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville. downtownlawrencevillega.com.

Have fun with live music, wares from art vendors, mimosas, brunch and more.

Fort Daniel Open House. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Fort Daniel Historical Site, 2505 Braselton Highway/GA 124, Buford. fortdaniel.com.

Explore how archeology reveals the way people lived on the frontier during the War of 1812 through tours of Fort Daniel, active archeological digs and more.


Shanghai Street Food & Bar now open in downtown Roswell

Chinese-inspired cuisine is now being served up in downtown Roswell.

Shanghai Street Food & Bar opened last month at 108 Magnolia St., taking the place of Portuguese seafood restaurant Krespo’s Seafood House. The deal was brokered by Steve Josovitz of The Schumacher Group, Inc.

Shanghai owner Aaron Smith said he hopes to recreate the vibe of the street food in China’s largest city with his new venture.

“The city of Shanghai is influenced by cultures old and new, of both the East and West,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “There is no better source of inspiration to create something in the area that’s truly never been done before.”

Shanghai’s Kitchen will be overseen by Robbie Pacheco, former executive chef of 356 restaurant located in the Porsche Experience Center of Atlanta.

The menu includes “light bites” including duck confit wings, jackfruit salad and pork dumplings fried rice bowls and house specialties including dan dan noodles, crispy beef and lobster fried rice.

“I’ve always had a love for ethnic cuisine and have many memories eating in New York and Chicago’s Chinatown districts as a young chef,” Pacheco said in a prepared statement. “When I saw the opportunity to do a concept in Roswell, modern Chinese street food just made sense to me. It’s edgy, different, yet familiar. I don’t want all the pretentious vibe you might get from fine dining. I want to bring late night Chinatown to Downtown Roswell.”

Krespo’s, which opened in 2014, served a variety of fish and seafood dishes. Josovitz said there are not currently plans for the restaurant to reopen in another location.


2012 Tasted Good: The Best New Restaurants That Opened In The Atlanta Area

Frank Gao and Phil Yang provide Atlanta with the tastiest two-table dive featuring mouth-watering flavors unparalleled among unsophisticated eateries. Opened in early September, foodies won’t find traditional food here. Belly-stuffing sensations include pulled-pork &ldquoKing of King&rdquo sandwiches and double-deckers on six-inch brioches. &ldquoBig Booties&rdquo eight-inches-high boast ribs and Angus beef. Pick your own potato for fresh fries. “We make our dishes to satisfy our neighborhood customers,” says Gao and Yang.

Cindy Brown (credit: Diane Chapman)

F&B Atlanta
3630 Peachtree Road N.E.
Altanta, GA 30326
(404) 254-1797
www.fandbatl.com

Cindy Brown and Fabrice Vergez opened this bistro as a “promise to the Buckhead community to offer a cozy, casual neighborhood restaurant with healthy Mediterranean food.” White bean soup with truffle oil, beer-braised chicken, lamb sandwiches and mussels steamed in garlic are on the menu just waiting to be enjoyed. Opened to the public in July, F&B stresses a stress-free atmosphere.

Little Alley Steak
955 Canton St.
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-0440
www.littlealleysteak.com

Little Alley features a casual, bustling atmosphere with a selection of over 200 premium libations and wines. Diners give thumbs up to Springer Mountain chicken, the center-cut filet and a kobe beef burger. Vegetarians enjoy a tandori-spiced tofu steak. Restauranteurs Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac opened the sensation in February “to continue building the Canton Street neighborhood vibe.”

(credit: Vuu Asian Bistro/Facebook)

Best Asian and Sushi Bar:

VUU
880 Woodstock Road, Suite 100
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 650-0288
www.facebook.com/vuuasianbistro

Owner Aaron Vuu opened this Asian fusion restaurant in August to bring Roswell residents family recipes from Thailand and give them a unique take all his own. Favorite dishes include avocado fries, spicy sesame chicken and golden honey shrimp. All dishes are made from scratch. “We wanted to create a community place for customers, and they truly enjoy it,” says Vuu.


Restaurant Brings Something 'Opulent' to Roswell, Ga. - Recipes

Like coming here. My little one LOVES Kiddie size Chicken Parm. I pretty much love everything on it. We come here regularly. So, why 4 stars and not 5? Let me lead you to my answer.

EXCELLENT ITALIAN food - Check!
Great wine list, including Cianti - Check!
WONDERFUL Italian DESSERTS (my favorite - Tiramisu) - Done!
What MUST an Italian restaurant have to enjoy Tiramisu after wonderful dinner? - You are right - CAPPUCCINO, or ESPRESSO. NO CHECK.

After all that great food, the restaurant only offers regular, or decaf coffee. Sorry, hence loss of a star. Hope they get the machine soon.

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I haven't been to Lucia's in awhile, but we decided to check out their Sunday brunch. I LOVE Italian food, but decided to order a non-Italian egg and bacon taco meal with potatoes. It was very good (and I'm not a fan of breakfast food, either).
I look forward to coming back for a traditional Italian meal sometime soon.

We had breakfast here on a Saturday morning. In all fairness the waitress did share with us they were training a new cook on their recipes. The food was good, but it wasn't anything special. The breakfast sandwich was something just like I would get at home with an egg, some meat and cheese on toasted bread. It wasn't loaded with filling or grilled style just toasted bread with the fillings thrown into it. The ricotta pancakes were typical pancakes. We couldn't tell there was anything different about them. Maybe the new cook knows the menu now. It's worth another shot.

Hi Catherine. Thank you for trying the brunch with us. I sure hope that you enjoy everything more on your next visit. My favorites, and our best sellers, are the eggs benedict, chicken & waffle, and the frittatas.
As a side note, we only serve the brunch on Sundays. Not Saturdays as you mentioned in your review.
Have a great week.
Tim Klatt


Opening Reports for Chow Bing, OPULENT, More


Chow Bing. [Photo: Facebook]

1) Roswell: OPULENT is set to open on Monday, May 6. It replaces INC Street Food on downtown Roswell's Canton Street with executive chef Andrew Long helming the "global-inspired kitchen." Status: Opening May 6 948 Canton Street, Roswell.

2) Downtown: Now open in the Pencil Factory Flats on Decatur Street is Chow Bing. The restaurant will serve fast-casual Asian food in the form of "Bing Bowls" and "Bing Rolls," with a choice of protein, toppings, and rice. See the menu here. Status: Certified open 349 Decatur Street, Atlanta.

3) Atlantic Station: New to Atlantic Station is Great American Cookies & Pretzel Maker, located on 19th Street across from Old Navy. Status: Certified Open Atlantic Station.

4) Buckhead: The second Red Pepper Taqueria is opening on Piedmont Road in early May. Watch this space for details. Status: Opening soon 3133 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta.

5) Midtown: Villains is now (quietly) open at the corner of Peachtree and 8th streets. See pictures of the space and the menu right here. Status: Certified open 903 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.
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