Downtown Roswell Eats

Having worked in Roswell for 11 years now, I've tried most of the places in the Downtown area for lunch.
  • 1169 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    Set back from the road, I doubt that you'd stumble across this place unless you were actually looking for it.  My friend suggested is, and even then I wasn't entirely sure of where I was going.  Turn on the gravel drive just before south of the intersection of Woodstock and Canton and head about 100 yards off the road.  It's in the back of the log-cabin-styled building.

    The space has a neighborhood bakery feel with assorted tables and chairs - some wicker, some metal, all small.  You order your items at the counter and they give you a seed packet to mark you order number.  The vibe is Japanese take on French bakery, so there are traditional french favorites with some Asian inspiration, such as the yuzu-basil-orange juice and a variety of imported Japanese and French sweets for sale.

    I opted for the hot turkey with brie and raspberry panini on wheat with the berries & cream as my side.  The food arrived at our table fast enough.  The sandwich was good sized, heavy on the turkey and cheese, light on the raspberry jam/compote to the point that I could barely taste it.  The berries & cream was tasty by tiny - I believe 4, maybe 5 berries, in all... should have gone for the homemade applesauce that my friend got - it looked chunky and delicious.  Overall, was good and had that hand-crafted feel, but I think I prefer Fickle Pickle down the street.

  • 3.0 étoiles

    I've been to Autentico for lunch a couple of times.  As I sit trying to write this review, nothing in particular is coming to mind.  As hard as Autentico tries to act as if they're not trying, it definitely feels overworked.   Like how all the servers carry those shoulder bag things to take order and carry the checks.  And while I've enjoyed the food while eating it, nothing sticks out as particularly crave worthy or memorable.

    I'd read the reviews the before the first time that I went, so I was expecting the fried hominy, which wasn't that greasy and was well seasoned.  I'm pretty sure that I got the tacos, but what I remember is the rice and beans, so the tacos couldn't have been that great.  I really like the texture of the rice, and the black beans had good flavor.

    The most recent visit, we sat outside in the sidewalk seating, which was slightly annoying since it's a busy sidewalk at lunch time as people come and go to all the restaurants and shops on main street.  I paid a little more attention this time, since I realized that I'd never written the first review.  We got the mixed fries to start - a mixture of yucca and zucchini breaded and served with some kind of white sauce.  The dish was well balanced with hot and cold and salty and creamy.  For the main, I had the specialty tacos of the day, which were sweet and spicy shrimp with guacamole and radishes on corn tortillas.  The tacos were good, and I would order them again, if I can remember.

    I'd happily go back if someone else suggests it, since I probably won't remember this place as an option myself.

    #Yelp365 - 15/365

  • 963 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles

    With a horrible sinus headache that was not responding to medication, I opted instead for the natural remedy of very spicy food.  Searching for "spice" in the area, I found that most of the places are described as having dishes are not spicy.  Fortunately two reviews for Ceviche had mentioned spice, so it was the winner.

    We got there around 11:45 on a Friday, and there weren't a whole lot of people.  The hostess let us pick a seat, but unfortunately, I managed to pick the table directly under the air vent, so the metal chairs were actually quite cold, and didn't warm up...Three of us were waiting for about 15 minutes for our fourth to join us, and we enjoyed the chips and salsa, which was indeed nicely spicy for a restaurant salsa.  I opted for the Shrimp A La Diablo, which was more than I wanted to spend for lunch, but turned out to be quite worth it.  The shrimp was cooked in a spicy chili sauce - the kind of sauce with a slow burn that doesn't immediately heat up your taste buds like Tabasco but leaves your mouth with a smoldering heat afterwards.  And yes, it did make my nose run, which was precisely why I was there.  The shrimp were the right consistency, though I wished they'd pulled the tails off, since I looked rather foolish cutting the tiny tails off, then picking them up with my fingers when I became impatient with the cutting, then licking the delicious sauce off my fingers, all just to put the shrimp into the warm tortillas.  The rice was a good conduit for eating the chili sauce when I'd run out of shrimp.   I didn't like the beans, mainly because I didn't feel like they complemented the shrimp.

    The others seemed pleased with their food, particularly the girl who last lived in Austin, TX, and complains about how she hasn't found good fish tacos since she left.  (She still hasn't by the way, but she said that these were pretty good considering they were fried and they were served in a corn tortilla).  I will definitely go back, particularly when in the mood for something spicy!

  • 1085 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles
    02/01/2011 Avis mis à jour

    I know what you're thinking... "how many review updates is she going to milk out of this place?!", but I actually tried Fickle Pickle for dinner for the first time, so I felt obliged to opine about it as well.

    For dinner they have burgers and mac-and-cheese bowls, in addition to all the usual lunch favorites.  Jimmy opted for the FGT (Fried Green Tomato) Burger, and I got the Pimento Cheese mac-and-cheese bowl.
    The mac-and-cheese bowl was as decadent as you'd expect - very creamy and delicious with bits of pepper, onion, and tomatoes.  I got the chili as a side - still delicious.  Jimmy's burger was 2 patties with pepperjack cheese and a fried green tomato.  I didn't get to try it, but they were right about their napkin ratings - that thing was messy (in the best kind of way)!

    Also, Tuesday nights, kids eat free.  I don't know how that works exactly, since Charlie's not eating real food yet, but I look forward to finding out!

    #Yelp365 - 1/365

    4.0 étoiles
    22/12/2010 Avis précédent
    Not sure if it's just for the winter (so that the line isn't wrapped around the house with the door… En savoir plus
    4.0 étoiles
    05/08/2010 Avis précédent
    2 years since my first review, and several frequent-diner cards later, I still love Fickle Pickle.… En savoir plus
    4.0 étoiles
    06/06/2008 Avis précédent
    Went here for the first time for lunch today and was very impressed.

    The parking was a little crazy,…
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  • 1087 Green St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    5.0 étoiles
    06/03/2011 Avis mis à jour

    Finally made it back for the pie, and yes, that's why I'm adding a star.  

    This time, knowing that there would be pie at the end, I opted for only a 3-vegetable plate: collards, black-eyed peas, and sweet potatoes.  (I didn't remember that those were 3 of the 4 I'd gotten the last time, pregnancy/new mommy brain, I guess...).  All the veggies were delicious - sweet potatoes not too sweet, collards the right amount of sour, and black eyed peas had good texture, particularly with the tiny pieces of celery.

    And then we had pie.  I opted for Blackberry.  As others have mentioned, it's a quarter of a pie, not just a piece.  And it's tall, at least 3-4 inches thick after having cooled and the filling separating from the crust.  I don't even like crust, but I love this - subtly sweet and flaky.  The filling was clearly homemade by the consistency - none of that gel-like processed mess.  AMAZING.  I do wish it was fresh from the oven, but that's what the leftover half is for... to take home, reheat, and top with ice cream.

    Service is sweet and southern as expected.  One group was celebrating a birthday, so one of the employees sang Happy Birthday is over-the-top-opera-singer-aria style as another server brought a piece of pie with a candle in it.

    You can also buy fresh local eggs and herbs, further proof that this is a farm-to-table place.

    While the prices might seem high for lunch, consider the freshness of the ingredients and the portions.  If you clean your plate while sitting there, you won't need dinner!  Most people leave with half of their items in to-go containers.

    #Yelp365 - 65/365

    4.0 étoiles
    08/04/2010 Avis précédent
    Now that's what I call a veggie plate!

    A friend & colleague and I decided on this place when we…
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  • 45 Oak St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles
    13/01/2014 Avis mis à jour

    To be perfectly honest, I've been disappointed by my last few visits to Oak Street.  I was thinking it was just my pregnant-and-hormonal self, but when my not as picky friend mentioned it today, I realized that it wasn't just me.

    What used to be a bright arugula salad with light, lemony vinaigrette and shaved parmesan is now a slightly yellowish green salad, covered with balsamic with the grated parmesan mixed in, giving the appearance of some brown couscous on slightly wilted arugula.

    What used to be a great burger was a little too charred and pretty much bland.

    When I asked for the mayo on the side for the Lafayette, my sandwich came as just chicken breast on an oversized roll.  It did not include the bacon, swiss cheese, grilled onions, or lettuce... just the "smoky" mayo on the side.  And that mayo, which was reddish brown, I'm guessing from paprika, didn't taste like much of anything.  So perhaps it was my fault for not specifying that I wanted all the toppings and the mayo on the side.  In that case be warned to be very specific with your ordering!

    It's not bad food, but when I'm paying this much for a sandwich, and when I know they can do so much better, it leaves me feeling meh, just like this gray January day.

    4.0 étoiles
    21/11/2010 Avis précédent
    Lunch at Oak Street has become of one of my go-to places in the area for a tasty, simple, hearty… En savoir plus
  • 25 Plum St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    I want to like Mittie's.  My friends threw my baby shower there, and it was a pleasant experience.  They set up a long table in the back, had multiple servers attending to us, had the sense to fix a bunch of plates full of sandwiches and mini-desserts on 3-tiered servers so that we could all just nibble.  The table was a little crowded with all the glasses and cutlery.  The room was a little hot, but it was August, and I was pregnant, so it could've just been me.  My friends said that they had good sandwiches on their regular menu, so I looked forward to coming back and trying it on a regular day.

    Then the scoutmob deal came out and reminded me that I should try this place.  So I met my friend who lives in Roswell and loves this kind of comfort food place for lunch.  Since it was one of those surprisingly cold March days, she ordered the passionfruit tea... which set off a frantic search of every container of tea that was on display.  Interesting, since it was one of the teas the server recommended.  The service was very casual, as if there was nothing else going on outside the quaint space and you had all the time in the world to sit.  While I don't like to be rushed, I do have to get back to work at some point, so I prefer a least a hint of urgency in my lunch service.  Also, I'm usually starving by lunch time, so I want the food right away.

    The server lackadaisically started with the specials, "We have a mushroom soup that's pretty good.  It's really peppery. And then we have a quiche...with a mixture of vegetables."  The sales pitch didn't win me over.  Instead I opted for a cup of tomato bisque and the "Peach of a Chick" sandwich - grilled chicken with melted cheese, fruit chutney/spread atop a croissant with tomato, lettuce, and red onion - and chose the fruit cup for my side.

    The bisque (which got a "It's SOOO good!" from the uber-calm server) was out in no time.  It was very tangy, and I'd say it was more of a soup than a bisque - light on cream/milk.  Which is good for my waistline, but not what I expect when I read "bisque."  

    Then it was quite the wait for the sandwiches.  We got a few reassurances from the server.  When they finally arrived, she explained that it was a really complicated sandwich to assemble.  Really? It's got the standard number of components (protein, cheese, spread, L, T... okay maybe the onion)... oh well.  Sadly, I don't think it was worth the wait.  The chicken wasn't terribly flavorful and it was a tad on the dry side, despite the cheese.  The fruit sauce was very sweet and runny, dripping off onto the plate.  The red onion was the most powerful flavor on the sandwich.  The croissant tasted like it had been in a fridge for a few weeks.  At least the fruit cup was pretty decent.

    And then came the ordeal with the check.  As soon as she dropped it off, I explained that I had the scoutmob and attempted to show her the code.  She explained that her manager would take care of it and left the check sitting there, so that we could put in a card.  She came back in a few minutes to pick up the check with card, then back again to say that her manager told her she needed some code... and then back again finally with the bill.  The whole ordeal probably took 10 minutes.  And then she explained carefully that this was the total before and after the discount.  Now, she could be new, and she could know absolutely nothing about scoutmob, so I want to cut her some slack, but she just didn't seem motivated to find out, even when I tried to give her the info upfront.

    My friend has her scoutmob to use as well... I guess I'll try the famous chicken salad if she insists we go back.  But if I'm looking for a cute sandwich place in Roswell, I'd rather go to Fickle Pickle.

    #Yelp365 - 84/365

  • 1104 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles
    22/10/2008 Avis mis à jour

    I went to Rice again yesterday with just one other person, and it wasn't as wonderful as I'd remembered.  I got the pad thai, and while the portion was just the right size (which means probably too big, but it didn't make me feel way too full when I ate the whole thing...), the shrimp in it tasted a little overcooked and quite possibly old.  The service was prompt, but it just wasn't as much fun when it was just two of us.  I recommend it for groups, but I doubt that I'll pick it out for any old lunch day, particularly since it did seem a little more expensive than most Thai places for lunch.

    4.0 étoiles
    17/04/2008 Avis précédent
    Lunched with the ladies here today...Ha!  I wish that was my life... But really, went here with work… En savoir plus
  • 1090 Alpharetta St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles
    Premier à donner un avis

    The Roswell Tap opened a week ago, and their grand opening is tomorrow, but a good friend knows how I like to try new places, so she recommended that we come here for our weekly lunch.  I didn't know until we were seated that it was her 4th trip in a week...

    The building is a renovated house with a patio out front and new deck outback.  The front is covered with windows to let in light, which is nice since the walls and floors have a dark pub flavor.  We sat at the one of the tables by the windows in the front, so other than the trip to the bathroom, I honestly didn't see much of the inside.  There is an upstairs (leads to the back deck, which is also accessible from the back).

    The menu is a solid variety of pub favorites (wings, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas) with a Pittsburgh flavor (since Pittsburgh is mentioned a handful of times).  I debated trying some of the sandwiches (most around $8), but opted for the Pittsburgh Salad ($10) - a salad with steak and fries and blue cheese?  Can't really go wrong there.

    There was only one other group there at 11:15 on a Wednesday.. probably because it just opened and even the most popular lunch places in the area aren't really hopping until 11:30/12.  We were promptly helped, but it did take a while to get our food.  I did order steak and fries, which take a little longer, particularly at the start of the day.  

    The salad was served in a bowl, with the dressing on the side as requested.   It was beautiful - colorful mixed greens, bright red cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, blue cheese crumbles, fries, and strips of steak on top.  The flavor of the steak and fries was excellent - savory and salty with some herbs.  The steak was cooked to my liking and the fries were crisp.  As I got to the bottom of the salad, I noticed that some of the greens were a past their prime and the cucumbers has started to turn clear on the edges indicating that they weren't quite as fresh as the cherry tomatoes.  The blue cheese dressing (which is described as house-made and light on the menu) was not terribly flavorful, but since I had blue cheese crumbles, I didn't need to use much of it anyway.   I'm nit picking here because I ate almost every bite.

    I'm saying 3 stars for now, until I try more of the menu, but based on the descriptions and the atmosphere, it shouldn't be too hard for them to earn another star.  I'll definitely be back soon to try those sandwiches, maybe event the Coca-Cola wings.

    #Yelp365 - 174/365

  • 1072 Green St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles
    22/05/2011 Avis mis à jour

    It'd been years since I'd been to SATH, but it was my turn to recommend a spot for the new co-op welcome lunch.  She's from Michigan, and requested no chains, and nothing too Southern.  Barbecue seemed a good compromise.

    So I called ahead to make sure that they could accommodate 12.  They take reservations for parties of 10 or more, but said that there would be no problem for lunch.

    Lucky for us, it was the first warmer day after the last cold snap, and there was plenty of room for us on the porch.  They took a few minutes to set us up, but the service was fast and friendly, as I'd remembered.  I got the sweet tea, half and half, and to be honest, it was barely sweet.

    I used to always have a lunch buddy to be able to make a dent in the platters, but being a nursing mom, I managed one by myself.  I definitely ate too much, but I just couldn't stop myself.  I got the chopped pork platter with mac and cheese and collards.  The mac and cheese is the oozy kind - heavy on the cheese and light on the flour.  The collards were flavorful (but didn't appear to have bacon) and still pretty firm.  Delicious.  The pork was a little on the dry side, so I doused it in a combination of the sauces.  They've got 3 sauces: NC style vinegar with spice, SC style mustard, and KC style smoky/runny sauce.  To be honest, SATH doesn't have my favorite pork or sauce, but the atmosphere, service, and sides make it a favorite.  I really should try the ribs sometime, but that seems to be just a tad overly gluttonous for lunch time.

    Despite the huge platter that I devoured, I couldn't resist the pie - it's the homemade pie from across the street (Greenwoods on Green Street), and I happily devoured half a "piece" (which is actually a quarter of a pie).  

    I doubt I'll wait 2 years before I go back this time!

    #Yelp365 - 141/365

    5.0 étoiles
    26/06/2008 Avis précédent
    Love it - we go here for lunch when we're feeling extravagant!  The variety of sauces are delicious… En savoir plus
  • 952 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    After years of hearing about his place, finally stopped in for lunch.
    At 11:45 on a Thursday, it was pretty busy, as we got one of the last few tables.  The entrance is slightly awkward since the hostess stand is right at the door and there's no where to stand that isn't in the way of someone's table or exit path.  The tables, particularly at the banquette along the wall, are quite close together. It didn't bug me as much once seated, but there's a slightly frantic place to the space during lunch time.

    I'd read the menu on line and was debating between the fish tacos and the fried green tomato BLT, but they had a shrimp po-boy on special, and it just sounded so delicious.  

    The po-boy was good.  The shrimp were plump and juicy, not too greasy.  The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh.  The remoulade sauce had good flavor, but I would have preferred some more intensity of that flavor.  The bread, which was very baguette-ish in flavor, was a little too much in proportion to the filling.  The fries that came with it were disappointing; I would expect crispy, salty fries from a place called the Salt Factory, but they were bland and forgettable, not even remedied by ketchup (which came in a stainless cup on the side) and mustard (which came in a stainless cup upon request).

    Service was good.  I've been asking for water with no ice lately, and my glass was always full and iceless.  I point this out since many places honor my request the first time, and then don't remember or notice for subsequent refills.

    I'd definitely go back to try some more items, though some of the things I'm most intrigued by are slightly more than I'd like to spend on lunch.  My shrimp po-boy was $14, and the plate was mostly bread and fries...

    #Yelp365 - 175/365

  • 946 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    Wanting to compare the poboys offered in my lunch area, I suggested Roux on Canton for lunch on Tuesday.  We got there around 11:30 and found rock-star street parking just across Canton Street.  We just notified the server inside that we were sitting at one of the small patio tables on the sidewalk/street.

    Our jovial server showed up in no time to get our drink orders.  Our waters came too fast for us to make a decision, but he was back just when we were ready to order.  I was planning on getting the shrimp, the best poboy to use for comparison, but after being told could get it half and half with something else for the same price, I chose crawfish.  For sides they can do cajun fries, chips, or hush puppies, and I chose fries.  My dining companion chose the chicken salad, which is light on the mayo, heavy on the walnuts and cranberries, which is a daily special, but not on the menu. She'd wanted a croissant, but they were out, so opted for the wrap instead.

    The food was speedy enough for lunch.  My first though on the poboy was, that's a lot of breading.... I should've asked if I could get a healthier side.  And unfortunately, the flavor was about what you'd expect from that much breading.  There wasn't a whole lot of flavor.  The crawfish and shrimp were properly cooked to the right texture, but I tasted grease instead of seasoning.  The cajun fries were thin and crispy with cajun seasoning.  Nothing special, nothing awful.

    Service makes me want to come back and try something else, but if I want a good poboy, I'll stick with Adele's just off Holcomb Bridge.

    #Yelp365 - 272/365

  • 1213 Alpharetta St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles

    After hearing wonderful things from Vanessa and Katie (who even said that she'd be willing to drive OTP on a weekday if it fit her schedule for this place), Alexa and I decided to try it out.  I'm not sure how anyone knows the name of this place since it's pretty nondescript.  The outer signage only indicates that it is a bakery.  Once inside, there's a cooler full of beverages on one side and shelves stocked with grocery items on the other.  In front of you are cases of beautiful baked goods, with lots of cookies to catch your eye.

    Of course, I got a pupusa, cheese with the herb that starts with an L.  And I opted for the item that starts with a B (I should take better notes) that the lady taking the orders recommended saying that she was just making a fresh patch.  It's full of eggs, beans, cheese, and avocado in an oversized and thick tortilla.  There's also hot sauce on the table.  We ordered, then picked out our drinks from the coolers.

    She brought our items to the small tables in the center, where there were a few other patrons also eating.  Everything came out hot and fresh.  The pupusa was delicious, but the avocado in the b one was the perfect degree of ripeness to make me fall in love.

    After we finished eating, the cashier tallied our purchases.  And I couldn't help but get 2 of the huge cookies - coconut and pecan - to take for later.  All that was just over $10.  I made it to the car and back to Holcomb Bridge before I gave in to the siren song of the pecan cookie - dry (in a good way) with great flavor.  I didn't get to the coconut one until the next day, but it was also yummy.

    I'll be back to try the other flavors of pupusa, especially since the cashier informed me that I could call in my order so it would be ready for me when I arrived!

  • 3.0 étoiles

    I've been to Party Chic a couple of times for lunch and a couple of times just for cupcakes.  As others have mentioned, it can be hard to spot if you don't know where you're heading.  But once you're there, the cozy and cute atmosphere conjures images of sassy ladies who lunch.

    Lunch on the balcony overlooking Canton Street can be quite nice.  The menu is predominantly salads and sandwiches.  Chicken salad was good.  Regardless of what you order, save room for dessert.  

    The real reason to come to PC is for the cupcakes.  The frosting is dense and sugary, and there's way too much of it, but the cake itself is moist and delicious.  I usually eat only the half inch directly touching the cake, since I usually have to head back to work, and the inevitable sugar coma would be disastrous.

    One of my best friends even had them make her gender-reveal cupcakes - they were chocolate with what ended up being pink frosting in the middle and then covered by another layer of chocolate frosting.

  • 1028 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    5.0 étoiles

    As soon as I saw that Roswell was having a restaurant week, I made my reservations for Table & Main.

    When we arrived for our reservation, we were immediately seated at one of the four-top tables in the back room.  Walking through the big table in the fire place room, and seeing the paintings on the wall of the low country near Charleston sold me on the charm of the space.  

    The spicy cheese straws that we were served as we perused the menu were the perfect tasty bites to really whet our appetites.  The restaurant week menu was comprised of the 3 favorites in each category, so as our server informed us, it really was a great way to get to know the restaurant.  

    I started with the warm spinach salad with warm bacon dressing, roasted squashes, and goat cheese.  It was flavorful and seemed quite healthy with all the roasted squash.  J got the she crab soup, and the bite that I got was flavorful with chunks of crab meat in a delightfully creamy base.

    I'd been considering the fried chicken all day, but when I saw the plate on the table next to ours, I was sold.  It was a good decision.  The chicken had a crispy skin and a juicy inside.  The collards on the side had a perfect texture, though they were a little on the sweet side to be on my favorites list.  The chicken was just as tasty the next day, though the skin wasn't as crispy.   J got the New Orleans style blackened fish over beans and rice. I didn't get a taste before he'd eaten it all, so I'm guessing he liked it.

    We ordered 2 of the bourbons from the impressive list, thought I don't remember their details now.  We had one neat and one on the rocks.   Lucky for us, we did have the stronger one with the one large ice cube.  Both were clearly well-crafted, but I can't handle straight liquor as I once did, and I would have preferred a few well-crafted cocktails with this tasty bourbons.

    For the dessert, I had the apple cobbler, which was light - with tangy apples and only a little spongy cake.  It had just the right amount of sweetness to finish the night.

    Delicious southern fare in a charming atmosphere.  We'll be back!

  • 1210 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles

    Eating lunch with Richard R, who knows Jimmy, made the experience seem like just another Wednesday lunch.  Jimmy says double, and you say yes.  We sat at the counter since it was just the two of us.  

    Double on Texas toast - two patties with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo.  All the ingredients were fresh and tasty, even the tomatoes.  To get a juicy, non-mealy tomato in January is a feat in and of itself.  It really was a juicy burger, and despite my doubts, the Texas toast held up to the contents.

    The fries were nothing special - I'd say slightly under cooked, not crispy enough, and lacking salt.  Ketchup was enough to fix them.

    The burger is all goodness without pretense.  I'll be back!

  • 1143 Alpharetta St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    Another Pure Taqueria - this one with more space, both inside and in the parking lot.

    Back when the original opened in Alpharetta, I was all about the fish tacos.  You can read that in my original review (…).  It's been a few years, and several servings of the tacos, both in Alpharetta and Inman Park.  And even though it's awesome that they now have a 2 taco combo, rather than just 3, they just don't have the same power over me that they used to.  Also, didn't help that I had to ask for the green sauce that usually just comes on the side.  The black beans were somewhat under cooked and not terribly flavorful.  Rice was still nice and fluffy.

    This will be my go-to location for Pure, based on the easy access and plentiful space, but I'm not sure I'll be going to Pure as frequently as I used to.

  • 635 Atlanta St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    3.0 étoiles

    Lunch with the coworkers brought me here.  Smelling the smoker, I had high hopes.

    I love ribs.  I don't eat them often due to the large order size and my preference for variety of sides over copious amounts of meat.  But with my company paying the $10.25 for a rib sandwich with 2 sides, I decided to go for it.  I chose hashbrown casserole and fried okra.  

    The rib sandwich (3 ribs on grilled white bread) was pretty good - just the right amount of meat, though the meat was not quite as tender or juicy as I'd prefer.  The "spicy" sauce had just a little kick to it.  The okra was nice and crispy, but also on the salty side.  The hashbrown casserole was as thick as pudding with potato cubes in it and plenty of yellow cheese on top.  I don't recommend it.

    The seating is pretty spacious, as long as you don't try to put more than 4 in a booth.  The decor is upscale barbecue shack with classic signs for automobile care and accessories, Coke, and other items of nostalgic Americana.

    I'd go back for lunch, but I wouldn't make a special trip on weekends.

  • 25 Woodstock Rd
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles


    If there's one thing that you should take away from reading my review, it's that you should get the pork.  

    Meeting up for lunch in Roswell, before my company moves to Alpharetta and it's a little bit more of a haul for these places, we enjoyed a lovely leisurely lunch on the patio.  The 4 of us were the only patrons for lunch.  Our server, having heard that it was the first visit for some, proceeded to explain the menu, and rave about all the different appetizer choices, as well as the sandwiches and entrees.

    I chose the beef empanadas and the tamales for the table to share.  Both were so good.  The tamale itself was delicious, and made even better by the moist and flavorful pork on top.  The beef empanada was crisp and tasty.  Good, but not as memorable as the pork.  

    For my main, I got the medianoche (cuban sandwich on darker bread) with plantain chips.  It was a good sandwich.  The plantain chips were very crisp, and not too salty, not too sweet.  I also got to try some of Trevor's pork, with mojo.  And it was divine.  I will absolutely get the pork next time.  Lindy shared her maduros, which were very caramelized, and almost as tasty as the pork, though obviously in a completely different way.

    Our server did a good job of being friendly but not overbearing, kept the waters filled, and brought business cards saying to call for a table in the future.  They even already had a reservation for what was sure to be the busiest Alive at 5 of the year with the amazing weather.

    In short, get the pork, with extra mojo.

  • 955 Canton St
    Roswell, GA 30075
    4.0 étoiles

    Just upstairs from Roswell Provisions (through the door just to the left), the space has been redranded from its Party Chic days into a Parisian street cafe.

    I miss French food. Having spent two summers there, I often reminisce about the simple but tasty flavors I encountered at the charming, family owned restaurants throughout the country. Having heard from my BFF about this place, I knew that I'd want to try the classics. I opted for the Croque Monsieur (grilled ham and cheese with bechamel sauce) with the side salad (for $3.50 more).

    This place isn't cheap, but the ingredients were fresh and tasty. The flavors were simple but solid - nice ham and cheese, creamy bechamel, crisp greens, citrus-tarragon vinaigrette to add tang. The presentation seemed a little much (everything was served in a cast iron skillet with a shot glass on the side of the vinaigrette).

    On our second occasion, I got the Nicoise salad - seared tuna, potato, green beans, olives, over greens with vinaigrette.  Still served in a cast iron skillet.  So tasty and fresh.  Makes me wish they made a Salade Lyonnaise since I know they would knock it out of the park.

    Nice, upscale but still casual lunch place.

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