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Best Places to Eat in Alpharetta, Georgia

A plate filled with french fries, macaroni and cheese, a slab of smoked ribs and burnt ends.

Best Places to Eat in Alpharetta, Georgia

There is just something about the cuisine of the south…

The buttery, barbecue-y, smoked deliciousness that can be found on just about every table!

It is all that yumminess that makes Alpharetta, Georgia one of the best places to visit for southern cuisine. As well as being able to find other types of cuisine available around the world. Of course, it can be quite difficult for anyone to decide on where they should eat when they are there, simply because there are so many delectable options.

Here are the best places to eat and experience the deliciousness of the cuisine in Alpharetta, GA:

Little girl sits inside Smoke Jack in Alpharetta, GA with a tray of chicken fingers and mac and cheese, she smiles.

Smokejack BBQ

This BBQ style restaurant can be found within a one hundred and eighty-year-old building and they utilize the building’s charm every way that they can. Of course, it is the food that keeps people going back!

Their pulled pork, juicy ribs, and their burnt ends of beef are continuously brought out from the kitchen and set in front of diners at the tables. Everyone needs one of the Boylan sodas to wash their food down, and no one can leave without a piece of the Coca Cola cake.

A tray full of baby back ribs, and smoked burnt ends. With a side mashed potatoes.

I can tell you firsthand that this is one of my favourite places to eat. I think about it constantly and cannot wait to go back just to eat here. My favourites are the chicken thighs appetizer, ribs with burnt ends with mashed potatoes, and definitely the Coca Cola cake!

Smoke Jack BBQ Hours:



Website: www.smokejackbbq.com

3 tacos filled with pico de gallo, pork belly, beets, and cilantro with grilled pineapple.

El Felix Restaurant

The only thing that is better than the food at El Felix is the tequila that seems to flow freely into each one of the cocktail glasses! The Mexican food at El Felix is extraordinary. So much so, that everyone may think that they have crossed over the border into Mexico. Diners love the hot tamales, the skirt steak fajitas, and the chicken Verde Enchiladas.

My favourite dish is the Tacos Al Pastor. The dish is tantalizing and makes my mouth water. It comes with delectable pieces of pork belly, grilled pineapple, thinly-sliced radish. I topped it off with their hottest sauce and I was in heaven. They have so many options when it comes to Tex-Mex, so make the trip!

The El Felix at the Avalon Hours:

11 am — 2:30 pm
5 pm — 10 pm

11 am — 2:30 pm
5 pm — 11 pm

11 am — 11 pm

11 am — 10 pm

Website: www.theelfelix.com

Blackened fish with veggies and bread.


One of the most popular places to eat. Awarded Best Dessert, Best Presentation and People’s Choice in the 2014 Taste of Alpharetta Culinary Competition. It’s a family-run café that serves lunch from Monday to Saturday. Make sure to try their sandwiches made from homemade bread baked fresh daily. A great couple delicious options are the turkey meatloaf and rosemary chicken!

Wildflour Hours:

Monday to Friday – 11 AM to 2:30 PM

Saturday – 11 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday – CLOSED

Website: www.wildflouratlanta.com

Cinnabon Cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory in Alpharetta, GA.

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory has long been known for its large variety of tasty cheesecakes. Though one thing everyone will be thrilled to know is that their food meets those same standards. Guests can order pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta, steak, seafood, and more for their main meal. There is even brunch available on the weekends. In addition to cheesecake, they also serve other desserts including Linda’s fudge cake, carrot cake, and tiramisu.

The reason why this chain makes the cut is that it’s not everywhere. So, many people have not tried it yet and if you have, you know their menu is HUGE and has someone for everyone!

The Cheesecake Factory in Alpharetta Hours:

Mon – Thu11:00AM – 11:00PM
Fri11:00AM – 12:00AM
Sat (Brunch served 10:00AM – 2:00PM)10:00AM – 12:00AM
Sun (Brunch served 10:00AM – 2:00PM)10:00AM – 10:00PM


Mon – Fri4:00PM – 6:00PM
Website: www.thecheesecakefactory.com

A perfectly breaded chicken breast sits atop fresh marinara, topped with fresh diced potato and melted cheese.

Buca Di Beppo Italian Kitchen

This Italian restaurant serves authentic foods that include pizza, pasta, and more. You will want to begin your meal with either the fried calamari or the bruschetta. Then order either the eggplant parmigiana, chicken marsala, or the Shrimp Florentine. Every guest must have dessert before they leave, whether it is the chocolate chip cannoli, the tiramisu, or the gelato.

I added this to the list because of the HUGE portions. You can order a familly size or larger size and share it. If you’re in a large group, this makes it great to share and try different dishes all while getting your fill. My recommendations are the chicken parmigiana, chicken alfredo, and you HAVE to have the cheese ravioli!

Buca Di Beppo Hours:

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Website: www.bucadibeppo.com

A side of crispy spiraled potatoes accompanies fired gator on a plate.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Pappas, as this restaurant is affectionately called, opened back in 1976. Though the tastiness of their cuisine goes back further to the year 1897 in the country of Greece.

There are limited locations across the states, but the one in Alpharetta is one of the most popular ones. The locations are in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas.

Their specialties include pasta Mardi Gras, shrimp creole and grits, and either crawfish or shrimp etouffee. This made the list for the novelty that some diners would experience as well as for the seafood lover. Make sure to try the fried gator, it’s delicious!

Pappadeaux in Alpharetta Hours:

10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Website: www.pappadeux.com

Someone pours syrup on top of traditional pancakes with butter.

The Original Pancake House

This breakfast house has numerous specialties, but the ultimate favourite amongst guests is the apple pancake that is full of sautéed apples, cinnamon, and sugar.

The Dutch baby is puffy and golden brown, while the omelets are baked to perfection. It may be the crepes that people keep going back for though, as they have a large variety of them.

One favourite is the cherry kijafa with tart cherries and Danish cherry wine, and another is filled with sour cream and orange liqueur and then topped with a tropical syrup.

I chose this restaurant because while they have locations across the states, for Canadians, this would be a treat. For a hearty, homestyle breakfast, this is the way to go! We had the coconut pancakes but, really, there are so many options!

The Original Pancake House Alpharetta Hours:

Monday – Friday
6:30am to 2:30pm

Saturday – Sunday
7:00am to 3:00pm

Website: www.pancakesalpharetta.com

Southern Fried Chicken with mac and cheese and white gravy.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Finding a home cooked meal is easy when a person enters the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Alpharetta. Their menu choices include meatloaf, country fried steak, haddock, roast beef, and catfish. Everyone can add an order of pinto beans, turnip greens, or beans and greens to their meal for an authentic southern twist.

Yes, it’s a chain but, for Canadians, it is sometimes a first! Try the dumplings!

Cracker Barrel Alpharetta Hours:

Monday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Website: www.crackerbarrel.com

P.F. Chang's most popular entrees on a wooden backdrop.

P.F. Chang’s

Everything is served fresh and made to order at P.F. Chang’s and they keep those woks heated and ready to go all day long. Guests can choose main dishes with either chicken, pork, beef, or seafood, or they can go completely vegetarian.

No one should leave without a little of the dim sum and everyone needs a taste of the banana spring rolls for dessert.

P.F. Chang’s is beloved in the states, and it’s no surprise. If you’re well traveled, you have already tried it but, if you are visiting the states for the first time, this is a great option to try some Chinese food. The pot stickers are amazing and all of their dishes are abundant and tasty!

P.F. Chang’s Alpharetta Hours:

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Website: www.pfchangs.com

Mimi eating at IHOP in Alpharetta.


Strictly for the novelty of those not from the US and in places where Canada does not have this chain. It’s a great spot for delicious breakfast and very cheap food in Alpharetta, GA for breakfast. Pancakes are amazing (tons of choices, and you cannot go wrong with bacon, eggs, and their delicious hash browns. Even if you’re familiar with this restaurant, you know it’s good value to have breakfasts here!

IHOP in Alpharetta Hours:

Monday – 06:00am – 12:00am
Tuesday – 06:00am – 12:00am
Wednesday – 06:00am – 12:00am
Thursday – 06:00am – 12:00am
Friday – Open 24 Hours
Saturday – Open 24 Hours
Sunday – 06:00am – 12:00am
Website: www.ihop.com

Little girl gives peace sign as she stands in Alpharetta's Food Truck Alley on a Thursday.

Food Truck Alley

This is definitely a night you want to head into downtown Alpharetta for good eats. So, when do they have the food truck alley in Alpharetta? They have it every Thursday and you’ll love all of the options.

Food Truck Alley Alpharetta Hours:

Food Truck Alley returns to Downtown Alpharetta on Thursday, May 9, 2019 and continues every Thursday through October 10, 2019 with the exception of July 4, 2019. Truck options will include: five savory food trucks and two dessert options each week. This is a family friendly event, with limited seating available as well as picnic mats to borrow. Bring a blanket or a chair, and leave pets at home for these events.

Honourable Mentions & Places to Check Out:

  • South Main Kitchen – Housed in a gorgeous 1902 building in historic downtown Alpharetta, the food is amazing!
  • Cabernet Steakhouse – Business casual atmosphere, prime steak and seafood, try the NY steak & Chilean sea bass.
  • Nahm Thai – For authentic Thai cuisine. Try the spicy stir-fried catfish with fresh basil and peppercorns.
  • Kozmo Gastro Pub – Try the house poutine with braised beef or four cheese fondue with toasted ciabatta. Kozmo’s signature sirloin and brisket cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions and white cheddar is a must.

Handmade donuts at a bakery.

DaVinci's Donuts from Alpharetta. A clear package is shown and one is outside the box.

Dessert in Alpharetta to Enjoy:

  • DaVinci Donuts in Alpharetta – a wide array of fresh donuts that are topped with unique flavours.
  • Kona Ice – Part of the Food Truck Alley, delicious sno cones that will bring you back to your childhood.
  • Snowy Rolls Ice Cream – Unique rolled up icecream with delicious toppings to suit any sweet tooth.

Rolled Snowy Rolls Ice Cream with a spoon ready to be enjoyed.

Enjoy Alpharetta

These are some of the best restaurants that can be found in Alpharetta, GA, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The good news is that everyone will be well-fed and completely satisfied their whole visit.

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I’ll be heading back to Alpharetta, I’ll be sure to add to the list if I find more goodies in my culinary travels!

Now that you have this list, where are you going?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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