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2012 EDITION Choices are limitless when it’s time to grab great grub By S. LEE GUY

The readers of the Appen family of newspapers won’t lead you astray. Over the years, their Best of North Fulton/South

Forsyth list has proven to be a great barometer of overall favorability and popularity. This year is no exception.

As a complement to this year’s list, here are a few restaurant picks that might fly beneath the radar.

The local restaurant scene continues to be vibrant and ever changing. So try something new and different for dinner tonight. Cheers!

Best Ethnic Restaurant – I’m happy to see Cafe Efendi win this category. After a short hiatus, they reopened last year in new digs on North Main Street in Alpharetta. If you fancy Mediterranean cuisine, you might also try Jerusalem Bakery on Old Milton Parkway. Their chicken shawarma wrap in a fresh baked pita might be my favorite lunch in Alpharetta. Most truly authentic ethnic food can be found in communities

SPECIAL with high concentrations of

expatriates. North Fulton’s hi-tech industry has attracted Indian and Chinese workers to relocate here. Their cuisine came along for the ride. I like the Indian lunch buffet at Madras Chettinaad on State Bridge Road. Or better yet, feast on the tongue-numbing spice of Sichuan-style Chinese

food. If you dare, try Liu Fu or Sichuan House, both in Johns Creek.

Best Bar-B-Que – I’m not going to disagree with the readers’ pick of ‘Cue in Milton. But lovers of smoked swine should keep a close eye out for Grand Champion BBQ. This strip mall gem in East Cobb will open a second location in Crabapple this summer. I expect them to be game changers in the local BBQ scene.

Best Breakfast – I’m going holey with these picks. BB’s Bagels, with locations on McFarland Parkway and State Bridge, makes perhaps the best water-boiled bagel in all of metro Atlanta. Or how about Dutch Monkey Doughnuts on Ronald Reagan Parkway near the Avenue Forsyth? Their fresh strawberry bars are among my favorites.

Best Pizza - The burbs are awash with great

New York-style pies. My favorites are Verra- Zanno in Johns Creek and Vintage Pizza in Crabapple, a reader pick.

Best Dessert - Alpine Bakery should come as no surprise in this category. Their cakes are amazingly beautiful. Want something different? Bring home some chocolate truffles from The Chocolatier at the Avenue Forsyth. I love the snap of tempered dark chocolate that gives way to silky smooth and flavor-infused chocolate ganache.

Best Burger – I’m happy to see Scratch Fresh make this list. These burger flippers from Milton are among the

folks meet.

nicest you’ll They

offer a great alternative


Five Guys. For a higher- end burger, try

Kozmo’s Gastro Pub SPECIAL

on Douglas Road. The difference in their burger is a bit of brisket thrown into the grind along with sirloin. Delicious.

Favorite Restaurant - As someone who eats out more than I care to admit, this is a tough category. It’s like asking me to pick my favorite child - certainly an uncomfortable choice to make. So on my Best of North Fulton ballot, I left this choice blank. But if you’re looking for a new favorite restaurant, why not go Italian in Johns Creek? This young town has a thriving Italian restaurant scene that doesn’t get enough attention from food critics. My wife’s current favorite is Dal Cuore on the Ray Moss Connector. Their self- described “humble” Italian food is anything but. It’s a worthy choice for your next date night.

S. Lee Guy runs the Roots in Alpharetta blog. His work can be found at www.rootsinalpharetta. com and at

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