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S. Lee Guy
Taste of Johns Creek 2011: It's worth $20

by S. Lee Guy

September 12, 2011

As a food blogger in the Alpharetta area, I always get jazzed up for Taste of Alpharetta. It's an awesome opportunity to sample a lot food, albeit mostly pork sliders!



I'll usually try to hit some of the surrounding restaurant events but for some reason I've always missed Taste of Johns Creek. I suppose their small size has caused the event to slip under my radar. With their 4th annual event approaching, it's time to consider attending. Is this year's event worth a visit and a twenty spot? I believe it is. Here's why…



The Event and Cost



Chattahooche High School hosts this event with proceeds benefiting school functions. I suppose the charitable aspect is appealing. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance for unlimited samples. I typically spend $30 just on myself at Taste of Alpharetta, so the cost is a value to me. On the flip side, children four and over are required to pay. It seems a little unreasonable to charge kids full price, something that could make family attendance cost prohibitive.



The Restaurants



Like any taste of event in the burbs, you'll have to navigate around the chain restaurants like Chili's, Outback and Buffalo Wild Wings. And if you want to split hairs… many joints are not in Johns Creek at all. The 57th Fighter Group Restaurant is from way inside the perimeter.



On my to-try list would be:



Italian – While I don't see favorites like Rosa Mia, a few decent joints remain. Johns Creek is experiencing an Italian restaurant renaissance. Don't pass up the opportunity to sample Dal Cuore, Luciano's and Sugo.



Pizza – My personal favorite pizza, Verra-Zanno in Johns Creek, is not on the list. However, Rosa's Pizza gets a lot of praise and is worth a try. Jersey Boyz isn't half bad.



Sinbad's Feast – This Persian buffet got a somewhat decent review from the AJC's John Kessler. I wouldn't miss them at this event.



Tasca Latin Bistro – I wasn't super impressed when I reviewed them here on my blog. But at Taste of Alpharetta this year I really enjoyed their panna cotta.



Cuzi's – Here's another I don't care for in real life. I mention here because they have taken home awards from Taste of Alpharetta in years past.



Kozmo's Gastropub – These poor guys are struggling due to the Douglas Road closure. They've missed the mark at their Taste of Alpharetta booth. It's hard to capture the cool vibe of their restaurant in a tent outside. I'd still give them a taste.



What's Missing?



Asian food.



Given the sizable Asian population in Johns Creek, I'm disappointed in the offerings this year. Critics are starting to take note of joints like Sichuan House. Restaurants like Simon's and Mandarian House miss the mark.



All in all, I think Taste of Johns Creek is worth a shot for visitors going solo.





S. Lee Guy is a Roots in Alpharetta blogger. His work can be found at www.rootsinalpharetta.com and www.northfulton.com.