NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The food scene in North Fulton is once again attracting state-wide attention. Three dishes from restaurants in Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell were all named on this year’s “100 Plates Locals Love.”
This year, the local plates include the “Ensalada de la Casa” at The El Felix in Alpharetta, the lobster roll at Kathleen’s Catch in Johns Creek and the chicken at Osteria Mattone in Roswell.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division highlights the best cuisine throughout the state each year. The guide, created three years ago, is intended to encourage visitors to travel to all corners of Georgia and sample the flavors of the South.
“Culinary experiences continue to be one of the top drivers of visitor interest when planning a vacation,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia offers visitors unique food and beverage experiences in every corner of the state, and the Georgia Eats guide makes it easy for visitors and locals to discover the many flavors of Georgia.”
The recommendations are for all regions of the state, including the coast, “Historic Heartland,” “Magnolia Midlands,” Georgia mountains and Metro Atlanta. More than 750 plates were nominated by food aficionados and rated by a panel of judges.
The El Felix, located in Alpharetta’s Avalon, provides a spin on Southwestern cuisine that plays to Ford Fry and Chef Kevin Maxey’s Texan roots. The salad is topped with chopped greens, cucumber, radish, queso fresco, crispy tortillas and creamy oregano dressing.
“We are very excited that The El Felix has been awarded this culinary distinction by the State of Georgia.” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Alpharetta is becoming the culinary city of the Southeast with locally owned and chef-driven restaurants scattered throughout the city, making our city a true culinary destination.”
Kathleen’s Catch is a fresh seafood market located on 9810 Medlock Bridge Road. The featured lobster roll is always fresh with the “perfect” amount of herbs, according to one nominator.
Osteria Mattone on Canton Street serves Italian cuisine with a focus on Roman fare. According to one reader, the Osteria Mattone chicken is “absolutely perfectly cooked” every time.
Restaurants on Canton Street in Roswell have consistently made the list each year since the guide was created. Past honorees include Roux on Canton for the crawfish risotto and Table & Main for their fried chicken.
“Roswell’s restaurant scene has been growing over the past couple of years and we’re becoming known as a foodie destination around Atlanta,” said Carisa Turner, director of communications and public relations for Roswell Inc, the city’s economic development arm. “We’re inviting everyone from around the region to come experience the culinary treasures we have here in Roswell.”
To see the full “100 Plates Locals Love” list, visit exploregeorgia.org. The Georgia Eats culinary guide can also be picked up at visitor information centers throughout the state.