On our way back from Helen, Georgia, on a sweltering summer day LC and I had to make a pit-stop in Alpharetta and decided to have dinner at South Main Kitchen while we were there. We briefly debated between the patio and dining room, quickly deciding to cool off at the bar inside.
Located among the shops and restaurants on Alpharetta’s revitalized town square, South Main Kitchen has all of the bells and whistles one expects from intown restaurants. When we asked owner Loui Soon about the weathered planks that make up the floor, walls, and bar, he explained they came from an old cotton mill in Cartersville. Large antique mirrors add to the rustic charm.
Ever since Goin’ Coastal stopped making their watermelon margaritas, we’ve been seeking a replacement. Here, the Spicy Senorita is the closest we’ve come to a match. Made with tequila, Combier, lime, agave, and chili-watermelon juice, this drink delivered a serious kick, but at $12 each the biggest kick was in the wallet.
The food menu features bar bites, starters, soups and salads, sandwiches, and plates so diners can mix and match to create their meals. LC and I prefer sharing small plates so we chose three; ravioli, Brussels sprouts, and pulled pork tacos.
First out was a big bowl of perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with a mandarin vinaigrette and topped with bacon and crumbled feta, a great combination of flavors that reminded me of Autumn. Three large round ravioli were unexpectedly fried, but not at all greasy. They were filled with mushroom puree and served on a swoosh of pesto made from carrot tops. Sliced pickled carrots continued the theme.
A colorful plate of three mini tacos arrived, each corn tortilla filled with very juicy pulled pork, cabbage slaw, pickled jalapenos, feta, cilantro aioli, and crunchy tortilla strips. There’s that feta again; cotija might have been a better choice for the tacos.
With only three small plates between us, we certainly had room for dessert. We chose the cheesecake, which ordinarily might be simple, however at South Main Kitchen, the dense and creamy cake is paired with sophisticated flavors like the blackberry and tea curd spread on top, and a scoop of basil gelato on a mound of almond oat crumble; it was almost like two desserts in one.
We enjoyed our meal, ending with another round of Spicy Senoritas. Sure wish those chicks lived closer to home.
9 South Main Street 678-691-4622