Review Time: Botiwalla, An Indian Street Grill

You’ll never see Botiwalla this quiet again!

As you guys know, the much-anticipated Botiwalla opened in City Center several weeks ago. Since their opening, we’ve been there three times.

All three times we visited them, their food has been ON POINT! Keep in mind though that this is not your typical Indian restaurant with menu items like Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala or Korma. This restaurant brings the street food of India to light. So, while you will still experience similar flavors, the dishes are not your standard Indian-fare. 

Let’s start with the SPDP: it is a mouthful of goodness! Flavors of Tamarind, Mint, Cilantro, Sweet Yogurt all packaged in a fluffy and crunchy “Puri.” This is a must-have! Just remember – don’t try to take bites of it. Stick the whole thing in your mouth! You won’t regret it.

The SPDP. Do it in one bite or else.

Their wraps are out of this world! I’ve now tried all three wraps – chicken, Paneer and fish – and I would order those every time I go there. The wrap itself is a delicious piece of Naan with a protein inside with a slaw for fresh flavor. You also get a side of yogurt dip (Raita) with it. 

Chicken Tikka Wrap

Botiwalla has not yet received their alcohol permit, and they don’t expect to have that until around August. To compensate, they do have Mango Lassi, a Tamarind drink and a couple of Indian sodas that are worth trying.

Now the one pain-point we have seen here is the line to order. All three times we have been there (at different times of day), the line to order has been at least 20-mins long. They have one register, so there is definitely a lack of efficiency there. I’d recommend that they learn from Chick-fil-A and put some mobile order folks out to walk the line, or setup self-ordering Kiosks to speed up the process because the kitchen churns out food within 7 mins of the order, but it’s the actual order that takes forever! This will likely not deter me from going there again, but it definitely makes me question their service level.

We’re already looking forward to going back for our fourth time. If you haven’t been there yet, your taste buds will thank you for going. Definitely make sure you are not in a time crunch though because those long lines can drag out what should otherwise be a quick visit.

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How to… park in Alpharetta for free

Part of the joy of living near Downtown Alpharetta is the ability to have a short walk to the downtown area of our favorite hometown. Sometimes though, we still will take the short fraction of the mile drive downtown if we’re tired or the weather isn’t cooperating well.

One of the things I’ve always loved about Downtown Alpharetta is the abundance of free parking. We have two free parking decks (one is brand new), ample street parking, and several surface lots scattered about.

So colored me surprise when I recently found the antithesis of this abundance of free parking nestled into the heart of the downtown district in the Wells Fargo parking lot! For almost zero location advantage over the free parking the City offers, you can pay some company $3 to save no convenience or time.

“I LOVE PAYING FOR PARKING” – Everyone in this lot

That being said… at 7:30 on a Friday night, the lot was full! This means one of two things, either people prefer paid parking over free parking, or they just don’t know where to park for free.

I want to hope it’s not people just like to give away their money. If so, we can help with that here. I figure it’s some don’t know where to park for free. Fear not, we are here to help! Read on for the ultimate parking guide in Downtown Alpharetta.

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Now Open (shh…) – Never Enough Thyme

Never Enough Thyme has always been one of those places I’ve heard about, but never been to. We’ve heard rave reviews about their location over on McGennis Ferry and have been super excited for them to come join us in Alpharetta City Center.

Good news! We’ve heard (unofficially, of course) that Never Enough Thyme is opening…. read more to see!

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Opening soon… Botiwalla in Alpharetta City Center!

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Exterior view of Botiwalla. Source: MyAlpharettaLiving

It’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, so summer is officially upon us. School is out, roads are clogged with travelers, and the temperature is hot enough to melt almost anything. Thankfully for us here at MyAlpharettaLiving, that also means it’s the season for lots of new restaurant openings!

We told you almost a year ago that Botiwalla was expanding into Alpharetta City Center from its first location at Ponce City Market. Opening day is upon us very shortly! Read on for more information…

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The Loss of Corner Deli and What is Coming Next

If you’re anything like us, you’ve always loved Corner Deli in downtown Alpharetta for a good, affordable place for the whole family (including pups!) to get breakfast.

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Coming soon to Alpharetta!

A few months back, Corner Deli closed their doors leaving only fast food places for places to eat breakfast for under $10 a person. Fortunately, if you like $20 gourmet breakfasts, there are a million options around, and I suspect the market in Alpharetta spoke and said we prefer the more expensive, gourmet food. I do like it, but I’ll still miss the low-cost, good eats of Corner Deli. They will be remembered fondly for sure.

The spot occupied by Corner Deli won’t be empty long, however, as the location is already spoken for and under construction. Coming soon is Minnie Olivia. Read on for more about this new restaurant…

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Brunch Review: The Southern Porch

Chicken and Waffles (with mashed potatoes)
Chicken and Waffles (with mashed potatoes)

Downtown Alpharetta is winning the breakfast and brunch scene! We recently wrote a review for Maple Street Biscuit Company, a new addition to Downtown Alpharetta’s restaurant scene. Now we bring you The Southern Porch, another fantastic addition to the Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch options right here in the heart of Alpharetta.

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Indian Street Food Restaurant Botiwalla to Join City Center

Fans of Indian Food, rejoice! Downtown Alpharetta has had a glaring absence of Indian cuisine and the chef Meherwan Irani is coming to the rescue. While you may not have heard of chef Meherwan Irani, it’s likely you have heard of his restaurants. His first is the very amazing Chai Pani in Decatur that we love very much, but don’t visit very often due to the drive. His second brainchild is Botiwalla at Ponce City Market. Next up – Botiwalla from PCM is expanding to City Center! Read more…

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Special Sneak Peak: Restaurant Holmes

While out visiting the very amazing Alpharetta Farmer’s Market and Art in the Park this morning with ourholmes front dog, Zoey, we decided to stroll over to City Center to check on the status of its development. One of the places we stopped by was Restaurant Holmes, and we had the fortune of meeting its owner and Executive Chef, Taylor Neary. He gave us a special behind the scenes sneak peek! Read on to see more…

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Wham, Bam! A Maple Street Biscuit Company Review!

I can still taste the flaky, buttery biscuit goodness 3 full days after our visit to the Maple Street Biscuit Company (MSBC) at Teasley Place. This long-

awaited breakfast/brunch gem did not disappoint!

There were four of us with pretty diverse tastes and culinary interests who tested out MSBC on

The Five and Dime
The Five and Dime

Saturday morning around 11AM. The restaurant is an order at the counter type of place. While ordering, the staff asks for your favorite vacation spot to identify your order which we thought was a unique touch.

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