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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Coming Soon: Truck & Tap comes to Alpharetta!

Is it just me, or is there something magical about food that comes out of a food truck? Like sure, it’s not a complex dish normally coming out of the truck, but it’s always so good!

Now let’s rewind a bit and I’d like to tell you about a trip I took to Ft. Lauderdale a few years back for business. My coworkers took me to the Funky Buddha Brewery which was simply a bar serving their own brews with a mix of local brews. Now, did they serve food, you ask? No, they didn’t! They were just a beer bar straight up. However, out front was a delicious food truck serving up all types of Italian dishes. I went with the gnocchi and it didn’t disappoint.

Now, why do I tell you this story about a bar very far from here? Because this is the exact concept that will soon be joining us in downtown Alpharetta!

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This way to Oli+Ve!

Another different kind of review! This might be long 🙂

My sister and I went to this place on Canton Street (Roswell) called Oli+Ve! We were fooled because this place is way bigger than it looks from the front of the building on Canton Street! Oli+Ve has a wide and diverse variety of Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO) and Vinegar. We walked in with the intention of looking around and getting a few extra steps on our Fitbits on a Saturday afternoon, but were immediately fascinated by all the amazing things they have in this store!

The store is an old farmhouse that has been converted into small little areas with specialties of their own. The “lobby” contains some oils and some products made with pure EVOO – sugar scrubs, lotions, etc.There is an Olive Oil room, a Balsamic Vinegar room, a room with butters (almond, cashew, etc.) and sun-dried tomato paste. As we walked through the rooms, we were able to taste all of the different oils and vinegar and even put combinations together! One of the customers there was very kind to give us some recommendations and also ideas about giving these products to people as gifts.

There are times when you may or may not know if the host of the dinner party you’re attending drinks wine or not. We’ve never run into this because everyone we know drinks wine and then some. 😉 However, in such a situation, these oils and vinegar would make for splendid gifts! One of the rooms also has pre-made gift bags with small samples of oils and vinegar bottles!

As we were about to walk out of the store, the gentleman at the front desk offered to give us some background about the store and make some pairings for us to taste. He was very good at selling these oils and vinegar because each of us walked out with about $30 worth of product! He was very knowledgeable about the oils and how they paired with the balsamic options and gave us the 2 pairings we left with. My sister bought the Cilantro and Onion Oil and the Peach White Balsamic because the combination of those on a salad or chicken would be phenomenal! I bought the Basil Oil with the Strawberry Balsamic for the Strawberry Fields salads I have been making lately. We were both so impressed by the gentleman working at the store; I wish I could remember his name!

Finally, as we were checking out, he told us about different events and classes held at Oli+Ve and the  frequent buyer program as well. We both will definitely return to this store and try out many more combinations! Who knows, I might even buy these for my next dinner party instead of the bottle of wine 😉

  Roswell
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