- H.C. Hamblin
Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta in Georgia, is bursting with locally owned restaurants offering a variety of cultural flavors. Emerging on the coat tails of traditional Southern flavors and traditions, Roswell has embraced an array of new culinary concepts and influences. We explore 10 of the best restaurants in this colorful and ever-expanding foodie hotspot.
The owner and head chef of Adele’s has brought the flavors and traditions of his New Orleans upbringing to Georgia and locals love it. With Adele’s spot-on Cajun cuisine, diners get a genuine taste of the Crescent City. The service is personable and friendly, dedicated to creating an atmosphere of light-hearted fun. This jazzy restaurant delivers favorites such as po-boys, crawfish étouffée and jambalaya. Finish your meal with authentic New Orleans Pralines, or the French Quarter beignets, and you’ll be ready for Mardi Gras before you know it.
Amalfi Ristorante has become a standard on Roswell’s dining scene. For over 15 years, this restaurant has been serving authentic Italian food to eager restaurant-goers. The Napoli owners strive to create an atmosphere that is inviting and a home away from home. Customers are made to feel like they are guests, warmly invited into an Italian home. Menu favorites include the house-made gnocchi, meatballs and bruschetta. Amalfi introduces diners to simpler times and a culture that knows how to live… and eat.
Amalfi 292 S Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 645 9983
Foundation Social Eatery
Foundation Social Eatery has garnered recognition from the community and from critics for its casual-chic atmosphere and gorgeous food. Foundation’s chef uses fresh, seasonal ingredients with classic culinary inspiration. The result is a marriage of fine-dining with a neighborhood haunt vibe. This is the place to go if you are looking for a relaxed evening that upholds the highest standards of quality and thought for preparation.
Foundation Social Eatery, Holcomb Bridge Rd #810, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 641 8877
Greenwood’s on Green Street
Greenwood’s on Green Street has been providing Roswell with meals made from farm-fresh, organic produce for nearly three decades. The restaurant is set in an old, traditional southern home with playful colors, unique stained glass throughout and a decidedly hippie vibe. The restaurant’s overall feeling is unpretentious and welcoming. The menu has something for everyone, featuring vintage dishes like meatloaf and vegan, dairy-free vegetables. Fan favorites include Greenwood’s cheese grits, the honey-finished fried chicken and any of the seasonal, house-made pies.
Greenwood’s, Green Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 992 5383
Hugo’s Oyster Bar
Serving the freshest seafood in town, Hugo’s Oyster Bar has a flair for vibrant flavor and southern hospitality. The menu is seasonal and changes to offer the best of what is fresh from the sea that day. Brunch at Hugo’s is especially popular, with spiced up classics like banana French toast and shrimp and parmesan truffle grits. The Bloody Mary bar will cure whatever ails you with an array of pickled and spicy accoutrements, enabling you to make your drink exactly how you want it. Whatever time of day you find yourself at Hugo’s, don’t leave without trying an order of RC’s Charbroiled Oysters, a house specialty with a reputation for unbeatable flavor.
Hugo’s Oyster Bar, Alpharetta Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 993 5922
Little Alley Steak
Brought to the Roswell food scene by the immensely talented F&H Food Trading Group, Little Alley Steak is sure to please. High quality meat and hand-crafted cuts are essential to the menu at Little Alley. The restaurant celebrates good beef, even in its decor; overhead light fixtures are made from antique meat hooks and a chalkboard sketch on the wall depicts an illustration of a bull with classic butcher cuts. Offering prime cuts and both wet and dry-aged beef, Little Alley is a steak-lovers paradise.
Little Alley Steak 955 Canton Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 998 0440
Upon first visiting Roswell Provisions, it feels like walking into a quaint market in a charming rural French town. The main level hosts a darling specialty and imported food market, while the upper level is a French-inspired bistro. The market sells wines, cheeses, honeys and other treasures, whilst the bistro offers staples such as crepes, quiches, sandwiches and salads. Provisions also offer an espresso bar, an olive bar and a pastry bar. A picture-perfect afternoon might include dining on clafoutis and the plate of assorted macarons, then perusing the specialty shop below. Roswell Provisions is a little slice of European heaven in the American South.
Roswell Provisions 955 Canton Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 678 682 8669
Table and Main
The chefs at Table and Main are focused on supporting local food purveyors and proudly list their current suppliers on their website. Using these seasonal, fresh ingredients, they craft food that is simple southern fare with a classy twist. Vegetable starters like the pickle plate, collard greens or baby turnips can be followed by classics such as shrimp and grits, catfish and rabbit with dumplings. Their dessert menu uses regional flavors in delectable ways, with offerings like sorghum toffee pudding and bourbon butter pecan ice cream. Table and Main is the perfect place to enjoy a hearty, home-style meal, in an atmosphere that welcomes friends and good times.
Table and Main, Canton Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 678 869 5178
With so much of Roswell’s restaurant scene steeped in local flavors and customs, Thai Emerald stands out for its spot-on Asian cuisine. The decor is streamlined and clean, yet comfortable with a warm ambiance. The restaurant’s seemingly odd location inside a strip mall may be off-putting, but the experience inside makes up for it. Guest favorites include Thai classics like curry with fresh vegetables, and the Emerald cashew nut chicken. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, the whole red snapper or fried soft shell crab dishes are sure to impress.
Thai Emerald 540 W Crossville Road, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 552 6700
Vin 25 is a wine country gem plucked out of Northern California and landed in the South. The interior is rustic and warm, while the outdoor patio dining space is romantically lit and spacious. The menu boasts a selection of over 200 wines, hand-selected by a talented sommelier. Vin 25’s food selections are designed to be paired and shared, providing a perfect holistic meal. Knowledgeable staff stand by to offer precise wine pairings and snacks and small plates are perfectly priced, portioned to share with friends. Combined with a wine tasting bar to sample a few before you decide, you’re sure to find just the right tipple to complement your meal.
Vin 25, 25 Plum Tree Street, Roswell, GA, USA, +1 770 628 0411