Eating in the northern suburbs has never been better and it keeps getting more exciting. Roswell seems to be the hot spot with a strong dining pulse unlike anything in the suburbs. But steering your way to a good meal could be challenging.
One of the more interesting Roswell eateries is Osteria Mattone (1095 Canton St, Roswell, Tel: 678.878.3378) the Italian sister to southern media darling Table and Main. I stopped in for a Saturday afternoon branzino and buttery oxtail agnolotti. Both were amazing as usual but the dish that really stood out to me was the grilled octopus appetizer. Fork-tender served over a buttery potato confit, arugula and dressed with a minty mint-lime vinaigrette.
Oh, and the pillowy veal meatballs and crispy margherita pizza weren’t too shabby either.
Osteria Mattone remains one of my favorite Roswell restaurants, for good reason.
I didn’t have so much luck the day before when I made an ill-advised trip to Liu Fu (1625 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, Tel:678.957.8889).
Talk about a place that has gone to hell in a hand basket.
The menu here has become mostly cheap slutty American Chinese fare (who eats this stuff?), the service is as bad as it comes and even the two or three authentic dishes on the menu, especially the pork noodle soup, are universally flavorless.
The best dish sampled was a Szechuan boiled fish, which tasted as if it was flavored with cayenne peppers instead of those tingly hot and numbing Szechuan peppercorns.
Thankfully, a brunch at Common Quarter (1205 Johnson Ferry Rd #101, Marietta, Tel: 678.809.4040) paid off. Though I would have liked to see more variety, what we sampled was all very good and the offerings varied from simple predictable stuff like cheesy eggs and bacon to more interesting stuff like elote, a Mexican street corn that makes one hell of a late summer snack.
Common Quarter has come a long way since its shaky start and seems to be hitting on all cylinders right now.
The good news for East Cobbers is that the nearby dining scene keeps getting better and better.