By Hope S. Philbrick
There’s good reason to sigh relief every time one of your favorite restaurants re-opens after the pandemic shutdown. But enthusiasm for an unfamiliar place? In the case of Carson Kitchen, YES!
Carson Kitchen is now re-opened, but you may not have heard of it or had a chance to visit it in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia, before Coronavirus hit since it had been open only a short time.
Time to make its acquaintance.
In Las Vegas, Nev., Carson Kitchen is already popular. Chef/Owner Cory Harwell brought the concept to Georgia since he began his culinary career in Woodstock. Lucky for us.
Carson Kitchen was the last restaurant that I went to review before I had to run out of town for work and then rush home to, well, stay there. I’d planned to write the review that week, but it didn’t make sense to encourage you to visit a restaurant that was closed when we were all supposed to be sheltering in place. Now the restaurant has re-opened, which is cause for celebration: This is food well worth a trek to Alpharetta, no matter where you’re based in the Atlanta area. Plate after plate, Carson Kitchen thrills taste buds with its impressive, crave-worthy fare.
The dining room is convivial and service is above average, but in these uncertain times you can also pick-up to-go orders and enjoy the food at home. Beginning May 6, Carson Kitchen is offering take-home curbside service Wednesday through Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Place orders online or via the Toast takeout app.
Start with an expertly-mixed cocktail. Among the many creative temptations, consider soothing wanderlust with “See the World, Find an Old Fashioned Girl,” a delightful mix of sloe gin, amaro, génépy des alpes, and orange bitters. Or raise a toast to shared experiences with “Communication Breakdown,” a blend of mezcal, fresh sour, lavender bitters, ginger liqueur, and bitters.
Dishes like “Killer Shrimp” with aji Amarillo pepper cream, “Devil’s Eggs” with crispy pancetta and caviar, “Lollipop Frog Legs” with garlic and parmesan, “Pork Schnitzel” with pickled potatoes and pumpkin seed oil, “Chicken Riggies” with gin tomato cream, and even “Baked Mac & Cheese” with its secret ingredients, prove with every bite that (a) this restaurant is a great addition to the Atlanta dining scene, and, simultaneously, (b) you haven’t had food this good in quite some time.
Popular favorites include the butter burger, crispy chicken skins, wild mushroom flatbread, cocoa-espresso NY strip, and glazed donut bread pudding—the mere thought of which can make your mouth water.
Whether you prefer to dine in or take out, make a date with Carson Kitchen.
4 South Main Street
Alpharetta GA 30009
– Photo Credits: restaurant exterior, Brandon Amato; food, Chris Wessling; cocktails © HSP Media LLC.
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