Canton Street Eats! A Guide to ATL's Hottest Culinary Destination.
For those venturing OTP for some good food, you are probably already familiar with Canton Street in Roswell, Georgia. This little suburban nook is a foodies’ dream, thriving with a variation of bustling restaurants. Canton Street is known for it's historical Antebellum homes dating back to the Civil War and hosting Alive After Five on the 3rdThursday of the month during April-October. The event attracts a mix of all demographics; young families, retired couples, and even millennials are willing to trek out to the burbs. However, if you did grow up in one of the surrounding areas, the evening might turn into a high school reunion. Canton Street is an adorable, quaint feeling, southern strip that offers a variety of food, a splash of nightlife, and monthly events.
Ratings: 1-5 based on the category in which they are placed. A 5🌟 breakfast differs from a 5🌟dinner.
Coffee, Breakfast & Brunch
Crazy Love Coffee
Opens at 6:30am | 3.5 🌟
This darling coffee shop operates out of one of the Antebellum homes on Canton Street. The space doubles as a book store and boutique, with a selection daily devotionals, cook books, and other knickknacks. Crazy Love Coffee serves piping hot beverages, healthy breakfast options, pastries, and waffles to die for. I always grab an Americano and a Chocolate Dunked Waffle.
Opens at 8am | 3 🌟
One of my favorite places to go for a mid-afternoon pick me up. Roswell Provisions is an authentic French coffee shop and mini-market, carrying a selection of wines and other French staples. The pastry counter displays gorgeous macaroons, muffins, croissants, biscotti, cookies, cupcakes, and even gluten free treats. My go-to is a cup of coffee and 6 macaroons to share.
Opens at 10:30am | 4 🌟
Upstairs Roswell Provisions is Le Bistro, the most adorable brunch spot on the block. Le Bistro offer my French favorites; French Onion Soup, Sweet and Savory Crepes, Le Croque Monsieur, La Salade Nicoise, and Le Plateu de Charcuterie & Formage. The restaurant has a wine list to turn your brunch into a celebration.
8am-11am Friday & Saturday | Wed-Thursday 11am-8pm | 3 🌟
The Sugar Shack offers coffee, homemade pastries, biscuits, cookies, and ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you want to be a weekend hero, pick up bacon, sausage, or chicken biscuits on Saturday morning to bring home to the family.
Fickle Pickle (Serves dinner T-TH)
11am-3pm | T-TH-9pm | 3.2 🌟
Located in an historical home, the Fickle Pickle serves the most delicious southern sandwiches, fried green tomatoes, and of course- fried pickles. I usually come here with my Mom and Grandma when I am in town.
Ceviche (Open for dinner)
11am-10pm, 11pm on Friday | 3.3 🌟
Skinny Margaritas, fresh Guacamole, creamy Queso, Mango Salsa, and Mahi Ceviche make lunching at here a no brainer. I recommend Ceviche to because the menu is incredibly fresh and offers all things Mexican- tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, and more.
11am-11:30pm | 3.8 🌟
The Standard is my #1 go-to spot on the weekends. It has the best ambiance, frose, burgers, and fried chicken tenders. The menu seems ‘standard,’ but each item on the menu is reinvented and prepared above expectations. This place is ideal for large parties and weekend get-togethers. My best piece of advice is to save room for a homemade dessert- you don’t want to skip it!
I love The Mill for lunch or dinner because of the extensive menu, outdoor seating, and original cocktails. Plan your next casual date at The Mill or call the girls to catch up over a Strawberry Basil Gin Smash or Blackberry Manhattan. For an appetizer, I always order the Pimento Cheese Fritters and the Strawberry Salad as my main.
Open for Lunch and Dinner | 2.8 🌟
It is hard to find amazing sushi in Georgia-- end of story. Zest offers an unconventional menu- A blend of New American Tapas and Japanese Sushi. It is a little bizarre being able to order Mac and Cheese, a Pulled Pork Quesadilla, Lamb Lollipops, and a California Roll at the same restaurant. When I go to Zest, I stick with the sushi menu and order my favorites; a Super Crunch Roll, an ATL Roll, and a Spicy Tuna Roll. Of course, I get a bottle of Sake to sip on the side.
I adore raw oysters from spending my summers in Florida. Roux serves some of the freshest oysters around. Also, there is live music on Friday and Saturday night, making it a popular date-night destination. What I love most about Roux is the balanced menu with healthy salad as well as indulgent southern dishes, like the Shrimp and Grits. There is something on the menu for everyone, guaranteed.
5pm-9:30pm, 11pm on Friday-Saturday, Sunday Brunch 12-3pm | 3.2 🌟
Noca is a great place to sit outdoors, kick back, and enjoy the live music on the spacious patio. I can’t pin down what Noca is all about because the menu offers a wide range of items; from a Seafood Platter, to Duck Confit, to Veal Schnitzel. My favorite thing to order is the Tuna Tartare, Calamari, or the Mussels.
Grand Champion BBQ
I am not a huge BBQ fan, but I have to admit that I enjoyed my dining experience. G.C. BBQ is my Dad’s favorite joint to order either Brisket, Ribs, or Smoked Sausage. If you love BBQ, you must give this place a try. If you ever need catering, G.C. BBQ is known to serve up to 1,500 people, and is a popular catering option in Roswell.
Osteria Mattone is where I go to indulge is pasta! I’ve tried a lot of items of the menu, but the Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe is my favorite. I am huge into cured meats, and the restaurant offers Prosciutto di Parma, Speck, Coppa, and Sopressata! This restaurant is a nice place to enjoy a celebratory dinner.
Table and Main
M-THR. 5-9:30pm Friday-Sunday- 4-10:30pm | 4.5🌟
By far, Table and Main is the most well-known restaurant on the block. I highly suggest making a reservation ahead of time, or you won’t be getting a table! Table and Main has a couple items on the menu that are to die for; the Cornbread Muffins with Honey Butter, the Preservation Plate, and the Southern Fried Chicken.
Little Alley Steakhouse
12-10pm, 4pm-10pm | Saturday | 4.5 🌟
Little Alley’s Steakhouse is a 1920’s era-inspired steakhouse with classic cuts prepared New York style. I love everything I have tasted on the menu including the American Charcuterie, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Roasted Bone Marrow Canoes, Mussels, Center Cut Filet, and Branzino. The side dishes are prepared family style, some of my favorites include the Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Creamed Spinach Brulee, Creamed Corn, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Truffle Fries.
11am-10pm | 4 🌟
Salt Factory is always a solid choice when picking a place to dine on Canton Street. Recently, the chef prepared a special of Paella, one of my favorite Spanish dishes, and it was exquisite. The vibe is an upscale gastropub that is perfect for lunch, dinner, dates, and family outings. The meals are prepared with organic ingredients. I love the international flare and distinctive twist on classic comfort foods, like the Double Chicken Pot Pie.
5-10pm, Closed Monday | 4🌟
The patio of Vin25 is intimate and romantically lit with twinkle lights. This is the best place to dine outdoors during the fall and spring. Vin25 has the friendliest staff that are knowledgeable about their wine selections. I am forever ordering the Pan Seared Diver Scallops (until they are no longer on the menu) because they never disappoint. Also, The Charcuterie and Local and Artisan Cheese Plate is a delightful appetizer and a crowd pleaser (share with at least 4 people.)
Gate City Brewing
Open until 12am on weekends. This is a fun local brewery to add to your Canton Street list, even for those non-beer lovers. I enjoy the atmosphere, live music, and youthful crowd.
Roux (previously featured)
The Mill(previously featured)
The Standard(previously featured)
Other Honorable Mentions
1920 Tavern – Website
Adele’s on Canton – Website
The Real Fix Pizzeria– Website
Plum Café– Website
The Big Ketch– Website
Rice Thai Cuisine– Website
Amalfi Ristorante– Website