by Malika Bowling
Though Atlanta may be landlocked, you can escape to a convivial locale, even if it is for just an evening. It’s called Lapeer Seafood Market in downtown Alpharetta. If you’re a regular in the Alpharetta dining scene, you may notice some similar elements to South Main Kitchen and Butcher and Brew since they are sister restaurants. But make no mistake, the menu at Lapeer is seafood forward and distinctly its own.
One the best things about Lapeer is that while the restaurant seats many, it has an intimate feel to it. While the bar is separate from the dining area, you can still see the open kitchen from most anywhere in the restaurant. Plus there is an entire patio that is enclosed (for the winter). So social distancing is easily done within the relaxed atmosphere.
If smokey cocktails are your thing, you’ll love the Mezcal slanted cocktail menu. But those wishing to breach their comfort zone should definitely try the Channel Orange. The cocktail landed on the menu as a seasonal item, but it’s become a permanent fixture. Made with Rum, bitters, carrots (this technically makes it a healthy drink, right?), and nutmeg, the pumpkin colored drink, is sure to please those looking for the perfect mix of tropical, yet potent. With 16 different wines, each is available by the glass or bottle.
There’s no need to worry about menu anxiety at Lapeer. You know, that feeling when there is so much to choose from, making it nearly impossible to narrow the selection down? It won’t happen at Lapeer with only about six items on the appetizer list and less than ten mains. The menu is changed frequently, (weekly or even daily according to their website). That just means you’ll fall in love on your first visit and keep coming back for new impressive dishes.
Start with the oysters (there’s house made hot sauce you don’t want to miss), sourced from all over the country. Then get the fish crudo or smoked fish dip. The menu takes an Asian slant when moving to entrees with Lotus root, Chinese broccoli, Togorashi dusted items popping up in dishes. Mussels in lemongrass and coconut bread make a fantastic dish to share if you want to steer appetizer heavy. Jerk chicken or a lovely hanger steak will definitely please the carnivores. If you spy the lobster spaghetti is on the menu, snag it.
Is there a dessert that evokes memories of a beach trip for you? If you thought Key Lime pie, then you’ll love the Key Lime Meringue. The light and tangy dessert is the perfect ending for a romantic dinner. Protip: Lapeer does a super job of to go orders if you aren’t yet ready to dine in. Parking near Lapeer is plentiful and easy to find during the week.