Slick and I are definitely more of a “let’s grab sushi” couple than a “let’s eat four pounds of heavy-garlicky Italian food” couple. However, when I found that he hadn’t eaten at Alfredo’s* yet, a mecca for Italian food in Atlanta situated on the sketchiest street in the city – lovely Cheshire Bridge, we rallied the Shapiros and sent Outlook reminders to “SAVE THE MEAL.”
*Note: Please do not read any further if you happen to be on a diet…
Alfredo’s is NOT a place you want to choose for a first date. It’s packed (even on random weekdays) – it’s pretty loud – there’s not a sexy atmosphere whatsoever – you absolutely REEK of garlic when you leave – and you cannot get out of there w/o consuming roughly 4,000 calories. However, I love every minute of the famous Alfredo’s experience! From the 70′s-ish decor that hasn’t been updated to the heavily-accented Italian servers – this place is a gem!
We went on a Thursday evening and although we made a reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. Even I patiently waited… The restaurant was filled with businessmen in suits and Sandy Springs married couples. I ran into a colleague who’s around my age with some of her friends. The demographic at Alfredo’s is entirely across the board.
On Stuart’s recommendation, we ordered delicious caesar salads and almost immediately cleaned our plates. We shared fried calamari + marinara and garlic bread. I believe we ended up finishing three or so baskets of GB…don’t judge. It’s the best I’ve ever had – and it’s what leaves you breathing garlic for the following three days. Seriously, it comes out of your pores. Not sexy at all - but kind of awesome.
For entrees: Stuart’s chicken parm was the group favorite. Slick and I had the mussels w/ linguine + marinara and the chicken al pesto. Stac ordered the chicken cacciatore. We washed it all down with a bottle of cab. This doesn’t sound like an enormous amount of food, but it certainly was**. So much, in fact, that after dinner Slick and I parted ways so that we could each go home and rub our stomachs + independently pass out from our food comas. (Again, sexy – I KNOW.)
I was full until about 3:00 p.m. the next day. Even though I brushed my teeth almost hourly after the meal, I could still smell + taste garlic two days later! Alfredo’s really isn’t kidding around.
It’s officially spring and the weather is starting to warm up. You might as well try Alfredo’s now before you start thinking too much about swimsuit season… Oh also – I’ve heard from friends that its small bar is a fun place to sit at and have a drink on the weekends.
**Note: No pictures were taken of our meal because I felt it would be disrespectful. This place is sacred. You’ll just have to see for yourselves.
Alfredo’s Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
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