By Jessie Dowd
Georgia’s apple season is in full swing—from you-pick events at local orchards to apple-themed festivals and restaurant menus brimming with apple-focused drinks and eats, it’s easier than ever to get your apple a day. Check out these six places OTP where you can nosh on dishes honoring the noble apple.
Ted’s Montana Grill
With numerous locations across the Atlanta-area (both ITP and OTP), Ted’s Montana Grill serves up a classic and sweet apple dish in the form of its Seasonal Apple Pecan Crisp. Sliced granny smith apples lend a tart kick that harmonizes well with the buttery cinnamon sugar and nutty crunchiness of the oat and pecan topping. Served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a heart-warming classic treat.
Ted’s Montana Grill, various locations, tedsmontanagrill.com.
Foundation Social Eatery
Roswell’s Foundation Social Eatery pays homage to the humble apple with a savory preparation. Available at least through the end of October, the sautéed scallops entrée is a play on classic flavor pairing and textures thanks to granny smith apple slices and purée that accompany the pan-roasted scallops. Wood fire-roasted cauliflower, forest mushroom and a brown butter chicken jus balance it out, with some extra crunch in the form of toasted almonds.
Foundation Social Eatery, 1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Space 810, Roswell, 770-641-8877, foundationatl.com.
Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill
Apple on a pizza? Heck yes! The new Pork & Apple pizza at Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill in Woodstock is crafted from a savory apple butter and smoked pork belly for a rich and flavorful indulgence. Cheddar and mozzarella cheese and julienned apple top the creation for a little sharpness and extra tang, while a drizzle of pepper jelly adds the final touch. We like to think of it as the new “Hawaiian”!
Fire Stone Wood Fired Pizza & Grill, 120 Chambers St., Woodstock, 770-926-6778, firestonerestaurants.com.
Located at Avalon in Alpharetta, BOCADO Burger is pouring up a Mulled Manhattan made from bourbon, sweet vermouth, spiced orange and apple-cardamom. The spicy cocktail is a powerful blend of fall flavors that will warm you up instantly—perfect for sipping on their covered patio or while playing a game on the bocce court in cool October weather.
BOCADO Burger, 2820 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 678-248-5223, bocadoburger.com.
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
Known for being one of the best spots to grab some donuts OTP, Dutch Monkey Doughnuts in Cumming should also be your go-to for an amazing apple fritter. Their Caramel Apple Fritters are made every day and make for a decadent sweet pastry that’s equal parts crispy and fluffy. Or try their cinnamon-sugared apple fritter (available on weekends and the occasional weekday) if you really want to indulge—we’re betting there’s not one crumb left when you’re done.
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd. #502, Cumming, 404-482-3650, dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com.
Hugo’s Oyster Bar
A classic apple crisp topped with gelato is currently on offer on the seasonal menu at Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell. Baked apples with a crunchy pecan graham cracker crust recall the homemade variety you may have relished as a kid, with a modern twist thanks to brown butter gelato a la mode. The dish will be available this fall and winter.
Hugo’s Oyster Bar, 10360 Alpharetta St., Roswell, 770-993-5922, hugosoysterbar.com.