Situated in a quaint area of downtown Alpharetta, owner Robyn Rowles and her staff are doing something unheard of in Georgia – serving up gourmet dishes from a completely gluten-free kitchen. As a parent to two children that do not eat gluten, discovering Tin Roof Kitchen was like finding an extra present on Christmas morning. We didn’t know what we were missing, but now that we’ve found this hidden gem, life is much, much sweeter.
Highlights from the Menu:
- Seasonal menu featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night bar options as well as GF bread loaves to take home
- Dietary Friendly: Entire menu is gluten-free; Options for dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free as well
- Signature Dishes: Fruit-topped Cinnamon Waffles, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Drunken Mussels in GF Beer Beurre Blanc
Giving You the KNOW Before You Go:
- Meals priced between $10-25
- Environment: Date nighters may prefer the cozy ambiance inside, while families should check out the many outdoor seating options.
- Kids meals include a drink, entree, choice of fries, fruit or veggie and ice cream
- The friendly staff can answer any questions on additional dietary needs
- Location: Downtown Alpharetta, near Main Street
The Whole Experience:
After she and her two eldest children were diagnosed with Celiac disease, Robyn began a quest to transform her family’s favorite foods into safe, but tasty replicas of the foods they were giving up. The successes in her own kitchen (and encouragement from her children) led to a full-scale restaurant and mobile food truck serving up fresh, local food – all sans gluten. This is a family run business and on any given day you may find Robyn whipping up specialty cocktails from behind the bar, chatting up guests, or baking up one of her scrumptious desserts.
In addition to two levels of indoor seating, families will enjoy the outdoor options including a gazebo, where kids can easily get up and visit the Koi pond or dance beneath the shade trees. We loved the laid back feel of the seating areas and enjoyed our dinner on a covered porch with the windows open to the cool, summer breeze. The cozy layout really encourages you to sit back and enjoy your comfort food.
After ordering – it was beyond exciting to let my kids order anything on the menu – our food came up quickly. You know the food is good when the whole table goes quiet – everyone was too busy inhaling their meals to talk. Off the Kid’s Menu my daughter had the hamburger on a freshly made GF bun and my son had the crispy chicken fingers and fries. I tried the chicken fingers (just for research purposes, right?) and they were super crunchy, nicely seasoned and came with just enough for a take home box.
My hubby and I shared a Caesar salad and two entrees. – the jalapeno burger and the buttermilk chicken. Now, selling this Southern girl on GF fried chicken might have been difficult challenge, but oh no, not here. The crust was a nice golden brown, and fried to crispy, crunchy perfection. Served along side a tangy chili lime corn and smashed potatoes that were just plain old garlicky goodness. The spicy jalapeno burger arrived on a soft homemade GF bun and was nicely balanced by the salty bacon and creamy garlic aioli.
Although we were all stuffed after dinner, we just had to sample a homemade dessert and let me tell you that double chocolate cake is de-lic-ious! Layers of soft spongy chocolate cake are covered in a rich chocolate frosting and accompanied by two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Our shared cake was gone in the blink of an eye, next time I’m ordering my own piece!
So gluten-free eaters rejoice, there is a safe haven made just for you. And for everyone else, go ahead and give it a try, I guarantee you won’t miss the wheat.
52 N. Main Street
Visit Tin Roof Kitchen: Gourmet and Gluten Free