Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, Georgia

Hey, y’all!

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about one of my favorite meals that I’ve had in my career as a food writer: a lunch at Bistro VG, an eatery in Roswell, Georgia. You can find that post here.

Today I’m excited to tell y’all more about my trip to Roswell – a town that set out to impress, y’all. And that it did.

Roswell claims to have “modern soul and southern spirit” – and I couldn’t agree more. The city encapsulated everything that I love about living in the south + being a southerner. The people are warm, kind, and have that southern drawl. The food is delicious, well-rounded, with both elevated cuisines + down-home country cooking. The houses – or, in the case of historic Roswell, estates – are well-kept, large, and welcoming (essentially begging me to have a glass of sweet tea on the porch).

On the outskirts of Atlanta, Roswell isn’t to be missed — and when you’re there, here are some tips:

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Breakfast + Brunch

Gracious Plenty Bakery & Breakfast

1164 Canton St.

Roswell, GA 30075

Biscuits. I repeat: Biscuits. Need I say more?

Gracious Plenty‘s menu has one star – and it’s the from-scratch biscuits. The menu allows you to build your own biscuit sandwich from southern favorites, such as country ham, fried eggs, pimento cheese, and sausage. Alongside that, Gracious Plenty serves up delicious coffee and bowls of Georgia peaches — both of which I recommend. Though the atmosphere was modern and hip, I also felt like I was having a meal on the farm with my family – which, in the culinary world, is a concept that many try to accomplish, though few do.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Two of my favorite words: country ham.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Fellows Cafe

1088 Green St.

Roswell, GA 30075

The team at Fellows tells diners to expect a warm neighborhood feel, an excellent multi-roaster coffee program, and nourishing, delicious food – and I 100% agree with those sentiments. A newer neighborhood spot, Fellows took inspiration from Australia’s forward-thinking culinary scene and Europe’s old world design. The result? Delicious, gorgeous, rustic food.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Heirloom tomato toast – absolutely delicious!

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes served with berry compote, pure maple syrup, lemon zest, and greek yogurt with honey.

This was a trip highlight, y’all – you can’t miss Fellows Cafe.

Beer, y’all.

Roswell is a growing city with a bourgeoning craft beer scene – and it would be erroneous to not check out these local breweries! From delicious pours, to live music, to warm, welcoming atmospheres – this is the perfect way to relax after a day at work, before dinner, or the ideal destination for a nightcap.

Gate City Brewing Company

43 Magnolia St.

Roswell, GA 30075

Gate City’s name derives from Atlanta, Georgia’s nickname, the “Gate City” – and let me tell y’all: the beer stands up to the iconic name. Located at the corner of Canton and Magnolia Streets, the location is perfectly-situated in my favorite area of the city. Apart from the cerveza, you’ll also love the ambiance, as the owners converted two Roswell mechanic shops into the taproom (and did a fantastic job, might I add!).

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Variant Brewing Company

66 Norcross St.

Roswell, GA 30075

Variant Brewing Company was another one of my favorites in the city. Matt Curling, the owner, said: “The best way to get to know someone is to have a beer with them” – and I couldn’t agree more. You’ll love their sours (if that’s your thing – it is mine!) and the open-concept, neutral-toned taproom. It was gorgeous.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

From The Earth Brewing Company

1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd.

Roswell, GA 30076

With a commitment to exceptional brews, supporting the community, and sustainability — From the Earth Brewing Company directly aligns with many of my core values. They differentiated themselves from the other breweries with a delicious, expansive menu – featuring many farm-to-table influences – and I loved every bite of it.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Lobster sliders. Yes, please!

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Fabulous chicken salad!

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Get the Brussels sprouts. Thank me later.

Activities

Roswell Ghost Tour

Tours depart from the bandstand in the Roswell Town Square (across from the Roswell Visitor’s Center – 617 Atlanta St., Roswell, GA 30075).

Ghost tours are a favorite of many southern travelers – and y’all, through my travels, I have learned that the south can be quite spooky. Roswell, GA is no exception. On this tour, participants learn about Roswell’s deep history – from the antebellum mansions, deep ravines, and ruined mills… Roswell is chock-full of scary, petrifying stories.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

The tour is roughly 2.5-3 hours and takes place in the historic district of Roswell. For more information on the Roswell Ghost Tour, click here.

Take A Cooking Class At Barrington Hall

535 Barrington Dr.

Roswell, GA 30075

This was only my second time taking a cooking class; however, it was my first time taking one in a Greek Revival-style mansion. And y’all… that will be hard to top.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Barrington Hall was the home of the King Family, the founders of the City of Roswell. Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is immaculately maintained, with a gorgeous interior + stunning exterior gardens.

In the back of the home is a large kitchen, which houses private cooking classes for 10-12 guests in an intimate, chef-led environment. Chef Wendy Gay led the class that I attended, a Summer Dinner in Provence, and I truly learned a lot.

I’m so excited to recreate these recipes in my own kitchen; would y’all want to see them here on the blog?

From ratatouille, to a savory tomato tart, to pan-roasted chicken, to a sweet, caramelized melon tart — what was not to love?

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Oli + Ve

1003 Canton St.

Roswell, GA 30075

If you are a foodie, read this section with intent.

If you want to elevate your food/cooking at home, plan your visit to Oli + Ve.

It’s as a simple as that.

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Oli + Ve specializes in ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) from around the world, flavored olive oils,  and balsamic vinegars aged in Modena, Italy. Tasting the oils and the balsamic vinegars was a better experience than any traditional tasting that I have had, whether it be bourbon, wine, cheese, you name it. There’s no bread involved – you simply taste the oils and balsamic vinegars.

After spending time with the owner and curator of the shop, I left more well-versed and excited to enter my kitchen back home in Kentucky (and to my KY readers – they ship!).

Dinner

Bistro VG

70 W. Crossville Rd.

Roswell, GA 30075

Bistro VG was my favorite restaurant in Roswell + is now one of my all-time favorite eateries that I have had the privilege of experiencing. I loved it so much that I wrote an entire post about it. You can read that here.

Bistro VG, Roswell Georgia (GA), JC Phelps - JCP Eats

Bistro VG, Roswell Georgia (GA), JC Phelps - JCP Eats

Hugo’s Oyster Bar

10360 Alpharetta St.

Roswell, GA 30075

Hugo’s Oyster Bar is the second concept by Jonathan Schwenk and Rich Clark. Located

in a classic white-brick building, the restaurant is cozy, charming, yet urban. Oysters,

po’boys, peel & eat shrimp — need I say more?

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

Your Guide To Visiting Roswell, GA - Where to Eat and What to Do by JC Phelps of JCP Eats

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Adventure awaits in Roswell, GA — what are you waiting for?

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Visit Roswell (Roswell CVB). All opinions,

as always, are my own.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Sarah September 23, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Looks to have been a delicious trip. Will plan to stop through when going to Atlanta next.

    • Reply jcpeats September 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Do stop — you’ll love it. Appreciate you reading! Xo JC

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