Oak Steakhouse

Olivia Arnold

A Night Out in the Suburbs of Atlanta

Downtown may get all the buzz, but there’s plenty happening outside the city

With so much happening inside of the city, it’s rare to have an occasion to leave, but sometimes an escape to the ’burbs can be really refreshing. But it turns out there’s more to Atlanta than downtown, and the Avalon development in Alpharetta was a real treat for a night out.


Start with a glass of bubbly and a blowout at Drybar to shake off the stress of the workday. Once you’re sporting on-trend loose waves, grab a cocktail at Oak Steakhouse. The Avalon Mule, served in a traditional copper mug, is deliciously gingery and refreshing. Try some Pork Cracklins, which sizzle and pop for several minutes after they arrive. Sprinkle lime and dip these in the Alabama White sauce.  Before you leave, you have to sip a Sweet Corn Bisque Soup Shot, featuring crab and roasted garlic. It is the tastiest little soup teaser!


If you’re craving Italian, head over to Colletta to try chef Michael Perez’s family-style dining experience. First, snack on a selection of house-cured meats on the Butcher Board and pizza pockets filled with meat, cheese, and honey — a seriously tasty combination. Next, share a pizza — either the cauliflower, which is topped with bacon and crescenza cheese, or the duck ragu, which features zucchini and pistachio. The pasta options are numerous, but the zesty farfalle with crab and shrimp and the agnolotti with beef short ribs and provolone are must-haves.


Lastly, for something sweet to top off the evening, stroll down Avalon Boulevard toward the plaza center, enjoy the stringing lights and effervescent vibe, and stop at Caffé Antico for gelato or an affogato, gelato and espresso. Caffé Antico imports gelato directly from Bologna, Italy, and the flavors include traditional Italian stracciatella and Nutella.


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With so many restaurants nearby, I will definitely be back to Avalon soon.