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Little Alley Steak Opens on Canton Street

The newest steakhouse in Roswell officially opened Monday, Feb. 27.

After months of preparation and a weekend of preview events, Little Alley Steak on Canton Street officially opened late Monday afternoon.

The steakhouse - opened by Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac who also co-own and on Canton Street - has already received a plethora of press and local buzz for its take on the all-American steakhouse.

Inspired by the 1880s, the restaurant features a new spin on the expected industrial interior trend that has delighted customers at both of the restaurateurs' other two Roswell restaurants. A bull's head greets visitors over the door and Edison bulbs are hung from meat hooks inside the space.

Chef Robert McDonough takes the lead in creating a menu as unique as the interior design.

According to their Facebook page, Little Alley Steak’s menu showcases "custom-sliced American charcuterie, a selection of fine and butcher’s cut, market fresh seafood and local Southern favorites." The Chicago butcher "Meats by Linz" has been selected to provide the restaurant with steak and seafood selections.

“We have created an old-world-meets-present-day eatery with an affordable and select menu,” said Azhari in a written statement. “McDonough’s fresh, innovative perspective, culinary passion and expertise blend with innate talent behind the fire, and we’re proud to open Little Alley Steak with him at the kitchen’s helm.”

In addition to Southern favorites, a boutique and vintage alcohol menu, market fresh seafood and the cut-to-order butcher's selections, the restaurant also incorporates Azhari’s Moroccan background with specialties like porcini-crusted Dayboat scallops with parsnip puree, pork belly, spinach and truffle-scented walnut froth and Moroccan-style shrimp with garlic tomato along with tagine of escargot and preserved lemon with pernod, ras al hanout spice, garlic and a batboute flat bread.

The restaurant's hours are Monday through Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Call 770-998-0440 for reservations.

Stacey Baum February 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I wrote a blog on RoswellPatch about this event but must not have posted it correctly. Will try again:)
Christine Foster February 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Stacey, So sorry, but I don't see it. Yes, please do try again!
Jake Lilley February 29, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I was there opening night. Unbelievable bourbon menu!
Fififabb March 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
They have done it again! These guys have transformed Canton street into a buzzy dining destination! Hicham is the perfect host, engaging, fashionable and upbeat!
Bob Eater March 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I like the atmosphere and the cuts of meat, but the meat must be cooked correctly. I ordered medium rare and got medium well. By now my friend was eating so they tried to rush out another bone in strip and it was burnt on the outside and raw and cold in the middle. So they took it back to cook it some more and it comes out so charred on the outside that it just tasted burnt. So I left not eating a steak. They did comp my steak that was $40 a la carte, but I would have loved to have eaten and paid for it. Instead I left hungry. I will give them one more chance and that is it. If they cannot cook a steak to order then they are done well done.
Jennifer Kardian March 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM
We went with another couple and had a fantastic meal. Our friends said it was the best steak they'd had in a long time. The truffled mac & cheese is fabulous. We were also looking forward to the au gratin potatoes, but they were a little dry. (The side items are large enough to share.) Service was good. The atmosphere is great to look at, but the restaurant is quite loud. The industrial materials don't absorb any sound, so you do have to talk loudly to be heard. We would definitely go back for a special occasion dinner, but disagree with Azhari on the "affordable" part. The a la carte nature of the menu adds up, especially when you add in alcoholic beverages. Overall, a great addition to a blossoming Canton Street!

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