Saturday, August 29, 2015

Madras Chettinaad - Alpharetta

You can find Madras Chettinaad at 4305 State Bridge Rd #108, Alpharetta, GA 30022 in the Alpharetta Common Shopping Center anchored by Publix. Traveling East from 400 on Old Milton Pkwy, you'll find this shopping center right at the State Bridge split, where Kimble Bridge, State Bridge and Old Milton come together. This is an expansive space with tons of seating and a very large buffet - perhaps the largest Indian buffet in Atlanta.

I've eaten at Madras for many years - this is a favorite among the Indian staffers I've worked with and a worthy replacement of my previous favorite for this area, Minerva (which was nearby and now closed). Chettinaad has two very long tables of food and features a spice-level you'll more commonly find near the Patel Brothers in Decatur. I've had many good meals here and there's so much variety that you can certainly mix things up so you get a different combination of foods each time.

Most recently I met a group for a weekend lunch - the place was hopping with all tables filled - fortunately we called ahead and only waited a few minutes. The buffet was packed with many items to try. Some a bit more unusual than others - make sure you get a Dosa!

I focused on the Masala Dosa (curried potato stuffed crepe) with Sambar and chutneys, plus a few fried items which are very popular. I particularly like the coconut chutney here.

I next hit the hot items and chickens in various curries. Typically I'd go for the veggies dishes then transition to the meats - Chettinaad separates the veg from non-veg which seems to be common practice and really makes sense if you think about who is eating. I went a bit lighter on this day as I'm trying to cut down a bit on the calorie count (difficult to do at a buffet!) The biriyani was particularly delicious on this visit.

Service can be a bit spotty but in general the staff kept our water glasses full. There's plentiful parking in the lot with overflow towards the Publix side.

-- John

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