Eating Out

The Diner at North Point

2355 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, 770-650-6400
thedineratnorthpoint.com
Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast and Lunch: Daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dinner: Mon.-Sat., 4-10 p.m.; Sun,. 4-9 p.m.

We had enjoyed a meal at the Diner at North Point when our little girl was just a baby, but now I wanted to go back. I thought it was just the right place for a 5-year-old to practice her table manners. Our family recently headed out for a Saturday lunch. It was much as I remembered it from years ago, with a kind and helpful staff and a menu that offers something for just about any appetite.
While the restaurant feels a tad formal, the atmosphere is very relaxing, with jazz music playing through the speakers. The diner entices you right away, with an amazing pastry counter of Greek cakes and dessert selections made daily by the pastry chef. We knew we would simply have to save room for dessert!
What’s on the menu: Breakfast is served all day long, and the lunch menu includes an assortment of market-fresh fish and seafood, hand-cut steaks, chops, and chicken. Also featured: a wide variety of gourmet salads, unique pasta dishes, hamburgers and Italian panini. The serving sizes are very generous and the prices suit a family on a budget, with plenty of entrees in the $10 range. Our 5-year-old chose the kiddie chicken fingers from the kid’s menu which included French fries and a drink for less than $5.
Why parents will like it: Our daughter is a picky eater, so we were happy to see some “usual” items that she would go for. Meanwhile, adults can be more adventurous because there’s something for everyone if they so choose. I selected the Moussaka, a traditional Greek dish with eggplant. I wanted to try something different and saw it as a great opportunity for my youngster to see me trying and enjoying something new. We loved being able to dine with our child and not have to do it in a noisy hamburger joint.
Why kids will like it: The cloth napkins and smooth jazz playing helped set the stage for our daughter to enjoy working on her table manners – and she enjoyed her adventure in this warm and inviting “big kid” restaurant. And she loved examining the pastry counter! Once she heard the words “double chocolate cake,” she was sold. We all grabbed forks and together devoured the very moist and very yummy cake.
– Caren Davis Lightfoot