Authentic food, tequila abound at Ceviche Taqueria

New Alpharetta restaurant is ‘sister’ to Roswell location

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Queso Fondido. Melted chihuahua cheese, grilled poblano pepper and onion, with steak. Served with flour tortillas.
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Elsa's Enchiladas Verde. Shredded chicken wrapped in 3 corn tortilllas topped with our famous green tomatillo sauce, mexican cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, avacado, sour cream and cotija cheese.
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Poblano Tacos. Grilled chicken or steak, grilled peppers and onions, Mexican cheese and chipotle sauce on flour tortillas.
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Ask Brian Peace to make you one of Ceviche's house margaritas.
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Ask Brian Peace to make you one of Ceviche's house margaritas.
Mikka Orrick, owner.

One of the latest additions to the restaurant scene in downtown Alpharetta has quickly found a following among the many newcomers and old guard establishments scattered around the square.

Opening last December, just in time for the holidays, Ceviche Taqueria and Tequila Bar in Alpharetta may have a familiar feel to those who spend time on Canton Street in downtown Roswell.

“Yes, this is the sister location,” said Mikka Orrick, owner of the Alpharetta location. “We wanted to duplicate the success we’ve had in Roswell [and] so far the reaction and response from the community and the city has been very positive!”

While the menus and food offerings are identical, there are some changes, including a much larger bar at the Alpharetta location, and a side patio for outdoor dining.

“We are not your typical Mexican spot,” said Orrick. “We offer true authentic Mexican food with a twist, a wide variety of tequila and a knowledgeable staff.”

She noted the “keys” to Ceviche’s appeal is the laid-back atmosphere, emphasis on the customer experience, and fresh ingredients. The choice of 70 different tequilas for sipping or blending into margaritas adds to the experience, as well.

For first-time guests, Orrick suggests starting with the house specialties including Elsa’s chicken enchiladas Verde, fish tacos, mahi ceviche, along with skinny margaritas or any of the eight beers on tap.

Opening a location in Alpharetta placed Ceviche right in the hotspot of a growing entertainment and dining destination on the Northside. With Avalon just down the road, and the revitalization of downtown Alpharetta well underway, the decision to open here was an easy one.

“We had looked around for a while at different cities and possible locations,” said Orrick. “But Alpharetta being so close [was a positive], and with a very similar downtown vibe as Roswell when we opened in 2007.”

She says the current growth in the downtown area will only bring more quality shops and restaurants to the area.

“We are so excited about the [reception for Ceviche] since the start, as well as the future of this location in such a promising and growing city,” she added.

Ceviche aims to be more than just a place to grab dinner, and has something added nearly every night of the week. Trivia is on Tuesday nights, “food truck” Thursdays, live music every Saturday night on the side patio, and karaoke will get going in June.

The restaurant is also looking forward to being a part of the many special events on Milton Avenue year-round.

“We want to always stay connected to the community and be involved in local charity events. We are so excited for our future in Alpharetta. It’s been a great start!” said Orrick.


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