February 2020 – Pokeworks (Peachtree Corners)

I wouldn’t normally pick a franchised restaurant as one of my favorites but Pokeworks does it right. If you’re a fan of sushi, or specifically poke bowls, this place is absolutely worth checking out.

When you walk in you’ll notice the layout and ordering process mimics Chipotle. They have a menu of poke bowls that you can choose from or you can build your own. You can choose between a poke bowl, a poke salad, or a sushi burrito. Then you pick your fish or if you don’t want seafood they also have chicken and tofu. They have a lot of great toppings to choose from such as corn, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, ogo seaweed, rice puffs, garlic crisps, shiso leaf, etc. There are quite a few different sauces to choose from as well.

One of the most important aspects of sushi is the fish and from my experience their varieties have always tasted fresh. The staff is friendly and the dining room and kitchen are always very clean.

I can’t speak for the entire franchise but the location in Town Center in Peachtree Corners does it right! Highly recommend!

What I usually order: Poke Bowl with Spicy Tuna & Salmon with a ton of toppings (many of which are mentioned above) and a medium amount of Ponzu Sauce. They also have a great selection of organic juice drinks and I often go with the Orange & Cardamom.

What you should know: Parking can be a pain on the weekends. One loaded poke bowl with a drink runs about $16.

Website: https://pokeworks.com/

January 2020 – El Trompo (Alpharetta)

Hello everyone and welcome to Temo’s List! What is Temo’s List you ask? Basically, it’s a list of my favorite restaurants/food spots in Georgia. Every time I research “best restaurants near me” the results I get are less than satisfactory and I often wonder how in the world some of those names even made the list. Therefore, I am compiling my own and once a month I will be sharing them with all of you. So lets get started!

The first one on the list is El Trompo Taqueria located in the Kroger Shopping Center at Jones Bridge Rd. and Douglas Rd. in Alpharetta. This is hands down my favorite Taqueria. Best tacos in town! They’re very affordable too! You order at the register and then have a seat; they will bring it out to you. They also have a little condiments bar with various homemade salsas, radishes, jalapenos, chopped cilantro, etc that you can adorn your tacos with anyway you see fit. They also have pickled vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower, and jalapenos. Sooo tasty!

If you’re looking for quality tacos then you absolutely must check out El Trompo! Highly recommend!

What I usually order: Carne Asada, El Pastor, Guava Juice or Horchata.

What you should know: Chips and salsa are not free. This is not a Mexican restaurant; it’s a family owned Taqueria. They are not the same. A Trompo is a spinning vertical rotisserie in which the pastor meats are cooked on. Now you know.

Website: https://eltrompotaqueria.com/