Construction is complete, there’s a hiring sign in the window and a Del Taco spokesperson said the restaurant on Highway 5 in Douglasville is set to open.
There is nothing better on the menu at the Alden than the rack of lamb. The other night, as I sat eating it in full view of the open kitchen, I had to close my eyes just to contain my feelings. To borrow a line from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let me count the ways.
A Chamblee address doesn’t have the cachet of nearby Brookhaven or Buckhead, but new mixed-use developments, especially along Peachtree, are nudging the once-modest city toward the splendor of its neighbors.
It’s a full-circle moment for chef Jared A. Hucks—he’s a Brookhaven native and now finds himself helming the kitchen of The Alden, located not far from the house he grew up in, after cooking all over the world. (Alden—which means “old friend” in Old English—is Hucks’ middle name.) Hucks’ goal is simple: casual setting, elegant food.
At first glance, the Alden feels a bit buttoned-up—which goes to show that you shouldn’t be fooled by looks. Located inside a mixed-use development in Chamblee, the restaurant, with its stiff decor and halting service, seems to need a dash of warmth.