I needed a birthday cake fix and quite frankly there isn't a better cake commercially made in Atlanta. If there is I haven't tasted it.
I have eaten in the dining room here more than once and it's perfectly acceptable but the reason to go here is for the bakery. Take it to go or eat in the dining room. They do have italian treats but the cakes are nearly endless in their options and all equally delicious. They are all over the top in size and appearance but inside the taste is pure gold. No sticky sweet butter creams, but rather pastry creams and whipped creams are the basis for fillings and frostings. Cakes are tender sponge, often 4 layers and generous portioned to share (but you won't want to).
I tried out the Italian dip sandwich. Very simple tender shaved beef with provolone melted on top. Jus, horseradish sauce and choice of side. I got some slightly under fried parmesean fries.
French onion soup, hard to eat in polite company with the struggle of cheese everywhere and crouton that needs a knife and fork, but is so delicious you just figure it out and hope no one is grading your table manners.
My official position 4 years standing, Alpine has the absolute best coconut layer cake in the city. Moist tender fresh and just enough creamy coconut flavor. I got the swiss cake roll today because I wanted black and white cake for birthday taste but we had to share a white chocolate raspberry layer cake as well. You can't go wrong here. The single slices enrobed in chocolate are nice to take home for a special treat for yourself or date night at home. Nice surprise when your spouse has a sweet tooth!