The Lazy Llama: Tacos, Tequila and TV

If you pursue education in journalism and psychology, as I did, you are cursed with a double dose of curiosity. You annoy a lot of people by asking a lot of questions. For example, during two visits to the new ...

Pit Boss: Lots of Sweet Memories and Sugary Sauce

A few days after I finished undergrad, I began five years of working for three newspapers in rural Georgia. I first moved to Elberton, where I was educated in virulent racism, church revivals, drunken murder, a...

Falafel in Buckhead, Shaking Beef on Buford

This week, I’m sharing first looks at Mamoun’s Falafel and Chom Chom Vietnamese Kitchen. Both are cheap and somewhat exotic – great for a date with someone you likely will never see again.   Mamoun’s...

Destination: Malaysian Cuisine

We are not rats in a maze in search of cheese, right? And yet I feel like a dumb rat in a learning experiment whenever I visit the maze called West Midtown. I drive and I walk in seemingly arbitrary patterns un...

Helping Our Homeless LGBTQ Youth Survive

Lucia stabbed herself in the abdomen, recovered, and hid the huge scar behind tattoos. Robert, sitting inside the Ansley Starbucks, asked me for five dollars to eat. He said that he’d be willing to eat in front...

Restaurants With A Taste of Class

Food is a signifier of class. If you eat beans and rice at home for dinner, you are nobody. But if you go to a restaurant and order perfectly plated French food, you are definitely somebody. The problem is that...

Discovering the Middle East Inside Ponce City Market

For multiple reasons, I’m not a huge fan of food halls. I don’t enjoy the suffocating crowds, power-walking in search of often mediocre food that passes itself off as fashionable just because it exists where it...

Chicken Without the Hate

Why the hell are y’all still eating at Chick-fil-A? Thanks to you, the good Christians there have built the company into the nation’s third-largest restaurant chain, meaning it has even more dollars to contribu...

Let’s Talk About Tacos

“You can find some variation of a taco on almost every menu across the country,” says an essay on the website of the new Supremo Taco in Grant Park. It’s true. If you fold any kind of ingredients into a tortill...