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  • Christiane Lauterbach

    Restaurant Columnist

    Christiane Lauterbach was born and raised in Paris. She spent some of her formative years in Germany then in New York. She has reviewed restaurants for Atlanta magazine and contributed to their food coverage since 1983. She is the publisher of Knife & Fork, the Insider's Guide to Atlanta Restaurants, a candid newsletter about the local dining scene available by subscription for over a quarter of a century. She is the author of the Atlanta Restaurant Guide, published in paperback by Pelican. She often expresses her opinion in various national travel and food magazines and has made countless radio and television appearances. She is a popular public speaker, a fearless traveler, a committed organic gardener, and, yes, she loves food as much now as when she started her career. She raised two daughters to be independent and care about what they eat when they eat out and become mindful home cooks.

 

Cardamom Hill

The restaurant's breakout chef Asha Gomez introduces ambrosial dishes from South India

It might be easy at first to doubt the authenticity of the cooking at Cardamom Hill, Atlanta's first regional Indian fine-dining restaurant. In what other South Asian place have we seen such precise knife skills, or exquisite sense of composition, or range of colors? And who thinks of sliced beets with spiced yogurt, marinated boneless chicken thighs fried in lacy batter, duck and plantain croquettes with figs and cinnamon, or colorful salads topped with tropical fruit as part of the Indian culinary lexicon? Read more...

JCT Kitchen & Bar

The lavish new Westside bistro is as much classic European as Southern

Wishful thinking goes a long way toward explaining why too many Atlantans, some of them respected colleagues of mine, speak of JCT Kitchen & Bar as if it were a dyed-in-the-wool Southern restaurant, the deluxe meat-and-three of their dreams. Read more...