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Parking in Atlanta can be a nightmare, especially when all you want is a bite to eat. So we've rounded up where you can park for free. No, not complementary valet and no, not in the occasional open space found on a side street after rounding the block three times. These are free lots next to the restaurant itself.
On the surface, each of Atlanta's fast-casual burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give you free chips, others offer barbecue sauce, queso, or green chiles, but at the end of the day, you start with a tortilla, you get rice, beans, meat, a choice of salsas, cheese, sour cream, and/or guacamole. Which begs the question: Which of these fast-casual chains is the best?
Ranked among the best in the city, Bell Street Burritos sells 300 burritos a day. But back in 2010, owner Matt Hinton was just an adjunct professor of theology and religion trying to mimic a recipe from the much-loved Tortillas.
The absolute worst part about my otherwise enviable job? Parking. Depending on where I go, I’m left to navigate wonky meters, spiral-of-death garages (Empire State South), ridiculously steep terrain (Bell Street Burritos in south Buckhead), and dark, suspicious lots (basically everywhere in Little Five Points and East Atlanta).
I have a secret fantasy: I want to spank waiters. Why? Because wine service in Atlanta, on average, is abominable. Two reasons: First, when you order a bottle, waiters are far too eager to pour through the entire thing when you aren’t looking. Hands off, garçon. I’ll pour my own wine and drink at my own speed.
Table Talk: Chick-fil-A responds to controversy, Bell Street Burritos location in peril, Lure opens in Midtown
Commentary: Chick-fil-A president joins Atlanta's rich history of fried chicken and bigots Eat less chicken? Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has been making it known that he is against same-sex marriage. Wyatt Williams commented on the controvery on Wednesday. On Thursday, the company distanced itself from Cathy's statements.
Bell Street Burritos owner Matt Hinton confirmed today that the Howell Mill location of his fledgling burrito chain will close soon and reopen in a nearby location shortly thereafter. The property, which Hinton rents, is in the process of being sold to Advance Auto Parts. The terms of the current lease end in about six weeks, Hinton said, "Hopefully we can stay a little longer, but I don't know."
Until now, burritos were pretty much a sideline gig for Matt Hinton, a young theologian who coped with shrinking hours at Morehouse College, where he was an adjunct professor, by starting a home delivery business. Hinton has many callings. He is, among other things, a director of documentary films, a record label owner, a pressman for his wife’s letterpress shop—and now a brand-new restaurateur.