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What’s next for restaurant criticism?

True restaurant reviews analyze a complex and potentially stable operation. But there currently is no potential for stability.
Atlanta restaurant hacks

Restaurant hacks can make a good dish even better

I wouldn’t dream of asking a restaurant to tweak a dish, serve the sauce on the side, or modify anything at all. If you go out to dinner with me, you pretty much eat what is in front of you and keep your mouth shut. But do I ever mess around with my food by, for example, ordering and crumbling a few slices of bacon over a vegetarian lasagna? You bet.

Where to find great old- and new-school Chinese food in Atlanta

What is authentic Chinese food? Regardless of how you define it, just know you can find excellent Chinese in Atlanta from Gu’s Kitchen in Chamblee to Golden Buddha in Buckhead.
Christiane Chronicles: Pancakes vs crepes

Pancakes are having a moment in Atlanta—but don’t overlook crepes

Pancakes are finally having a moment in Atlanta. Crepes aren't there—yet. Also, we're worried about Virginia-Highland becoming a mediocre dining spot.

Why I never want to shake a bartender’s hand

There are many reasons to go to Athens—one of the main ones is its amazing food and bar scene. Plus: in the course of navigating the notoriously touchy-feely people of the restaurant industry, there is only one move that makes me uncomfortable: the bartender handshake.

Dear chefs: Stop it with the useless garnishes

There is little new or particularly cool about the practice of depositing doodads I can barely see, let alone taste, on my plate. Plus: Long live quiche! (Especially Sarah O’Brien's at Little Tart Bakeshop.)

A quick primer on Chinese hot pot restaurants in Atlanta

Chinese hot pot restaurants aren’t new to Atlanta, but we’ve never had as many as we do now. And these days, you can experience the hot pot ritual—in which you simmer a variety of ingredients in bubbling broth—in more finely appointed settings, with menus devoted to authentic regional styles.
Christiane Chronices: Ethiopian food in Atlanta

Atlanta doesn’t have a Chinatown or a Little Ethiopia. That’s (mostly) a good thing.

Atlanta is a melting pot of different cultures' cuisines—and that's a good thing. The problem is the restaurants where I most want to eat are getting farther and farther away. Also: Feedel Bistro—and Ethiopian food—is for everyone.

The Christiane Chronicles: I am a spoon freak. Don’t give me the wrong size.

I’ve always had a thing for spoons—their shape, their size, their depth, the roundness of their bowls. But far too often, I am given the wrong kind of spoon—if I get one at all. Plus, praise for Mary Ingersoll-Weeks and Alon’s Bakery's cheese counter.
Christiane Chronicles

The Christiane Chronicles: For the love of wine varietals

Less aggressive than a Muscadet, livelier and more aromatic than a Pinot Grigio, falanghina is a little-known white varietal that has, of late, become more visible among wine geeks—and it deserves to be all the rage. Also: the fall of the meat-and-three in Atlanta.

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