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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.
How Kimball House and Ticonderoga Club build their bars

What does it mean to be a food critic without restaurants?

COVID-19 is a direct attack on the thing that made my life not just exceptional but livable.
Buckhead Diner’s homemade potato chips

I don’t even like snacking at home—why should I at a restaurant?

Growing up in France, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a snack until, at the age of 22, I was gifted a bag of Fritos brought from America in a friend’s suitcase. After decades in the States, have I finally adjusted to a life of Doritos and potato chips? Mostly yes, but I hate myself for it.

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.
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The Christiane Chronicles: Who serves toast in a bowl?

Bowls have their place when serving food, but please, don't put toast in a bowl ever again. Plus, nut milk from Virginia-Highland's Press & Grind has made me a convert.
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The Christiane Chronicles: Here’s how you ruin ribs

Contrary to popular opinion, the meat should not be falling off the bone. On the other hand, I should not have had to forcefully wrench the meat away with my teeth.
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The Christiane Chronicles: Servers, at least apologize for bad food

If I tell my server that I had a negative experience, I want him or her to apologize or—if there’s still time—offer a replacement. An appropriate response would be, “I am so sorry. Let me get a manager.” Instead, I'm left boiling mad in my seat and then handed a full check for a half-eaten plate of food.
Haste makes waste

The Christiane Chronicles: Meal delivery services turn haste into waste

I shiver every time I hear an ad for Blue Apron. The New York–based company ships ready-to-cook meals all over the country, with recipes and premeasured ingredients packed in tiny plastic pouches and containers, all tightly surrounded by ice packs. Think of the waste!
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Fresh on the Scene: Hopstix, Jai Ho, Muss & Turner’s, One Rooster Mongolian Bar

A pan-Asian restaurant that brews a citrusy pale ale, a fresh Indian kitchen, the new Muss & Turners, and a Chipotle–meets–stir-fry fast-casual Mongolian restaurant
Thin crust is vanishing

The Christiane Chronicles: Thin-crust pizza makers, you’re doing it wrong

The kind of pizza I like—one with a fully baked, thin but supportive crust—hardly gets any respect anymore. Why is this? Also, the kouign amann is a crunchy and buttery pastry that's maddeningly delicious. Just don't ask me to pronounce it.

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