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Ligaya Figueras

Senior Editor, Food and Dining

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.The Midwest transplant digs biscuits, collards and peanuts — roasted, please.

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

Restaurants think outside the box … about the box
 It used to be that a shipping container was used for just that — shipping stuff. Shipping containers employed at a restaurant — or as a restaurant? Not so much. Yet restaurant owners around Atlanta are thinking outside the box as they get creative with big metal boxes. Shipping containers are being converted into kitchens...

Posted: 10 days ago

It used to be that a shipping container was used for just that — shipping stuff. Shipping containers employed at a restaurant — or as a restaurant? Not so much. Yet restaurant owners around Atlanta are thinking outside the box as they get creative with big metal boxes. Shipping containers are being converted into kitchens...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia
 The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for				those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo				of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn				affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night				at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused,...

Posted: 17 days ago

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused,...
Food Tour: Hapeville
 Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone&rsquo...

4:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone&rsquo...
Like Father, Like Son
 “At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.” Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown...

10:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017

“At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.” Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown...
Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list
 When it comes to food, listicles abound. Who’s got the best barbecue? The best brunch? The best fried chicken? Such rankings can turn into quite the food fight for those impassioned by all things culinary. Like me with baguettes. (You should see the ridiculous spreadsheet I kept that time I wrote a piece on top baguettes...

4:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017

When it comes to food, listicles abound. Who’s got the best barbecue? The best brunch? The best fried chicken? Such rankings can turn into quite the food fight for those impassioned by all things culinary. Like me with baguettes. (You should see the ridiculous spreadsheet I kept that time I wrote a piece on top baguettes...
When your vacation is no respite from your food routine
 A recent weekend getaway to Savannah reminded me just how much we humans are creatures of habit. Vacations offer the opportunity to break from routines. To sleep late, do nothing, be carefree, live in the moment. Instead, what do we do? The second we lock up the house and hit the road — no, even before then, when we pack our bags...

10:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

A recent weekend getaway to Savannah reminded me just how much we humans are creatures of habit. Vacations offer the opportunity to break from routines. To sleep late, do nothing, be carefree, live in the moment. Instead, what do we do? The second we lock up the house and hit the road — no, even before then, when we pack our bags...
A food lover’s short list for fueling up in Savannah
 Savannah offers eye candy for architectural aficionados and history buffs alike, but it has the goods to capture the attention of the food crazed, too. Whether you’re planning a vacation in Savannah this summer or just passing through on your way to ocean paradise, here are a few stops that will please gastronomes who swat away the...

10:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Savannah offers eye candy for architectural aficionados and history buffs alike, but it has the goods to capture the attention of the food crazed, too. Whether you’re planning a vacation in Savannah this summer or just passing through on your way to ocean paradise, here are a few stops that will please gastronomes who swat away the...
American Prohibition Museum opens in Savannah
 Savannah puts an easy smile on the face of imbibers who walk its historic streets with plastic to-go cup in hand. But the newly opened American Prohibition Museum adds a different dimension to the coastal city’s long-standing drink culture. The museum, located among the shops and restaurants of downtown Savannah’s City Market...

10:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Savannah puts an easy smile on the face of imbibers who walk its historic streets with plastic to-go cup in hand. But the newly opened American Prohibition Museum adds a different dimension to the coastal city’s long-standing drink culture. The museum, located among the shops and restaurants of downtown Savannah’s City Market...
Review: Double Zero’s shared plates can delight; pizza, pasta miss mark
 In its new home in Emory Village, Double Zero is a packed house during peak dine times. Varied seating — high tops, low tops, a community table, a gorgeous bar and lounge area with banquette seating, the requisite patio — are filled with an assortment of parties — dates and double dates of young and old, clusters of college...

4:00 AM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

In its new home in Emory Village, Double Zero is a packed house during peak dine times. Varied seating — high tops, low tops, a community table, a gorgeous bar and lounge area with banquette seating, the requisite patio — are filled with an assortment of parties — dates and double dates of young and old, clusters of college...
Opinion: In search of the best burger in Atlanta
 What’s a great burger to you? Uber juicy patty? Maybe even make it a double. Melty cheese. Tangy, crunchy B&B pickles. Perhaps it needs the works: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard. Ah, but let’s not forget the all-important bun. Mine must be toasted, yet still airy, then again, hefty enough to handle the pile on. That’s...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

What’s a great burger to you? Uber juicy patty? Maybe even make it a double. Melty cheese. Tangy, crunchy B&B pickles. Perhaps it needs the works: lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard. Ah, but let’s not forget the all-important bun. Mine must be toasted, yet still airy, then again, hefty enough to handle the pile on. That’s...
Review: Magnolia Room offers charm of old-school Southern cafeteria
 I’ve got a soft spot for cafeterias. My last semester of college, I got a job as a cashier at a cafeteria called Garavelli’s. It meant waking at 5:30 a.m. to clock in at 6. It also meant working with some people with a lot of drama in their lives who let me write about them for my English comp class. It meant a manager, Mary,...

4:00 AM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

I’ve got a soft spot for cafeterias. My last semester of college, I got a job as a cashier at a cafeteria called Garavelli’s. It meant waking at 5:30 a.m. to clock in at 6. It also meant working with some people with a lot of drama in their lives who let me write about them for my English comp class. It meant a manager, Mary,...