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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

Battle of the bowls: Two metro Atlanta spots to fuel up on salad
 A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta...

Posted: 12 days ago

A dozen Christmas cookies too many. Eggnog plus your cousin’s homemade grog. New Year’s Champagne toasting and a couple of bloodies the morning after, followed by binge-watching college bowl games during which you stuffed yourself silly with wings, buffalo sauce and beer. Go, Dawgs! So now your oversized sweater is feeling sorta...
Bantam + Biddy Lenox location to become a Mexican restaurant
 Business partners Lance Gummere (left) and Shaun Doty (right) are turning the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox Square into
               a taqueria.  / Photo credit: Mia Yakel. Visitors to Lenox Square might do a double take next week when they walk past the Bantam + Biddy space at the Buckhead mall.
            That’s because...

Posted: 13 days ago

Business partners Lance Gummere (left) and Shaun Doty (right) are turning the Bantam + Biddy location at Lenox Square into a taqueria.  / Photo credit: Mia Yakel. Visitors to Lenox Square might do a double take next week when they walk past the Bantam + Biddy space at the Buckhead mall. That’s because...
Where (and what) to eat in and around Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options. First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2...

Posted: 14 days ago

If Monday’s game is your first opportunity to check out Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you’ll notice an upgrade from the old Dome’s dining options. First, there’s reasonable pricing on core concession items: Soft drinks and water are $2 and come with unlimited refills. Popcorn and hot dogs are priced at $2...
Review: New Italian eatery Donetto does pasta well but has some misses
 Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner...

Posted: 20 days ago

Much press has been given to Donetto, a fine-dining Italian spot, open since late September, in one of the historic buildings that form the Stockyards redevelopment project in West Midtown. The press is justifiable. Donetto is a new concept by 32-year-old chef Michael Perez, who partnered in this venture with Steve Palmer, managing partner...
Shakshuka shake-up in Atlanta
 Certain food words are just plain fun to say. Paw paw. Okonomiyaki. Shakshuka. When it comes to shakshuka, I’ve heard a variety of pronunciations: “shack-shoo-ka,” “shack-shy-ka,” “shuck-shoo-ka” and “shock-shoo-ka,” among them. No matter which way you say it, the word has a certain rhythm...

Posted: 27 days ago

Certain food words are just plain fun to say. Paw paw. Okonomiyaki. Shakshuka. When it comes to shakshuka, I’ve heard a variety of pronunciations: “shack-shoo-ka,” “shack-shy-ka,” “shuck-shoo-ka” and “shock-shoo-ka,” among them. No matter which way you say it, the word has a certain rhythm...
‘Christmas Miracle’ caps a year of giving
 Right now, there’s a restaurant worker in Atlanta breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because he just received a check from the Giving Kitchen to help pay for a few unexpected bills. Actually, his is just one of 413 cases handled to date this year by the staff at the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides emergency...

Posted: 28 days ago

Right now, there’s a restaurant worker in Atlanta breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because he just received a check from the Giving Kitchen to help pay for a few unexpected bills. Actually, his is just one of 413 cases handled to date this year by the staff at the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides emergency...
Chick-fil-A opens doors on Sunday to feed stranded passengers at airport
  Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. 
            
               Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken
                  chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days
               
            . But yesterday...

Posted: 29 days ago

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has long upheld the practice of closing on Sundays. Even when it added a presence at new sports venues SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium this year, the fast-food chicken chain kept its concessions closed on Sunday game days . But yesterday...
St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention
 St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue
            scene. There are indie newcomers like 
            
               B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside...

8:15 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue scene. There are indie newcomers like B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside...
Forget the milk and cookies – Santa wants chicken wings
 A few years ago, when I stood on the rooftop of Anheuser-Busch’s flagship brewery in St. Louis for a magazine photo shoot with its then mayor Francis Slay — both of us holding a beer — I was struck by the singularity of the moment. But, dear reader, that pales in comparison to a recent dining adventure. I got to eat with...

6:00 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

A few years ago, when I stood on the rooftop of Anheuser-Busch’s flagship brewery in St. Louis for a magazine photo shoot with its then mayor Francis Slay — both of us holding a beer — I was struck by the singularity of the moment. But, dear reader, that pales in comparison to a recent dining adventure. I got to eat with...
Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts
 Jim Meehan knows a thing or two about drinks. A beverage professional for nearly 20 years, he’s an acclaimed bartender, journalist and the author of “The PDT Cocktail Book” and 2017 guide “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” (Ten Speed Press, $40). Meehan visits Atlanta Dec. 18 for a dinner at Linton Hopkins&rsquo...

5:07 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Jim Meehan knows a thing or two about drinks. A beverage professional for nearly 20 years, he’s an acclaimed bartender, journalist and the author of “The PDT Cocktail Book” and 2017 guide “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” (Ten Speed Press, $40). Meehan visits Atlanta Dec. 18 for a dinner at Linton Hopkins&rsquo...
2017 food writing worth a read
 Are you too busy to read? I often feel that my job — and the busyness of life in general — gets in between me and the primary reason I got so deeply into the kitchen in the first place: books. There is so much food writing to consume these days. And it feels like Christmas every day as new titles are shoved into my mail cubby...

1:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Are you too busy to read? I often feel that my job — and the busyness of life in general — gets in between me and the primary reason I got so deeply into the kitchen in the first place: books. There is so much food writing to consume these days. And it feels like Christmas every day as new titles are shoved into my mail cubby...