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. She also writes for the AJC Atlanta Restaurants blog

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

You can listen to Aretha all night long tonight at Golden Eagle
   The Queen of Soul is gone, but her voice lives on.    This evening, restaurant and cocktail lounge Golden Eagle in Reynoldstown will celebrate Aretha Franklin and her legacy with an all-Aretha playlist. Gather with fellow fans to hear songs like “Respect,” “Amazing Grace” and “[You Make...

Posted: 20 hours ago

  The Queen of Soul is gone, but her voice lives on.    This evening, restaurant and cocktail lounge Golden Eagle in Reynoldstown will celebrate Aretha Franklin and her legacy with an all-Aretha playlist. Gather with fellow fans to hear songs like “Respect,” “Amazing Grace” and “[You Make...
Kitchen Curious: The easiest ice cream ever
 I spend an inordinate amount of time flipping through cookbooks and food magazines. I salivate over glossy photos of peach pie and slices of too-moist-to-be-true double-decker chocolate cake. I lick my fingers while staring at gorgeous close-ups of glazed chicken wings, imagining the tingle of sweet heat on my tongue. All that beautifully...

Posted: 10 days ago

I spend an inordinate amount of time flipping through cookbooks and food magazines. I salivate over glossy photos of peach pie and slices of too-moist-to-be-true double-decker chocolate cake. I lick my fingers while staring at gorgeous close-ups of glazed chicken wings, imagining the tingle of sweet heat on my tongue. All that beautifully...
Review: Easy entertainment awaits at 2 new Battery Atlanta spots
 The entertainment district adjacent to the Braves stadium known as The Battery Atlanta debuted last year, but now that the bulk of restaurants, bars and shops are open, the place is in full swing. Among the spots to have opened this season are Garden & Gun Club and Punch Bowl Social. Garden & Gun Club gets you close to pregame revelry near...

Posted: 15 days ago

The entertainment district adjacent to the Braves stadium known as The Battery Atlanta debuted last year, but now that the bulk of restaurants, bars and shops are open, the place is in full swing. Among the spots to have opened this season are Garden & Gun Club and Punch Bowl Social. Garden & Gun Club gets you close to pregame revelry near...
New Smyrna cafe serves up Creole and Puerto Rican cuisine
 Louisiana meets Puerto Rico at new 2 Sistas Soul Food in Smyrna. The cafe, located at 2148 South Cobb Drive, inside the Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market, makes its debut today. The spot is a venture by Allyson Lewis and JoAnn Fuentes. Lewis brings to the table the cuisine of her native New Orleans. Fuentes, who hails from New York City, has...

Posted: 16 days ago

Louisiana meets Puerto Rico at new 2 Sistas Soul Food in Smyrna. The cafe, located at 2148 South Cobb Drive, inside the Nam Dae Mun Farmers Market, makes its debut today. The spot is a venture by Allyson Lewis and JoAnn Fuentes. Lewis brings to the table the cuisine of her native New Orleans. Fuentes, who hails from New York City, has...
AJC food writers remember Jonathan Gold
 “The idea of celebrating the glorious mosaic of the city on someone else’s dime was completely fun and completely, exactly what I wanted to do,” says LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold in “City of Gold.” The 2015 documentary brings to life Gold’s insatiable curiosity for food, his quirky personality...

Posted: 21 days ago

“The idea of celebrating the glorious mosaic of the city on someone else’s dime was completely fun and completely, exactly what I wanted to do,” says LA Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold in “City of Gold.” The 2015 documentary brings to life Gold’s insatiable curiosity for food, his quirky personality...
Chick-fil-A to open first international franchise
 Chick-fil-A is coming to Canada. The Atlanta-based fast-food chain announced today that it has selected Toronto as the home to the very first franchised international Chick-fil-A restaurant. “We’ve wanted to come to Toronto for a very long time because we believe Toronto is one of the best and most vibrant cities in North America...

Posted: 23 days ago

Chick-fil-A is coming to Canada. The Atlanta-based fast-food chain announced today that it has selected Toronto as the home to the very first franchised international Chick-fil-A restaurant. “We’ve wanted to come to Toronto for a very long time because we believe Toronto is one of the best and most vibrant cities in North America...
Kitchen Curious: Making pesto for non-purists
 The first pesto recipe I ever followed by the book was from Jeff Smith, aka the Frugal Gourmet. My copy of “The Frugal Gourmet Whole Family Cookbook” is not only stained and with many earmarked pages, but the book pretty much cracks open to Page 260, to a prescription that calls for 4 cups tightly packed basil, 1/2 cup olive oil...

Posted: 24 days ago

The first pesto recipe I ever followed by the book was from Jeff Smith, aka the Frugal Gourmet. My copy of “The Frugal Gourmet Whole Family Cookbook” is not only stained and with many earmarked pages, but the book pretty much cracks open to Page 260, to a prescription that calls for 4 cups tightly packed basil, 1/2 cup olive oil...
Chick-fil-A enters meal-kit market
 Since the advent of the microwave and the frozen dinner, companies have come up with ways to help the home cook put a meal on the table in minutes. Most recently, that’s meant the rise of meal-kit services, a sector now well-stocked with names like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef, Freshly and Plated, and local contenders such as PeachDish...

Posted: 25 days ago

Since the advent of the microwave and the frozen dinner, companies have come up with ways to help the home cook put a meal on the table in minutes. Most recently, that’s meant the rise of meal-kit services, a sector now well-stocked with names like HelloFresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef, Freshly and Plated, and local contenders such as PeachDish...
Try this best bet at this Hapeville barbecue joint
   Lunch lines are long at Pit Boss BBQ, but worth the wait when barbecue is what you crave.  Scan the worn, handwritten menu hanging above the counter and you’ll find a dizzying array of smoked meat options. But ordering doesn’t have to be complicated if you know the best bet.  <<RELATED: Take a...

Posted: 30 days ago

  Lunch lines are long at Pit Boss BBQ, but worth the wait when barbecue is what you crave.  Scan the worn, handwritten menu hanging above the counter and you’ll find a dizzying array of smoked meat options. But ordering doesn’t have to be complicated if you know the best bet.  <<RELATED: Take a...
‘I feel like I work at Google’: Atlanta chef at home at Chick-fil-A
 Last fall, Stuart Tracy quietly left his post as the executive chef at Parish in Inman Park. He didn’t jump to another high-end restaurant. He joined Chick-fil-A. You won’t find Tracy poking his head out of a drive-thru window or working the line at one of the company’s 2,300 units around the country. Instead, you&rsquo...

6:44 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Last fall, Stuart Tracy quietly left his post as the executive chef at Parish in Inman Park. He didn’t jump to another high-end restaurant. He joined Chick-fil-A. You won’t find Tracy poking his head out of a drive-thru window or working the line at one of the company’s 2,300 units around the country. Instead, you&rsquo...
Kitchen Curious: New ways with lemonade
 Here in the South, it’s easy to find a quality glass of mouth-puckering, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Perhaps we do it better than other regions around the country, but circle the globe, and you’ll find numerous refreshing glasses filled with the flavors of chilled citrus. In her new book “Lemonade With Zest” (Chronicle...

2:45 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

Here in the South, it’s easy to find a quality glass of mouth-puckering, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Perhaps we do it better than other regions around the country, but circle the globe, and you’ll find numerous refreshing glasses filled with the flavors of chilled citrus. In her new book “Lemonade With Zest” (Chronicle...