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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. She also writes for the AJC Atlanta Restaurants blog

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AJC Fall Dining Guide 2018: Dining along Buford Highway
 The goat curry at Nam Phuong. The Cheese ’N Cheese at Food Terminal. Sinaloa-style grilled chicken at El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos Asados. Sambal okra at Mamak. Ceviche from one of the colorful food courts at Plaza Fiesta. Viet-Cajun crustaceans from Crawfish Shack Seafood. The spicy-hot, wowza Yo-yo Duck Pot at Sichuan...

Posted: 12 hours ago

The goat curry at Nam Phuong. The Cheese ’N Cheese at Food Terminal. Sinaloa-style grilled chicken at El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos Asados. Sambal okra at Mamak. Ceviche from one of the colorful food courts at Plaza Fiesta. Viet-Cajun crustaceans from Crawfish Shack Seafood. The spicy-hot, wowza Yo-yo Duck Pot at Sichuan...
AJC Fall Dining Guide: Dining along Buford Highway
 The goat curry at Nam Phuong       .            The Cheese ’N Cheese at       Food Terminal      . Sinaloa-style grilled chicken at El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos      Asados. Sambal okra at Mamak. Ceviche from one of the colorful food      courts at Plaza Fiesta.       Viet-Cajun crustaceans from Crawfish Shack Seafood. ...

Posted: 12 hours ago

The goat curry at Nam Phuong . The Cheese ’N Cheese at  Food Terminal . Sinaloa-style grilled chicken at El Autentico Sinaloense Pollos Asados. Sambal okra at Mamak. Ceviche from one of the colorful food courts at Plaza Fiesta.  Viet-Cajun crustaceans from Crawfish Shack Seafood. ...
Latest AJC podcast explores Buford Highway dining scene
 Listen: Buford Highway: Atlanta’s most diverse culinary corridor  This week’s accessAtlanta podcast takes listeners on a road trip through Atlanta’s hub for international dining  Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play. The list of must-try ethnic dishes on Buford Highway is as long as the 30-plus miles of...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Listen: Buford Highway: Atlanta’s most diverse culinary corridor  This week’s accessAtlanta podcast takes listeners on a road trip through Atlanta’s hub for international dining  Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play. The list of must-try ethnic dishes on Buford Highway is as long as the 30-plus miles of...
Kitchen Curious: Reinvent retro with this sweet cheese ball
 A cheese ball is not something that my siblings or I ventured downstairs for when our parents threw a dinner party. The fake fish sticks with tartar sauce beckoned us, but never the cheese balls. When “Cheese Balls: 40 Celebratory and Cheese-Licious Recipes” by Dena Rayess (Chronicle Books, $16.95) landed on my desk recently,...

Posted: 3 days ago

A cheese ball is not something that my siblings or I ventured downstairs for when our parents threw a dinner party. The fake fish sticks with tartar sauce beckoned us, but never the cheese balls. When “Cheese Balls: 40 Celebratory and Cheese-Licious Recipes” by Dena Rayess (Chronicle Books, $16.95) landed on my desk recently,...
Billy Streck and chef Craig Richards to open a restaurant in Midtown
 Last month, Craig Richards left his position as the executive chef at St. Cecilia and vice president of culinary operations for Ford Fry Restaurants to join forces with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck. The move not only saw Richards take over the kitchen at Streck’s Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park but was the start of a culinary...

Posted: 7 days ago

Last month, Craig Richards left his position as the executive chef at St. Cecilia and vice president of culinary operations for Ford Fry Restaurants to join forces with Atlanta restaurateur Billy Streck. The move not only saw Richards take over the kitchen at Streck’s Hampton + Hudson in Inman Park but was the start of a culinary...
Review: Eat like a Mexican emperor on a dime at La Imperial in Norcross
 La Imperial Tortilleria y Rostiseria (you will also find it online as Tortilleria Avorrate Imperial) is a one-stop shop in Norcross for all things Mexican. It is a tortilla and tamale factory, bakery, hot food buffet, maker of agua fresca and mini grocery. There’s a butchery in back, and a slapdash office area in front to help you do...

Posted: 8 days ago

La Imperial Tortilleria y Rostiseria (you will also find it online as Tortilleria Avorrate Imperial) is a one-stop shop in Norcross for all things Mexican. It is a tortilla and tamale factory, bakery, hot food buffet, maker of agua fresca and mini grocery. There’s a butchery in back, and a slapdash office area in front to help you do...
Kitchen Curious: Eggplant fries equal guilt-free, meaty snacking
 Eating vegetables is an insufferable affair for some folks. They do it because it’s good for the body, not because it brings much pleasure. Yet, getting a fill of veggies doesn’t have to mean a boring bowl of rabbit vittles. Mangini’s recipe for baked eggplant fries is a fine example of her reverence for vegetables, and...

Posted: 17 days ago

Eating vegetables is an insufferable affair for some folks. They do it because it’s good for the body, not because it brings much pleasure. Yet, getting a fill of veggies doesn’t have to mean a boring bowl of rabbit vittles. Mangini’s recipe for baked eggplant fries is a fine example of her reverence for vegetables, and...
Customers, workers savor last bite at S&S Cafeteria in S.W. Atlanta
 Tramella Archie pulled out her phone to show the text message she sent to friends last week when she learned that S&S Cafeteria was closing its location in southwest Atlanta. “Nooooo!” responded one friend in the group text. On Saturday, Archie and four other friends met up to socialize, as they do every Saturday. This time, it...

Posted: 17 days ago

Tramella Archie pulled out her phone to show the text message she sent to friends last week when she learned that S&S Cafeteria was closing its location in southwest Atlanta. “Nooooo!” responded one friend in the group text. On Saturday, Archie and four other friends met up to socialize, as they do every Saturday. This time, it...
The last S&S Cafeteria in metro Atlanta is closing
 S&S Cafeteria, the family-owned dining institution known for its southern cooking, is closing its last metro Atlanta location.  The S&S Cafeteria located at 2002 Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta will shutter for good on Sept. 30. A sign posted on the door announces the closure, which WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News reporter Sophia...

Posted: 22 days ago

S&S Cafeteria, the family-owned dining institution known for its southern cooking, is closing its last metro Atlanta location.  The S&S Cafeteria located at 2002 Campbellton Road in southwest Atlanta will shutter for good on Sept. 30. A sign posted on the door announces the closure, which WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News reporter Sophia...
Florence prompts cancellation of benefit bike ride, two Atlanta restaurateurs ride on
 The ride must go on. That’s the mentality of two individuals from the Atlanta dining scene as they hit the road this week to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.  Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura, owners of Il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs, had planned to participate this...

Posted: 24 days ago

The ride must go on. That’s the mentality of two individuals from the Atlanta dining scene as they hit the road this week to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.  Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura, owners of Il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs, had planned to participate this...