The picture for Wyatt's is wrong--you have Red's pictured.
Nice article...But no mention of Tortillas first location, just down Ponce a bit, where that falafel place was for so long...and, ahem, what was up with that? (a followup story? somebody either lost or laundered a bucket o money)...Tortillas was the one and the only...Charlie started sensing the threat posed by the chains like Moe's et cetera. but mostly he couldn't get good workers...I don't think you can exaggerate the influence Tortillas had on the Atlanta scene...Don't forget the Mudd Shack...one of the pioneering poetry slam events in the last half of the 20th century..no story about this whole thing is complete without input from bill taft, john thomas, eric kaiser, charlie himself, r. blazak....All I know is that saturday's quesadilla with guac and jalapenos made all the bad things from Friday night fade to nothingness....Whatever the sin, Tortillas made you whole again...
I go to BHFM also to get a ingredients for various int'l recipes and for eastern European products. But I would not buy any meat there - no way. The YDFM clearly labels its meats/poultry, it looks clean, no doubt of what you are getting. Also YDFM baked goods are superior to BHFM.
Come on over to the White Tiger in Athens!
Tortillas was the creme de la creme! You did not go to Grady High School and have not ate at Tortillas! An Orangina and a Quesadilla with spinach, rice and shrimp and I am in heaven! I have not eaten at anywhere like it since they closed. Probably never will...Chipotle and these other knock off's need to just stop!
Tortillas used to have BOGO coupons in the back of the Tech phonebooks. We'd find the stacks of leftover books, rip out the Tortillas page, and have enough to last the quarter. Go over there once every couple weeks, sit down with a couple and a bottle of green sauce, and live like kings for a day.
In the early days they had the "Super Burrito" which was really something to behold. Stopped selling it when they could no longer get the monster tortillas. Haven't seen anything like it since.
How the hell does Moe's put Tortillas out of business? It doesn't make sense.
i was wondering how i could help change these archaic laws and i just got the perfect Tweet: just go to gabeerjobs.com and sign their petition!
The best, and fortunately authentic, Cuban sandwiches in Atlanta are 1) At the Cuban diner, for Cubans by Cubans 2) Used to be an amazing authentic one at Lime Taqueria (now Village Taqueria). The owners are very successful Cuban businessmen and they used to have a couple of Cuban items on the menu.
I've been going to Old Brick Pit for several years Milo and I've never had an experience like the one you describe. I don't doubt that it happened to you, but just know that it is certainly not the norm. Everyone has an off day. This place is very good though not great. It at least belongs on this list.
On the outskirts of Ft. Lauderdale there is a place called the "Georgia Pig" - they've been there 61 years. When I lived there and when I visited (just got back) I always stop to get a couple of "outside chopped pork" sandwiches. I often wonder if their style is their own or if it represents an era of Georgia barbecue. They smoke 2 1/2 lbs pieces of pork - giving them lots of "outsides" to chop into the sandwich and yet it stays moist. They baste with a thin mustardy sauce. It is the best pork sandwich I've ever had - and I love Parker's in NC, Scotty's in Cartersville, etc. Heirloom in Atlanta always gets noted for its Korean influenced dishes. Their brisket (ask for it fatty) is as good as the best I've had in Texas.
I also prefer BHFM for day-to-day things because it's easier to get in and out, cheaper, and closer to my house than YDFM.
YDFM does beat BHFM in a few areas.
2. Grain selection
3. High-end seafood--yellow fin tuna steaks, wild salmon, oysters, etc.
Produce I would say is pretty even and BHFM has closed the gap in meats and cheeses over the past couple years.
BHFM wins in about every other area.
It's still CHAOTIC! I am going to give it it's due only because the meals I've made with the stuff I bought there (meat, fruit, vegetables, seasoning) tasted excellent, and because despite my original dislike of the in-house packed/weighed/priced plastic containers of seasoning instead of regular branded small bottles like everywhere else... the seasoning has kind of grown on me cause they are actually much easier to see at a glance stacked vertically in that high cupboard above the stove, and that was a welcome change from having to memorize which bottle is where and just reach blindly for it. I also like that I can basically get there from one highway at my new location, just sit on the 20 and make a little north turn at the 285... But the CHAOS and the tiny check out spaces for such a large crowd, and having to turn back at the entrance to go get the carts... too hippy and disorganized and bootleg-ish for me. And I could not find browning. I also had to ask for help to find regular flour. And half the other stuff in my cart. Let me not even get started on having no space to even turn around in the aisles among the veggies and ground produce! You are tripping over someone and their kid and squeeeezing by whether going forward, backward, or sideways! I don't want to be rubbing up on strangers like this is the club just to pick up my tomato or my lettuce! Very unpleasant experience and it also made that portion of shopping take 3 times as long as it should have.
Buford Highway farmer's market still winning for me bar none because it has an entire aisle of strictly Jamaican food, plus all the other aisles and areas organized by nationality so you're not walking the whole darn store trying to make sense of it. The meat and seafood is THE freshest I mean like they just killed or caught those things out back and put them on display! ...and the variety is unbeatable... service in the meat area of Buford is much slower (you take a number/buzzer and it goes off when your meat is ready), but you can go finish up your nearby shopping while they get to your meat order, and you can get it whole or cut or even fillet (or not) as you wish, whereas Dekalb has stuff already in pieces or portioned and service is faster but meat is not as fresh and not stored for display as well as Buford. Buford's meat and seafood section is just unbeatable never seen anything like it. Buford I have to take the 20 to the 285 for quite a distance and deal with 285s traffic, but they both actually work out about the same distance in driving time from my location, and when I want food specific to my home country I like to get in and out without needing to constantly bother some employee who barely speaks and barely understands English. There is no way the owners of Dekalb can't find a way to keep costs down and still organize that place way better. Talk to the Shinns that own Buford Highway Farmer's Market and find out how they are doing it! Half the time in Dekalb (and I ended up there a LONG time, hours plural and this was WITH a shopping list!) was wasted additional time just trying to make sense of things and get the help I needed.
Socilaight "there is no evidence to believe local foods are either healthier or any better for the environment"
Many people already know this, but 'for the record':
Paying to have fruits or veggies transported hundreds or thousands of miles from the grower to the consumer is NOT good for the environment (maybe good for wall street & monsanto, but not our precious Earth's ecosystem).
Also, purchasing local sustainably produced foods put dollars into local farmers pockets, as opposed to putting $ in the pockets of corporate shareholders. Caring about one's community and voting with our dollars for sanity, IS much healthier from a mental health & community perspective.
This was a great trip down memory lane, of times when my husband and I frequently dined out. He was a chef for the Peasant's restaurants, opening the location on Roswell Square...Thank you for posting...
Always liked Frijoleros better...best hangover burrito there ever was.
Evans bbq in villa rica is soooooo good
If only Dante's Down the Hatch didn't have to close.
I'm tempted to say Brunswick stew is the closest dish Georgia has to a regional style of 'cue, but that's more of coastal dish. Then again, Brunswick Georgia and Virginia both argue over where it originated. The story I've heard (warning: this could be biased as I'm originally from South Georgia) is that the Virginia stew is older, but it was originally a hunter's dish made with squirrel meat and the contemporary recipe is from Georgia. It makes sense that Atlanta has an eclectic mix of bbq because it's a crossroads city full of transplants from everywhere else. Atlanta, as a city, reminds me of a teenager that's growing and coming into its identity. Maybe in a few decades, when the has matured, a more distinctive local style will have emerged. My only guess is that the Atlanta style will be pork based.
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