Great story - thanks for the valued info.
How did this photo of this guy about to cut the tip of his finger off make the cover of CL?
Thank you for bringing this section back Stephanie! Zach really elevates Costa Rican dishes the way Hector does at Pura Vida.
On a side note...where are the recipes? And more pics please.
Put it in a taco and spare me the frou-frou plating.
"A chef always wants to have the right tool for the job,"
This from the guy who had the old horribly uneven grill and bragged about not having a freezer in his eponymous restaurant?
Also way to overcrowd the pan.
That's a fair question about the oyster sauce. I wondered about it myself. For Guy, having a bottle of oyster sauce lying around was as obvious as having a bottle of soy sauce lying around.
I justified it like this:
1. Once you buy a bottle of oyster sauce, you'll have it around for a long time. A little goes a long way.
2. It's so cheap that we could have bought a decent sized bottle and still made the $20 cutoff. He had it already at home, so we didn't pick it up.
I have oyster sauce laying around. It's cheap and lasts forever without refrigeration.
Goes great with Japanese eggplant!
Is oyster sauce really an "I have it laying around anyway" cheat?
I love egg custard!!! I'm going to try to make it soon. Thanks for the recipe!!
@Nom Nom Nom. Bingo! You're so right. Mid-City Cuisine was another Atlanta gem. Doty has done a tremendous amount of work over the years, and he's contributed greatly to the expansion and evolution of our dining scene. I don't fault him for choosing a route that has turned out to offer him more money and more time off. Don't we all want that?!
"Doty has done a lot more for Atlanta than just Yeah Burger"
And yet Yeah! Burger, the subject of my comment, remains very mediocre.
"and puts out a crazy-reliable product at Yeah! Burger, too."
Well I've only eaten there a handful of times, but I have no reason to disbelieve that the product is reliably mediocre.
Guys, this is a lifestyle piece on a great guy who cooks because he loves to cook. Trashing him for being a burger joint guy seems, well, petty. He's done a ton for the city and the city's dining scene, and puts out a crazy-reliable product at Yeah! Burger, too. Let him earn some coin to take care of his family - by being a high-end burger mogul and home cook. And, enjoy the recipes...
I am disappointed, because, in this piece, I thought Doty was going to show us how to cook a chain burger at home...
He may have done a lot in the past to elevate the culinary scene in Atlanta, but now he is working hard to bring it back down!
@Chuckie - Doty has done a lot more for Atlanta than just Yeah Burger. The Ritz was timeless. Mumbo was a non stop party. Shauns' elevated neighborhood dining. This does not even cover the restaurants he has consulted for or the number of restaurants his "right-hand men" have opened - including Holy Taco, One Eared Stag and The Shed.
I would love to eat each one of those dishes he prepared.
Was hoping for an explanation in this piece on why Yeah! Burger is so incredibly mediocre. No dice.
Hate to piss on everyone's fruit loops but...
I love holy taco and I'm sure this place is worth checking out yet I'm afraid it probably won't last very long.
Why? Two reasons.
#1: For all it's admirable ambition and ever present hype Atl is just not yet the type of city which will appreciate this sort of food in large enough numbers to make it economically feasible. Sure, it's better than 10 yrs ago but we're not exactly in NY, London or Paris...yall.
B: The completely illogical (yet much more powerful and damning) reason however is that no restaurant ever lasts on that corner. It is officially cursed...has been since Deacon B closed.
Who knows why these things happen? It's a craazy world H.I.
H-Mart had live lobster for $6/lb over the weekend if anyone wants to get fancy for $20.
I'm no foodie, but I love these Cheap Chef Shopping/Dinner Spree features you do. They inspire me to do stuff like go to the kitchen and see if my oven still works.
Damn that sounds good. Kudos to Linton for pulling it together and to Wyatt for making it sound so tasty!
@totm: Funny you should ask, we've been working to expand the $20 Dinner series to include photos of the process and completed dishes and this happens to be first one we've finished. Check out the slideshow above.
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