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Monday, November 8, 2010

Another publication, another food issue

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If anything is de rigueur in publishing these days, it's a "Best of Atlanta" issue or one devoted entirely to food. Of course, Creative Loafing does this better than anyone else, but the utter ubiquity of the "best" theme qualifies just about every restaurant to claim "Best of Atlanta" designation by someone.

The owner of Sheik Burritos 'n Kabobs parodied that fact during CL's "Best of Atlanta" promotion recently with signs that declared his restaurant "Best in the World."

The latest to produce a food issue with favorites (though not specifically calling them the "best") is 944 Magazine. It is a free-circulation national magazine, heavy on style reporting, that includes a section targeting the city in which you pick it up.

So, the November issue (which is entirely online) includes national stories but also some pages about Atlanta, leading with Empire State South. Also highlighted are Davio's in Phipps Plaza, the Sugar Shack in Brookhaven, Tierra, Fourth and Swift, the Westside scene, food trucks....and the already defunct Fifth Street Cafe. There's a great profile of the extraordinary pastry chef Joshua John Russell of the Food Network Challenge fame. He's at Highland Bakery.

Some of the choices for good Indian food surprised me. The essay by real estate man Gene Kansas cites the usual faves in the city but also pays homage to Hal's on Old Ivy and Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Peachtree Battle, where he says he has eaten at least once a week for 15 years. I ate there regularly in the '80s with friends, before there was any real Mexican food in the city. Yes, believe it or not, there was such a time.

Check it out. It's always interesting to see what different critics deem praiseworthy.

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