So it finally happened.
Leaving the airport today after dropping someone off, I took a wrong turn and ended up plying the southern-edge service roads until I found my way onto 285. As my mind is wont to do, it went to food and I realized I was but 10 minutes away from Jonesboro Road in Forest Park.
A few years ago this area was starting to shape up as a Buford Highway South — an exciting mix of varied Asian and Hispanic restaurants and food markets. The poor economy has taken its toll on the area, and some of the more promising operations have gone out of business.
Still, I love the Mexican ice pops at La Estrella de Michoacan and am always heartened whenever I stop for lunch at Pho Dai Loi. While the Buford Highway offshoot — Pho Dai Loi #2 — gets a predominantly Vietnamese clientele there for the beef noodle soup, this original location has grown into a grander restaurant with fantastic service and an amazingly diverse clientele. You hear as much