City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

John Kessler, food writer and chief dining critic

John-Kessler-ReviewJohn Kessler is once again The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s dining critic, a job he held from 1997 to 2005. In the interim he worked as a food columnist, a features writer and a profile writer for the paper. He has won a passel of awards for his writing, a couple of which he actually deserved. Kessler graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in the History of Ideas as well as L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school near Washington, D.C. Before he learned how to hold down a job, he taught English in the Kansai region of Japan and cooked in restaurants in Washington and Denver. He has never skydived but did once fall into a Chinese sewer. He lives in Decatur with his wife, three daughters and far too many housepets.

He really likes sushi, eggplant, tangerines, yogurt, crusty bread, pâté and barbecuing unruly hunks of meat on his Big Green Egg.

He doesn’t much care for macaroni salad, canned corn, cheesecake, soft dinner rolls, meatloaf or decorative baking projects that involve blue icing.

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January 31st, 2009
6:05 pm

i would like to send Johnan incredible new chutney that has been on the market for only 5 months.

What is the appropiate address?

Thank you

Carolyn Johnson

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Danny Kim

February 5th, 2009
9:35 pm

Have you heard of a new restaurant at Johns Creek? It’s a pizza restaurant but with a new spin… It’s great tasting but healthy… organic sauce and crust, low fat cheese, reduce fat pepperoni and msg free sausage. It’s trying to take pizza to a new frontier…

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Andy Brown

March 2nd, 2009
4:09 pm

We enjoyed your piece on our special ‘Wild Red’ watercress variety. We have actually submitted a patent application for this unique variety.
We are B&W Quality Growers, based in Florida, and our family has been growing watercress since 1870.

If you ever need any watercress, or our famous ‘wild roquette’ baby arugula, please contact me and we’ll overnight you whatever you need.
We also invite you to visit our website at for a wealth of information about watercress nutrition and its’ cancer fighting properties.

We pride ourselves on our sustainable farming pracices that include reducing chemical use by over 50% in the past 20 years. In addition, we are GlobalGap certified, quality for the world renown ‘Marks & Spencer’ Field-to-Fork food safety program, and are Primus Food Safety audited (with Superior ratings). We have grown to become the world’s largest watercress company by always being the best at what we do.

We thank you again for the article on Mother Nature’s version of the multi-vitamin…Wonderful Watercress.

Live Longer…Eat More Watercress

Warmest Regards,

Andy Brown
B&W Quality Growers, Inc.

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Chef Jessica

April 4th, 2009
8:54 am

we would like for you to be our guest during one of our wonderful cooking classes.
Please contact me so we can chat

Chef Jessica Ray
Cooking School Director
The Viking Store
404 745 9065

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Jim Barco

May 4th, 2009
11:45 am

John, I’m not sure who at the AJC I should share this with, but since I always read your Column, I thought I’d start with a “green egg person.” Brenau University and its many friends and volunteers, invite talented cookers and fans of Earth shattering barbeque and bluegrass music to a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned contest May 28-30. Professional Cook teams will begin arriving on the 28th. The 29th finds public activities of a cooking school by Bill Morris, aka: Billy Bob Billy, “Doctor Que” of Holy Smokers Too, while all cooking crews kick their tires and light their fires. The 30th has top flight regional Bluegrass music, and to die for BBQ competition and refreshments. Upscale vendors will also be displaying their goods on Saturday for all your summer cookout needs, from quality sauces and rubs, to cookbooks and smokers costing more than your first car. Gate admission is $5 and all monies raised from corporate sponsors and associated revenue streams go to benefit the local student scholarship fund. The public gate on Saturday opens at 10 a.m. John, obviously, we would love to host you and/or another lover of all things barbecue. cell: 770-654-3600

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May 13th, 2009
2:34 pm

Are you related to John Kessler the newspaperman from Miami?

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May 24th, 2009
8:31 pm

Shoya is open, and it’s goooooooooooood.

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2 Dog

June 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm


We are a local restaurant located at the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. We have been a staple of the Gainesville community for 12 years. Our restaurant sits in the historic downtown area. Chef Tim Roberts creates all sauces, breads & sausages in house along with using organic veggies from a local farm in Lula. Chef Roberts dubs his food “Rustic European Soul Food”. We strive for a fresh different choice that isn’t too pricy or too scary for our locals.

The lunch menu boast sandwiches, salads & quesadillas which come with your choice of a side. Our sides change daily according to the fresh produce we receive. Each day is a surprise for our customers.

The dinner specials change monthly along with the evening’s lasagna & sides. We do have staples on the menu such as the House Specialty, BBQ Shrimp & Grits, the Skirt Steak & a fabulous “Build Your Own” menu where our diners may pick their base, sauce & fresh toppings.

We also strive to keep a wonderful seasonal beer & wine list! Our patio is a great place to enjoy the summer breeze with any of our selections. Starting this July we will host acoustic music on the patio for an evening of good food, good bread & good music!

We are just a hop, skip & a jump from the downtown Atlanta area & would like to have you join us for lunch or dinner! We understand that your schedule is busy but if you head our way we are sure to provide a dining experience & dishes that are sure to feed your soul!

Thank you for your time & we will look forward to seeing you soon!

2 Dog
317 Spring Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501

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Tricia Martin

July 5th, 2009
10:34 pm

As a lover of great food we would like you to enjoy the fare of Chef R. L. Holmes who trained under Chef Paul at K- Pauls for 18 years. We were initially set to be Tibbs at the corner of Pharr and Grandview with Paul and AFC but that fell through and we struck out on our own.We are now @1113 Floyd St. in Covington Ga. So if you are looking for the best gumbo, greens,ettouffee,jambalaya, or ribs we promise it will be worth the trip.

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Mary Cole

July 11th, 2009
9:58 pm

now that you have tried the tomato sandwich you must try a juicy slice of matter in a biscuit. better than cake yum

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paddy sue

August 10th, 2009
2:51 am

In Seattle, you, John Kessler, host a rip-roarin’ down-right is-it-wrong-to-feel-this-good? blues show on the local jazz station, 88.5, KPLU.
And every time I hear the here John Kessler say “This is John Kessler” I think ‘what? my ole food friend from Atlanta and the AJC is here eating clams or salmon or sushi or something not deep-fried and served with a side of grits and lard? And he hasn’t invited me to tag along? But then, I see the ice cream cone of Mt. Rainier in the distance and come to my (non) senses.
Miss you, John K., and glad you’re still newspapering about food, even if it’s a weird wired world now.

Love, from Paddy Sue in Seattle where it really was 103 degrees last week, making my garden peppers New Mexico big, tasty and ready for roasting…remember our green chile quest in Hotlanna?

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John Kessler

August 12th, 2009
12:08 pm

Yo, Paddy! Miss you.

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August 22nd, 2009
8:37 am


Crusty rolls aren’t all they’re cracked up to be – on a sandwhich that is. I brought baldinos Giant Jersey Subs down south in 1975 and used a steam-injected oven that gave our rolls a nice crusty finish – we almost went out of business. After months of trying to figure out why we couldn’t build our business, one of our regular customers confided that even though we have the best subs they have ever tasted, the rolls are always stale. They explained that they would actually have to take our subs home and ’slightly nuke’ them to soften the crust; the best part the feedback was when I was told that many of thier friends wouldn’t come back because of our “stale rolls”. The next day we started offering our rolls with or without crust and at the end of the day, 90% of the rolls we baked with crust were left. It didn’t take long before we stopped using the steam injection altogether and to this day, by far, the most favorable comment we receieve is that our subs have the best rolls.

Our Doraville store at 5697 Buford Hwy (1/4 mi outside 285) has one of the original ovens with steam injection. In 1991 when we opened in the Atlanta market, I thought it was time to once again, roll-out the crust; same deal, the overwhelming majority preferred no crust. Stop by our store for lunch and you will see that the people have spoken; and if you happen to try one of our 32 subs, don’t ping us on the roll – it was my customer’s way or the highway. (Our whole wheat rolls naturally have a slight crust.)

All the best,
Bill Baer, Founder

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August 22nd, 2009
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September 2nd, 2009
12:34 pm

I’m looking for schools who teach the craft of making artisinal foods, such as cheeses, charcuterie and pickles. Any ideas of suggestions?

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September 20th, 2009
3:25 pm

john, thanks for your “comfort” story this sunday morning. it brought on the water works. we feel your pain being empty nesters this fall. nobody told us it would be this hard.

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auntie gee

September 29th, 2009
2:34 pm

Enter your comments here Hey John!
Did you know September 29 is National Coffee Day?!! Who knew?
Wonder where the free coffee is around town?!! Don’t know if you are a coffee drinker–but I never thought I would see the day they would honor a most important beverage for the non-morning person.

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jane baer

October 14th, 2009
9:23 pm


I was a big fan of yours when you were in Denver and really miss your writing. Now I live in Denver and Park City Ut…and will make sure I have a link to your Atlanta column. Your writing is so refreshing and since I get to Atlanta occassionally I’ll make sure I have a list of your restaurant reviews before heading there next time. If you are ever in Park City (Sundance Film Festival or skiing) just ping me…would love to show you the town and enjoy some phenomenal wine as a paymnet for all of the enjoyment you gave my family when you were in Denver.

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October 16th, 2009
6:51 pm

I’d lie to recommend a restaurant for you to try and write up. It is called 61 Main, located at 61 Main Street, Jasper, GA. It is a small restaurant that specializes in “farm to table” foods. It has been there for only a year and it is well worth the trip.

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top chef fanatic:

October 20th, 2009
3:23 pm

ahhh mr. kessler i see that you have the strong massachusetts roots, I think thats why i have warmed up to your writing beyong the top chef circle! wicked pissah john and someday i hope to meet you and tear it up , Brickstore mabye? I know you wont get the fish and chips …but i sure as hell will! they rock that with a pretzel and mustard are enuff to take the edge off for this yankee. cant wait till restraunt wars tommorow nite and your colum to follow.

take care and have a blessed day:)

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October 21st, 2009
8:18 am

Hi John! We would love for you to visit Char 88 Steakhouse and Piano Bar in Historic Buford next time you are in the area!
Take care!

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November 3rd, 2009
10:18 am

You might want to check out Restaurant Eugene. Our experience was less than wonderful. A copy of the email sent to Linton Hopkins, Executive chef, as well as his response is as follows:

Dear Sir:

The excitement of our much anticipated visit to your establishment was somewhat diminished because of a few items served to us during our meal.

The consomme tasted to us like a salty, oily, impalatable brew.

The Autumn vegetable plate was also a bit salty, although the vegetables were tasty.

The bread appeared to be less than fresh, was dry, and difficult to chew, especially the fingered twists, saved only by the creamy butter, which greatly improved the taste.

Although the lamb portion got lost on the plate, it was tender, moist, and well flavored. We paired it with what appeared to be roasted potatoes from my wife’s vegetable plate, adding more substance to the entree.

On a more positive note, the crab cake and sweet potatoe creme brulee were absolutely divine.

We were also pleased with the attentive wait staff.

We hope to visit Restaurant Eugene again in the near future, and hope the review above be interpreted in a positive manner, and not be construed as anything but helpful advice.

Best regards,

John & Brenda Goedde

Thank you very much, and I appreciate the response. I would however, also like to mention that tiny 3 foot round table we were seated at was totally inappropriate, especially since window tables and booths were both available. You need to lose that one, or set a coffee pot or water pitcher there instead, since it’s so small.

I am also a bit disappointed at the lack of or offer for any compensation. Paying $28.00 for a few slices of lamb on a bed of veggies, with no sides, or any other compliment is also in my opinion totally inappropriate, not to mention the problems with the rest of the meal.

As far as a return visit, that won’t be happening. I think it’s time to give John Kessler a call for a second opinion, and maybe he can convince us giving Restaurant Eugene a second chance might be worth a try. Your response certainly didn’t do it.



——-Original Message——-

From: Linton Hopkins
Date: 11/3/2009 9:28:44 AM
To: John Goedde
Subject: Re: Dinner 10- 31 – 2009

Dear John,

Your comments were taken in the manner they were given, thoughtfully
and respectfully. We appreciate your feedback and in our effort to
continually improve we look forward to your return.


Linton Hopkins

Hope I wasn’t too out of line with my assesment, but that is my opinion, and I hope you have better luck if you decide to give Restaurant Eugene an evaluatiion. Thanks. John

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November 3rd, 2009
11:23 am

I want you to know Linton Hopkins came through for me, and offered a return invitation with compensation. I couldn’t be more thrilled and feel somewhat ashamed for allowing my attitude and emotions to get the best of me, and sincerely hope he accepts my apology. I hope you do in fact get the chance to pay Restaurant Eugene a visit. I feel very certain you won’t be dissapointed.

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Ted Alberta

November 9th, 2009
12:41 pm

Dick Connlyn(?) of the famous Gallagers Steak House on 52nd St W. once said” Your only as good as the last steak you just served!”
After 25 years in the business I can say my most enjoyable moment was teaching 30 students to make mayonaise, from scratch, whileat B.O.C.E.S tech school as a guest instructor !!! T.A.

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November 10th, 2009
1:02 pm

Wow, i don’t have a restaurant to hawk, can i still make a post lol? Just dropped in to read your BIO. Glad to see you were in Japan. I recently acquired a taste for sushi. I thought it was basically all the same until I accompanied my wife on a business trip to San Fran. At a little hole in the wall looking place across from the Hotel Niko I found out that all sushi was NOT created equal. Have you done a sushi review that I have not seen? I saw a Japaneese food review in your 30 palces in 30 days series that I am about to read, but I mean a review dedicated ONLY to sushi places in Atlanta. If you haven’t done one could you please/ After reading your Mary Mac review i KNOW you won’t be swayed by iconic status of a place lol.

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November 14th, 2009
1:04 pm

You must of never had a good meatloaf. Because I make delicious meatloaf. the secret is my sauce.

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Janet W.

November 15th, 2009
9:23 pm

John, I would like to add a comment on Mary Mac’s. When Margaret Lupo was alive and ran the restaurant, it was wonderful. She had Southern cooks with many years of cooking in her kitchen. However, she is since gone and the restaurant has gone downhill ever since. I suggest you locate The Mary Mac’s Cookbook by her(which is my favorite cookbook and I still cook out of) to get a true sense of the REAL Mary Mac’s.

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Carrie Neal Walden

November 20th, 2009
1:21 am

Hi John,
I am a fan of quite some time, and I’m also “guest blogging” for Lindsey Zuckerman on Adventurous Tastes while she’s honeymooning. If you would find it in your schedule to chat with me via email or phone, I would so appreciate it; I write for a few sites doing restaurant reviews and “lifestyle pieces” and am actively seeking more opportunities and would love whatever tips, advice….what to do or not to do…that you could provide! Thanks in advance for any time or consideration you might be able to give! (And I don’t like macaroni salad, either!!)
Carrie Neal
404 512 9293

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November 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

Dear John, that was a great piece in today’s paper (11/22/09). Read like a cavalry charge. Go get ‘em!, the clueless, the cheats and the charlatans of the culinary world. It will make delightful reading.

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student toys

November 25th, 2009
4:28 pm

I loved going through the article, you totally knocked it out of the ballpark! I have sent a link to my dad, and will surely be back for more.

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November 29th, 2009
8:38 am

John, enjoyed the article in the Sun. paper about your almost pathological fear of store-bought hamburgers. However, I read the article because you mentioned at the beginning that it was going to evaluate McDonald’s coffee, and you never mentioned that in the article. What gives? Did you ever try it, or were you so turned off by the gray mass on the bun that you left without trying it?

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Hieu Pham

December 3rd, 2009
7:02 pm

Hi John,

I do reember you coming to Crawfish Shack Seafood or CSS what many forks have name me now. It was truly a pleasure to had serve you even though I had no idea who you were coming to dine at the Shack. I am very happy that the food at CSS fill your stomace and brought a smile. This Saturday Dec. 5th PoBoys will be serve and I would love to be the one to make you that Fresh Sugarcane drink for you. Hope to see you dine in again.

Hieu Pham

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Evelyn Lewis

December 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

Hey John,
Just happen to be looking at an Atlanta newspaper, saw your column. You may not remember me, but I’m here in Denver, our daughters were close friends. Good to see your still in the business.

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December 13th, 2009
11:50 am

John: For the 2nd straight year, as I visit my aging mother in Atlanta and try to plan a nice holiday dinner outing, I’ve been thwarted by the unpredictability of Atlanta restaurant scheduling. Last year, we booked the Peasant Bistro — only to get a call a few days before the holiday saying sorry, we won’t be open. Had to punt at the last minute and found Atkins Park open for their traditional Christmas Night meal — and they squeezed us in, despite already being fully booked (kudos to AP). This year, booked Livingston at the Georgian Terrace. Just got a voicemail from them saying sorry, we’re not going to be open (they had advertised a very nice holiday meal on their Web site last month). Now scrambling to find a replacement for Livingston. I realize these are “business decisions” probably based on low bookings. But frankly, on a holiday when they know alternatives are few, it would be a bit more respectful of customers to either say you’re open and stick with it, or never announce a holiday meal to begin with.

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Carolyn Weatherby

December 18th, 2009
9:03 pm

Hello Mr. Kessler,

My name is Carolyn Weatherby and I am the lost jewel of Georgia- an original resident born and raised in Savannah Georgia. I understand that this in fact is a big deal seeing as how many residents are from all over the country and after over 10 years some refuse to claim Georgia- go figure. I was born during a time when a glass of coke was 5 cents and to send a letter was 1 cent, i think. Before I begin to ramble I am writing to introduce you and your readers to the best and i mean the best sweet tea and lemonade I have ever had- Southern Water and Southern Citrus from the Southern Sip Company.

I remember serving soldiers at Hunter Army Airfield in 1947 a cold glass of homemade iced tea when the Georgia sun beamed on them during a season i guess they weren’t use to…coming from up north and all. They thought it was the best thing since sliced bread- literally. i would brew that black tea to the perfect point when i could no longer see the bottom of the pot and then i would stir in just the right amount of sugar. then i would pour it over a mason jar of 5 cent iced and watch the magic come to life in their eyes. That glass seemed to bring life back to the soldiers, almost perked them up so high i swear i was purposed to 30 times over.

Well back to the original intent of this note. My granddaughter came home this Thanksgiving and brought two beautiful bottles of Southern Water and Southern Citrus. I was a little hesitant to add it to the beverage table but she let me taste a shot of it and when i tell you- i became the look the soldiers had after tasting my sweet tea, elated, happy, warm, excited and all over good, good, good. Southern Water and Southern Citrus have become the new beverage table heros!

I again would like to introduce these beverages to you and your readers. From a true Southern Belle to the dinner table and hearts of many, I highly recommend Southern Water and Southern Citrus with two thumbs up!

Carolyn Weatherby

Before I forget, this is the website-

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Glenda Youngblood

January 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

John, my husband and I enjoy your evaluation and spreading the word on good food. I would love for you to visit a place that is steady and always excels in everything they serve. This restaurant offers ’specials’ from down home food to uptown food. It has a 100 health rating. The owner is a hometown boy, Mr. Bruce Alterman and his restaurant is THE BRICKERY. Please give this place a try and let me know your thoughts. The chicken is outstanding as are the hamburgers. Thanks, Glenda Youngblood

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January 17th, 2010
10:30 am

First, we all cannot be perfect when it comes to describe food. What Mr. Kessler might like tears ups my stomach.

He recently wrote about an establishment in Alpharetta called the Red Hen. Personally speaking, this place is the poorest excuse for any breakfast. These cooks and servers forgot to get an education in preparing and service.

My guest and I recently went into this restaurant for breakfast. The coffee was very weak which should have told me something right off the bat. My guest ordered scrambled eggs with corned beef hash, home fries potatoes, and rye toast. I ordered eggs benedict with ham, fresh fruit and home fries.

The scrambled eggs resembled rubber bands, and the corned beef hash tasted like sand cooked in dust, very dry and coarse. The home fries tasted like they were cooked a couple of weeks ago and resembled flying saucers. My eggs benedict was anything but. It was two eggs, pan fried well done, with some hollandaise sauce right out a cheap can, and the ham tasted like refrigerated spam sliced very thin. The rye bread was marble bread and not anything closed to rye. The fresh fruit was picked too early because it was hard as a rock.

All in all, for the $24.00+ that was spent, I could have gone to a Waffle House and probably enjoyed it more. The servers here were not anything to write home about.

Save your money, time, and frustration and go elsewhere as this was the poorest excuse for food.

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Hieu Pham

January 22nd, 2010
2:25 am


I am thankful that you had come to my resturant. In your frist write up I was told to have in about 6 month to knock down a wall and added poboys. Well I went ahead and took that 6 months and made it only 2. This Coming Saturaday the 30th the new dining room at Crawfish Shack Seafood will be open. It should be able to host about 70 guest. Yes! going from about 15 to 70 is a hugh Number! I do hope your be able to come and check out the new dinning area. Alone with the new dining area I will be adding to the Menu “Beignets and Coffee” From the very Famous Cafe Du Monde. From your write up and kind words you had help and been a big part of pushing Crawfish Shack Seafood to a newer lever of dining.

Thank You,
Owner CSS
Hieu Pham

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Andrew Keenan

January 29th, 2010
9:31 am

There is a wonderful new breakfast spot near the corner of Auburn Ave on Irwin called Candi’s for Breakfast. It shares a space with Jake’s Icecream. Not only is the food excellent but it’ CHEAP! The most expensive dish on the menu is $6.50. Candi, the owner moved to the new location because the rent at her old location would have required her to charge more. It’s worth reviewing!

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February 5th, 2010
2:23 am

Dear John,

i just wanted to inform you about this new restaurant that just opened a few weeks, called Taki Japanese Steak house in dunwoody area, they are probably the first high class sushi and Hibachi restaurant in atlanta, i think you should give them a review, cause i think their food are excellent and different than what other sushi or japanese steak house around town offered, all fishes are fresh and well prepared, they also offered mahi~mahi on the grill

Thank you

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February 15th, 2010
12:50 pm

We were invited out this weekend for Sushi at Sushi Uchi in Ellard Village off of Holcombe Bridget Rd on Saturday night. We hunted everywhere on the web for a menu/yelp/etc…and found nothing. Trusting our friends, we gave it a shot.

Far and away, this was one of the top Sushi restaurants in Atlanta. Please give it a try. They have only been open for a few weeks.

The sushi was quite inventive and has no problem competing w/ MF, Tomo, Sushi Mania….
Go check it out.

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Tiffany Janes

February 18th, 2010
12:46 pm

John – love your blog and wanted to thank you for listing the Triumph Dining (gluten-free) blog in your links! Would love you to try the gluten-free pasta at Figo Pasta sometime. You will be saying I can’t believe it’s gluten-free! How can corn pasta from the U.S. taste so horrid and the same from Italy be so stellar? Look forward to reading your posts about the new places in the ATL so I can call them up and see what they can do for the gluten-free set!

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J Berger

March 4th, 2010
10:48 pm

Not a comment but a question.
Where do I find harissa in Atlanta? Thanks

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March 16th, 2010
11:47 am

Hey John:
Live in north Fulton county and trying to find somewhere that serves Peking Duck where they carve at the table and make the whole presentation. Any ideas?
Thank you.
Bill J.

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March 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

Any word on when and where Pinkberry will open? I think it’s going to be in Buckhead.

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March 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Have you ever heard of it’s the largest online site for ordering take-out food. Mostly fast casual restaurants for now, I think it could be another Open Table.

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Sharon Satterwhite

April 13th, 2010
10:36 pm


May 10th, 2010
1:26 pm

john, enjoy your blog and use it often when looking for a new restaurant. I bet lot’s of folks do the same. wondered if you have ever eaten at the Feed Store in College Park. It’s a good restaurant and I’m sure your readers would be interested in it.

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May 11th, 2010
12:27 pm

Some afternoon, you ought to try the Gyros & pizza at The Greek, located in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Opened about a month ago

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May 11th, 2010
12:58 pm

You’ll love it! Best gyros in Atlanta!

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May 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

John, any chance I could get listed on the Atlanta blog roll?


Love your work !

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Atlanta Native

May 12th, 2010
2:25 pm

I am gathering a group to have an informal Buford Hwy Banh Mie taste off in the next 2 weeks or so. Restaurants to be included are Lee’s Bakery, Saigon Deli, Quốc Hương, Little Saigon and others TBA.

Do you have a favorite you would like included. We will report results to you on this blog, or across the table, as you would be invited.

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May 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Hey man, there is a Thai rest. in Tucker called Mai Thai. It is better by far than Yum Yum Thai or Surin. One of the best I have eaten at in this town. Why don’t you give a whirl and see? Cook is a four star chef from Bangkok.

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Hungry Gringo

May 18th, 2010
11:26 pm

John, I thought I read somewhere on your blog that there is a secret “Nothing But Bacon” bar underneath some other bar, possibly Ormsby’s, but I can’t find anything about it now searching through your old posts. Is this thing real, or am I going crazy?

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Greg Boglione

June 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

My wife & I are addicted to Ippolito’s White Pizaa. We have been going to Ippoloito’s since 1990 & will be relocating to Florida soon, so we would like to see if you can get us the recipe for this fantastic pizza.
Thanks, Greg

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July 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

Hi John,

What’s your take on tweets about how much you hate your customers? I was recently directed to this: I used to stop at Rosebud a few times/month when traffic got to much to bear, but no more, especially with the misogynistic tone of so many of the posts. Why would someone shoot themselves in the foot like this?

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Steve Rubin

July 19th, 2010
1:44 pm

There’s a great Beet and Cherry Salad at 5 Seasons at the Prado

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August 2nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Hi John, sorry to bother you with this but I’m stumped. I want to get a restaurant gift certificate for a work colleague and his wife who just welcomed their second child. They used to live ITP and enjoyed the restaurant scene in-town. They recently moved OTP and live off Holcomb Road between the 400 and Peachtree Industrial. I’m ITP myself so don’t have a clue what’s up that way. It doesn’t have to be upscale, but since it’s an evening out for the two of them, I’d like it to have a bit of ambiance. Thanks very much. By the way, I’ve been following your restaurant advice since I moved to Atlanta from Texas in 1992, and I’ve converted my husband (who’s a Canadian) into a John Kessler fan as well!

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Brunch Man

August 9th, 2010
5:24 am

Which restaurants in the Atlanta area offer the best Sunday Brunch ?

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September 17th, 2010
5:05 pm

What do you think about Battle of the Burgers?

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w d

September 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

I don’t know who Bob Townsend is, but fire him as a “critic”…the Cuban Diner he recently reviewed in Marietta is horrible…I left food on the table, which is something a big guy like me rarely does…Havana Sandwich is THE place, not the one he liked

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