Author Archives: Matt Walljasper

Atlanta’s first cookie dough counter, Batter, lands at Ponce City Market

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Batter Cookie Dough Counter at Ponce City MarketPhotograph by Matt Walljasper Anyone who tells you dessert isn’t important is plain wrong. Dessert is the best part of any meal. If suddenly the apocalypse were upon us, are you going to crave a bite of a kale salad or a bowl of ice cream? Exactly. But beyond traditional ice cream counters and bakeries, ultra trendy (and Instagramable) concoctions of rolled iced cream, mile-high milkshakes, doughnut cones, and all unicorn everything have been popping up on menus across the country. Last month, native Atlantan Julie Abes launched Batter Cookie Dough Counter inside ...

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Do Hershey’s Georgia-branded Honey-Roasted Peanut Reese’s Cups improve the perfect candy?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

The limited edition Georgia Reese’s CupPhotograph by Matt Walljasper This year, The Hershey Company unveiled a series of limited edition candies—the Hershey Flavors of America—that featured the candymaker’s flagship confectioneries gene-spliced with stereotypically accurate regional flavors for a handful of U.S. states. There are Coconut Almond Kisses (Hawaii), Key Lime Pie and Orange Cream Pop Twizzlers (Florida), Strawberry Kit-Kats (California), Cherry Cheesecake Hershey bars (New York), and BBQ Payday bars (Texas). One other state was graced with a sugary shout-out. If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s us. Our special flavor? Honey-roasted Peanut Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. We assume this decision ...

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If FX’s Atlanta made you order J.R. Crickets’s Lemon Pepper Wet wings, you’re missing out on half the story

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Lemon Pepper Wet from J.R. Crickets (with blue cheese, of course)Photograph by Matt Walljasper “Lemon pepper wet?!” Those three words ushered in one of the most beloved (and most quotable) moments of Atlanta’s first season. As rapper Paper Boi and his friend Darius gazed upon a custom order of chicken wings prepared by a fan, a golden glow radiating from the J.R. Crickets box, each and every Atlantan watching knew we had to have them. There was just one major problem—if fans wanted morsels of chicken positively swimming in tangy buffalo sauce, mixed with lemony zest and bites of ground ...

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Falafel frenzy: We stacked up 4 of Atlanta’s fast-casual favorites

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Pizza, burgers, burritos—ever feel like your lunch choices are a bit stymied when you’re in a rush? So do we. Thankfully, the modern lunch market is awash with options ranging from traditional Americana to previously undervalued treasures (think ramen and poke, for starters). Even typical salads now are graced with flavors from all over the globe. One of the earlier outside-the-box lunch options to hit the scene was falafel. The Middle-Eastern street food staple is typically inexpensive and quick and easy to make—not to mention vegetarian and packed with fiber. Here in Atlanta, these little balls of fried chickpeas or ...

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Falafel frenzy: We stacked up 4 of Atlanta’s fast-casual favorites

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Pizza, burgers, burritos—ever feel like your lunch choices are a bit stymied when you’re in a rush? So do we. Thankfully, the modern lunch market is awash with options ranging from traditional Americana to previously undervalued treasures (think ramen and poke, for starters). Even typical salads now are graced with flavors from all over the globe. One of the earlier outside-the-box lunch options to hit the scene was falafel. The Middle-Eastern street food staple is typically inexpensive and quick and easy to make—not to mention vegetarian and packed with fiber. Here in Atlanta, these little balls of fried chickpeas or ...

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5 essential Texan foods for your Super Bowl tailgate party in Houston

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Right now, Atlanta Falcons superfans are finishing up grocery runs, snatching up anything marketers will slap a Dirty Bird on, and preparing for this weekend’s friendly little game against the New England Patriots. Super Bowl tickets may be harder to come by than a barbecue in a blizzard, but that won’t stop some Atlantans from making the pigskin pilgrimage to Houston (it’s a two-hour flight or an 11-hour drive) just to be in proximity to NRG Stadium during the game. This is where I come in. As one of Atlanta’s Texan expats, it’s my civic duty to make sure those ...

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5 essential Texan foods for your Super Bowl tailgate party in Houston

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Right now, Atlanta Falcons superfans are finishing up grocery runs, snatching up anything marketers will slap a Dirty Bird on, and preparing for this weekend’s friendly little game against the New England Patriots. Super Bowl tickets may be harder to come by than a barbecue in a blizzard, but that won’t stop some Atlantans from making the pigskin pilgrimage to Houston (it’s a two-hour flight or an 11-hour drive) just to be in proximity to NRG Stadium during the game. This is where I come in. As one of Atlanta’s Texan expats, it’s my civic duty to make sure those ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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Battle of the Burritos: Which fast-casual chain reigns supreme?

Source: Atlanta Magazine

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for burritos. Not those Taco Bell bean-and-cheese numbers, but rather the made-to-order, football-sized Mission-style burritos stuffed with whatever you fancy. And if the market is to be believed, I’m not alone. In Atlanta, we have no fewer than six separate fast-casual chains all offering roughly the same make-your-own burrito concept. Heck, we practically invented it with Tortillas, the now-defunct progenitor for these restaurants, which operated from 1984 to 2003. (To put that in perspective, the first Chipotle opened in 1993.) On the surface, each of these burrito joints is virtually indistinguishable. Sure, some give ...

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