Ligaya Figueras

Senior Editor, Food and Dining

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015. The Midwest transplant digs biscuits, collards and peanuts — roasted, please. She also writes for the AJC Atlanta Restaurants blog

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

Review: Banshee brings upscale dining to eclectic East Atlanta Village
 I sat at the bar, settling into one of the most balanced Black Manhattans I’d tasted in a long time. It confirmed the sway I felt toward this bar program when I sipped its tequila-based Stately Hag a few nights earlier. My dining partner was equally content, enjoying the port and bourbon notes of his Staccato and the garnish of ground...

Posted: 3 days ago

I sat at the bar, settling into one of the most balanced Black Manhattans I’d tasted in a long time. It confirmed the sway I felt toward this bar program when I sipped its tequila-based Stately Hag a few nights earlier. My dining partner was equally content, enjoying the port and bourbon notes of his Staccato and the garnish of ground...
Getting a taste of retired life
 A bunch of my friends have begun getting AARP registration cards in the mail lately. Oh, no! The big 5-0! Let me tell you, I’ve gotten a taste of retired life lately, and I want one of those cards. Early retirement has occupied my mind so much that I’ve mulled over whether it’s worth it to get dinged by the IRS if I call...

Posted: 4 days ago

A bunch of my friends have begun getting AARP registration cards in the mail lately. Oh, no! The big 5-0! Let me tell you, I’ve gotten a taste of retired life lately, and I want one of those cards. Early retirement has occupied my mind so much that I’ve mulled over whether it’s worth it to get dinged by the IRS if I call...
Chef Chris Edwards moves from Team Linton Hopkins to Team Ford Fry
 After working nearly five years for Linton Hopkins’ Resurgens Hospitality Group, Chris Edwards has left his job as executive chef of its flagship Restaurant Eugene to lead the kitchen at King and Duke.  “I like the culture they are building,” Edwards said of his new employer, Ford Fry, whose Atlanta restaurants...

Posted: 9 days ago

After working nearly five years for Linton Hopkins’ Resurgens Hospitality Group, Chris Edwards has left his job as executive chef of its flagship Restaurant Eugene to lead the kitchen at King and Duke.  “I like the culture they are building,” Edwards said of his new employer, Ford Fry, whose Atlanta restaurants...
Hooked on seafood? Catch these classes and events
 Consumers who want to make seafood choices that are good for their health and the planet often find themselves in fishy moments. Is farm-raised fish and seafood better than wild? What is overfished? New developments in the fresh and salty water worlds can help with the conundrum. The conscionable eat-out crowd in Atlanta may already know...

Posted: 10 days ago

Consumers who want to make seafood choices that are good for their health and the planet often find themselves in fishy moments. Is farm-raised fish and seafood better than wild? What is overfished? New developments in the fresh and salty water worlds can help with the conundrum. The conscionable eat-out crowd in Atlanta may already know...
Andrew Zimmern, coming to Atlanta, has an appetite for adventure
 Atlanta keeps calling Andrew Zimmern’s name. The James Beard award-winning chef, host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” and Food Network star, was in town last weekend for the annual Super Bowl fundraiser Taste of the NFL. The food personality is coming back to Atlanta next week to chat about his most recent project...

Posted: 11 days ago

Atlanta keeps calling Andrew Zimmern’s name. The James Beard award-winning chef, host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” and Food Network star, was in town last weekend for the annual Super Bowl fundraiser Taste of the NFL. The food personality is coming back to Atlanta next week to chat about his most recent project...
Kitchen Curious: Cheesesteak and cheesecake collide into savory comfort food mash-up
 What are your comfort foods? Mac and cheese? Deviled eggs? Imagine the double comfort if you brought the two together in one dish. Author Dan Whalen does just that in his new “The Comfort Food Mash-up Cookbook” (Sterling Epicure, $19.95). Among the 80 recipes that combine beloved dishes in unexpected ways, the one that most piqued...

Posted: 12 days ago

What are your comfort foods? Mac and cheese? Deviled eggs? Imagine the double comfort if you brought the two together in one dish. Author Dan Whalen does just that in his new “The Comfort Food Mash-up Cookbook” (Sterling Epicure, $19.95). Among the 80 recipes that combine beloved dishes in unexpected ways, the one that most piqued...
Super Bowl 53: Sunday’s 5 faces in an Atlanta crowd of thousands
 On Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales, in town for the Super Bowl, made a visit to the Shops at Buckhead, and very few people paid attention to the fellow holding the reins. That didn’t bother Dave Thomas. Dressed in a green, double-breasted suit and cap, Thomas sat atop the iconic wooden wagon in the surprisingly warm afternoon sun and...

Posted: 13 days ago

On Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales, in town for the Super Bowl, made a visit to the Shops at Buckhead, and very few people paid attention to the fellow holding the reins. That didn’t bother Dave Thomas. Dressed in a green, double-breasted suit and cap, Thomas sat atop the iconic wooden wagon in the surprisingly warm afternoon sun and...
Super Bowl 53: While Atlanta sleeps, the party goes on
 The city that never sleeps. New York might claim that moniker, but in these days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Atlanta is a contender for the title. The host city for Super Bowl LIII is buzzing around the clock, and the volume is only increasing as the big day draws near. NFL-sanctioned events are happening everywhere — from the...

Posted: 15 days ago

The city that never sleeps. New York might claim that moniker, but in these days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Atlanta is a contender for the title. The host city for Super Bowl LIII is buzzing around the clock, and the volume is only increasing as the big day draws near. NFL-sanctioned events are happening everywhere — from the...
Review: Casi Cielo brings heavenly flavors of Oaxaca to Sandy Springs
 “Here we have the Salmón Prehispánico,” said the bartender. The restaurant was packed on a Saturday night, and the barman was doing double duty, delivering food to tables when not stirring and shaking mezcal cocktails. The round tortilla he presented looked rather basic. It was puffed up, the blue corn charred to...

Posted: 17 days ago

“Here we have the Salmón Prehispánico,” said the bartender. The restaurant was packed on a Saturday night, and the barman was doing double duty, delivering food to tables when not stirring and shaking mezcal cocktails. The round tortilla he presented looked rather basic. It was puffed up, the blue corn charred to...
‘Our time to shine’: Atlanta restaurants ready to feed fans for Super Bowl
 Fans who tune in to watch the Super Bowl may pause during commercial breaks to consider the 1.3 billion chicken wings or 8 million pounds of guacamole that will be consumed in front of TVs around the country. But the preparations that metro Atlanta restaurants, as well as area food and beverage suppliers, have taken to feed the more than...

Posted: 22 days ago

Fans who tune in to watch the Super Bowl may pause during commercial breaks to consider the 1.3 billion chicken wings or 8 million pounds of guacamole that will be consumed in front of TVs around the country. But the preparations that metro Atlanta restaurants, as well as area food and beverage suppliers, have taken to feed the more than...
Talking with Atlanta’s MVP of chefs before Super Bowl 53
 Taste of the NFL has been running its charitable game plan since it was founded in 1992. Atlanta chef and restaurateur Kevin Rathbun has been part of that lineup for nearly all of its 27 years. Rathbun, whose local steak operations include Rathbun’s, Krog Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak and KR SteakBar, plus a stake in Kaiser’s Chophouse...

Posted: 23 days ago

Taste of the NFL has been running its charitable game plan since it was founded in 1992. Atlanta chef and restaurateur Kevin Rathbun has been part of that lineup for nearly all of its 27 years. Rathbun, whose local steak operations include Rathbun’s, Krog Bar, Kevin Rathbun Steak and KR SteakBar, plus a stake in Kaiser’s Chophouse...