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Atlanta Chef Ford Fry Just Wrote a Tex-Mex Cookbook

Add author to the Atlanta restaurant empire builder’s resume

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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Chef Ford Fry can now add author to his list of accomplishments. The Atlanta restaurant empire builder announced on Instagram he’s finished writing his first cookbook entitled, “Tex Mex: Traditions, Innovations, and Comfort Foods From Both Sides of the Border.” The book comes out April 23 and is available for preorder.

In the post, Fry says the book “features all things new and old school with recipes for queso, fantastic salsas, a killer margarita, DIY tacos from both sides of the border, some cool histories and must-have cooking tips!”

The description listed on the Houston-born chef’s website expounds further, boldly calling the cookbook “the definitive book” on Tex-Mex filled with “jump-off-the-page photographs” to accompany the recipes, like dirty breakfast tacos and grilled shrimp diablo, with “playful histories.”

The theme behind Fry’s cookbook should come as no surprise to anyone in Atlanta or Houston — many of his most successful restaurants center around Tex-Mex.

Fry’s Atlanta restaurant roster includes: No. 246 in Decatur; The El Felix in Alpharetta and at the Battery; BeetleCat in Inman Park; Superica in Inman Park and Buckhead; Marcel, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, and The Optimist in Westside; and St. Cecilia and King + Duke in Buckhead. In Houston, the chef owns Superica, La Lucha, and State of Grace, and is opening a seafood restaurant there next year. Fry is also expanding to Nashville and Charlotte.

no. 246

129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (678) 399-8246 Visit Website

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 355-2252 Visit Website

King + Duke

West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 477-3500 Visit Website


299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 732-0360 Visit Website


1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 665-4555 Visit Website

The El Felix

1130 1st Street, , GA 30009 (678) 248-5239 Visit Website


605 Overton Street, , TN 37203 (615) 709-3148 Visit Website

The Battery

1100 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website

St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 554-9995 Visit Website