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No One Injured in Avalon-Alpharetta Chick-fil-A Shooting

Plus, Red Pepper Taqueria Brookhaven opens and Atlanta food critics weigh in on pho, catfish, and table side service buttons

A Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. Flickr/Jay Reed
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Shooting at Chick-fil-A near Avalon in Alpharetta
The good news, no one was injured in the incident which took place around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the parking lot. The Chick-fil-A in question is located just outside the Avalon shopping and dining district on Old Milton Parkway. According to Alpharetta Police, whose precinct happens to be a quarter mile away, the suspects fled the scene. Police are saying the incident was isolated. They have released the surveillance video to gather tips. [Facebook]

Red Pepper Taqueria now open in Brookhaven
The restaurant’s third location is now open in the former Jefe’s Tacos & Taqueria space in Town Brookhaven. Brookhaven’s location includes a covered patio, several televisions, and Red Pepper’s usual menu of tacos and margaritas. The restaurant will host live music in the evenings Wednesday through Saturday. 705 Town Boulevard Q310, Brookhaven. [Official]

AJC restaurant critic Wyatt Willams not a fan of CO’s pho
James Beard nominated writer Wyatt Williams was less than impressed with the pho at CO on Ponce de Leon Avenue. In his recent review of the pan-Asian, fast casual restaurant, Williams described the beef in his pho as “cooked through” (the meat should be left rare, as it cooks further in the hot broth) and the cilantro and Thai basil garnishes as “dried out and sorry-looking”. In the end, he says the pho is “pretty good, I guess.” He seemed just as unimpressed, if not confused by, the menu’s other dishes during his visits to the restaurant. [AJC]

Food critic Christiane Lauterbach wants to know where all the catfish has gone
The latest rant and rave tackled in the venerable food critic’s Atlanta Magazine column Christiane Chronicles deal with a table side “magic service button” and the lack of catfish on menus. Lauterbach raves about the red button used to summon a server to the table found at many Korean restaurants as “more efficient”. However, she rants, or rather bemoans the fact, that fresh catfish is missing from menus these days. Instead, the Southern staple fish has been replaced by the “interloper” tilapia, which Lauterbach finds “unpleasant” with a “faintly chemical aftertaste.” [ATLMag]


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