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Restaurant Fri Jul 27 2007

Uptown on the Up and Up

Margarita Pitcher - Fiesta Mexicana It's always a bummer when you plan a trip to a new "hot spot," only to walk up to the door and find a sign in the window telling you there's a private party going on inside and the general public won't be allowed in for another 3 hours. No matter, though, since this particular stretch of Broadway just north of Lawrence has become "quite the destination" all of a sudden, and several other dining (and drinking) options quickly presented themselves. The one we chose was Fiesta Mexicana, with it's tidy fenced-in patch of sidewalk and bizarrely tall set of tables and chairs. We weren't expecting a whole lot from the place, so we were delightfully surprised by the pitcher of margaritas, which wasn't a bad deal for $23. We got almost 2 full rounds (8 drinks) out of the fat-bellied clay pitcher and decided we'd have to come back on Tuesday, when the same pitcher purportedly goes on special for only $15.

Taco Salad - Fiesta Mexicana The taco salad I ordered was uninspiring, save for the tender shredded chicken that filled the tortilla bowl the salad came in. The chicken was so good, in fact, that I didn't have time to wonder what exactly made this dish a salad, since there were no actual vegetables to be found.

Though Uptown is currently suffering from a sort of an identity crisis, I'm happy to revel in the strange mix of people, places, and attitudes that are drawn to the area. It's different, (mostly) uncrowded, with a loyal fan base. Now if only these hot new Uptown up-starts would stop holding private parties...

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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