We’re Grant and Marie. Welcome to our food blog, where we write about restaurants and dining experiences. We are based in Atlanta, and that’s where the bulk of these stories take place, although we try and get out to other cities and towns in the southeast for restaurant visits as much as possible.
Grant has lived in Georgia all his life – twelve years in Athens and the rest in the northern Atlanta ‘burbs – and Marie has called many more places home: Minnesota, Kentucky, Vermont, St. Maartens, Canada, and Saint Simons Island, among others. We met in Athens in 1995, finally started dating eleven years later, and got married in ’09. Regular fellow diners include my teenage daughter and our toddler, who had his first drop of Brunswick stew in May of ’11. There’s also an older teenage boy who sometimes lives here and sometimes doesn’t, and a large recurring cast of friends and family in cities all around the southeast, from Memphis to Jacksonville, and we’d love to meet new friends in cities where we don’t know anybody yet.
Grant writes the majority of this blog, and will stop talking about himself in the third person now. Ahem. Marie and I love traveling and finding new places to eat, and enjoy talking with the owners of small, out-of-the-way restaurants when time affords it. We dumped national chains from our diet around the time we got married, except for Del Taco. I love Del Taco. Don’t you judge me. In case you missed the title of this blog, I was totally thrilled with and inspired by Calvin Trillin’s writing when I discovered it in early 2010. I’m trying not to rip him off too much. If you love food, then you need to read Trillin.
Despite most of the general chapter headings being based around a restaurant each post, this really is not a restaurant review blog, it’s the story of our very happy life, and, hopefully, how good eating will intersect with a good worldview. To this end, “restaurant reviews” in this blog will frequently be interrupted by discussions about any- and everything else that inspires us, and stories about what else we might be doing on a road trip, such as visiting bookstores, parks, old bridges, or children’s museums. We do not allow negativity in the comments; polite disagreements are welcome, even about politics, but the only person allowed to be a jerk in these pages is the author.
We love getting recommendations for places to try, and challenges from pitmasters that the place we have not visited is better than any we’ve tried. If you would like to drop us a line, for comment, recommendation, invitation or media event, then please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to hearing from you! You may also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. We will try to be entertaining.
A note to all readers: We pay for the overwhelming majority of our meals and are perfectly happy to do so. Under no circumstances do we ever contact a restaurant in advance of a visit. When we do speak with a business owner or manager, it is either at their invitation, or after a meal we have purchased in order to learn more about their story or their techniques. On any occasion that we have accepted an invitation to a restaurant and a complimentary meal, that will be disclosed within the text of the story as well as in a disclaimer on that same page.
A note on copyright: Please note that all photos, text and other materials used on Marie, Let’s Eat! are the copyright of Grant Goggans, unless otherwise indicated. If you would like to use any photos or content from marieletseat.com on your website, blog or other medium, please just contact me for permission. I’m usually pretty cool with granting that. Friendly advice: Please do not make the mistake of thinking that my decision to allow free publication via WordPress entitles you to use content without my approval. This will prove to be an expensive error. I have been writing professionally for more than twenty years, and my attorney knows these rules better than yours does.
A note to media outlets: Ours is not a news blog, but an experiences blog. We are happy to receive updates and press releases about businesses that we have featured at email@example.com, and will gladly consider sharing them with our Facebook readers.
If we have not featured the business previously, we cannot share news about it. We cannot endorse a restaurant without first eating there. Please consider arranging a time for us to visit prior to sending us your material. We will not guarantee you a positive review in exchange for a complimentary meal; our opinion will be honest and fair. We greatly appreciate invitations, but our very busy schedules mean that we are infrequently able to attend media events. If we cannot make it to your shindig, we would be happy to put you in touch with many excellent bloggers of our acquaintance whom we trust will do an even better job than we would.
If you are curious about the reach of our stories, prior to its dissolution at the hands of the accursed Zomato, the wonderful Urbanspoon ranked us the # 1 restaurant-oriented blog in Atlanta and five other markets, top five in twenty others, and # 6 worldwide among almost 10,000 tracked blogs. Those were the days. We post an average of four times a week, every week, for more than five years, and have more than 1230 chapters spotlighting more than 1360 restaurants.
A note to subscribers: WordPress sadly does not play well with RSS feeds. We are in the habit of revising old chapters to update information, note closings, and remove dead links. Doing so “republishes” the post as though it was brand new. There is a workaround that sometimes functions (making the post “private,” then making the change, then removing the “private” stamp) and sometimes does not. Our very valuable readers have, with perfectly good reason, complained about this infernal problem of old posts showing up in their feed. We apologize for the error and wish we could stop it 100% of the time, but this inconvenience to subscribers is beyond our absolute control. We would rather have accurate chapters than not. Thank you for understanding, and, if you are aware of a foolproof fix, please e-mail us.