About

We’re Grant and Marie. Welcome to our food blog, where we write about restaurants, cooking, and travel. We’re based in Chattanooga as of the summer of 2016, though this blog had a pretty strong Georgia focus for the previous six years.

Before the move, Grant, who writes the majority of this blog, lived in Georgia all his life – twelve years in Athens and the rest in the suburbs north of Atlanta – 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, and finally started dating in 2006. Regular fellow diners include my teenage daughter and our preschool-aged son, who had his first drop of Brunswick stew in May of ’11. There’s also a large recurring cast of friends and family and other bloggers in cities all around the southeast, and we’d love to meet new friends in cities where we don’t know anybody yet.

We 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 the author in early 2010, and started the blog within a few weeks. 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 anything else that inspires us, along with 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, or invitation, then please e-mail us at gmslegion@gmail.com . We look forward to hearing from you! You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter. 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. Just ask! I don’t bite!

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 and public relations: Ours is not a news blog, but an experiences blog. We are happy to receive updates and press releases about businesses that we have previously featured at gmslegion@gmail.com, and will gladly consider sharing only those with our Facebook readers. If we haven’t visited the business, we’re not going to share news about its drink specials.

Our very busy schedules mean that we are rarely able to attend media events, and are much more interested in spotlighting a restaurant that is sixty years old than one that is sixty days old anyway. It is extraordinarily unlikely that we would be able to attend events outside of the Nashville-Chattanooga-Knoxville corridor.

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 six years, and have more than 1400 chapters spotlighting more than 1530 restaurants.


50 thoughts on “About

  1. Nice, very nice, site! Happy to finally see you in your new home. Congratulations!…good to see you both again at Double Zero

      1. red fox grill at 6th and sycamore streets in cinci! bout a pound of ham and beef on a dbl decker for lil more than 5 bucks!! YUMMY

  2. Try Cabin Creek BBQ in Nicholson GA. Your Friend Hillary wrote about it in the Flagpole, and she seemed to like it. The owner is a real trip! They have awesome stew, brisket, and ribs. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays for BBQ, but also have a great Sunday country buffet. Give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    1. I’ve heard of them, yes. I really would like to get back to the roads north of Athens sometime. It’s been an age since we just drove around seeing what we could find up there. Thank you for writing!

    1. Your inn looks like lots of fun. I’d love to have a childfree weekend to getaway somewhere, sometime, if we can ever swing it, and yours looks like a good place to do it. Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  3. Since the closing of Harold’s….what to you think is the closest to their style of stew in the Atlanta area. I can’t find anything close to that style in Atlanta. The best stew I have had recently is Bar H in Royston. Thanks for your help!

    1. Honestly, nobody did it like them. Maybe Speedi-Pig in Fayetteville will remind you of it, although The Turn Around in Tallapoosa is also kind of ballpark-similar. Bar-H certainly does have excellent stew. Thanks for writing!

  4. Hi ….. from France ! Thank you for your really enjoyable website ! I am planning to come next year to visit Florida and Georgia and it is a joy for me to read this website. It is giving me some good ideas of where we could eat some good plates… I am really looking forward to visite this beautiful country.

  5. What a lovely name for a site! Adorable.

    I am a vegetarian who lives in Georgia. I have a blog where I write about vegetarian dining options, share recipes from my kitchen, review vegetarian/vegan products, etc. Feel free to drop by – http://therichvegetarian.com/.

    Would love to meet up with both of you sometime…🙂

    Lakshmi

    1. Thanks for letting us know about your site, Lakshmi! Looks like you have some terrific suggestions there. We do need to “eat up” with our fellow bloggers more frequently and maybe we can get together sometime.

      1. Thanks for your kind comment!

        Sorry for this terribly late response…😦 I think I expected to be notified of your comment through email although I clearly remember NOT checking the ‘notify me of follow-up comments’ checkbox… Silly, I know!

        Yes, let’s eat together one of these days. I live in Marietta but I am willing to drive a reasonable distance (what is reasonable distance in Atlanta, I have no idea!) to meet up with both of you and eat some good food…🙂

  6. By the way, the Winn-Dixie stores in Alabama have a section of local products. I noticed recently that they had multiple types of Alabama barbecue sauces, including white sauce. So on your way through check them out.

  7. Do you allow guest bloggers? We would love to share some recipes with your readers. It would be great if you would be a guest blogger on our blog as well. Feel free to do a Google search on Kairos Kafe in Birmingham, Alabama or James K. Jones. Thank you for your time.

  8. Rusty Pig BBQ in Glennville ga. Not too far of a detour off of the Golden Isles Pkwy. Get the chopped pork with the mashed and add the 3 ribs. mmmmmmmmmmm

  9. Hello, I see you are very passionate about food. Please contact me. I would love to discuss with you some information about the Black Culinary Expo coming up in Atlanta. Your attendance would be appreciated.

  10. I absolutely love your blog! My (freshly started) food blog has the same premise, just for the east coast region. I hope that mine will someday be as widely read and loved as yours!

    1. Thanks so much, Alison, and it looks like yours is off to a great start! I was just in your neck of the woods last week.

      If you’re looking to be more widely read, then see about linking up with Urbanspoon as you grow – it is a good way to bring traffic and connect with other bloggers in your area:

      http://www.urbanspoon.com/faq#faq-question-56

      If you’re interested and have any questions, drop me a line and I’ll try to help. Happy blogging!

      1. Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate the tips and I’m excited to move forward knowing I’m on the right track.

        Let me know if you’re ever back in the area and I can recommend some good grub.

        Cheers!

  11. Hi Marie, Thank you for your like on my post! Some great information on your blog! Come and visit the West Coast and its foodie places sometime.

    1. In 2002, I received an email from somebody that was entitled “Why Pig-N-Chik is like the Iraqi Army.” Not the sort of thing you tend to forget! That was a very, very divisive restaurant when John Kessler first championed it!

  12. Hi there!

    New to your blog and just wanted to share my thanks!

    I am currently working on an article about the Atlanta Meatball Festival Happening at the end of the month.

    Would love to send it over for you to check out. Let me know your thoughts.

    Best,

    Erik K,

  13. I just discovered your blog, by way of your outstanding BBQ map w/reviews. If you ever get a hankering for BBQ brisket, might I suggest Taqueria el Vecino at 2743 La Vista Rd in Decatur (fortunately for me, just a couple of blocks from where I live). Mostly, I have always been a pork BBQ guy and have found beef brisket too dry at most places…but TEV seems to have the magic touch. You might wonder how good the BBQ could be at a Mexican restaurant, but it’s really really good (they have 2 menus, a tex-mex menu and a limited BBQ menu). I’ve never just got a plate of brisket and eaten it in the restaurant, but usually bring it home and make Arepa’s with cheddar, lime juice, avocado and, of course, the brisket. Before that is prep’ed though, I can’t resist a few bites and it is every bit as good as a solo act. Just really succulent and flavorful. FWIW, I have no connection to this restaurant other than eating there every couple of weeks.

  14. I can’t seem to locate your map, but I was wondering if you’ve been to Angel’s BBQ in Savannah. I’ll be there for three days at th beginning of November and was considering adding it to the “rotation” of my favorite places there, along with Wiley’s, AJ’s Dockside, Leopold’s, Huey’s for beignets, etc. I remember you mentioning the Smokin’ Pig outside of Savannah and I think I’ll be headed there one night.

    Thanks,

    David

  15. I too share your devotion of Del Taco. I just enjoyed my first Del Meat burrito in close to 30 years. Perhaps incorrectly, I always figured the ones that shared the Church’s restaurants as imposters. Have you ever considered writing a column speaking to why the restaurant closed back in the day and similarities/differenced between this iteration of the chain vs. the one from yesteryear?

    Just a thought.

    David

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