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Cliff Bostock

CL Correspondent

Bostock is a long time Atlanta food critic who was a "foodie" before "foodies" ever became a thing. He's been eating his way across the tables of Atlanta restaurants for more years than he will admit, finely honing his taste buds in the search of epicurean ecstasy.

Bostock is also known for his thought-provoking "Paradigms" column as well as "Headcase" — yes, the name says it all — both of which have intrigued Creative Loafing readers with his acute analyses of ever-changing contemporary contemplations.

You may learn more about Cliff Bostock by visiting his professional website, cliffbostock.com, his archived personal blog: http://cliffbostock.com, and/or soulworks.net (includes archived writing).

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Thursday July 1, 2021 02:12 pm EDT
From Buford Highway to Chattahoochee Avenue — that’s a lot of territory, indeed | more...

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Monday May 3, 2021 12:42 pm EDT
Grazing surveys some Atlanta hot dogs | more...

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Tuesday December 8, 2020 09:33 am EST
The pandemic makes critics self-critical but Hispanic street food still tastes really good | more...

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Saturday October 3, 2020 10:26 am EDT
Not all great chefs feed humans. We’ll get to that, but first I should explain that I’m not a homebody. I’ve always seen my psychology clients in my home office in Grant Park, but I’ve done most of my writing in coffee shops. I even dedicated my 400-page doctoral dissertation to the staff of the Ansley Starbucks. Now, thanks to COVID-19, I have no choice but to sit in place at home. That brings... | more...

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Wednesday September 9, 2020 09:49 am EDT
During the pandemic, treat yourself to dinner and yourself | more...

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Wednesday August 5, 2020 04:44 pm EDT
It was mid-July and I had not eaten in a restaurant in four months — not even outdoors. The idea was terrifying. I imagined people huddled on crowded patios, inhaling and exhaling the coronavirus like smoke in a hookah lounge. They would all be 23 and drunk, flaunting their dolphinlike lungs and uncreased skin, or they would be escapees from nursing homes blowing kisses through fingers coated... | more...

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Thursday June 4, 2020 11:14 am EDT
But the reward is the same | more...

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Friday May 1, 2020 12:09 am EDT
Jarrett Stieber ‘radically’ transforms the dining experience | more...

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Monday April 6, 2020 11:32 am EDT
It’s hard to write enthusiastically about restaurants when they’ve become precarious stages for a public health drama. As I am writing this, Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered New York City restaurants and bars to close and, just as I turn this in, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has mandated the same for Atlanta. The coronavirus pandemic is causing mass hysteria unlike any most Americans have seen... | more...

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Monday March 2, 2020 04:08 pm EST
The good life invades the BeltLine, Mamak offers vegan, the Harp spurts 40 intoxicants | more...

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Friday January 3, 2020 11:48 am EST
Check out Food Terminal and B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue | more...

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Wednesday December 4, 2019 06:20 pm EST
But there’s more that’s good in the ’hood | more...

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Monday November 4, 2019 02:15 pm EST
Twenty years ago during frequent visits to LA, I often visited a late-night taco stand on Santa Monica Boulevard, not far from Silver Lake. I stood at a counter outdoors and watched the nightlife while I ate perfect tacos. My usual impromptu dinner companions were two transgender hookers who called the taqueria their “safe space.” Yes, I frequently hummed Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” a... | more...

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Wednesday September 4, 2019 06:04 pm EDT
Religious barbecue, tattooed pizza, and bejeweled ice cream | more...

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Tuesday August 6, 2019 02:54 pm EDT
Healthy and happy and gluten-free | more...
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Saturday October 10, 2020 01:00 pm EDT
'The bridge from shame to pride is built of necessary anger and forgiveness' | more...

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Wednesday March 4, 2009 10:00 pm EST
Fresh out of the oven. | more...

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Thursday March 19, 2009 10:00 pm EDT
Best burger my ass. | more...

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Thursday April 30, 2009 08:46 pm EDT
A place to let your inner foodie shine! | more...

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Thursday March 12, 2009 05:39 pm EDT
Does this blog make me look fat? | more...

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Monday December 26, 2016 03:00 pm EST
Our longtime columnist names his favorite budget-friendly standbys of 2016 | more...

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Friday April 3, 2009 03:39 pm EDT
Atlanta foodies unite! | more...

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Friday August 28, 2009 02:00 pm EDT

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One morning, we are all going to wake up and find that we have turned the same color. A post-racial world will eliminate a significant portion of Americans’ conflicts. Until then, there is Buford Highway.

For at least 25 years, the road has been transitioning to an intense multicultural enclave best known for its ethnically diverse restaurants. Stop a moment to ponder the...

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Saturday August 16, 2008 12:00 pm EDT

image-1It was Wayne's idea. After eating veal recently, I had my usual attack of guilt. As I told him, I didn't eat veal for ethical reasons for more than 10 years. He said he doesn't feel right about eating meat of any type much of the time.

"Why don't we experiment and not eat meat for a week?" he said.

"Well," I said, "I have decided to stop eating pasta and bread, so that would be...

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Tuesday October 13, 2009 03:29 pm EDT
A mouthful of flavors from Chef Todd Ginsberg | more...

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Tuesday April 7, 2009 06:54 pm EDT
Both Cliff and I have given in and are Twittering. You can find us at @CliffBostock and @BeshaRodell respectively. | more...

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Saturday October 11, 2008 01:00 pm EDT
Now it can be told - the true story of my feelings about Shaun Doty's cooking. | more...

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Thursday October 15, 2009 05:16 pm EDT
Spoon has blown all other Thai restaurants in Atlanta out of the water. | more...

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Monday October 19, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
The restaurant's special of three courses for $15 is a bargain nobody in town approaches. | more...

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Wednesday October 21, 2009 12:00 pm EDT
The number of winner is revealed as La Pietra Cucina. | more...