Ligaya Figueras Uncovers the Best Eats in Atlanta!

In the thrilling new segment “Hot Spots” with Senior Editor Food & Dining of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), Ligaya Figueras highlights the absolute must-visit spots for food enthusiasts. This mouthwatering segment is part of The Rashad Richey Morning Show, offering you the best eats and must-visit restaurants to kick off your weekend.

Ms. Figueras dived right into the conversation, sharing information about the highly anticipated restaurant openings that made AJC’s top 15 list. She introduced J’Ouvert Caribbean Kitchen & Bar as her top pick. This new establishment is slated to open in the spring, she described the mouthwatering dishes that patrons can expect to enjoy, including jerk wings, succulent chicken, and delightful brunch options like pina colada French toast. According to Ms. Figueras, the restaurant is expected to open sometime around February or March.

In addition to her anticipation for the Peoplestown neighborhood’s upcoming food hall, Ms. Figueras emphasized the substantial impact this long-awaited addition holds for the community’s culinary landscape. “This is great because it’s coming to a neighborhood that really deserves a lot more culinary offerings.” She also disclosed that the highly anticipated Switchman Hall will soon grace the community’s culinary landscape with its expansive layout boasting 15 food stalls.

In her final highlights, Ms. Figueras expressed her excitement for two upcoming restaurants that she believes will have a significant impact on the culinary scene. The first is BOM, a Korean restaurant led by Chef Brian So. The second is Chef Terry Koval’s omakase bar, Spawn, following his recent win of the Best Chef Southeast award. She believes these establishments will push the boundaries of the culinary scene upon their opening.

Adding to the conversation, industry expert and former guest judge on the Netflix show “Drink Masters,” Tiffany Barriere, shared her recommendations for the best bars in Atlanta. She expressed her excitement for the Holiday Bar in West Marietta, proclaiming, “Big shout out to my friends in West Marietta at the Holiday Bar, which gives us nothing but great energy.” Ms. Barriere also highlighted Bon Ton, a Cajun restaurant known for its mouthwatering cuisine and inventive cocktails. She described Bon Ton as always giving great flavor with its Cajun dishes and spicy food, especially the seafood. She also praised the creative and visually incredible cocktail scene at Bon Ton. For those seeking an intimate cocktail experience, she suggested visiting Whoopsie’s.

Ms. Barriere also delved into the increasing appeal of non-alcoholic drinks. She highly recommended Zero Co as an exceptional bottle shop specializing in zero-proof cocktails. Ms. Figueras chimed in offering Soberish as another excellent option for those seeking flavorful and creative non-alcoholic beverages.

The premiere of “Hot Spots” uncovered a plethora of remarkable establishments worth exploring. To listen to the full interview, click the link above.

Dr. Rashad Richey, host of the award-winning ‘Rashad Richey Morning Show’ on News & Talk 1380 – WAOK/V-103FM (HD3) (Weekdays 7am -10am), and the ‘Dr. Rashad Richey Review’ on SiriusXM’s Urban View (Sundays at 1pm and 9pm), was voted ‘Best Talk Radio Personality in Atlanta’ by readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and named ‘Most Trusted Voice in Atlanta’ by the Atlanta Business Journal, making him the first African-American to receive these distinctions.

The intelligent and fearless television news anchor for the opinion news show, ‘Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey’ on the TYT Network, which was named ‘fastest growing TV news show in America’, and Political Commentator for The People’s Station V-103 FM, America’s largest urban station, also serves as President of Rolling Out, the largest free-print urban publication in the country. This multimedia powerhouse with over 3-million combined subscribers/followers on Facebook Watch, YouTube, Podcasts, and Twitch combined, is a noted multidisciplinary academic scholar and university professor/lecturer and an Emmy-nominated television Political Analyst for CBS News Atlanta. 

Believing in the power of knowledge and education, Dr. Richey holds several advanced degrees, making him one of the most academically credentialed individuals in American history according to America News Now. Completing doctoral research studies in federal policy reform from Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Richey also holds a PhD from the Business University of Costa Rica where his research and doctoral dissertation highlighted the nuances and intersectionality of politics, policy and religion. 

Being a student of leadership, Dr. Richey completed studies in Executive Leadership at Cornell University and was accepted into a specialty executive law program at Harvard University in International Finance: Policy, Regulation, and Transactions. Understanding the connectivity of culture and science, Dr. Richey earned his Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pacific, where his master’s thesis researched cognitive functionalities of brain entrainment. Dr. Richey also completed a Master of Science in Applied Physics and Quantum Mechanics from Universidad Empresarial, his master’s thesis was adapted into a book titled, ‘Ancient Egyptian Mastery of Quantum Physics, Vibratory Frequency, and Geometric Sciences: An Overview of Complex Scientific Applications in Ancient Cultures’, which quickly became the #1 Physics, #1 Science, #1 History, and #1 Egyptian Genre book on the Amazon platform. 

Recently, Dr. Richey completed his Juris Doctor (law degree) from Renaissance University after transferring from Birmingham School of Law, where he attended for 2 years. He accepted the position as Director of Global Legal Operations for the multinational law firm, The International Law Group of Human & Civil Rights Attorneys P.C., also known as The Fairness Firm, with offices in the USA, Canada, France, Spain, and Cape Town Africa.

As host of The Rashad Richey Morning Show, Dr. Richey has interviewed everyone from Vice-President Kamala Harris to TI, and always brings relevant information, the best on-air debates, and most insightful interviews in media. Tune in every weekday morning from 7am-10am on News and Talk 1380-WAOK, V-103FM (HD3),, or on the Audacy App.


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