Christ on the Comal

“In the midst of all of this, the family was on the brink of losing all hope. To my mother, the tortilla was a sign from God that He would make things better.”

Source: Eater
Published: Apr 24, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,002 words)

The Lost City of Aguachile

“Aguachile” literally means “chile water.” Where did the shrimp in this ever-more-popular dish from Mexico’s Sinaloa state come from, and what happened to the original Sinaloan aguachile?

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 14, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,641 words)

The Late-Night Burrito Joint That Saved Me From Suburbia

One Tucsonan’s love letter to the 24-hour restaurant that expanded his world.

Source: Eater
Published: Jan 23, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,053 words)

H-E-B Forever

“Why Texas’s favorite store is the cultiest cult grocer in America.”

Source: Eater
Published: Dec 11, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,935 words)

Do You Even Bake, Bro?

Bread-making wasn’t really in need of disruption, but that’s never stopped Silicon Valley before.

Source: Eater
Published: Nov 19, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,300 words)

American Pie

On a decade-old family ritual, in which a Chinese woman and her visiting Chinese-American granddaughter make a pilgrimage to Pizza Hut to share a Hawaiian pizza.

Source: Eater
Published: Aug 27, 2018
Length: 8 minutes (2,133 words)

The Gulp War

An insider look at the “Academy Awards of Water” — held in West Virginia, a state where many lack clean tap water — where judges rank the taste of a substance whose main characteristic is tastelessness.

Source: Eater
Published: Jul 24, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,532 words)

A Kickback Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s historically Black neighborhoods Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy are now some of America’s most gentrified zip codes. Three new Black-owned bars are protecting space for Black residents and culture: Sisters, Ode to Babel, and Bed Vyne Brew.

Author: Muna Mire
Source: Eater
Published: Apr 18, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,987 words)

The Myth of Authenticity Is Killing Tex-Mex

It isn’t all sour cream and cheese. It isn’t just for white people. Don’t treat it like a joke. Tex-Mex is a distinct regional food tradition, and it deserves respect and wider appreciation, especially now that many traditional mom-and-pop forms of it are endangered.

Source: Eater
Published: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,827 words)

The Case Against Tipping

Data shows how tipping in the restaurant industry fosters sexual harrassment, labor exploitation and racial profiling, and it widens the opportunity gap. Then again, anyone who’s worked in food service can tell you that. Why is America so committed to this damaging practice?

Source: Eater
Published: Feb 22, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,555 words)