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Omnivore - Feedback from readers

Let's check the mail.

Michelle Botwinick writes: "Wanted to tell you about a dish I tasted at Alon's last week - potatoes mashed with sauteed spinach and carmelized onions. When I voiced concerns about my husband Jay's heart issues, they assured me it was made with vegetable stock and only the slightest bit of cream. My plans were to plate it next to a filet mignon off the grill, but I kept sneaking tastes of it cold, right out of the carton. Next time you're in Alon's, be sure to give it a try."

Michelle also asks if I've been to Lamplighter Cafe. I did in fact review it here.

Jared Ripps writes: "What are your top Malaysian restaurants in town? I lived in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and I am looking for some food from these two places, as I miss it daily! If you have any favorites in the city, let me know. Thanks in advance!"

My favorite is Penang on Buford Highway. You can also find Malaysian dishes at Top Spice on Piedmont Avenue, across from Ansley Mall, and at its sister restaurant, Spice, in Toco Hills Shopping Center. There's also Malaya on Collier Road.

This is from Sarah South: "My husband and I are chronic eat-outers. We have tried to get help, the 12-step programs, the-patches, but nothing seems to work. While you may be labeled an enabler, I just want to thank you for taking the time to search out really great places in Atlanta.

"My husband wants to thank you personally for Miss Ann’s Snack Shack. He was suspicious when I spoke about the Wall Street Journal review. Given your street cred, he was standing in line at 10 a.m. the next day, texting me pictures of the 'Greatest Burger EVER!' We read your column weekly, and while food is very subjective, we have had enough successful dining experiences from your articles to have a great degree of trust for your recommendations.

"I would like to ask for your help. My husband has asked for a difficult birthday present. He would like me to make him the cheesecake that we had at Abruzzi Ristorante about 6-7 years ago. Yes, I can cook. I just have no idea how to get a hold of Susan Petrucci, the pastry chef for the now closed restaurant. "

I'm happy I could make your life more compulsive, Sarah. Unfortunately, I don't know what has become of Susan Petrucci. If someone out there knows where she is, let us know in the comments section.





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