Besides being one of our most popular stories, a great takeaway this week was "when Thomas Keller makes you a cocktail, you drink it." You wouldn't have to ask any of us twice.

Also this week, epic food travels through the Mississippi Delta, sweet-salty-spicy Mexican fried chicken you'll eat all summer long, Michael Voltagio airs his grievances (only 177 days until Festivus), John Stage of Dino BBQ (now in Brooklyn!) shares his top-secret barbecue pulled pork recipe and we nominate our favorite ex-vegans for an online hall of shame. Ever been to Senegal? We know where to eat in Dakar. And as far as beer-drinking goes this week, we've definitely got you covered.