Keith Lee, Atlanta

TikTok Food Critic Keith Lee Shuts Down Foolishness After Review of ATL Restaurants

Points were made.

On Oct. 31, amid the furor surrounding his candid critiques of Atlanta restaurants, Keith Lee, the popular TikTok food critic, felt compelled to address the controversy and the alleged threats he and his family received in a new video posted to his TikTok.

In the video, Lee expressed his perspective, saying he shares his opinions because people ask for them, and he finds some of the narratives surrounding his reviews “insane.”

“I can’t win for losing. I understand everybody’s going to have an opinion on the situation. You can disagree with me. You can like what I say. I completely understand. I’m okay with that. But when my safety and my family’s safety are coming into play, that’s where I draw the line,” Lee said.

The native Detroiter emphasized that he meant no harm and his intentions were not malicious. He encouraged his viewers to form their own opinions and discouraged directing hate at any specific restaurant based solely on his personal experiences.

He concluded the video by recognizing the weight of his influence and the responsibility that came with it, affirming his purpose in sharing food experiences. He said he valued honesty over everything else and would never compromise his integrity by lying.

Lee said plainly, “Nobody’s safety should be on the line. Not mine, not my family, not the restaurants that we go to. Relax. Like, relax, bro. Like I understand, I get it. I get it. But at the end of the day, what you want me to do? You want me to lie? I can’t do that. I’ll walk away from everything before I lie. I’m telling you that right now. On ten toes, everything. God bless me.”

Meanwhile, The Real Milk & Honey restaurant issued a statement following Lee’s unfortunate experience there. The statement arrived after the restaurant had reportedly posted a video claiming not to be aware of Keith Lee, which has since been deleted.

Even Cardi B chimed in on dining in Atlanta, revealing that she often uses her celebrity status to secure a table at most Atlanta restaurants. The Bronx native commended Lee’s videos as a “delightful adventure to watch.”