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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures


Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Madras Saravana Bhavan

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral

Best Restaurant for Late Dining BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's

Best Carryout Food BOA Award Winner

eatZi's Market and Bakery

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Surin's Thai Bowl & Sushi

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Big Easy Grille

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bridgetown Grill

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

One Midtown Kitchen

Best Greasy Spoon BOA Award Winner

majestic diner

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Einstein's

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Hooter's

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushi Atlanta
Atlantans can throw down on some sushi. We even snap up California rolls at Publix when we’re on the fly. But when it’s time to slow up and mindfully consume this gastronomic art form, we don our black and head to perpetually hip MF SUSHIBAR. Chris “Magic Fingers”more...
Atlantans can throw down on some sushi. We even snap up California rolls at Publix when we’re on the fly. But when it’s time to slow up and mindfully consume this gastronomic art form, we don our black and head to perpetually hip MF SUSHIBAR. Chris “Magic Fingers” Kinjo and his crew prepare sushi with reverence while brother Alex works the room (when he’s not overseeing their other stellar venture, Nam, that is). Try some unagi (smoked eel), a lithe slice or two of kampachi (young yellowtail) and splurge on o-toro (the pricy fatty tuna belly). Let the focused servers direct you to the freshest picks, but if the Godzilla roll is a special of the day? Wrestle that monster. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Eclipse di Luna

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Bread Garden
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powderingmore...
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powdering her face with flour, treats bread as the living presence it is. Her raisin-nut bread makes beautiful music with many cheeses. Her country Italian loaf loves to become a sandwich. Her pastries? The safest sex we’ve ever had. less...

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

West Egg Cafe
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbirdmore...
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbird in the mix as well. The cupcakes sell out quickly, so if you come across these frosted beauties, snatch one up while you can. Crowned with a mini-marshmallow, the brown-sugary Coca-Cola cupcake in particular hits the delights-of-childhood button. less...

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Bone's Restaurant
3130 Piedmont Road 404-237-2663 www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best French BOA Award Winner

Joi

Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Cafe 458

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Cafe 458

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Starbucks

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

CAFE SUNFLOWER

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam

Best French BOA Award Winner

Joel

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Jake's Ice Cream & Sorbets

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

Broadway Cafe

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Bone's Restaurant

Best New OTP Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Trattoria Monaco

Best Intown Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub
The beer list at Decatur’s BRICK STORE PUB is so extensive that you have to download a PDF file to view it online. The outstanding pub offers no less than 215 beers — 188 in bottles and 27 draught. A recently finished upstairs Belgian bar, with potent brews on tap like Delirium Tremensmore...

The beer list at Decatur’s BRICK STORE PUB is so extensive that you have to download a PDF file to view it online. The outstanding pub offers no less than 215 beers — 188 in bottles and 27 draught. A recently finished upstairs Belgian bar, with potent brews on tap like Delirium Tremens and Biere de Boucanier, is cozy and inviting. Don’t be intimidated by the vast selection. The menu’s beer descriptions are humorous and approachable, and the service is so friendly, no one will look you askance if you simply order a bottle of Sweetwater 420.
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990.

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Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorinomore...
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorino and fresh fava beans explodes with summery flavor; the restaurant’s famed Tortelli di Michelangelo (ravioli stuffed with veal, chicken and pork in a butter and sage sauce) still thrill, as does the wine list of all-Italian vino. less...

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Loca Luna

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Globe
Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grabmore...

Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grab an easygoing bite with friends and a harbinger of Atlanta’s dining future: The mod restaurant looks and feels like a scenester hang, but it has the earnest heart of a neighborhood eatery. We’ll take more enticing concepts like this, please.
75 Fifth St. 404-541-1487. www.globeatlanta.com.

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Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Greenwood's on Green Street
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenlymore...
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenly broccoli casserole, worth a pilgrimage in its own right. His pies — particularly apple, cherry and chocolate cream — make you wanna shout, “Amen!” And just like Sunday morning services, you need to show up early for dinner if you want a good seat. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Surin's Thai Bowl & Sushi

Best Traditional Southern Cocktail BOA Award Winner

Floataway Cafe
The mint julep is mistakenly thought of as genteel, but a poorly poured mint julep can be either too strong or too syrupy. Thankfully, lively but not rowdy FLOATAWAY CAFE takes the same meticulous care with its spearmint julep as the chefs do with the organic-informed cuisine. Featuring dainty microgreensmore...
The mint julep is mistakenly thought of as genteel, but a poorly poured mint julep can be either too strong or too syrupy. Thankfully, lively but not rowdy FLOATAWAY CAFE takes the same meticulous care with its spearmint julep as the chefs do with the organic-informed cuisine. Featuring dainty microgreens from chef Anne Quatrano’s own Summerland Farms, infused into pastry chef Rory Moon’s simple syrup, and combined with Basil Hayden’s spicy, woody, 8-year small-batch bourbon, this frosty julep is an aromatic indulgence to mannerly sip. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill
There are dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in our city, including those that cater to gourmet-minded American palates. This year, we have to cite COM VIETNAMESE GRILL. This small cafe’s menu is a completely unique riff on classic street food, like apple and papaya salad but here garnished withmore...
There are dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in our city, including those that cater to gourmet-minded American palates. This year, we have to cite COM VIETNAMESE GRILL. This small cafe’s menu is a completely unique riff on classic street food, like apple and papaya salad but here garnished with roasted duck, if you choose. You can top vermicelli with a selection of ground meats (including lamb) rolled into la lot leaves, which resemble grape leaves and are said to be good for hiccups and nausea. There are amazingly spiced mussels scattered with peanuts, and our favorite special, roasted rabbit. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
The DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD may be searching the globe for a new powerhouse chef to helm its kitchen, but that’s no reason to avoid a celebratory meal within its clubby cocoon. Maitre d’ Claude Guillaume and his near-clairvoyant staff haven’t gone anywhere.more...
The DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD may be searching the globe for a new powerhouse chef to helm its kitchen, but that’s no reason to avoid a celebratory meal within its clubby cocoon. Maitre d’ Claude Guillaume and his near-clairvoyant staff haven’t gone anywhere. Their professional virtuosity lets you ease into an evening of engaging conversation with tablemates. This year the staff acquired an additional ace up its sleeve: 24-year-old sommelier Chantelle Grilhot, who knows as much about tending to customers as she does about wine. (P.S. The transitional kitchen is in the more-than-capable hands of ex-Bacchanalia and Seeger’s chef Daniel Porubiansky.) less...

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Big Easy Grille


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