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Oral Pleasures



There will come a day when what’s trendy now will be thought of as timeless. Timeless plasma-screen TVs. Timeless minimalist, throbbing music. Timeless stick-thin waitresses in teeny-tiny uniforms that wouldn’t pass dress code at most high schools.

OK, perhaps some of what’s trendy now will just one day become passé. But you can bet Atlanta’s restaurant scene will have moved on, and in the blink of an eye whatever is trendy in the future will be exactly what the city’s eateries are offering up.

Atlanta is a city of history and a city obsessed with trends. While Atlanta’s restaurants strive to become ever more modern and to-the-moment, they’re also embracing their Southern roots. And beyond barbecue and soul food, we’re a city with restaurants that embody the classic dining experience, from outstanding service to perfectionism in the kitchen.

In this year’s Oral Pleasures, we look at the trendy and the timeless and celebrate both. And for once, we celebrate where they meet in the middle — check out this year’s Best Trend winner to see a perfect example of the past and present colliding in the most pleasing fashion.

As always, we are exceedingly proud to live in a city with such a varied and exuberant dining scene. So whether you’re a trendsetter or a classicist, there’s plenty here to tempt your palate.

— Besha Rodell

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Ecco
40 Seventh St. 404-347-9555 http://www.ecco-atlanta.com It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn't rely toomore...
40 Seventh St. 404-347-9555 http://www.ecco-atlanta.com It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn't rely too heavily on dumbed-down easy sellers. That's why the list at ECCO is especially impressive, with wines helpfully organized into Old World and New World styles, and cool grapes and regions featured heavily. There's an assertive Italian presence, but California, France, Germany and Spain are all nicely represented. Prices range from reasonable to special-occasion (or just rich-guy) opulence. less...

Best chef BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

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Chin Chin Brookhaven

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

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Hong Kong Harbour

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

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Loca Luna

Best signature cocktail BOA Award Winner

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Real Chow Baby

Best coffee BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery & Market

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

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Havana Sandwich Shop

Best deli BOA Award Winner

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Jason's Deli

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo

Best greasy spoon BOA Award Winner

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Majestic Diner

Best French BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Alsace

Best fried chicken BOA Award Winner

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Watershed on Peachtree

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

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Jake's Ice Cream and Muncheteria

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

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Madras Saravana Bhavan

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

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Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

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Hae Woon Dae

Best kosher BOA Award Winner

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Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery

Best local brew BOA Award Winner

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SweetWater Brewing Company

Best business lunch BOA Award Winner

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Trois

Best margarita BOA Award Winner

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Agave

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

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Mediterranean Grill

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Rathbun's

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

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Fellini's Pizza

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

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Real Chow Baby

Best buffet BOA Award Winner

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Golden Corral

Best 24-hour restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

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R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

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Dakota Blue

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

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TWO urban licks

Best restaurant when someone else is paying BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia

Best restaurant worth the long trip BOA Award Winner

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Canoe

Best sandwiches/subs BOA Award Winner

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Jersey Mike's Submarines

Best fried catfish BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

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Son's Place

Best meat-and-three BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

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Agave

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

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Bone's

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's

Best carryout food BOA Award Winner

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Doc Chey's Noodle House

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Surin of Thailand

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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MF Sushi Atlanta
MF SUSHI is still king in Atlanta when it comes to raw fish. It’s possible to have a truly exquisite meal here, especially if you take the time to find out what special off-menu treats the chefs are hiding behind the sushi bar. Regular sashimi and nigiri are perfect. And if you’re curiousmore...
MF SUSHI is still king in Atlanta when it comes to raw fish. It’s possible to have a truly exquisite meal here, especially if you take the time to find out what special off-menu treats the chefs are hiding behind the sushi bar. Regular sashimi and nigiri are perfect. And if you’re curious about, say, monkfish liver, but have never trusted any place enough to give it a try, you’re in for a treat here. MF has a wonderful sake list as well. less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Krog Bar
Even without a stove, the cooks over at KROG BAR are turning out tapas that best represent the true function of this type of food — small tastes to accompany wine. As such, the wine list at a tapas restaurant should be just as important as the food, and here, it is. A fantastic selection ofmore...
Even without a stove, the cooks over at KROG BAR are turning out tapas that best represent the true function of this type of food — small tastes to accompany wine. As such, the wine list at a tapas restaurant should be just as important as the food, and here, it is. A fantastic selection of Spanish and Italian wines complement the delicious meats, cheeses and small plates all accompanied by chewy, crusty, addictive bread. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Pura Vida

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
It was a sad farewell for Atlanta diners when Tamarind closed late last year. But now that TAMARIND SEED has opened in Colony Square, all is right with the world once more. Chef Nan Niyomkul creates hauntingly multilayered flavors, producing complex and beautiful dishes. Don’t miss the silkymore...
It was a sad farewell for Atlanta diners when Tamarind closed late last year. But now that TAMARIND SEED has opened in Colony Square, all is right with the world once more. Chef Nan Niyomkul creates hauntingly multilayered flavors, producing complex and beautiful dishes. Don’t miss the silky soups, spicy meat salads and exquisite curries. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Surin of Thailand
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

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Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill
We’re still wholly enamored with COM VIETNAMESE GRILL more than two years after it opened and set foodie hearts ablaze with grilled meats, bold herbs and a swanker atmosphere than you’ll find at the pho houses that populate the rest of Buford Highway. It’s still the best inmore...
We’re still wholly enamored with COM VIETNAMESE GRILL more than two years after it opened and set foodie hearts ablaze with grilled meats, bold herbs and a swanker atmosphere than you’ll find at the pho houses that populate the rest of Buford Highway. It’s still the best in town at marrying home-style dishes with high-quality ingredients and friendly service. When you’re in the mood for spice, mint, basil, charred meat and vermicelli, this is the place to go. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Quinones at Bacchanalia
Led by maitre d’ Rob Payne, the staff at QUINONES sets the standard for service in the city. Gracious, warm, pitch-perfect without ever being stiff or too formal, and yet gracefully adept at the precise dance that truly top-level service requires. Eating here is a delightful education in charm.more...
Led by maitre d’ Rob Payne, the staff at QUINONES sets the standard for service in the city. Gracious, warm, pitch-perfect without ever being stiff or too formal, and yet gracefully adept at the precise dance that truly top-level service requires. Eating here is a delightful education in charm. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Real Chow Baby

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Krog Bar

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Ecco Midtown
It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn’t rely too heavily on dumbed-down easy sellers. That’smore...
It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn’t rely too heavily on dumbed-down easy sellers. That’s why the list at ECCO is especially impressive, with wines helpfully organized into Old World and New World styles, and cool grapes and regions featured heavily. There’s an assertive Italian presence, but California, France, Germany and Spain are all nicely represented. Prices range from reasonable to special-occasion (or just rich-guy) opulence. less...

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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The Grape
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Timeless: Best Old-School Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Park 75
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you’ve tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. Themore...
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you’ve tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. The old-style hotel service is impeccable, and chef Robert Gerstenecker’s dishes are classic and refined. The five-course, 12-dish tasting brunch is an especially indulgent luxury, but be sure to wear pearls and sensible heels. No one cares about your hipster credentials here. less...

Trendy: Best Place to Experience the Restaurant Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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TWO urban licks
Even after three years in business, there’s still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentallymore...
Even after three years in business, there’s still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentally dramatic dining room. The music, the beautiful people, the view of the city, the oversized light shades, the rotisserie, the open kitchen, the painting of wild beasts, the meat lollipops all meld into a frenzy of perfectly trendy mayhem. There will come a day when this isn’t the hottest place in town, but we have not seen that day yet. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Alon's Bakery & Market

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody
There are a lot of notable sandwiches in Atlanta, but during the last year one has outshined all others: the bresaola panini with Parmesan and pepper sauce at ALON’S. It’s the perfect lunchtime combination of comfort (crunchy bread, yummy meat) and wake-up call (piquant sauce, sharpmore...
There are a lot of notable sandwiches in Atlanta, but during the last year one has outshined all others: the bresaola panini with Parmesan and pepper sauce at ALON’S. It’s the perfect lunchtime combination of comfort (crunchy bread, yummy meat) and wake-up call (piquant sauce, sharp cheese). Alon’s also makes a killer roasted-lamb sandwich with red-onion marmalade. There are soups available, too, along with salads, such as a recent edamame-and-rice dish. less...

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Cafe Intermezzo

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Howell Mill Village

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Howell Mill Village

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Lisa Borders: My Favorite Local Do-gooder BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Caf
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal,more...
If you haven't had brunch at Cafe 458 (458 Edgewood Ave., 404-523-1239), you're not just missing out on a delicious meal. You're missing out on one of the most innovative approaches to helping the homeless in Atlanta. The Samaritan House/Cafe 458 help our homeless men and women find a much-needed meal, an occasional bed, job training, employment training and employment itself. Chronic problems require creative approaches and that's why SHERRIE SNIPES-WILLIAMS, executive director of the Samaritan House and Cafe 458, is such an asset to our city. With more than 10 years at local nonprofits, she's clearly committed to making a difference in Atlanta. She is my 'sister-in-service,' and I am inspired by her example and her commitment. " As told to Andisheh Nouraee" less...

Best Old-School Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Park 75
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you've tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. The old-stylemore...
With all the glitz and glamour in Hotlanta, some days you just want an excellent meal in a quiet, sophisticated room. When the micro-mini-wearing waitresses have got you down, when you've tired of the scenesters and Pan-Latin jazz-infused small plates, head to PARK 75 in the Four Seasons. The old-style hotel service is impeccable, and chef Robert Gerstenecker's dishes are classic and refined. The five-course, 12-dish tasting brunch is an especially indulgent luxury, but be sure to wear pearls and sensible heels. No one cares about your hipster credentials here. less...

Best Place to Experience the Restaurant Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
TWO urban licks
Even after three years in business, there's still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentallymore...
Even after three years in business, there's still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentally dramatic dining room. The music, the beautiful people, the view of the city, the oversized light shades, the rotisserie, the open kitchen, the painting of wild beasts, the meat lollipops all meld into a frenzy of perfectly trendy mayhem. There will come a day when this isn't the hottest place in town, but we have not seen that day yet. less...

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Road 404-892-1414 http://www.starprovisions.com Pure, fresh, simple - those are the guiding principles for the cuisine at FLOATAWAY CAFE. The appetizers are particularly exemplary of the style of cooking that has made chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison famous. Beets with avocadomore...
1123 Zonolite Road 404-892-1414 http://www.starprovisions.com Pure, fresh, simple - those are the guiding principles for the cuisine at FLOATAWAY CAFE. The appetizers are particularly exemplary of the style of cooking that has made chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison famous. Beets with avocado and feta cheese offer a cooling, creamy, salty study in freshness. Grilled chicken livers are given a woodsy rosemary personality, countered by the sweetness of onion jam. Starters here are so good, it's perfectly smart to make a whole meal of them. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Bread Garden
549-5 Amsterdam Ave. 404-875-1166 Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta's best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharinemore...
549-5 Amsterdam Ave. 404-875-1166 Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta's best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharine Krasnow would start selling those incredible almond croissants to the public.. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
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Tap : A Gastropub
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast withmore...
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast with chocolate and chorizo. If you want more than grazing fare, there are six entrees, such as roasted scallops with minestrone, and organic chicken and artichoke stew. The decor - yet another Johnson Studio project - highlights brewery hardware, and features a red deer that demonically overlooks the scene. Good beer selection, too. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Daddy D'z
264 Memorial Drive SE 404-222-0206 http://www.daddydz.com Not only does DADDY D'Z have the best barbecue in town, it also has one of the most pleasingly grungy atmospheres, lovably attitudinal waitresses and delicious sides to boot. For a Sunday afternoon hangover meal, what can beat the pork platemore...
264 Memorial Drive SE 404-222-0206 http://www.daddydz.com Not only does DADDY D'Z have the best barbecue in town, it also has one of the most pleasingly grungy atmospheres, lovably attitudinal waitresses and delicious sides to boot. For a Sunday afternoon hangover meal, what can beat the pork plate with mac-n-cheese and collard greens? The sauce has good spice and a hefty dose of vinegar, and isn't too sweet. Ribs are a messy wonder. Who's your daddy? less...

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Brick Store Pub
125 Court Square 404-687-0990 http://www.brickstorepub.com A great place for intense conversation and incredible libations - or vice versa - the BRICK STORE PUB has been a Decatur institution for the past decade. Former Athens denizens Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore have created a cozymore...
125 Court Square 404-687-0990 http://www.brickstorepub.com A great place for intense conversation and incredible libations - or vice versa - the BRICK STORE PUB has been a Decatur institution for the past decade. Former Athens denizens Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore have created a cozy sippin' nook for true beer connoisseurs. Constructed for unobtrusive communication, the Store features a welcome escape from the sports-bar mentality of multiple TVs, raging jukeboxes, flat domestic beers and noisy, macho posturing. Here, the beer is the star, the customer is king and the attentive staff knows the pub's brew list well. Intown, out-of-town and international beers are among the choices from more than 15 drafts and well in excess of 65 extraordinary bottled beers. If you like it strong, head upstairs to the delightful Belgian Beer Bar. less...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Java Jive
790 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-6161 Open for more than 10 years now, JAVA JIVE is especially popular on weekends, when there's always a wait. The Midtown diner has a retro '50s feel with Formica tables and vinyl seating. The staff, like the coffee, is bracing but excellent. Gingerbread waffles with lemonmore...
790 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-6161 Open for more than 10 years now, JAVA JIVE is especially popular on weekends, when there's always a wait. The Midtown diner has a retro '50s feel with Formica tables and vinyl seating. The staff, like the coffee, is bracing but excellent. Gingerbread waffles with lemon curd have long been the favorite here, although pancakes are good, too. And the biscuits have no peer. Are you getting the drift? Aim for the heavy carbs. The egg dishes are decent, but the kitchen is at its best carbing you up. less...

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Shaun's
1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358 http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com It's been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN'S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun'smore...
1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358 http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com It's been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN'S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun's caters to a real need in Atlanta - upscale neighborhood dining. Brunch is especially impressive, with deliciously refined takes on brunch classics. Try the trout over grits along with a mistral mimosa. less...


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