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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures

We've lost our minds. We've started from scratch. We've unshackled ourselves from our traditional Best of Atlanta. We do what we want!

This year, rather than trot out the same old favorites, we took a different approach. Our food and drink team asked, "What about this year made us excited, proud, hungry?"

We also changed our direction when it came to the huge decision of who would win Best Overall Restaurant. In years past, the honor has been bestowed on the restaurant with the highest ratings, the most formal service, and the most refined food. This year, all that was thrown out the window. Instead, we opted for the place we most want to eat. Crazy, huh?

Now, if you still need a recommendation for a Thai restaurant or a breakfast spot, our Readers Picks have you covered. Every year, your taste gets better and better, dear readers, and this year you've outdone yourselves.

But the critics have gone rogue. Forget filet mignon and crème brûlée, we're touting confit duck heads and sea salt popsicles.

— Besha Rodell

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza

Runner-up: Figo Pasta


1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-586-9250, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.figopasta.com.

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Repast
Runner-up: Joel Brasserie

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Rathbun's

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667; 438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best restaurant when someone else is paying BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun Steak


154 Krog St., 404-524-5600, www.kevinrathbunsteak.com

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Alon's Bakery & Market

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Atlanta Fish Market


265 Pharr Road, 404-262-3165, www.buckheadrestaurants.com/atlantafishmarket

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Willingham's Kitchen

Runner-up: Mary Mac's Tea Room


224 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Runner-up: Watershed


406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-4900, www.watershedrestaurant.com

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Nava

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Kevin Rathbun Steak

Runner-up: Bone's


3130 Piedmont Road, 404-237-2663, www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
MF Sushi Atlanta

Runner-up: RuSan's


1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rusans.com.

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Taqueria Del Sol

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Pura Vida

Runner-up: Eclipse di Luna


764 Miami Circle, 404-846-0449; 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 678-205-5862. www.eclipsediluna.com.

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Spoon EastSide Restaurant

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Green Sprout

Runner-up: Soul Vegetarian


879 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194; 652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-0145

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Graveyard Tavern

Runners-up:


Cafe Lily


308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9119, www.cafelily.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Runner-up: Dynamic Dish


427 Edgewood Ave., 404-688-4344, www.dynamicdish.net

Best veggie burgers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828; 878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Runners-up:


Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston's


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best-looking waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
The Tavern At Phipps

Runner-up: Flip Burger Boutique


1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best-looking waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
The Tavern At Phipps

Runner-up: Flip Burger Boutique


1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: The Cookie Studio


747 E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-373-8527, www.thecookiestudio.net

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown

Runner-up: Piece of Cake


307-A E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-378-8585, www.pieceofcakeinc.com

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Cafe Intermezzo

Runner-up: Piece of Cake


307-A E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-378-8585, www.pieceofcakeinc.com

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Howell Mill Village

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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Best Mexican fusion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Holy Taco

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Mediterranean Grill

Runners-up:


Ali Baba's


60 Broad St., 404-681-3997; 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-223-1445. www.alibabaatlanta.com.


AND


Mezza


2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Best Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Star Provisions

Best neighborhood for ethnic eating BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Duluth

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Miller Union

Runner-up: Farm Burger


4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best new restaurant and best pizza BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Antico Pizza Napoletana
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There's nomore...
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There's no one thing that explains why Antico is so great, but there are plenty of things worth mentioning: the ovens and flour and tomatoes and workers imported from Italy; the blaring opera music; the convivial seating arrangements, where you might have to eat beside strangers at a metal table in the kitchen. But oh, when those pizzas arrive with their hot, crusty, thin, perfectly balanced crusts, and their tangy, sweet tomato sauce, that's when Antico becomes akin to a religious experience. It's the church of pizza. Consider us converted. 1093 Hemphill Ave. 404-724-2333. www.anticopizza.it. less...

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Holeman and Finch
It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a specialmore...
It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a special place, if we had the opportunity to shout ATL pride from the rooftops for one restaurant only, it would be HOLEMAN & FINCH. It's the restaurant our New York friends are jealous of. It's a place you can get a mind-blowing cocktail alongside a perfect small round of the most classic, wonderful steak tartare topped with a flurry of the thinnest potato crisps imaginable. All manner of "parts" are available, from creamy, dreamy lamb brains to rabbit livers topped with pickled blueberries, to whole confit duck heads. But if extreme eating isn't your sport, the comfort and simplicity of house-made pasta carbonara with a fat farm egg yolk to stir in, or a perfectly cooked piece of trout can excite, too. Either way, we're smitten. 2277 Peachtree Road. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com. less...

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Rathbun's

Runner-up: Woodfire Grill


1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-347-9055, www.woodfiregrill.com

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best photogenic dish or dish presentation BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Nakato


1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-873-6582, www.nakatorestaurant.com

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Antico Pizza Napoletana

Runner-up: Fellini's Pizza


909 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-3088, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.fellinisatlanta.com

Best po'boy BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Star Provisions

Best popsicles BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors,more...
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors, including grapefruit mint, chocolate sea salt, tangerine basil and more. The King has officially made Atlanta's summer that much cooler. www.kingofpops.net less...

Best ramen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Yakitori Jinbei
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked formore...
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked for hours until the collagen renders the broth creamy and silky smooth. The superior broth acts as a vehicle for succulent slices of rolled-up pork, chewy bamboo shoots, seaweed, chopped green onion, springy noodles and crunchy white and black sesame seeds. 2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 770-818-9215. www.yakitorirestaurant.com. less...

Best restaurant decor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Sauced

Best restaurant decor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
TWO urban licks

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667; 438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Best restaurant for adventurous eaters BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Abattoir

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


2277 Peachtree Road, 404-948-1175, www.holeman-finch.com

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Top Flr

Runner-up: Apres Diem


931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-3333, www.apresdiem.com

Best restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Empire State South

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Majestic Diner

Runner-up: R. Thomas Deluxe Grill


1812 Peachtree St., 404-881-0246, www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza

Runner-up: Figo Pasta


1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-586-9250, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.figopasta.com.

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Repast
Runner-up: Joel Brasserie

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Rathbun's

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667; 438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best restaurant when someone else is paying BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun Steak


154 Krog St., 404-524-5600, www.kevinrathbunsteak.com

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Alon's Bakery & Market

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Atlanta Fish Market


265 Pharr Road, 404-262-3165, www.buckheadrestaurants.com/atlantafishmarket

Best service BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Miller Union

Best shaved ice BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
SunO Dessert
This ain't your daddy's snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it's relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where's the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolatemore...
This ain't your daddy's snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it's relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where's the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolate sauce, crushed candy bars, condensed milk, and whole Oreo cookies. 2570 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-710-0084; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.suno-dessert.com. less...

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Willingham's Kitchen

Runner-up: Mary Mac's Tea Room


224 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Runner-up: Watershed


406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-4900, www.watershedrestaurant.com

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Nava

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Kevin Rathbun Steak

Runner-up: Bone's


3130 Piedmont Road, 404-237-2663, www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
MF Sushi Atlanta

Runner-up: RuSan's


1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rusans.com.

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Taqueria Del Sol

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Pura Vida

Runner-up: Eclipse di Luna


764 Miami Circle, 404-846-0449; 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 678-205-5862. www.eclipsediluna.com.

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Spoon EastSide Restaurant

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Bishoku
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infusedmore...
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infused with classic ingredients, such as edamame. No tofu dish is more beautiful than her homemade egg tofu topped with an unctuous sliver of uni and served with a tiny spoon. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-7998. www.bishokusushi.com. less...

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Green Sprout

Runner-up: Soul Vegetarian


879 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194; 652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-0145

Best torta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Taqueria La Oaxaquena
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you've had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers willmore...
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you've had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers will rejoice. Vegetarians will be tempted. 605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. www.taquerialaoaxaquena.com. less...

Best tuna sandwich BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Alon's Bakery & Market

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Graveyard Tavern

Runners-up:


Cafe Lily


308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9119, www.cafelily.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Runner-up: Dynamic Dish


427 Edgewood Ave., 404-688-4344, www.dynamicdish.net

Best vegetarian splurge BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
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Woodfire Grill

Best veggie burgers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828; 878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Runners-up:


Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston's


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Capozzi's New York Pizza

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon's Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2010 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
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