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2011 Index of Winners

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Rathbun's

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

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Wahoo! Grill

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

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Antico Pizza Napoletana

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant design BOA Award Winner

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FLIP Burger Boutique - Buckhead

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

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Top Flr

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

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Majestic Diner

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

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Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

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Dogwood

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

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Farm to table

Best restaurant when someone else is paying BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

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Victory Sandwich Bar

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

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Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

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Murphy's Restaurant

Best supper club BOA Award Winner

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Spice Route Supper Club
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Best sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

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Taqueria Del Sol
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Spoon EastSide Restaurant

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Graveyard Tavern

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

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Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Best veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

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

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Miller Union

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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Leon's Full Service

Best weekly dining deal BOA Award Winner

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The Shed at Glenwood

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

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Murphy's Restaurant

Advocate for the arts BOA Award Winner

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WonderRoot

Art exhibit in a gallery BOA Award Winner

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Gone With the Twins, Paper Twins

Art exhibit in a museum BOA Award Winner

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High Museum of Art

Art party BOA Award Winner

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Art League

Best author to befuddle the critics BOA Award Winner

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Blake Butler
When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic Joseph Salvatore waxed equal parts ecstatic and befuddled. In his effort to describe the language-driven tale of a mother, father and son, he dropped namesmore...
When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic Joseph Salvatore waxed equal parts ecstatic and befuddled. In his effort to describe the language-driven tale of a mother, father and son, he dropped names like William Faulkner, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. And then he declined to take a stab at interpreting what the book might be about. This is true in much of the criticism around Butler's work: Whether critics love him or hate him (and there are plenty of both) they seem to have no clue what to do with his work. That reaction speaks to There Is No Year's visceral power: It will run through your body as much as your mind and probably leave you mumbling to yourself for days. www.gillesdeleuzecommittedsuicideandsowilldrphil.com. less...

Best comedian BOA Award Winner

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Tanner Inman
Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or literally what it sounds like "when doves cry." Inman's been working Atlanta's comedy clubs since 2003, and won the Andy Kaufmanmore...
Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or literally what it sounds like "when doves cry." Inman's been working Atlanta's comedy clubs since 2003, and won the Andy Kaufman Award from the Atlanta Stands Up comedy honors in 2009. He could be the next big thing, assuming he can get off the couch. myspace.com/tannerinman. less...

Best comedy collective BOA Award Winner

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The Beards of Comedy

Best crowning moment for a hometown art hero BOA Award Winner

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Memory as Medicine

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

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Gyun Hur
Is it a coincidence that artist Gyun Hur's trademark technicolor lines of chopped cemetery flowers convey the urgency of a launch pad? Perhaps not. Ever since her solo show at Get This! Gallery in early 2010, Hur's been moving at warp speed: Last year she initiated (and was awarded a grant for) the "Staymore...
Is it a coincidence that artist Gyun Hur's trademark technicolor lines of chopped cemetery flowers convey the urgency of a launch pad? Perhaps not. Ever since her solo show at Get This! Gallery in early 2010, Hur's been moving at warp speed: Last year she initiated (and was awarded a grant for) the "Stay Here in Atlanta" project, a series of studio visits and conversations with local artists to encourage them to, well, stay in Atlanta. In December, the 27-year-old Hur was awarded the inaugural and unprecedented Hudgens Prize, a $50,000 cash purse for a Georgia artist courtesy Duluth's Hudgens Center for the Arts. She was featured in MOCA GA's annual Movers and Shakers exhibition in early 2011, and last March, undertook a massive installation of her work at Lenox Square mall. Situated between Macy's and Sephora, Spring Hiatus blanketed a section of the mall's busy thoroughfare in razor-straight lines of saturated color, including psychedelic red, purple, blue, green and yellow. Hur paused throughout the painstaking installation to chat with shoppers and visitors and explain the ritual inspired by her mother's Korean wedding blanket. Hur's moving up fast, and leaving something beautiful in her wake. gyunhur.com. less...

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Best film series BOA Award Winner

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Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night
Tireless local arts advocate WonderRoot made an impact this past year with its Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night. The quarterly series, screened at the Plaza, offers a salon-like atmosphere of filmmakers at a wide range of stages in their careers. The success of its first year of programmingmore...
Tireless local arts advocate WonderRoot made an impact this past year with its Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night. The quarterly series, screened at the Plaza, offers a salon-like atmosphere of filmmakers at a wide range of stages in their careers. The success of its first year of programming was amplified when the High Museum signed on to curate and screen a selection of films from the series. Running everything from experimental shorts that could have been on MTV in the '90s to locally produced sitcoms, this series has become the place to find the next generation of Atlanta's filmmakers. 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. plazaatlanta.com. wonderroot.org. less...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

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Get This! Gallery
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out ofmore...
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out of the back of the building. In the same way that Benjamin creates a laid-back feel in his immaculate space, he lends a sense of polish to emerging local artists, such as street art duo Paper Twins, when their works find a place on his walls. Jill Storthz's time-trippy Woodcuts and the Jiha Moon-curated printmaking survey Life Iconic rounded out a year of compelling exhibits. 662 11th St. 678-596-4451. getthisgallery.com. less...

Best local art beef BOA Award Winner

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World Wide Arts Federation art battles
The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk Hogan era of the World Wrestling Federation, WWAF puts swagger and showmanship on display for alter ego artist throwdowns. Artists such as Fahamu Pecou,more...
The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk Hogan era of the World Wrestling Federation, WWAF puts swagger and showmanship on display for alter ego artist throwdowns. Artists such as Fahamu Pecou, Michi Meko, CP the Artist Palmer, Grace Kisa, Charly Palmer and more dress as gangstas, psycho killers and martial arts mercenaries to talk trash, face off on canvas and be judged Roman coliseum style by a frenzied crowd at Stuart McClean Gallery. Not to be outdone by his peers, Williams dives into the action, too, alternating between two alter egos: the pimptastic Occasional Superstar and trench-coated masked man Exacto. Whatcha gonna do, when the WWAF runs wild on you? thewwaf.com. less...

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Young

Best local tv production with a license to kill BOA Award Winner

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Floyd County Productions
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surgedmore...
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surged in its second season and has been renewed for a third. While "Archer's" voice actors, including "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Parnell and comedian Aisha Tyler, live out of town, the regulars include local actors Amber Nash and Lucky Yates. The Atlanta-based production proves that an independent animation studio like Floyd County Productions can deliver comic programming to take on Hollywood. fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/archer. less...

Best male actor and best female actor BOA Award Winner

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Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid

Best museum BOA Award Winner

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Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting workmore...
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting work and consistent curatorial focus. MOCA GA's vital archiving program is building an expansive library of groundbreaking Georgia-based artists. But the Working Artist Project, which commissions work from artists such as monumental painter Xie Caomin and stylish filmmaker Micah Stansell, is the institution's crown jewel. 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. mocaga.org. less...

Best opening BOA Award Winner

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Launch of Streetela
In April, the warehouse at 900 DeKalb Ave. slung open its loading dock doors for the launch of Streetela, a new ATL apparel brand that's taking work off walls and rail cars and putting it on T-shirts and tote bags. Art lovers and party people packed into the space to check out tightly curated works frommore...
In April, the warehouse at 900 DeKalb Ave. slung open its loading dock doors for the launch of Streetela, a new ATL apparel brand that's taking work off walls and rail cars and putting it on T-shirts and tote bags. Art lovers and party people packed into the space to check out tightly curated works from Evereman, Ola Bad, DO IT, Paper Twins, Joy Phrasavath, Joe Tsambiras and more. The dense crowd spilled into the gravel lot out front, making the spring evening feel like a balmy summer night. Local bands Carnivores and Shepherds played to a horde of onlookers. Lines snaked up to the Good Food Truck and the Big Pickle for snacks. And from across the street, a glowing Evereman projection proclaimed "4 U ATL." streetela.com. less...

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