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Best Of Atlanta 2015 Oral Pleasures (Header)


Oral Pleasures

What a bizarre time in history to be alive. We can have almost anything delivered to our doorstep. We maintain many of our relationships through screens. Entertainment is endless and instant. Books, TV shows, movies; we scarcely have to wait for anything anymore. Everything is on demand. Everything is on our time. And yet, despite all the advances and all the conveniences modern life affords, why do so many of us seem to have so little time these days?

Technology has given us a way out of countless human interactions. But they still haven’t figured out a way for us to eat the same meal together remotely. An evening filled with food and friends is not an item on a delivery menu. Food is arguably one of the last holdouts of human interaction. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or where you’re from, you have to be present to eat. Maybe that’s why the allure of restaurants endures. Chefs create meals we can’t replicate or summon at will. You have to drive to a restaurant and sit down and order. Like in the old days, you have to wait. Restaurants force us to delay gratification and suspend our overloaded lives if only for the duration of a single meal.

As time lurches on, our minutes become increasingly valuable. We’re connected 24/7. Even when we take time off, we’re never truly away. We answer emails from bed soon after we open our eyes, we eat lunch at our desks. All those times that used to be reserved for rest and relaxation are disappearing. Eating together — at home or in a restaurant — is some of the only genuine leisure time we have left.

This year, Creative Loafing’s dining squad wanted to highlight establishments that have stood the test of time and restaurants we believe have what it takes to stick around. For us, the best restaurants favor quality over quantity and are vigilant in their consistency. Restaurants such as Mamak (Best overall restaurant), where you can close your eyes and point to a dish and be certain something great will show up to the table. Not just one time, but week after week after week. In Buckhead, the lavish new Atlas (Best fine dining) redefines what fine dining can be in Atlanta while the Colonnade (Best restaurant frozen in yesteryear) just three miles south continues to chug along, serving tried-and-true Southern food as it has for nearly 90 years.

Ain’t nobody got time for a bad meal.

— Stephanie Dazey, Food Editor

Best pop-up restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Eat Me Speak Me - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Best restaurant design BOA Award Winner

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The Optimist

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

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Ecco Midtown

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

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Octopus Bar

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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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The Optimist

Best service BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia AND Bone's

Best Sichuan BOA Award Winner

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Gu's Dumplings

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

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Busy Bee Cafe

Best soup BOA Award Winner

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Souper Jenny - Buckhead
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best southern BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best spanish/tapas BOA Award Winner

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Barcelona Wine Bar

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

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West Egg Cafe

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

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Umi

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

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Taqueria Del Sol
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best tex-mex BOA Award Winner

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Superica

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Little Bangkok

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

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The Crafty Hog

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Best vegetarian dish at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Fresh Veggie Plate: Bantam + Biddy

Bantam + Biddy


www.bantamandbiddy.com

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Lee's Bakery

Best weekly dining deal BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

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Barcelona Wine Bar

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best doughnut BOA Award Winner

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Sublime Doughnuts

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

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Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Best farmers market food stall BOA Award Winner

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Emerald City Bagels AND Simply Seoul AND The Little Tart Bakeshop

Emerald City Bagels


www.emcitybagels.com


Simply Seoul


www.simplyseoulkitchen.com


The Little Tart Bakeshop


www.littletartatl.com

Best farm-to-table restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Miller Union

Best fine dining BOA Award Winner

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Atlas

Best food court BOA Award Winner

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Krog Street Market

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

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Taste of Atlanta

Best food truck BOA Award Winner

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Yumbii @ Brookwood Hills

Best French BOA Award Winner

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Bistro Niko

Best french fries BOA Award Winner

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Leon's Full Service

Best fried chicken BOA Award Winner

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The Colonnade

Best frozen yogurt BOA Award Winner

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Yogli Mogli
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best gluten-free options BOA Award Winner

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YEAH! BURGER

Best grits BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit (13 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hot dog BOA Award Winner

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The Varsity (7 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hot dogs BOA Award Winner

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Doggy Dogg

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

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Chai Pani

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

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BoccaLupo

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Best juice bar BOA Award Winner

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Arden's Garden Little 5 Points
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

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Sobban Restaurant - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

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SweetWater Brewing Company

Best local farm BOA Award Winner

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Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

Best local food advocate BOA Award Winner

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Will Edmond
twitter.com/willedmond

Best local food company BOA Award Winner

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Fresh Harvest

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

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Orpheus Brewing

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Best Middle-Eastern BOA Award Winner

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Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs

Best mixologist BOA Award Winner

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Miles Macquarrie: Kimball House

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Superica

Best OTP restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Seed Kitchen & Bar

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Mamak

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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Antico Pizza Napoletana

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to fill your growler BOA Award Winner

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Hop City Craft Beer and Wine - The Krog District

Best pop-up restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Eat Me Speak Me - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Best restaurant design BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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The Optimist

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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Ecco Midtown

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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Octopus Bar

Best restaurant frozen in yesteryear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
The Colonnade

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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One Eared Stag

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Farm-to-table

Best restaurant when someone else is paying BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Bacchanalia

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
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Victory Sandwich Bar

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