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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 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 bartender BOA Award Winner

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Lusca - PERMANENTLY CLOSED

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 way to finally take beer home from a brewery BOA Award Winner

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Senate Bill 63

Best weekly dining deal BOA Award Winner

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Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)

Best weeknight chicken dinner BOA Award Winner

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Pijiu Belly

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

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Barcelona Wine Bar

Best wines by the glass BOA Award Winner

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Vine & Tap (Permanently Closed)

Guest Critic: Danielle Oron BOA Award Winner

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The chef and prolific food blogger shares her findings since moving to Atlanta in 2013

Guest Critic: Steven Grubbs BOA Award Winner

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The Atlanta-born wine pro talks ATL food culture past and present

ITP ethnic invasion: Best noodles on the fly in Buckhead BOA Award Winner

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Qing Mu

ITP ethnic invasion: Best place to eat like you have a Taiwanese grandma BOA Award Winner

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Ah-Ma's Taiwanese Kitchen

ITP ethnic invasion: Best place to have fun and feel like a Bollywood star BOA Award Winner

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Masti - Indian Street Eats

ITP ethnic invasion: Best ramen without the crazy drive BOA Award Winner

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Wagaya - Westside

The end is sweet: Best globally-inspired desserts BOA Award Winner

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Le Fat

The end is sweet: Best hidden gem BOA Award Winner

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Watershed on Peachtree

The end is sweet: Best place for fancified classics BOA Award Winner

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The General Muir

The end is sweet: Best place for sweets with a local twist BOA Award Winner

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Miller Union

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 Italian BOA Award Winner

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BoccaLupo
Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishesmore...
Soulful cooking and comfortable neighborhood charm are bedrocks of Italian cuisine. Inman Park's BoccaLupo delivers with its cozy, laid-back dining paired with destination-worthy cuisine. Sporting his ever-present headband, Bruce Logue, former sous chef to Mario Batali, prepares simple and earnest dishes highlighting the season's freshest ingredients. The restaurant is perpetually packed, and not just for the food. A meticulously selected wine list and an expert craft cocktail menu kick the experience up all the notches. Choose a classic like Bolognese gravy atop tangled ribbons of pappardelle or go for Logue's ever-changing four-course pasta tasting with additions of uni, stone crab, ramps, and, sometimes, shaved truffles. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

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The Little Tart Bakeshop
When it comes to pastry in Atlanta, there's one counter that forever tempts us and confounds our ability to choose just … one … thing. If we could, we'd hand over a Nobel Prize in pastry to the Little Tart Bakeshop, and then we'd stuff our faces with all the heavenly croissants and unreasonably complexmore...
When it comes to pastry in Atlanta, there's one counter that forever tempts us and confounds our ability to choose just … one … thing. If we could, we'd hand over a Nobel Prize in pastry to the Little Tart Bakeshop, and then we'd stuff our faces with all the heavenly croissants and unreasonably complex scones and delightfully savory ham puffs and Vidalia onion galettes. And, dear god, if it's Saturday, yes we'll take a cinnamon-sugar morning bun. And maybe one of those decadent salted caramel nut tarts for dessert. And then … less...

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