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Best of Atlanta 2006 Oral Pleasures

 

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Oral Pleasures

Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem
At last, a reason for everyone to adopt a bisexual lifestyle — dining at APRES DIEM. The only thing that would improve the appearance of both genders of servers here is complete nudity. While you await your food — we recommend any of the daily specials or regular pastas — you’llmore...
At last, a reason for everyone to adopt a bisexual lifestyle — dining at APRES DIEM. The only thing that would improve the appearance of both genders of servers here is complete nudity. While you await your food — we recommend any of the daily specials or regular pastas — you’ll enjoy the taste of your fingernails, which you’ll be chewing as you watch the beautiful, exotic servers, going from table to table, gossiping to everyone in their throaty accents about how hot but unattainable they find you. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we havemore...
Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we have plenty of cause to be smitten by ECCO. The menu, with its cheeses, appetizers, share plates, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees, makes for a highly versatile restaurant, whether you’re looking for nibbles at the bar or a five-course extravaganza. We recommend making a meal of the winning appetizers and the small plates, like delicately fried balls of goat cheese with honey and roasted clams with ginger and spiced ham. less...

Best Sandwich BOA Award Winner

Kool Korners
Once you’ve eaten at KOOL KORNERS on 14th Street, you’re in the club — you’re officially an Atlantan. But first you have to participate in the ritual: Wait patiently in line (which snakes out the front door at lunch hour), order a classic Cuban sandwich from the counter,more...
Once you’ve eaten at KOOL KORNERS on 14th Street, you’re in the club — you’re officially an Atlantan. But first you have to participate in the ritual: Wait patiently in line (which snakes out the front door at lunch hour), order a classic Cuban sandwich from the counter, and relish every last bite from either the hood of your car or the dilapidated picnic table out back. Roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, tomato and pickles pressed between slices of warm, crusty bread — there’s simply no better sandwich in town. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Quinones at Bacchanalia

Best 24-Hour Dining BOA Award Winner

88 Tofu House
In most cities situated more than 5,000 miles from Seoul, it’s hard enough to find a silky, sizzling bowl of tofu soup at a normal hour of the day — let alone at 5 a.m. Doraville is the exception. Tucked just inside the Perimeter on Buford Highway, 88 TOFU HOUSE serves tofu nearly 88more...
In most cities situated more than 5,000 miles from Seoul, it’s hard enough to find a silky, sizzling bowl of tofu soup at a normal hour of the day — let alone at 5 a.m. Doraville is the exception. Tucked just inside the Perimeter on Buford Highway, 88 TOFU HOUSE serves tofu nearly 88 ways, predominantly in soups rounded out with meat, vegetables, seafood or bean paste. Even better, the restaurant stays open around the clock, meaning that you can order up the ultimate hangover cure — at a spice level that will knock the misery out of you — before your hangover even sets in. Even in the wee hours, the slightly tattered and friendly space can be packed with Korean diners, but servers do their best to make customers of all ethnicities welcome. The menu is printed in both English and Korean, and the waitstaff communicates well enough to let you know that the raw eggs on the table are to be cracked into the bubbling broth. less...

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Guenter Seeger

Best Coffehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane
Whether you’re looking for the perfect latte, a great office away from the office with free Wi-Fi, a tasty lunch sandwich or a super-chill place to grab a beer after work, OCTANE will outdo your coffeehouse expectations. It’s rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. We lovemore...

Whether you’re looking for the perfect latte, a great office away from the office with free Wi-Fi, a tasty lunch sandwich or a super-chill place to grab a beer after work, OCTANE will outdo your coffeehouse expectations. It’s rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. We love the industrial vibe, the cool but not too cool staff, the locally produced art on the walls, the pastries and cookies from Alon’s and, of course, well-crafted coffee drinks and high-quality teas.


1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com.

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Best FrouFrou Martini BOA Award Winner

It’s a match made in heaven: “SRF (single, ruby-red fruit) looking for an elegant and exotic companion. Some call me bitter (I prefer ‘tart), but those who know me say I have an underlying sweetness. Could you be the one for me?” “SPS (single, pink syrup)more...
It’s a match made in heaven: “SRF (single, ruby-red fruit) looking for an elegant and exotic companion. Some call me bitter (I prefer ‘tart), but those who know me say I have an underlying sweetness. Could you be the one for me?” “SPS (single, pink syrup) looking for a pucker-worthy partner. I’m of Persian descent and am well-known for my fragrant flavor. Any takers?” There’s some serious matchmaking going on behind the bar at Eclipse di Sol, where the GRAPEFRUIT ROSEWATER MARTINI was consummated. The $7 cocktail is a delectable marriage of fresh-squeezed juice and essence of rose petals, shaken with vodka, garnished with mint, and served in a sugar-rimmed glass. Call it love at first sip. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Numbers Ale
Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionallymore...

Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionally food-friendly ale is a warm golden hue and has a satisfying bitter finish. Nothing washes down the sweet and sour calamari at One Midtown Kitchen or Piebar’s pizza better than a tall pint of this stuff.
Available at Piebar, One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks.

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Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Meat and Cheese Plates

BEST RESTAURANT TREND


Americans are finally learning to eat at a leisurely pace. Over recent years, more and more restaurants have been forgoing the three-course format for more free-form dining options like tapas and sushi. This year, we especially love how many restaurants are offering MEAT AND CHEESE PLATES as the start to a meal, or accompaniment to a bottle of wine (or three) for a group of friends. New restaurants such as Enoteca Carbonari and Krog Bar offer a wonderful selection. At the Fifth Group’s new restaurant, Ecco, the gorgonzola dolce and the spicy coppa are not to be missed.


Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushibar
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order?more...
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order? It doesn’t much matter — the menu ranges from the extremely creative to classically simple sashimi — but be sure to get the freshly grated wasabi instead of the usual paste. There’s also a great sake collection. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House
CANTON HOUSE is the favorite for dim sum in Atlanta’s Chinese community. We’re not surprised. Few dim sums are operated with such efficiency and such a broad menu. Novitiates will wave and say bye-bye to carts bearing chicken feet and pig stomach, but nobody leaves hungry. Anythingmore...
CANTON HOUSE is the favorite for dim sum in Atlanta’s Chinese community. We’re not surprised. Few dim sums are operated with such efficiency and such a broad menu. Novitiates will wave and say bye-bye to carts bearing chicken feet and pig stomach, but nobody leaves hungry. Anything made with shrimp or barbecued pork is bound to please even the most unadventurous diner. Get the rice cooked with pork, wrapped in lotus leaves. The fragrance when it is unwrapped is worth the price. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy formore...
Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy for idle chat while making burgers the size of — well — a ghetto. The “Ghetto Burger” indeed fills a plate and is covered with chili. We prefer the double cheeseburger with just a touch of mayo. Fries are hot and crunchy. Actually, so are the deep-fried hot dogs. less...

Best Indian and Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

We keep looking, but, year after year, nothing comes really close to Narenda Patel’s MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN. There isn’t a thing on the South Indian vegetarian menu we wouldn’t recommend. Even something as simple as crunchy puries into which you spoon some mint sauce is heavenly.more...
We keep looking, but, year after year, nothing comes really close to Narenda Patel’s MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN. There isn’t a thing on the South Indian vegetarian menu we wouldn’t recommend. Even something as simple as crunchy puries into which you spoon some mint sauce is heavenly. Everyone loves the dosai — huge rice-flour crepes available with a variety of stuffings. A thali meal allows you to sample a number of dishes. We suggest you let yourself go crazy with the condiments and sauces to experience the real breadth of this cuisine. Go early or wait long. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas,more...
Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas, especially the ravioli, are rich and satisfying but not too heavy, and meat dishes like veal parmigiana are among the best renditions of this style of cooking we’ve ever had. It’s as if they’re taking Italian-American favorites and re-Italianizing them. A fantastic wine list and scrumptious desserts let us know that the details are important to these folks, which is probably why the place is packed almost every night. less...

Best Korean and Best Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae
You’re up at 4 a.m. and looking for something more than a Waffle House? In the mood to do some grilling? Go to HAE WOON DAE, a Korean barbecue restaurant that stays open late every night except Wednesday. You can sit on the floor or you can sit in a booth. Most tables have a built-in grill firedmore...
You’re up at 4 a.m. and looking for something more than a Waffle House? In the mood to do some grilling? Go to HAE WOON DAE, a Korean barbecue restaurant that stays open late every night except Wednesday. You can sit on the floor or you can sit in a booth. Most tables have a built-in grill fired by super-hot charcoal. You’ll receive the usual complimentary, huge assortment of noshes at your meal’s beginning. And then you get to do the cooking with the help of the wonderful staff. Any of the pork or beef dishes, including classic bulgogi, are recommended. Although barbecue is the specialty, you should also sample the bibimbap, that comforting Korean dish of rice, vegetables and meat. The cooking-over-hot-coals entertainment factor makes Hae Woon Dae a great place for groups, kids and out-of-town guests. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing shortmore...
The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing short of divine. Heavy wooden tables nestled underneath a trellis accommodate families and groups. Farther out, the flagstones turn to gravel and the tables turn to wrought iron; a grassy area to one side is perfect for little ones who can’t sit still. A misting system keeps the patio cool and inviting even in the muggy depths of summer. less...

Best Restaurant to Get a Great Meal Where Your Kids Will be Tolerated BOA Award Winner

There are places that are designed for kids, and then there are places that you feel guilty bringing them. Somewhere in between is WISTERIA, a restaurant with a grown-up vibe and grown-up food, but where the staff is happy to provide a high chair, and even cook your kids some chicken fingers if nothingmore...
There are places that are designed for kids, and then there are places that you feel guilty bringing them. Somewhere in between is WISTERIA, a restaurant with a grown-up vibe and grown-up food, but where the staff is happy to provide a high chair, and even cook your kids some chicken fingers if nothing on the New Southern menu floats their boats. There are no entertainers in giant mice outfits, or rooms full of plastic balls, or even crayons and cute kid’s menus, so this isn’t the place to bring the screamers or the hyperactive set. But when you can’t afford a sitter and you’re sick of pizza, your kids will be treated as people rather than lepers at Wisteria. And you’ll get a dang fine meal as part of the bargain. less...

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

Son's Place
It there’s one thing your out-of-town visitors may not be able to get in other big cities, it’s genuine, delicious Southern soul food, served up with a side of hospitality. Atlanta couldn’t ask for a better welcoming party for those out-of-towners than SON’S PLACE,more...
It there’s one thing your out-of-town visitors may not be able to get in other big cities, it’s genuine, delicious Southern soul food, served up with a side of hospitality. Atlanta couldn’t ask for a better welcoming party for those out-of-towners than SON’S PLACE, where even Yankees will love the squash casserole, collards and ho-cakes. As if all that food weren’t enough, the folks behind the counter are likely to clang the bell for first-timers to welcome them to Son’s Place. We just hope that you love your guests, because once they’ve eaten here they may never leave. less...

Best Sommelier BOA Award Winner

Chantelle Grilhot
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without amore...
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without a hint of the snobbery that her profession is known for, she makes it hard not to feel at home when graced by her presence. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chickenmore...
Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chicken remains our favorite dish here. It’s pure comfort food with a fiery bite. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses.more...
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses. Balshan is also responsible for the fabulous gelato next door at What’s the Scoop. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remainmore...
LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remain the masitas de puerco, the boliche and the fried chicken. The tamales are the best apps; the flan is flantastic. On a temperate evening, the patio is idyllic. less...

Best Bar Food and Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl burstingmore...
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl bursting with Brunswick stew. You’ll need the sustenance to look over a beer selection so large that it’s housed in a binder. Forget about Buds or Millers — the downstairs bar stocks 17 international, regional and local drafts, plus more than 60 bottled varieties, including English ales, pale ales and German hefeweizens. There’s also a Belgian bar upstairs with eight rotating drafts and more than 100 options. On the rare occasion your table may agree on a single beer, the reserve list offers a few 5-liter personal kegs. What a centerpiece. less...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Sliver Skillet
We tend to be traditionalists when it comes to the morning meal and SILVER SKILLET is about as traditionally Southern as you can get. One of the last true diners in the city, the Skillet serves big buttermilk biscuits available straight up or stuffed. Our favorite order remains the mild country ham withmore...
We tend to be traditionalists when it comes to the morning meal and SILVER SKILLET is about as traditionally Southern as you can get. One of the last true diners in the city, the Skillet serves big buttermilk biscuits available straight up or stuffed. Our favorite order remains the mild country ham with two eggs (over easy), biscuits, grits and red-eye gravy. You can get the same heart-stopper with pork chops or corned beef hash instead of ham. Return a few hours later for an equally hearty lunch and be sure you get a slice of lemon ice box pie. less...

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee
Atlanta was nothing but perked dishwater until AURORA COFFEE opened here in 1992. Its two shops, which are now owned by the same folks who operate Criminal Records, were never designed as cozy hangouts, but the baristas still receive the best training in town and the quality of the coffee drinks showsmore...

Atlanta was nothing but perked dishwater until AURORA COFFEE opened here in 1992. Its two shops, which are now owned by the same folks who operate Criminal Records, were never designed as cozy hangouts, but the baristas still receive the best training in town and the quality of the coffee drinks shows it. Order a single shot. Note its sparkling golden crema, its smooth and slightly piquant taste, its slightly oily texture. It’s a reason to go on living another day.
992 N. Highland Ave., 404-607-1300; 468 Moreland Ave., 404-523-6856. <a href="http://www.auroracoffee.com>www.auroracoffee.com</a></i></p> <p>.</p>

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Best French BOA Award Winner

Le Fleur De Lis Cafe

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Jake's Ice Cream
The little plastic tasting spoon isn’t necessarily your friend at JAKE’S ICE CREAM. The merest sample can induce you into ordering at least a scoop of flavors you wouldn’t guess you’d like, like Coffee and Doughnuts or Brown Sugar. What makes Jake’s ice creammore...
The little plastic tasting spoon isn’t necessarily your friend at JAKE’S ICE CREAM. The merest sample can induce you into ordering at least a scoop of flavors you wouldn’t guess you’d like, like Coffee and Doughnuts or Brown Sugar. What makes Jake’s ice cream stand out isn’t just its vibrant flavors, but its subtlety: the Brown Sugar ice cream isn’t gritty or cloying, but a smooth caress of your taste buds. The Chocolate Slap Yo Mama (sometimes known as Chocolate Slap Happy) is justly celebrated, being not so much an ice cream flavor as an enhanced chocolate delivery system, while the Coffee and Doughnuts arguably qualifies as breakfast in a waffle cone. Even if you get an ice cream headache, you’ll probably just say, “Thank you, can I have another?” less...

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

Oy vey! What’s a Jew gotta do to get a good kosher bite to eat in Atlanta? Go to the QUALITY KOSHER EMPORIUM, where the selection is large and the options are plentiful. It serves as a supermarket, bakery and deli, specializing in glatt-kosher meats under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruthmore...
Oy vey! What’s a Jew gotta do to get a good kosher bite to eat in Atlanta? Go to the QUALITY KOSHER EMPORIUM, where the selection is large and the options are plentiful. It serves as a supermarket, bakery and deli, specializing in glatt-kosher meats under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruth Commission (that means really kosher). There you can find anything from challah and bagels to gefilte fish and chicken so good even your bubbie would shep nachus. less...

Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Atlanta is blessed with a wide range of pizzerias, from Chicago-style deep dish to the razor-thin, New York-style crust, and, more to the point, the fancy-pants gourmet style that’s still all the rage. Within this genre, we confess to falling truly, madly, deeply in love with Midtown’smore...
Atlanta is blessed with a wide range of pizzerias, from Chicago-style deep dish to the razor-thin, New York-style crust, and, more to the point, the fancy-pants gourmet style that’s still all the rage. Within this genre, we confess to falling truly, madly, deeply in love with Midtown’s BARAONDA. Baraonda takes the concept of the Neapolitan-style pizza to another level, spoiling us with crisp crusts and prodigious toppings. (A recent lunch pie was completely covered by a garden of arugula.) The wood-burning oven puts a perfect spin on these pizzas, which rarely, if ever, burden the stomach. less...

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Red's Tasty Express

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny andmore...
You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny and there’s a heavy emphasis on wines, just as you’d find in Sevilla, where the most popular tapas bars are so packed they incur involuntary frottage. Also, Rathbun focuses on simple quality — the best Serrano ham, the best cheeses. We should mention that all items are cold and not all are Spanish. The place is too small for any kind of cooking. But if you want a quick transit to southern Spain, this is the place. less...

Best Taqueria BOA Award Winner

El Molino
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitasmore...
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitas on weekends), savory tacos (try the al pastor) and perhaps the city’s best authentic posole (available weekends only). What keeps us coming back is Carlos the cook’s weekday preparations of two daily specials — home-style dishes like chicharrones en salsa verde — that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. The ambiance is zero and English is only haltingly spoken, but the specials are always displayed at the order window. Point and ask. Be patient. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Daddy D'z
We dread this selection more than any other, since really good ‘cue in town. We like the fair prices, the great staff and an ambiance that’s all shabby and no chic (thank God). We like feeling safe while eating amid half the Atlanta Police Department. And we like all the food, but especiallymore...
We dread this selection more than any other, since really good ‘cue in town. We like the fair prices, the great staff and an ambiance that’s all shabby and no chic (thank God). We like feeling safe while eating amid half the Atlanta Police Department. And we like all the food, but especially the ribs and chicken, not that the chopped pork isn’t grand, too. Sides are particularly good. Get the collards, the fried potatoes, the candied yams and finish with the best red velvet cake you have ever tasted. less...

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

The Globe
THE GLOBE is the kind of restaurant we’d love to see more of. Sleek design, friendly staff, a library room with Wi-Fi — it incarnates the very best of what’s suggested by its location, Technology Square. But Joshua Perkins’ cooking is pure heart. We love brunchingmore...
THE GLOBE is the kind of restaurant we’d love to see more of. Sleek design, friendly staff, a library room with Wi-Fi — it incarnates the very best of what’s suggested by its location, Technology Square. But Joshua Perkins’ cooking is pure heart. We love brunching here Saturday and Sunday. Our favorite lately has been the manchego and bacon frittata. We love the lemon and ricotta pancakes so much that we are inclined to double the order. Eggs Benedict over a potato latke is a terrific twist. For something light, try the rosewater fruit salad with spiced honey yogurt. less...

Best Carryout BOA Award Winner

Mitchell Anderson, formerly Ross on the Fox’s “Party of Five,” opened METROFRESH after a stint at Souper Jenny’s in Buckhead. Here, as there, you’ll find hearty soups (try the Tuscan stew) and sandwiches, along with salads, pastas and a few more complicatedmore...
Mitchell Anderson, formerly Ross on the Fox’s “Party of Five,” opened METROFRESH after a stint at Souper Jenny’s in Buckhead. Here, as there, you’ll find hearty soups (try the Tuscan stew) and sandwiches, along with salads, pastas and a few more complicated entrees from time to time. A couple of specials are posted daily. You can eat in, but the food is ideal for carryout since it’s simple. There are plenty of vegetarian options. The close proximity to Piedmont Park makes it an ideal stop before a picnic. less...

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Cantina La Casita
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladasmore...
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladas with red sauce ($5.85), the pork tacos ($2.35) and the $4 margaritas ($2.50 on Mondays). The kid’s beans and rice is hard to beat for $1.75. The staff is a reflection of the neighborhood — tattooed, friendly, and full of personality. less...

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Star Provisions
Gazing in the bakery case at STAR PROVISIONS, it’s hard to settle on just one thing. But if you must, let it be a cupcake. Here, they are everything you want a cupcake to be — tender cake in homey vanilla or rich chocolate, with whirls of luscious butter-cream frosting piled sky-highmore...
Gazing in the bakery case at STAR PROVISIONS, it’s hard to settle on just one thing. But if you must, let it be a cupcake. Here, they are everything you want a cupcake to be — tender cake in homey vanilla or rich chocolate, with whirls of luscious butter-cream frosting piled sky-high on top. Like everything at Star Provisions, they are gourmet goodies, made with the highest quality ingredients. And you can taste the difference. Mini-cupcakes are available for the (sort of) virtuous among us. less...

Best First Date BOA Award Winner

The Globe
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious —more...
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious — which is precisely the vibe you want on a first date. If a lovely plate of steak frites and a pear martini don’t work their magic on Mr. or Ms. Right, it probably wasn’t meant to be. less...

Best Greasy Spoon BOA Award Winner

Pot and Pan Restaurant
We’ve tried them all. We’ve gone here and there all over Atlanta, gobbling up the grease. But we keep coming back to POT AND PAN RESTAURANT. We have to confess we like this breakfast joint because the cooks go relatively light on the grease in preparing traditional Southern faves. Themore...
We’ve tried them all. We’ve gone here and there all over Atlanta, gobbling up the grease. But we keep coming back to POT AND PAN RESTAURANT. We have to confess we like this breakfast joint because the cooks go relatively light on the grease in preparing traditional Southern faves. The weekend crowd is diverse, to say the least. Imagine that Fellini decided to stage Satyricon in an Atlanta diner with some extras from Macon. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Imperial Fez
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favormore...
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favor the tagines, meats and vegetables slow-cooked in a clay pot. But everyone loves the b’stella, a starter of roasted Cornish hen wrapped in phyllo-like pastry and coated in confectioner’s sugar. less...

Best Restaurant Worth the Long Trip BOA Award Winner

The Highlands Bar & Grill
There are many restaurants around the world that we wish we could visit more often. Most are located in far away places like Paris, California or New York. But one is in Birmingham, a mere two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Frank Stitt, chef and owner of THE HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL, figured out more thanmore...
There are many restaurants around the world that we wish we could visit more often. Most are located in far away places like Paris, California or New York. But one is in Birmingham, a mere two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Frank Stitt, chef and owner of THE HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL, figured out more than 20 years ago that the cuisine of the American South has a lot in common with the cuisine of the south of France. His elegant restaurant blends the two cultures perfectly. Menu items like pork rillettes with pickled cherries and cole slaw make the trek across the state line well worth it. We’d drive a lot farther for food this good. less...

Best Steak House BOA Award Winner

Bones
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, andmore...
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, and waiters who seem to be channeling Joe Pesci. This place will put you in the mood for scotch and cigars even if you’re not that type of girl. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves,more...
COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves, served over rice or vermicelli with herbs and raw vegetables. Even the tofu is spectacular. The staff is completely fluent in English, so you don’t have to play charades to get a good meal. less...
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Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Bruster's
And other metro area locations. www.brustersicecream.com.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Taverna Plaka

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Tapas

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Subway
Ubiquitous. www.subway.com.

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Bone's

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

The Grape

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Taverna Plaka

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

And other metro area locations.

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Bone's

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Watershed

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, 404-875-7042 And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

Goldberg's Bagels and Deli
And other metro area locations.

Best Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Loca Luna

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

And other metro area locations.

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Chops

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, (404) 875-7042 Other metro Atlanta locations, call for details.

Best Wine By The Glass BOA Award Winner

The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Jason's Deli
And other metro area locations

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Caf

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex Bar and Grill
Two metro Atlanta locations in Midtown and Little Five Points. See their website at www.thevortexbarandgrill.com.

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Udipi Cafe

Best Veggie Burger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex

Best 24-Hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Waffle House

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

1001 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-8887.

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral
And other metro area locations.

Best Burritos BOA Award Winner

Willy's
And other metro area locations.

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bridgetown Grill

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Ubiquitious. www.starbucks.com

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Alon's
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Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Bruster's
And other metro area locations. www.brustersicecream.com.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano's Little Italy

Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem
At last, a reason for everyone to adopt a bisexual lifestyle — dining at APRES DIEM. The only thing that would improve the appearance of both genders of servers here is complete nudity. While you await your food — we recommend any of the daily specials or regular pastas — you’llmore...
At last, a reason for everyone to adopt a bisexual lifestyle — dining at APRES DIEM. The only thing that would improve the appearance of both genders of servers here is complete nudity. While you await your food — we recommend any of the daily specials or regular pastas — you’ll enjoy the taste of your fingernails, which you’ll be chewing as you watch the beautiful, exotic servers, going from table to table, gossiping to everyone in their throaty accents about how hot but unattainable they find you. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we havemore...
Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we have plenty of cause to be smitten by ECCO. The menu, with its cheeses, appetizers, share plates, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees, makes for a highly versatile restaurant, whether you’re looking for nibbles at the bar or a five-course extravaganza. We recommend making a meal of the winning appetizers and the small plates, like delicately fried balls of goat cheese with honey and roasted clams with ginger and spiced ham. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Taverna Plaka

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Tapas

Best Sandwich BOA Award Winner

Kool Korners
Once you’ve eaten at KOOL KORNERS on 14th Street, you’re in the club — you’re officially an Atlantan. But first you have to participate in the ritual: Wait patiently in line (which snakes out the front door at lunch hour), order a classic Cuban sandwich from the counter,more...
Once you’ve eaten at KOOL KORNERS on 14th Street, you’re in the club — you’re officially an Atlantan. But first you have to participate in the ritual: Wait patiently in line (which snakes out the front door at lunch hour), order a classic Cuban sandwich from the counter, and relish every last bite from either the hood of your car or the dilapidated picnic table out back. Roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, tomato and pickles pressed between slices of warm, crusty bread — there’s simply no better sandwich in town. less...

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Subway
Ubiquitous. www.subway.com.

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Bone's

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Quinones at Bacchanalia

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

The Grape

Best 24-Hour Dining BOA Award Winner

88 Tofu House
In most cities situated more than 5,000 miles from Seoul, it’s hard enough to find a silky, sizzling bowl of tofu soup at a normal hour of the day — let alone at 5 a.m. Doraville is the exception. Tucked just inside the Perimeter on Buford Highway, 88 TOFU HOUSE serves tofu nearly 88more...
In most cities situated more than 5,000 miles from Seoul, it’s hard enough to find a silky, sizzling bowl of tofu soup at a normal hour of the day — let alone at 5 a.m. Doraville is the exception. Tucked just inside the Perimeter on Buford Highway, 88 TOFU HOUSE serves tofu nearly 88 ways, predominantly in soups rounded out with meat, vegetables, seafood or bean paste. Even better, the restaurant stays open around the clock, meaning that you can order up the ultimate hangover cure — at a spice level that will knock the misery out of you — before your hangover even sets in. Even in the wee hours, the slightly tattered and friendly space can be packed with Korean diners, but servers do their best to make customers of all ethnicities welcome. The menu is printed in both English and Korean, and the waitstaff communicates well enough to let you know that the raw eggs on the table are to be cracked into the bubbling broth. less...

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Taverna Plaka

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

And other metro area locations.

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Guenter Seeger

Best Coffehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane
Whether you’re looking for the perfect latte, a great office away from the office with free Wi-Fi, a tasty lunch sandwich or a super-chill place to grab a beer after work, OCTANE will outdo your coffeehouse expectations. It’s rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. We lovemore...

Whether you’re looking for the perfect latte, a great office away from the office with free Wi-Fi, a tasty lunch sandwich or a super-chill place to grab a beer after work, OCTANE will outdo your coffeehouse expectations. It’s rare for a place to be so hip and so comfortable. We love the industrial vibe, the cool but not too cool staff, the locally produced art on the walls, the pastries and cookies from Alon’s and, of course, well-crafted coffee drinks and high-quality teas.


1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com.

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Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Bone's

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Watershed

Best FrouFrou Martini BOA Award Winner

It’s a match made in heaven: “SRF (single, ruby-red fruit) looking for an elegant and exotic companion. Some call me bitter (I prefer ‘tart), but those who know me say I have an underlying sweetness. Could you be the one for me?” “SPS (single, pink syrup)more...
It’s a match made in heaven: “SRF (single, ruby-red fruit) looking for an elegant and exotic companion. Some call me bitter (I prefer ‘tart), but those who know me say I have an underlying sweetness. Could you be the one for me?” “SPS (single, pink syrup) looking for a pucker-worthy partner. I’m of Persian descent and am well-known for my fragrant flavor. Any takers?” There’s some serious matchmaking going on behind the bar at Eclipse di Sol, where the GRAPEFRUIT ROSEWATER MARTINI was consummated. The $7 cocktail is a delectable marriage of fresh-squeezed juice and essence of rose petals, shaken with vodka, garnished with mint, and served in a sugar-rimmed glass. Call it love at first sip. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, 404-875-7042 And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

Goldberg's Bagels and Deli
And other metro area locations.

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Numbers Ale
Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionallymore...

Simply because we are gimmick cynics, we were a little skeptical upon first hearing that Bob Amick and the Atlanta Brewing Company were teaming up for a special brew to be served exclusively in Amick’s restaurants. But once we got a taste of NUMBERS ALE, we became converts. The exceptionally food-friendly ale is a warm golden hue and has a satisfying bitter finish. Nothing washes down the sweet and sour calamari at One Midtown Kitchen or Piebar’s pizza better than a tall pint of this stuff.
Available at Piebar, One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks.

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Best Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Loca Luna

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

And other metro area locations.

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Meat and Cheese Plates

BEST RESTAURANT TREND


Americans are finally learning to eat at a leisurely pace. Over recent years, more and more restaurants have been forgoing the three-course format for more free-form dining options like tapas and sushi. This year, we especially love how many restaurants are offering MEAT AND CHEESE PLATES as the start to a meal, or accompaniment to a bottle of wine (or three) for a group of friends. New restaurants such as Enoteca Carbonari and Krog Bar offer a wonderful selection. At the Fifth Group’s new restaurant, Ecco, the gorgonzola dolce and the spicy coppa are not to be missed.

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Chops

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushibar
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order?more...
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order? It doesn’t much matter — the menu ranges from the extremely creative to classically simple sashimi — but be sure to get the freshly grated wasabi instead of the usual paste. There’s also a great sake collection. less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, (404) 875-7042 Other metro Atlanta locations, call for details.

Best Wine By The Glass BOA Award Winner

The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Jason's Deli
And other metro area locations

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Caf


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