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Best of Atlanta 2016 Index

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2016 Index of Winners

Best rejuvenation for your soul BOA Award Winner

Heal with Crystal
In a city where creative hustle is currency, even us artistic types can become disconnected from our true selves in the service of humanity. Crystal Jones, a certified holistic health counselor and chiropractor, sees it every day. With a self-described mission to “love humanity back to life,” shemore...
In a city where creative hustle is currency, even us artistic types can become disconnected from our true selves in the service of humanity. Crystal Jones, a certified holistic health counselor and chiropractor, sees it every day. With a self-described mission to “love humanity back to life,” she uses human connection as a healing force for good. A staple within Atlanta’s creative community and beyond — from A3C to SXSW — HEAL WITH CRYSTAL’s referral-based practice regularly caters to high-profile and everyday clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and even forms of cancer. She specializes in intuitive chiropractic, reiki, reflexology, vibration therapy, and other modalities to guide clients from emotional crises to clarity. www.healwithcrystal.com. less...

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

The Village Vets

Best way to keep that lip gloss poppin' BOA Award Winner

Little Barn Apothecary
If you haven’t had the chance to sample offerings from Atlanta-based modern face, body, and home goods brand LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, then get thee to the Westside. It recently opened up a brick-and-mortar spot in Westside Provisions District, where you can snag its signature hydrating butter balms.more...
If you haven’t had the chance to sample offerings from Atlanta-based modern face, body, and home goods brand LITTLE BARN APOTHECARY, then get thee to the Westside. It recently opened up a brick-and-mortar spot in Westside Provisions District, where you can snag its signature hydrating butter balms. Though technically all-purpose, we recommend slathering it on your lips before bed to wake up with supple, moisturized lips. Bam! 1198 Howell Mill Road N.W., Suite OL1. www.littlebarnapothecary.com. less...

Best way to naturally luxuriate BOA Award Winner

Divine Clementine's soap on a rope
For years, Atlanta-based artist Madam CJ has left an indelible imprint all over Atlanta music and culture. Her all-natural line of DIVINE CLEMENTINE’S SOAP ON A ROPE, however, is a fresh anointing. Since starting the line of sustainable, small-batch soaps in 2009, she’s turned a hobby into a nationallymore...
For years, Atlanta-based artist Madam CJ has left an indelible imprint all over Atlanta music and culture. Her all-natural line of DIVINE CLEMENTINE’S SOAP ON A ROPE, however, is a fresh anointing. Since starting the line of sustainable, small-batch soaps in 2009, she’s turned a hobby into a nationally recognized brand of aromatherapeutics handmade with locally sourced goat’s milk and other natural products. With naturally scented and unscented soaps — including lavender goat’s milk, tea tree goat’s milk oatmeal cookie, peppermint goat’s milk, and aloe vera goat’s milk — Divine Clementine’s contains no harsh ingredients, deodorants, or chemical fragrances, making it good for such ailments as psoriasis, eczema, sunspots, and sunburn. And the attached rope means you don’t have to worry about all that goodness melting away in a soap dish full of water. 404-997-8445. www.soap2tote.com. less...

Best biscuits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best burger BOA Award Winner

BREAD & BUTTERFLY’s altitudinous Burger Americain is irresistible. The layers of drippy ground beef, mayonnaise, mustard, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese pack so many complementary sensory delights, you won’t mind the fantastic gooey mess that covers your plate, hands, and face by the time you’remore...
BREAD & BUTTERFLY’s altitudinous Burger Americain is irresistible. The layers of drippy ground beef, mayonnaise, mustard, caramelized onions, and Swiss cheese pack so many complementary sensory delights, you won’t mind the fantastic gooey mess that covers your plate, hands, and face by the time you’re finished with it. less...

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun

Best chocolates BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best distillery BOA Award Winner

Decatur’s Independent Distilling Co. is a no-frills garage distillery. It’s been more than 100 years since Atlanta was last seen as a hotbed of distilling, but we are finally starting to see glimpses of the city’s former glory. Among the four distilleries now operating in the metro area, Independentmore...
Decatur’s Independent Distilling Co. is a no-frills garage distillery. It’s been more than 100 years since Atlanta was last seen as a hotbed of distilling, but we are finally starting to see glimpses of the city’s former glory. Among the four distilleries now operating in the metro area, Independent Distilling Co. has earned our admiration with its bootstrapped, artisan ways. Its Independent Rum is nuanced and flavorful, with a delightfully light butter-caramel character. The Hellbender Bourbon — the first bourbon distilled inside the Perimeter since Prohibition — makes its mark with a mash bill heavy on Georgia-grown corn. If you take a tour of the tiny outfit, owner/distiller Michael Anderson will happily show you some of the other experimental batches underway — proof that there’s more good stuff to come.  less...

Best farm-to-table mainstay BOA Award Winner

MILLER UNION celebrates the deep vegetable tradition of the South. Like a seasonal shaman, chef Steven Satterfield conjures the best from each tuber and leaf with refined simplicity. A look at one signature dish, like his sautéed quail, over the course of a year makes a diner aware of the seasons. Whethermore...
MILLER UNION celebrates the deep vegetable tradition of the South. Like a seasonal shaman, chef Steven Satterfield conjures the best from each tuber and leaf with refined simplicity. A look at one signature dish, like his sautéed quail, over the course of a year makes a diner aware of the seasons. Whether he incorporates sweet corn, butterbeans, mushrooms, or applies a peach lacquer to the crisp skin depends on local farmers’ harvests. Complete the experience with a biodynamic wine selected by GM Neal McCarthy. less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Best 'hood for food lovers BOA Award Winner

Inman Park
How many new and noteworthy restaurants can one neighborhood hold? INMAN PARK is testing the limit. Now one of the city’s most culinarily robust hamlets, food lovers have more options than they know what to do with. From the impeccable Italian gem that is Bocca Lupo to Krog Street Market’s foodmore...
How many new and noteworthy restaurants can one neighborhood hold? INMAN PARK is testing the limit. Now one of the city’s most culinarily robust hamlets, food lovers have more options than they know what to do with. From the impeccable Italian gem that is Bocca Lupo to Krog Street Market’s food hall filled with goodies, this area is now a bona fide destination for locals as well as visitors. Bread & Butterfly is the European bistro we want to linger in, and Beetlecat is the nautical port to throw one’s anchor. From quirky, often unexpected dishes at One Eared Stag to traditional Spanish tapas at Barcelona to pristine nigiri and sashimi at MF Sushi, there is a little something for everyone. And there are drinks, too! AMER and Ticonderoga Club are unique hidey-holes gaining national attention. Craving dessert? Head to Little Tart Bakeshop or Jeni’s Ice Cream at Krog Street Market. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, Inman Park is in, man. www.inmanpark.org. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Nakato

Best Latin oasis BOA Award Winner

Few places do breakfast as well as XELA PAN CAFÉ, located on Buford Highway just south of where the road intersects with I-285. Don’t miss the desayuno chapin, which is a hearty helping of yellow rice, puréed black beans, eggs, fried plantains, homemade corn tortillas, and a chunk of fresh whitemore...
Few places do breakfast as well as XELA PAN CAFÉ, located on Buford Highway just south of where the road intersects with I-285. Don’t miss the desayuno chapin, which is a hearty helping of yellow rice, puréed black beans, eggs, fried plantains, homemade corn tortillas, and a chunk of fresh white cheese. The restaurant seems to do a lot of take-out business for homesick people who routinely pop in for orders of Xela’s excellent rice tamales mixed with chicken. less...

Best local food advocate BOA Award Winner

Georgia Organics

Best Malaysian BOA Award Winner

MAMAK retains the same pep in its step it’s had since it opened in fall 2014. The cozy Asian Square Malaysian restaurant is a go-to for bold stewed curries, stir-fried noodles, and Malaysian specialties such as smoky kway teow — fat, chewy noodles tossed with shrimp and squid in a smoking-hot wok.more...
MAMAK retains the same pep in its step it’s had since it opened in fall 2014. The cozy Asian Square Malaysian restaurant is a go-to for bold stewed curries, stir-fried noodles, and Malaysian specialties such as smoky kway teow — fat, chewy noodles tossed with shrimp and squid in a smoking-hot wok. Crowd-pleasers such as roti canai flatbread served with amber-gold curry for dipping and nasi lemak, a platter filled with hunks of stewed chicken, potatoes, and a dome of coconut rice, will make for a delicious introduction. less...

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Even amid all its high-profile accolades — including being named Bon Appétit’s No. 1 Best Restaurant 2016 — it’s easy to feel at home at STAPLEHOUSE. The Old Fourth Ward restaurant is a family affair helmed by chef Ryan Smith, plus Smith’s wife Kara and sister-in-law Jen Hidinger, who servemore...
Even amid all its high-profile accolades — including being named Bon Appétit’s No. 1 Best Restaurant 2016 — it’s easy to feel at home at STAPLEHOUSE. The Old Fourth Ward restaurant is a family affair helmed by chef Ryan Smith, plus Smith’s wife Kara and sister-in-law Jen Hidinger, who serve as welcoming hosts. At Staplehouse, Smith’s cooking is prodigious without being overwrought. Dishes such as tender charred cabbage served in a smoky sausage broth or his signature chicken liver mousse tart demonstrate this balancing act with ease. The tart’s ever-changing rotation of seasonal accoutrements such as fermented peach and dandelion greens in the summer adds depth and variety. Staplehouse routinely offers impeccable meals that delight the eyes as much as they please the palate. Some of Smith’s more ambitious creations such as sunchoke custard with supple smoked sable fish, wild juniper, and ricotta foam, gently challenge you and then give you a happy embrace. Just like family. That the restaurant’s profits go to its sister organization the Giving Kitchen, which provides support to Atlanta restaurant workers facing unanticipated crises, creates even more incentive to keep Staplehouse fans coming back. less...

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

We’ve fallen in love with FELLINI’S pizza all over again. If you haven’t been in a while, skip the basics and indulge in a doubly thick Sicilian slice. That first plunge into fluffy, slightly crisped dough topped with glistening cheese is one of the best bites around. And other metro Atlanta locations.more...
We’ve fallen in love with FELLINI’S pizza all over again. If you haven’t been in a while, skip the basics and indulge in a doubly thick Sicilian slice. That first plunge into fluffy, slightly crisped dough topped with glistening cheese is one of the best bites around. And other metro Atlanta locations. less...

Best place to take visitors BOA Award Winner

“Life. Well spent.” is an old Sears slogan that could be used today to advertise PONCE CITY MARKET’S CENTRAL FOOD HALL. Inhabiting 300,000 square feet inside the renovated former Sears, Roebuck & Co. headquarters, the mix of dine-in and grab-n-go eateries is equipped to accommodate a vast rangemore...
“Life. Well spent.” is an old Sears slogan that could be used today to advertise PONCE CITY MARKET’S CENTRAL FOOD HALL. Inhabiting 300,000 square feet inside the renovated former Sears, Roebuck & Co. headquarters, the mix of dine-in and grab-n-go eateries is equipped to accommodate a vast range of food preferences, moods, and tastes. Four James Beard Award recipients chose the Old Fourth Ward food hall for their chef-driven, fast-casual concepts: Sean Brock’s Minero, Anne Quatrano’s W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Linton Hopkins’ H+F Burger and Hop’s Chicken, and Hugh Acheson’s Spiller Park. A fanciful stroll around the hall feels like a walking tour of global cuisine, no passport required. There’s playful Indian street food at chef Meherwan Irani’s Botiwalla, steaming bowls of Japanese ramen at Guy Wong’s Ton Ton, savory Pan-Latin sandwiches at Hector Santiago’s El Super Pan, all the tongue-tingling Sichuan cuisine you can handle at Jia, and more. Grab an adult beverage at the Mercury, City Winery, or the Tap on Ponce. Sweet tooth? King of Pops, Honeysuckle Gelato, or Collier Candy Co. has got you covered. There’s nowhere more buzzy and diverting than Ponce City Market in Atlanta right now, which makes it an ideal destination for entertaining hungry out-of-towners. less...

Best reason to get out of bed early BOA Award Winner

Breakfast tacos at Home grown
Two words: breakfast tacos. Home grown’s Reynoldstown dining room tends to remain full at breakfast time, but don’t let the crowd of people waiting for a table deter you. Your patience will be rewarded. Chorizo BREAKFAST TACOS AT HOME GROWN are an example of how simplicity and balance can transformmore...
Two words: breakfast tacos. Home grown’s Reynoldstown dining room tends to remain full at breakfast time, but don’t let the crowd of people waiting for a table deter you. Your patience will be rewarded. Chorizo BREAKFAST TACOS AT HOME GROWN are an example of how simplicity and balance can transform a handful of ingredients into a magical combination. Every point has a counterpoint. The spiciness from the ground sausage is mellowed out by dollops of silky sour cream. A sprinkling of fresh cilantro cuts through the fluffy, buttery eggs with a bright and herby pop. The warm corn tortillas tie everything together by adding some chewy heft and a whisper of sweetness to every bite. less...

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Umi

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

EL REY DEL TACO’s traditional fillings and ultra-fresh homemade tortillas still can’t be beat. Go for the melty slow-braised goat or fatty and crisp pork carnitas dressed simply with cilantro and onion. 5288 Buford Highway N.E., Doraville. 770-986-0032. www.elreydeltacoatl.com.

Best tiki bar BOA Award Winner

For those who like their drinks on fire in a cozy retro den filled with Polynesian vibes, S.O.S. TIKI BAR is the place. A short walk down an alley in Decatur leads you to an escapist environment dimply lit by topless, grass skirt-clad lady lamps. Banana leaf wallpaper, tropically attired servers andmore...
For those who like their drinks on fire in a cozy retro den filled with Polynesian vibes, S.O.S. TIKI BAR is the place. A short walk down an alley in Decatur leads you to an escapist environment dimply lit by topless, grass skirt-clad lady lamps. Banana leaf wallpaper, tropically attired servers and bartenders, and surfer tunes complete the time warp without feeling too over-the-top. Bobby Dudley and crew serve cocktails running the gamut from classics (Mai Tai!) to originals like the boozy Subtle Banana stirred with rye, cognac, Benedictine, and cinnamon and garnished with an orchid or plastic mermaid. The retro hangout also flaunts a fun menu of coconut shrimp, Polynesian spare ribs, and pu pu platters to complement the drinks and décor. It’s the kind of place where you might find yourself sitting next to a member of the National Swizzle Stick Society. less...

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best artistic thought-provoker BOA Award Winner

Fahamu Pecou
Much like hip-hop influenced artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Hebru Brantley, FAHAMU PECOU’s work celebrates blackness and is often strongly tied to street culture. It resonates on a cerebral, spiritual, and basic human level, which makes Pecou’s art relatable regardless of ethnicity. Pecou’s piecesmore...
Much like hip-hop influenced artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Hebru Brantley, FAHAMU PECOU’s work celebrates blackness and is often strongly tied to street culture. It resonates on a cerebral, spiritual, and basic human level, which makes Pecou’s art relatable regardless of ethnicity. Pecou’s pieces often portray the resilience, glory, and brilliance of black people and take the establishment to task. His painting “Word.Life.” from his exhibit Talking Drum at the Center for Civil and Human Rights earlier this year, features Ruby Bridges — the first black girl to desegregate schools — carrying a boombox instead of a briefcase. In August, his solo exhibit DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance opened at the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and uses West African spirituality to elevate black bodies in opposition to the deathly imagery of state-sponsored violence against unarmed victims. As a scholar and thought-provoker, Pecou has taken his perspective into both academia and mainstream media. In a piece for NBC News following Kendrick Lamar’s profound performance in shackles at the 2016 Grammy’s, Pecou offered critiques on the commodification of blackness. He’s had similar discussions as a guest lecturer at Princeton and Morehouse. As always, Pecou’s thoughts on the intersection of art and hip-hop and how that informs perceptions of blackness are explored regularly on his Tumblr, Scholarshit. www.fahamupecouart.com. less...

Best cultural smorgasbord BOA Award Winner

Simmer Down Picnic
Atlanta is home to summer festivals galore. And just like the city, they tend to sprawl, attracting crowds in the thousands, traffic, and predictable beer sponsors. But there’s something altogether alternative about last September’s SIMMER DOWN PICNIC, a smorgasbord of flavor on a more intimate scale.more...
Atlanta is home to summer festivals galore. And just like the city, they tend to sprawl, attracting crowds in the thousands, traffic, and predictable beer sponsors. But there’s something altogether alternative about last September’s SIMMER DOWN PICNIC, a smorgasbord of flavor on a more intimate scale. Organized in part by Quianah Upton (proprietor of vintage decor brand Arbitrary Living and dinner party #ChopItUpATL), Simmer Down serves up hyper-local DIY food and crafts vendors while local artists and emerging musicians contribute to the cultural diatribe. Sponsored largely by female-owned-and-operated small businesses within the city’s creative scene, the picnic, held at the Arts Exchange greenspace, played a significant role in last year’s independently produced, AfroPunk-affiliated documentary If You Know the Words, Feel Free by showcasing many of the key women pushing local culture forward. With a pre-feast BMX bike ride corralled by local street ambassador Chilly-O, it was an extended family affair; a true kickback with a backyard bohemian vibe. less...

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Cassidy Russell

Best literary event BOA Award Winner

Decatur Book Festival

Best local arts die-hard BOA Award Winner

Terry Kearns
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Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Theresa Davis

Best local Vine star BOA Award Winner

Aaron Chewning

Best mural BOA Award Winner

Chris Veal's "Honey we're urban now"

Best pop-up art space BOA Award Winner

gerberbars.com/whiskey-park-atlanta

Best public artwork BOA Award Winner

Tiny Doors ATL

Best super late comedy show likely to attract big names BOA Award Winner

When “Saturday Night Live” is signing off, the 1AM SECRET SHOW is just getting started over at Smith’s Olde Bar. Current hosts David Perdue, Anthony Driver, and Olive Lynch wrangle boozy crowds in a packed room each week. The lineup isn’t revealed until showtime and rarely is set before then,more...
When “Saturday Night Live” is signing off, the 1AM SECRET SHOW is just getting started over at Smith’s Olde Bar. Current hosts David Perdue, Anthony Driver, and Olive Lynch wrangle boozy crowds in a packed room each week. The lineup isn’t revealed until showtime and rarely is set before then, either, as the hosts are trying to snag visiting big-name comics. After a weekend of two-drink-minimum crowds, headliners love to burn the midnight oil at a dive show where anything goes. Past performers include Hannibal Buress, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Rory Scovel. If there is a big name in town, you’re almost guaranteed to see them at the 1AM. less...

Best theatrical artistic director BOA Award Winner

In a theater world hungry for the next hot world premier, BRIAN CLOWDUS proves that the shows you thought you knew still have some secrets waiting to be wrung out. As founder and artistic director of Serenbe Playhouse, he has continually mined grit, sex, and new energy from shows that have been makingmore...
In a theater world hungry for the next hot world premier, BRIAN CLOWDUS proves that the shows you thought you knew still have some secrets waiting to be wrung out. As founder and artistic director of Serenbe Playhouse, he has continually mined grit, sex, and new energy from shows that have been making the community and high school theater circuit for ages. Stagings of Oklahoma, Of Mice and Men, and Charlotte’s Web have found new life among Serenbe Farm’s rustic environs. Clowdus’ bold decision to land an actual Huey helicopter in the middle of a staging of Miss Saigon drew the attention of Playbill and the New York Times, but ultimately, the flair for spectacle is all in service of fully immersing audiences in these age-old stories, encouraging them to take a fresh look at shows they may think they already know. www.serenbeplayhouse.com. less...

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