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2009 Index of Winners

Filthy Pick: Best recession dining deal

Shaun's Restaurant
SHAUN'S RESTAURANT has been a favorite Inman Park hangout since it opened in 2007. But chef Shaun Doty's recent debut of his family-friendly Sunday night pasta dinners has lured droves of new customers and long-time regulars alike. For a mere $12, diners receive a three-course meal, which includes amore...
SHAUN'S RESTAURANT has been a favorite Inman Park hangout since it opened in 2007. But chef Shaun Doty's recent debut of his family-friendly Sunday night pasta dinners has lured droves of new customers and long-time regulars alike. For a mere $12, diners receive a three-course meal, which includes a family-style salad, a heaping portion of pasta from a handful of choices — the spaghetti and meatballs may be Atlanta's best — and a dessert. Affordable carafes of extremely drinkable wine selections are sold by the half-liter or liter. The rest of the menu is also available, but why bother when you can get such great food on the cheap? 1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358. www.shaunsrestaurant.com. less...

Best art event

Of all things glittery and shiny we witnessed just before the economy officially flew off the rails, nothing was glitterier or shinier than last...

Best art event

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery

Best art exhibit in a gallery

Wm Turner Gallery
Runner-up Jason Phillips Studio 313-377-7225, www.jasonphillipstudio.com

Best book by a local author

www.susanrebeccawhite.com Runner-up Trailer Trashed by Hollis Gillespie www.hollisgillespie.com

Best comedic threesome

Last fall, Actor’s Express’ production of Paul Rudnick’s The New Century presented a dream team of Atlanta comic talent with LALA COCHRAN,...

Best local arts blog

Runner-up thoughtmarker.blogspot.com

Best local spoken word artist

www.myspace.com/thesubliminator Runners-up Kodak Harrison and Theresa Davis

Best new theatrical venue

Southwest Arts Center
The SOUTHWEST ARTS CENTER is the long overdue cultural venue on Atlanta’s southwest side — but the name doesn’t convey just how impressive...

Best opening

The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo
Runner-up Emergence at Spruill Gallery 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-394-4019, www.spruillarts.org

Best place to score affordable art

Young Blood Gallery Young Blood Gallery
Runner-up Art festivals

Best underground art space

Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery
Runner-up WonderRoot Community Arts Center 982 Memorial Drive, 404-254-5955, www.wonderroot.org

Best bar to hook up

Graveyard Tavern Graveyard Tavern

Runner-up
Dark Horse Tavern
816 N. Highland Ave., 404-873-3607, www.darkhorseatlanta.com

Best bowling alley

Midtown Bowl Midtown Bowl

Runner-up
300 Atlanta
2175 Savoy Drive, 770-451-8605, www.3hundred.com

Best college crowd bar/club

Moondogs Moondogs

Runner-up
Peachtree Tavern
3179-B Peachtree Road, 404-842-1700, www.peachtreetavern.com

Best jazz club

Churchill Grounds

Runner-up
Sambuca
3102 Piedmont Road, 404-237-5299, www.sambucarestaurant.com

Best jukebox

Righteous Room The Righteous Room

Runner-up
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave., 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com

Best local producer

Illastrate

Best local singer/songwriter

Ben Trickey
The plight of the stark, lo-fi troubadour is not an easy one. In a post-Bright Eyes, post-Mountain Goats world, indie rock has seen just about every riveting trick one lonely man with a guitar can get away with — as well as the ones he can’t. But when BEN TRICKEY strums and sings aboutmore...
The plight of the stark, lo-fi troubadour is not an easy one. In a post-Bright Eyes, post-Mountain Goats world, indie rock has seen just about every riveting trick one lonely man with a guitar can get away with — as well as the ones he can’t. But when BEN TRICKEY strums and sings about the dark, emotional side of life as an imperfect man, you believe him. The characters and narratives in his songs resonate with somber timelessness, scorched tones and dirty production qualities that add depth to his frail and frazzled arrangements. www.bentrickey.com. less...

Best lounge

Clermont Lounge

Runner-up
Halo
817 W. Peachtree St. #E100, 404-962-7333, www.halolounge.com

Best outdoor music venue

Chastain Park Amphitheatre Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Runner-up
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Way, 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com

Best place to hear local music

The Earl The EARL

Runner-up
Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com

Best sign that you can't keep a good music scene down

Star Bar

Runner-up
Eddie's Attic
515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur, 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com

Best affordable day care

Runner-up
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 678-812-4000, atlantajcc.org

Best bizarro local news story

Parking deck collapse

Runner-up
Bestiality with a dog

Best down-to-Earth place in Atlanta

Little Five Points
Intown Atlanta's renaissance was a welcome change, but it posed a conundrum for some neighborhoods: As newcomers settled in, the urban villages began the slow brewing process of finding their identity. Thank God that LITTLE FIVE POINTS doesn't care if it has a cohesive one. Though best known as the go-tomore...
Intown Atlanta's renaissance was a welcome change, but it posed a conundrum for some neighborhoods: As newcomers settled in, the urban villages began the slow brewing process of finding their identity. Thank God that LITTLE FIVE POINTS doesn't care if it has a cohesive one. Though best known as the go-to ’hood for music, brews and tattoos, it’s also one of the most homegrown hamlets in Atlanta: Next to Virginia-Highland, no other intown neighborhood offers more independent businesses (community-owned credit union, anyone?). Through white flight and gentrification, L5P has been a welcome reprieve from the plastic Buckhead and the quick-built Atlantic Station. You can nurse (or pound) a beer at Corner Tavern or the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, or you can stop by for an impromptu concert at Criminal Records. Undeniably, home prices have gone up, but the well-inked and laissez-faire vibe remains the same. Euclid and Moreland avenues. www.l5p.com. less...

Best down-to-earth place in Atlanta

Decatur

www.decaturga.com


Runner-up
Little Five Points

Best jogging path

Freedom Parkway Trail

Runner-up
Silver Comet Trail
Lake Road and Mavell Road, 404-875-7284, www.pathfoundation.org

Best local athlete

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons

Runner-up
Chipper Jones

Best marching band

Seed and Feed Marching Abominable

Runner-up
Grady High School
929 Charles Allen Drive, 404-802-3001, www.gradyhighschool.org

Best morning drive-time show

"The Bert Show" on Q100 (99.7 WWWQ-FM) Q100

Runner-up
"Morning Edition" (90.1 WABE-FM)
www.pba.org/

Best muckraker in lean media times

Jim Walls
The prediction is that online “citizen journalists” will one day replace daily newspapers. There could be something to that if there were more free-range Internet scribes like JIM WALLS, the admitted “ink-stained wretch” behind Atlanta Unfiltered. Having overseen themore...
The prediction is that online “citizen journalists” will one day replace daily newspapers. There could be something to that if there were more free-range Internet scribes like JIM WALLS, the admitted “ink-stained wretch” behind Atlanta Unfiltered. Having overseen the AJC’s investigative reporting unit for 12 years until taking a buyout in 2008, Walls is the master of the public records search. Since launching his site in late March, he’s beaten his old employer on several news stories, including the messy firing of DeKalb Police Chief Terrell Bolton; an illegal attempt by the state Public Service Commission to switch chairmen; and a costly legal malpractice decision against a DeKalb state lawmaker. We’re not sure how Walls makes a living, but having a guy like him on the beat is a benefit to us all. www.atlantaunfiltered.com. less...

Best neighborhood for nightlife

East Atlanta

eaca.net


Runner-up
Virginia-Highland
www.virginiahighland.com

Best place to ride your bike

Silver Comet Trail

Runner-up
Freedom Park
1500 Clifton Terrace N.E., 404-817-6813, www.freedompark.org

Best posh preschool

Riverstone Montessori Academy

Runner-up
Paideia
1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-377-3491, www.paideiaschool.org

Best street character

Baton Bob

www.batonbob.com


Runner-up
Bicycle shorts man

Best tree to climb

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park

Runner-up
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-0494, www.decaturga.com

Best antique store

Kudzu Antique Market

Runner-up
Paris on Ponce
716 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-249-9965, parisonponce.com

Best approachable bling

Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on themore...
Anyone who’s ever shopped for diamonds knows about the four C’s: cut, clarity, carat and color. But what about the long-lost fifth C: cost. Can a material girl on a budget ever catch a break? At SOLOMON BROTHERS FINE JEWELRY, the answer is yes. The staid showroom, hidden away on the 17th floor of a Buckhead high-rise, is far from intimidating, and Solomon’s staff is friendly, not pushy. Best of all, you’ll get a quality piece of sparkle for a totally fair price. 3340 Peachtree Road. 404-537-2859. www.solomonbrothers.com. less...

Best Asian food market

Super H-Mart

Runner-up
Buford Highway Farmer's Market
5600 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-455-0770

Best colonic

Nile Wellness Center Nile Wellness Center

Runner-up
Midtown Wellness Center
117 Fifth St., Suite 1, 404-347-9444, www.midtownatlantawellness.com

Best drag wear

Junkman's Daughter Junkman's Daughter

Runner-up
Psycho Sisters Consignment Boutique
428 Moreland Ave., 404-523-0100, www.psychosistersshops.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best florist

J Patrick Designs J Patrick Designs

Runner-up
Candler Park Flower Mart
1395 McLendon Ave., 404-522-0005, www.candlerparkflowers.com

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