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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures

We’ve lost our minds. We’ve started from scratch. We’ve unshackled ourselves from our traditional Best of Atlanta. We do what we want!

This year, rather than trot out the same old favorites, we took a different approach. Our food and drink team asked, “What about this year made us excited, proud, hungry?”

We also changed our direction when it came to the huge decision of who would win Best Overall Restaurant. In years past, the honor has been bestowed on the restaurant with the highest ratings, the most formal service, and the most refined food. This year, all that was thrown out the window. Instead, we opted for the place we most want to eat. Crazy, huh?

Now, if you still need a recommendation for a Thai restaurant or a breakfast spot, our Readers Picks have you covered. Every year, your taste gets better and better, dear readers, and this year you’ve outdone yourselves.

But the critics have gone rogue. Forget filet mignon and crème brûlée, we’re touting confit duck heads and sea salt popsicles.

— Besha Rodell

Best dining deal

BLT Steak’s 5 at 5 BLT Steak

Best evolution of farm-to-table dining

Home Grown
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southernmore...
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southern dishes, fluffy biscuits, and the creamiest local creamed corn around make dining here special, as does the diverse clientele, which reflects the families, workers, hippies and hipsters of this changing neighborhood. 968 Memorial Drive. 404-222-0455. www.homegrownga.com. less...

Best food event

Atlanta’s Urban Picnic
The cry to “legalize Atlanta street food!” spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA’S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants andmore...
The cry to “legalize Atlanta street food!” spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA’S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants and new vendors jumped up to support the cause and feed our hunger for something new. Mobile wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burritos and more littered the sidewalks of the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market on select Fridays to provide “safe, affordable, and legal access to street food in Atlanta.” Even better, the effort seems to have paid off, with Atlanta’s first food truck getting its license in August. 404-585-1496. www.atlantastreetfood.com. less...

Best po’boy

Star Provisions Star Provisions

Best popsicles

King of Pops
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors,more...
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors, including grapefruit mint, chocolate sea salt, tangerine basil and more. The King has officially made Atlanta’s summer that much cooler. www.kingofpops.net less...

Best bar snacks

The Sound Table

Best ice cream sandwich

Miller Union Miller Union
When the restaurant opened for lunch earlier this year, MILLER UNION gave us more to celebrate than just a classy Westside midday option. For dessert at lunch, a changing array of ice cream sandwiches showed up, each with a delicate chocolate cookie exterior and creamy ice cream interior. Favorites?more...
When the restaurant opened for lunch earlier this year, MILLER UNION gave us more to celebrate than just a classy Westside midday option. For dessert at lunch, a changing array of ice cream sandwiches showed up, each with a delicate chocolate cookie exterior and creamy ice cream interior. Favorites? Almond joy. Mexican chocolate. Earl grey. Unwrapping each one from its wax paper wrapper is like unwrapping a piece of childhood. 999 Brady Ave. 678-733-8550. www.millerunion.com. less...

Best overall restaurant

It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a specialmore...
It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a special place, if we had the opportunity to shout ATL pride from the rooftops for one restaurant only, it would be HOLEMAN & FINCH. It’s the restaurant our New York friends are jealous of. It’s a place you can get a mind-blowing cocktail alongside a perfect small round of the most classic, wonderful steak tartare topped with a flurry of the thinnest potato crisps imaginable. All manner of “parts” are available, from creamy, dreamy lamb brains to rabbit livers topped with pickled blueberries, to whole confit duck heads. But if extreme eating isn’t your sport, the comfort and simplicity of house-made pasta carbonara with a fat farm egg yolk to stir in, or a perfectly cooked piece of trout can excite, too. Either way, we’re smitten. 2277 Peachtree Road. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com. less...

Best shaved ice

Suno Dessert
This ain’t your daddy’s snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it’s relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where’s the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolatemore...
This ain’t your daddy’s snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it’s relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where’s the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolate sauce, crushed candy bars, condensed milk, and whole Oreo cookies. 2570 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-710-0084; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.suno-dessert.com. less...

Best torta

Taqueria La Oaxaquena
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you’ve had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat loversmore...
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you’ve had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers will rejoice. Vegetarians will be tempted. 605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. www.taquerialaoaxaquena.com. less...

Best Chinese noodles

Ming’s Bar B Q

Best dumplings

Chef Liu’s Chef Liu

Best ice cream flavor

Morelli’s Salted Caramel

Best new restaurant and best pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana Antico Pizza Napoletana
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There’smore...
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There’s no one thing that explains why Antico is so great, but there are plenty of things worth mentioning: the ovens and flour and tomatoes and workers imported from Italy; the blaring opera music; the convivial seating arrangements, where you might have to eat beside strangers at a metal table in the kitchen. But oh, when those pizzas arrive with their hot, crusty, thin, perfectly balanced crusts, and their tangy, sweet tomato sauce, that’s when Antico becomes akin to a religious experience. It’s the church of pizza. Consider us converted. 1093 Hemphill Ave. 404-724-2333. www.anticopizza.it. less...

Best tuna sandwich

Alon’s Bakery

Best falafel

Jerusalem Bakery Alpharetta
There are a lot of balls out there, but most don’t deserve a place in your mouth. The crunchy golden balls of fried chickpea and parsley at JERUSALEM BAKERY ALPHARETTA, however, are definitely worthy. Pita bread filled with pickled veggies, shaved onions and spicy sauce tangle with the falafel in amore...
There are a lot of balls out there, but most don’t deserve a place in your mouth. The crunchy golden balls of fried chickpea and parsley at JERUSALEM BAKERY ALPHARETTA, however, are definitely worthy. Pita bread filled with pickled veggies, shaved onions and spicy sauce tangle with the falafel in a tight burrito-style roll that explodes with classic Middle Eastern flavors. 4150 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 770-777-0193. www.jerusalem-bakery.com. less...

Best ramen

Yakitori Jinbei Yakitori Jinbei
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked formore...
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked for hours until the collagen renders the broth creamy and silky smooth. The superior broth acts as a vehicle for succulent slices of rolled-up pork, chewy bamboo shoots, seaweed, chopped green onion, springy noodles and crunchy white and black sesame seeds. 2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 770-818-9215. www.yakitorirestaurant.com. less...

Best tofu

Bishoku Bishoku
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel’s endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infusedmore...
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel’s endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infused with classic ingredients, such as edamame. No tofu dish is more beautiful than her homemade egg tofu topped with an unctuous sliver of uni and served with a tiny spoon. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-7998. www.bishokusushi.com. less...

Best banh mi

Uoc Huong Bahn Mi Fast Food
QUOC HUONG BANH MI FAST FOOD’s banh mi will make you swear off all other “fast food” for good. A crusty Vietnamese-style baguette rains crumbs onto your shirt and oozes mayo and soft butter. Sweet slices of barbecue pork meet its perfect foil: fresh cilantro, pickled shreds of carrot and daikon.more...
QUOC HUONG BANH MI FAST FOOD’s banh mi will make you swear off all other “fast food” for good. A crusty Vietnamese-style baguette rains crumbs onto your shirt and oozes mayo and soft butter. Sweet slices of barbecue pork meet its perfect foil: fresh cilantro, pickled shreds of carrot and daikon. It’s the ultimate version of an East-meets-West mashup. 5150 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-936-0605. less...

Best doughnut

Sublime Doughnuts Sublime Doughnuts
Kamal Grant’s doughnut shop, SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS, is big on flavor and personality. Grant, the sweet-talking Pharrell Williams look-alike, charmed his way into our doughnut-loving hearts with his sugary creations. Toppings exceed the standards set by other bakers. Look for flavors such as dulce de leche,more...
Kamal Grant’s doughnut shop, SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS, is big on flavor and personality. Grant, the sweet-talking Pharrell Williams look-alike, charmed his way into our doughnut-loving hearts with his sugary creations. Toppings exceed the standards set by other bakers. Look for flavors such as dulce de leche, the A-town cream (an A-shaped glazed doughnut filled with vanilla cream and coated with chocolate), and the orange dream star (a glazed doughnut topped with an orange-infused frosting). 535 10th St. 404-897-1801. www.sublimedoughnuts.com. less...

Best service

Miller Union Miller Union

Best vegetarian splurge

Woodfire Grill’s Vegetable Tasting Menu Woodfire Grill

Best wine list

Craft Atlanta

Best cheap eats

Lunacy Black Market Lunacy Black Market

Best dessert trend

Fried pies

Best chef

Kevin Gillespie Woodfire Grill

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun


www.rathbunsrestaurant.com

Best Indian

Bhojanic Bhojanic

Runners-up:


Cafe Bombay


1622 Woodcliff Drive, 404-320-0229, www.cafebombayatlanta.com


AND


Zyka


1677 Scott Blvd., Decatur, 404-728-4444, www.zyka.com

Best Middle Eastern

Mediterranean Grill

Runners-up:


Ali Baba’s


60 Broad St., 404-681-3997; 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-223-1445. www.alibabaatlanta.com.


AND


Mezza


2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Best pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana Antico Pizza Napoletana

Runner-up: Fellini’s Pizza


909 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-3088, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.fellinisatlanta.com

Best restaurant to bring the kids

Runner-up: Figo Pasta


1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-586-9250, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.figopasta.com.

Best restaurant trend

Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best sandwiches

Alon’s Bakery and Market

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best soul food

Willingham’s Kitchen

Runner-up: Mary Mac’s Tea Room


224 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com

Best tacos

Taqueria del Sol

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best Thai

Spoon

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

Runners-up:


Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston’s


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Vietnamese

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best wine list

Murphy’s Murphy's

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list

Murphy’s Murphy's

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best bar food

The Earl The EARL

Runner-up: The Porter


1156 Euclid Ave., 404-223-0309, www.theporterbeerbar.com

Best breakfast

Flying Biscuit Cafe

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Ria’s Bluebird


421 Memorial Drive, 404-521-3737, www.riasbluebird.com

Best brew pub

5 Seasons Brewing Company

Runner-up: Twain’s Billiards & Tap


211 E. Trinity Place, 404-373-0063, www.twains.net

Best Cajun

Parish Food & Goods

Runner-up: Henry’s Louisiana Grill


4835 N. Main St., Acworth, 770-966-1515, www.chefhenrys.com

Best Cuban

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill

Runner-up: Havana Restaurant


3979 Buford Highway, Suite 108, 404-633-7549, www.havanarestaurantatlanta.com

Best farm to table restaurant

Farm Burger Farm Burger - Decatur

Runner-up: Miller Union


999 Brady Ave., 678-733-8550, www.millerunion.com

Best food festival or event

Taste of Atlanta

www.tasteofatlanta.com


Runner-up: Chomp and Stomp


www.chompandstomp.com

Best Korean

Hae Woon Dae

Runner-up: Honey Pig


3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth, 770-476-9292, www.honeypigatl.com

Best Mexican

Nuevo Laredo Cantina Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Runners-up:


Mi Barrio


571 Memorial Drive, 404-223-9279


AND


Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best restaurant when someone else is paying

Bacchanalia Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun Steak


154 Krog St., 404-524-5600, www.kevinrathbunsteak.com

Best seafood

Six Feet Under

Runner-up: Atlanta Fish Market


265 Pharr Road, 404-262-3165, www.buckheadrestaurants.com/atlantafishmarket

Best tapas

Pura Vida Pura Vida

Runner-up: Eclipse di Luna


764 Miami Circle, 404-846-0449; 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 678-205-5862. www.eclipsediluna.com.

Best vegetarian

Cafe Sunflower

Runner-up: Dynamic Dish


427 Edgewood Ave., 404-688-4344, www.dynamicdish.net

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Vietnamese

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best bakery

Alon’s Bakery and Market

Runner-up: Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best burger

Runner-up: Farm Burger


410-B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best cheap eats

Eats Eats

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com.

Best dim sum

Canton House

Runner-up: Hong Kong Harbour


2184 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7630, www.hongkongharbouratl.com

Best Ethiopian

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Runner-up: Queen of Sheba


1594 Woodcliff Drive, 404-321-1493, www.qsheba.com

Best frozen yogurt

Yoforia

Runner-up: The Yogurt Tap


419 Church St., Decatur, 404-373-6090, www.theyogurttap.com

Best hamburger

The Vortex Bar and Grill

Runner-up: Farm Burger


4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best ice cream

Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Runner-up: Bruster’s Real Ice Cream


2550 Lawrenceville Highway, 770-496-0700, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.brusters.com

Best-looking waitstaff

Tavern at Phipps Tavern at Phipps

Runner-up: Flip Burger Boutique


1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best Southwestern

Nava Nava

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best under the radar restaurant

Graveyard Tavern Graveyard Tavern

Runners-up:


Cafe Lily


308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9119, www.cafelily.com


AND


Capozzi’s


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com

Best veggie burgers

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828; 878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Best wine list

Murphy’s Murphy's

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best barbecue

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Runner-up: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack


1811 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-1622, www.fatmattsribshack.com

Best biscuits

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Thumbs-up Diner


573 Edgewood Ave. S.E., 404-223-0690, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.thumbsupdiner.com

Best burritos

Willy’s Mexicana Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Raging Burrito


141 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-3311, www.ragingburrito.com

Best Chinese

Chin Chin

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Chinese Buddha


100 10th St., 404-874-5158; 144 14th St., 404-875-5278

Best cocktails

Leon’s Full Service Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


2277 Peachtree Road, 404-948-1175, www.holeman-finch.com

Best grits

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

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Best chef

Kevin Gillespie Woodfire Grill

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun


www.rathbunsrestaurant.com

Best dining deal

BLT Steak’s 5 at 5 BLT Steak

Best evolution of farm-to-table dining

Home Grown
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southernmore...
For years, organics, slow food and locavorism have been struggling with their identity as a movement confined to high-end restaurants and high-priced marketplaces. But this summer, HOME GROWN opened, proving that fresh, local produce can be translated to affordable, neighborhood dining. Classic Southern dishes, fluffy biscuits, and the creamiest local creamed corn around make dining here special, as does the diverse clientele, which reflects the families, workers, hippies and hipsters of this changing neighborhood. 968 Memorial Drive. 404-222-0455. www.homegrownga.com. less...

Best food event

Atlanta’s Urban Picnic
The cry to “legalize Atlanta street food!” spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA’S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants andmore...
The cry to “legalize Atlanta street food!” spread across the interwebs this year with surprising enthusiasm. The folks behind the Atlanta Street Food Coalition took this directive to heart and created ATLANTA’S URBAN PICNIC, one of the coolest events our city has seen in years. Restaurants and new vendors jumped up to support the cause and feed our hunger for something new. Mobile wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burritos and more littered the sidewalks of the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market on select Fridays to provide “safe, affordable, and legal access to street food in Atlanta.” Even better, the effort seems to have paid off, with Atlanta’s first food truck getting its license in August. 404-585-1496. www.atlantastreetfood.com. less...

Best Indian

Bhojanic Bhojanic

Runners-up:


Cafe Bombay


1622 Woodcliff Drive, 404-320-0229, www.cafebombayatlanta.com


AND


Zyka


1677 Scott Blvd., Decatur, 404-728-4444, www.zyka.com

Best Middle Eastern

Mediterranean Grill

Runners-up:


Ali Baba’s


60 Broad St., 404-681-3997; 1099 Euclid Ave., 404-223-1445. www.alibabaatlanta.com.


AND


Mezza


2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833. www.mezzabistro.com.

Best pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana Antico Pizza Napoletana

Runner-up: Fellini’s Pizza


909 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-3088, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.fellinisatlanta.com

Best po’boy

Star Provisions Star Provisions

Best popsicles

King of Pops
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors,more...
When former insurance company analyst Steven Carse, better known on the streets as the KING OF POPS, first showed up on the corner of North and North Highland avenues, foodies instantly regressed. The popsicle peddler inspired childish sweet summertime lust with a variety of homemade exotic flavors, including grapefruit mint, chocolate sea salt, tangerine basil and more. The King has officially made Atlanta’s summer that much cooler. www.kingofpops.net less...

Best restaurant to bring the kids

Runner-up: Figo Pasta


1210 Howell Mill Road, 404-586-9250, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.figopasta.com.

Best restaurant trend

Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best sandwiches

Alon’s Bakery and Market

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best soul food

Willingham’s Kitchen

Runner-up: Mary Mac’s Tea Room


224 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-876-1800, www.marymacs.com

Best tacos

Taqueria del Sol

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best Thai

Spoon

Runner-up: Little Bangkok


2225 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-315-1530, www.littlebangkokatlanta.com

Best veggie meal at a non-vegetarian restaurant

R. Thomas Deluxe Grill R. Thomas' Deluxe Grill

Runners-up:


Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com


AND


Houston’s


2166 Peachtree Road, 404-351-2442, www.hillstone.com

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Vietnamese

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best wine list

Murphy’s Murphy's

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best wine list

Murphy’s Murphy's

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best bar food

The Earl The EARL

Runner-up: The Porter


1156 Euclid Ave., 404-223-0309, www.theporterbeerbar.com

Best bar snacks

The Sound Table

Best breakfast

Flying Biscuit Cafe

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Ria’s Bluebird


421 Memorial Drive, 404-521-3737, www.riasbluebird.com

Best brew pub

5 Seasons Brewing Company

Runner-up: Twain’s Billiards & Tap


211 E. Trinity Place, 404-373-0063, www.twains.net

Best Cajun

Parish Food & Goods

Runner-up: Henry’s Louisiana Grill


4835 N. Main St., Acworth, 770-966-1515, www.chefhenrys.com

Best Cuban

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill

Runner-up: Havana Restaurant


3979 Buford Highway, Suite 108, 404-633-7549, www.havanarestaurantatlanta.com

Best farm to table restaurant

Farm Burger Farm Burger - Decatur

Runner-up: Miller Union


999 Brady Ave., 678-733-8550, www.millerunion.com

Best food festival or event

Taste of Atlanta

www.tasteofatlanta.com


Runner-up: Chomp and Stomp


www.chompandstomp.com

Best ice cream sandwich

Miller Union Miller Union
When the restaurant opened for lunch earlier this year, MILLER UNION gave us more to celebrate than just a classy Westside midday option. For dessert at lunch, a changing array of ice cream sandwiches showed up, each with a delicate chocolate cookie exterior and creamy ice cream interior. Favorites?more...
When the restaurant opened for lunch earlier this year, MILLER UNION gave us more to celebrate than just a classy Westside midday option. For dessert at lunch, a changing array of ice cream sandwiches showed up, each with a delicate chocolate cookie exterior and creamy ice cream interior. Favorites? Almond joy. Mexican chocolate. Earl grey. Unwrapping each one from its wax paper wrapper is like unwrapping a piece of childhood. 999 Brady Ave. 678-733-8550. www.millerunion.com. less...

Best Korean

Hae Woon Dae

Runner-up: Honey Pig


3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth, 770-476-9292, www.honeypigatl.com

Best Mexican

Nuevo Laredo Cantina Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Runners-up:


Mi Barrio


571 Memorial Drive, 404-223-9279


AND


Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best overall restaurant

It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a specialmore...
It may not be the fanciest restaurant in Atlanta, or the one with the most formal service, or even the one with the highest star rating. But none of that matters. What matters is this is the place where we all want to eat. If a friend comes in from out of town, if a special occasion calls for a special place, if we had the opportunity to shout ATL pride from the rooftops for one restaurant only, it would be HOLEMAN & FINCH. It’s the restaurant our New York friends are jealous of. It’s a place you can get a mind-blowing cocktail alongside a perfect small round of the most classic, wonderful steak tartare topped with a flurry of the thinnest potato crisps imaginable. All manner of “parts” are available, from creamy, dreamy lamb brains to rabbit livers topped with pickled blueberries, to whole confit duck heads. But if extreme eating isn’t your sport, the comfort and simplicity of house-made pasta carbonara with a fat farm egg yolk to stir in, or a perfectly cooked piece of trout can excite, too. Either way, we’re smitten. 2277 Peachtree Road. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com. less...

Best restaurant when someone else is paying

Bacchanalia Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Kevin Rathbun Steak


154 Krog St., 404-524-5600, www.kevinrathbunsteak.com

Best seafood

Six Feet Under

Runner-up: Atlanta Fish Market


265 Pharr Road, 404-262-3165, www.buckheadrestaurants.com/atlantafishmarket

Best shaved ice

Suno Dessert
This ain’t your daddy’s snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it’s relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where’s the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolatemore...
This ain’t your daddy’s snow cone. Towering mounds of finely shaved ice milk melt on your tongue at SUNO DESSERT. Suno makes the health claim that it’s relatively good for you, especially if you choose the chunks of fresh fruit as a topping. But where’s the fun in that? Slut it up with some chocolate sauce, crushed candy bars, condensed milk, and whole Oreo cookies. 2570 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 770-710-0084; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.suno-dessert.com. less...

Best tapas

Pura Vida Pura Vida

Runner-up: Eclipse di Luna


764 Miami Circle, 404-846-0449; 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 678-205-5862. www.eclipsediluna.com.

Best torta

Taqueria La Oaxaquena
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you’ve had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat loversmore...
The Milanese torta at TAQUERIA LA OAXAQUENA is the kind of sandwich that, once you’ve had it, trumps all other meat and bread combinations. A massive piece of breaded fried steak is packed into a supple, sweetish bun with velvety avocado, melted white Mexican cheese and heady chipotle. Meat lovers will rejoice. Vegetarians will be tempted. 605 Mount Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. www.taquerialaoaxaquena.com. less...

Best vegetarian

Cafe Sunflower

Runner-up: Dynamic Dish


427 Edgewood Ave., 404-688-4344, www.dynamicdish.net

Best waitstaff

Capozzi’s

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Leon’s Full Service


131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best Chinese noodles

Ming’s Bar B Q

Best Vietnamese

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best bakery

Alon’s Bakery and Market

Runner-up: Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best burger

Runner-up: Farm Burger


410-B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best cheap eats

Eats Eats

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com.

Best dim sum

Canton House

Runner-up: Hong Kong Harbour


2184 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7630, www.hongkongharbouratl.com

Best dumplings

Chef Liu’s Chef Liu

Best Ethiopian

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Runner-up: Queen of Sheba


1594 Woodcliff Drive, 404-321-1493, www.qsheba.com

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