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Every night is a busy night at Holeman & Finch Public House. Burger pilgrims arrive hours early to reserve one of the limited-edition, double-patty delights in advance. They camp out at the bar or around high-top tables, waiting elbow to elbow for an amplified voice to announce that Burger Time has arrived at last. Regulars chuckle at the nightly spectacle.

Atlanta diners are an enthusiastic bunch. Hip to the latest hot spots, the fooderati flock to newly opened restaurants, always hungry for what's next. Holeman & Finch was no exception when it opened to a packed house and much fanfare back in 2008. But five years later, it's still tough to find a seat in the house that former bar manager Greg Best, Linton Hopkins, and team built.

In the last few years, we've seen Atlanta's restaurant culture evolve and reinvent itself with an explosion of exciting new restaurants. In many ways, staying power is a restaurant's true currency these days. This year, when setting out to highlight the best Atlanta has to offer, we searched for restaurants that anchor our current dining scene and will continue to mold it for years to come.

Empire State South remains a bastion of modern cooking in the South, tackling three meals a day like nowhere else. Tasty China in Marietta reminds us that we're still willing to venture OTP in the name of incredible ethnic food. We were once again seduced by the harmony of Octane Coffee and Little Tart Bakeshop. There are newcomers, too. This year we found smart, memorable cocktails at Paper Plane, daring and authentic Italian at BoccaLupo and Storico Fresco Pasta. Deft hands at the General Muir brought us a refined take on the Jewish deli.

Every year, it gets harder to create the list of Best of Atlanta winners. But having too many great restaurants to choose from is a problem we're happy to have.

— Stephanie Dazey

Best place to eat like you're in China BOA Award Winner

Located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall's food court, Hong Kong BBQ gets you in and out quickly. In fact, taking the food to go is a great way to enjoy the Chinese barbecue and Cantonese specialties. Whether sliced in clear soup with thin noodles or as a platter with steamed rice, watching the chefs carvemore...
Located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall's food court, Hong Kong BBQ gets you in and out quickly. In fact, taking the food to go is a great way to enjoy the Chinese barbecue and Cantonese specialties. Whether sliced in clear soup with thin noodles or as a platter with steamed rice, watching the chefs carve the glossy ducks and barbecued pork with a menacing cleaver is always fun. The large menu also features addictive dishes such as the sour cabbage and sausage fried rice and a stellar version of Hainanese chicken rice. Cash only or you'll go hungry. less...

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

The Spence
In the age of industrialized food, experts recommend you stay away from anything made with ingredients you can't pronounce. But in the wine world, bizarre varietals you've never heard of are treasures waiting to be uncorked. At the Spence, Justin Amick, general manager, wine director, and advanced sommelier,more...
In the age of industrialized food, experts recommend you stay away from anything made with ingredients you can't pronounce. But in the wine world, bizarre varietals you've never heard of are treasures waiting to be uncorked. At the Spence, Justin Amick, general manager, wine director, and advanced sommelier, is obsessed with finding odd, obscure specimens for his list of 90-ish wines. Try the tight but juicy cinsault/syrah/cabernet sauvignon blend from Lebanon, just to say you've had a wine from Lebanon. Or the puzzling pelaverga piccolo from Piedmont because it's really fun to say and tastes like dried strawberries and white pepper. If you must, you'll find your California chard and Napa cab under the heading Tried and True. We'll be at the bar testing out the inky black vranec-kratosija from Macedonia and the herbally hondarribi beltza from Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

A lot of people say Atlanta doesn't have a distinct style of barbecue, but they are wrong. Our town excels at creative takes on classics. No barbecue spot exemplifies this more than Heirloom Market BBQ. Chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee took a small spot located next to a gas station and transformed itmore...
A lot of people say Atlanta doesn't have a distinct style of barbecue, but they are wrong. Our town excels at creative takes on classics. No barbecue spot exemplifies this more than Heirloom Market BBQ. Chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee took a small spot located next to a gas station and transformed it into a barbecue destination. Lee's Korean influences find their way into condiments such as the sweet and spicy Korean-style sauce and sides such as kimchi. And the meats, oh the meats - the super tender and smoky brisket, the fall-apart pork ribs, and moist pulled pork. The tiny restaurant has become so busy, it's now standing-room only on the patio. The owners are looking for another location with space for all of their devotees. less...

Best burger joint BOA Award Winner

Farm Burger
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshinemore...
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshine Meats, a collective of Georgia farmers and ranchers founded by Farm Burger partner Jason Mann. Most vegetables also come from area farms such as Crystal Organic, Love is Love at Gaia Gardens, and Riverview Farms. Complement the clean flavor of grassfed beef with offbeat burger toppings such as oxtail marmalade, roasted bone marrow, or Decimal Place Farms goat cheese. less...

Best Japanese soul food BOA Award Winner

The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can getmore...
The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can get chicken skin and other delicacies grilled over white binchotan charcoal. less...

Best Korean comfort food BOA Award Winner

Stone Bowl House (Woo Nam Jeong)

Best lunch spot BOA Award Winner

Day in and day out, crowds of people wait in line at Star Provisions, salivating in front of counters filled with fried chicken, frittatas, and all manner of Southern sides. We love the simple pleasure of prosciutto on a house-baked baguette smeared in butter. Try the po'boy bursting with fried shrimp,more...
Day in and day out, crowds of people wait in line at Star Provisions, salivating in front of counters filled with fried chicken, frittatas, and all manner of Southern sides. We love the simple pleasure of prosciutto on a house-baked baguette smeared in butter. Try the po'boy bursting with fried shrimp, or the olive-soaked layers of a muffuletta piled with mortadella and coppa. The choices of sandwiches, salads, even a daily blue-plate special, are endlessly satisfying. And no lunch at Star Provisions is complete without a trip to the cheese counter, meat market, or pastry counter for a delicate lemon meringue tart or colorful cupcake. less...

Best beer bar BOA Award Winner

The Porter Beer Bar has truly come into its own. The charming Little Five Points establishment has spent five years developing its now-formidable position as a world-class bar. There's the handsome cellar in the back where the walls are lined with more than 300 vintage and rare aging beers. It's a cozy,more...
The Porter Beer Bar has truly come into its own. The charming Little Five Points establishment has spent five years developing its now-formidable position as a world-class bar. There's the handsome cellar in the back where the walls are lined with more than 300 vintage and rare aging beers. It's a cozy, private, rentable space with a gorgeous wooden table that seats 25. The Porter's tap and bottle selection pushes boundaries with new-to-Georgia selections such as Chicago's Local Option and Italy's Birrificio di Como. Be sure to ask if they've got anything special on - the Porter's draft list is the most distinctive and surprising in town. less...

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

A great cup of coffee is increasingly easy to find in Atlanta. But a great cup of coffee and an equally great croissant? Now that's a more difficult feat. Luckily, we have the Grant Park combo of Octane Coffee and the Little Tart Bakeshop. There's something magical about the morning light coming in throughmore...
A great cup of coffee is increasingly easy to find in Atlanta. But a great cup of coffee and an equally great croissant? Now that's a more difficult feat. Luckily, we have the Grant Park combo of Octane Coffee and the Little Tart Bakeshop. There's something magical about the morning light coming in through the windows, the way it highlights the steam rising from a cup of rich Guatemalan or Ethiopian coffee. Even prettier are the pastries behind the counter. If you can only do one, go with the beautiful chocolate almond croissant. We can't wrap our brains around the amount of butter needed to construct its crunchy, crisp layers of dough, but once you hit the melting chocolate center, who cares? less...

Best comeback BOA Award Winner

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

When we heard that the folks from West Egg and Bocado's then-chef Todd Ginsberg were teaming up to open the General Muir, a tribute to a classic New York deli, we knew to expect some serious pastrami and matzoh ball soup. But no one anticipated such exotic dishes as the breakfast laffa (Israeli flatmore...
When we heard that the folks from West Egg and Bocado's then-chef Todd Ginsberg were teaming up to open the General Muir, a tribute to a classic New York deli, we knew to expect some serious pastrami and matzoh ball soup. But no one anticipated such exotic dishes as the breakfast laffa (Israeli flat bread) stuffed with stewed lentils, charred eggplant, and a thick spread of spicy harissa. Or that the cortados would be so damn bold. Or that the poutine would turn out to be the best combination of fried potato, pastrami, gooey cheese, and meaty gravy this city has ever seen. This newcomer is still evolving, but there's a long list of things it does as well as - or better than - anyone in town, including the burgers, espresso, cheesecake, bagels, lox, sticky buns ... Shall we go on? Because we certainly can. less...

Best OTP restaurant BOA Award Winner

Even after all these years, the fiery nuances of Szechuan cuisine at Marietta's Tasty China - and the mild intestinal discomfort that can accompany it - is still totally worth the drive. Despite many personnel changes since opening in 2006, Tasty China has managed to keep churning out the kind ofmore...
Even after all these years, the fiery nuances of Szechuan cuisine at Marietta's Tasty China - and the mild intestinal discomfort that can accompany it - is still totally worth the drive. Despite many personnel changes since opening in 2006, Tasty China has managed to keep churning out the kind of hot and numbing, tongue-tingling fireworks that keep us venturing back out to the 'burbs for more. Try the burning ma la burrito-like beef roll or a bowl of bubbling red peppers and tender white fish. And don't forget the crispy cilantro fish rolls. Sure Tasty China has a just-barely ITP sister restaurant in Sandy Springs, but the trek out of town and the divey, strip mall feel of the original only make the Szechuan treasures that much more enticing. less...

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Located in a Smyrna shopping center, Tacos la Villa has Atlanta's most legitimate tacos thanks to exceptional fillings such as chorizo, asada, and carnitas. The soft corn tortillas will rival your abuela's homemade ones.

Best 'hood for food lovers BOA Award Winner

Decatur
We have Decatur envy. The small epicenter of downtown Decatur is home to some of the most creative and downright delicious restaurants and bars in town. It's been a longtime beer geek destination thanks to the fabled Brick Store Pub, which opened 16 years ago. The last several years have seen a steadymore...
We have Decatur envy. The small epicenter of downtown Decatur is home to some of the most creative and downright delicious restaurants and bars in town. It's been a longtime beer geek destination thanks to the fabled Brick Store Pub, which opened 16 years ago. The last several years have seen a steady procession of new (and equally destination-worthy) watering holes joining in the Decatur fun. All within a few blocks of each other you'll find Paper Plane's retro-vibe cocktail den, the beer/cocktail dual threat of Leon's Full Service, and the neighborhood cocktail bar nearly perfected at the Pinewood Tippling Room. And don't forget Mac McGee's impressive collection of more than 350 whiskeys. (The pub's list is heavy on bourbon, Irish, and Scotch varieties, so, you've been warned.) As for eats, try the tender chicken with smoky gravy at Paper Plane or stop by the Iberian Pig for crispy eggplant fries, tender pork cheek tacos, and other tasty tapas. You'll find contemporary Italian cuisine at No. 246 (try the meatball), elegant, farm-driven fare at Cakes & Ale, and tasty bar food and sandwiches at Victory Decatur. The rich and diverse Your Dekalb Farmers Market beckons down the way for all the food lovers who can resist eating and drinking out seven nights a week. www.decaturga.com. less...

Best show of support in the restaurant community BOA Award Winner

The Giving Kitchen
Our local restaurant community's willingness to collaborate has been vital to the growing national prominence of Atlanta's dining scene. The most remarkable example of the community's strength, spirit, and vision in the last year has been the Giving Kitchen. What started as a rally around Staplehousemore...
Our local restaurant community's willingness to collaborate has been vital to the growing national prominence of Atlanta's dining scene. The most remarkable example of the community's strength, spirit, and vision in the last year has been the Giving Kitchen. What started as a rally around Staplehouse chef Ryan Hidinger after he was diagnosed with cancer has evolved into a nonprofit dedicated to supporting those in the hospitality industry like Hidinger who are experiencing hardships. Over the last year, chefs throughout the city have hosted (and continue to host) dinners and events that benefit the Giving Kitchen. This powerful display of public togetherness has sparked a passionate discourse in Atlanta, not only on the value of community, but on the value of dining together and the healing role that food can play in our lives. As Hidinger told CL, "I've become a different person through the experience of cancer, but even more so through the sheer outpouring of support and emotion from the Atlanta restaurant community." www.thegivingkitchen.org. less...

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Brunch at Robert Phalen's One Eared Stag is still one of Atlanta's best kept secrets (read: little to no wait). Brunch is where Phalen and crew seem to have the most fun and experiment with dishes that sometimes find their way onto the regular menu. Yes, there are brunch standards such as pastry basketsmore...
Brunch at Robert Phalen's One Eared Stag is still one of Atlanta's best kept secrets (read: little to no wait). Brunch is where Phalen and crew seem to have the most fun and experiment with dishes that sometimes find their way onto the regular menu. Yes, there are brunch standards such as pastry baskets and black pepper biscuits with sausage gravy. But soft-as-custard scrambled eggs with trout roe and a fried shrimp head po'boy will get even the most hardened foodie's heart pounding. If you have a more substantial appetite, the Chef's breakfast takes odds and ends from the previous night's service and combines them together for the type of meal Phalen wants to eat on a Sunday. On any given day, you may find yourself with a piece of quail, bone marrow, foie gras, or grits and eggs on your plate. Oh, and did we mention it's served on a silver platter with a can of Schlitz? less...

Best all-around Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam Phuong Restaurant
The breadth of choices at either location of Nam Phuong Restauant is almost overwhelming. But the wide variety of Vietnamese dishes means everyone at your table can find a favorite to enjoy. Nam Phuong's pho is clean, simple, and fresh. Beyond the soups, the showstopping ba vi delights platter is a smallmore...
The breadth of choices at either location of Nam Phuong Restauant is almost overwhelming. But the wide variety of Vietnamese dishes means everyone at your table can find a favorite to enjoy. Nam Phuong's pho is clean, simple, and fresh. Beyond the soups, the showstopping ba vi delights platter is a small feast that tickles all of the senses with chopped beef wrapped in smoky grape leaves, ground shrimp skewers, and grilled pork balls with a gorgeous mound of fresh herbs, rice noodles, cucumber, and more for wrapping. less...

Best all-day dining BOA Award Winner

Empire State South is the Leonardo da Vinci of Atlanta restaurants, a true master of everything from breakfast to cocktails to house-made charcuterie. The thought of making a day out of dining here, starting with slowly sipping a perfectly pulled espresso on the patio, lounging between meals by the outdoormore...
Empire State South is the Leonardo da Vinci of Atlanta restaurants, a true master of everything from breakfast to cocktails to house-made charcuterie. The thought of making a day out of dining here, starting with slowly sipping a perfectly pulled espresso on the patio, lounging between meals by the outdoor bocce court, enjoying adventurous cocktails late into the night, has all the makings of a micro luxury vacation. The menu is constantly changing, but you can always count on Southern-tinged dishes made with super-fresh local produce and other regional ingredients. Aside from the mains, lovingly baked biscuits in the morning and an array of jarred wonders such as puckery house-made pickles, earthy boiled peanut hummus, and rich and peppery pimento cheese at night, are excellent. The wine list is impeccable, including gems such as a bottle of La Chablisienne's unusual sauvignon blanc from Burgundy (menu description: "deliciously nerdy"). No matter the occasion, the meal, the drink, Empire State South does it all while capturing the very best of modern cooking in the South. less...

Best brewpub BOA Award Winner

In two years, Wrecking Bar Brewpub has created more than 120 different beers. That's 1.15 new beers every week. The Inman Park brewpub offers up a wood-aged brew every Wednesday, a cask selection every Friday, and a rotating tap lineup of 10-15 fantastic and stylistically varied beers, all made in-housemore...
In two years, Wrecking Bar Brewpub has created more than 120 different beers. That's 1.15 new beers every week. The Inman Park brewpub offers up a wood-aged brew every Wednesday, a cask selection every Friday, and a rotating tap lineup of 10-15 fantastic and stylistically varied beers, all made in-house by owner and head brewer Bob Sandage. The bracing, resinous Hop Noggin Imperial IPA and the big-dark-and-boozy Siberius Maximus Russian Imperial Stout are standouts. And judging by early tastes at the brewpub's recent two-year anniversary, Wrecking Bar's upcoming Flanders Red will be a welcome addition to a Georgia market all but completely lacking in sour beers. The establishment recently expanded to include a beer garden, and has started distributing to select bars and retail shops in Atlanta, Athens, and Savannah, which means you can enjoy the beers with a meal or from a growler on your couch. The brewpub's frequently praised cocktail program and revamped menu - courtesy of former Farm Burger chef Terry Koval - has elevated Wrecking Bar to household-name status. less...

Best local food startup BOA Award Winner

Storico Fresco Pasta founder Mike Patrick is very serious about his pasta. So serious, in fact, that he will walk over to you and correct your posture if you are not holding one of his trays of homemade pasta correctly so it doesn't get bruised or torn. You can taste such devotion and love in every bite.more...
Storico Fresco Pasta founder Mike Patrick is very serious about his pasta. So serious, in fact, that he will walk over to you and correct your posture if you are not holding one of his trays of homemade pasta correctly so it doesn't get bruised or torn. You can taste such devotion and love in every bite. Before he brought his talents to Atlanta, Patrick spent years in Italy traveling from town to town, collecting recipes, and studying the art of pastamaking. His focus on lesser-known pasta varieties is especially exciting. Stop by the retail shop in Buckhead - an expansion from Patrick's early Farm Mobile and farmers market days - and grab some casonsei, a half-moon pasta filled with roasted beets, smoked ricotta, and parmesan. Or maybe try one of the dried pastas such as the lumachelle ("little snails" in Italian) with hints of cinnamon and lemon zest. Patrick sources excellent, sometimes local, ingredients and each of his pastas is better for it. less...

Best off-the-street street food BOA Award Winner

We couldn't be happier that Asheville, N.C.'s Chai Pani decided to open a sister restaurant in Decatur. With its energetic Bollywood vibe, the neighborhood eatery feels right at home in the former Watershed space. Order a handful of Chai Pani's small plates and watch your table fill up with tasty treatsmore...
We couldn't be happier that Asheville, N.C.'s Chai Pani decided to open a sister restaurant in Decatur. With its energetic Bollywood vibe, the neighborhood eatery feels right at home in the former Watershed space. Order a handful of Chai Pani's small plates and watch your table fill up with tasty treats like shoestring Bombay chili cheese fries piled with spiced lamb hash, flaky samosas stuffed with potatoes, or chicken sliders seasoned with cumin, cilantro, ginger, and mint. Absolutely do not miss the kale pakoras. The tufts of bitter greens are coated in smooth chickpea batter and fried to shattering perfection. less...

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's
Since Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner opened Muss & Turner's in 2006, the eatery has been a destination for hyper-local American fare paired with great wines and beers. While the composed plates at dinner are worthy of a visit on their own, the sandwiches are Muss & Turner's main draw. The Reason to Reubenmore...
Since Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner opened Muss & Turner's in 2006, the eatery has been a destination for hyper-local American fare paired with great wines and beers. While the composed plates at dinner are worthy of a visit on their own, the sandwiches are Muss & Turner's main draw. The Reason to Reuben is one of Atlanta's best versions of the deli classic. Thick slabs of toasted, buttery rye bread are topped with house-made corned beef brisket, gooey Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and tangy Russian dressing. The Gobbler takes everything that is holy and good about Thanksgiving (shaved turkey, Ritz Cracker stuffing, lingonberry coulis, and thyme aioli) and smooshes it into a French bun. The Burger at Muss & Turner's is also among Atlanta's best, the clean flavor of grassfed beef punched up with white cheddar, roasted poblano peppers, red onion, and cilantro aioli. Pair any of these with some crispy, house-made french fries and a cold craft beer and you'll be in sandwich heaven. less...

Best burritos BOA Award Winner

Bell Street Burritos

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

CamiCakes Cupcakes

Best foodie Tweeter BOA Award Winner

Best gluten-friendly BOA Award Winner

Yeah! Burger

Best Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Miles Macquarrie

Best new restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Farm-to-table

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Home grown

Best grits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

Roxx Tavern & Diner

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Best local farm BOA Award Winner

Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

Roxx Tavern & Diner

Best service BOA Award Winner

Restaurant Eugene AND Woodfire Grill

Best Sichuan BOA Award Winner

Best veggie burgers BOA Award Winner

Yeah! Burger

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Vietnamese Grill AND Lee's Bakery
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Best burritos BOA Award Winner

Bell Street Burritos

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

CamiCakes Cupcakes

Best foodie Tweeter BOA Award Winner

Best gluten-friendly BOA Award Winner

Yeah! Burger

Best Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Miles Macquarrie

Best new restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Farm-to-table

Best place to eat like you're in China BOA Award Winner

Located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall's food court, Hong Kong BBQ gets you in and out quickly. In fact, taking the food to go is a great way to enjoy the Chinese barbecue and Cantonese specialties. Whether sliced in clear soup with thin noodles or as a platter with steamed rice, watching the chefs carvemore...
Located in the Atlanta Chinatown Mall's food court, Hong Kong BBQ gets you in and out quickly. In fact, taking the food to go is a great way to enjoy the Chinese barbecue and Cantonese specialties. Whether sliced in clear soup with thin noodles or as a platter with steamed rice, watching the chefs carve the glossy ducks and barbecued pork with a menacing cleaver is always fun. The large menu also features addictive dishes such as the sour cabbage and sausage fried rice and a stellar version of Hainanese chicken rice. Cash only or you'll go hungry. less...

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Apres Diem

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

The Spence
In the age of industrialized food, experts recommend you stay away from anything made with ingredients you can't pronounce. But in the wine world, bizarre varietals you've never heard of are treasures waiting to be uncorked. At the Spence, Justin Amick, general manager, wine director, and advanced sommelier,more...
In the age of industrialized food, experts recommend you stay away from anything made with ingredients you can't pronounce. But in the wine world, bizarre varietals you've never heard of are treasures waiting to be uncorked. At the Spence, Justin Amick, general manager, wine director, and advanced sommelier, is obsessed with finding odd, obscure specimens for his list of 90-ish wines. Try the tight but juicy cinsault/syrah/cabernet sauvignon blend from Lebanon, just to say you've had a wine from Lebanon. Or the puzzling pelaverga piccolo from Piedmont because it's really fun to say and tastes like dried strawberries and white pepper. If you must, you'll find your California chard and Napa cab under the heading Tried and True. We'll be at the bar testing out the inky black vranec-kratosija from Macedonia and the herbally hondarribi beltza from Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

A lot of people say Atlanta doesn't have a distinct style of barbecue, but they are wrong. Our town excels at creative takes on classics. No barbecue spot exemplifies this more than Heirloom Market BBQ. Chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee took a small spot located next to a gas station and transformed itmore...
A lot of people say Atlanta doesn't have a distinct style of barbecue, but they are wrong. Our town excels at creative takes on classics. No barbecue spot exemplifies this more than Heirloom Market BBQ. Chefs Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee took a small spot located next to a gas station and transformed it into a barbecue destination. Lee's Korean influences find their way into condiments such as the sweet and spicy Korean-style sauce and sides such as kimchi. And the meats, oh the meats - the super tender and smoky brisket, the fall-apart pork ribs, and moist pulled pork. The tiny restaurant has become so busy, it's now standing-room only on the patio. The owners are looking for another location with space for all of their devotees. less...

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Home grown

Best burger joint BOA Award Winner

Farm Burger
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshinemore...
When Farm Buger first opened its Decatur location in the spring of 2010, people lined up, often waiting 30 minutes or more for a basket of ethical fast food. Three years and three new locations later, you can still find a queue spilling out of the true farm-to-table restaurant. Meat is sourced from Moonshine Meats, a collective of Georgia farmers and ranchers founded by Farm Burger partner Jason Mann. Most vegetables also come from area farms such as Crystal Organic, Love is Love at Gaia Gardens, and Riverview Farms. Complement the clean flavor of grassfed beef with offbeat burger toppings such as oxtail marmalade, roasted bone marrow, or Decimal Place Farms goat cheese. less...

Best grits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Japanese soul food BOA Award Winner

The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can getmore...
The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can get chicken skin and other delicacies grilled over white binchotan charcoal. less...

Best Korean comfort food BOA Award Winner

Stone Bowl House (Woo Nam Jeong)

Best lunch spot BOA Award Winner

Day in and day out, crowds of people wait in line at Star Provisions, salivating in front of counters filled with fried chicken, frittatas, and all manner of Southern sides. We love the simple pleasure of prosciutto on a house-baked baguette smeared in butter. Try the po'boy bursting with fried shrimp,more...
Day in and day out, crowds of people wait in line at Star Provisions, salivating in front of counters filled with fried chicken, frittatas, and all manner of Southern sides. We love the simple pleasure of prosciutto on a house-baked baguette smeared in butter. Try the po'boy bursting with fried shrimp, or the olive-soaked layers of a muffuletta piled with mortadella and coppa. The choices of sandwiches, salads, even a daily blue-plate special, are endlessly satisfying. And no lunch at Star Provisions is complete without a trip to the cheese counter, meat market, or pastry counter for a delicate lemon meringue tart or colorful cupcake. less...

Best seafood BOA Award Winner

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

Roxx Tavern & Diner

Best beer bar BOA Award Winner

The Porter Beer Bar has truly come into its own. The charming Little Five Points establishment has spent five years developing its now-formidable position as a world-class bar. There's the handsome cellar in the back where the walls are lined with more than 300 vintage and rare aging beers. It's a cozy,more...
The Porter Beer Bar has truly come into its own. The charming Little Five Points establishment has spent five years developing its now-formidable position as a world-class bar. There's the handsome cellar in the back where the walls are lined with more than 300 vintage and rare aging beers. It's a cozy, private, rentable space with a gorgeous wooden table that seats 25. The Porter's tap and bottle selection pushes boundaries with new-to-Georgia selections such as Chicago's Local Option and Italy's Birrificio di Como. Be sure to ask if they've got anything special on - the Porter's draft list is the most distinctive and surprising in town. less...

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

A great cup of coffee is increasingly easy to find in Atlanta. But a great cup of coffee and an equally great croissant? Now that's a more difficult feat. Luckily, we have the Grant Park combo of Octane Coffee and the Little Tart Bakeshop. There's something magical about the morning light coming in throughmore...
A great cup of coffee is increasingly easy to find in Atlanta. But a great cup of coffee and an equally great croissant? Now that's a more difficult feat. Luckily, we have the Grant Park combo of Octane Coffee and the Little Tart Bakeshop. There's something magical about the morning light coming in through the windows, the way it highlights the steam rising from a cup of rich Guatemalan or Ethiopian coffee. Even prettier are the pastries behind the counter. If you can only do one, go with the beautiful chocolate almond croissant. We can't wrap our brains around the amount of butter needed to construct its crunchy, crisp layers of dough, but once you hit the melting chocolate center, who cares? less...

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