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Best of Atlanta 2013 Oral Pleasures

 

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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 local food company BOA Award Winner

The Spotted Trotter

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 OTP restaurant BOA Award Winner

Moderna AND Seed Kitchen & Bar

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Six Feet Under

Best place to fill your growler BOA Award Winner

Hop City

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 tapas BOA Award Winner

Barcelona Wine Bar

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Barcelona Wine Bar

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