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Best Of Atlanta 2006 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures


Best Taqueria BOA Award Winner

El Molino
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitasmore...
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitas on weekends), savory tacos (try the al pastor) and perhaps the city’s best authentic posole (available weekends only). What keeps us coming back is Carlos the cook’s weekday preparations of two daily specials — home-style dishes like chicharrones en salsa verde — that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. The ambiance is zero and English is only haltingly spoken, but the specials are always displayed at the order window. Point and ask. Be patient. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Daddy D'z BBQ Joynt
We dread this selection more than any other, since really good ‘cue in town. We like the fair prices, the great staff and an ambiance that’s all shabby and no chic (thank God). We like feeling safe while eating amid half the Atlanta Police Department. And we like all the food, but especiallymore...
We dread this selection more than any other, since really good ‘cue in town. We like the fair prices, the great staff and an ambiance that’s all shabby and no chic (thank God). We like feeling safe while eating amid half the Atlanta Police Department. And we like all the food, but especially the ribs and chicken, not that the chopped pork isn’t grand, too. Sides are particularly good. Get the collards, the fried potatoes, the candied yams and finish with the best red velvet cake you have ever tasted. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

The Globe
THE GLOBE is the kind of restaurant we'd love to see more of. Sleek design, friendly staff, a library room with Wi-Fi - it incarnates the very best of what's suggested by its location, Technology Square. But Joshua Perkins' cooking is pure heart. We love brunching here Saturday and Sunday. Our favoritemore...
THE GLOBE is the kind of restaurant we'd love to see more of. Sleek design, friendly staff, a library room with Wi-Fi - it incarnates the very best of what's suggested by its location, Technology Square. But Joshua Perkins' cooking is pure heart. We love brunching here Saturday and Sunday. Our favorite lately has been the manchego and bacon frittata. We love the lemon and ricotta pancakes so much that we are inclined to double the order. Eggs Benedict over a potato latke is a terrific twist. For something light, try the rosewater fruit salad with spiced honey yogurt. less...

Best Carryout BOA Award Winner

MetroFresh
Mitchell Anderson, formerly Ross on the Fox’s “Party of Five,” opened METROFRESH after a stint at Souper Jenny’s in Buckhead. Here, as there, you’ll find hearty soups (try the Tuscan stew) and sandwiches, along with salads, pastas and a few more complicatedmore...
Mitchell Anderson, formerly Ross on the Fox’s “Party of Five,” opened METROFRESH after a stint at Souper Jenny’s in Buckhead. Here, as there, you’ll find hearty soups (try the Tuscan stew) and sandwiches, along with salads, pastas and a few more complicated entrees from time to time. A couple of specials are posted daily. You can eat in, but the food is ideal for carryout since it’s simple. There are plenty of vegetarian options. The close proximity to Piedmont Park makes it an ideal stop before a picnic. less...

Best Carry-out Food BOA Award Winner

Eatzi's

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Cantina La Casita
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladasmore...
East Atlanta lucked out last year when CANTINA LA CASITA opened, serving wonderful, cheap Mexican food in a friendly dive-bar setting. La Casita is a great place for a cheap but fun date, or to spend a summer evening getting drunk on the patio with a group of friends. We especially love the enchiladas with red sauce ($5.85), the pork tacos ($2.35) and the $4 margaritas ($2.50 on Mondays). The kid’s beans and rice is hard to beat for $1.75. The staff is a reflection of the neighborhood — tattooed, friendly, and full of personality. less...

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven
And other metro area locations.

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Ubiquitous. www.starbucks.com

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Star Provisions
Gazing in the bakery case at STAR PROVISIONS, it’s hard to settle on just one thing. But if you must, let it be a cupcake. Here, they are everything you want a cupcake to be — tender cake in homey vanilla or rich chocolate, with whirls of luscious butter-cream frosting piled sky-highmore...
Gazing in the bakery case at STAR PROVISIONS, it’s hard to settle on just one thing. But if you must, let it be a cupcake. Here, they are everything you want a cupcake to be — tender cake in homey vanilla or rich chocolate, with whirls of luscious butter-cream frosting piled sky-high on top. Like everything at Star Provisions, they are gourmet goodies, made with the highest quality ingredients. And you can taste the difference. Mini-cupcakes are available for the (sort of) virtuous among us. less...

Best First Date BOA Award Winner

The Globe
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious —more...
Fabulously stylish yet refreshingly unpretentious, THE GLOBEwas custom-made for a getting-to-know-you night out. The menu is modern and unfussy, with a cocktail list to die for (try the Momo Special or the orange and lime caipiroska). Every detail has been considered, but nothing feels too serious — which is precisely the vibe you want on a first date. If a lovely plate of steak frites and a pear martini don’t work their magic on Mr. or Ms. Right, it probably wasn’t meant to be. less...

Best Greasy Spoon BOA Award Winner

Pot and Pan Restaurant
We’ve tried them all. We’ve gone here and there all over Atlanta, gobbling up the grease. But we keep coming back to POT AND PAN RESTAURANT. We have to confess we like this breakfast joint because the cooks go relatively light on the grease in preparing traditional Southern faves. Themore...
We’ve tried them all. We’ve gone here and there all over Atlanta, gobbling up the grease. But we keep coming back to POT AND PAN RESTAURANT. We have to confess we like this breakfast joint because the cooks go relatively light on the grease in preparing traditional Southern faves. The weekend crowd is diverse, to say the least. Imagine that Fellini decided to stage Satyricon in an Atlanta diner with some extras from Macon. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favormore...
Forget clowns. Send in the belly dancers; there have to be belly dancers. At IMPERIAL FEZ, they undulate about the room with candles on their heads while you loll about shoeless on the carpeted, pillowed floor. The drama would be unforgivable if the food weren’t so remarkably good. We favor the tagines, meats and vegetables slow-cooked in a clay pot. But everyone loves the b’stella, a starter of roasted Cornish hen wrapped in phyllo-like pastry and coated in confectioner’s sugar. less...

Best Restaurant Worth the Long Trip BOA Award Winner

Highlands Grill Kennesaw
There are many restaurants around the world that we wish we could visit more often. Most are located in far away places like Paris, California or New York. But one is in Birmingham, a mere two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Frank Stitt, chef and owner of THE HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL, figured out more thanmore...
There are many restaurants around the world that we wish we could visit more often. Most are located in far away places like Paris, California or New York. But one is in Birmingham, a mere two-and-a-half hours from Atlanta. Frank Stitt, chef and owner of THE HIGHLANDS BAR & GRILL, figured out more than 20 years ago that the cuisine of the American South has a lot in common with the cuisine of the south of France. His elegant restaurant blends the two cultures perfectly. Menu items like pork rillettes with pickled cherries and cole slaw make the trek across the state line well worth it. We’d drive a lot farther for food this good. less...

Best Steak House BOA Award Winner

Bones Restaurant
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, andmore...
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, and waiters who seem to be channeling Joe Pesci. This place will put you in the mood for scotch and cigars even if you’re not that type of girl. less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, 404-875-7042 And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill
COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves,more...
COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves, served over rice or vermicelli with herbs and raw vegetables. Even the tofu is spectacular. The staff is completely fluent in English, so you don’t have to play charades to get a good meal. less...

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Joel

Most Welcoming Restaurant For Kids BOA Award Winner

Dakota Blue
DAKOTA BLUE in Grant Park actually encourages kids rather than tolerates them. A whole corner of toys and coloring books to keep your child occupied proves the point. The booths are made from squirm-friendly wide wooden planks, and there’s plenty on the menu that should be acceptable to finickymore...
DAKOTA BLUE in Grant Park actually encourages kids rather than tolerates them. A whole corner of toys and coloring books to keep your child occupied proves the point. The booths are made from squirm-friendly wide wooden planks, and there’s plenty on the menu that should be acceptable to finicky little eaters. At the very least, they should be pleased with the gooey home-style desserts. less...

Best Bar Food and Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl burstingmore...
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl bursting with Brunswick stew. You’ll need the sustenance to look over a beer selection so large that it’s housed in a binder. Forget about Buds or Millers — the downstairs bar stocks 17 international, regional and local drafts, plus more than 60 bottled varieties, including English ales, pale ales and German hefeweizens. There’s also a Belgian bar upstairs with eight rotating drafts and more than 100 options. On the rare occasion your table may agree on a single beer, the reserve list offers a few 5-liter personal kegs. What a centerpiece. less...


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