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Best Of Atlanta 2006 Oral Pleasures Large


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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 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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Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
Ubiquitous. www.wafflehouse.com


Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Pura Vida

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Eclipse di Luna

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Best Carry-out Food BOA Award Winner

Eatzi's

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven
And other metro area locations.

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Ubiquitous. www.starbucks.com

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.
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Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Ubiquitious. www.starbucks.com

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Cruzado
LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remainmore...
LAS PALMERAS may also be the best value in Midtown. The tiny, ambiance-free restaurant — not surprisingly located in the neighborhood that was home to Atlanta’s invasion of Cuban refugees in the ‘70s — serves inexpensive, savory home-style cooking. Our favorites remain the masitas de puerco, the boliche and the fried chicken. The tamales are the best apps; the flan is flantastic. On a temperate evening, the patio is idyllic. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Jason's Deli
And other metro area locations

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Park 75

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House Chinese Restaurant
CANTON HOUSE is the favorite for dim sum in Atlanta’s Chinese community. We’re not surprised. Few dim sums are operated with such efficiency and such a broad menu. Novitiates will wave and say bye-bye to carts bearing chicken feet and pig stomach, but nobody leaves hungry. Anythingmore...
CANTON HOUSE is the favorite for dim sum in Atlanta’s Chinese community. We’re not surprised. Few dim sums are operated with such efficiency and such a broad menu. Novitiates will wave and say bye-bye to carts bearing chicken feet and pig stomach, but nobody leaves hungry. Anything made with shrimp or barbecued pork is bound to please even the most unadventurous diner. Get the rice cooked with pork, wrapped in lotus leaves. The fragrance when it is unwrapped is worth the price. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Ann's Snack Bar
Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy formore...
Don’t make the mistake of setting your baby on the counter at ANN’S SNACK BAR, or you’ll probably be asked to leave, according to a sign at this 34-year-old, eight-stool restaurant. In fact, don’t speak at all until Ann Price asks for your order. She is too busy for idle chat while making burgers the size of — well — a ghetto. The “Ghetto Burger” indeed fills a plate and is covered with chili. We prefer the double cheeseburger with just a touch of mayo. Fries are hot and crunchy. Actually, so are the deep-fried hot dogs. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points
Two metro Atlanta locations in Midtown and Little Five Points. See their website at www.thevortexbarandgrill.com.

Best Indian and Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Madras Mantra
We keep looking, but, year after year, nothing comes really close to Narenda Patel’s MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN. There isn’t a thing on the South Indian vegetarian menu we wouldn’t recommend. Even something as simple as crunchy puries into which you spoon some mint sauce is heavenly.more...
We keep looking, but, year after year, nothing comes really close to Narenda Patel’s MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN. There isn’t a thing on the South Indian vegetarian menu we wouldn’t recommend. Even something as simple as crunchy puries into which you spoon some mint sauce is heavenly. Everyone loves the dosai — huge rice-flour crepes available with a variety of stuffings. A thali meal allows you to sample a number of dishes. We suggest you let yourself go crazy with the condiments and sauces to experience the real breadth of this cuisine. Go early or wait long. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

di Paolo
Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas,more...
Who would have thought that the best Italian food in town could be found in a strip mall in Alpharetta? “Eat little, well, and often” is the motto at DI PAOLO, but you’ll have a hard time eating a little with a menu full of lovingly prepared Italian-American greats. The pastas, especially the ravioli, are rich and satisfying but not too heavy, and meat dishes like veal parmigiana are among the best renditions of this style of cooking we’ve ever had. It’s as if they’re taking Italian-American favorites and re-Italianizing them. A fantastic wine list and scrumptious desserts let us know that the details are important to these folks, which is probably why the place is packed almost every night. less...

Best Korean and Best Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae
You’re up at 4 a.m. and looking for something more than a Waffle House? In the mood to do some grilling? Go to HAE WOON DAE, a Korean barbecue restaurant that stays open late every night except Wednesday. You can sit on the floor or you can sit in a booth. Most tables have a built-in grill firedmore...
You’re up at 4 a.m. and looking for something more than a Waffle House? In the mood to do some grilling? Go to HAE WOON DAE, a Korean barbecue restaurant that stays open late every night except Wednesday. You can sit on the floor or you can sit in a booth. Most tables have a built-in grill fired by super-hot charcoal. You’ll receive the usual complimentary, huge assortment of noshes at your meal’s beginning. And then you get to do the cooking with the help of the wonderful staff. Any of the pork or beef dishes, including classic bulgogi, are recommended. Although barbecue is the specialty, you should also sample the bibimbap, that comforting Korean dish of rice, vegetables and meat. The cooking-over-hot-coals entertainment factor makes Hae Woon Dae a great place for groups, kids and out-of-town guests. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Wahoo! Grill
The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing shortmore...
The dining room at WAHOO is so adorably cozy that you may be tempted to take a table inside. But press on through the French doors to the enchanted garden patio out back. Paved with flagstones and bordered with hanging vines and flowering bushes, Wahoo’s outdoor dining area is nothing short of divine. Heavy wooden tables nestled underneath a trellis accommodate families and groups. Farther out, the flagstones turn to gravel and the tables turn to wrought iron; a grassy area to one side is perfect for little ones who can’t sit still. A misting system keeps the patio cool and inviting even in the muggy depths of summer. less...

Best Restaurant to Get a Great Meal Where Your Kids Will be Tolerated BOA Award Winner

Wisteria
There are places that are designed for kids, and then there are places that you feel guilty bringing them. Somewhere in between is WISTERIA, a restaurant with a grown-up vibe and grown-up food, but where the staff is happy to provide a high chair, and even cook your kids some chicken fingers if nothingmore...
There are places that are designed for kids, and then there are places that you feel guilty bringing them. Somewhere in between is WISTERIA, a restaurant with a grown-up vibe and grown-up food, but where the staff is happy to provide a high chair, and even cook your kids some chicken fingers if nothing on the New Southern menu floats their boats. There are no entertainers in giant mice outfits, or rooms full of plastic balls, or even crayons and cute kid’s menus, so this isn’t the place to bring the screamers or the hyperactive set. But when you can’t afford a sitter and you’re sick of pizza, your kids will be treated as people rather than lepers at Wisteria. And you’ll get a dang fine meal as part of the bargain. less...

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

Son's Place
It there’s one thing your out-of-town visitors may not be able to get in other big cities, it’s genuine, delicious Southern soul food, served up with a side of hospitality. Atlanta couldn’t ask for a better welcoming party for those out-of-towners than SON’S PLACE,more...
It there’s one thing your out-of-town visitors may not be able to get in other big cities, it’s genuine, delicious Southern soul food, served up with a side of hospitality. Atlanta couldn’t ask for a better welcoming party for those out-of-towners than SON’S PLACE, where even Yankees will love the squash casserole, collards and ho-cakes. As if all that food weren’t enough, the folks behind the counter are likely to clang the bell for first-timers to welcome them to Son’s Place. We just hope that you love your guests, because once they’ve eaten here they may never leave. less...

Best Sommelier BOA Award Winner

Chantelle Grilhot
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without amore...
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without a hint of the snobbery that her profession is known for, she makes it hard not to feel at home when graced by her presence. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Little Bangkok
Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chickenmore...
Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chicken remains our favorite dish here. It’s pure comfort food with a fiery bite. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses.more...
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses. Balshan is also responsible for the fabulous gelato next door at What’s the Scoop. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses.more...
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses. Balshan is also responsible for the fabulous gelato next door at What’s the Scoop. 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...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Silver Skillet
We tend to be traditionalists when it comes to the morning meal and SILVER SKILLET is about as traditionally Southern as you can get. One of the last true diners in the city, the Skillet serves big buttermilk biscuits available straight up or stuffed. Our favorite order remains the mild country ham withmore...
We tend to be traditionalists when it comes to the morning meal and SILVER SKILLET is about as traditionally Southern as you can get. One of the last true diners in the city, the Skillet serves big buttermilk biscuits available straight up or stuffed. Our favorite order remains the mild country ham with two eggs (over easy), biscuits, grits and red-eye gravy. You can get the same heart-stopper with pork chops or corned beef hash instead of ham. Return a few hours later for an equally hearty lunch and be sure you get a slice of lemon ice box pie. less...

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee
Atlanta was nothing but perked dishwater until AURORA COFFEE opened here in 1992. Its two shops, which are now owned by the same folks who operate Criminal Records, were never designed as cozy hangouts, but the baristas still receive the best training in town and the quality of the coffee drinks showsmore...

Atlanta was nothing but perked dishwater until AURORA COFFEE opened here in 1992. Its two shops, which are now owned by the same folks who operate Criminal Records, were never designed as cozy hangouts, but the baristas still receive the best training in town and the quality of the coffee drinks shows it. Order a single shot. Note its sparkling golden crema, its smooth and slightly piquant taste, its slightly oily texture. It’s a reason to go on living another day.

992 N. Highland Ave., 404-607-1300; 468 Moreland Ave., 404-523-6856. <a href="http://www.auroracoffee.com>www.auroracoffee.com</a></i></p> <p>.</p> </em>

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Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
Ubiquitous. www.wafflehouse.com

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Jake's Ice Cream
The little plastic tasting spoon isn’t necessarily your friend at JAKE’S ICE CREAM. The merest sample can induce you into ordering at least a scoop of flavors you wouldn’t guess you’d like, like Coffee and Doughnuts or Brown Sugar. What makes Jake’s ice creammore...
The little plastic tasting spoon isn’t necessarily your friend at JAKE’S ICE CREAM. The merest sample can induce you into ordering at least a scoop of flavors you wouldn’t guess you’d like, like Coffee and Doughnuts or Brown Sugar. What makes Jake’s ice cream stand out isn’t just its vibrant flavors, but its subtlety: the Brown Sugar ice cream isn’t gritty or cloying, but a smooth caress of your taste buds. The Chocolate Slap Yo Mama (sometimes known as Chocolate Slap Happy) is justly celebrated, being not so much an ice cream flavor as an enhanced chocolate delivery system, while the Coffee and Doughnuts arguably qualifies as breakfast in a waffle cone. Even if you get an ice cream headache, you’ll probably just say, “Thank you, can I have another?” less...

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

The Kosher Gourmet
Oy vey! What’s a Jew gotta do to get a good kosher bite to eat in Atlanta? Go to the QUALITY KOSHER EMPORIUM, where the selection is large and the options are plentiful. It serves as a supermarket, bakery and deli, specializing in glatt-kosher meats under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruthmore...
Oy vey! What’s a Jew gotta do to get a good kosher bite to eat in Atlanta? Go to the QUALITY KOSHER EMPORIUM, where the selection is large and the options are plentiful. It serves as a supermarket, bakery and deli, specializing in glatt-kosher meats under the supervision of the Atlanta Kashruth Commission (that means really kosher). There you can find anything from challah and bagels to gefilte fish and chicken so good even your bubbie would shep nachus. less...

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Baraonda Ristorante & Bar
Atlanta is blessed with a wide range of pizzerias, from Chicago-style deep dish to the razor-thin, New York-style crust, and, more to the point, the fancy-pants gourmet style that’s still all the rage. Within this genre, we confess to falling truly, madly, deeply in love with Midtown’smore...
Atlanta is blessed with a wide range of pizzerias, from Chicago-style deep dish to the razor-thin, New York-style crust, and, more to the point, the fancy-pants gourmet style that’s still all the rage. Within this genre, we confess to falling truly, madly, deeply in love with Midtown’s BARAONDA. Baraonda takes the concept of the Neapolitan-style pizza to another level, spoiling us with crisp crusts and prodigious toppings. (A recent lunch pie was completely covered by a garden of arugula.) The wood-burning oven puts a perfect spin on these pizzas, which rarely, if ever, burden the stomach. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Pura Vida

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar
You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny andmore...
You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny and there’s a heavy emphasis on wines, just as you’d find in Sevilla, where the most popular tapas bars are so packed they incur involuntary frottage. Also, Rathbun focuses on simple quality — the best Serrano ham, the best cheeses. We should mention that all items are cold and not all are Spanish. The place is too small for any kind of cooking. But if you want a quick transit to southern Spain, this is the place. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Eclipse di Luna


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