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Best Of Atlanta 2007 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures



There will come a day when what’s trendy now will be thought of as timeless. Timeless plasma-screen TVs. Timeless minimalist, throbbing music. Timeless stick-thin waitresses in teeny-tiny uniforms that wouldn’t pass dress code at most high schools.

OK, perhaps some of what’s trendy now will just one day become passé. But you can bet Atlanta’s restaurant scene will have moved on, and in the blink of an eye whatever is trendy in the future will be exactly what the city’s eateries are offering up.

Atlanta is a city of history and a city obsessed with trends. While Atlanta’s restaurants strive to become ever more modern and to-the-moment, they’re also embracing their Southern roots. And beyond barbecue and soul food, we’re a city with restaurants that embody the classic dining experience, from outstanding service to perfectionism in the kitchen.

In this year’s Oral Pleasures, we look at the trendy and the timeless and celebrate both. And for once, we celebrate where they meet in the middle — check out this year’s Best Trend winner to see a perfect example of the past and present colliding in the most pleasing fashion.

As always, we are exceedingly proud to live in a city with such a varied and exuberant dining scene. So whether you’re a trendsetter or a classicist, there’s plenty here to tempt your palate.

— Besha Rodell

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Madras Saravana Bhavan
2179 Lawrenceville Highway 404-634-4400 A vegetarian restaurant (where you won't miss the meat), MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN is so popular that owner Narenda Patel opened a meat-serving restaurant at the opposite end of the shopping center in which MSB is located. The dosai, forearm-length rice-flour pancakesmore...
2179 Lawrenceville Highway 404-634-4400 A vegetarian restaurant (where you won't miss the meat), MADRAS SARAVANA BHAVAN is so popular that owner Narenda Patel opened a meat-serving restaurant at the opposite end of the shopping center in which MSB is located. The dosai, forearm-length rice-flour pancakes filled with spicy potatoes and other seasoned veggies, are the favorite here. In fact, the dosai get so huge you can order one that literally fills the table. We urge you to branch out and experiment with other dishes, including any of the curries (try the one made with eggplant) or the thali plate, which gives you a sampling of many dishes. The restaurant is currently undergoing renovations but will re-open at the end of this month. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Redfish

Best coffee BOA Award Winner

Starbucks

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Starbucks

Best deli BOA Award Winner

Jason's Deli

Best French BOA Award Winner

Cafe Alsace

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Son's Place

Best carryout food BOA Award Winner

Doc Chey's Noodle House

Best wine bar BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Jason's Deli
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Surin of Thailand
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

Soul Vegetarian Restaurant
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Jersey Mike's Submarines
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

The Earl

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Loca Luna

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo

Best greasy spoon BOA Award Winner

Majestic Diner

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae

Best kosher BOA Award Winner

Bagel Palace Deli and Bakery

Best buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral


Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Floataway Cafe
1123 Zonolite Road 404-892-1414 http://www.starprovisions.com Pure, fresh, simple - those are the guiding principles for the cuisine at FLOATAWAY CAFE. The appetizers are particularly exemplary of the style of cooking that has made chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison famous. Beets with avocadomore...
1123 Zonolite Road 404-892-1414 http://www.starprovisions.com Pure, fresh, simple - those are the guiding principles for the cuisine at FLOATAWAY CAFE. The appetizers are particularly exemplary of the style of cooking that has made chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison famous. Beets with avocado and feta cheese offer a cooling, creamy, salty study in freshness. Grilled chicken livers are given a woodsy rosemary personality, countered by the sweetness of onion jam. Starters here are so good, it's perfectly smart to make a whole meal of them. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Bread Garden
549-5 Amsterdam Ave. 404-875-1166 Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta's best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharinemore...
549-5 Amsterdam Ave. 404-875-1166 Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta's best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharine Krasnow would start selling those incredible almond croissants to the public.. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Tap : A Gastropub
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast withmore...
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick's Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast with chocolate and chorizo. If you want more than grazing fare, there are six entrees, such as roasted scallops with minestrone, and organic chicken and artichoke stew. The decor - yet another Johnson Studio project - highlights brewery hardware, and features a red deer that demonically overlooks the scene. Good beer selection, too. less...

Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub
125 Court Square 404-687-0990 http://www.brickstorepub.com A great place for intense conversation and incredible libations - or vice versa - the BRICK STORE PUB has been a Decatur institution for the past decade. Former Athens denizens Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore have created a cozymore...
125 Court Square 404-687-0990 http://www.brickstorepub.com A great place for intense conversation and incredible libations - or vice versa - the BRICK STORE PUB has been a Decatur institution for the past decade. Former Athens denizens Dave Blanchard, Mike Gallagher and Tom Moore have created a cozy sippin' nook for true beer connoisseurs. Constructed for unobtrusive communication, the Store features a welcome escape from the sports-bar mentality of multiple TVs, raging jukeboxes, flat domestic beers and noisy, macho posturing. Here, the beer is the star, the customer is king and the attentive staff knows the pub's brew list well. Intown, out-of-town and international beers are among the choices from more than 15 drafts and well in excess of 65 extraordinary bottled beers. If you like it strong, head upstairs to the delightful Belgian Beer Bar. less...

Best Pastry Chef BOA Award Winner

Kathryn King
Not only has KATHRYN KING consistently turned out fantastic desserts at Aria for years, she also consulted on the dessert menu at JCT Kitchen, where the gingerbread pudding could be the best thing to happen in Atlanta desserts all year. Her capacity to meld traditional recipes and flawless techniquemore...
Not only has KATHRYN KING consistently turned out fantastic desserts at Aria for years, she also consulted on the dessert menu at JCT Kitchen, where the gingerbread pudding could be the best thing to happen in Atlanta desserts all year. Her capacity to meld traditional recipes and flawless technique with unexpected flavors - such as tapioca pudding with basil ice cream - make for unforgettable sweets. less...

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee
1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886 http://www.octanecoffee.com If you're one of those coffee snobs who proclaims loudly that since your visit to Italy you simply can't abide American cappuccino, then head over to the Westside's OCTANE, where you'll find a version pretty dang close to the real thing. It'smore...
1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886 http://www.octanecoffee.com If you're one of those coffee snobs who proclaims loudly that since your visit to Italy you simply can't abide American cappuccino, then head over to the Westside's OCTANE, where you'll find a version pretty dang close to the real thing. It's also a great place to work, eat or grab a beer after work. The staff has good taste in music, the art on the walls is local and vibrant, and they take their coffee seriously. Every neighborhood should be so lucky. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 http://www.badearl.com THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America's burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angusmore...
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 http://www.badearl.com THE EARL is frequently praised for its bar food, partly because of the now-legendary Earl Burger, which this past year earned kudos in a much-cited Wall Street Journal piece about Atlanta as America's burger capital. The unce patty of Black Angus beef is perfectly prepared to order over an open flame. It's never greasy, features fresh and perfectly proportioned dressings (leafy green lettuce, red onions, tomato, pickles), and is served on a buttered and toasted sesame seed bun. The optional wasabi mayo offers a nice change of pace and displays an attention to detail that allows the Earl Burger to sizzle to the top. less...

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Hank's
5658 Riverdale Road 770-907-5813 http://www.hanksicecream.com The bad news is that HANK'S lost its lease in Grant Park. The good news is that the Houston-based company is looking for a location in Midtown. Meanwhile, a Hank's has opened inside Wakefield Foods near the airport in College Park. Yes, it'smore...
5658 Riverdale Road 770-907-5813 http://www.hanksicecream.com The bad news is that HANK'S lost its lease in Grant Park. The good news is that the Houston-based company is looking for a location in Midtown. Meanwhile, a Hank's has opened inside Wakefield Foods near the airport in College Park. Yes, it's worth the drive to stock up. The butter pecan takes that classic to a new level. The black walnut is better than oral sex. When Valentine's Day rolls around, Hank's sells rose-flavored ice cream, maybe the most exotic flavor we've tasted outside the kitchen of a molecular gastronome. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mezza
2751 LaVista Road 404-633-8833 http://www.mezzabistro.com There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That's exactly what you'll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious.more...
2751 LaVista Road 404-633-8833 http://www.mezzabistro.com There is nothing more consoling than Lebanese comfort food. That's exactly what you'll find at MEZZA, located in a shopping strip on LaVista Road. Small plates of love emerge from the kitchen, and the deeply flavored meats are especially delicious. Don't miss the tangy lamb cooked in vinegar or the addictive fried cauliflower. The selection of Lebanese wines is a plus as well. less...

Best Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Greg Best
Not to be confused with the bottle-juggling bartender, the mixologist works like a chef sourcing fresh ingredients, rare liqueurs and forgotten recipes - and crafting cocktails designed more for complexity of taste than for raw potency. At Restaurant Eugene

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Canoe
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com There's nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant.more...
4199 Paces Ferry Road 770-432-2663 http://www.canoe-atl.com There's nothing on Earth like a majestic Southern river, and no place in the city to eat overlooking one as beautiful as the patio at CANOE. The view of the Chattahoochee is breathtaking, as are the incredible gardens that surround the restaurant. Sometimes in a big city it's easy to forget the great outdoors, but Canoe gives us a reason to reconnect with nature. less...

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Son's Place
100 Hurt St. 404-581-0530 The corner of Hurt Street where SON'S PLACE has stood for 12 years may have become a lot trendier over time, but Son's still serves the best honest, old-fashioned Southern soul food in town. The cheery, yellow-checkered tablecloths and the stellar collards, mac-n-cheese andmore...
100 Hurt St. 404-581-0530 The corner of Hurt Street where SON'S PLACE has stood for 12 years may have become a lot trendier over time, but Son's still serves the best honest, old-fashioned Southern soul food in town. The cheery, yellow-checkered tablecloths and the stellar collards, mac-n-cheese and baked chicken are all reasons to be glad to live in Atlanta. If you happen in when the ethereal squash casserole or the peach cobbler (from the peach tree out front) sre being served, you'll know once and for all that living in the South is a true blessing. less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushi
265 Ponce de Leon Ave., Unit B 404-815-8844 http://www.mfsushibar.com MF SUSHI is still king in Atlanta when it comes to raw fish. It's possible to have a truly exquisite meal here, especially if you take the time to find out what special off-menu treats the chefs are hiding behind the sushi bar. Regularmore...
265 Ponce de Leon Ave., Unit B 404-815-8844 http://www.mfsushibar.com MF SUSHI is still king in Atlanta when it comes to raw fish. It's possible to have a truly exquisite meal here, especially if you take the time to find out what special off-menu treats the chefs are hiding behind the sushi bar. Regular sashimi and nigiri are perfect. And if you're curious about, say, monkfish liver, but have never trusted any place enough to give it a try, you're in for a treat here. MF has a wonderful sake list as well. less...

Sarah Blakely: My Favorite Place to Dine BOA Award Winner

Nakato Japanese Restaurant
I like to eat dinner really early too early for most of my friends. I really love Japanese food, so I go to NAKATO (776 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-873-6582) solo for their early-bird special. They fire up the grill and give me my own private show it's the best! When I'm not eating alone, I like to grabmore...
I like to eat dinner really early too early for most of my friends. I really love Japanese food, so I go to NAKATO (776 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-873-6582) solo for their early-bird special. They fire up the grill and give me my own private show it's the best! When I'm not eating alone, I like to grab a drink with my girlfriends at AGAVE (242 Boulevard, 404-588-0006). They have so many yummy margaritas you could try a different one every time you go. " As told to Besha Rodell" less...

Best appetizers BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bahama Breeze

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana Sandwich Shop

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Madras Saravana Bhavan

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Dakota Blue

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Bone's

best-looking waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Hooters

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Bread Garden
Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharine Krasnow would startmore...
Not only does BREAD GARDEN provide bread to some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, it sells its perfect loaves directly to the public as well. The small shop in the Amsterdam Walk shopping center also sells sandwiches, pastries and amazing cookies. Now, if only owner Katharine Krasnow would start selling those incredible almond croissants to the public … less...

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bahama Breeze
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

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It’s seriously hard to find a decent inexpensive meal in Atlanta these days. EATS has been around about 15 years — long enough that it was there before Ponce de Leon became the kind of place that would host a Home Depot and Whole Foods. The restaurant serves excellent jerk chicken, lemon-pepper chicken and pasta dishes. What’s more, the vegetables — especially the corn and collards — are terrific. The atmosphere is … well, they remodeled the men’s room this year. It looks great!

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Arnaud Berthelier
ARNAUD BERTHELIER is deeply symbolic of the Ritz-Carlton’s tradition of bringing Atlanta its best chefs (Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes also once held the head chef position there). Berthelier is cooking some of the best food this city has ever seen, and his technique is both bold and delicate.more...
ARNAUD BERTHELIER is deeply symbolic of the Ritz-Carlton’s tradition of bringing Atlanta its best chefs (Guenter Seeger and Joel Antunes also once held the head chef position there). Berthelier is cooking some of the best food this city has ever seen, and his technique is both bold and delicate. Dishes such as chilled Parmesan and bean cream with pesto ice cream show his boundless creativity at creating luxury with unexpected components. Put your palate in his hands for a special occasion and prepare to be delighted. less...

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Starbucks
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Hank's Ice Cream
The bad news is that HANK’S lost its lease in Grant Park. The good news is that the Houston-based company is looking for a location in Midtown. Meanwhile, a Hank’s has opened inside Wakefield Foods near the airport in College Park. Yes, it’s worth the drive to stock up. Themore...
The bad news is that HANK’S lost its lease in Grant Park. The good news is that the Houston-based company is looking for a location in Midtown. Meanwhile, a Hank’s has opened inside Wakefield Foods near the airport in College Park. Yes, it’s worth the drive to stock up. The butter pecan takes that classic to a new level. The black walnut is better than oral sex. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, Hank’s sells rose-flavored ice cream, maybe the most exotic flavor we’ve tasted outside the kitchen of a molecular gastronome. less...

Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Hooters
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.


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