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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 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 Place to Experience the Restaurant Scene BOA Award Winner

TWO urban licks
Even after three years in business, there's still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentallymore...
Even after three years in business, there's still nowhere like TWO URBAN LICKS for wowing a date or out-of-towners with the fabulously trendy Atlanta dining scene. The futuristic warehouse valet line is impressive enough, but nothing beats the rush of energy that comes when you enter that monumentally dramatic dining room. The music, the beautiful people, the view of the city, the oversized light shades, the rotisserie, the open kitchen, the painting of wild beasts, the meat lollipops all meld into a frenzy of perfectly trendy mayhem. There will come a day when this isn't the hottest place in town, but we have not seen that day yet. less...

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

East Pearl Seafood Restaurant
1810 Liddell Lane 678-380-0899 If eating gloppy rice soup with bits of pork and mushroom in a mountain chalet appeals to you, then EAST PEARL is your place. The soup is delicious, as are the dumplings and duck's feet. East Pearl has a selection slightly less greasy than other dim sum places in town,more...
1810 Liddell Lane 678-380-0899 If eating gloppy rice soup with bits of pork and mushroom in a mountain chalet appeals to you, then EAST PEARL is your place. The soup is delicious, as are the dumplings and duck's feet. East Pearl has a selection slightly less greasy than other dim sum places in town, and the huge tables of Chinese families who flock there every weekend appreciate it. The mountain-lodge decor is still pleasingly surreal. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Palomilla's Cuban Grill House
6470 Spalding Drive 770-242-0078 Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the '70s, and we're still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA'S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has evermore...
6470 Spalding Drive 770-242-0078 Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the '70s, and we're still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA'S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen. Lunchtime specials, such as chicken fricassee, are ridiculously inexpensive. The papa rellena - stuffed, deep-fried mashed potatoes - is a heavenly mixture of textures and flavors, with picadillo seeming to erupt from the loaf-sized appetizer. Other standouts tamales, roasted pork and a mango pie that is without peer anywhere. less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Trois
1180 Peachtree St. 404-815-3337 http://www.trois3.com Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you're in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. Tomore...
1180 Peachtree St. 404-815-3337 http://www.trois3.com Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you're in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. To really French it up, try the chateaubriand for two or the burgundy snails, and don't forget to check out the pleasing selection of French wines. less...

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 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 meat-and-three BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Agave

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

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, andmore...
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 Cuban BOA Award Winner

Palomilla's Cuban Grill House
Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen.more...
Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen. Lunchtime specials, such as chicken fricassee, are ridiculously inexpensive. The papa rellena — stuffed, deep-fried mashed potatoes — is a heavenly mixture of textures and flavors, with picadillo seeming to erupt from the loaf-sized appetizer. Other standouts: tamales, roasted pork and a mango pie that is without peer anywhere. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's - Smyrna
MUSS & TURNER’S is much more than a classic deli, but even if you strip away the cooking classes, the vacuum-sealed gourmet meals and the evening menu of such dishes as wild stripe bass bouillabaisse and grilled hanger steak, you’re still left with the best deli meats and sandwich menumore...
MUSS & TURNER’S is much more than a classic deli, but even if you strip away the cooking classes, the vacuum-sealed gourmet meals and the evening menu of such dishes as wild stripe bass bouillabaisse and grilled hanger steak, you’re still left with the best deli meats and sandwich menu in the city. Well, it’s not exactly in the city. It’s in Smyrna, but it’s certainly good enough that people from all parts of Atlanta journey there. However, if you order at least $100 worth of food, the deli will deliver (with 48 hours notice). less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Trois
Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you’re in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. To really French it up, try the chateaubriand formore...
Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you’re in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. To really French it up, try the chateaubriand for two or the burgundy snails, and don’t forget to check out the pleasing selection of French wines. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae BBQ
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meatmore...
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meat dishes, an employee arrives with a bucket of thermonuclear-hot coals that he dumps in the grill in the middle of your table. Meanwhile, you’re noshing on a vast array of complimentary pickled goodies and eyeballing the zillion athletic trophies decorating the restaurant. Sound surreal? Try it at 3 a.m. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

5 Seasons Brewing Company - North
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’remore...
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’re into European-style beers, 5 Seasons won’t disappoint. less...


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