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Best Of Atlanta 2010 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures

We've lost our minds. We've started from scratch. We've unshackled ourselves from our traditional Best of Atlanta. We do what we want!

This year, rather than trot out the same old favorites, we took a different approach. Our food and drink team asked, "What about this year made us excited, proud, hungry?"

We also changed our direction when it came to the huge decision of who would win Best Overall Restaurant. In years past, the honor has been bestowed on the restaurant with the highest ratings, the most formal service, and the most refined food. This year, all that was thrown out the window. Instead, we opted for the place we most want to eat. Crazy, huh?

Now, if you still need a recommendation for a Thai restaurant or a breakfast spot, our Readers Picks have you covered. Every year, your taste gets better and better, dear readers, and this year you've outdone yourselves.

But the critics have gone rogue. Forget filet mignon and crème brûlée, we're touting confit duck heads and sea salt popsicles.

— Besha Rodell

Best appetizers BOA Award Winner

Eclipse di Luna

Runners-up:


Ecco


40 Seventh St., 404-347-9555, www.fifthgroup.com


AND


The Iberian Pig


121 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-371-8800, www.iberianpigatl.com

Best banh mi BOA Award Winner

Quoc Huong Banh Mi Fast Food
QUOC HUONG BANH MI FAST FOOD's banh mi will make you swear off all other "fast food" for good. A crusty Vietnamese-style baguette rains crumbs onto your shirt and oozes mayo and soft butter. Sweet slices of barbecue pork meet its perfect foil: fresh cilantro, pickled shreds of carrot and daikon. It'smore...
QUOC HUONG BANH MI FAST FOOD's banh mi will make you swear off all other "fast food" for good. A crusty Vietnamese-style baguette rains crumbs onto your shirt and oozes mayo and soft butter. Sweet slices of barbecue pork meet its perfect foil: fresh cilantro, pickled shreds of carrot and daikon. It's the ultimate version of an East-meets-West mashup. 5150 Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-936-0605. less...

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Runner-up: The Porter


1156 Euclid Ave., 404-223-0393, www.theporterbeerbar.com


Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bahama Breeze

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe


5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-250-3737, www.chefrobscafe.com

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee

Runner-up: Aurora Coffee


468 Moreland Ave., 404-523-6856; 992 N. Highland Ave., 404-892-7158. www.auroracoffee.com.

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market

Runner-up: The Cookie Studio


747 E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-373-8527, www.thecookiestudio.net

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Cupcake Factory - Permanently Closed

Runner-up: CamiCakes


221 Peachtree Road, 404-748-4288, www.camicakes.com


Best deli BOA Award Winner

Goldbergs Fine Foods - West Paces

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Jason's Deli


3330 Piedmont Road, 404-231-3333, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.jasonsdeli.com.

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo

Runner-up: Piece of Cake


307-A E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-378-8585, www.pieceofcakeinc.com

Best doughnut BOA Award Winner

Sublime Doughnuts
Kamal Grant's doughnut shop, SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS, is big on flavor and personality. Grant, the sweet-talking Pharrell Williams look-alike, charmed his way into our doughnut-loving hearts with his sugary creations. Toppings exceed the standards set by other bakers. Look for flavors such as dulce de leche,more...
Kamal Grant's doughnut shop, SUBLIME DOUGHNUTS, is big on flavor and personality. Grant, the sweet-talking Pharrell Williams look-alike, charmed his way into our doughnut-loving hearts with his sugary creations. Toppings exceed the standards set by other bakers. Look for flavors such as dulce de leche, the A-town cream (an A-shaped glazed doughnut filled with vanilla cream and coated with chocolate), and the orange dream star (a glazed doughnut topped with an orange-infused frosting). 535 10th St. 404-897-1801. www.sublimedoughnuts.com. less...

Best early-bird special or dining deal BOA Award Winner

Agave Restaurant

Runners-up:


Shaun's


1029 Edgewood Ave., 404-577-4358, www.shaunsrestaurant.com


AND


Colonnade Restaurant


1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642, www.colonnadeatl.com


Best French BOA Award Winner

Cafe Alsace

Runner-up: Atmosphere Bistro


1620 Piedmont Ave., 678-702-1620, www.atmospherebistro.com

Best fried chicken BOA Award Winner

Watershed on Peachtree

Runner-up: Colonnade Restaurant


1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642, www.colonnadeatl.com

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

SweetWater Brewing Company

Runner-up: Terrapin Beer Co.


265 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, 706-549-3377, www.terrapinbeer.com

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

Miller Union

Runner-up: Farm Burger


4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net


Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Runner-up: Woodfire Grill


1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-347-9055, www.woodfiregrill.com

Best photogenic dish or dish presentation BOA Award Winner

Bacchanalia

Runner-up: Nakato


1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-873-6582, www.nakatorestaurant.com

Best restaurant decor BOA Award Winner

TWO urban licks

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


878 Peachtree St., 404-875-1667; 438 Moreland Ave., 404-688-1828. www.thevortexbarandgrill.com

Best restaurant for adventurous eaters BOA Award Winner

Abattoir

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


2277 Peachtree Road, 404-948-1175, www.holeman-finch.com

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Top Flr

Runner-up: Apres Diem


931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-3333, www.apresdiem.com

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

Majestic Diner

Runner-up: R. Thomas Deluxe Grill


1812 Peachtree St., 404-881-0246, www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net

Best-looking waitstaff BOA Award Winner

The Tavern At Phipps

Runner-up: Flip Burger Boutique


1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best dessert trend BOA Award Winner

Fried pies

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: Star Provisions


1198 Howell Mill Road, 404-365-0410, www.starprovisions.com

Best new restaurant and best pizza BOA Award Winner

Antico Pizza Napoletana
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There's nomore...
Which restaurant has changed the face of Atlanta dining the most since opening in the past year? The restaurant that finally brought us world-class pizza. ANTICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA had more of an impact on the deliciousness of our city than all the New Southern, farm-to-table places combined. There's no one thing that explains why Antico is so great, but there are plenty of things worth mentioning: the ovens and flour and tomatoes and workers imported from Italy; the blaring opera music; the convivial seating arrangements, where you might have to eat beside strangers at a metal table in the kitchen. But oh, when those pizzas arrive with their hot, crusty, thin, perfectly balanced crusts, and their tangy, sweet tomato sauce, that's when Antico becomes akin to a religious experience. It's the church of pizza. Consider us converted. 1093 Hemphill Ave. 404-724-2333. www.anticopizza.it. less...

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