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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 hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up: Farm Burger


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

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Morelli

Runner-up: Bruster's Real Ice Cream


2550 Lawrenceville Highway, 770-496-0700, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.brusters.com

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 Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Nava

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Runner-up: Fat Matt's Rib Shack


1811 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-1622, www.fatmattsribshack.com


Best biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit (13 ATL Locations)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Thumbs-up Diner


573 Edgewood Ave. S.E., 404-223-0690, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.thumbsupdiner.com

Best burritos BOA Award Winner

Willy's Mexicana Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Raging Burrito


141 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-3311, www.ragingburrito.com

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Chinese Buddha


100 10th St., 404-874-5158; 144 14th St., 404-875-5278

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


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


Best grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit (13 ATL Locations)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Runners-up:


Alfredo's Italian Restaurant


1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, www.alfredositalianrestaurant.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Runner-up: MF Sushi


3280 Peachtree Road, 404-841-1192; 265 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-815-8844. www.mfsushibar.com.

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com


Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Repast
Runner-up: Joel Brasserie

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


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

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Runner-up: Watershed


406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-4900, www.watershedrestaurant.com

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Runner-up: Bone's


3130 Piedmont Road, 404-237-2663, www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushi Atlanta

Runner-up: RuSan's


1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rusans.com.

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Green Sprout

Runner-up: Soul Vegetarian


879 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194; 652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-0145

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

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 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 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 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 sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: Star Provisions


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

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Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Runner-up: The Cookie Studio


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


Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown

Runner-up: Piece of Cake


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

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best under the radar restaurant BOA Award Winner

Graveyard Tavern

Runners-up:


Cafe Lily


308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-371-9119, www.cafelily.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com


Best veggie burgers BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers - Piedmont

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


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

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: Krog Bar


112 Krog St., 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market

Runner-up: Highland Bakery


655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best burger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up: Farm Burger


410-B W. Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net


Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com.

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House Chinese Restaurant

Runner-up: Hong Kong Harbour


2184 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7630, www.hongkongharbouratl.com

Best dumplings BOA Award Winner

Chef Liu

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Runner-up: Queen of Sheba


1594 Woodcliff Drive, 404-321-1493, www.qsheba.com


Best frozen yogurt BOA Award Winner

Yoforia

Runner-up: The Yogurt Tap


419 Church St., Decatur, 404-373-6090, www.theyogurttap.com

Best hamburger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up: Farm Burger


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

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Morelli

Runner-up: Bruster's Real Ice Cream


2550 Lawrenceville Highway, 770-496-0700, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.brusters.com

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 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...

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Nava

Runner-up: Taqueria del Sol


2165 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-321-1118, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Runner-up: Fat Matt's Rib Shack


1811 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-1622, www.fatmattsribshack.com

Best biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit (13 ATL Locations)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Thumbs-up Diner


573 Edgewood Ave. S.E., 404-223-0690, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.thumbsupdiner.com

Best burritos BOA Award Winner

Willy's Mexicana Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Raging Burrito


141 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-3311, www.ragingburrito.com

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: Chinese Buddha


100 10th St., 404-874-5158; 144 14th St., 404-875-5278

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

Leon's Full Service

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


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

Best falafel BOA Award Winner

Jerusalem Bakery & Grill
There are a lot of balls out there, but most don't deserve a place in your mouth. The crunchy golden balls of fried chickpea and parsley at JERUSALEM BAKERY ALPHARETTA, however, are definitely worthy. Pita bread filled with pickled veggies, shaved onions and spicy sauce tangle with the falafel in a tightmore...
There are a lot of balls out there, but most don't deserve a place in your mouth. The crunchy golden balls of fried chickpea and parsley at JERUSALEM BAKERY ALPHARETTA, however, are definitely worthy. Pita bread filled with pickled veggies, shaved onions and spicy sauce tangle with the falafel in a tight burrito-style roll that explodes with classic Middle Eastern flavors. 4150 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 770-777-0193. www.jerusalem-bakery.com. less...

Best grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit (13 ATL Locations)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Runners-up:


Alfredo's Italian Restaurant


1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, www.alfredositalianrestaurant.com


AND


Capozzi's


1355 Clairmont Road, Decatur, 404-471-1655, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.capozzisdecatur.com.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Runner-up: MF Sushi


3280 Peachtree Road, 404-841-1192; 265 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-815-8844. www.mfsushibar.com.

Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Runner-up: Holy Taco


1314 Glenwood Ave., 404-230-6177, www.holy-taco.com

Best ramen BOA Award Winner

Yakitori Jinbei
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked formore...
Ramen lust has exploded all over Atlanta in the past couple of years. However, no ramen-ya exhibits such a level of quality as YAKITORI JINBEI. Sadly, owner Takashi Osawa passed away more than a year ago, but his legacy lives on in the deeply complex tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that is slow-cooked for hours until the collagen renders the broth creamy and silky smooth. The superior broth acts as a vehicle for succulent slices of rolled-up pork, chewy bamboo shoots, seaweed, chopped green onion, springy noodles and crunchy white and black sesame seeds. 2421 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 770-818-9215. www.yakitorirestaurant.com. less...

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Repast
Runner-up: Joel Brasserie

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Runner-up: The Vortex Bar and Grill


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

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Runner-up: Watershed


406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-4900, www.watershedrestaurant.com

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Runner-up: Bone's


3130 Piedmont Road, 404-237-2663, www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up: West Egg Cafe


1100 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

MF Sushi Atlanta

Runner-up: RuSan's


1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.rusans.com.

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Bishoku
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infusedmore...
BISHOKU is the brainchild of Jackie Fukuya-Merkel, the daughter of the former owners of the venerable Sushi Huku in Sandy Springs. Merkel's endeavor is a feminine Japanese restaurant with a long list of handwritten specials that push the teriyaki envelope. Bishoku has started making its own tofu infused with classic ingredients, such as edamame. No tofu dish is more beautiful than her homemade egg tofu topped with an unctuous sliver of uni and served with a tiny spoon. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-7998. www.bishokusushi.com. less...

Best tofu BOA Award Winner

Green Sprout

Runner-up: Soul Vegetarian


879 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., 404-752-5194; 652 N. Highland Ave., 404-875-0145

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up: So Ba


560 Gresham Ave., 404-627-9911, www.soba-eav.com

Best burger BOA Award Winner

Bocado

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

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