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2017 Index of Winners

Best tattoo artist BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Liberty tattoo

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens

Best CSA BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Fresh Harvest

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Mammoth Hand Car Wash & Detail Salon

Best auto shop BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Johnny Fullers Master Muffler

Best spot for bespoke suits (and bourbon) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Sid Mashburn
Just a heads up: SID MASHBURN isn’t the place you’re going to shop for an everyday suit. No, the Westside retailer is the place you go for the suit you’ll own for a lifetime — or the better part of it, since they start at $1,500. What’s more impressive than the quality and timelessness of themore...

Just a heads up: SID MASHBURN isn’t the place you’re going to shop for an everyday suit. No, the Westside retailer is the place you go for the suit you’ll own for a lifetime — or the better part of it, since they start at $1,500. What’s more impressive than the quality and timelessness of the threads is the peak service customers can expect when they walk in. That even includes a liquor cabinet so shoppers can sip bourbon (or other spirit of their choice) while shopping. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-350-7135. www.sidmashburn.com.

photo by: Eric Cash

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Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Rutu Chaudhari
For too many people, yoga is seen as affluent white women wearing expensive pants indulging in pain-inducing poses. RUTU CHAUDHARI, however, is on a mission to change that perception. Through her All Life is Yoga studio, Chaudhari works to return the practice its self-referential roots by embracing mindfulnessmore...

For too many people, yoga is seen as affluent white women wearing expensive pants indulging in pain-inducing poses. RUTU CHAUDHARI, however, is on a mission to change that perception. Through her All Life is Yoga studio, Chaudhari works to return the practice its self-referential roots by embracing mindfulness over athleticism. And by focusing on training a new generation of instructors via her nonprofit organization the Dharma Project — i.e., people color, folks from the LGBTQ community, of all shapes and sizes — she further challenges exclusionary notions and moves forward her philosophy that yoga is a way of life, not a luxury. 27 Waddell St., Suite D. 404-491-9027. www.alllifeisyoga.com.

photo by: Joeff Davis/ CL File

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Best bookstore BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
A Cappella Books
Against all odds, A CAPPELLA BOOKS has persevered the winds of change that Amazon and the internet hath wrought upon the land. Since 1989, owner Frank Reiss has maintained the small and seditious bookstore by keeping close ties with the community. From the folks behind the counter to the compelling titlesmore...
Against all odds, A CAPPELLA BOOKS has persevered the winds of change that Amazon and the internet hath wrought upon the land. Since 1989, owner Frank Reiss has maintained the small and seditious bookstore by keeping close ties with the community. From the folks behind the counter to the compelling titles that line the shelves, A Cappella is, as the website boasts, “the smartest bookstore in town.” It’s that word quality that keeps the operation moving in strides, as the small but well-stocked Inman Park shop doesn’t offer a whole lot of elbow room while negotiating the aisles. But when dust jackets boasting tales about the life and times of jazz provocateur Sun Ra, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, the myriad problems defining America’s sordid politics, and loads of top-shelf fiction practically jumping into your grasp, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. When everyone from local and up-and-coming touring authors to David Sedaris needs someone to sell a whole bunch of their books at their signing events, A Cappella is on speed dial. The shop is woven into the fiber of city’s literary culture, and one of few remaining, truly independent institutions keeping intown Atlanta well-read. 208 Haralson Ave. N.E. 404-681-5128. www.acappellabooks.com. less...

Best skin and hair care products BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Yamerra
When artist/artisan Maryam Moma relocated from New York to Atlanta, she brought YAMERRA, her growing line of hair and skin care products, with her — and boy are we glad she did. Her proximity gives folks the chance to get their hands on her fragrant shea butter-based soaps (in flavors like lemon grass,more...
When artist/artisan Maryam Moma relocated from New York to Atlanta, she brought YAMERRA, her growing line of hair and skin care products, with her — and boy are we glad she did. Her proximity gives folks the chance to get their hands on her fragrant shea butter-based soaps (in flavors like lemon grass, honey vanilla and tangerine grapefruit, among many others), hair and body oils, moisturizers and more at pop-up shops and markets all over town — not just on her website, where she sells her wares to shoppers all over the world. Yamerra products are advertised as being made from “traceable natural and organic ingredients,” and you can feel that sentiment when you use the gentle-to-the-touch items for yourself. And, on top of that, it’s all sold at prices that are gentle to your wallet, as well. www.yamerra.com. less...

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Old Fourth Ward

Best illustrator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Mike Lowery

Best illustrator BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Carlton Roberts

Best photographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Quan ATL

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Dad's Garage Theatre

Best comedian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Chris Clabo

Best comedy venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic

Best choreographer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Sarah Wildman

Best local indie filmmaker BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
McIntosh Bros.

Best reason to be excited about the future of dance in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Westside Cultural Arts Center
TERMINUS MODERN BALLET THEATRE doesn’t make its debut until October, but we can’t help but be hyped about the possibilities this company presents. Made up of a veritable supergroup of five principal dancers — Heath Gill, Tara Lee, John Welker, Rachel Van Buskirk and Christian Clark — who formerlymore...

TERMINUS MODERN BALLET THEATRE doesn’t make its debut until October, but we can’t help but be hyped about the possibilities this company presents. Made up of a veritable supergroup of five principal dancers — Heath Gill, Tara Lee, John Welker, Rachel Van Buskirk and Christian Clark — who formerly performed with Atlanta Ballet, this scrappy new venture promises (as its name suggests) to meld modern and ballet influences and create works that channel the unique spirit of our city. And the fact that they’ll be taking the stage in a newly constructed space within the Westside Cultural Arts Center (a spot that’s not exactly associated with dance) makes their impending unveiling even more unconventional … and exciting. 760 10th St. N.W. www.terminus-serenbe.com.

(From left - Rachel Van Buskirk, Heath Gill, Christian Clark, John Welker and Tara Lee)

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Guest Critic
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
It’s hard nailing down one singular reason why the ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL is the city’s best, so here are a few: 1) It consistently serves up dozens of high-quality big- and small-budget shorts and feature-length films; 2) screenings take place at theaters across the city at a wide range ofmore...
It’s hard nailing down one singular reason why the ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL is the city’s best, so here are a few: 1) It consistently serves up dozens of high-quality big- and small-budget shorts and feature-length films; 2) screenings take place at theaters across the city at a wide range of days and times (this year there were more than 200); 3) audiences have copious opportunities to interact with filmmakers and other folks behind the camera; 3) and, maybe most importantly, despite being a festival that focuses on the experiences of Jewish people, the AJFF offers a lineup of films that are diverse in style, subject matter, geographical origin and more, sure to appeal to movie lovers of all backgrounds. www.ajff.org. less...

Best local country music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
The Whiskey Gentry

Best cover band BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Rumors

Best local studio BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Southern Exposure

Best acoustic music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Eddie's Attic

Best dance music club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
MJQ Concourse

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Clermont Lounge

Best dark horse in the running BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
J.I.D
Following the critical success of this year's The Never Story, J.I.D is firmly planted in hip-hop's conscious. The Spillage Village MC is the latest spitter to align himself with J. Cole's Dreamville imprint and may be the first out of the broadening collective to make a true move toward the mass appreciationmore...
Following the critical success of this year's The Never Story, J.I.D is firmly planted in hip-hop's conscious. The Spillage Village MC is the latest spitter to align himself with J. Cole's Dreamville imprint and may be the first out of the broadening collective to make a true move toward the mass appreciation of their label head. Hailing from East Atlanta, J.I.D, born Destin Route, describes his music as a true-to-life depiction of his early experiences in dealing with and overcoming the struggles of growing up amid drugs, violence and gang life. He matches this realism in subject matter with a knack for rhyme that places him at the top of the heap of the city's most respected and most talented lyricists. Pair that with an innate ear for melody, and it's looking like J.I.D might just be next to blow up. www.dreamville.com/artist/j-i-d. less...

Best overall music act BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
6lack
6LACK, the artist born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, took the city by storm in 2017. The sounds of his thick-as-molasses debut album, Free 6lack (Love Renaissance/Interscope), are more R&B than hip-hop, but when Valdez raps, his lyrics and delivery are on point in songs such as "Rules," "PRBLMS" andmore...
6LACK, the artist born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, took the city by storm in 2017. The sounds of his thick-as-molasses debut album, Free 6lack (Love Renaissance/Interscope), are more R&B than hip-hop, but when Valdez raps, his lyrics and delivery are on point in songs such as "Rules," "PRBLMS" and "Alone / EA6." 6lack's slow lyrical glide through dense, atmospheric production courtesy of Singawd, FWDSLXSH and Nova paint a chilly, nocturnal landscape that crept up on the city and the rest of the country, earning platinum sales for "PRBLMS." To celebrate his victory Valdez chopped off his dreads, which sent the public into a bit of a tizzy. It wasn't enough to hinder his phoenix-like ascent, though. 6lack's allure, presence and gravitas transcend simple vanity. Free 6lack is the spearhead of an artistic renaissance for Atlanta in the post-trap era, leading a return to mellow melodies and unconditionally excellence in the name of Southern aesthetics. www.free6lack.com. less...

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge

Best food hall BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Krog Street Market

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Best local brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Monday Night Brewing

Best Atlanta food Instagrammer BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Atl_Bucketlist

Best soup BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
8ARM
After the sad and sudden death of chef/partner Angus Brown in early January, the fate of four-month-old 8ARM was uncertain. But with deep love and tenacity, the tight-knit, uber-talented staff — including partner Nhan Le, pastry maestro Sarah Dodge and chefs Keith Remes, Wilson Gourley and Brooks Raymanmore...

After the sad and sudden death of chef/partner Angus Brown in early January, the fate of four-month-old 8ARM was uncertain. But with deep love and tenacity, the tight-knit, uber-talented staff — including partner Nhan Le, pastry maestro Sarah Dodge and chefs Keith Remes, Wilson Gourley and Brooks Rayman — managed to get the restaurant back up and running the next day … and every day since. From early mornings to late nights, cinnamon rolls to ceviches, they’ve been cooking and serving an ever-changing kaleidoscope of locally sourced culinary magic, keeping things fresh while loyally maintaining Brown’s earthy, funky vibe. The recently finished patio finds Joshua Fryer slinging drinks for the cool kids from a repurposed, tropical-themed shipping container late into the night. For all these reasons and more, 8arm is our pick for 2017’s best restaurant. We miss you terribly, Angus, but we think you’d be pretty proud of what you left behind. 710 Ponce de Leon Ave. 470-875-5856. www.8armatl.com.

photo by: Joeff Davis

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Best unexpected expansion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Yet Tuh
If we had to guess which Atlanta restaurants might add a second location, YET TUH would have been near the bottom of the list. The original eatery, hidden a block off Buford Highway, is just so homey and unassuming that the very idea that it could multiply seemed implausible. But here they are, withmore...
If we had to guess which Atlanta restaurants might add a second location, YET TUH would have been near the bottom of the list. The original eatery, hidden a block off Buford Highway, is just so homey and unassuming that the very idea that it could multiply seemed implausible. But here they are, with a shiny new location in Duluth off Pleasant Hill Road, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Yet Tuh continues to offer some of the most soulful Korean fare around, from heartwarming stews to the delightful omurice (fried rice tucked inside an omelet blanket). We’ll still frequent the original location, but we now have a new favorite among the bevy of Korean restaurants buffering I-85 in Duluth. 2605 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 470-488-5000. 3042 Oakcliff Road, Doraville. 770-454-9292. less...

Best dinner party secret weapon BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Bakkal International Foods
Middle Eastern cuisines are in the spotlight, and there’s no better place in Atlanta than BAKKAL INTERNATIONAL FOODS, located just inside the Perimeter on Roswell Road, to source the hard-to-find ingredients necessary for cooking up these cuisines at home. Though Bakkal excels in Turkish products,more...
Middle Eastern cuisines are in the spotlight, and there’s no better place in Atlanta than BAKKAL INTERNATIONAL FOODS, located just inside the Perimeter on Roswell Road, to source the hard-to-find ingredients necessary for cooking up these cuisines at home. Though Bakkal excels in Turkish products, their wares cover a wide swath, from Bulgaria across the Mediterranean to Lebanon and Egypt. Here, you’ll find plentiful options for tahini or pomegranate syrup — a critical component in recreating the famous lamb shoulder in the Zahav cookbook, which is guaranteed to impress any and all dinner guests. Sip a cold mint yogurt soda (made in California, though Persian by heritage) while perusing fresh breads from Grand Prix Bakery in Lawrenceville and pistachio tahini helvasi by Turkish brand Koska, which will turn you on to the joys of this unfairly maligned Middle Eastern sesame dessert. 5690 Roswell Road, Suite 100, Sandy Springs. 404-847-9942. www.bakkalinternational.com. less...

Best restaurant group revolution BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
The Canteen
Why have one when you can have four? That’s the theory in play at Midtown newbie THE CANTEEN, which pushes the boundaries of the term “food hall” by splitting up a space that formerly housed one restaurant (the Spence) into three food stalls (Yalla, Fred’s Meat & Bread, TGM Bagel) and a fullmore...
Why have one when you can have four? That’s the theory in play at Midtown newbie THE CANTEEN, which pushes the boundaries of the term “food hall” by splitting up a space that formerly housed one restaurant (the Spence) into three food stalls (Yalla, Fred’s Meat & Bread, TGM Bagel) and a full bar (Square Bar). It’s a bold and, dare we say, revolutionary repurposing of the real estate overlooking the Centergy One plaza in Tech Square — and clearly one built off lessons learned by partners Todd Ginsberg, Jennifer and Ben Johnson and Shelley Sweet at their Krog Street Market locations of Yalla and Fred’s. From coffee and a bagel in the a.m. to decadent sandwiches at lunch to a burger and a beer as the sun sets, the Canteen packs plenty of punch to keep both residents and office-goers well fed all day. 75 Fifth St. N.W., Suite 170. www.thecanteenatl.com. less...

Best place to feast when you're stoned BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Food Terminal
Buford Highway has long been a bastion for fantastic Asian cuisine, but one of its most recent arrivals takes the scene to new heights. Uber-modern Malaysian food hall-style eatery FOOD TERMINAL has been racking up accolades ever since chef Amy Wong and partner Howard Ewe of bakery mini-chain Sweet Hutmore...
Buford Highway has long been a bastion for fantastic Asian cuisine, but one of its most recent arrivals takes the scene to new heights. Uber-modern Malaysian food hall-style eatery FOOD TERMINAL has been racking up accolades ever since chef Amy Wong and partner Howard Ewe of bakery mini-chain Sweet Hut opened doors this past spring. And when you have the munchies, there’s really no better spot to make your feasting fantasies come to life (trust us). The glossy, magazine-style menu boasts 50 pages of pan-Asian food options, from unctuous bone marrow ramen to barbecue pork noodles to a sizzling skillet of tomato-braised, Spam-studded rice covered in melty cheese that puts whatever brand of delivery chain pizza you ordered in college to shame. There are pictures of every item and a convenient menu form to fill out that cuts down on anxiety-inducing human contact, plus cold and creamy Thai tea for your dry mouth. Oh happy daze. 5000 Buford Highway, Chamblee. 678-353-6110. www.foodterminal.com. less...

Best gas station snack BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Rap Snacks
Although obvious genius James “Fly” Lindsay invented RAP SNACKS in Philadelphia back in 1994, the self-described “official snacks of hip-hop” didn’t go mainstream until last summer, when a regional re-launch brought them to shelves up and down the East Coast (including Atlanta). Migos, ourmore...
Although obvious genius James “Fly” Lindsay invented RAP SNACKS in Philadelphia back in 1994, the self-described “official snacks of hip-hop” didn’t go mainstream until last summer, when a regional re-launch brought them to shelves up and down the East Coast (including Atlanta). Migos, our hometown heroes, helped with the brand’s reinvention, lending both their faces and an auto-tune-happy promotional jingle dubbed “Dab of Ranch” to accompany their signature potato chip flavor: Sour Cream with a Dab of Ranch (naturally). Best of all, each bag of snacks features a uncanny valley likeness of its namesake rapper plus an inspirational quote on the back like this one from the Migos: “Dabbin’ is a lifestyle.” The newest crop of Rap Snacks includes Lil Yachty’s Owee crunchy curls and Trina’s honeydew cheese puffs. Yes, honeydew cheese puffs. We just love Rap Snacks so much. www.rapsnacks.net. less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Bread & Butterfly

Best vegan/vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe Sunflower Buckhead

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Baton Bob
batonbob.weebly.com

Best MARTA station BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
MARTA Peachtree Station

www.itsmarta.com

photo by: Joeff Davis/ CL File

Best park BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Rollergirls

www.atlantarollergirls.com

photo by: Lindsey Max/ CL File

Best city view BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
I-85 South access bridge

Best radio DJ/personality BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
English Nick

Best public pool BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Cityscape
Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

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