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The best restaurants in Atlanta.

Best Restaurant in Which to Be Seen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
8ARM

Best Restaurant in Which to Be Seen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Umi (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Staplehouse (Featured)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Carroll Street Cafe

Best food spectacle BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Gunshow (Featured)
Get your tickets to the GUNSHOW because there is no place quite like it. Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hot spot is the rare collision of cool concept meets exceptional food. There are no menus with set courses; rather, dishes audition for your choosing as chefs come to the table and present itemsmore...
Get your tickets to the GUNSHOW because there is no place quite like it. Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park hot spot is the rare collision of cool concept meets exceptional food. There are no menus with set courses; rather, dishes audition for your choosing as chefs come to the table and present items both homey and exotic. A mashup of dim sum and Brazilian churrascaria, where a wide-open kitchen sets the stage for maximum chef-diner interaction, Gunshow is never the same place twice. Executive chef Joey Ward carefully curates a scene of clever, heartfelt and playful food. Cocktails come by way of a rolling cart, where your conductor, Mercedes O’Brien, mixes and stirs right in front of you. 924 Garrett St., Suite C. 404-380-1886. www.gunshowatl.com. less...

Best unexpected expansion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Yet Tuh (Where to Eat Recommendation)
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 restaurant group revolution BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
The Canteen (Permanently Closed)
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 restaurant reinvention BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Bacchanalia (Featured)
When California-trained chef duo Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison opened BACCHANALIA inside a repurposed Piedmont Road cottage back in 1993, they became one of the very first restaurants in Atlanta to embody the concept of farm-to-table. By 1999, they’d expanded to a former meatpacking plant onmore...

When California-trained chef duo Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison opened BACCHANALIA inside a repurposed Piedmont Road cottage back in 1993, they became one of the very first restaurants in Atlanta to embody the concept of farm-to-table. By 1999, they’d expanded to a former meatpacking plant on the Westside, where they solidified their reputation as Atlanta’s fine dining standard-bearer. Quatrano won a Best Chef: Southeast award from the James Beard Foundation in 2003 for her dedicated use of hyperlocally sourced ingredients, masterful techniques and gorgeous plating. Then, last year, the couple announced they’d be moving once again — this time to a purpose-built monolith of glass and wood designed in collaboration between the proprietors and design firm Perkins+Will. The new space opened this spring, complete with an attached gourmet market, Star Provisions and onsite herb garden. Today, newly appointed executive chef Jonathan Kallini keeps Bacchanalia’s prix fixe menu as strong as ever, and still just as dedicated to local sourcing: Much of the produce comes directly from Quatrano’s own Summerland Farm in Cartersville. Nearly two decades after it opened, amid an entirely new and entirely more crowded culinary landscape, Bacchanalia remains both relevant and fresh. 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. N.W. 404-365-0410. www.starprovisions.com/bacchanalia.

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Trophy Case BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The General Muir
For years, Atlanta’s deli-starved craved something like THE GENERAL MUIR. At breakfast there’s a strong cup of coffee with a nosh from the bakery or a bagel platter. At lunch, sandwiches stacked with homemade cured meats and burgers reign. At dinner, chef Todd Ginsberg’s French training makes anmore...
For years, Atlanta’s deli-starved craved something like THE GENERAL MUIR. At breakfast there’s a strong cup of coffee with a nosh from the bakery or a bagel platter. At lunch, sandwiches stacked with homemade cured meats and burgers reign. At dinner, chef Todd Ginsberg’s French training makes an appearance. The Emory Point deli/brasserie has become an Atlanta institution because who doesn’t love a bagel? less...

Best comeback BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
MF Sushi Atlanta

Best restaurant frozen in yesteryear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best restaurant frozen in yesteryear BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best comeback BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
MF Sushi Atlanta

Best neighborhood restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
BoccaLupo

Best chef-to-table restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
GUNSHOW

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Pura Vida (Permanently Closed)

Best comeback BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
BoccaLupo (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best all-day dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Empire State South (Featured)
Empire State South is the Leonardo da Vinci of Atlanta restaurants, a true master of everything from breakfast to cocktails to house-made charcuterie. The thought of making a day out of dining here, starting with slowly sipping a perfectly pulled espresso on the patio, lounging between meals by the outdoormore...
Empire State South is the Leonardo da Vinci of Atlanta restaurants, a true master of everything from breakfast to cocktails to house-made charcuterie. The thought of making a day out of dining here, starting with slowly sipping a perfectly pulled espresso on the patio, lounging between meals by the outdoor bocce court, enjoying adventurous cocktails late into the night, has all the makings of a micro luxury vacation. The menu is constantly changing, but you can always count on Southern-tinged dishes made with super-fresh local produce and other regional ingredients. Aside from the mains, lovingly baked biscuits in the morning and an array of jarred wonders such as puckery house-made pickles, earthy boiled peanut hummus, and rich and peppery pimento cheese at night, are excellent. The wine list is impeccable, including gems such as a bottle of La Chablisienne's unusual sauvignon blanc from Burgundy (menu description: "deliciously nerdy"). No matter the occasion, the meal, the drink, Empire State South does it all while capturing the very best of modern cooking in the South. less...

Best Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Shed at Glenwood (Permanently Closed)

Best clearly not Southern or Italian charcuterie BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Pura Vida (Permanently Closed)

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
El Super Pan Latino Sandwiches & Bar

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Dogwood (Permanently Closed)

Best restaurant to close in the past year BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Repast
Runner-up: Joel Brasserie

Best photogenic dish or dish presentation BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Bacchanalia (Featured)

Runner-up: Nakato


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

Best restaurant for adventurous eaters BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Abattoir (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


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

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Trendy: Best Place to Experience the Restaurant Scene BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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 buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)
And other metro area locations.

Best Restaurant With a Social Conscience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cafe 458 (Permanently Closed)

Best Restaurant with a Social Conscience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill (Featured)

Best New Intown Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
TWO urban licks
820 Ralph McGill Blvd. 404-522-4622 www.twourbanlicks.com

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Golden Corral

Best New Intown Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Cafe 458

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Golden Corral

Best New In-Town Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Twist Restaurant and Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Shiraz
It's almost unfair to identify the spread at SHIRAZ with the lowly cognomen of "buffet." A Persian feast of exquisite flavors and textures is a more accurate description. The host hands you a menu when you're seated in the Miami mafia-inspired dining room, but politely push it aside and - like most everyonemore...
It's almost unfair to identify the spread at SHIRAZ with the lowly cognomen of "buffet." A Persian feast of exquisite flavors and textures is a more accurate description. The host hands you a menu when you're seated in the Miami mafia-inspired dining room, but politely push it aside and - like most everyone else in the room - head to the row of white-clothed tables on the left side of the restaurant. There you'll find sumptuous yogurt and eggplant spreads (to be eaten with hot, crackery bread); fragrant, intricate stews; rice dishes of various hues; and even walnuts and radishes for nibbling. And when your waiter brings out that heaping plate of kebabs? Take a bite or two and save the rest for lunch the next day. "11950 Jones Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770-751-7272. " less...

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Cedar's
Buffets can be notoriously suspect, but CEDAR'S lunchtime spread hits the mark with fresh salads and a daily-rotating choice of hot dishes. Intriguing Middle Eastern offerings (predominately of Lebanese origin) include fried cauliflower with tahini sauce; feta salad with olives, tomatoes and herbs; andmore...
Buffets can be notoriously suspect, but CEDAR'S lunchtime spread hits the mark with fresh salads and a daily-rotating choice of hot dishes. Intriguing Middle Eastern offerings (predominately of Lebanese origin) include fried cauliflower with tahini sauce; feta salad with olives, tomatoes and herbs; and lamb meatballs redolent with spices to be spooned over vermicelli rice. The parking lot, also shared by Roasters and a Chinese restaurant, can be jammed at lunch. "2770 Lenox Road. 404-261-1826." less...

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ryan's Family Steakhouse

Best Fusion BOA Award Winner

Oscar's
3725 Main St., College Park 404-766-9688 What will they gentrify next? We couldn't believe our eyes and palates when we visited this exceedingly hip spot in sleepy College Park. Designed to the max, Oscar's decor weds contemporary design with tradition, and the food is similar. Rabbit over pasta withmore...
3725 Main St., College Park 404-766-9688 What will they gentrify next? We couldn't believe our eyes and palates when we visited this exceedingly hip spot in sleepy College Park. Designed to the max, Oscar's decor weds contemporary design with tradition, and the food is similar. Rabbit over pasta with wild mushrooms is the best version we've encountered locally in years. A plate of simple sweet peas is a perfect appetizer. Don't miss the Sardinian flatbread with bresaola and black truffle oil. less...

Best Gourmet Market BOA Award Winner

Star Provisions (Permanently Closed)
1198 Howell Mill Road 404-365-0410 Sigh. Another reminder that the rich are very different from you and me. In other words, they can afford to shop in this rarefied boutique that actually is the entrance to Bacchanalia. The best reason by far to visit here is the cheese shop run by Raymond Hook, whomore...
1198 Howell Mill Road 404-365-0410 Sigh. Another reminder that the rich are very different from you and me. In other words, they can afford to shop in this rarefied boutique that actually is the entrance to Bacchanalia. The best reason by far to visit here is the cheese shop run by Raymond Hook, who has an encyclopedic knowledge unfortunately fused to a bank account-depleting sales technique. Organic produce, designer breads, seafood and meat, too. less...

Best Restaurant in Which to be Seen BOA Award Winner

Spice
793 Juniper St. 404-875-4242 http://www.spicerestaurant.com It almost hurts to walk inside the copper-lined entrance of the restaurant. It's a palpable feeling of wanting to be cool. Even on a weeknight you'll find high rollers lining the sleek bar, where custom-made lighting fixtures cast only minimalmore...
793 Juniper St. 404-875-4242 http://www.spicerestaurant.com It almost hurts to walk inside the copper-lined entrance of the restaurant. It's a palpable feeling of wanting to be cool. Even on a weeknight you'll find high rollers lining the sleek bar, where custom-made lighting fixtures cast only minimal illumination into the pricey liquors and wines being imbibed. Tropical fish tanks and contemporary art only provide a backdrop for men and women strutting their stuff and running up tabs on their platinum cards. The food, like the people, is sculpted and preened to apparent perfection, even if it isn't always substantial. less...

Best Fusion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Hi Life Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
Combine straight-on American bistro cooking (hardwood-grilled steaks, salmon, tuna, lamb chops, a lobster menu) with multi-course tasting menus, international seasonings and kicky seasonal specials (potato-tarragon gnocchi, wild mushrooms and arugula with grilled tomato pesto; spring rolls with jalapeomore...
Combine straight-on American bistro cooking (hardwood-grilled steaks, salmon, tuna, lamb chops, a lobster menu) with multi-course tasting menus, international seasonings and kicky seasonal specials (potato-tarragon gnocchi, wild mushrooms and arugula with grilled tomato pesto; spring rolls with jalapeo jelly) and you have Chris Pyun and John Metz's suburban-fusion experiment — which seems to be working out. Finding it is the only trick. (Hint: Head for the point where Jimmy Carter Boulevard meets Holcomb Bridge Road.) less...

Best Restaurant in Which to Be Seen BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Bluepointe (Permanently Closed)
The same folks who brought you the towering fish on Pharr Road, the Buckhead Life Group, opened this astonishing and redemptive architectural wonderment by the Johnson Studio last year. It features an amazing ensemble of talent and competent East-West fusion. And if you haven't been seen here, languishingmore...
The same folks who brought you the towering fish on Pharr Road, the Buckhead Life Group, opened this astonishing and redemptive architectural wonderment by the Johnson Studio last year. It features an amazing ensemble of talent and competent East-West fusion. And if you haven't been seen here, languishing forever in wait for your reserved table, you are nobody. You are the very dregs of uncoolness. less...

Best Fusion BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Fusebox
Crowds were young, hip, small and unprofitable. The owners had a food fight, divided up the leavings and moved on to new challenges.

Best Gourmet Takeout BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Star Provisions (Permanently Closed)
From baguettes to the city's widest selection of artisanal and imported cheeses, Bacchanalia's take-home larder offers restaurant-quality cookies, scones, desserts (individual chocolate-chip angel cakes, for instance), Mediterranean olives, wines in every price range, organic fruit, boxed micro-greensmore...
From baguettes to the city's widest selection of artisanal and imported cheeses, Bacchanalia's take-home larder offers restaurant-quality cookies, scones, desserts (individual chocolate-chip angel cakes, for instance), Mediterranean olives, wines in every price range, organic fruit, boxed micro-greens and the best canned tuna fillets imaginable (voila, an entree salad), plus boutique yogurt, honey, preserves, vinegar and oil. Napkins, utensils, kitchenware, coffee beans and ready-to-grill fish and meat should add points to any picnic or barbecue. less...

Best Gourmet Takeout BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
eatZi's
Easy come, easy go. Enter, pick up a plastic hand-basket at the door (aisles are much too narrow and crowded for carts), turn right for hot food, go straight ahead for cold counters displaying restaurant-style cold food or turn left for baked goods (the store's best line). Menus change frequently atmore...
Easy come, easy go. Enter, pick up a plastic hand-basket at the door (aisles are much too narrow and crowded for carts), turn right for hot food, go straight ahead for cold counters displaying restaurant-style cold food or turn left for baked goods (the store's best line). Menus change frequently at the corporate spin-off of Romano's Macaroni Grill, but big baguettes, brownies, cold fish, couscous and sandwiches should fill your need. less...
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