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BEST 404 soul glo redux

He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed »more

Best all-around Korean

Myung Ga Won

Korean restaurants are tricky. You pretty much need to go somewhere different for every specific craving. Myung Ga Won is one of the few Korean »more

Best alternative alternative exercise

Sometimes you want to be coddled, crouching in the fetal position, while wind chimes gently wipe your stress away. But what you want isn't always »more

Best ambient composers

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its »more

Best Atlanta-bred song and dance

It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it »more

Best author to befuddle the critics

Blake Butler

When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic »more

Best back-to-the-farm B&B

When you make a reservation on the Social Goat's website, there's a place to indicate the reason for your stay: to visit friends or family, »more

Best band to rise above punk's pigeonholes

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the »more

Best bangs for your buck

Since moving to its Cheshire Bridge Road location, Crimpers Hair Salon has pumped out hip, inexpensive haircuts for the city's trendsetting denizens. Once you get »more

Best barbecue

Community Q

Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of »more

Best bartender

Paul Calvert

Back when Paul Calvert worked at the Sound Table, he was a great mixologist. His drinks were remarkable, but when the place filled up, the »more

Best bike lanes for aiding traffic flow

Decatur's new bike lanes

Though far from being the two-wheelers' playground it could be, Atlanta's made some inroads when it comes to cycling. The most welcome addition to the »more

Best bizarro local news story

T.I. talked the jumper off the building

Late one afternoon last October, radio and TV news reported that a man was threatening to jump 22 stories from the top of Colony Square »more

Best boutique nursery

The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the »more

Best breath of fresh air

One Eared Stag

Predictability. It's the bane of our new restaurants. That is, most of them. But the huge exception recently is One Eared Stag. While other new »more

Best budget bridal

Over budget. That dirty, dream-killing phrase has sent countless brides into teary, snot-filled tizzies. Not so at Le Dress Boutique, where a fiancéed fashionista can »more

Best burgers

Holeman & Finch

Holeman & Finch started the back-to-basics burger trend, Bocado perfected it, and thus far, no one else has taken the crown — despite the city's »more

Best candyland fantasy

Fashion designers have come to think of "precious" as a dirty word. They purposefully scuff up clothes and market black leather motorcycle jackets as purchasable »more

Best Cantonese

Bo Bo Garden

It's easy to miss Bo Bo Garden, tucked into the corner of Pine Tree Plaza on Buford Highway. In a sea of mediocre or just »more

Best Caribbean

Stir It Up

Stir It Up takes its name from the well-known Bob Marley song that evokes hot stuff, but not cooking. While you won't get that kind »more

Best chance to watch gold medal Olympians

Atlanta Beat

It's an expansion team in a league many people don't even know exists, but the Atlanta Beat pro soccer club fielded three members of the »more

Best classic cocktails

H. Harper Station

There are times when you just want a tried-and-true old-man drink. A Sazerac. A Vieux Carrè. A martini. Luckily, H. Harper Station has the hookup. »more

Best coffeehouse

Octane

Octane isn't just our favorite coffeehouse in town, it's one of our favorite places in town. The staff is friendly (and hot). The music is »more

Best comedian

Tanner Inman

Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or »more

Best comedy collective

The Beards of Comedy

In 2009, rising comedians Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, TJ Young and Joe Zimmerman looked for a hook to promote their touring shows. The then-clean-shaven Zimmerman »more

Best community garden for bringing a community together

English Avenue Community Garden

At last count, there were more than 150 community gardens across metro Atlanta, some large and spectacular, some super-organic with heirloom veggies, still others meticulously »more

Best con for people who couldn't get laid at Dragon*Con

Frolicon

People flock to Dragon*Con to buy the latest steampunk paraphernalia, play Magic: The Gathering and ogle chicks dressed like Sailor Moon. People go to Frolicon »more

Best crowning moment for a hometown art hero

Memory as Medicine

Radcliffe Bailey has been one of Atlanta's most respected and established artists for years now. His artwork is featured in prestigious museum collections ranging from »more

Best designer kitsch

Who could have guessed that a summer camp pottery class would lead to a successful empire of home décor shops? The Jonathan Adler store opened »more

Best desserts

Miller Union

Pastry chef Pamela Moxley has emerged as a beacon of light in the dark morass of mediocre chocolate lava cakes and soggy pies. Moxley, who »more

Best dive bar

We call it a dive because it hasn't been fixed up in forever, the domestic beer is served in bottles and the clientele is decidedly »more

Best DJ to lose your cool to

She's a lady DJ who isn't afraid to sweat her perm out. And that ain't the half. Since graduating from Scratch DJ Academy two years »more

Best doggy day care

People always say their pets are like their children, which is kinda creepy — especially if you put them in clothes — but very often »more

Best emerging neighborhood for Mexican food

Tucker

There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our »more

Best emerging visual artist

Gyun Hur

Is it a coincidence that artist Gyun Hur's trademark technicolor lines of chopped cemetery flowers convey the urgency of a launch pad? Perhaps not. Ever »more

Best event space-turned-dubstep destination

When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned »more

Best evolution for Decatur

No. 246

OK, we get it Decatur: You love beer. You love food that goes with beer. We love beer and beer-related bites as well. But variety »more

Best excuse to spend a few days out of the office

Snowpocalypse

No longer will we poke fun at folks who bum-rush grocery stores when flurries appear. On Jan. 9, nearly four inches of snow blanketed metro »more

Best experimental band

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a »more

Best farmers market

Alright, alright. All that stuff we said about farmers market shopping was kind of rude, right? Fact is, we should feel good about purchasing our »more

Best film festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

None of Atlanta's current film festivals captures the standing-room-only sense of "event" with the scale of the handsomely funded Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The subject »more

Best film series

Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night

Tireless local arts advocate WonderRoot made an impact this past year with its Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night. The quarterly series, screened at the »more

Best food festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

OK, we admit it. We worried about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It was ambitious, totally different from anything Atlanta had seen before and »more

Best food truck

Good Food Truck

Who does that hot dog think he is, coddled in a slice of golden brown French toast and smothered in apple slaw, spicy mustard and »more

Best gallery

Get This! Gallery

There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans »more

Best gym deal

There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our »more

Best health-conscious policy change

Highland Tap

When Highland Tap opened in 1989 at the corner of Virginia and Highland avenues, it broke the tradition of super-high expensive meat with its high-quality »more

Best hot tchotchkes

Highland Row Antiques isn't your mildewed neighborhood yard sale. The Poncey-Highland shop specializes in mid-century modern pieces like retro ashtrays and deco artwork, as well »more

Best ice cream

Morelli's

We vow never to divorce Morelli's as long as it keeps spreading the ginger-lavender and salted caramel flavors on our tongues. Over-the-top sundaes created by »more

Best indie rock underdogs

Reveling in the mesmerizing aesthetics of drone pop and Krautrock, Red Sea's songs creep along at a hypnotic pace. But a slow and jangling indie »more

Best karaoke for closet freaks

After scouring thousands of song titles in the sticky-from-beer binder, you finally submit your pick (Madonna's "Express Yourself") and anxiously anticipate the DJ calling you »more

Best kids' consignment

It's amazing we even bother buying clothes for kids. They grow so fast it's like they're tiny adults with glandular problems. Instead of constantly buying »more

Best live act to regroovenate your soul

Whether performing for a standing-room-only crowd at Apache Café or headlining at Variety Playhouse, Avery*Sunshine turns any show into an intimate affair. She pairs her »more

Best local art beef

World Wide Arts Federation art battles

The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk »more

Best local blogger rivalry

What Now, Atlanta? and Tomorrow's News Today

Online flame wars typically fizzle out after a day. Twitter debates are limited to 140 characters. And arguing in public sucks because you actually have »more

Best local blues act

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from »more

Best local boutique

When mother Ettie Wurtzel and daughter Talia Wurtzel Blanchard opened Squash Blossom in Decatur in 1999, they must have known they were on to something »more

Best local hip-hop producer on some other ish

<a href="http://supernatural.bandcamp.com/track/the-supernatural-man" target="_blank">The Supernatural Man by ETHEREAL</a>

With his zoned-out beatscapes, young gun producer/MC Ethereal aims to usher in a decidedly chill age of Atlanta »more

Best local music institution to reinvent itself

Good things have been afoot at the Masquerade since the club opened its doors in 1989. Throughout the '90s, bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead, and »more

Best local overall act

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but »more

Best local poet

Kevin Young

Poet Kevin Young has drawn on musical traditions from blues to jazz to gospel throughout his career, especially in his 2003 National Book Award-finalist poetry »more

Best local political figure

Mayor Kasim Reed

Even his detractors must admit that Mayor Kasim Reed has had a helluva year. His trips to Washington, D.C., have helped Atlanta and Georgia secure »more

Best local producer

When Ben Allen updates his résumé at the end of the year, not only can he boast of producing breakthrough recordings from Georgia-based up-and-comers Washed »more

Best local promoter

Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a »more

Best local tv production with a license to kill

Floyd County Productions

Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as »more

Best looking waitstaff

The Sound Table

Dining is all about desire, right? Even if a meal isn't explicitly romantic, we expect it to satisfy our cravings and satiate us. The Sound »more

Best luxury mani-pedi

If you leave Nouvelle Nail Spa and don't desperately want to own one of its pedicure chairs, you are an enemy of comfort. Eschewing the »more

Best mainstream tourist attraction

Cyclorama

Other cities have aquariums and battlefields, but none but Atlanta can claim the Cyclorama. Even the name is cool — as it should be for »more

Best male actor and best female actor

Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid

Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid are not a couple off stage — much to the relief of Tess's husband Mark Kincaid, who's no slouch »more

Best MC to molest a mic

4-IZE is the only Atlanta rapper bold enough to go where no MC has gone before — bestiality, baby. Since the December release of his »more

Best metal band to hit the bong to

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo »more

Best modern cocktails

4th & Swift's

4th & Swift's bar manager James Ives' drinks employ all manner of house-made tinctures, essences and bitters, often in combinations that sound insane. Ginger-infused rum, »more

BEST MTV-approved arena rock

On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none »more

Best museum

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead »more

Best nautical-themed pop act

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands »more

Best neighborhood listserv (for outsiders)

Inman Park LISTSERV

Itching to learn more about your fellow Atlantans but can't get away from your desk? Heard of a nifty invention called the Internet? It comes »more

Best new (born) thing in Atlanta

Zoo babies

When it comes to zoo babies, how could you single out just one of the adorable mammalian wonders who've sprung forth into the world at »more

Best new (old) restaurant

Cakes & Ale

We were slightly aghast when we learned that Cakes & Ale was moving from its original storefront location on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in »more

Best new beer

Wild Heaven

We've always been proud of our local bottled beers, it's just that there's so few of them. Well that's beginning to change, starting with Wild »more

Best new gay thing to happen outside of Midtown

Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's »more

Best new thing in Atlanta

Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park

Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, »more

Best off-the-beaten path tourist attraction

Lake Claire Community Land Trust

Just as the Atlanta History Center's Tullie Smith Farm allows visitors to tour an 1840s plantation, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is a full-scale »more

Best off-the-radar place to see a local show

Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place »more

BEST OMG goth rap

After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement »more

Best opening

Launch of Streetela

In April, the warehouse at 900 DeKalb Ave. slung open its loading dock doors for the launch of Streetela, a new ATL apparel brand that's »more

Best opportunity for national retail and food hall glory

Ponce City Market

After more than a year of touch-and-go negotiations, City Hall East was finally sold to a developer this summer and its new owner wasted no »more

Best patio dance party for sinners and saints

When's the last Sunday you went to church? Never? Great! Every second Sunday wünder-DJ Vicki Powell makes sinners and saints alike sweat on the patio »more

Best pawn shop

Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn »more

Best Pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana

The day someone comes along and steals the top spot from Antico Pizza Napoletana will be the day pizza is reinvented. We can't imagine better »more

Best place for a beach getaway/history lesson

Sapelo Island

Who wouldn't want to visit a village called Hog Hammock? Sapelo Island ranks as one of the state's most historically significant and downright interesting places »more

Best place to cut your teeth

Relapse Theatre

Veteran improvisers and big-name comedians alike perform at the five-year-old Relapse Theatre. But the 14th Street venue also serves as a proving ground for aspiring »more

Best play

August: Osage County

Despite the risk of burning out some of Atlanta's best actors through prolonged exposure to scorching family drama, the Alliance Theatre should make an annual »more

Best playwright

Pearl Cleage

Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah »more

Best plugged-in avant-garde ensemble

It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven »more

Best political theater

State Senate

Watch Sen. Cecil Staton squirm as evidence mounts that he's actually a Casey Cagle-hating activist named Beth Merkleson! Hear House Speaker David Ralston tell Senate »more

Best pre-hangover padding

the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya

Conveniently located just up the road from Edgewood Avenue's nightlife row, the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya provides everything your inebriated heart ... well, guts »more

Best progressive radio personality

DJ Tabone

All the on-air personality in the world can't make disposable music palatable. Likewise, listening to carefully curated tunes is a serious strain when the sound »more

Best public bus route

MARTA's No. 2 bus

When was the last time you took the deuce? Did the No. 2? Get your minds out of the commode — we're talking about MARTA's »more

Best reason for a culinary road trip

Husk

Is there any other reason to travel? For those of us who are food obsessed, the Southeast offers a ton of delicious destinations. Charleston, S.C., »more

Best reason to date a suburbanite

Viande Rouge

It's a lot to ask us to drive to Johns Creek, but Viande Rouge makes us want to do it, and take a hot date »more

Best reason to get over loss of NHL franchise

All the other sporting events

Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were »more

Best reason to read between the lines

"10 Stories High"

What do Horace Burgess, the Biltmore House, Southern women and a $10 bill have in common? Beats the hell out of us. But if you »more

Best reason to wander into a vacant warehouse

Dashboard Co-Op

Dashboard Co-Op seems blissfully unaware of the word "boundaries." And "rules." And "limits." And "functional indoor plumbing." Launched in early 2010, the local arts organization »more

Best recession proof shopping

Economists already predict a double-dip recession. How are you expected to look stylish when you can barely afford your groceries? Put your scavenging skills to »more

Best reinvention of the reading series

Restaurant Eugene's Author Dinner Series

Chances are that if you like talking about books, you also like talking about books over food and drinks. That's the beautiful simplicity of Restaurant »more

Best response to city's anti-graffiti ordinance

'Is this better?'

When the city announced plans for an anti-graffiti task force, many folks — including CL — wondered how the effort would change the gritty urban »more

Best restaurant

Empire State South

Does the best restaurant have to be the fanciest, most refined, most rarified eatery in town? Not necessarily. Instead, we think of the best restaurant »more

Best reuse of a demolished housing project

Wheat Street Gardens

In 2008, Wheat Street Baptist Church tore down its low-income housing just off Auburn Avenue, closing the book on a once-vibrant complex that had fallen »more

Best rising theatre company

Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre

Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them »more

Best selection of handmade jewelry

The term crafts, as in arts and crafts, used to evoke images of macaroni necklaces and little cabins constructed of crudely glued together popsicle sticks. »more

Best service

La Grotta

In an era of "Have you dined with us before, my name is Dawn, let me explain for you what this thing we call a »more

Best shoes you can't afford

Cher Horowitz famously quipped in Clueless, "You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet." We couldn't agree »more

Best show of superhuman spirit

Disabled But Able to Rock

In a summer of Hollywood superheroes, the 2011 documentary Disabled But Able to Rock presents the most compelling story of an ordinary person with an »more

Best Sichuan

Tasty China

When Peter Cheng announced he was opening his eponymous restaurant, fans of Tasty China worried that Atlanta's first standout Sichuan spot would suffer. But seven »more

Best sign of old-school media relevance

AJC's coverage of APS cheating

After years of staff buyouts, reorganizations and a relocation to Dunwoody, the AJC seemed ready for the insertion of the proverbial fork. But there are »more

Best sign of political common sense

Sunday alcohol sales

It wasn't the most important legislation to pass this year, and we wouldn't attempt to argue that future generations of Georgians will enjoy more fruitful »more

Best sign that ATL's dance scene rules

Collaboration

Finding venues, getting exposure and connecting to potential audiences have long been major challenges for Atlanta's independent dancers and choreographers. But recently, an exciting new »more

Best spa deal

Groupon shmoupon. Scoutmob shmoutmob. LivingSocial Shmiving ... well, you get the idea. There are endless deals sites out there vying for your dollars, and one »more

Best spandex-clad dance floor freak

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the »more

Best sports bargain

Turner Field

With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 »more

Best spot for a first date

Lunacy Black Market

On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy »more

Best stylish sewing stuff

Imagine if every beautiful, colorful vintage dress, bedspread and set of curtains in the world was deconstructed, cleaned, pressed and wrapped neatly into bolts to »more

Best tattoos for all colors of people

Last year, when shows about tattoo artists were at the peak of their popularity, the guys and gal at City of Ink in Castleberry Hill »more

Best testament to the power of the spoken word

Java Monkey Speaks

Java Monkey Speaks celebrated the 10-year mark in June 2011 and shows no signs of stopping. Founder Kodac Harrison continues to bring his idiosyncratic emcee »more

Best theater company

Actor's Express

An outpouring of support accompanied Actor's Express' S.O.S. fundraising drive this year, which indicates the fierce loyalty of the edgy playhouse's fans and the value »more

Best theatrical experiment

Group Intelligence

In recent years, live theater has tried to tap the excitement over digital technology, social networking and other trends with the potential to change the »more

Best thrift district

Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up »more

Best urban wilderness refuge

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

You don't need to go to the North Georgia mountains to get into the wild. Just take a trip down Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. »more

Best veggie meal at a non-veggie restaurant

veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service

Here in the hallowed halls of CL's food department, we are partial to pig. But despite our affection for meat, we harbor a serious craving »more

Best Vietnamese

Quan Ba 9

"Authentic" is a word that gets thrown around so much, it's easy to forget what it means. Quan Ba 9 will make you remember. This »more

Best way to home hunt

With Craigslist now officially an abyss of spam, where are you, poor renter, able to find a decently priced apartment in your dream neighborhood? Meet »more

Best way to skip a trip to the farmers market

We all feel good about ourselves when we shop at the farmers market, don't we? Look at us strutting around with our reusable tote bags, »more

Best way to wear your art on your sleeve

Street art: populist art form, nuisance to society or super cool fashion? Does art have to exist inside a gallery or museum to be legit? »more

Best weekly club night for face-melting bass

Having one's face melted off every Friday may not sound like that much fun. But QUAD's weekly 18-and-up Melt romps do just that with ambitious »more

Best wine by the glass

Fritti

One of the delightful things about Fritti is its extensive selection of Italian wines. Of the list's 50 bottles, 38 are available by the glass »more

Best wine shop and potential liquor store

After opening in March, H&F Bottle Shop had a superb wine selection, house-made mixers, stylish glassware and everything one would need to make a stiff »more

BEST WTF garage band

Pop demigod Mark Ronson produced the band's latest record, but local garage hellions Black Lips remain as flippant and skuzzy as ever — cover of »more

BEST 404 soul glo redux

He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed »more

Best all-around Korean

Myung Ga Won

Korean restaurants are tricky. You pretty much need to go somewhere different for every specific craving. Myung Ga Won is one of the few Korean »more

Best alternative alternative exercise

Sometimes you want to be coddled, crouching in the fetal position, while wind chimes gently wipe your stress away. But what you want isn't always »more

Best ambient composers

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its »more

Best Atlanta-bred song and dance

It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it »more

Best author to befuddle the critics

Blake Butler

When Atlanta author Blake Butler's surrealist domestic novel There Is No Year showed up in the New York Times Book Review earlier this year, critic »more

Best back-to-the-farm B&B

When you make a reservation on the Social Goat's website, there's a place to indicate the reason for your stay: to visit friends or family, »more

Best band to rise above punk's pigeonholes

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the »more

Best bangs for your buck

Since moving to its Cheshire Bridge Road location, Crimpers Hair Salon has pumped out hip, inexpensive haircuts for the city's trendsetting denizens. Once you get »more

Best barbecue

Community Q

Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of »more

Best bartender

Paul Calvert

Back when Paul Calvert worked at the Sound Table, he was a great mixologist. His drinks were remarkable, but when the place filled up, the »more

Best bike lanes for aiding traffic flow

Decatur's new bike lanes

Though far from being the two-wheelers' playground it could be, Atlanta's made some inroads when it comes to cycling. The most welcome addition to the »more

Best bizarro local news story

T.I. talked the jumper off the building

Late one afternoon last October, radio and TV news reported that a man was threatening to jump 22 stories from the top of Colony Square »more

Best boutique nursery

The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the »more

Best breath of fresh air

One Eared Stag

Predictability. It's the bane of our new restaurants. That is, most of them. But the huge exception recently is One Eared Stag. While other new »more

Best budget bridal

Over budget. That dirty, dream-killing phrase has sent countless brides into teary, snot-filled tizzies. Not so at Le Dress Boutique, where a fiancéed fashionista can »more

Best burgers

Holeman & Finch

Holeman & Finch started the back-to-basics burger trend, Bocado perfected it, and thus far, no one else has taken the crown — despite the city's »more

Best candyland fantasy

Fashion designers have come to think of "precious" as a dirty word. They purposefully scuff up clothes and market black leather motorcycle jackets as purchasable »more

Best Cantonese

Bo Bo Garden

It's easy to miss Bo Bo Garden, tucked into the corner of Pine Tree Plaza on Buford Highway. In a sea of mediocre or just »more

Best Caribbean

Stir It Up

Stir It Up takes its name from the well-known Bob Marley song that evokes hot stuff, but not cooking. While you won't get that kind »more

Best chance to watch gold medal Olympians

Atlanta Beat

It's an expansion team in a league many people don't even know exists, but the Atlanta Beat pro soccer club fielded three members of the »more

Best classic cocktails

H. Harper Station

There are times when you just want a tried-and-true old-man drink. A Sazerac. A Vieux Carrè. A martini. Luckily, H. Harper Station has the hookup. »more

Best coffeehouse

Octane

Octane isn't just our favorite coffeehouse in town, it's one of our favorite places in town. The staff is friendly (and hot). The music is »more

Best comedian

Tanner Inman

Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or »more

Best comedy collective

The Beards of Comedy

In 2009, rising comedians Andy Sandford, Dave Stone, TJ Young and Joe Zimmerman looked for a hook to promote their touring shows. The then-clean-shaven Zimmerman »more

Best community garden for bringing a community together

English Avenue Community Garden

At last count, there were more than 150 community gardens across metro Atlanta, some large and spectacular, some super-organic with heirloom veggies, still others meticulously »more

Best con for people who couldn't get laid at Dragon*Con

Frolicon

People flock to Dragon*Con to buy the latest steampunk paraphernalia, play Magic: The Gathering and ogle chicks dressed like Sailor Moon. People go to Frolicon »more

Best crowning moment for a hometown art hero

Memory as Medicine

Radcliffe Bailey has been one of Atlanta's most respected and established artists for years now. His artwork is featured in prestigious museum collections ranging from »more

Best designer kitsch

Who could have guessed that a summer camp pottery class would lead to a successful empire of home décor shops? The Jonathan Adler store opened »more

Best desserts

Miller Union

Pastry chef Pamela Moxley has emerged as a beacon of light in the dark morass of mediocre chocolate lava cakes and soggy pies. Moxley, who »more

Best dive bar

We call it a dive because it hasn't been fixed up in forever, the domestic beer is served in bottles and the clientele is decidedly »more

Best DJ to lose your cool to

She's a lady DJ who isn't afraid to sweat her perm out. And that ain't the half. Since graduating from Scratch DJ Academy two years »more

Best doggy day care

People always say their pets are like their children, which is kinda creepy — especially if you put them in clothes — but very often »more

Best emerging neighborhood for Mexican food

Tucker

There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our »more

Best emerging visual artist

Gyun Hur

Is it a coincidence that artist Gyun Hur's trademark technicolor lines of chopped cemetery flowers convey the urgency of a launch pad? Perhaps not. Ever »more

Best event space-turned-dubstep destination

When it's not reserved for wedding receptions or other traditional events, West Midtown's King Plow Arts Center hosts monthly Haute Mess dubstep parties and world-renowned »more

Best evolution for Decatur

No. 246

OK, we get it Decatur: You love beer. You love food that goes with beer. We love beer and beer-related bites as well. But variety »more

Best excuse to spend a few days out of the office

Snowpocalypse

No longer will we poke fun at folks who bum-rush grocery stores when flurries appear. On Jan. 9, nearly four inches of snow blanketed metro »more

Best experimental band

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a »more

Best farmers market

Alright, alright. All that stuff we said about farmers market shopping was kind of rude, right? Fact is, we should feel good about purchasing our »more

Best film festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

None of Atlanta's current film festivals captures the standing-room-only sense of "event" with the scale of the handsomely funded Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The subject »more

Best film series

Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night

Tireless local arts advocate WonderRoot made an impact this past year with its Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmakers Night. The quarterly series, screened at the »more

Best food festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

OK, we admit it. We worried about the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It was ambitious, totally different from anything Atlanta had seen before and »more

Best food truck

Good Food Truck

Who does that hot dog think he is, coddled in a slice of golden brown French toast and smothered in apple slaw, spicy mustard and »more

Best gallery

Get This! Gallery

There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans »more

Best gym deal

There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our »more

Best health-conscious policy change

Highland Tap

When Highland Tap opened in 1989 at the corner of Virginia and Highland avenues, it broke the tradition of super-high expensive meat with its high-quality »more

Best hot tchotchkes

Highland Row Antiques isn't your mildewed neighborhood yard sale. The Poncey-Highland shop specializes in mid-century modern pieces like retro ashtrays and deco artwork, as well »more

Best ice cream

Morelli's

We vow never to divorce Morelli's as long as it keeps spreading the ginger-lavender and salted caramel flavors on our tongues. Over-the-top sundaes created by »more

Best indie rock underdogs

Reveling in the mesmerizing aesthetics of drone pop and Krautrock, Red Sea's songs creep along at a hypnotic pace. But a slow and jangling indie »more

Best karaoke for closet freaks

After scouring thousands of song titles in the sticky-from-beer binder, you finally submit your pick (Madonna's "Express Yourself") and anxiously anticipate the DJ calling you »more

Best kids' consignment

It's amazing we even bother buying clothes for kids. They grow so fast it's like they're tiny adults with glandular problems. Instead of constantly buying »more

Best live act to regroovenate your soul

Whether performing for a standing-room-only crowd at Apache Café or headlining at Variety Playhouse, Avery*Sunshine turns any show into an intimate affair. She pairs her »more

Best local art beef

World Wide Arts Federation art battles

The disparate worlds of hip-hop, pro-wrestling and live art collide in artist Fabian Williams' World Wide Arts Federation art battles. A nod to the Hulk »more

Best local blogger rivalry

What Now, Atlanta? and Tomorrow's News Today

Online flame wars typically fizzle out after a day. Twitter debates are limited to 140 characters. And arguing in public sucks because you actually have »more

Best local blues act

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from »more

Best local boutique

When mother Ettie Wurtzel and daughter Talia Wurtzel Blanchard opened Squash Blossom in Decatur in 1999, they must have known they were on to something »more

Best local hip-hop producer on some other ish

<a href="http://supernatural.bandcamp.com/track/the-supernatural-man" target="_blank">The Supernatural Man by ETHEREAL</a>

With his zoned-out beatscapes, young gun producer/MC Ethereal aims to usher in a decidedly chill age of Atlanta »more

Best local music institution to reinvent itself

Good things have been afoot at the Masquerade since the club opened its doors in 1989. Throughout the '90s, bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead, and »more

Best local overall act

We're proud that Perry, Ga.-bred Ernest Greene has chosen our fair city as his new home base, 'cause he's such a fine Southern gentleman, but »more

Best local poet

Kevin Young

Poet Kevin Young has drawn on musical traditions from blues to jazz to gospel throughout his career, especially in his 2003 National Book Award-finalist poetry »more

Best local political figure

Mayor Kasim Reed

Even his detractors must admit that Mayor Kasim Reed has had a helluva year. His trips to Washington, D.C., have helped Atlanta and Georgia secure »more

Best local producer

When Ben Allen updates his résumé at the end of the year, not only can he boast of producing breakthrough recordings from Georgia-based up-and-comers Washed »more

Best local promoter

Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a »more

Best local tv production with a license to kill

Floyd County Productions

Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as »more

Best looking waitstaff

The Sound Table

Dining is all about desire, right? Even if a meal isn't explicitly romantic, we expect it to satisfy our cravings and satiate us. The Sound »more

Best luxury mani-pedi

If you leave Nouvelle Nail Spa and don't desperately want to own one of its pedicure chairs, you are an enemy of comfort. Eschewing the »more

Best mainstream tourist attraction

Cyclorama

Other cities have aquariums and battlefields, but none but Atlanta can claim the Cyclorama. Even the name is cool — as it should be for »more

Best male actor and best female actor

Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid

Chris Kayser and Tess Malis Kincaid are not a couple off stage — much to the relief of Tess's husband Mark Kincaid, who's no slouch »more

Best MC to molest a mic

4-IZE is the only Atlanta rapper bold enough to go where no MC has gone before — bestiality, baby. Since the December release of his »more

Best metal band to hit the bong to

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo »more

Best modern cocktails

4th & Swift's

4th & Swift's bar manager James Ives' drinks employ all manner of house-made tinctures, essences and bitters, often in combinations that sound insane. Ginger-infused rum, »more

BEST MTV-approved arena rock

On the heels of releasing Simple Math, Manchester Orchestra nabbed two MTV VMA noms this year and booked its first international headlining tour. But none »more

Best museum

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead »more

Best nautical-themed pop act

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands »more

Best neighborhood listserv (for outsiders)

Inman Park LISTSERV

Itching to learn more about your fellow Atlantans but can't get away from your desk? Heard of a nifty invention called the Internet? It comes »more

Best new (born) thing in Atlanta

Zoo babies

When it comes to zoo babies, how could you single out just one of the adorable mammalian wonders who've sprung forth into the world at »more

Best new (old) restaurant

Cakes & Ale

We were slightly aghast when we learned that Cakes & Ale was moving from its original storefront location on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in »more

Best new beer

Wild Heaven

We've always been proud of our local bottled beers, it's just that there's so few of them. Well that's beginning to change, starting with Wild »more

Best new gay thing to happen outside of Midtown

Atlanta has a rich tradition of gay bars with delightfully suggestive names: BJ Roosters; Swinging Richards; and the recently shuttered Three Legged Cowboy. But Atlanta's »more

Best new thing in Atlanta

Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skate Park

Nearly 10 years ago, community activists suggested that the city get creative when replacing its antiquated sewers. Rather than simply digging tunnels and burying pipes, »more

Best off-the-beaten path tourist attraction

Lake Claire Community Land Trust

Just as the Atlanta History Center's Tullie Smith Farm allows visitors to tour an 1840s plantation, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is a full-scale »more

Best off-the-radar place to see a local show

Forget a Facebook invite; you couldn't stumble upon this place with a pocket compass. That's because the location of the tunnel shows that take place »more

BEST OMG goth rap

After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement »more

Best opening

Launch of Streetela

In April, the warehouse at 900 DeKalb Ave. slung open its loading dock doors for the launch of Streetela, a new ATL apparel brand that's »more

Best opportunity for national retail and food hall glory

Ponce City Market

After more than a year of touch-and-go negotiations, City Hall East was finally sold to a developer this summer and its new owner wasted no »more

Best patio dance party for sinners and saints

When's the last Sunday you went to church? Never? Great! Every second Sunday wünder-DJ Vicki Powell makes sinners and saints alike sweat on the patio »more

Best pawn shop

Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn »more

Best Pizza

Antico Pizza Napoletana

The day someone comes along and steals the top spot from Antico Pizza Napoletana will be the day pizza is reinvented. We can't imagine better »more

Best place for a beach getaway/history lesson

Sapelo Island

Who wouldn't want to visit a village called Hog Hammock? Sapelo Island ranks as one of the state's most historically significant and downright interesting places »more

Best place to cut your teeth

Relapse Theatre

Veteran improvisers and big-name comedians alike perform at the five-year-old Relapse Theatre. But the 14th Street venue also serves as a proving ground for aspiring »more

Best play

August: Osage County

Despite the risk of burning out some of Atlanta's best actors through prolonged exposure to scorching family drama, the Alliance Theatre should make an annual »more

Best playwright

Pearl Cleage

Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah »more

Best plugged-in avant-garde ensemble

It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven »more

Best political theater

State Senate

Watch Sen. Cecil Staton squirm as evidence mounts that he's actually a Casey Cagle-hating activist named Beth Merkleson! Hear House Speaker David Ralston tell Senate »more

Best pre-hangover padding

the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya

Conveniently located just up the road from Edgewood Avenue's nightlife row, the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya provides everything your inebriated heart ... well, guts »more

Best progressive radio personality

DJ Tabone

All the on-air personality in the world can't make disposable music palatable. Likewise, listening to carefully curated tunes is a serious strain when the sound »more

Best public bus route

MARTA's No. 2 bus

When was the last time you took the deuce? Did the No. 2? Get your minds out of the commode — we're talking about MARTA's »more

Best reason for a culinary road trip

Husk

Is there any other reason to travel? For those of us who are food obsessed, the Southeast offers a ton of delicious destinations. Charleston, S.C., »more

Best reason to date a suburbanite

Viande Rouge

It's a lot to ask us to drive to Johns Creek, but Viande Rouge makes us want to do it, and take a hot date »more

Best reason to get over loss of NHL franchise

All the other sporting events

Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were »more

Best reason to read between the lines

"10 Stories High"

What do Horace Burgess, the Biltmore House, Southern women and a $10 bill have in common? Beats the hell out of us. But if you »more

Best reason to wander into a vacant warehouse

Dashboard Co-Op

Dashboard Co-Op seems blissfully unaware of the word "boundaries." And "rules." And "limits." And "functional indoor plumbing." Launched in early 2010, the local arts organization »more

Best recession proof shopping

Economists already predict a double-dip recession. How are you expected to look stylish when you can barely afford your groceries? Put your scavenging skills to »more

Best reinvention of the reading series

Restaurant Eugene's Author Dinner Series

Chances are that if you like talking about books, you also like talking about books over food and drinks. That's the beautiful simplicity of Restaurant »more

Best response to city's anti-graffiti ordinance

'Is this better?'

When the city announced plans for an anti-graffiti task force, many folks — including CL — wondered how the effort would change the gritty urban »more

Best restaurant

Empire State South

Does the best restaurant have to be the fanciest, most refined, most rarified eatery in town? Not necessarily. Instead, we think of the best restaurant »more

Best reuse of a demolished housing project

Wheat Street Gardens

In 2008, Wheat Street Baptist Church tore down its low-income housing just off Auburn Avenue, closing the book on a once-vibrant complex that had fallen »more

Best rising theatre company

Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre

Stage artists Grant McGowen and Bree Dawn Shannon co-founded Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre in New York in 2008 but brought the troupe's name with them »more

Best selection of handmade jewelry

The term crafts, as in arts and crafts, used to evoke images of macaroni necklaces and little cabins constructed of crudely glued together popsicle sticks. »more

Best service

La Grotta

In an era of "Have you dined with us before, my name is Dawn, let me explain for you what this thing we call a »more

Best shoes you can't afford

Cher Horowitz famously quipped in Clueless, "You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet." We couldn't agree »more

Best show of superhuman spirit

Disabled But Able to Rock

In a summer of Hollywood superheroes, the 2011 documentary Disabled But Able to Rock presents the most compelling story of an ordinary person with an »more

Best Sichuan

Tasty China

When Peter Cheng announced he was opening his eponymous restaurant, fans of Tasty China worried that Atlanta's first standout Sichuan spot would suffer. But seven »more

Best sign of old-school media relevance

AJC's coverage of APS cheating

After years of staff buyouts, reorganizations and a relocation to Dunwoody, the AJC seemed ready for the insertion of the proverbial fork. But there are »more

Best sign of political common sense

Sunday alcohol sales

It wasn't the most important legislation to pass this year, and we wouldn't attempt to argue that future generations of Georgians will enjoy more fruitful »more

Best sign that ATL's dance scene rules

Collaboration

Finding venues, getting exposure and connecting to potential audiences have long been major challenges for Atlanta's independent dancers and choreographers. But recently, an exciting new »more

Best spa deal

Groupon shmoupon. Scoutmob shmoutmob. LivingSocial Shmiving ... well, you get the idea. There are endless deals sites out there vying for your dollars, and one »more

Best spandex-clad dance floor freak

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the »more

Best sports bargain

Turner Field

With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 »more

Best spot for a first date

Lunacy Black Market

On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy »more

Best stylish sewing stuff

Imagine if every beautiful, colorful vintage dress, bedspread and set of curtains in the world was deconstructed, cleaned, pressed and wrapped neatly into bolts to »more

Best tattoos for all colors of people

Last year, when shows about tattoo artists were at the peak of their popularity, the guys and gal at City of Ink in Castleberry Hill »more

Best testament to the power of the spoken word

Java Monkey Speaks

Java Monkey Speaks celebrated the 10-year mark in June 2011 and shows no signs of stopping. Founder Kodac Harrison continues to bring his idiosyncratic emcee »more

Best theater company

Actor's Express

An outpouring of support accompanied Actor's Express' S.O.S. fundraising drive this year, which indicates the fierce loyalty of the edgy playhouse's fans and the value »more

Best theatrical experiment

Group Intelligence

In recent years, live theater has tried to tap the excitement over digital technology, social networking and other trends with the potential to change the »more

Best thrift district

Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up »more

Best urban wilderness refuge

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

You don't need to go to the North Georgia mountains to get into the wild. Just take a trip down Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. »more

Best veggie meal at a non-veggie restaurant

veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service

Here in the hallowed halls of CL's food department, we are partial to pig. But despite our affection for meat, we harbor a serious craving »more

Best Vietnamese

Quan Ba 9

"Authentic" is a word that gets thrown around so much, it's easy to forget what it means. Quan Ba 9 will make you remember. This »more

Best way to home hunt

With Craigslist now officially an abyss of spam, where are you, poor renter, able to find a decently priced apartment in your dream neighborhood? Meet »more

Best way to skip a trip to the farmers market

We all feel good about ourselves when we shop at the farmers market, don't we? Look at us strutting around with our reusable tote bags, »more

Best way to wear your art on your sleeve

Street art: populist art form, nuisance to society or super cool fashion? Does art have to exist inside a gallery or museum to be legit? »more

Best weekly club night for face-melting bass

Having one's face melted off every Friday may not sound like that much fun. But QUAD's weekly 18-and-up Melt romps do just that with ambitious »more

Best wine by the glass

Fritti

One of the delightful things about Fritti is its extensive selection of Italian wines. Of the list's 50 bottles, 38 are available by the glass »more

Best wine shop and potential liquor store

After opening in March, H&F Bottle Shop had a superb wine selection, house-made mixers, stylish glassware and everything one would need to make a stiff »more

BEST WTF garage band

Pop demigod Mark Ronson produced the band's latest record, but local garage hellions Black Lips remain as flippant and skuzzy as ever — cover of »more