There's no shortage of design firms around these days, and no doubt you can hire someone to create a great-looking restaurant. But we prefer a restaurant with a more personal touch. At SAUCED, owner Ria Pell proves that individual taste and an eye for style make for the best design. The small eatery and cocktail lounge has a feel that's part '50s swinger's club, part '70s basement rec room — a kind of awesomely blended nostalgic Americana. Wood-paneled walls, taxidermy, space age seating, and bathrooms that use 7-inch records as wallpaper all add to the retro vibe. 753 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-6554. www.saucedatlanta.com.