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Oral Pleasures


Best 24-hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Majestic Diner (Featured)
For all the debauchery and bleary-eyed clubbing that ordering a plate of hash browns at 4 a.m. entails, THE MAJESTIC is the only place to go. However, um, altered a state you might be in, the seasoned waitresses have seen it all. Delightfully greasy burgers, eggs, grits and other diner favorites stavemore...
For all the debauchery and bleary-eyed clubbing that ordering a plate of hash browns at 4 a.m. entails, THE MAJESTIC is the only place to go. However, um, altered a state you might be in, the seasoned waitresses have seen it all. Delightfully greasy burgers, eggs, grits and other diner favorites stave off oncoming hangovers and settle woozy, boozy tummies. Stone-cold sober? This Atlanta institution can provide all the inspiration you need to write that picaresque novel. less...

Best Appetizers and Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Fritti (Featured)
Appetizers are a transcendental experience at FRITTI. Anyone who has ever ordered the funghi fritti (fried mushrooms) knows what we're talking about. Just thinking about those crunchy morsels tinged with rosemary makes us close our eyes and smile. And then there's the gossamer fried calamari. Forgetmore...
Appetizers are a transcendental experience at FRITTI. Anyone who has ever ordered the funghi fritti (fried mushrooms) knows what we're talking about. Just thinking about those crunchy morsels tinged with rosemary makes us close our eyes and smile. And then there's the gossamer fried calamari. Forget the heavy dipping sauces. A spritz of lemon is all they need. But wait! Don't fill up on apps and forgo the Neapolitan-style pizzas. A blistered, crackery crust supports well-paired toppings - pancetta with caramelized onions and taleggio cheese with apples and peas are two standouts - though the staff has softened over the years and lets you concoct your own combos as well. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Bread Garden (Permanently Closed)
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powderingmore...
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powdering her face with flour, treats bread as the living presence it is. Her raisin-nut bread makes beautiful music with many cheeses. Her country Italian loaf loves to become a sandwich. Her pastries? The safest sex we’ve ever had. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Swallow at the Hollow (Permanently Closed)
The folks at SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW may not be purists, but that’s the reason we crave their ’cue. The chopped pork, scrumptious without any adornment, can be dressed up with three vastly different regional sauces (the South Carolina mustard gets slathered most thickly on our pig). Themore...
The folks at SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW may not be purists, but that’s the reason we crave their ’cue. The chopped pork, scrumptious without any adornment, can be dressed up with three vastly different regional sauces (the South Carolina mustard gets slathered most thickly on our pig). The mac-n-cheese has a gutsy crust, and the Brunswick stew hums with porcine goodness. Vegetarians, you even reading this? Swallow has one of finest sandwiches in the state for you: smoked portabella with gouda and fried green tomatoes. It might even make the carnivores covetous. less...

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Earl (Featured)
Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion themore...

Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion the belly for a long evening out, but their rockin’ brunch is heaven-sent if your Saturday night lasted well into Sunday morning. The steak sandwich loaded with peppers, onions, provolone and mushrooms is as much sloppy fun as making out in one of the bar’s dark booths.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Pastries A Go Go
PASTRIES A GO-GO has located to sunnier digs across the street from its original location on Ponce, and now the weekend breakfast line ripples even farther out the door. Famished? Here’s a tip: Fight your way to the counter and order a biscuit with sausage, egg and cheese to go. In less thanmore...
PASTRIES A GO-GO has located to sunnier digs across the street from its original location on Ponce, and now the weekend breakfast line ripples even farther out the door. Famished? Here’s a tip: Fight your way to the counter and order a biscuit with sausage, egg and cheese to go. In less than five minutes you’ll have a fluffy, flaxen beauty in your hands that is layered with just the right amount of wake-you-up ingredients. Just don’t smirk too broadly as you dodge envious looks on your way out the door. less...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Radial Cafe (Permanently Closed)
Going out to breakfast should be relaxing, not cutthroat. RADIAL CAFE is one of the few places left in Atlanta where jockeying for a table isn’t a professional sport. The space is cozy but not too cramped, and funky art on the walls could perk up even the most bleary-eyed night owl. Don’tmore...
Going out to breakfast should be relaxing, not cutthroat. RADIAL CAFE is one of the few places left in Atlanta where jockeying for a table isn’t a professional sport. The space is cozy but not too cramped, and funky art on the walls could perk up even the most bleary-eyed night owl. Don’t miss the hearty buckwheat pancakes and the giant breakfast burrito topped with spicy salsa, black beans and a drizzle of sour cream. less...

Best Burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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US Cafe
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’emmore...
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’em doubles — deliver pure red-meat gratification. But it’s the turkey burgers that are unexpectedly supreme. The thick, juicy burgers are as rich as their beef brethren and as satisfying to your meat-craving animal heart, but almost completely fat free. Until you slather them with mayo, that is. less...

Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Matilda Bean
Though some might still say there is no such thing as a good burrito in Atlanta, others get on I-85 and head south to MATILDA BEAN. The decor is bright and lively, and service is fast and friendly. Stuffed with chicken and pork or steak, the Tony Montana burrito is many a downtown worker’s favoritemore...
Though some might still say there is no such thing as a good burrito in Atlanta, others get on I-85 and head south to MATILDA BEAN. The decor is bright and lively, and service is fast and friendly. Stuffed with chicken and pork or steak, the Tony Montana burrito is many a downtown worker’s favorite little friend. Vegetarians certainly aren’t left out. The enormous Mean Green burrito is hefty with grilled onions, peppers, rice, sour cream, spinach and salsa. less...

Best Carryout and Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Star Provisions (Permanently Closed)
After peeking through half-covered windows for months, we were giddy to finally traipse through the gleaming take-out expansion of STAR PROVISIONS, nicknamed Provisions to Go. The menu varies slightly each day, but count on seductively constructed sandwiches like homemade meatball hoagie with buffalomore...
After peeking through half-covered windows for months, we were giddy to finally traipse through the gleaming take-out expansion of STAR PROVISIONS, nicknamed Provisions to Go. The menu varies slightly each day, but count on seductively constructed sandwiches like homemade meatball hoagie with buffalo mozzarella; freshly made pizzas; side dishes like cucumber-tomato salad and family-size containers of mac-n-cheese; and entrees like grouper escabeche and beef tenderloin with salsa verde. Of course, jewel-like desserts are also on display (the space was formally the bakery), including a treasure trove of the loveliest cookies in town. Try the star-shaped shortbreads that are pure crumbly heaven, and the deep, dark chocolate meringues that are meant for savoring, not gobbling. less...

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Food Court at Chinatown Mall (Featured)
Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes,more...

Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes, while some of the best green onion pancakes can be had at China Kitchen. All wonton soup should be like Ocean Garden’s. Hong Kong Barbecue’s display of mahogany-skinned roasted birds will make you drip and drool. Chongqing Hot Pot specializes in what its name suggests — a Chinese meat and vegetable broth fondue. Trouble deciding? Close your eyes and pick a spot. You can’t miss.
5383 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 770-458-6600.

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Best Chef and Best Resaurant When Someone Else is Paying BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Guenter Seeger at Seeger's
Hey, why didn’t anyone tell us before that there’s a picture of GUENTER SEEGER in the dictionary next to the word “genius”? Not that we’re at all startled. The man has been enlightening Atlanta with his profound, nearly philosophical take on food since hismore...
Hey, why didn’t anyone tell us before that there’s a picture of GUENTER SEEGER in the dictionary next to the word “genius”? Not that we’re at all startled. The man has been enlightening Atlanta with his profound, nearly philosophical take on food since his days at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. A recent meal in May at his current home, SEEGER’S, included think pieces like Kumamoto oysters with curried cream and fennel pollen, farm egg custard with maple syrup and trout caviar, and Seeger’s chocolate dream with coffee granite, cardamom cappuccino and Utah mountain salt. Of course, the price of such exquisite pleasure, including wine, tax and tip, often rings in around $500 for two. If you’re not a captain of industry or a trust-fund baby, better create a momentous event to fete next time that wealthy relative swings into town. less...

Best Chinese Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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BBQ Corner II
If barbecue isn’t something you’ve ever associated with Chinese cuisine, it’s time you became initiated. There’s no smoky, sweet sauces or traditional sides (other than white rice), and you probably won’t see families chowing on a slab of rose-tinged roastedmore...

If barbecue isn’t something you’ve ever associated with Chinese cuisine, it’s time you became initiated. There’s no smoky, sweet sauces or traditional sides (other than white rice), and you probably won’t see families chowing on a slab of rose-tinged roasted pork in the park. But what Chinese barbecue does have in common with the American kind is its ability to glorify meat. BBQ CORNER II’s Chinese barbecued meats — like the supple roast duck, earthy soy sauce chicken and buttery spare ribs — are superlative examples of their kind. Their whole barbecued suckling pig will make you want to host a Chinese banquet.
5150 Buford Highway, Suite C-100, Doraville. 770-451-2888.

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Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop
It’s a rare coffeehouse in Atlanta that serves an A-plus cup of java and features ambiance that wasn’t ordered from a corporate headquarters. But JOE’S EAST ATLANTA COFFEE SHOP succeeds at both. A truly diverse crowd displays itself in the retro, comfy furnishings. The baristasmore...

It’s a rare coffeehouse in Atlanta that serves an A-plus cup of java and features ambiance that wasn’t ordered from a corporate headquarters. But JOE’S EAST ATLANTA COFFEE SHOP succeeds at both. A truly diverse crowd displays itself in the retro, comfy furnishings. The baristas are well trained. The Wi-Fi is free and you don’t have to engage in genteel battle for an electrical outlet: There are plenty. You can hear live music now and then. You can buy a book for a buck. And, hey, it’s in funkadelic East Atlanta.
510 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-521-1122.

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Best Comfort Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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What a Crock!
A woman we know going through a tough divorce swears the chicken potpie at WHAT A CROCK! saved her sanity. Indeed, the super-rich, flaky-crusted pies are better than a kiss on the forehead from Mom during times when only a hot, bubbling-from-the-oven dinner and Sex and the City reruns will do. Loadedmore...

A woman we know going through a tough divorce swears the chicken potpie at WHAT A CROCK! saved her sanity. Indeed, the super-rich, flaky-crusted pies are better than a kiss on the forehead from Mom during times when only a hot, bubbling-from-the-oven dinner and Sex and the City reruns will do. Loaded with white meat chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas, the pies are available in quarters or halves for those wishing to exercise more restraint. The more psychically distressed can order whole pies a day in advance to be reheated at home while you hide under your blanket.
406 Church St., Decatur. 404-687-3311.

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Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Las Palmeras (Permanently Closed)
We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlickymore...

We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlicky masitas de puerco, the kinky Cuban-style fried chicken, the juicy boliche, the shredded ropa vieja and the fried yucca. Don’t expect Ricky Ricardo-style glamour. Las Palmeras couldn’t be plainer, but the patio is especially a great spot to meet friends for an inexpensive and savory meal.
368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846.

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Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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West Egg Cafe (Featured)
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbirdmore...
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbird in the mix as well. The cupcakes sell out quickly, so if you come across these frosted beauties, snatch one up while you can. Crowned with a mini-marshmallow, the brown-sugary Coca-Cola cupcake in particular hits the delights-of-childhood button. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Muss & Turner's - Smyrna (Featured)
The perennial complaint of New York transplants is the lack of a good deli in the Atlanta area. Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner changed that this year when they opened MUSS & TURNER’S in Smyrna. Part gourmet grocery, part sandwich shop, part cooking school, part takeout restaurant, the shop ismore...

The perennial complaint of New York transplants is the lack of a good deli in the Atlanta area. Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner changed that this year when they opened MUSS & TURNER’S in Smyrna. Part gourmet grocery, part sandwich shop, part cooking school, part takeout restaurant, the shop is attracting foodies from all over the city — especially NYC transplants in search of the best pastrami and corned beef available. Everyone’s favorite sandwich is the lamb burger, but plenty of other options abound. There are also remarkable prepared meals, vacuum-packed and easy to heat by dunking in boiling water, and an excellent collection of cheeses.
1675 Cumberland Parkway. 770-434-1114. www.mussandturners.com.

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Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Aria
Since the day chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s ARIA opened, his secret weapon has been pastry chef Kathryn King. Her sweets have an unerring sense of harmony — part nostalgic Americana, part technical fireworks. Maybe words don’t do it justice. Just go slip a mouthful of sunny peachmore...
Since the day chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s ARIA opened, his secret weapon has been pastry chef Kathryn King. Her sweets have an unerring sense of harmony — part nostalgic Americana, part technical fireworks. Maybe words don’t do it justice. Just go slip a mouthful of sunny peach cobbler or toasted lemon pudding cake with roasted plums down your gullet and you’ll see what we mean. A bit out of your price range for a non-celebratory meal? Check out King’s moist, boozy pineapple upside down cake at the Globe in Midtown (she designed the dessert menu there). less...

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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China Delight
With Canton House just emerging from renovation and Oriental Pearl transformed into a buffet, it might seem that CHINA DELIGHT would win the dim sum race by default alone. Yet just one visit and you’ll see that this spot does dim sum as the finest houses in Hong Kong do. In a glittery setting,more...

With Canton House just emerging from renovation and Oriental Pearl transformed into a buffet, it might seem that CHINA DELIGHT would win the dim sum race by default alone. Yet just one visit and you’ll see that this spot does dim sum as the finest houses in Hong Kong do. In a glittery setting, servers push carts loaded with steamed scallop dumplings, flaky taro cakes, creamy rice porridge and turnip cakes studded with sausage and griddled crisp. Don’t miss out on the magical tofu pudding, a custardy bowl of quavering tofu doused with a ginger-laced syrup.
2390 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Doraville. 770-986-0898.

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Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Nan Thai Fine Dining (Featured)
How can you tell where the power brokers dine? Check out a restaurant’s parking lot around noon. If the cheapest car on the blacktop is a 3-year-old Mercedes Benz, you’ve got a mergers-and-acquisitions-over-lunch winner. The cars driven off by the valet look mighty shiny at NAN THAImore...

How can you tell where the power brokers dine? Check out a restaurant’s parking lot around noon. If the cheapest car on the blacktop is a 3-year-old Mercedes Benz, you’ve got a mergers-and-acquisitions-over-lunch winner. The cars driven off by the valet look mighty shiny at NAN THAI FINE DINING, where Midtown movers and shakers rub Brooks Brothers-suited shoulders over lovely Thai cuisine. Prices are the same day and night, with entrees running up to $32. Elegantly understated yet thoroughly royal, Nan’s dining room is the perfect spot for those who like to make people listen by whispering, not shouting.
1350 Spring St. 404-870-9933.

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Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Ali's Mediterranean
Although its name has changed and the interior has undergone a much-needed redecoration, ALI’S MEDITERRANEAN is still a one-man operation run by owner Fakhir Ali. Crunchy, earthy and deeply spiced, Ali’s falafel gained a devoted following when the restaurant was formerly known as Submore...

Although its name has changed and the interior has undergone a much-needed redecoration, ALI’S MEDITERRANEAN is still a one-man operation run by owner Fakhir Ali. Crunchy, earthy and deeply spiced, Ali’s falafel gained a devoted following when the restaurant was formerly known as Sub & Shish Kabob. Cram your pita with the shaped and fried-to-order falafel, lettuce and hummus or baba ghanoush and you will be amazed by just how glorious the seemingly lowly chickpea can be.
2825 E. College Ave., Avondale Estates. 404-297-0029.

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Best French and Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Joel (Permanently Closed)

Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Woodfire Grill (Permanently Closed)
French fries are hot right now, have you noticed? And not just at the city’s burgeoning burger joints: Every serious eatery around seems to be slicing potatoes into sticks and cranking up the deep fryer. But we can eat Michael Tuohy’s meaty, crispy/floppy pommes frites at WOODFIRE GRILLmore...

French fries are hot right now, have you noticed? And not just at the city’s burgeoning burger joints: Every serious eatery around seems to be slicing potatoes into sticks and cranking up the deep fryer. But we can eat Michael Tuohy’s meaty, crispy/floppy pommes frites at WOODFIRE GRILL by the fistfuls (and have, unfortunately). Though typically served with his succulent roasted chicken and steel pan greens, if you ask nicely the staff will bring you a side of frites and a bit of aioli for dipping. Somehow they seem to complement most everything on Tuohy’s kaleidoscopically seasonal menu.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-347-9055. www.woodfiregrill.com.

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Best Fried Catfish BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Geraldine's Fish & Grits
Few foods evoke a flood of memories in a Southerner as much as fried catfish. At GERALDINE’S FISH & GRITS, this flaky-tender favorite is delicately dusted with cornmeal and kissed with cayenne. Those who can’t eat their catfish without a helping of grits will be pleased to find thismore...
Few foods evoke a flood of memories in a Southerner as much as fried catfish. At GERALDINE’S FISH & GRITS, this flaky-tender favorite is delicately dusted with cornmeal and kissed with cayenne. Those who can’t eat their catfish without a helping of grits will be pleased to find this marriage beautifully consummated at Geraldine’s. Say yes to a sprinkling of cheese in your grits, and save room for catfish’s other best friend, hush puppies. less...

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Watershed on Peachtree (Permanently Closed)
We might as well retire this category — at least until WATERSHED stops offering its Tuesday night fried chicken special (which we pray won’t be anytime soon). Who else will ever possibly win? Executive chef Scott Peacock’s signature dish is a masterwork of Southern traditionmore...
We might as well retire this category — at least until WATERSHED stops offering its Tuesday night fried chicken special (which we pray won’t be anytime soon). Who else will ever possibly win? Executive chef Scott Peacock’s signature dish is a masterwork of Southern tradition developed with his mentor, Edna Lewis. The bird is brined, soaked in buttermilk and then fried in lard that has been flavored with bacon. With mashed taters, garlicky green beans and biscuits with honey, it’s Dixie on a plate, y’all. Just remember to show up by 8 p.m. before they run out. less...

Best FrouFrou Martini BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Roy's Hawaiian Martini

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Hank's Ice Cream (Permanently Closed)
We’re blessed with some irresistible ice cream and gelato shops, but ever since we tasted the rose-petal ice cream at HANK’S last Valentine’s Day, we’ve been returning to this tiny shop across from Zoo Atlanta. Run by people who treat children with amazing patiencemore...

We’re blessed with some irresistible ice cream and gelato shops, but ever since we tasted the rose-petal ice cream at HANK’S last Valentine’s Day, we’ve been returning to this tiny shop across from Zoo Atlanta. Run by people who treat children with amazing patience — and there are always children at the shop — Hank’s is as big-hearted as it is generous with portions. Caramel-pecan is our routine selection. We didn’t know it was possible to get so many pecan halves in one scoop of ice cream. The banana-nut is also heavenly, though the butter-pecan seems to be everyone’s fave.
753-A Cherokee Ave. 404-622-0007.

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Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Madras Mantra (Featured)

Best Intown Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Brick Store Pub
The beer list at Decatur’s BRICK STORE PUB is so extensive that you have to download a PDF file to view it online. The outstanding pub offers no less than 215 beers — 188 in bottles and 27 draught. A recently finished upstairs Belgian bar, with potent brews on tap like Delirium Tremensmore...

The beer list at Decatur’s BRICK STORE PUB is so extensive that you have to download a PDF file to view it online. The outstanding pub offers no less than 215 beers — 188 in bottles and 27 draught. A recently finished upstairs Belgian bar, with potent brews on tap like Delirium Tremens and Biere de Boucanier, is cozy and inviting. Don’t be intimidated by the vast selection. The menu’s beer descriptions are humorous and approachable, and the service is so friendly, no one will look you askance if you simply order a bottle of Sweetwater 420.
125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990.

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Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Sotto Sotto Restaurant
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorinomore...
SOTTO SOTTO has won Critics’ Choice for six years now, but try as we might, we can’t come up with another place that can touch it. When Sotto Sotto opened back in 1999, it set a new standard for authentic Italian cooking in Atlanta. Fast-forward to 2005: The simple salad of shaved pecorino and fresh fava beans explodes with summery flavor; the restaurant’s famed Tortelli di Michelangelo (ravioli stuffed with veal, chicken and pork in a butter and sage sauce) still thrill, as does the wine list of all-Italian vino. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
A year after the exultant reopening of SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, chef/owner Sotohiro Kosugi recently made another intriguing change to his Japanese fusion format. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to the classic a la carte format of pristine sushi and wild creations like lobster in a lotusmore...
A year after the exultant reopening of SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, chef/owner Sotohiro Kosugi recently made another intriguing change to his Japanese fusion format. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to the classic a la carte format of pristine sushi and wild creations like lobster in a lotus root cage. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant now serves a multi-, MULTI-course meal of mind-opening dishes (think many small tastes of brilliance). Personally? We’d rather dodge the pandemonium and come for the weekend prix-fixe meals. Sotohiro is certainly more relaxed then. less...

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Hae Woon Dae BBQ
Several terrific Korean soup shops exist around town, but when we crave Korean barbecue, we head to HAE WOON DAE. Located in a shopping center that includes the city’s only porn theater, this restaurant stays open later than any other in town — until 6 a.m. You cook your selected meatmore...
Several terrific Korean soup shops exist around town, but when we crave Korean barbecue, we head to HAE WOON DAE. Located in a shopping center that includes the city’s only porn theater, this restaurant stays open later than any other in town — until 6 a.m. You cook your selected meat — everything from highly seasoned tripe and mackerel to chicken, short ribs and classic bulgogi beef — at your table, over a grill in which an attendant dumps red-hot charcoal. Take friends. It’s a great place for a party. less...

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
TERRAPIN RYE PALE ALE was first introduced in Athens in April 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Later that year, it won an American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Suddenly, everyone wanted a taste of Terrapin. The beer’s distinctive flavor comes from rye added tomore...

TERRAPIN RYE PALE ALE was first introduced in Athens in April 2002 at the Classic City Brew Fest. Later that year, it won an American Pale Ale Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Suddenly, everyone wanted a taste of Terrapin. The beer’s distinctive flavor comes from rye added to the hops and malts in the brewing process. The result is a fruity, refreshing brew. You can’t find Terrapin everywhere — only a handful of Atlanta spots carry it, the Vortex, Meehan’s and Smith’s Olde Bar among them — but it’s worth hunting for.
www.terrapinbeer.com.

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Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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Thompson Brothers Barbecue
The gosh-wow handsome brothers who own THOMPSON BROTHERS BARBECUE take your order, chop the saucy pork and ring you up with flawless, heartfelt smiles. Although their addictive smoked bologna surely has its legions of male fans, this place is pure eye candy for the ladies. Photos of the charming brothersmore...

The gosh-wow handsome brothers who own THOMPSON BROTHERS BARBECUE take your order, chop the saucy pork and ring you up with flawless, heartfelt smiles. Although their addictive smoked bologna surely has its legions of male fans, this place is pure eye candy for the ladies. Photos of the charming brothers adorn the walls, providing fodder for countless fantasies. One Thompson brother stands ready by an Air Force plane, zipped into a flight suit; another, muscles rippling, commands the field in a UGA football match. Denzel hasn’t got a chance.
2445 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 770-818-9098.

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Best Male Actors BOA Award Winner

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Cast of Take Me Out
No single male performance knocked it out of the park like the CAST OF TAKE ME OUT at Theatre in the Square’s Alley Stage. The nine-man team included the seemingly ubiquitous Daniel May, local stalwarts such as Brik Berkes and Isma’il ibn Conner, the reliably hilarious Matthew Myersmore...
No single male performance knocked it out of the park like the CAST OF TAKE ME OUT at Theatre in the Square’s Alley Stage. The nine-man team included the seemingly ubiquitous Daniel May, local stalwarts such as Brik Berkes and Isma’il ibn Conner, the reliably hilarious Matthew Myers and Bill Murphey, and relative rookies Brandon Dirden and Travis Young, who reached new career highs. As the diverse members of a scandal-plagued baseball team, Take Me Out’s all-star ensemble even managed to upstage its own shower scenes. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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La Oaxaquena Taqueria (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Imperial Fez Mediterranean Restaurant & Lounge (Where to Eat Recommendation)
At IMPERIAL FEZ, chef/owner Rafih Benjelloun asks you to take off your shoes, lounge on pillows on the floor and eat his multicourse, prix-fixe Moroccan cuisine with your hands. While you eat sweet-savory b’stella and a fragrant tagine — the most authentic in the city — bellymore...
At IMPERIAL FEZ, chef/owner Rafih Benjelloun asks you to take off your shoes, lounge on pillows on the floor and eat his multicourse, prix-fixe Moroccan cuisine with your hands. While you eat sweet-savory b’stella and a fragrant tagine — the most authentic in the city — belly dancers undulate about you, candles balanced on their heads. You’ll be tempted to good-naturedly pull out your water gun and use the candles for target practice. less...

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Park 75 (Featured)
As if the Cuban drink-of-the-moment didn’t go down easily enough in its classic mint-and-rum incarnation, the passion fruit mojito at the PARK 75 LOUNGE AND TERRACE is an addictive wonder. The refreshing elixir features passion fruit puree, dark rum, mint and soda for one of the best combinationsmore...

As if the Cuban drink-of-the-moment didn’t go down easily enough in its classic mint-and-rum incarnation, the passion fruit mojito at the PARK 75 LOUNGE AND TERRACE is an addictive wonder. The refreshing elixir features passion fruit puree, dark rum, mint and soda for one of the best combinations since vodka, limes and tonic. Smooth as they may be, the mojitos are also deceptively potent. Best to take delicate sips of this heavenly nectar while seeing and being seen at the Four Seasons’ swanky, newly remodeled lounge.
Four Seasons, 75 14 St. 404-881-9898. www.fourseasons.com.

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Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Globe (Permanently Closed)
Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grabmore...

Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grab an easygoing bite with friends and a harbinger of Atlanta’s dining future: The mod restaurant looks and feels like a scenester hang, but it has the earnest heart of a neighborhood eatery. We’ll take more enticing concepts like this, please.
75 Fifth St. 404-541-1487. www.globeatlanta.com.

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Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Bacchanalia (Featured)
BACCHANALIA continues to bedazzle as the consummate Atlanta fine dining destination. This town digs a little industrial grit with its foie gras terrine, so we love that Bacchanalia’s regal setting has its roots in a meatpacking plant. A savvy window separates the subtly elegant room from themore...
BACCHANALIA continues to bedazzle as the consummate Atlanta fine dining destination. This town digs a little industrial grit with its foie gras terrine, so we love that Bacchanalia’s regal setting has its roots in a meatpacking plant. A savvy window separates the subtly elegant room from the bustling kitchen, allowing us to satisfy our voyeuristic urges without shattering our eardrums. But it’s Clifford Harrison and Anne Quatrano’s accessibly seasonal food that really makes us yearn for a special occasion to celebrate. Sure, you can choose superlative signatures (blue crab fritter, poached chicken with summer truffles) from the oft-changing prix-fixe menu, but choose a dish like sweetbreads or celery-anchovy salad to sample the kitchen’s daring versatility. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Pie Bar (Marietta)
Thank God someone finally did something interesting with the futuristic Trust Company bank branch that’s been decaying on Monroe for a decade. Local restaurateur Bob Amick has re-imagined the flying saucer-like building as chic pizzeria PIEBAR. The adjoining patio is particularly eye-catching.more...

Thank God someone finally did something interesting with the futuristic Trust Company bank branch that’s been decaying on Monroe for a decade. Local restaurateur Bob Amick has re-imagined the flying saucer-like building as chic pizzeria PIEBAR. The adjoining patio is particularly eye-catching. The building’s original drive-thru “pods” are now rooftop dining, covered by a giant white circus tent. At night, blue and purple lights illuminate the tent, creating an ethereal and undeniably glamorous vibe.
2160 Monroe Drive. 404-815-1605. www.piebar.com.

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Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida (Permanently Closed)
Candlelight, cozy tables and sultry Latin music make PURA VIDA an especially good choice for a first date. Chicken-stuffed empanadas, cremini mushrooms in chipotle-garlic butter and tender hanger steak drizzled with chimichurri (bring mints if you’re planning to steal a kiss later) are all primemore...
Candlelight, cozy tables and sultry Latin music make PURA VIDA an especially good choice for a first date. Chicken-stuffed empanadas, cremini mushrooms in chipotle-garlic butter and tender hanger steak drizzled with chimichurri (bring mints if you’re planning to steal a kiss later) are all prime dishes for sharing. A mojito or two to take the edge off, and next thing you know, you’re feeding each other bites of ceviche. less...

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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TWO urban licks
Eating at TWO URBAN LICKS is as much about the spectacle as it is about the meal. With so much competing for your attention — the frenzied bar, the giant rotisserie, the wall of windows overlooking the Midtown skyline — it’s easy to get swept up in the scene. Small plates withmore...
Eating at TWO URBAN LICKS is as much about the spectacle as it is about the meal. With so much competing for your attention — the frenzied bar, the giant rotisserie, the wall of windows overlooking the Midtown skyline — it’s easy to get swept up in the scene. Small plates with cheeky names like “lamb lollipops” are good for sharing and make great conversation starters, too. Atlanta may not have much in the way of tourist attractions, but an over-the-top dining spectacle like Two more than makes up for it. less...

Best Sandwich/Sub BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Fabiano's Italian Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
There’s so much to love at Midtown’s FABIANO’S ITALIAN DELI, but you can’t do any better than the “#1.” A double-fister of a sandwich, the #1 is a daunting stack of prosciutto, capicola and pepperoni with provolone or fresh mozzarella and paper-thinmore...

There’s so much to love at Midtown’s FABIANO’S ITALIAN DELI, but you can’t do any better than the “#1.” A double-fister of a sandwich, the #1 is a daunting stack of prosciutto, capicola and pepperoni with provolone or fresh mozzarella and paper-thin slices of tomato. Don’t count calories, just go with it. Eating this sandwich is a mood-altering experience — try it on one of our frequent rainy days.
985 Monroe Drive. 404-875-0500. www.fabianosdeli.com.

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Best Seafood BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Kyma
“Where can we go for good seafood?” is the most common restaurant question we field. And we always have the answer: KYMA. The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s finest accomplishment conjures owner Pano Karatassos’ Greek homeland with its gutsy fare and its suavely nauticalmore...
“Where can we go for good seafood?” is the most common restaurant question we field. And we always have the answer: KYMA. The Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s finest accomplishment conjures owner Pano Karatassos’ Greek homeland with its gutsy fare and its suavely nautical decor. You want fish? It’s flown in daily from the Mediterranean and simply grilled with olive oil and lemon to show off its resplendent freshness. Begin with wood-grilled octopus or prawns baked in tomato and ouzo with melted feta. You’ll fall so in love with this place that eventually you’ll work through the menu to the excellent braised lamb. But start with the seafood. less...

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Eclipse di Sol
Poised beneath the Highland Inn, ECLIPSE DI SOL is as equally suited for party couples to launch their evenings as it is for same duos to radiate bed-head and post-coital bliss. And the drink that will impress that special someone the night before and/or help revive them the morning after is the mint-garnishedmore...
Poised beneath the Highland Inn, ECLIPSE DI SOL is as equally suited for party couples to launch their evenings as it is for same duos to radiate bed-head and post-coital bliss. And the drink that will impress that special someone the night before and/or help revive them the morning after is the mint-garnished GRAPEFRUIT AND ROSEWATER MARTINI. Sugary yet tart, this adult martini features a discernible floral bouquet that can cut through the smell of last night’s clothes like sex musk. In other words, it brings a dewy grin to your face. less...

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Son's Place (Permanently Closed)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Greenwood's on Green Street (Permanently Closed)
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenlymore...
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenly broccoli casserole, worth a pilgrimage in its own right. His pies — particularly apple, cherry and chocolate cream — make you wanna shout, “Amen!” And just like Sunday morning services, you need to show up early for dinner if you want a good seat. less...

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Agave Restaurant
There was a time when if someone mentioned Cabbagetown, you thought of our own little slack-jawed patch of Appalachia in south Atlanta. No more. The Boulevard entrance to the former cotton mill village is now occupied by AGAVE, which has become a citywide destination. Greg Herndon, chef/owner of themore...
There was a time when if someone mentioned Cabbagetown, you thought of our own little slack-jawed patch of Appalachia in south Atlanta. No more. The Boulevard entrance to the former cotton mill village is now occupied by AGAVE, which has become a citywide destination. Greg Herndon, chef/owner of the defunct Tiburon Grill, has joined owner Jack Sobel in the kitchen, and the two are cooking con gasolina. Recent menu additions are a fab riff on New Mexico-style fare, such as a lobster and crab timbale in a pool of tomatillo gazpacho, and a veal and chorizo meatloaf fired up with renowned green hatch chilies. less...
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Best 24-Hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cafe Tu Tu Tango (Permanently Closed)

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Fat Matt's Rib Shack (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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The Earl (Featured)
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 www.badearl.com

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

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Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)

Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

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Willy's Mexicana Grill

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

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Big Easy Grille

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

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Bridgetown Grill- Cabaret Theatre (Permanently Closed)

Best Carryout Food BOA Award Winner

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eatZi's Market and Bakery (Permanently Closed)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

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Eats (Featured)

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

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Chin Chin Brookhaven

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)
1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000 www.alons.com

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

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Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

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Belly General Store (Permanently Closed)

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

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Jason's Deli

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

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Hong Kong Harbour (Permanently Closed)

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

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Bone's Restaurant
3130 Piedmont Road 404-237-2663 www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best French BOA Award Winner

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Joi

Best Fried Catfish BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best Frou Frou Martini BOA Award Winner

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Twist Restaurant and Lounge (Permanently Closed)

Best Greasy Spoon BOA Award Winner

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Majestic Diner (Featured)

Best Grits BOA Award Winner

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Cafe 458 (Permanently Closed)

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

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Jake's Ice Cream (Featured)

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

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Jake's Ice Cream (Featured)

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

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Madras Mantra (Featured)

Best Intown Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

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Taco Mac Virginia Highlands

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

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Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

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Maggiano's Little Italy

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's (Permanently Closed)

Best Korean (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Hae Woon Dae

Best Korean (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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Mirror of Korea

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

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Broadway Cafe (Permanently Closed)
2166 Briarcliff Road 404-329-0888

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

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SweetWater Brewing Company (Featured)

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie BOA Award Winner

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Hooter's

Best-Looking Waitstaff (Tie BOA Award Winner

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Einstein's (Permanently Closed)

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

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Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best 24-hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Majestic Diner (Featured)
For all the debauchery and bleary-eyed clubbing that ordering a plate of hash browns at 4 a.m. entails, THE MAJESTIC is the only place to go. However, um, altered a state you might be in, the seasoned waitresses have seen it all. Delightfully greasy burgers, eggs, grits and other diner favorites stavemore...
For all the debauchery and bleary-eyed clubbing that ordering a plate of hash browns at 4 a.m. entails, THE MAJESTIC is the only place to go. However, um, altered a state you might be in, the seasoned waitresses have seen it all. Delightfully greasy burgers, eggs, grits and other diner favorites stave off oncoming hangovers and settle woozy, boozy tummies. Stone-cold sober? This Atlanta institution can provide all the inspiration you need to write that picaresque novel. less...

Best 24-Hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Waffle House

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cafe Tu Tu Tango (Permanently Closed)

Best Appetizers and Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Fritti (Featured)
Appetizers are a transcendental experience at FRITTI. Anyone who has ever ordered the funghi fritti (fried mushrooms) knows what we're talking about. Just thinking about those crunchy morsels tinged with rosemary makes us close our eyes and smile. And then there's the gossamer fried calamari. Forgetmore...
Appetizers are a transcendental experience at FRITTI. Anyone who has ever ordered the funghi fritti (fried mushrooms) knows what we're talking about. Just thinking about those crunchy morsels tinged with rosemary makes us close our eyes and smile. And then there's the gossamer fried calamari. Forget the heavy dipping sauces. A spritz of lemon is all they need. But wait! Don't fill up on apps and forgo the Neapolitan-style pizzas. A blistered, crackery crust supports well-paired toppings - pancetta with caramelized onions and taleggio cheese with apples and peas are two standouts - though the staff has softened over the years and lets you concoct your own combos as well. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Bread Garden (Permanently Closed)
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powderingmore...
Katharine Krasnow’s BREAD GARDEN is not the biggest bakery in town. But it’s been our favorite since it opened and instantly transferred 15 pounds of buttery raisin scones from the display case to our abdominal region. Krasnow, given to amiably chattering to herself after powdering her face with flour, treats bread as the living presence it is. Her raisin-nut bread makes beautiful music with many cheeses. Her country Italian loaf loves to become a sandwich. Her pastries? The safest sex we’ve ever had. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Swallow at the Hollow (Permanently Closed)
The folks at SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW may not be purists, but that’s the reason we crave their ’cue. The chopped pork, scrumptious without any adornment, can be dressed up with three vastly different regional sauces (the South Carolina mustard gets slathered most thickly on our pig). Themore...
The folks at SWALLOW AT THE HOLLOW may not be purists, but that’s the reason we crave their ’cue. The chopped pork, scrumptious without any adornment, can be dressed up with three vastly different regional sauces (the South Carolina mustard gets slathered most thickly on our pig). The mac-n-cheese has a gutsy crust, and the Brunswick stew hums with porcine goodness. Vegetarians, you even reading this? Swallow has one of finest sandwiches in the state for you: smoked portabella with gouda and fried green tomatoes. It might even make the carnivores covetous. less...

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Fat Matt's Rib Shack (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Earl (Featured)
Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion themore...

Fattening, messy, burger-centric: These are all the things good bar food should be about. And it’s exactly what THE EARL dishes out while some of the area’s best bands crowd the hyper-popular East Atlanta spot. Not only do the staffers serve up chili dogs and burgers that cushion the belly for a long evening out, but their rockin’ brunch is heaven-sent if your Saturday night lasted well into Sunday morning. The steak sandwich loaded with peppers, onions, provolone and mushrooms is as much sloppy fun as making out in one of the bar’s dark booths.
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.

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Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

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The Earl (Featured)
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950 www.badearl.com

Best Bar Food (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

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Pastries A Go Go
PASTRIES A GO-GO has located to sunnier digs across the street from its original location on Ponce, and now the weekend breakfast line ripples even farther out the door. Famished? Here’s a tip: Fight your way to the counter and order a biscuit with sausage, egg and cheese to go. In less thanmore...
PASTRIES A GO-GO has located to sunnier digs across the street from its original location on Ponce, and now the weekend breakfast line ripples even farther out the door. Famished? Here’s a tip: Fight your way to the counter and order a biscuit with sausage, egg and cheese to go. In less than five minutes you’ll have a fluffy, flaxen beauty in your hands that is layered with just the right amount of wake-you-up ingredients. Just don’t smirk too broadly as you dodge envious looks on your way out the door. less...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Radial Cafe (Permanently Closed)
Going out to breakfast should be relaxing, not cutthroat. RADIAL CAFE is one of the few places left in Atlanta where jockeying for a table isn’t a professional sport. The space is cozy but not too cramped, and funky art on the walls could perk up even the most bleary-eyed night owl. Don’tmore...
Going out to breakfast should be relaxing, not cutthroat. RADIAL CAFE is one of the few places left in Atlanta where jockeying for a table isn’t a professional sport. The space is cozy but not too cramped, and funky art on the walls could perk up even the most bleary-eyed night owl. Don’t miss the hearty buckwheat pancakes and the giant breakfast burrito topped with spicy salsa, black beans and a drizzle of sour cream. less...

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

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Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)

Best Burger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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US Cafe
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’emmore...
Diehard burger fiends in the know agree that the best versions of this most American of all meals can be had at U.S. CAFE EXPRESS. Beef burgers — available as hearty single combinations (with the usual topping suspects of lettuce, tomato, cheese and bacon) or as hefty, gotta-squash-’em doubles — deliver pure red-meat gratification. But it’s the turkey burgers that are unexpectedly supreme. The thick, juicy burgers are as rich as their beef brethren and as satisfying to your meat-craving animal heart, but almost completely fat free. Until you slather them with mayo, that is. less...

Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Matilda Bean
Though some might still say there is no such thing as a good burrito in Atlanta, others get on I-85 and head south to MATILDA BEAN. The decor is bright and lively, and service is fast and friendly. Stuffed with chicken and pork or steak, the Tony Montana burrito is many a downtown worker’s favoritemore...
Though some might still say there is no such thing as a good burrito in Atlanta, others get on I-85 and head south to MATILDA BEAN. The decor is bright and lively, and service is fast and friendly. Stuffed with chicken and pork or steak, the Tony Montana burrito is many a downtown worker’s favorite little friend. Vegetarians certainly aren’t left out. The enormous Mean Green burrito is hefty with grilled onions, peppers, rice, sour cream, spinach and salsa. less...

Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

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Willy's Mexicana Grill

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Big Easy Grille

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Bridgetown Grill- Cabaret Theatre (Permanently Closed)

Best Carryout and Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

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Star Provisions (Permanently Closed)
After peeking through half-covered windows for months, we were giddy to finally traipse through the gleaming take-out expansion of STAR PROVISIONS, nicknamed Provisions to Go. The menu varies slightly each day, but count on seductively constructed sandwiches like homemade meatball hoagie with buffalomore...
After peeking through half-covered windows for months, we were giddy to finally traipse through the gleaming take-out expansion of STAR PROVISIONS, nicknamed Provisions to Go. The menu varies slightly each day, but count on seductively constructed sandwiches like homemade meatball hoagie with buffalo mozzarella; freshly made pizzas; side dishes like cucumber-tomato salad and family-size containers of mac-n-cheese; and entrees like grouper escabeche and beef tenderloin with salsa verde. Of course, jewel-like desserts are also on display (the space was formally the bakery), including a treasure trove of the loveliest cookies in town. Try the star-shaped shortbreads that are pure crumbly heaven, and the deep, dark chocolate meringues that are meant for savoring, not gobbling. less...

Best Carryout Food BOA Award Winner

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eatZi's Market and Bakery (Permanently Closed)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

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Eats (Featured)

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

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Food Court at Chinatown Mall (Featured)
Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes,more...

Got a hankering for a giant bowl of brothy seafood noodles? How about some soy-lacquered duck that melts in your mouth? The FOOD COURT AT CHINATOWN SQUARE offers six outstanding fast-food spots to satiate your Asian cravings for right around $7. Yanmi Yanmi offers a quirky Chinese take on Japanese dishes, while some of the best green onion pancakes can be had at China Kitchen. All wonton soup should be like Ocean Garden’s. Hong Kong Barbecue’s display of mahogany-skinned roasted birds will make you drip and drool. Chongqing Hot Pot specializes in what its name suggests — a Chinese meat and vegetable broth fondue. Trouble deciding? Close your eyes and pick a spot. You can’t miss.
5383 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 770-458-6600.

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Best Chef BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun

Best Chef and Best Resaurant When Someone Else is Paying BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Guenter Seeger at Seeger's
Hey, why didn’t anyone tell us before that there’s a picture of GUENTER SEEGER in the dictionary next to the word “genius”? Not that we’re at all startled. The man has been enlightening Atlanta with his profound, nearly philosophical take on food since hismore...
Hey, why didn’t anyone tell us before that there’s a picture of GUENTER SEEGER in the dictionary next to the word “genius”? Not that we’re at all startled. The man has been enlightening Atlanta with his profound, nearly philosophical take on food since his days at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. A recent meal in May at his current home, SEEGER’S, included think pieces like Kumamoto oysters with curried cream and fennel pollen, farm egg custard with maple syrup and trout caviar, and Seeger’s chocolate dream with coffee granite, cardamom cappuccino and Utah mountain salt. Of course, the price of such exquisite pleasure, including wine, tax and tip, often rings in around $500 for two. If you’re not a captain of industry or a trust-fund baby, better create a momentous event to fete next time that wealthy relative swings into town. less...

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Chin Chin Brookhaven

Best Chinese Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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BBQ Corner II
If barbecue isn’t something you’ve ever associated with Chinese cuisine, it’s time you became initiated. There’s no smoky, sweet sauces or traditional sides (other than white rice), and you probably won’t see families chowing on a slab of rose-tinged roastedmore...

If barbecue isn’t something you’ve ever associated with Chinese cuisine, it’s time you became initiated. There’s no smoky, sweet sauces or traditional sides (other than white rice), and you probably won’t see families chowing on a slab of rose-tinged roasted pork in the park. But what Chinese barbecue does have in common with the American kind is its ability to glorify meat. BBQ CORNER II’s Chinese barbecued meats — like the supple roast duck, earthy soy sauce chicken and buttery spare ribs — are superlative examples of their kind. Their whole barbecued suckling pig will make you want to host a Chinese banquet.
5150 Buford Highway, Suite C-100, Doraville. 770-451-2888.

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Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop
It’s a rare coffeehouse in Atlanta that serves an A-plus cup of java and features ambiance that wasn’t ordered from a corporate headquarters. But JOE’S EAST ATLANTA COFFEE SHOP succeeds at both. A truly diverse crowd displays itself in the retro, comfy furnishings. The baristasmore...

It’s a rare coffeehouse in Atlanta that serves an A-plus cup of java and features ambiance that wasn’t ordered from a corporate headquarters. But JOE’S EAST ATLANTA COFFEE SHOP succeeds at both. A truly diverse crowd displays itself in the retro, comfy furnishings. The baristas are well trained. The Wi-Fi is free and you don’t have to engage in genteel battle for an electrical outlet: There are plenty. You can hear live music now and then. You can buy a book for a buck. And, hey, it’s in funkadelic East Atlanta.
510 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-521-1122.

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Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

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Starbucks

Best Comfort Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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What a Crock!
A woman we know going through a tough divorce swears the chicken potpie at WHAT A CROCK! saved her sanity. Indeed, the super-rich, flaky-crusted pies are better than a kiss on the forehead from Mom during times when only a hot, bubbling-from-the-oven dinner and Sex and the City reruns will do. Loadedmore...

A woman we know going through a tough divorce swears the chicken potpie at WHAT A CROCK! saved her sanity. Indeed, the super-rich, flaky-crusted pies are better than a kiss on the forehead from Mom during times when only a hot, bubbling-from-the-oven dinner and Sex and the City reruns will do. Loaded with white meat chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas, the pies are available in quarters or halves for those wishing to exercise more restraint. The more psychically distressed can order whole pies a day in advance to be reheated at home while you hide under your blanket.
406 Church St., Decatur. 404-687-3311.

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Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)
1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000 www.alons.com

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Las Palmeras (Permanently Closed)
We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlickymore...

We lost our chance at the Pulitzer for investigative reporting when we announced earlier this year, quite wrongly, that LAS PALMERAS had closed. For once, we were glad to be wrong, because this tiny Midtown restaurant continues to serve the best home-style Cuban cooking in the city. We love the garlicky masitas de puerco, the kinky Cuban-style fried chicken, the juicy boliche, the shredded ropa vieja and the fried yucca. Don’t expect Ricky Ricardo-style glamour. Las Palmeras couldn’t be plainer, but the patio is especially a great spot to meet friends for an inexpensive and savory meal.
368 Fifth St. 404-872-0846.

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Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

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Havana Sandwich Shop (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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West Egg Cafe (Featured)
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbirdmore...
Cupcakes are springing up on more and more menus these days, but the best of the bunch can be found off Howell Mill at WEST EGG CAFE. This west sider offers two irresistible flavors — red velvet and Coca-Cola — though you’ll find other creations like Key lime and Hummingbird in the mix as well. The cupcakes sell out quickly, so if you come across these frosted beauties, snatch one up while you can. Crowned with a mini-marshmallow, the brown-sugary Coca-Cola cupcake in particular hits the delights-of-childhood button. less...

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Belly General Store (Permanently Closed)

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Jason's Deli

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Muss & Turner's - Smyrna (Featured)
The perennial complaint of New York transplants is the lack of a good deli in the Atlanta area. Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner changed that this year when they opened MUSS & TURNER’S in Smyrna. Part gourmet grocery, part sandwich shop, part cooking school, part takeout restaurant, the shop ismore...

The perennial complaint of New York transplants is the lack of a good deli in the Atlanta area. Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner changed that this year when they opened MUSS & TURNER’S in Smyrna. Part gourmet grocery, part sandwich shop, part cooking school, part takeout restaurant, the shop is attracting foodies from all over the city — especially NYC transplants in search of the best pastrami and corned beef available. Everyone’s favorite sandwich is the lamb burger, but plenty of other options abound. There are also remarkable prepared meals, vacuum-packed and easy to heat by dunking in boiling water, and an excellent collection of cheeses.
1675 Cumberland Parkway. 770-434-1114. www.mussandturners.com.

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Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Aria
Since the day chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s ARIA opened, his secret weapon has been pastry chef Kathryn King. Her sweets have an unerring sense of harmony — part nostalgic Americana, part technical fireworks. Maybe words don’t do it justice. Just go slip a mouthful of sunny peachmore...
Since the day chef/owner Gerry Klaskala’s ARIA opened, his secret weapon has been pastry chef Kathryn King. Her sweets have an unerring sense of harmony — part nostalgic Americana, part technical fireworks. Maybe words don’t do it justice. Just go slip a mouthful of sunny peach cobbler or toasted lemon pudding cake with roasted plums down your gullet and you’ll see what we mean. A bit out of your price range for a non-celebratory meal? Check out King’s moist, boozy pineapple upside down cake at the Globe in Midtown (she designed the dessert menu there). less...

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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China Delight
With Canton House just emerging from renovation and Oriental Pearl transformed into a buffet, it might seem that CHINA DELIGHT would win the dim sum race by default alone. Yet just one visit and you’ll see that this spot does dim sum as the finest houses in Hong Kong do. In a glittery setting,more...

With Canton House just emerging from renovation and Oriental Pearl transformed into a buffet, it might seem that CHINA DELIGHT would win the dim sum race by default alone. Yet just one visit and you’ll see that this spot does dim sum as the finest houses in Hong Kong do. In a glittery setting, servers push carts loaded with steamed scallop dumplings, flaky taro cakes, creamy rice porridge and turnip cakes studded with sausage and griddled crisp. Don’t miss out on the magical tofu pudding, a custardy bowl of quavering tofu doused with a ginger-laced syrup.
2390 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Doraville. 770-986-0898.

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Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

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Hong Kong Harbour (Permanently Closed)

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Bone's Restaurant
3130 Piedmont Road 404-237-2663 www.bonesrestaurant.com

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Nan Thai Fine Dining (Featured)
How can you tell where the power brokers dine? Check out a restaurant’s parking lot around noon. If the cheapest car on the blacktop is a 3-year-old Mercedes Benz, you’ve got a mergers-and-acquisitions-over-lunch winner. The cars driven off by the valet look mighty shiny at NAN THAImore...

How can you tell where the power brokers dine? Check out a restaurant’s parking lot around noon. If the cheapest car on the blacktop is a 3-year-old Mercedes Benz, you’ve got a mergers-and-acquisitions-over-lunch winner. The cars driven off by the valet look mighty shiny at NAN THAI FINE DINING, where Midtown movers and shakers rub Brooks Brothers-suited shoulders over lovely Thai cuisine. Prices are the same day and night, with entrees running up to $32. Elegantly understated yet thoroughly royal, Nan’s dining room is the perfect spot for those who like to make people listen by whispering, not shouting.
1350 Spring St. 404-870-9933.

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Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Ali's Mediterranean
Although its name has changed and the interior has undergone a much-needed redecoration, ALI’S MEDITERRANEAN is still a one-man operation run by owner Fakhir Ali. Crunchy, earthy and deeply spiced, Ali’s falafel gained a devoted following when the restaurant was formerly known as Submore...

Although its name has changed and the interior has undergone a much-needed redecoration, ALI’S MEDITERRANEAN is still a one-man operation run by owner Fakhir Ali. Crunchy, earthy and deeply spiced, Ali’s falafel gained a devoted following when the restaurant was formerly known as Sub & Shish Kabob. Cram your pita with the shaped and fried-to-order falafel, lettuce and hummus or baba ghanoush and you will be amazed by just how glorious the seemingly lowly chickpea can be.
2825 E. College Ave., Avondale Estates. 404-297-0029.

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Best French BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Joi

Best French and Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
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Joel (Permanently Closed)


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