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Best Of Atlanta 2005 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's
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

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 Intown Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

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

Sotto Sotto
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 New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Globe
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 Southern BOA Award Winner

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 Traditional Southern Cocktail BOA Award Winner

The mint julep is mistakenly thought of as genteel, but a poorly poured mint julep can be either too strong or too syrupy. Thankfully, lively but not rowdy FLOATAWAY CAFE takes the same meticulous care with its spearmint julep as the chefs do with the organic-informed cuisine. Featuring dainty microgreensmore...
The mint julep is mistakenly thought of as genteel, but a poorly poured mint julep can be either too strong or too syrupy. Thankfully, lively but not rowdy FLOATAWAY CAFE takes the same meticulous care with its spearmint julep as the chefs do with the organic-informed cuisine. Featuring dainty microgreens from chef Anne Quatrano’s own Summerland Farms, infused into pastry chef Rory Moon’s simple syrup, and combined with Basil Hayden’s spicy, woody, 8-year small-batch bourbon, this frosty julep is an aromatic indulgence to mannerly sip. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

There are dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in our city, including those that cater to gourmet-minded American palates. This year, we have to cite COM VIETNAMESE GRILL. This small cafe’s menu is a completely unique riff on classic street food, like apple and papaya salad but here garnished withmore...
There are dozens of Vietnamese restaurants in our city, including those that cater to gourmet-minded American palates. This year, we have to cite COM VIETNAMESE GRILL. This small cafe’s menu is a completely unique riff on classic street food, like apple and papaya salad but here garnished with roasted duck, if you choose. You can top vermicelli with a selection of ground meats (including lamb) rolled into la lot leaves, which resemble grape leaves and are said to be good for hiccups and nausea. There are amazingly spiced mussels scattered with peanuts, and our favorite special, roasted rabbit. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
The DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD may be searching the globe for a new powerhouse chef to helm its kitchen, but that’s no reason to avoid a celebratory meal within its clubby cocoon. Maitre d’ Claude Guillaume and his near-clairvoyant staff haven’t gone anywhere.more...
The DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD may be searching the globe for a new powerhouse chef to helm its kitchen, but that’s no reason to avoid a celebratory meal within its clubby cocoon. Maitre d’ Claude Guillaume and his near-clairvoyant staff haven’t gone anywhere. Their professional virtuosity lets you ease into an evening of engaging conversation with tablemates. This year the staff acquired an additional ace up its sleeve: 24-year-old sommelier Chantelle Grilhot, who knows as much about tending to customers as she does about wine. (P.S. The transitional kitchen is in the more-than-capable hands of ex-Bacchanalia and Seeger’s chef Daniel Porubiansky.) less...
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Best Wine by the Glass BOA Award Winner

Palate Dessert & Wine Bar

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Palate Dessert & Wine Bar

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
220 Pharr Road 404-841-6222 www.cafetututango.c

Best Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best French BOA Award Winner

Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Einstein’s

Best Sandwich/Sub BOA Award Winner

Subway

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

One Midtown Kitchen

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Soul Vegetarian

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

Fat Matt’s Rib Shack

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Bridgetown Grill

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Best Mojito BOA Award Winner

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Bone’s Restaurant

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Surin’s Thai Bowl & Sushi
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Best Appetizers and Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

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 friedmore...
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 pairs are two standouts — though the staff has softened over the years and lets you concoct your own combos as well. less...

Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

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

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

Food Court at Chinatown Square
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 Chinese Barbecue BOA Award Winner

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 Deli BOA Award Winner

Jason’s Deli

Best Dim Sum BOA Award Winner

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 Falafel BOA Award Winner

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

Joel

Best Fried Catfish BOA Award Winner

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 Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Hank's
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 Korean (Tie BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae

Best Korean (Tie BOA Award Winner

Mirror of Korea

Best Kosher BOA Award Winner

2166 Briarcliff Road 404-329-0888

Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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-Looking Waitstaff (Tie BOA Award Winner

Hooter’s

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Best New Intown Restaurant BOA Award Winner

820 Ralph McGill Blvd. 404-522-4622 www.twourbanlicks.com

Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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 Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

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 Sandwich/Sub BOA Award Winner

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 Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Son's Place

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Soul Vegetarian

Best Taco BOA Award Winner

Tacos — mini-tacos, no less — are king at EL REY DEL TACO. The hard-to-beat price of around $1 each allows you to munch on roasted goat, beef tongue and cheek for the same price as a pint of beer. In addition to these slightly exotic offerings, El Rey del Taco’s more familiarmore...
Tacos — mini-tacos, no less — are king at EL REY DEL TACO. The hard-to-beat price of around $1 each allows you to munch on roasted goat, beef tongue and cheek for the same price as a pint of beer. In addition to these slightly exotic offerings, El Rey del Taco’s more familiar favorites, such as the intensely beefy barbacoa, savory carnitas and pulled barbecued chicken, are equally outstanding. Bonus: The corn tortillas these fantastic little tacos are served on are pressed fresh to order. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Einstein’s
1077 Juniper St. 404-876-7925 www.einsteinsatlanta.com

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape

Best Wine by the Glass BOA Award Winner

Palate Dessert & Wine Bar

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Palate Dessert & Wine Bar

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
220 Pharr Road 404-841-6222 www.cafetututango.c

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

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 Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

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 Expense Account Lunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best French BOA Award Winner

Best Grits BOA Award Winner


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