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2007 Index of Winners

Best Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Bernadette Seacrest
Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE SEACREST. The irony is that the jazz chanteuse is more popular in Europe than in her adopted city, but don’t expect that to last long. Seacrest singsmore...

Not since Francine Reed settled here 25 years ago has a singer new to the Atlanta scene made such an indelible first impression as BERNADETTE SEACREST. The irony is that the jazz chanteuse is more popular in Europe than in her adopted city, but don’t expect that to last long. Seacrest sings torch songs with a fragile and haunting voice that is Billie Holiday cross-pollinated with Madeleine Peyroux. Both members of her two-piece band are alumni of Col. Bruce Hampton — former Aquarium Rescue Unit guitarist Charlie Williams and current Quark Alliance bassist Chris Dale. Seacrest, who moved to Atlanta from Albuquerque in 2006, didn’t even take up singing until six years ago. Catch her now before Atlanta finally discovers her. You’ll be struck first by her tattoos, then you’ll be captivated by her voice.


www.bernadetteseacrest.com

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Best Addition to the Skyline BOA Award Winner

Sovereign
Not much is going down in Buckhead since the neighborhood purged its nightlife, but plenty is going up. Atlanta hasn’t skyscraped this feverishly since the downtown/Midtown boom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. By the end of the year, the title “Buckhead’smore...

Not much is going down in Buckhead since the neighborhood purged its nightlife, but plenty is going up. Atlanta hasn’t skyscraped this feverishly since the downtown/Midtown boom in the late ’80s and early ’90s. By the end of the year, the title “Buckhead’s Tallest Building” will have changed hands twice in 2007. Come ’08, the title will belong to SOVEREIGN. Inside a curving, 635-foot-tall exterior that kind of looks like a giant Ionic Breeze, Sovereign will offer office, retail, restaurants and 93 condos that will cost up to $12 million. Here’s hoping the mixed-use monolith encourages more centralized living, working and playing — and thus less driving, driving and driving.


Tower Place 200, 3348 Peachtree Road, Suite 1095. 404-266-3344. www.sovereignbuckhead.com

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Best Annual Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Pride Festival

Best Day Trip to a War Zone BOA Award Winner

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Few hints of the Battle of Atlanta have survived the city’s bulldozers and steamrollers. Just north of the city, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a more complete, and scenic, view of the battle that preceded Atlanta’s fall. But if you really want to feel the scopemore...

Few hints of the Battle of Atlanta have survived the city’s bulldozers and steamrollers. Just north of the city, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a more complete, and scenic, view of the battle that preceded Atlanta’s fall. But if you really want to feel the scope of the last war fought on Southern soil, head about 100 miles north to CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK. The Chickamauga part of the park, which is in Georgia, looks and feels like a hallowed old battlefield: rolling fields, idle cannons, somber memorials. It was the site of one of the South’s last big victories. U.S. troops retreated north to Chattanooga, Tenn., regrouped there, broke out of the city, and then, under the leadership of William Tecumseh Sherman, marched on to Atlanta. Parcels of the park commemorate clashes in and around Chattanooga, including Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.


www.nps.gov/chch

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Best Local Sports Blog BOA Award Winner

Braves Journal
Mac Thomason started his BRAVES JOURNAL blog in 1998 before he even knew what a blog was. A librarian by trade, Thomason started out writing about all of Atlanta’s sports teams, but quickly settled on his favorite: the Braves. Thomason’s observations on all things Braves are often funnymore...

Mac Thomason started his BRAVES JOURNAL blog in 1998 before he even knew what a blog was. A librarian by trade, Thomason started out writing about all of Atlanta’s sports teams, but quickly settled on his favorite: the Braves. Thomason’s observations on all things Braves are often funny and usually insightful. And his rants can be provocative, such as his rebuke to Slate.com when the web magazine framed Hank Aaron as a slow-and-steady “good player,” as opposed to a great one. The blog has become a gathering spot for hardcore Braves fans, and it’s not unusual to see Thomason receive 300-plus comments on a single post where fans critique every move Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz make … and didn’t make.


www.bravesjournal.com

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Best Local Sports Radio Host BOA Award Winner

Chris Dimino
The format is simple: Four guys and a chick, and all the sports talk you want to hear. “Mayhem In The A.M.” on WQXI-AM (790 The Zone) is the only radio show that can get John Smoltz out of bed at 5:30 the morning after he’s pitched, and get him to talk about going one-on-onemore...
The format is simple: Four guys and a chick, and all the sports talk you want to hear. “Mayhem In The A.M.” on WQXI-AM (790 The Zone) is the only radio show that can get John Smoltz out of bed at 5:30 the morning after he’s pitched, and get him to talk about going one-on-one with Barry Bonds the night before. The show has five strong personalities, but we spotlight CHRIS DIMINO. Not because he’s the guy they call “Rain Man” for a memory that can pull up every obscure stat you could ever imagine, but because he’s the station’s most skilled interviewer. Aside from morning duties, he hosts a one-hour pregame show before every Braves home game. Dimino is also one of the few radio guys you actually see at games checking out the action in person when he should be home sleeping: Fer chrissakes, he’s on the air at 6 in the morning! less...

Best Local TV Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson

Best Person Panda You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

Mei Lan
We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’more...

We might just prefer to have fresh bamboo shoots driven under our fingernails than be forced to read another story about MEI LAN, the baby panda. After the wall-to-wall press coverage, the billboards, the nightly gushing and cooing by local TV anchors, the ads for panda posters in the AJC and the frickin’ panda cam, for God’s sake, we’re sick of hearing about the little beast. But, um, have you been over to the zoo to check her out? She’s actually pretty adorable in person, lounging on her log or playing with her mother. We don’t need to read any more about Mei Lan. Can we just take her home instead?


800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-5600. www.zooatlanta.org

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Best Person You Love to Hate BOA Award Winner

Michael Vick
Pro sports stars can get away with a lot without losing the fans’ love: cheat on their wives, drive drunk, consort with hookers, make lousy rap records, etc. But for many people, abusing and torturing animals is on par with child molestation. The things MICHAEL VICK did to dogs are so disgustingmore...
Pro sports stars can get away with a lot without losing the fans’ love: cheat on their wives, drive drunk, consort with hookers, make lousy rap records, etc. But for many people, abusing and torturing animals is on par with child molestation. The things MICHAEL VICK did to dogs are so disgusting and sordid that it’s impossible to look at the guy the same way we used to. Vick has failed his Falcons teammates, effectively wasted our entire football season and deeply embarrassed his adopted city. less...

Best Place to Get in Touch with Your Inner Ty Pennington BOA Award Winner

The problem with neighborhoods is, once they become the Place to Be, you can no longer afford to move there. You’ve got to catch them on the upswing, somewhere between semisqualor and universal respectability. That pretty well describes ORMEWOOD PARK, where it’s still possible to findmore...
The problem with neighborhoods is, once they become the Place to Be, you can no longer afford to move there. You’ve got to catch them on the upswing, somewhere between semisqualor and universal respectability. That pretty well describes ORMEWOOD PARK, where it’s still possible to find affordable bungalows and rehab projects for DIYers on shady, tree-lined streets. Ormewood is close to I-20, and benefits from the recent openings of nearby restaurants and bars in the Glenwood Park development and in East Atlanta Village. A final selling point for those who think long-term: when the Beltline is finished, you’ll be able to take your grandkids to Piedmont Park on the trolley. less...

Best Quirk About Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Traffic

Best Tourist Spot BOA Award Winner

After a charmed debut year when it welcomed (and collected admission charges from) more than 3 million visitors, the GEORGIA AQUARIUM has experienced a bit of a sophomore slump. This year, two of its largest animals, whale sharks Ralph and Norton, went belly-up. The deaths drew scrutiny to the aquarium’smore...

After a charmed debut year when it welcomed (and collected admission charges from) more than 3 million visitors, the GEORGIA AQUARIUM has experienced a bit of a sophomore slump. This year, two of its largest animals, whale sharks Ralph and Norton, went belly-up. The deaths drew scrutiny to the aquarium’s animal-care practices, as well as prompted questions about the wisdom of bringing enormous ocean creatures to Atlanta just for our viewing pleasure. Despite those setbacks, the Home Depot Memorial Fish Tank is and will likely remain the city’s finest tourist attraction. Its size, breathtaking visual presentation and novelty make it a no-brainer for entertaining out-of-town guests. It’s our Disneyland.


225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org

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Timeless: Best TV News Anchor BOA Award Winner

Monica Pearson
TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville,more...

TV news anchors aren’t reporters. They’re readers, tasked by TV stations with the job of lending authority and likability to the copy scrolling up their teleprompters. In Atlanta, no one does it better than MONICA PEARSON. Longtime Atlantans remember when she arrived in 1975 from Louisville, Ky., as Monica Kaufman to anchor the morning local-news breaks during “The Today Show.” Even then, it was obvious there was something about her that made you stop what you were doing to watch. Today, she’s a part of the fabric of the city. Pearson’s ace in the hole is her hard-to-categorize-yet-undeniable charisma. Maybe it’s her vaguely diva-esque bearing. Maybe it’s her adventurous hairstyle choices. We’re not sure what. All we know is that whatever “it” is, she has it.


www.wsbtv.com

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Trendy: Best Blogger BOA Award Winner

Griftdrift
Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political,more...

Since starting Drifting Through the Grift in March 2006, GRIFTDRIFT has attracted a loyal following with his easygoing online persona and his trenchant commentary on important local news stories. His finest achievement: his posts this spring and summer that chipped away at the mountain of political, legal and media hypocrisy surrounding the Genarlow Wilson case. When the U.S. attorney in Atlanta ripped the Douglas County prosecutor for having distributed a video of Wilson and an underaged girl having sex, his statement was uncannily similar to the ones GriftDrift had been making for weeks.


www.griftdrift.blogspot.com

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Best Body Treatment BOA Award Winner

Natural Body
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cosmetics BOA Award Winner

MAC

Best Doggie Day Care BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Old-School Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Traditional used bookstores — the kind with a mix of recent hardcovers, classic fiction and obscure old tomes with gotta-have titles such as I Was a Soviet Worker — are going the way of the 8-track, thanks to the Internet. That’s why BOOKS AGAIN is so refreshing. It carriesmore...
Traditional used bookstores — the kind with a mix of recent hardcovers, classic fiction and obscure old tomes with gotta-have titles such as I Was a Soviet Worker — are going the way of the 8-track, thanks to the Internet. That’s why BOOKS AGAIN is so refreshing. It carries Southern literature, mysteries, first editions, signed novels, children’s books and so forth, ranging in age from last year to the late 19th century. And its downtown Decatur location is appropriate, given that our most progressive suburb has become a literary center with its own annual book festival, an antiquarian book fair and more than its share of independent bookstores. Books Again reminds us of why we like used bookstores in the first place: You never know what you’ll find. less...

Best OTP Bargain Couture BOA Award Winner

Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs,more...
Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Bebe and Chloe, as well as samples and close-outs from top designers and high-end stores. On a good day, you might walk out with a Stella McCartney top or a Chanel bag, or find a gem on the $5 rack. Fantastic, yes? less...

Best Pet Store BOA Award Winner

PetsMart
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Place to Register for Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Spa BOA Award Winner

Best Used CDs BOA Award Winner

Best Way to Impress a New Flame in the Kitchen BOA Award Winner

So you want to invite your new beau to your place for dinner, but there’s just one teensy problem: You don’t know the difference between bouillon and bouillabaisse, a skillet and a grill pan, chardonnay and Viognier. Let STAR PROVISIONS come to the rescue. The upscale market flanksmore...
So you want to invite your new beau to your place for dinner, but there’s just one teensy problem: You don’t know the difference between bouillon and bouillabaisse, a skillet and a grill pan, chardonnay and Viognier. Let STAR PROVISIONS come to the rescue. The upscale market flanks Bacchanalia, one of the city’s finest restaurants, and offers plenty of options for piecing together the perfect, premade dinner-to-go. A meal of flank steak and arugula, with a side of risotto, a simple starter of French baguette and chevre, a dessert of Valrhona chocolate cake, and a heady cabernet to wash it down won’t come cheap, but all you have to do is follow the reheating instructions. You do know how to turn on the oven, right? less...

Best Wine Selection at a Grocery Store BOA Award Winner

Ansley Mall Kroger

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Trendy: Best Shopping Destination for Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen BOA Award Winner

It’s part of every guidebook to Atlanta. It’s heralded as the premiere shopping destination of the South. Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Versace all reside here. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are nothing to balk at, either. And let us not forget Jeffrey Kalinsky, who in 1994 introduced Atlantamore...
It’s part of every guidebook to Atlanta. It’s heralded as the premiere shopping destination of the South. Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Versace all reside here. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are nothing to balk at, either. And let us not forget Jeffrey Kalinsky, who in 1994 introduced Atlanta to high-end fashion by opening Jeffrey alongside his already successful shoe boutique Bob Ellis (now part of Jeffrey). Walking through PHIPPS PLAZA, one can imagine what life must be like for the rich and fabulous. With the addition of such boutiques as New York staple Barney’s Co-op, trendy chain Intermix and classic line Theory, we paupers are still breaking the bank — and perhaps considering a second mortgage. less...

Best Appetizers BOA Award Winner

Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Tap
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick’s Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, andmore...
Pubs in Atlanta have been increasingly devoted to providing decent food as well as booze. Now we have an out-and-out gastropub, TAP, another project of Bob Amick’s Concentrics Restaurants. Chef Todd Ginsburg offers a menu of small plates that includes buffalo-style fried calamari, pozole, and toast with chocolate and chorizo. If you want more than grazing fare, there are six entrees, such as roasted scallops with minestrone, and organic chicken and artichoke stew. The decor — yet another Johnson Studio project — highlights brewery hardware, and features a red deer that demonically overlooks the scene. Good beer selection, too. less...

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen.more...
Atlanta was lucky to take in a huge wave of Cuban immigrants in the ’70s, and we’re still reaping the culinary rewards. Ironic, then, that the chef at PALOMILLA’S, Javier Salas, actually is Peruvian. No matter. The new cafe features the best Cuban food Atlanta has ever seen. Lunchtime specials, such as chicken fricassee, are ridiculously inexpensive. The papa rellena — stuffed, deep-fried mashed potatoes — is a heavenly mixture of textures and flavors, with picadillo seeming to erupt from the loaf-sized appetizer. Other standouts: tamales, roasted pork and a mango pie that is without peer anywhere. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's
MUSS & TURNER’S is much more than a classic deli, but even if you strip away the cooking classes, the vacuum-sealed gourmet meals and the evening menu of such dishes as wild stripe bass bouillabaisse and grilled hanger steak, you’re still left with the best deli meats and sandwich menumore...
MUSS & TURNER’S is much more than a classic deli, but even if you strip away the cooking classes, the vacuum-sealed gourmet meals and the evening menu of such dishes as wild stripe bass bouillabaisse and grilled hanger steak, you’re still left with the best deli meats and sandwich menu in the city. Well, it’s not exactly in the city. It’s in Smyrna, but it’s certainly good enough that people from all parts of Atlanta journey there. However, if you order at least $100 worth of food, the deli will deliver (with 48 hours notice). less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Trois
Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you’re in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. To really French it up, try the chateaubriand formore...
Both traditional and modern French are represented on the menu at TROIS, so whether you’re in the mood for beef bourguignon or wild salmon with truffle coulis, chef Jeremy Lieb understands the grandest of cuisines and interprets it beautifully. To really French it up, try the chateaubriand for two or the burgundy snails, and don’t forget to check out the pleasing selection of French wines. less...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

 

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