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2007 Index of Winners

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

The Vortex Bar and Grill
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Jake's Ice Cream and Muncheteria

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meatmore...
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meat dishes, an employee arrives with a bucket of thermonuclear-hot coals that he dumps in the grill in the middle of your table. Meanwhile, you’re noshing on a vast array of complimentary pickled goodies and eyeballing the zillion athletic trophies decorating the restaurant. Sound surreal? Try it at 3 a.m. less...

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae

Best Local Brew BOA Award Winner

5 Seasons
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’remore...
The beer selections rotate seasonally at 5 SEASONS, but there’s no doubt these guys are brewing the best local beers around. In the past year we’ve especially enjoyed the Belgian-style beers on tap in Alpharetta, and the Dry Irish Stout served at the Sandy Springs location. If you’re into European-style beers, 5 Seasons won’t disappoint. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Shaun's
It’s been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN’S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun’s caters to a real need in Atlanta —more...
It’s been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN’S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun’s caters to a real need in Atlanta — upscale neighborhood dining. Brunch is especially impressive, with deliciously refined takes on brunch classics. Try the trout over grits along with a mistral mimosa. less...

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Atlanta’s palate has been elevated by many new (and primarily suburban) pizza practitioners who’ve opened up shop in recent years. But no pie in town has our hearts and mouths so completely infatuated as FRITTI, which has us coming back over and over for the classic and authenticallymore...
Atlanta’s palate has been elevated by many new (and primarily suburban) pizza practitioners who’ve opened up shop in recent years. But no pie in town has our hearts and mouths so completely infatuated as FRITTI, which has us coming back over and over for the classic and authentically Italian regina margherita pizza, the height of delicious simplicity with sauce, bufala mozzarella and a scattering of fresh basil. Pizza perfection. less...

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

Chocolate Bar
There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening,more...
There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening, there is something seriously wrong with one of you. less...

Best Restaurant for Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meatmore...
There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes — around the clock — in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meat dishes, an employee arrives with a bucket of thermonuclear-hot coals that he dumps in the grill in the middle of your table. Meanwhile, you’re noshing on a vast array of complimentary pickled goodies and eyeballing the zillion athletic trophies decorating the restaurant. Sound surreal? Try it at 3 a.m. less...

Best Restaurant to Bring the Kids BOA Award Winner

If boiling oil and crocodiles don’t scream “kid friendly,” we don’t know what does. Seriously, the hot fondue pots at DANTE’S DOWN THE HATCH might be a safety concern for really little kids, but what could be more fun than cooking your own food and lookingmore...
If boiling oil and crocodiles don’t scream “kid friendly,” we don’t know what does. Seriously, the hot fondue pots at DANTE’S DOWN THE HATCH might be a safety concern for really little kids, but what could be more fun than cooking your own food and looking at nautical-theme-park-inspired decor? The pirate vibe and life-sized crocodiles should keep the tykes entertained until the cauldrons arrive. less...

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Alon's
There are a lot of notable sandwiches in Atlanta, but during the last year one has outshined all others: the bresaola panini with Parmesan and pepper sauce at ALON’S. It’s the perfect lunchtime combination of comfort (crunchy bread, yummy meat) and wake-up call (piquant sauce, sharpmore...
There are a lot of notable sandwiches in Atlanta, but during the last year one has outshined all others: the bresaola panini with Parmesan and pepper sauce at ALON’S. It’s the perfect lunchtime combination of comfort (crunchy bread, yummy meat) and wake-up call (piquant sauce, sharp cheese). Alon’s also makes a killer roasted-lamb sandwich with red-onion marmalade. There are soups available, too, along with salads, such as a recent edamame-and-rice dish. less...

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Jersey Mike's Submarines
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

The Vortex Bar and Grill
Multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

N. Frank Daniel's Futureproof

Best Gallery Spotlighting Local Artists BOA Award Winner

YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the localmore...
YOUNG BLOOD GALLERY has stepped it up on the national art front, mixing visiting artists with local talent that gives patrons a more comprehensive taste of what’s going on in the lowbrow art scene. The gallery’s well-curated boutique demonstrates its dedication to nurturing the local craft scene. It also hosts the Kraftwork event, where artists gather on the first Thursday of each month to sell their work. With a move to a new location in the works, we’re dying to see what this little-gallery-that-could pulls out of its bag of tricks next. less...

Best Guest Actor BOA Award Winner

Glynn Turman
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he’s already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS’ CEREMONIESmore...
As artistic director of True Colors Theatre, just as in his tenure at the Alliance Theatre, Kenny Leon brought in terrific actors from out of town. Even by the high standard he’s already set in Atlanta, he still found a standout performance with GLYNN TURMAN IN TRUE COLORS’ CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN. Turman’s career includes the film Cooley High, TV’s “A Different World” and “The Wire” and a Broadway debut of A Raisin in the Sun. In Ceremonies, he brought remarkable depth to his performance as a former vaudeville dancer turned failed barbershop owner. Turman not only captured the desperation of a life on the economic margins, he proved uproariously funny in the play’s lighter moments — which served to make Ceremonies’ mournful conclusion all the more tragic. less...

Best Male Performance on Stage BOA Award Winner

Doyle Reynolds in I Am My Own Wife
The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 roles in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, surely “performances” is more appropriate. In the play (directed by Actor’smore...
The word “performance” seems inadequate to describe DOYLE REYNOLDS IN I AM MY OWN WIFE. Given that the longtime Atlanta actor played more than 30 roles in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, surely “performances” is more appropriate. In the play (directed by Actor’s Express’ newly named artistic director Freddie Ashley), Reynolds not only conveyed the seemingly limitless complexities of German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, he showed multiple characters grappling with the challenges of unreliable history, political oppression, and the tension between gender and identity. Reynolds reliably proved himself to be a funny character actor worthy of Old Hollywood. Our favorite moment was his rendition of Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me?” when Dad’s Garage staged The Rocky Horror Show, but I Am My Own Wife showed what he can really do. less...

Best New Gallery BOA Award Winner

The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emergingmore...
The BEEP BEEP GALLERY is a thumbnail-size storefront on Ponce de Leon Avenue’s dividing line between drug dealers and house-proud yuppies. A fresh new voice on the arts scene, the space has just celebrated its first year of existence and has made its mark with affordable art by often very emerging artists. The vibe is shaggy-cool for the YouTube and MySpace generation. Fans of the gallery’s unique countercultural groove can look forward to shows spotlighting Atlanta graffiti artists Born and Hense and a photography show to coincide with October’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography. less...

Best Out-of-Town Guests BOA Award Winner

Daniel Bozhov and Greta Pratt at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism.more...
This past year, Atlanta welcomed DANIEL BOZHKOV AND GRETA PRATT AT THE ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER. The result was a slightly wacky, smart and eye-catching show that promised more good things to come from this important Atlanta art center. Bozhkov, a Bulgarian artist, offered a wiseacre conceptualism. He captured himself in Darth Vader garb, painted a mural at a Wal-Mart and bottled the scent of Ernest Hemingway in a cologne. His work was paired up beautifully with Pratt’s photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln impersonators. less...

Best Stage Director BOA Award Winner

Kate Warner

Best Underground Art Space BOA Award Winner

A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklynmore...
A welcoming, nicely laid-out East Decatur Station gallery with a Juxtapoz style, FOUNDATION ONE GALLERY is run by graphic designer and Moscow native Ivan Annikov. The gallery expresses Annikov’s taste for urban, graffiti and comic-inspired artists in Atlanta and farther afield, from Brooklyn to Finland. If you can’t make one of the sceney openings, the photo-packed website is the next best thing for checking out the art and the crowd. less...

 

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