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2008 Index of Winners


Best Grits BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Driving to Smyrna for a slice of New York pie may seem mad given the outrageous gas prices, but PIZZERIA FORTUNATO is worth the trek. There are plenty of pizzas to choose from, but the Neapolitan cheese is the best of the bunch because of a stellar crust that's never soggy and always flavorful, a perfectlymore...
Driving to Smyrna for a slice of New York pie may seem mad given the outrageous gas prices, but PIZZERIA FORTUNATO is worth the trek. There are plenty of pizzas to choose from, but the Neapolitan cheese is the best of the bunch because of a stellar crust that's never soggy and always flavorful, a perfectly balanced tomato sauce that tastes fresh, and a good amount of quality mozzarella. The pizza earns extra marks for being as good on the reheat as it is fresh out the oven. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Farm-to-table cooking
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinningmore...
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinning of what they do, and it's likely you'll see more and more of this in the coming months. What does it mean for you, the diner? Better, fresher food; less of your money leaving the state and going toward fuel costs; and a stronger food community. less...

Best Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Parish Food and Goods
We've been waiting a long time for a truly fantastic po' boy in this town, and now PARISH FOOD AND GOODS has finally given us one – actually, it's provided three. Served on crackly fresh-baked French bread, the sandwich comes with a choice of shrimp, sweet sausage or our favorite, fried oysters.more...
We've been waiting a long time for a truly fantastic po' boy in this town, and now PARISH FOOD AND GOODS has finally given us one – actually, it's provided three. Served on crackly fresh-baked French bread, the sandwich comes with a choice of shrimp, sweet sausage or our favorite, fried oysters. The downstairs market also makes a mean BLT, with locally raised pork belly flanked by fresh red and fried green tomatoes. If you're in serious carnivore mode, the muffuletta with salami, mortadella, ham and provolone should fit the bill. less...

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Dynamic Dish
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation.more...
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation. Outrageous intensity of flavor is the common theme, surfacing in soups such as ginger carrot with so much ginger it would cure a cold. Unexpected uses of ingredients (fig sandwich, anyone?) and an eye for design on the plate make this one of Atlanta's true treasures, for carnivores and veg-heads alike. less...

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

At First Sight II
We were blown away by the chutzpah of Denise Lira-Ratinoff's AT FIRST SIGHT II – a series of light boxes and videos displayed not in a pristine white-walled commercial space, or some too-hip-for-words underground grotto, but in a loading dock off 16th Street in Midtown. The one-night affairmore...
We were blown away by the chutzpah of Denise Lira-Ratinoff's AT FIRST SIGHT II – a series of light boxes and videos displayed not in a pristine white-walled commercial space, or some too-hip-for-words underground grotto, but in a loading dock off 16th Street in Midtown. The one-night affair was appropriately chilly for Lira-Ratinoff's photographs depicting the vanishing glaciers of the far, far south – Patagonia, to be exact – in stunning, ephemeral beauty. Engulfing darkness and a haunting soundscape completed the mood. Chances are you missed it; most did. But we wish others would follow Lira-Ratinoff's lead and create small pockets of magic here, there and everywhere. www.openmade.com. less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

Jim Dine's The Lost Boy

Best Book by a Local Author BOA Award Winner

Two Truths and a Lie by Scott Turner Schofield

Best Established Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Rocio Rodriguez

Best Film Festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best Local Actor on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Julia Roberts

Best Local Male Actor BOA Award Winner

Chris Kayser
CHRIS KAYSER has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Atlanta's finest leading men, giving a particularly memorable performance in Actor's Express' enigmatic Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) in 2007. He affirmed the depth and flexibility of his craft with two shows in 2008. In the Alliance Theatre's Eurydice,more...
CHRIS KAYSER has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Atlanta's finest leading men, giving a particularly memorable performance in Actor's Express' enigmatic Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) in 2007. He affirmed the depth and flexibility of his craft with two shows in 2008. In the Alliance Theatre's Eurydice, he offered a heartbreaking portrayal of a father who wouldn't let a little thing like being dead get in the way of his love for his daughter. Kayser offered some of the most implosive work of his career in Georgia Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as the despised moneylender Shylock. One of Shakespeare's most problematic roles, Kayser played the character not as a vengeful villain but as an intelligent man twisted by a lifetime of anti-Semitism in Venice, with his sadistic behavior emerging as a misguided act of defiance. With work like that, what will he do for an encore? atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/eurydice/Content?oid=453632. less...

Best Local Online Visual Arts Writing BOA Award Winner

Jerry Cullum
JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We'remore...
JERRY CULLUM started dropping poetic science about art at his blog Counterforces and Other Little Jokes last year. Cullum beats back the darkness of art ignorance, unafraid to weave Olafur Eliasson, YouTube and the Finno-Ugric artists of Estonia into a continuous tapestry of art-savvy ruminations. We're glad someone with his feet so firmly planted in the art community and his head so clearly reaching for the intellectual stratosphere has given himself a place to talk back. And a place where anyone can listen in. counterforces.blogspot.com. less...

Best Public Access TV Show BOA Award Winner

"Georgia Traveler"

Best Burlesque Troupe BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

Best Country Music Club BOA Award Winner

Wild Bill's

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Mary Edith Pitts

Best Drag Queen BOA Award Winner

Charlie Brown

Best Experimental Music Act BOA Award Winner

Zano

Best Live Hip-Hop Act BOA Award Winner

Yelawolf

Best Local Indie-Rock Act BOA Award Winner

Sonen

Best Local Label BOA Award Winner

Rob's House Records

Best Local Music-Scene Mayor BOA Award Winner

Randy Castello

Best Local Vocalist BOA Award Winner

Francine Reed

Best Mixtape DJ BOA Award Winner

DJ Dookie Platters

Best Bizarro Local News Story BOA Award Winner

MARTA Soulja Girl
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