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2008 Index of Winners

Best Massage Therapist BOA Award Winner

Dale Grados (Attune Massage)

Best Pet Store BOA Award Winner

Park Pet Supply

Best Used Bookstore BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

Sole
Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy number, we head over to SOLE in the Edgewood Retail District. It offers a more unique and varied selection than your average department store, complete with name-drops suchmore...
Our shoe obsession may not be on the Carrie Bradshaw level, but whenever we feel the urge to decorate our feet with a new strappy number, we head over to SOLE in the Edgewood Retail District. It offers a more unique and varied selection than your average department store, complete with name-drops such as Jeffrey Campbell, Tsubo and MC & Power. Whether you're looking for a classic pump or a trendy pair of sandals, the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Sole can outfit your feet. less...

Best Women's Shoes BOA Award Winner

DSW
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

In the quest for a perfect breakfast, the question is always sweet or savory. WEST EGG ingeniously solves this problem by serving cinnamon butter alongside its impossibly rich and fluffy biscuits, so you can have your eggs and bacon and your dose of sweet relief as well. Or you could go for the heartymore...
In the quest for a perfect breakfast, the question is always sweet or savory. WEST EGG ingeniously solves this problem by serving cinnamon butter alongside its impossibly rich and fluffy biscuits, so you can have your eggs and bacon and your dose of sweet relief as well. Or you could go for the hearty and comforting Irish oatmeal, topped with a fresh fruit compote. The breakfast sandwiches also hit the spot, and the friendly atmosphere and good coffee make this the most solid all-around morning – or afternoon (breakfast is served all day for you lazy britches) – spot in town. less...

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

The setting, inside a no-frills alcove next to the freezer section, is less than ideal. But people don't come to the cafeteria at YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET for the ambiance. They come for the grub. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you fill yourself up with sweet spicy lentils, tangy rosemary-roasted mushrooms,more...
The setting, inside a no-frills alcove next to the freezer section, is less than ideal. But people don't come to the cafeteria at YOUR DEKALB FARMERS MARKET for the ambiance. They come for the grub. Nowhere else in Atlanta can you fill yourself up with sweet spicy lentils, tangy rosemary-roasted mushrooms, juicy Parmesan-toasted fresh squash, a grouper fillet, baked beets in ginger syrup, and creamy baked mac-n-cheese, while paying less than $4. For $1.25 extra, you can have one of the restaurant's legendary samosas. Stuffed with beef, lamb, vegetables or lentils, they're a meal by themselves. The same plate of food, served on china in a prettier setting, would cost 20 bucks. less...

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Joe's East Atlanta Coffee Shop

Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

The Atlanta Cupcake Factory

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Queen of Sheba

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 Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market

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

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