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Best of Atlanta 2012 Index

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2012 Index of Winners

Best effort to boost a community BOA Award Winner

Year of Boulevard
For decades, the four-lane stretch of Boulevard between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway has been synonymous with poverty and crime. Home to the highest concentration of Section 8 housing in the Southeast, the single-name street and its residents have missed out on the prosperity that's poppedmore...
For decades, the four-lane stretch of Boulevard between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway has been synonymous with poverty and crime. Home to the highest concentration of Section 8 housing in the Southeast, the single-name street and its residents have missed out on the prosperity that's popped up in neighboring communities. Rather than holding a ho-hum trash pick-up and letting the problems fester, this past January, Councilman Kwanza Hall and community members proclaimed 2012 the "Year of Boulevard." With the help of the city, neighbors, and local businesses, Boulevard welcomed a new police precinct and community events featuring health and social services, plus internships for young residents. TedX Atlanta, a forum for "ideas worth spreading," donated $50,000 to send area kids to summer camps. Think of it, as CL columnist Scott Henry did, as "urban renewal without the bulldozers" - with the community as a catalyst. The year's not over and fingers remain crossed that the owners of Bedford-Pines, one of the Section 8 complexes, might consider redeveloping the property. less...

Best intown park BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park

Best job exposing Major League Baseball's lack of sense of humor BOA Award Winner

"Barves."
Earlier this year, Ormewood Park resident Everett Steele noticed people on Twitter misspelling one of the country's most well-known baseball teams. Instead of the Atlanta Braves, people were writing "Barves." So the social media marketer, along with his wife and business partner Allison, started makingmore...
Earlier this year, Ormewood Park resident Everett Steele noticed people on Twitter misspelling one of the country's most well-known baseball teams. Instead of the Atlanta Braves, people were writing "Barves." So the social media marketer, along with his wife and business partner Allison, started making jokes on Twitter using the typo, which soon caught on with other users. The duo then decided to print "Barves" T-shirts using the team's familiar, cursive logo, which they'd sell online. Proceeds would be donated to the Braves' foundation that supports metro Atlanta nonprofits. Lawyers for Major League Baseball, which retains teams' trademarks, weren't pleased and quickly dashed off a cease-and-desist letter informing the Steeles to discontinue. Not wanting the costly legal fight, Steele buried the Barves. "Instead of... capitalizing on the opportunity to sort of catalyze their fan base, they've instead attacked the people who are passionate and love their brand," he told WXIA's Doug Richards in May. Might we mention they looked petty? less...

Best local blog BOA Award Winner

Wrestling with Pop Culture

Best local political figure BOA Award Winner

Mayor Kasim Reed

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Historic Fourth Ward Park

Best radio station BOA Award Winner

Project 96.1 (WKLS-FM)

Best recap by a local blogger of a 1990s educational series BOA Award Winner

Pecanne Log
Count yourself blessed if you're able to get your hands on a copy of "The Making of Modern Atlanta," a 1990s public TV mini-series that investigated, in amusing fashion, how the metropolis we know and love came to be a transit-deprived, road-ravaged, ball of ignorance, hubris, and procrastination. Hostedmore...
Count yourself blessed if you're able to get your hands on a copy of "The Making of Modern Atlanta," a 1990s public TV mini-series that investigated, in amusing fashion, how the metropolis we know and love came to be a transit-deprived, road-ravaged, ball of ignorance, hubris, and procrastination. Hosted by Tim Crimmins of Georgia State University and Dana White of Emory University, the program is like "Glee" for urban policy wonks - lots of talk about the Lochner Report and sewer infrastructure. And who better to introduce us to this gem than Pecanne Log. Over the course of several blog posts, the local ladyblogger (who's now expanded her online empire to Twitter and Tumblr) took us on a spellbinding, screenshot-laden recap of the delightfully informative series, episode by episode, and shows a sweet reverence for Crimmins and White, who call themselves "the History Twins" (even though White, who recently retired from Emory, is bald, while Crimmins sports a shock of blonde hair). less...

Best street character BOA Award Winner

Larkin Taylor-Parker
Every street character has something that sets him or her apart from the motley crew of men and women who walk Atlanta's streets. Baton Bob has his parade marshal outfits. Bicycle Shorts Man has his...well, you know. And Larkin Taylor-Parker has Sally and Aria, her tubas. Three or four days a week, themore...
Every street character has something that sets him or her apart from the motley crew of men and women who walk Atlanta's streets. Baton Bob has his parade marshal outfits. Bicycle Shorts Man has his...well, you know. And Larkin Taylor-Parker has Sally and Aria, her tubas. Three or four days a week, the top hat-and-tuxedo-wearing 20-year-old Chicago native can be found belting out anything from Celtic music, protest songs, spirituals, big band tunes, and everything else in Candler Park and Little Five Points. When not playing the instrument, Parker spends some of her time advocating for and writing online about people living with autism (she lives with the disorder and is also dyslexic). Post graduation at Agnes Scott College, where she's studying history, Larkin plans to become a lawyer and help children with disabilities navigate the educational system. To Parker, who does indeed rock, we salute you. less...

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Best talk radio station BOA Award Winner

WSB (95.5-FM) and (750-AM)

Best volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Everybody Wins!

Best antique store BOA Award Winner

Kudzu Antiques

Best Asian food market BOA Award Winner

Super H Mart
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best consignment store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best lingerie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local athlete BOA Award Winner

Chipper Jones

Best East/West grain bowl duo BOA Award Winner

Yet Tuh and The Bakery at Cakes & Ale
One is warm comfort; the other is crisp clarity. One is found off the beaten path in a Korean hideaway OTP; the other in the heart of Decatur. Yet Tuh's barley bowl (bori-bop) is the East; The Bakery at Cakes & Ale's grain bowl is the West. What they share is their essence - a bowl of grain, adornedmore...
One is warm comfort; the other is crisp clarity. One is found off the beaten path in a Korean hideaway OTP; the other in the heart of Decatur. Yet Tuh's barley bowl (bori-bop) is the East; The Bakery at Cakes & Ale's grain bowl is the West. What they share is their essence - a bowl of grain, adorned and delicious. At Yet Tuh, the barley is the star, but there's a wide cast of characters that get mixed into the bowl at the table - thin shreds of nori, tender vegetables and mushrooms, spicy soybean paste. They come together in great harmony; a moment of Korean foodie Zen. At The Bakery at Cakes & Ale, the grain bowl is an ever-changing daily composition of whatever strikes chef David Sweeney's fancy: usually quinoa, often fresh field peas or beans, an accent of finely diced peppers or fresh herbs. Sweeney's grain bowl never fails to be striking in its effect - each element distinct, but a sum greater than the parts. less...

Best French BOA Award Winner

Best gluten-friendly BOA Award Winner

Yeah! Burger

Best legendary beer bar in your backyard BOA Award Winner

You know about the Brick Store Pub, sure. Perhaps you've heard tell of its Belgian bar, itself alone an embarrassment of riches fleshed out with more than 100 bottles of Trappist ales, lambics, and quadruppels. Or maybe you read something about the beer cellar just across the hallway from that upstairsmore...
You know about the Brick Store Pub, sure. Perhaps you've heard tell of its Belgian bar, itself alone an embarrassment of riches fleshed out with more than 100 bottles of Trappist ales, lambics, and quadruppels. Or maybe you read something about the beer cellar just across the hallway from that upstairs bar, a cozy room fronted with a huge wooden door and containing more than 700 vintage and impossible-to-find brews, ranging from $5-$80 per reasonably sized bottle, and as much as $300 should you want to throw down on a 6-liter monstrosity for the table. Or perhaps you've read one of the many national media mentions of this legendary place that's celebrating 15 years of slinging the very best beers the world has to offer. In fact, it's known all over the world, and you're one of the lucky few who could have it as your Cheers. So, why haven't you? less...

Best restaurant to take visitors BOA Award Winner

TIE: Empire State South and JCT Kitchen

Best restaurant trends BOA Award Winner

Food Trucks

Best service BOA Award Winner

Woodfire Grill
If you've ever stumped your server with a question regarding the menu, you probably weren't enjoying a meal at Woodfire Grill. In fact, there, the opposite is more likely. In-depth menu knowledge is a must for Woodfire's front-of-the-house staff, which is impressive considering the menu is subject tomore...
If you've ever stumped your server with a question regarding the menu, you probably weren't enjoying a meal at Woodfire Grill. In fact, there, the opposite is more likely. In-depth menu knowledge is a must for Woodfire's front-of-the-house staff, which is impressive considering the menu is subject to daily changes. Under the watchful eye of general manager Rick Blumberg, servers at Woodfire Grill are there when you need something and scarce when you don't. From the moment you walk in, and whether you're in the dining room or at the bar, you're always in someone's capable hands. And while you will most certainly leave Woodfire with a full stomach, don't be surprised if your appetite for culinary knowledge is satisfied, too. less...

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

And other Metro Atlanta locations.

Best tapas BOA Award Winner


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