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Best of Atlanta 2012 Index

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2012 Index of Winners

Best Place to Dine with your Laptop BOA Award Winner

Octane
and other metro Atlanta locations

Best place to get Atlanta's original double decker burger BOA Award Winner

Zesto
The local fast-food institution Zesto has been around since 1949, serving burgers, onion rings, chili dogs, milk shakes, and more greasy comfort faves than you can shake a crinkle fry at. The eats are just fine, thank you, though you're not likely to see folks Instagramming photos of chicken tendersmore...
The local fast-food institution Zesto has been around since 1949, serving burgers, onion rings, chili dogs, milk shakes, and more greasy comfort faves than you can shake a crinkle fry at. The eats are just fine, thank you, though you're not likely to see folks Instagramming photos of chicken tenders or hot wings to their followers. And that's all right with us. This is where you come to re-group, refuel, and get a real taste of the people's Atlanta. The Little Five Points outpost is where we go to ponder life's big decisions over a Nut Brown Crown, sitting at the counter, watching the herky-jerky motion of Moreland Avenue traffic, and hoping for insight between bites of the hardened chocolate shell, chopped peanuts, and soft-serve vanilla. The newer diner and drive-thru location on Ponce de Leon Avenue is where we pull up in our newly slicked wheels after a stop at Cactus Car Wash. Seated at a roomy booth and munching on a cheesy Chubby Decker, we watch the school kids, errand-runners, and uniformed workers come and go, listening to our favorite cashier ask her regulars, "Hey, baby, where you been? Whatchu want?" Multiple metro Atlanta locations. less...

Best band name BOA Award Winner

The Sexual Side Effects

Best beatmaker-turned-boss BOA Award Winner

Mike Will Made It

Best blues album BOA Award Winner

Black Cat Oil
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out ofmore...
This year, Delta Moon released Black Cat Oil, the Atlanta group's seventh and most transcendent offering in an already respectable catalog. The collision of Tom Gray and Mark Johnson's dual slide guitars push Southern twang to progressive new heights, crafting an unmistakable Delta Moon sound out of the humid Southern air. The album reveals its strengths through a series of dark and downtrodden tales that walk hand-in-hand with a molasses rhythm section on such songs as "Down & Dirty," "Wishbone," and "Neon Jesus." Aside from a cover of Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines," Black Cat teems with captivating originals, which is a rare treat for blues music in the modern era. With a combination of experience, passion, and songwriting prowess, Delta Moon has churned out a round of songs that are screaming to become standards marveled by future generations. www.deltamoon.com. less...

Best blues club BOA Award Winner

Northside Tavern

Best electro ghetto technician BOA Award Winner

heRobust
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds,more...
The synth-laden soundscapes of heRobust have given Atlanta an earful in 2012. The young electronic producer Hayden Kramer merged his soulful glitch with jazzy melodies and warbling bass lines on his two-part February release Late Night and Morning After. Then, after bathing listeners in celestial sounds, he switched up the vibe in June with a 10-track avalanche of trapstep remixes titled Busted - the best of which featured a haunted mashup of Ludacris' and Field Mob's "Georgia" with Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind." But the icing on heRobust's multilayered cake came a couple of months later when he dropped the 5-track goonstep EP Rob & Hood with song titles like "Beanie Babymama" and "Malt Flickr." On "Dirty South," the last track on the EP, he takes the 1995 classic of the same name back to the future with enough trippy bleeps, pulses, and digital fuzz to make an old Georgia bulldog wonder if, in some alternate universe, ATLiens really do exist. www.soundcloud.com/herobust. less...

Best local hip-hop act BOA Award Winner

The Wheeler Boys

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Wasted Potential Brass Band

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local music blog BOA Award Winner

The Freak Beat

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

Eastside Lounge

Best new advocate for Atlanta's avant-garde BOA Award Winner

Primitive Patterns

Best rock club BOA Award Winner

Best secret soul weapon BOA Award Winner

Algebra Blessett

Best soul album BOA Award Winner

Clementine Sun
In early 2012, bassist/producer Khari Cabral (aka Khari Simmons) stepped away from Jiva, the band he founded in the late 1990s, and released his first solo collection of music, Clementine Sun; and soul music fans were glad that he did. The lush, melodic, bossa nova-tinged album was produced and arrangedmore...
In early 2012, bassist/producer Khari Cabral (aka Khari Simmons) stepped away from Jiva, the band he founded in the late 1990s, and released his first solo collection of music, Clementine Sun; and soul music fans were glad that he did. The lush, melodic, bossa nova-tinged album was produced and arranged by Cabral, but was mixed by the international icon Bluey of the group Incognito and features vocals from a lineup of heavyweight singers, including Sabrina Malheiros, Monday Michiru, and Atlanta's own India.Arie, among others. What this means for the future of Jiva is unknown, but in the meantime, we suggest folks dive deep in the sounds of Clementine Sun - there's lots to enjoy. less...

Best trap ambassador-at-large BOA Award Winner

Daniel Disaster
With a bio that boasts, "We're only interested in making music you can fight or strip to," Daniel Disaster, the DJ, producer, and driving force behind Heroes x Villains, has made huge strides in an era when the roles of the DJ and the artist are becoming one in the same. As the man who coined the termmore...
With a bio that boasts, "We're only interested in making music you can fight or strip to," Daniel Disaster, the DJ, producer, and driving force behind Heroes x Villains, has made huge strides in an era when the roles of the DJ and the artist are becoming one in the same. As the man who coined the term luxury trap, giving credence to the 70-140 BPM hybrid of post-dubstep and trap music, no one is pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music with more flare. And with this year's arrival of his first official song, "Original Choppaz," he makes good on his promise to deliver the soundtrack to sex and violence with a dark, pervasive flare. www.heroesxvillains.tumblr.com. less...

Best campaign paraphernalia BOA Award Winner

Congressman John Lewis
Candidates will usually roll out an oversized font and a simple message for election signs and materials. And if mug shots are ever involved, it's usually your opponents using your own against you. Not so with Congressman John Lewis. The Atlanta Democrat's re-election campaign this year sold T-shirtsmore...
Candidates will usually roll out an oversized font and a simple message for election signs and materials. And if mug shots are ever involved, it's usually your opponents using your own against you. Not so with Congressman John Lewis. The Atlanta Democrat's re-election campaign this year sold T-shirts and posters featuring the Civil Rights movement icon's decades-old police photograph above the tagline "Getting into good trouble since 1960." Lewis, who was part of the Freedom Rides to challenge Jim Crow travel laws, wears his rap sheet as a badge of honor. The 72-year-old has been arrested more than 40 times in the United States and in other countries while protesting for civil rights. We commend Lewis, who faces Republican trial attorney Howard Stopeck in November, on steering clear of staid family portraits and making the usually mundane primary election season more exciting. less...

Best hotel BOA Award Winner

The Georgian Terrace

Best landmark BOA Award Winner

Best local sports team BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Braves
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Best morning drive-time radio show BOA Award Winner

The Bert Show on Q100 (WWWQ-FM)

Best new shiny pretty thing BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Beltline officials will tell you the coolest shortcut between Piedmont Park and Inman Park isn't officially open yet, but even they know the Eastside Trail already has plenty of users (gaze on the winding path from Freedom Parkway and you'll see the occasional jogger or hipster bicyclist pedalingmore...
Atlanta Beltline officials will tell you the coolest shortcut between Piedmont Park and Inman Park isn't officially open yet, but even they know the Eastside Trail already has plenty of users (gaze on the winding path from Freedom Parkway and you'll see the occasional jogger or hipster bicyclist pedaling toward DeKalb Avenue). The $12 million project - which has been delayed from opening by more than a year thanks to construction issues - isn't just a pretty bike trail. The path, which abuts Ponce City Market and Historic Fourth Ward Park, has helped attract more than six new dense developments with several thousand new housing units and create a buzz around the area between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Freedom Parkway - a vibrant pocket which could become the example of what the Beltline could look and feel like in the decades to come. Not to mention help further boost an already progressive, vibrant neighborhood. (Mark our words: Good luck finding room on the trail when the path opens.) The park's cool and Ponce City Market has promise. But the trail stitches everything, including the neighborhoods along the route, together. less...

Best rec league BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Rollergirls Rec League

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Food scene

Best alternative to CVS BOA Award Winner

Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-schoolmore...
Walgreens, CVS, hell, even Target. These are all fine places to fill a prescription. But even if it's the last thing on your mind when you're waiting in agony for your heartburn medication to be divvied out, there's something to be said for atmosphere, personalized service - and history. More old-school general store than generic pharmacy, Little Five Points Pharmacy has served eclectic Inman Park and the surrounding neighborhoods since 1981. While you're getting a prescription filled for that rowdy gastroenteritis, browse through the wall of DVDs and shelves of other quirky natural health items to take your mind off your bowel troubles. Or, if you're not big on popping pills, take a more holistic route to wellness: One of its primary pharmacists is also a certified herbalist and massage therapist. less...

Best change of a dress BOA Award Winner

Clothing Warehouse
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothingmore...
Shopping at thrift stores isn't for everyone. Scouring racks of other people's discarded belongings - that you just have to hope were laundered in advance - to maybe dig up a couple of cute things every couple of hours. And there's no guarantee those cute things will be vintage cute things. Clothing Warehouse, with its racks upon racks of color-coded dresses, shirts, and skirts (men's clothes, too), is a sure thing - a kind of carefully curated thrift store. A few months prior to celebrating their 20th year in Atlanta, owners Jim Buckley and Erin Faulman expanded their intown operations and opened a huge, sunny space at the corner of 10th and Peachtree streets in Midtown (their flagship store is still open in Little Five Points). The same great candy-colored vintage duds abound - and, of course, there's the famous selection of used (in the good way) cowboy boots - in a shiny new space. Beats spending an entire Saturday in a musty thrift store. less...

Best crossfit BOA Award Winner

BTB Fitness
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's

Best man's man antiques BOA Award Winner

The Biggar's Antiques
Antiquing isn't all Queen Anne dining room sets, Depression glass, and display cases filled with Hummel figurines. This is especially true at the Biggar's Antiques in Chamblee, which prides itself on not being "your typical antique store." Part retail outlet, part prop house for local movie productions,more...
Antiquing isn't all Queen Anne dining room sets, Depression glass, and display cases filled with Hummel figurines. This is especially true at the Biggar's Antiques in Chamblee, which prides itself on not being "your typical antique store." Part retail outlet, part prop house for local movie productions, Biggar's occupies a 100-year-old church, and its facade is plastered with bright tin signs from stores, gas stations, and restaurants of a bygone era. The place is family owned, and a Biggar is always on the clock. From old fixtures and electronics, to back issues of Playboy and baseball cards, there's plenty for more masculine antiquers to get excited about. At the risk of hijacking a pun the owners already nixed - and for good reason - Biggar's is better. less...


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