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2012 Index of Winners

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...

Best place to meet the maker BOA Award Winner

HomeGrown
A sign inside HomeGrown cautions shoppers to "Just say no to mass-produced art," not that there's any mass-produced art to speak of at the Decatur craft market and artists' collective. But just in case, you're being watched ... by Mr. T (there's a shrine to him in the corner). And by at least one ofmore...
A sign inside HomeGrown cautions shoppers to "Just say no to mass-produced art," not that there's any mass-produced art to speak of at the Decatur craft market and artists' collective. But just in case, you're being watched ... by Mr. T (there's a shrine to him in the corner). And by at least one of the indie artists who sells their work there. Staffed by artists, the co-op-style boutique sells wall art, pottery, jewelry, photography, and housewares to buy as gifts for others or as gifts to yourself. There are always new artists setting up displays and always something new to see. And if there's an artist you particularly love, you can check out the schedule on HomeGrown's website and drop in to say "Hi" when they're working. Mr. T pities the fool who doesn't say "No" to mass-produced art. less...

Best vet clinic BOA Award Winner

Village Vets

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's

Best chocolates BOA Award Winner

Cacao Atlanta

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Sure, we know the competition has revved up this year, but while we admire those newcomers in Decatur, we've got to hand it to owner Kamal Grant and his team at Sublime Doughnuts for reaching yeasty and/or cakey perfection in every bite. Consistency and creativity is what keeps winning us over with everymore...
Sure, we know the competition has revved up this year, but while we admire those newcomers in Decatur, we've got to hand it to owner Kamal Grant and his team at Sublime Doughnuts for reaching yeasty and/or cakey perfection in every bite. Consistency and creativity is what keeps winning us over with every trip to this den of doughnut loving. With more than two dozen treats to choose from, including our beloved Yin Yang (vanilla-chocolate) Twist, S'mores, and Sweet Potato Cake doughnuts, our infatuation is far from fading. Located in the Tech Plaza shopping strip, Sublime keeps students and others sufficiently glazed and frittered from dawn to dusk with freshly baked doughnuts continually emerging on long silver trays from the back kitchen. Peruse the menu over your first doughnut (few leave without a second) or grab one of the many doughnut-themed books (apparently, this is a genre), then nestle in on one of the comfy couches. The cheery yellow walls are decorated with doughnut-inspired art and framed reviews, including the shop's 2012 write-up in Bake magazine, which voted it as "America's Best Bakery." Aren't we the lucky ones? less...

Best "I'll drink to that" for Atlanta craft beer advocates BOA Award Winner

The future
Despite the fact Atlanta beer lovers have it better than ever before, our most exciting prospect is the future. As great as the last few years have been to us in terms of new, Atlanta-area craft breweries (Burnt Hickory, Jailhouse, Monday Night, Red Hare, etc.), the next few promise just as many if notmore...
Despite the fact Atlanta beer lovers have it better than ever before, our most exciting prospect is the future. As great as the last few years have been to us in terms of new, Atlanta-area craft breweries (Burnt Hickory, Jailhouse, Monday Night, Red Hare, etc.), the next few promise just as many if not more (Three Taverns, Strawn, Blue Tarp, Creature Comforts in Athens, etc.). Yes, thanks to growlers and Sunday sales we've begun clawing our way out of the dark ages, but the fact that brewpubs can't sell the former and breweries can't sell six-packs on site is a plague that remains. But hey, that's why we're looking forward, right? Onward and upward, true believers. less...

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto

Best place to buy local produce on Sunday morning BOA Award Winner

If you've ever been to the Grant Park Farmers Market, you'd never guess that it's only in its second year. Every Sunday during market season, the west end of Grant Park becomes a bustling strip of local vendors - selling everything form handmade soap to homemade pasta - as if they've been doing itmore...
If you've ever been to the Grant Park Farmers Market, you'd never guess that it's only in its second year. Every Sunday during market season, the west end of Grant Park becomes a bustling strip of local vendors - selling everything form handmade soap to homemade pasta - as if they've been doing it there for years. But the market's real draw is all the freshly cut local produce, lovingly cultivated - often within a few miles of the park - by an emerging group of urban farmers. The park is also the perfect setting for a quick Hula-Hoop or an impromptu picnic under a shady tree. Just stop by one of the food vendors for supplies: S&J's Woodfired Pizza, Crepe Masters, and Dumpling Girl's homemade banh mi sandwiches are all on the menu. And for dessert, a pastry from Little Tart Bakeshop or a frozen treat from King of Pops will surely do the trick. Everything lovely and delicious about local food in Atlanta is at your fingertips on Sunday mornings in Grant Park. less...

Best reason to regress BOA Award Winner

Sometimes a cocktail's name is so off-the-wall high-concept that you've just got to order it, even when you suspect you won't want to finish it. And When I Was Eight at Proof and Provision sounds like just such an irresistible novelty. Charmingly topped with a few colorful Froot Loops, it looks and tastesmore...
Sometimes a cocktail's name is so off-the-wall high-concept that you've just got to order it, even when you suspect you won't want to finish it. And When I Was Eight at Proof and Provision sounds like just such an irresistible novelty. Charmingly topped with a few colorful Froot Loops, it looks and tastes just like the bottom-of-the-bowl cereal milk you gleefully slurped as a child - if your mom spiked it with high-test vodka. But, rather than create a three-sip gimmick, bartender Nate Shuman has somehow found a way - with the aid of oat grain vodka, orange and elderflower liqueurs, orange bitters, plus cream - to replicate a comforting taste of nostalgia and deliver a creamy, end-of-the-evening dessert cocktail you'll want to savor. less...

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Best actress BOA Award Winner

Bethany Anne Lind

Best book by a local author BOA Award Winner

The Delivery Guy by Mikel K

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Alan Avery Art Company

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Mikel K

Best local poet BOA Award Winner

Mikel K


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