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Best of Atlanta 2014 Oral Pleasures

 

Best Of Atlanta 2014 Oral Pleasures (largel)


Oral Pleasures

The last 12 months in Atlanta food could be described in one word: aspirational. Thanks to a rash of mega-mixed use developments in the works, dozens of new restaurants are headed our way. A handful of these will be flagship restaurants, such as Hannah Chung's Simply Seoul Kitchen and the Cockentrice from the team behind the Spotted Trotter, our 2014 Readers Pick co-winners for Best farmers market food stall.

More common are side projects and sister restaurants from top dogs such as Bacchanalia chef Anne Quatrano's Dub's Fish Camp, Linton Hopkins' H&F Burger in Ponce City Market, and Cakes & Ale owner chef Billy Allin's Bread & Butterfly Café in Inman Park.

The mood has been anticipatory, we, the food obsessed, stuck in a holding pattern awaiting the onslaught of shiny and new. It's easy to let a future as bright as Atlanta's distract from the present, but there is so much worth celebrating here and now.

The success of chef Jarrett Stieber's edgy Eat Me Speak Me pop-up (Critics Pick for Best pop-up) serves as a barometer for the city's robust, food-friendly startup scene.

Kimball House, this year's Critics Pick for Best new restaurant, wowed locals with its revolutionary cocktail and oyster programs, ultimately earning a spot on Bon Appétit magazine's 5 Best New Cocktail Bars in America 2014 list.

The East meets South Decatur diner Sobban (Critics Pick for Best creative diner food) and Buckhead newcomer Lusca (Critics Pick for Best breath of fresh air) each had breakout years, winning praise locally and beyond for inventive, culture-crawling cuisines.

This year, we tried to pull the curtain back to shed light on where the wonderful food in front of us comes from and who put it there. We deconstructed the best, most impeccably sourced local vegetable plate in town — find out what makes Restaurant Eugene's Seasonal Vegetable Tasting a triumph. We also caught up with expert knife sharpener Geoff Edges, who shares what it's like to maintain one of a chef's most beloved and important tools.

The future of Atlanta dining is bright. Here's to all those working to give us something to look forward to.

— Stephanie Dazey

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner


Best way to drink wine you can BOA Award Winner

Poppin' Bottles

Best creative diner food BOA Award Winner

Sobban

Best food for a cause: Pace changers BOA Award Winner

Slow Food Atlanta

Best of local beer: Beer festival BOA Award Winner

Georgia Craft Beer Festival

Best of local beer: Sign for Georgia beer BOA Award Winner

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

Best burritos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

Best frozen yogurt BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Best juice bar BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local farm BOA Award Winner

Love is Love Farm

Best local food company BOA Award Winner

H&F Bread Co.

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best supper club BOA Award Winner

PorKman's Table

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Home grown

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Chad Crete

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best farmers market food stall BOA Award Winner

Simply Seoul AND The Spotted Trotter

Best grits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hot dog BOA Award Winner

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Farm-to-table

Best service BOA Award Winner

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Best deli BOA Award Winner

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Splatter Cinema

Best fried chicken BOA Award Winner

Watershed on Peachtree

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Bhojanic

Best place to fill your growler BOA Award Winner

Ale Yeah!

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

The Iberian Pig
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Best burritos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

Best frozen yogurt BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner


Best juice bar BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local farm BOA Award Winner

Love is Love Farm

Best local food company BOA Award Winner

H&F Bread Co.

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best supper club BOA Award Winner

PorKman's Table

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Best vegan BOA Award Winner

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Best way to drink wine you can BOA Award Winner

Poppin' Bottles

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Home grown

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Chad Crete

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Octane Coffee

Best creative diner food BOA Award Winner

Sobban

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best farmers market food stall BOA Award Winner

Simply Seoul AND The Spotted Trotter

Best grits BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best hot dog BOA Award Winner

Best restaurant to bring the kids BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Farm-to-table

Best service BOA Award Winner

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

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