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2016 Index of Winners

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

Few restaurants have wooed Atlanta diners as swiftly as Inman Park’s BREAD & BUTTERFLY. The French-inspired eatery from Billy and Kristin Allin has infused the neighborhood with a lovely bit of Parisian charm. The restaurant serves everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to dinner. Seemingly simplemore...
Few restaurants have wooed Atlanta diners as swiftly as Inman Park’s BREAD & BUTTERFLY. The French-inspired eatery from Billy and Kristin Allin has infused the neighborhood with a lovely bit of Parisian charm. The restaurant serves everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to dinner. Seemingly simple dishes such as pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and butter and a French-style omelet served with a vinegary simple salad are transformed into mouthwatering, soul-satisfying treats. A towering burger layered with caramelized onion, Swiss cheese, mayo, and grain mustard on a buttery brioche bun is gooey, tender, and tangy in all the right ways. And don’t miss the drool-worthy display of croissants, cookies, cakes, bread, and more from sister bakery Proof Bakeshop that bedeck the restaurant’s pastry case. A short but strong wine list curated by Cakes & Ale veteran Jordan Smelt and a classic, well-executed cocktail program round out Bread & Butterfly’s impressive offerings.  less...

Best pho BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best ramen BOA Award Winner

Best seafood BOA Award Winner


Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta location.

Best weekly dining deal BOA Award Winner

GrindHouse Killer Burgers Monday night BOGO Burgers
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

When Empire State South first opened back in 2010, “Head Wine Cheerleader” Steven Grubbs got the town’s wine geeks buzzing with his witty wine menus packed with rarities not often found on Atlanta lists. Somehow, he has managed to keep Empire State South’s wine menu as eclectic, charming, andmore...
When Empire State South first opened back in 2010, “Head Wine Cheerleader” Steven Grubbs got the town’s wine geeks buzzing with his witty wine menus packed with rarities not often found on Atlanta lists. Somehow, he has managed to keep Empire State South’s wine menu as eclectic, charming, and informational as ever. Sample footnote: “It is a mildly kept secret that some of the best drinking you can do for the money these days is Beaujolais ... There may be no better time to obtain and drink the wines of the true legends, the magical geniuses, like those of Marcel Lapierre.” So yes, you can get a Lapierre Morgon or simply sit back and be thankful that Grubbs has a thing for Burgundy and Champagne and German Riesling. If Grubbs says a wine is good, the wine is good. less...

Best art for everyday neurotics BOA Award Winner

Sarah Hobbs
Artist SARAH HOBBS explored human neuroses in Perspectives of the Unexpected, a February show at Chastain Arts Center that also featured Atlanta artist Susie Winton. Hobbs’ large-scale chromogenic prints focused on modern anxieties ranging from the everyday, such as the homesickness that comes withmore...
Artist SARAH HOBBS explored human neuroses in Perspectives of the Unexpected, a February show at Chastain Arts Center that also featured Atlanta artist Susie Winton. Hobbs’ large-scale chromogenic prints focused on modern anxieties ranging from the everyday, such as the homesickness that comes with frequent travel, to OCD issues rivaling “Girls’” Hannah Horvath on a bad day. Hobbs chose homey suburban spaces to distort and humanize with clever installations, which she then photographed. In “Avoidance,” swaths of aluminum foil covered the windows and door of a neutral entryway. Post-It notes filled with tiny handwriting loomed over mismatched vintage floral-and-white bedding in “(untitled) insomnia.” Hundreds of vibrantly colored and black dreamcatchers overwhelmed the otherwise spartan bedroom of “untitled (voluntary mental facility).” Hobbs’ work questioned the idea of “normal” and how our inner states contrast with the curated masks we show the world. Her work drilled past social stigmas and expectations to portray day-to-day fears, look at what’s really going on inside, and make the viewer feel less alone. www.sarahhobbs.net. less...

Best comedian on the verge of superstardom BOA Award Winner

Ismael Loutfi
Stand-up wunderkind ISMAEL LOUTFI took fourth place at the 2016 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was recently one of the New Faces at this year’s Just For Laughs comedy fest in Montreal. The self-proclaimed “sweet boy” floods the stage with charm, intelligence, and poise. Besides the musingsmore...
Stand-up wunderkind ISMAEL LOUTFI took fourth place at the 2016 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was recently one of the New Faces at this year’s Just For Laughs comedy fest in Montreal. The self-proclaimed “sweet boy” floods the stage with charm, intelligence, and poise. Besides the musings of your average 23-year-old, such as analyzing the absurd marketing strategies of strip clubs and getting terrible tips at work, Loutfi uses his razor-sharp wit to tackle Islamophobia. He paints an awkward portrait of the conflicting emotions he faces living as a Muslim in America, such as finding himself compelled to correct an open mic-er’s wrong racist myth to the correct racist myth. With the social commentary savvy of “The Daily Show” and the likability of your next-door neighbor, Loutfi points out the absurdity in our culture not with biting ridicule, but with a playful knock on the shoulder. www.twitter.com/Ismaelian. less...

Best comedy show BOA Award Winner

Ladie's Night
Brian Emond, Joel Ruiz, and Zach Lamplugh’s sketch group/live show LADIE’S NIGHT is a must-see comedy shindig that’s bringing the stand-up and film communities together. Throwing down first Thursdays of the month at the Village Theatre, each show features stand-ups and three new video sketchesmore...
Brian Emond, Joel Ruiz, and Zach Lamplugh’s sketch group/live show LADIE’S NIGHT is a must-see comedy shindig that’s bringing the stand-up and film communities together. Throwing down first Thursdays of the month at the Village Theatre, each show features stand-ups and three new video sketches from the boys as well as fellow local filmmakers. The show celebrates comedy as silly as its moniker, a typo the founders decided to run with. The trio has crafted delightfully absurd DnD parodies and trivial crowdsourcing campaigns asking generous folks to buy Emond a beer. Ladie’s Night pried open the floodgates to new sketch groups and tapped the local film community’s comedic genius. While the first shows were stretched thin for outsider material, today the trio’s inbox is swamped with submissions every month. www.whyladiesnight.com. less...

Best dance company BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Ballet

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Film Festival

Best local comedian BOA Award Winner

Joe Pettis

Best local lit publisher BOA Award Winner

TIE: Deer Bear Wolf AND Nately's Magazine

Best new creative incubator BOA Award Winner

DOWNTOWN PLAYERS CLUB has hosted dance parties, oddball art rock performances, plays, and a chess club, among many other happenings, but it’s the stuff that goes on around the shindigs that really makes co-founders Elizabeth Jarrett and Kris Pilcher’s space important. One recent night saw a performancemore...
DOWNTOWN PLAYERS CLUB has hosted dance parties, oddball art rock performances, plays, and a chess club, among many other happenings, but it’s the stuff that goes on around the shindigs that really makes co-founders Elizabeth Jarrett and Kris Pilcher’s space important. One recent night saw a performance of RISK Theatre’s Macbeth in the main space upstairs, a roundtable discussion among poets in the library, and the collecting of dreams by the Dream Collection Agency happening simultaneously. The goal in having such a hodgepodge of artists bouncing off DPC’s walls is to become a “clubhouse for creatives,” as Pilcher has put it. That community center aspect has distinguished DPC since its opening in December 2015. Artists need a place to try new things, with and without an audience. In order to take risks, they need a space willing to take a risk on them. less...

Best new dance troupe BOA Award Winner

Chroma
CHROMA is an innovative multi-sensory experience, an ongoing installation of photographs and performance art based in the healing modalities of chakra alignment and color psychology. It’s a different kind of immersion therapy,wherein the audience is healed by being bathed in color, sound, space, andmore...
CHROMA is an innovative multi-sensory experience, an ongoing installation of photographs and performance art based in the healing modalities of chakra alignment and color psychology. It’s a different kind of immersion therapy,wherein the audience is healed by being bathed in color, sound, space, and shapes. Co-creators Anicka Austin and Crystal Monds are an intentional pair. Choreographer and dancer Anicka Austin radiates major posi vibes through movement and Crystal Monds grounds it all with her black girl magic healing powers and vision. This year they have bridged the gap between art, social justice, and spiritual maintenance. oodcchroma.tumblr.com. less...

Best play to use alternative mediums BOA Award Winner

Inside I
Theater’s goal is to put the audience into a new place, another’s shoes, another time. If done well, viewers forget themselves entirely and are transformed. Michael Haverty and Erwin Maas’ INSIDE I, which ran this spring at 7 Stages, combined puppets, live-feed cameras, and live actors to put themore...
Theater’s goal is to put the audience into a new place, another’s shoes, another time. If done well, viewers forget themselves entirely and are transformed. Michael Haverty and Erwin Maas’ INSIDE I, which ran this spring at 7 Stages, combined puppets, live-feed cameras, and live actors to put the audience inside the experience of Ben, a child on the autistic spectrum who uses his iPhone to connect with the world. Three moving television screens on the stage transported the audience from inside a car driving down the highway to the inside of an MRI, and beyond. Immersive sound design combined with these visual elements created an incredible sense of overstimulation designed to mirror an autistic person’s daily life experiences. Familiar interactions like kids fighting over a ball created relatable, sometimes heart-wrenching, moments. This powerful and innovative multimedia show stayed with us long after it was over, and changed our perspective about our fellow man. 1105 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. less...

Best reading series BOA Award Winner

Write Club Atlanta

Best series to spark important conversations BOA Award Winner

Love/d & Sex/ed
Jessica Caldas centers work on important topics like sex, bodies, love, and all of the complicated issues they entail. In March, she wrote an AJC op-ed supporting the passage of Georgia’s rape kit bill, which aimed to ensure the timely processing of the kits. (A version was ultimately passed.) In April,more...
Jessica Caldas centers work on important topics like sex, bodies, love, and all of the complicated issues they entail. In March, she wrote an AJC op-ed supporting the passage of Georgia’s rape kit bill, which aimed to ensure the timely processing of the kits. (A version was ultimately passed.) In April, on the 10th anniversary of her rape, Caldas sparked important discussions during LOVE/D & SEX/ED. The series spanned four weekends and invited Atlanta to talk, feel, and deal through panels and performances discussing religion, sexuality, gender, love, and all of their complications. Caldas brought in local artists for three conversations, including Estela Semeco, Grace Thornton, Angela Davis Johnson, Aida Curtis, and many more. The emotionally charged performances, including Caldas’ disrobing and body painting during “Carrying On,” drove the point home that as society we have to work on how we handle rape culture, masculinity, and sexuality. Caldas is here to help make it happen. www.jessicacaldas.com. less...

Best stage director BOA Award Winner

Justin Anderson

Best street photographer BOA Award Winner

Quan ATL
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Best touring play BOA Award Winner

The Book of Mormon

Best venue comeback BOA Award Winner

After a three-year hiatus, RELAPSE THEATRE’s resurrection comes at prime time for the rising tide of Atlanta’s local comedy scene. It’s the ideal comedy hybrid venue with its club-size rooms that ooze the laid-back charm of an indie space. Its grand re-opening featured James Adomian and Anthonymore...
After a three-year hiatus, RELAPSE THEATRE’s resurrection comes at prime time for the rising tide of Atlanta’s local comedy scene. It’s the ideal comedy hybrid venue with its club-size rooms that ooze the laid-back charm of an indie space. Its grand re-opening featured James Adomian and Anthony Atamanuik’s viral-sensation Trump vs. Bernie Debate. The theater has since hosted T.J. Miller and Eddie Pepitone, Paul Provenza’s Set List tournament, and a weekly open mic. Relapse has returned to provide ATL’s comics a hub to hang out, test their mettle, and find inspiration. Hallelujah. less...

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