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Best of Atlanta 2018 Oral Pleasures

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Oral Pleasures

In a time where mobile technology reigns supreme, it is common to see humans glued to their phones at the dinner table. But imagine a simpler time, when the dinner table was a chance for conversation and community. In this year’s Oral Pleasures, we hope to carry on and expand those traditions – not just to offer our readers a chance to sample the diversity of ATL’s restaurants, but to bring people together from all cultures to break bread and share food. If there’s one thing that we know, it’s that food is essential to survival. So why not eat something delicious?

— Lauren Leathers, Events Editor



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2018 Critics Pick: Best Bagel BOA Award Winner

Emerald City
If Dorothy followed the yellow brick road and ended up at Emerald City Bagels she'd forget about Kansas in a heartbeat. Skip over to their EAV retail shop exuding retro NYC charm and sink your teeth into a rosemary bagel with cream cheese washed down with an egg cream. You'll be tapping your ruby slippersmore...
If Dorothy followed the yellow brick road and ended up at Emerald City Bagels she'd forget about Kansas in a heartbeat. Skip over to their EAV retail shop exuding retro NYC charm and sink your teeth into a rosemary bagel with cream cheese washed down with an egg cream. You'll be tapping your ruby slippers with glee. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Baker BOA Award Winner

Sarah Dodge

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

La Calavera

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Atkins Park
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup andmore...
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup and grilled cheese with bacon and smoked tomato, too. (Courtesy of Morgan Lanier). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bar- Best Bartender/Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Pat Hinson at Ticonderoga Club
Pat Hinson is able to talk to anyone because he's into so many awesome hobbies, and always gives above and beyond service.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

GQ?s Bar B Que
GQs is a straightforward smoked meats shop with a friendly staff and incredible food, and their five-dollar Pittsburgh Plate is the meal you need.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bed & Breakfast BOA Award Winner

The Social Goat

2018 Critics Pick: Best Beer BOA Award Winner

Monday Night Brewing
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of somemore...
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of some of the best beers in the city. Weekends are overrated! (Courtesy of Alex Patton). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Happy Donuts

2018 Critics Pick: Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Rise N Dine
Step foot in Rise N Dine and take a breath of fresh air, sweet with the smell of pancakes and maple syrup. It's not often that you can walk into a place and feel completely at home; gender, race, politics, and everything else aside. Rise N Dine provides a welcoming and positive environment, giving usmore...
Step foot in Rise N Dine and take a breath of fresh air, sweet with the smell of pancakes and maple syrup. It's not often that you can walk into a place and feel completely at home; gender, race, politics, and everything else aside. Rise N Dine provides a welcoming and positive environment, giving us the ability to focus on the simple things we can all agree on in life: love, kindness, and quality breakfast food. Not only is grub consistently incredible, but the staff also provides excellent service with warm smiles. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Brew Pub BOA Award Winner

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

2018 Critics Pick: Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Le Petit Marche

2018 Critics Pick: Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

El Myr
I often buy El Myr's burritos two at a time because I know I'll want another the following day. The place has had regulars since day one. People simply cannot stop eating here. Wash it all down with a cold Grizz and celebrate this treasure of a burrito bar.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Bon Ton
If a trip to New Orleans is not in your future, head to the casual eatery in Midtown Atlanta serving Louisiana-style seafood and stiff cocktails at the former TopFlr location. It's not all fried po'boys here like most other Cajun spots – there are global influences on the menu like the falafel banh-mimore...
If a trip to New Orleans is not in your future, head to the casual eatery in Midtown Atlanta serving Louisiana-style seafood and stiff cocktails at the former TopFlr location. It's not all fried po'boys here like most other Cajun spots – there are global influences on the menu like the falafel banh-mi or the sweet and spicy cold noodles, along with boiled crawfish, crab, shrimp and more. (Courtesy of Andy Lee). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Taste Buddz

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Dish Dive
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they domore...
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they do take reservations now which helps cut back on wait time. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cheese Steak BOA Award Winner

The Cheesesteak Place

2018 Critics Pick: Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Maricela Vega
Honestly, Maricela Vega of Chicomecoatl has been continuously blowing us away with her cuisines of late. Her food is always incredibly fresh, inspiring, delicious, and beautiful to the eye. She's very conscious of her food from start to finish. She sources her produce, daily, from local farms like Growmore...
Honestly, Maricela Vega of Chicomecoatl has been continuously blowing us away with her cuisines of late. Her food is always incredibly fresh, inspiring, delicious, and beautiful to the eye. She's very conscious of her food from start to finish. She sources her produce, daily, from local farms like Grow Where You Are, off Cascade Road. Food that makes you happy. (Courtesy of Maricela Vega). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Ming's BBQ
You've never had 'real' Chinese in America until you've had Ming's BBQ on Buford Highway. The fried rice is not brown nor over-fried and soy-sauced, and it's made with real, freshly sauteed large shrimp, not those tiny, fake-dried, were-they-ever-even-really-alive-shellfishies in other fried rice. Imore...
You've never had 'real' Chinese in America until you've had Ming's BBQ on Buford Highway. The fried rice is not brown nor over-fried and soy-sauced, and it's made with real, freshly sauteed large shrimp, not those tiny, fake-dried, were-they-ever-even-really-alive-shellfishies in other fried rice. I hear the duck is the jam too. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cocktail Bar BOA Award Winner

Ticonderoga Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

Ticonderoga Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cookie Dough Place BOA Award Winner

Batter Cookie Dough Counter

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana's

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Dulce Vegan

2018 Critics Pick: Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's

2018 Critics Pick: Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Golden Eagle

2018 Critics Pick: Best Diner BOA Award Winner

Majestic
This diner has been serving customers their breakfast favorites 24/7 since 1929. The red booths, neon signs, and long counter top are sure to give you a burst of nostalgia. Whether it be 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., stop by and order an omelet or their breakfast special to decide for yourself whether Majestic Dinermore...
This diner has been serving customers their breakfast favorites 24/7 since 1929. The red booths, neon signs, and long counter top are sure to give you a burst of nostalgia. Whether it be 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., stop by and order an omelet or their breakfast special to decide for yourself whether Majestic Diner lives up to its self-proclaimed title of Atlanta's coolest landmark. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Revolution

2018 Critics Pick: Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen
When Ethiopian- born Nega and Demise started Desta, they had the capacity for only eight guests - and now have expanded to 250. Go to Desta anytime on a weekend, and you will see young international crowds gathered for celebrations. The food is modern Ethiopian, served in individual portions and alwaysmore...
When Ethiopian- born Nega and Demise started Desta, they had the capacity for only eight guests - and now have expanded to 250. Go to Desta anytime on a weekend, and you will see young international crowds gathered for celebrations. The food is modern Ethiopian, served in individual portions and always consistently flavored. They also have a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Experimental Food BOA Award Winner

Brown Sugar

2018 Critics Pick: Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Yalla
This colorful spot puts a modern spin on traditional Middle-Eastern cuisine and features fresh, seasonal ingredients and well-seasoned, generous portions. Omnivores, vegans, and vegetarians alike can rejoice in the abundance of delicious options.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Spindle Kitchen / Chicomecóatl

2018 Critics Pick: Best Farmer's Market BOA Award Winner

West End Farmer's Market

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Fest that hasn't happened yet BOA Award Winner

Hot Dog Fest @ATLHotdogfest

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Festival/Event BOA Award Winner

Japan Fest

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Truck BOA Award Winner

Alchemy Sunshine
You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate the plant-based magic coming out of Sunshine Alchemy's truck. The brainchild of Jasmine Beck, Sunshine Alchemy relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delectable 'veganish' dishes and cocktails. Mouthwatering treats on their menu include BBQ jackfruitmore...
You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate the plant-based magic coming out of Sunshine Alchemy's truck. The brainchild of Jasmine Beck, Sunshine Alchemy relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delectable 'veganish' dishes and cocktails. Mouthwatering treats on their menu include BBQ jackfruit nachos and dreamy juice concoctions like matcha blended with cashews, coconut cream, and pineapple. Don't skip the CBD oil booster if you?re into that sort of thing. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best French BOA Award Winner

Cafe Alsace

2018 Critics Pick: Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

The Porter

2018 Critics Pick: Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Alluvia restaurant

2018 Critics Pick: Best Fro Yo BOA Award Winner

TCBY

2018 Critics Pick: Best Getting Funky w Fish BOA Award Winner

Poke Burri
Poke Burri has taken the local sushi market by storm, offering quick and affordable sushi rolls, poke bowls, and sushi burritos from its spot in the East Atlanta Village We Suki Suki Global Grub Collective. The madmen behind the concept have started experimenting with sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, andmore...
Poke Burri has taken the local sushi market by storm, offering quick and affordable sushi rolls, poke bowls, and sushi burritos from its spot in the East Atlanta Village We Suki Suki Global Grub Collective. The madmen behind the concept have started experimenting with sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, and even a fried sushi corn dog. Poke Burri, you?re pushing sushi beyond the next level, and we see you. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'llmore...
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'll find us at the Grant Park location all the time. Looking for a shuffleboard partner if you're out there! less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hand Poke BOA Award Winner

Lauren Visconti

2018 Critics Pick: Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

the Plant Based Princess
We stumbled upon this vegan ice cream place a couple of months ago, and can't imagine why more people aren't talking about it. The concoctions are original, and the flavors are tasty and not super rich. Much love to the butter pecan and peach cobbler. You get all the benefits of ice cream without themore...
We stumbled upon this vegan ice cream place a couple of months ago, and can't imagine why more people aren't talking about it. The concoctions are original, and the flavors are tasty and not super rich. Much love to the butter pecan and peach cobbler. You get all the benefits of ice cream without the stomachache, so eat 'til your heart's content. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Chinese Daba
This place serves Indo-Chinese, a hyper-local cuisine of Western India which is basically Chinese food made spicier. South Asians order familiar Hakka noodles, chili chicken, or American chop suey, mainly for the nostalgia factor. With the growing awareness and popularity of its unique flavors, Chinesemore...
This place serves Indo-Chinese, a hyper-local cuisine of Western India which is basically Chinese food made spicier. South Asians order familiar Hakka noodles, chili chicken, or American chop suey, mainly for the nostalgia factor. With the growing awareness and popularity of its unique flavors, Chinese Dhaba now has four locations that are mainly in food-court style settings. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Bocca Lupa
Is there anything more crave-worthy than Bruce Logue's 20-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi? We think not. This Inman Park treasure has been open for nearly five years and reservations are still mandatory.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Sushi Hayakawa
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is aboutmore...
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is about three weeks, you will enjoy authentic, no-frills sushi with a highlight on the fish's subtle flavor. Avid sushi lovers take note: this past May, Hayakawa introduced a 14-course omakase, a two-and-a-half hour dining experience for two. Reservations are mandatory. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Shoya Izakaya
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarettemore...
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarette smoke filling these places in Japan. less...
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2018 Readers Pick: Best 24-hour Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Waffle House

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bagel BOA Award Winner

Emerald City Bagels

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

Hell Yeah Gluten Free

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

The Wrecking Bar

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bar- Best Bartender/Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Kaitlin Kepfer at The Albert

2018 Readers Pick: Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

South of Heaven BBQ

2018 Readers Pick: Best Bed & Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Serenbe

2018 Readers Pick: Best Beer BOA Award Winner

SweetWater Brewing Company

2018 Readers Pick: Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe

2018 Readers Pick: Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Homegrown

2018 Readers Pick: Best Brew Pub BOA Award Winner

The Wrecking Bar

2018 Readers Pick: Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Ray's on The River

2018 Readers Pick: Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

Bell Street Burritos

2018 Readers Pick: Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Papi's

2018 Readers Pick: Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Fellini's Pizza

2018 Readers Pick: Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Ford Fry

2018 Readers Pick: Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Gu's Dumplings

2018 Readers Pick: Best Cocktail Bar BOA Award Winner

Red Phone Booth

2018 Readers Pick: Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

Ticonderoga Club

2018 Readers Pick: Best Coffee House/Coffeeshop BOA Award Winner

East Pole Coffee Co.

2018 Readers Pick: Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

El Super Pan

2018 Readers Pick: Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Piece of Cake

2018 Readers Pick: Best Deli BOA Award Winner

General Muir

2018 Readers Pick: Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Hell Yeah Gluten Free

2018 Readers Pick: Best Diner BOA Award Winner

Homegrown

2018 Readers Pick: Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Sublime Doughnuts

2018 Readers Pick: Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

2018 Readers Pick: Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grille

2018 Readers Pick: Best Farmer's Market BOA Award Winner

Dekalb Farmer's Market

2018 Readers Pick: Best Food Festival/Event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

2018 Readers Pick: Best Food Truck BOA Award Winner

King Kabob Food Truck

2018 Readers Pick: Best French BOA Award Winner

Bistro Niko

2018 Readers Pick: Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

Leon's Full Service

2018 Readers Pick: Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Hattie B's Hot Chicken

2018 Readers Pick: Best Fro Yo BOA Award Winner

Menchies

2018 Readers Pick: Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

2018 Readers Pick: Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

2018 Readers Pick: Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Chai Pani

2018 Readers Pick: Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto

2018 Readers Pick: Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Umi

2018 Readers Pick: Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Char Atlanta Korean Bar & Grill

2018 Readers Pick: Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Monday Night Brewing

2018 Readers Pick: Best Malaysian BOA Award Winner

Top Spice

2018 Readers Pick: Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Bartaco

2018 Readers Pick: Best Martini BOA Award Winner

Highland Tap

2018 Readers Pick: Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Superica

2018 Readers Pick: Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Rumi's Kitchen

2018 Readers Pick: Best Nachos BOA Award Winner

Let's Taco Bout it

2018 Readers Pick: Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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2018 Critics Pick: Best Bagel BOA Award Winner

Emerald City
If Dorothy followed the yellow brick road and ended up at Emerald City Bagels she'd forget about Kansas in a heartbeat. Skip over to their EAV retail shop exuding retro NYC charm and sink your teeth into a rosemary bagel with cream cheese washed down with an egg cream. You'll be tapping your ruby slippersmore...
If Dorothy followed the yellow brick road and ended up at Emerald City Bagels she'd forget about Kansas in a heartbeat. Skip over to their EAV retail shop exuding retro NYC charm and sink your teeth into a rosemary bagel with cream cheese washed down with an egg cream. You'll be tapping your ruby slippers with glee. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Baker BOA Award Winner

Sarah Dodge

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

La Calavera

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bar Food BOA Award Winner

Atkins Park
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup andmore...
Atkins Park gets a bad rep for food because it's mostly known as a bar. It's honestly one of the best restaurants in Atlanta, way beyond bar food. We'd never recommend chicken fingers, but we break the rule here. Get the Texas fingers tossed in Thai chili sauce, fries, and ranch. Best tomato soup and grilled cheese with bacon and smoked tomato, too. (Courtesy of Morgan Lanier). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bar- Best Bartender/Mixologist BOA Award Winner

Pat Hinson at Ticonderoga Club
Pat Hinson is able to talk to anyone because he's into so many awesome hobbies, and always gives above and beyond service.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Barbecue BOA Award Winner

GQ?s Bar B Que
GQs is a straightforward smoked meats shop with a friendly staff and incredible food, and their five-dollar Pittsburgh Plate is the meal you need.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Bed & Breakfast BOA Award Winner

The Social Goat

2018 Critics Pick: Best Beer BOA Award Winner

Monday Night Brewing
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of somemore...
Monday Night Brewing is a leader of innovation and productivity in the local beer industry, between the IPA-centric Black Tie Series pouring out of the West Midtown Hop Hut, and the newish Monday Night Garage barrel-aging program. In the last year alone, Monday Night has brewed more than 100 of some of the best beers in the city. Weekends are overrated! (Courtesy of Alex Patton). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Happy Donuts

2018 Critics Pick: Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Rise N Dine
Step foot in Rise N Dine and take a breath of fresh air, sweet with the smell of pancakes and maple syrup. It's not often that you can walk into a place and feel completely at home; gender, race, politics, and everything else aside. Rise N Dine provides a welcoming and positive environment, giving usmore...
Step foot in Rise N Dine and take a breath of fresh air, sweet with the smell of pancakes and maple syrup. It's not often that you can walk into a place and feel completely at home; gender, race, politics, and everything else aside. Rise N Dine provides a welcoming and positive environment, giving us the ability to focus on the simple things we can all agree on in life: love, kindness, and quality breakfast food. Not only is grub consistently incredible, but the staff also provides excellent service with warm smiles. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Brew Pub BOA Award Winner

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

2018 Critics Pick: Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Le Petit Marche

2018 Critics Pick: Best Burrito BOA Award Winner

El Myr
I often buy El Myr's burritos two at a time because I know I'll want another the following day. The place has had regulars since day one. People simply cannot stop eating here. Wash it all down with a cold Grizz and celebrate this treasure of a burrito bar.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Bon Ton
If a trip to New Orleans is not in your future, head to the casual eatery in Midtown Atlanta serving Louisiana-style seafood and stiff cocktails at the former TopFlr location. It's not all fried po'boys here like most other Cajun spots – there are global influences on the menu like the falafel banh-mimore...
If a trip to New Orleans is not in your future, head to the casual eatery in Midtown Atlanta serving Louisiana-style seafood and stiff cocktails at the former TopFlr location. It's not all fried po'boys here like most other Cajun spots – there are global influences on the menu like the falafel banh-mi or the sweet and spicy cold noodles, along with boiled crawfish, crab, shrimp and more. (Courtesy of Andy Lee). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

Taste Buddz

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cheap Eats BOA Award Winner

Dish Dive
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they domore...
Kirkwood's gem undoubtedly serves up the city's most innovative food at affordable prices. Here you'll find clever takes on comfort food dishes, like shakshuka made with stewed tomatoes, butternut squash, bell pepper, corn, and fried egg. The restaurant is small and bare bones (hence Dive) but they do take reservations now which helps cut back on wait time. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cheese Steak BOA Award Winner

The Cheesesteak Place

2018 Critics Pick: Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Maricela Vega
Honestly, Maricela Vega of Chicomecoatl has been continuously blowing us away with her cuisines of late. Her food is always incredibly fresh, inspiring, delicious, and beautiful to the eye. She's very conscious of her food from start to finish. She sources her produce, daily, from local farms like Growmore...
Honestly, Maricela Vega of Chicomecoatl has been continuously blowing us away with her cuisines of late. Her food is always incredibly fresh, inspiring, delicious, and beautiful to the eye. She's very conscious of her food from start to finish. She sources her produce, daily, from local farms like Grow Where You Are, off Cascade Road. Food that makes you happy. (Courtesy of Maricela Vega). less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Ming's BBQ
You've never had 'real' Chinese in America until you've had Ming's BBQ on Buford Highway. The fried rice is not brown nor over-fried and soy-sauced, and it's made with real, freshly sauteed large shrimp, not those tiny, fake-dried, were-they-ever-even-really-alive-shellfishies in other fried rice. Imore...
You've never had 'real' Chinese in America until you've had Ming's BBQ on Buford Highway. The fried rice is not brown nor over-fried and soy-sauced, and it's made with real, freshly sauteed large shrimp, not those tiny, fake-dried, were-they-ever-even-really-alive-shellfishies in other fried rice. I hear the duck is the jam too. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cocktail Bar BOA Award Winner

Ticonderoga Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

Ticonderoga Club

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cookie Dough Place BOA Award Winner

Batter Cookie Dough Counter

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Havana's

2018 Critics Pick: Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Dulce Vegan

2018 Critics Pick: Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's

2018 Critics Pick: Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Golden Eagle

2018 Critics Pick: Best Diner BOA Award Winner

Majestic
This diner has been serving customers their breakfast favorites 24/7 since 1929. The red booths, neon signs, and long counter top are sure to give you a burst of nostalgia. Whether it be 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., stop by and order an omelet or their breakfast special to decide for yourself whether Majestic Dinermore...
This diner has been serving customers their breakfast favorites 24/7 since 1929. The red booths, neon signs, and long counter top are sure to give you a burst of nostalgia. Whether it be 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., stop by and order an omelet or their breakfast special to decide for yourself whether Majestic Diner lives up to its self-proclaimed title of Atlanta's coolest landmark. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Revolution

2018 Critics Pick: Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Desta Ethiopian Kitchen
When Ethiopian- born Nega and Demise started Desta, they had the capacity for only eight guests - and now have expanded to 250. Go to Desta anytime on a weekend, and you will see young international crowds gathered for celebrations. The food is modern Ethiopian, served in individual portions and alwaysmore...
When Ethiopian- born Nega and Demise started Desta, they had the capacity for only eight guests - and now have expanded to 250. Go to Desta anytime on a weekend, and you will see young international crowds gathered for celebrations. The food is modern Ethiopian, served in individual portions and always consistently flavored. They also have a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Experimental Food BOA Award Winner

Brown Sugar

2018 Critics Pick: Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Yalla
This colorful spot puts a modern spin on traditional Middle-Eastern cuisine and features fresh, seasonal ingredients and well-seasoned, generous portions. Omnivores, vegans, and vegetarians alike can rejoice in the abundance of delicious options.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Spindle Kitchen / Chicomecóatl

2018 Critics Pick: Best Farmer's Market BOA Award Winner

West End Farmer's Market

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Fest that hasn't happened yet BOA Award Winner

Hot Dog Fest @ATLHotdogfest

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Festival/Event BOA Award Winner

Japan Fest

2018 Critics Pick: Best Food Truck BOA Award Winner

Alchemy Sunshine
You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate the plant-based magic coming out of Sunshine Alchemy's truck. The brainchild of Jasmine Beck, Sunshine Alchemy relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delectable 'veganish' dishes and cocktails. Mouthwatering treats on their menu include BBQ jackfruitmore...
You don't have to be a vegan to appreciate the plant-based magic coming out of Sunshine Alchemy's truck. The brainchild of Jasmine Beck, Sunshine Alchemy relies on fresh, seasonal ingredients to create delectable 'veganish' dishes and cocktails. Mouthwatering treats on their menu include BBQ jackfruit nachos and dreamy juice concoctions like matcha blended with cashews, coconut cream, and pineapple. Don't skip the CBD oil booster if you?re into that sort of thing. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best French BOA Award Winner

Cafe Alsace

2018 Critics Pick: Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

The Porter

2018 Critics Pick: Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Alluvia restaurant

2018 Critics Pick: Best Fro Yo BOA Award Winner

TCBY

2018 Critics Pick: Best Getting Funky w Fish BOA Award Winner

Poke Burri
Poke Burri has taken the local sushi market by storm, offering quick and affordable sushi rolls, poke bowls, and sushi burritos from its spot in the East Atlanta Village We Suki Suki Global Grub Collective. The madmen behind the concept have started experimenting with sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, andmore...
Poke Burri has taken the local sushi market by storm, offering quick and affordable sushi rolls, poke bowls, and sushi burritos from its spot in the East Atlanta Village We Suki Suki Global Grub Collective. The madmen behind the concept have started experimenting with sushi doughnuts, sushi pizza, and even a fried sushi corn dog. Poke Burri, you?re pushing sushi beyond the next level, and we see you. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'llmore...
Grindhouse wins every year for a reason, it's f*cking delicious. We don't know what kind of crack Alex Brounstein puts on his grill, but we're totally addicted. Disclaimer: They do not serve crack it's just really good. Now that we've decided the Impossible Burger is like eating negative calories, you'll find us at the Grant Park location all the time. Looking for a shuffleboard partner if you're out there! less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Hand Poke BOA Award Winner

Lauren Visconti

2018 Critics Pick: Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

the Plant Based Princess
We stumbled upon this vegan ice cream place a couple of months ago, and can't imagine why more people aren't talking about it. The concoctions are original, and the flavors are tasty and not super rich. Much love to the butter pecan and peach cobbler. You get all the benefits of ice cream without themore...
We stumbled upon this vegan ice cream place a couple of months ago, and can't imagine why more people aren't talking about it. The concoctions are original, and the flavors are tasty and not super rich. Much love to the butter pecan and peach cobbler. You get all the benefits of ice cream without the stomachache, so eat 'til your heart's content. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Chinese Daba
This place serves Indo-Chinese, a hyper-local cuisine of Western India which is basically Chinese food made spicier. South Asians order familiar Hakka noodles, chili chicken, or American chop suey, mainly for the nostalgia factor. With the growing awareness and popularity of its unique flavors, Chinesemore...
This place serves Indo-Chinese, a hyper-local cuisine of Western India which is basically Chinese food made spicier. South Asians order familiar Hakka noodles, chili chicken, or American chop suey, mainly for the nostalgia factor. With the growing awareness and popularity of its unique flavors, Chinese Dhaba now has four locations that are mainly in food-court style settings. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Bocca Lupa
Is there anything more crave-worthy than Bruce Logue's 20-yolk tagliatelle with wild mushrooms and Tuscan kale kimchi? We think not. This Inman Park treasure has been open for nearly five years and reservations are still mandatory.

2018 Critics Pick: Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Sushi Hayakawa
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is aboutmore...
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is about three weeks, you will enjoy authentic, no-frills sushi with a highlight on the fish's subtle flavor. Avid sushi lovers take note: this past May, Hayakawa introduced a 14-course omakase, a two-and-a-half hour dining experience for two. Reservations are mandatory. less...

2018 Critics Pick: Best Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Shoya Izakaya
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarettemore...
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarette smoke filling these places in Japan. less...

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