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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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Best Korean BOA Award Winner

It's not just the best Korean restaurant in Atlanta - Gaja is just one of the coolest, best service, all around awesome places to eat and drink and enjoy life. You're going to want to get everything on the menu. I suggest bringing a crew and doing exactly that.

Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Scofflaw Brewing Company

Best Local Buy BOA Award Winner

Treehouse Nut Milk

Best Malaysian BOA Award Winner

The casual Buford Highway eatery is one of the very few places you can find authentic Malay flavors in Atlanta. If you like spicy, ask for the curry fish filet with steamed rice and pair it with fresh young coconut water. The portions are enormous for the price, which explains why Mamak is always packed.more...
The casual Buford Highway eatery is one of the very few places you can find authentic Malay flavors in Atlanta. If you like spicy, ask for the curry fish filet with steamed rice and pair it with fresh young coconut water. The portions are enormous for the price, which explains why Mamak is always packed. less...

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Best Martini BOA Award Winner

Golden Eagle

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Among the sea of Mexican restaurants to choose from - most with overcooked Spanish rice, runny refried beans, and chefs who can't pronounce 'quesadilla,' Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the needle in a haystack. Their authentic specialties, including chicken mole, chile relleno, and pork tender brisket, willmore...
Among the sea of Mexican restaurants to choose from - most with overcooked Spanish rice, runny refried beans, and chefs who can't pronounce 'quesadilla,' Nuevo Laredo Cantina is the needle in a haystack. Their authentic specialties, including chicken mole, chile relleno, and pork tender brisket, will transport you to the Mexican campo, minus the cost of a plane ticket. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

The family-owned Palestine bakery and cafe has some of the best falafel and shawarma this side of Al Quds. The newly-opened, expanded location in Marietta has plenty of seating and a bustling lunch crowd with lines through the door. There's an adjacent Middle Eastern market selling a large variety ofmore...
The family-owned Palestine bakery and cafe has some of the best falafel and shawarma this side of Al Quds. The newly-opened, expanded location in Marietta has plenty of seating and a bustling lunch crowd with lines through the door. There's an adjacent Middle Eastern market selling a large variety of freshly made pita bread, spinach pies, different kinds of baklava and Palestinian sweets, and colorful lokum (Turkish delight) that you shouldn?t leave without. less...

Best Nachos BOA Award Winner

Atkins Park

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Watchman
The mignonette at The Watchman is life-changing. I always have to keep myself from drinking it straight out of the bottle.

Best oral pleasures nonprofit BOA Award Winner

The Giving Kitchen

Best OTP Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The little Smyrna restaurant that could, keeps going. Two years after opening Porch Light?s doors, chef Andre Gomez is still whipping up flavorful Latin food. The menu may change often but thankfully the pork chop can-can is a staple.

Best OTP Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner
Gourmet deli by day and bistro by night, Muss & Turner is worth the drive to Smyrna. The go-to neighborhood sandwich restaurant turns even a simple chicken salad sandwich into a global infusion of flavors with red onions, chili, and cilantro. Ingredients are locally sourced and the menu changes often.more...
Gourmet deli by day and bistro by night, Muss & Turner is worth the drive to Smyrna. The go-to neighborhood sandwich restaurant turns even a simple chicken salad sandwich into a global infusion of flavors with red onions, chili, and cilantro. Ingredients are locally sourced and the menu changes often. You may want to ask for an extra homemade pickle and their award-winning cookie to go along. less...

Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner

Muchacho

Best Oysters BOA Award Winner

Beetlecat
I have seen oyster detesters turn into devotees at Beetlecat, one of Ford Fry's lively creations. The upscale seafood restaurant and cocktail lounge has a cool patio that is great for alfresco dining. And there are 14 varieties oyster to choose from, each one with its own description of creamy, sweet,more...
I have seen oyster detesters turn into devotees at Beetlecat, one of Ford Fry's lively creations. The upscale seafood restaurant and cocktail lounge has a cool patio that is great for alfresco dining. And there are 14 varieties oyster to choose from, each one with its own description of creamy, sweet, light, crips just like fine varieties of wine. Who knew shucking oysters could be this much fun? less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Muchacho

Best Peruvian BOA Award Winner

Caille Latina

Best Pho BOA Award Winner

I Luv Pho

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Rosa's
A weekday lunch on Broad Street is a wonderful reminder that Atlanta is a city. And jumping in the perfectly-managed line at Rosa's for a crispy slice truly tops the urban experience.

Best Pop Up Food Event BOA Award Winner

Chicomecoalitien

Best Ramen BOA Award Winner

Wagaya

Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when orderingmore...
A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when ordering dessert, usually two, especially if love isn't in the air. less...

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

It shocks me how many Atlantans haven't been to Trader Vic's. It's a kitschy Pacific Rim gem hidden below the Atlanta Marriott Marquis that dishes out Mai Tais in fish bowls. Because sharing is caring and good for the immune system. Aloha already!

Best Sandwich BOA Award Winner

The Picnic - Elliot Street Pub
The best, most delicious pressed sandwich is called the Picnic and can be found at Elliot Street Pub in Castleberry Hill. Ham and turkey and Swiss and BAKED POTATO SALAD on multigrain bread! We repeat: it has baked potato salad IN THE SANDWICH! It's like you're at a picnic in heaven.

Best Seafood BOA Award Winner

Wats Crackin?
Eating seafood inland can be tough for those who grew up on the coast. But there's something special about ordering a box of garlic buttered crab legs in what is essentially someone's living room, then sitting out on the trunk of your car to eat it, as Wats Crackin? provides no indoor eating area. Bringmore...
Eating seafood inland can be tough for those who grew up on the coast. But there's something special about ordering a box of garlic buttered crab legs in what is essentially someone's living room, then sitting out on the trunk of your car to eat it, as Wats Crackin? provides no indoor eating area. Bring wipes and a friend because there is plenty to go around. The best value in town, in our opinion. less...

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

Their fried pork chop makes me wanna fight people.

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Little Alley

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

The regulars refer to El Progreso tacos as 'prison tacos,' as this joint is right next to the federal pen, but their tacos are as classic as they can be without a passport. Inside might feel a little south of the border, with lost cell service and rows of authentic Mexican products lining the adjacentmore...
The regulars refer to El Progreso tacos as 'prison tacos,' as this joint is right next to the federal pen, but their tacos are as classic as they can be without a passport. Inside might feel a little south of the border, with lost cell service and rows of authentic Mexican products lining the adjacent market, but guess what? You're actually in taco nirvana. less...

Best Tex-Mex BOA Award Winner

Nueva Laredo cantina

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Authentic as the Thai humidity is heavy, the dishes at Panita are served in carved fruits and look and tastes like vacation. The owner is a sake bomb pusher, but cares?

Best Vegan Bakery BOA Award Winner

Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe

Best Vegetarian/Vegan BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower proves that being vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy fine dining. It opened over 20 years ago, when vegan/vegetarian options were rather limited, and has been serving delectable entrees like cauliflower steak, 'meat'loaf, sesame 'chicken', and 'crab' cakes ever since. The Sunday brunchmore...
Cafe Sunflower proves that being vegan doesn't mean you can't enjoy fine dining. It opened over 20 years ago, when vegan/vegetarian options were rather limited, and has been serving delectable entrees like cauliflower steak, 'meat'loaf, sesame 'chicken', and 'crab' cakes ever since. The Sunday brunch buffet is one of our favorites in town. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam Phuong
Nam Phuong is a choice spot for delicious authentic Vietnamese food, standing proudly among other Asian eateries on Buford Highway. You'll want to try one of their Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes in family-style sharable portions, as well as the pho, spring rolls, and Atlanta's favorite crispy chickenmore...
Nam Phuong is a choice spot for delicious authentic Vietnamese food, standing proudly among other Asian eateries on Buford Highway. You'll want to try one of their Vietnamese noodle and rice dishes in family-style sharable portions, as well as the pho, spring rolls, and Atlanta's favorite crispy chicken wings with sweet-and-spicy fish sauce. less...

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

City Winery

Best Wings BOA Award Winner

The Graveyard Tavern
Impossible to get to-go, as I'm not even sure Graveyard has a phone. If they do, they don't answer. It's always worth throwing on my overalls and rolling in rough to fill that void inside with zombie wings.
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Best Outdoor Dining BOA Award Winner


Best Oysters BOA Award Winner

Best Pho BOA Award Winner

Best Ramen BOA Award Winner

Jinya

Best Seafood BOA Award Winner

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

Let's Taco Bout it

Best Tex-Mex BOA Award Winner

Best Tiki Bar BOA Award Winner

Best Veggie Burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Barcelona Wine Bar
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Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Golden Eagle

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Hell Yeah Gluten Free

Best Diner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Diner BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Homegrown

Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Doughnut BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Revolution

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Experimental Food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Brown Sugar

Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mediterranean Grille

Best Falafel BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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.

Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
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Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best Farmer's Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
West End Farmer's Market

Best Farmer's Market BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Dekalb Farmer's Market

Best Food Fest that hasn't happened yet BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Hot Dog Fest @ATLHotdogfest

Best Food Festival/Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Taste of Atlanta

Best Food Festival/Event BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Japan Fest

Best Food Truck BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Food Truck BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
King Kabob Food Truck

Best French BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best French BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Porter

Best French Fries BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Alluvia restaurant

Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Hattie B's Hot Chicken

Best Fro Yo BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
TCBY

Best Fro Yo BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Menchies

Best Getting Funky w Fish BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Hamburger BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Grindhouse Killer Burgers

Best Hand Poke BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Lauren Visconti

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Chai Pani

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Sotto Sotto

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Umi

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
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...

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
It's not just the best Korean restaurant in Atlanta - Gaja is just one of the coolest, best service, all around awesome places to eat and drink and enjoy life. You're going to want to get everything on the menu. I suggest bringing a crew and doing exactly that.

Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers

Best Local Brewery BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Scofflaw Brewing Company

Best Local Buy BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Treehouse Nut Milk

Best Malaysian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The casual Buford Highway eatery is one of the very few places you can find authentic Malay flavors in Atlanta. If you like spicy, ask for the curry fish filet with steamed rice and pair it with fresh young coconut water. The portions are enormous for the price, which explains why Mamak is always packed.more...
The casual Buford Highway eatery is one of the very few places you can find authentic Malay flavors in Atlanta. If you like spicy, ask for the curry fish filet with steamed rice and pair it with fresh young coconut water. The portions are enormous for the price, which explains why Mamak is always packed. less...

Best Malaysian BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Top Spice

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Bartaco

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