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2008 Index of Winners

Best Locally Produced Podcast BOA Award Winner

Haveyouheard.net

Best Local Rabble-Rouser BOA Award Winner

John Woodham

Best Local Sports Radio Show Host BOA Award Winner

Steak Shapiro

Best Local YouTube Video BOA Award Winner

MARTA Soulja Girl
blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/tag/soulja-girl

Best Morning Drive-Time Radio Show BOA Award Winner

"The Bert Show," 99.7 (WWWQ-FM)

Best Mountain Escape BOA Award Winner

Blood Mountain

Best Neighborhood for Architecture BOA Award Winner

Inman Park

Best Person You Hate to Love BOA Award Winner

T.I.

Best Public Institution to Cheat Death BOA Award Winner

Grady Memorial Hospital

Best Reason Atlanta Should Secede From Georgia BOA Award Winner

Liquor laws and various other human rights infringements

Best DVD/Video Rental For Film Snobs BOA Award Winner

Videodrome
A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to sort through loads of straight-to-video crap to find the good stuff. That's why VIDEODROME is such a treasure. It's got the latest indie, Euro, documentary, TV series, Hongmore...
A video store with thousands of titles isn't worth much if it doesn't have anything you want to see – or if you have to sort through loads of straight-to-video crap to find the good stuff. That's why VIDEODROME is such a treasure. It's got the latest indie, Euro, documentary, TV series, Hong Kong, anime and underground releases and re-releases. But the real value of the shop is in its carefully curated back catalog, broken down into sections for schlock, gay, Danish, martial arts, cult, etc., with a healthy dose of Criterion films – and without the usual Adam Sandler and teen rom-com dreck. You've got to respect any video store that gives equal treatment to Frank Capra and Lucio Fulci. less...

Best Food Store BOA Award Winner

Whole Foods Market
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Heaven On Earth For Fresh-Food Lovers BOA Award Winner

Alon's Park Place
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and giftymore...
We've always loved the original Alon's, but the shiny new ALON'S PARK PLACE has what the original lacks: space. And that space allows for more – more wonderful cheeses overseen by expert Tim Gaddis, more fantastic and eclectic wines (and a wine bar!), and more great packaged goods and gifty housewares. And Alon's signature baked goods, sandwiches and prepared foods are just as exacting and tasty at this northside outpost as they are in Morningside. less...

Best Independent Bookstore BOA Award Winner

Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section – the entire store was dedicated to books aimed at those readers. Even now, the Outwrite top 10 bears little resemblance to the Newmore...
When OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE & COFFEEHOUSE opened in 1993, it filled a major void in Atlanta's independent book scene. Outwrite didn't just have a gay/lesbian section – the entire store was dedicated to books aimed at those readers. Even now, the Outwrite top 10 bears little resemblance to the New York Times list of best-selling books. When the shop moved to its current location 12 years ago, it became a center for the LGBT community, and the host of frequent author signings. Outwrite is uniquely Atlantan and an outstanding example of why independent bookstores still matter. less...

Best Place To Encounter a New Booze BOA Award Winner

Pearson's Wine of Atlanta
The best liquor store is usually the one that's closest. But if you're looking for a wider selection or savvy staff recommendations – or if you just want to browse through dozens of unfamiliar bottles waiting for a spirit to call your name – then PEARSON'S WINE OF ATLANTA is the place.more...
The best liquor store is usually the one that's closest. But if you're looking for a wider selection or savvy staff recommendations – or if you just want to browse through dozens of unfamiliar bottles waiting for a spirit to call your name – then PEARSON'S WINE OF ATLANTA is the place. From rotgut to vintage rye, Pearson's carries a dizzying array of small-batch bourbons, single-malt scotches, boutique vodkas, exotic tequilas and a world tour of foreign liqueurs. The windowless walls of this venerable Buckhead landmark are lined with distilled beverages both familiar and obscure, making it easy to imagine you're raiding a rich uncle's liquor stash. And isn't that a delicious thought? less...

Best Place to Register For Your Wedding BOA Award Winner

Target
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Reason To Become a Danish Modernist BOA Award Winner

City Issue
Relocated from Buckhead to Inman Park, CITY ISSUE has evolved into a sanctum of midcentury furniture design. The store offers sectional sofas, sleek dining tables, curvaceous teak chairs, cocktail cabinets and space-age lamps from the '50s, '60s and '70s – either in mint condition or meticulouslymore...
Relocated from Buckhead to Inman Park, CITY ISSUE has evolved into a sanctum of midcentury furniture design. The store offers sectional sofas, sleek dining tables, curvaceous teak chairs, cocktail cabinets and space-age lamps from the '50s, '60s and '70s – either in mint condition or meticulously restored to all their vintage glory. Decorating flourishes include abstract original paintings, metallic wall hangings, Lucite sculptures and a selection of Floraline planters. Browsing in City Issue is the next best thing to having a time machine. less...

Best Resource For Would-Be Rock Stars BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center
There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room formore...
There are many fine independent music stores across Atlanta, but for sheer inventory none of them can match GUITAR CENTER. The store is a guitar player's paradise, walls covered with all types of electric guitars and basses, and a mind-numbing array of amplifiers and effects boxes. There's a room for acoustic guitars, and separate areas with keyboards, drum gear and pro audio. Looking for a 1958 Stratocaster? There's space set aside for rare guitars. The customer service is excellent and we just go ga-ga over all those Fenders and Gibsons. less...

Best vintage clothing BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing

Runner-up
The Clothing Warehouse
420 Moreland Ave., 404-524-5070, www.theclothingwarehouse.com

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cajun BOA Award Winner

Depeaux

Best Chef BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's

Best Coffee BOA Award Winner

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar - Decatur
As commonplace as it is, a tremendous amount of work and skill goes into making a perfect cup of coffee. Slight fluctuations in water temperature, brew time or the grinding process can ruin your cup. And of course, there's the bean. Even the highest-quality beans will leave you with a cup of bitter,more...
As commonplace as it is, a tremendous amount of work and skill goes into making a perfect cup of coffee. Slight fluctuations in water temperature, brew time or the grinding process can ruin your cup. And of course, there's the bean. Even the highest-quality beans will leave you with a cup of bitter, caffeinated mud if they're not roasted just right. That's why we love BATDORF & BRONSON coffee, served at places such as Aurora, as well as B&B's own Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Decatur. Batdrof & Bronson's deft roasts deliver more of a bean's natural flavor than any local roaster. Sip and sniff the Kenya AA or the Dancing Goats blend and you'll pick up a whiff of berries. That's not artificial flavoring. B&B roasts coffee so skillfully, it reminds you that, oh yeah, coffee beans actually are fruit. less...

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

Cookie Studio

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Udipi Cafe Eclectic Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
Decatur is an Indian-food paradise, and while many neighboring restaurants battle to be the Raj, no restaurant creates more exciting and satisfying Indian fare than UDIPI CAFE. Thali plates (a variety of dishes served in small, stainless-steel bowls neatly arranged on a round platter) for the indecisive,more...
Decatur is an Indian-food paradise, and while many neighboring restaurants battle to be the Raj, no restaurant creates more exciting and satisfying Indian fare than UDIPI CAFE. Thali plates (a variety of dishes served in small, stainless-steel bowls neatly arranged on a round platter) for the indecisive, addictive coconut rice with shreds of chewy coconut, complex chutneys, and mouth-watering channa batura (a balloonlike bread served alongside a curry of plump chickpeas) offer plenty of flavorful options at dirt-cheap prices. less...

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