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Best Of Atlanta 2008 Oral Pleasures Large


Oral Pleasures

This election year has brought up some fascinating food-related biases in America. Who knew that a candidate's healthy eating practices could be a detriment in some people's eyes? Or that someone's preferred salad green could mark him as elitist? (See below for our Best of Atlanta exit-poll respondents' social-status-representing salad greens of choice) Thankfully, quality was a campaign booster for Atlanta's restaurants. 2008 has been a banner year for new restaurants, better restaurant trends and better food all around. For the first time this year, Creative Loafing has named a Restaurant of the Year, a development we find exciting. And as always, we've scoured the city to find Atlanta's absolute best eats. We offer our congratulations to the victoriously delicious candidates.

– Besha Rodell

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Bagel Palace


Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

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 Pizza BOA Award Winner

Fellini's Pizza (7 ATL Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Restaurant Worth the Long Trip BOA Award Winner

Five and Ten

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

Mistrial Mimosa at Shaun's

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Howell Mill Village
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Howell Mill Village
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.
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Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best Biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park
and multiple metro-Atlanta locations

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best Buffet BOA Award Winner

Golden Corral (Atlanta Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Cafe 101
CAFE 101 hasn't had as much attention as some other places, but absolutely deserves its share of the spotlight. Located in the quintessential Buford Highway ruins of a defunct restaurant, this eclectically decorated Taiwanese restaurant serves stellar Szechuan specialties such as chewy Szechuan dan-danmore...
CAFE 101 hasn't had as much attention as some other places, but absolutely deserves its share of the spotlight. Located in the quintessential Buford Highway ruins of a defunct restaurant, this eclectically decorated Taiwanese restaurant serves stellar Szechuan specialties such as chewy Szechuan dan-dan noodles drizzled with a spicy sesame and garlicic-laden sauce, confitlike fish filets with soft tofu in a hot bean sauce packed with fresh ginger, and gigantic mountains of finely shaved ice topped with everything from beans to fresh kiwi. less...

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

Southern Sweets Bakery
Nancy Cole's family-run SOUTHERN SWEETS BAKERY remains a favorite thanks to her staff's dedication to creating home-style sweets minus the muss and fuss. Rustic cherry pie covered in crushed sugar cubes, creme freche coffee cake with a thick layer of pecans, and any of the towering layer cakes –more...
Nancy Cole's family-run SOUTHERN SWEETS BAKERY remains a favorite thanks to her staff's dedication to creating home-style sweets minus the muss and fuss. Rustic cherry pie covered in crushed sugar cubes, creme freche coffee cake with a thick layer of pecans, and any of the towering layer cakes – such as the chocolate coconut or Key lime – are sure to please the most discerning sweet tooth. The bakery makes a large selection of vegan cakes even the most ardent carnivore would savor. And if you happen to be there around lunchtime, Southern Sweets also serves up a mean sandwich. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparentmore...
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparent in Rumi's version of dolmeh – ground beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves. Don't miss the kashk badenjoon appetizer, a rich and addictive blend of eggplant and onion topped with cream of whey, fried onion and mint. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

Home Restaurant and Bar

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Editor's note: Richard Blais was chef at Home Restaurant and Bar at the time of voting. He has since left the restaurant.

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

Shaun's
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu whilemore...
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu while whittling away a lazy Sunday afternoon (or hazy weekend night). The vibe is more relaxed than in the restaurant proper, evoking a slow, European pace more common to the piazzas of Rome. Patrons trend toward the young and hip, and the menu toward the chic but unfussy – the chicken-liver fettuccine and the sockeye salmon with Anson Mills grits are both standouts. The patio experience is complete when punctuated on the half hour by the clanging church bell at the 19th-century sanctuary next door, just like in the old country. less...

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

Bones Restaurant
When it comes to steaks, sexy and sleek contemporary digs are all well and good, but there's something to be said about old-school steakhouses that have the marks of a boys' club. BONE'S RESTAURANT is that place: loads of wood, men downing a scotch at the bar after a long day of work, seasoned serversmore...
When it comes to steaks, sexy and sleek contemporary digs are all well and good, but there's something to be said about old-school steakhouses that have the marks of a boys' club. BONE'S RESTAURANT is that place: loads of wood, men downing a scotch at the bar after a long day of work, seasoned servers in dapper jackets – but the steaks here are the real draw. The experienced kitchen churns out thick cuts of prime beef that are expertly cooked and always juicy thanks to a proper resting period. Notable steaks, such as the bone-in dry-aged New York strip, are extremely flavorful and even better with a glass of wine from the stellar list. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

Pura Vida

Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

Burger Joe's
Veggie burgers are like decaffeinated coffee, nonalcoholic beer and Paul McCartney's music since the Beatles – even when you're enjoying them, it's hard not to feel like you're settling for second-best. The veggie burgers at BURGER JOE'S live with the same handicap that all veggie burgers do:more...

Veggie burgers are like decaffeinated coffee, nonalcoholic beer and Paul McCartney's music since the Beatles – even when you're enjoying them, it's hard not to feel like you're settling for second-best. The veggie burgers at BURGER JOE'S live with the same handicap that all veggie burgers do: They're not meat. But that's overcome here with burgers that are every bit as juicy and sloppy as their meaty counterparts. We couldn't find the nutritional info, but the taste and the grease stains on our napkins hint that a Burger Joe's veggie burger topped with blue cheese, mushrooms, mayo and ketchup is as caloric and indulgent as a ground-beef burger. It certainly doesn't taste any less so.


Multiple metro-Atlanta area locations

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Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Nam

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar

Best Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

Nam
Beauty and elegance congregate at NAM. This contemporary Vietnamese restaurant has a uniquely beautiful interior whose art celebrates the female form. The servers are immediate incarnations of that – gorgeous women in exotic garb who seem to drift through the dining room. The slender, mainly Asianmore...
Beauty and elegance congregate at NAM. This contemporary Vietnamese restaurant has a uniquely beautiful interior whose art celebrates the female form. The servers are immediate incarnations of that – gorgeous women in exotic garb who seem to drift through the dining room. The slender, mainly Asian staff may have you speechless, but don't fret – they're also helpful in describing menu items and, if asked, will give you their own (sometimes strong) opinions. We love women who aren't afraid to speak their minds – which are, we're sure, just as beautiful as their exteriors. less...

Best Deli BOA Award Winner

Bagel Palace

Best French BOA Award Winner

ATMOSPHERE RESTAURANT

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hanil Kwan Authentic Korean BBQ
Korean food - especially barbecue - has become one of our city's most prevalent cuisines, but where do you go when the choices are so copious? HANIL KWAN leads the pack with its bright and spotless digs, friendly English-speaking servers, well-marinated meats and the preferred use of glowing charcoalmore...
Korean food - especially barbecue - has become one of our city's most prevalent cuisines, but where do you go when the choices are so copious? HANIL KWAN leads the pack with its bright and spotless digs, friendly English-speaking servers, well-marinated meats and the preferred use of glowing charcoal instead of gas cooking. Another thing that sets the restaurant apart is its large menu of other Korean specialties such as a sizzling dolsot bibimbap (a bowl of rice topped with vegetables, tofu, meat, spicy chili paste and an egg) served in a large, shallow stone pot. less...

Best Locally Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

5 Seasons Brewing Company - North
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into amore...
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into a career. Behind the bar is an open window that looks onto several of the huge copper vats where Sprouse works his magic. Our favorites are the 7 Sisters Munchner, which is bittersweet and packs a punch of flavor, and the Big O, an organic ale that's rich and robust with a lightly sweet flavor that comes from caramel malt. less...

Best Restaurant Worth The Long Trip BOA Award Winner

Five and Ten

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

Ru San's
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

Krog Bar

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