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2011 Index of Winners

Best bangs for your buck BOA Award Winner

Crimpers Hair Salon

Best boutique nursery BOA Award Winner

Garden
The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the Westside's senses, a beautiful display of sophisticated greenery, pricey plant displays and European potpourri and incenses with a modernmore...
The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the Westside's senses, a beautiful display of sophisticated greenery, pricey plant displays and European potpourri and incenses with a modern edge. The shop even provides design consultations and installation for those big projects in your little urban oasis. 1168 Howell Mill Road., Studio A. 404-941-9154. gardenatl.com. less...

Best budget bridal BOA Award Winner

Le Dress Boutique

Best pawn shop BOA Award Winner

Jason's Pawn Shop
Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn Shop, on the other hand, usually has an interesting array of guy stuff, from turntables to antique cameras and old radios to vintage guitars. It'smore...
Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn Shop, on the other hand, usually has an interesting array of guy stuff, from turntables to antique cameras and old radios to vintage guitars. It's a small store, so it makes the shelf space count by only displaying cool shit like high-end mountain bikes and reel-to-reel players. Look elsewhere for that second-hand microwave. 2104 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-636-1731. less...

Best recession proof shopping BOA Award Winner

Nordstrom Rack

Best spa deal BOA Award Winner

G Salon

Best wine shop and potential liquor store BOA Award Winner

H&F Bottle Shop

Best Atlanta foodie Tweeter BOA Award Winner

Blissful Glutton

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

Community Q BBQ
Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of indulging in what's normally, well, an indulgence. At Community Q, Roberts and his partners make their barbecue with local ingredients whose just-picked freshnessmore...
Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of indulging in what's normally, well, an indulgence. At Community Q, Roberts and his partners make their barbecue with local ingredients whose just-picked freshness somehow eliminates the gut bomb after-effects most 'cue can have on a person. Smoky and moist pulled pork, tender brisket with that perfect pink halo, and ethereal smoked chicken take center stage, although the sides are not background dancers. Don't miss the gooey, signature mac and cheese made with shells, or the hand-cut fries tossed with an addictively sweet and salty seasoning, or anything from the specials menu made with local vegetables. 1361 Clairmont Road, Decatur. 404-633-2080. communityqbbq.com. less...

Best emerging neighborhood for Mexican food BOA Award Winner

Tucker
There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our ethnic scene, bound to be left for fairer fields. As the years go by, you're likely to find more Korean in Duluth. More Indian in Decatur. Andmore...
There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our ethnic scene, bound to be left for fairer fields. As the years go by, you're likely to find more Korean in Duluth. More Indian in Decatur. And now, more Mexican in Tucker, where you can't drive half a mile without spotting at least three taquerias. Good taquerias. Great taquerias. Standouts to get you started on your very own weekend taco crawl include Taqueria Los Hermanos, Taqueria San Pancho, and El Taco Naco. You may be the only English-speaker there, which bodes well for the flavor of that taco you're about to scarf. less...

Best pre-hangover padding BOA Award Winner

the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya
Conveniently located just up the road from Edgewood Avenue's nightlife row, the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya provides everything your inebriated heart ... well, guts ... could desire. Served only after 10 p.m., Miso's ramen offers a broth milky with porcine goodness, a generous strip of crispy, meltymore...
Conveniently located just up the road from Edgewood Avenue's nightlife row, the late-night ramen at Miso Izakaya provides everything your inebriated heart ... well, guts ... could desire. Served only after 10 p.m., Miso's ramen offers a broth milky with porcine goodness, a generous strip of crispy, melty pork belly, an egg with a runny center, just enough crinkly, chewy noodles, and somewhat odd but somehow perfect pops of sweet corn kernels. The warm, steaming elixir just begs for you to stick your drunken face in it and slurp away. For dessert, we recommend one of Miso's sticky/sweet/salty crispy duck buns, also served as part of the limited late-night menu. Noodles, broth, crispy duck, two aspirin, a glass of water and you'll be spry as a bunny in the morning. 619 Edgewood Ave. 678-701-0128. misoizakaya.com. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Quan Ba 9
"Authentic" is a word that gets thrown around so much, it's easy to forget what it means. Quan Ba 9 will make you remember. This isn't your standard brusque pho house. Expect home-style Vietnamese packed with soulful, herbaceous flavor. Tart salads made with shreds of green papaya and laced with tinymore...
"Authentic" is a word that gets thrown around so much, it's easy to forget what it means. Quan Ba 9 will make you remember. This isn't your standard brusque pho house. Expect home-style Vietnamese packed with soulful, herbaceous flavor. Tart salads made with shreds of green papaya and laced with tiny dried shrimp start the meal off on a light note and pave the way for more hearty fare. The signature spicy red chicken soup, Mi Quang Ba 9, is so soothing (in that fiery sort of way), it should be the only thing anyone's allowed to eat when sick. The pho rings clear with beefy flavor and bright herbs. The Chao Ga is basically an intensely chicken-y porridge. Like, the most delicious porridge you've ever had. Even Goldilocks wouldn't push this bowl away. Quan Ba 9 will have you swearing off that other place across the street for good. 4285 Buford Highway. 404-636-2999. less...

Best chocolates BOA Award Winner

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best cuban BOA Award Winner

Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cupcakes BOA Award Winner

CamiCakes Cupcakes
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Morelli

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Taqueria Del Sol
And other metro Atlanta locations

Art exhibit in a gallery BOA Award Winner

Gone With the Twins, Paper Twins

Best comedy collective BOA Award Winner

The Beards of Comedy

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Get This! Gallery
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out ofmore...
There's something wonderfully raw and unpretentious about self-taught artist Lloyd Benjamin's Westside art space Get This! Gallery. Benjamin tools casually around the gallery in jeans and a T-shirt, the band-aids on his fingers alluding to the manual labor taking place in the frame shop he runs out of the back of the building. In the same way that Benjamin creates a laid-back feel in his immaculate space, he lends a sense of polish to emerging local artists, such as street art duo Paper Twins, when their works find a place on his walls. Jill Storthz's time-trippy Woodcuts and the Jiha Moon-curated printmaking survey Life Iconic rounded out a year of compelling exhibits. 662 11th St. 678-596-4451. getthisgallery.com. less...

Best local tv production with a license to kill BOA Award Winner

Floyd County Productions
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surgedmore...
Atlanta writers/producers and Floyd County Productions founders Adam Reed and Matt Thompson rose in the ranks at Cartoon Network with Adult Swim shows such as "Sealab 2021." They proved ready for prime time with the animated spy spoof and FX smash hit "Archer." The raunchy cartoon's popularity surged in its second season and has been renewed for a third. While "Archer's" voice actors, including "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Chris Parnell and comedian Aisha Tyler, live out of town, the regulars include local actors Amber Nash and Lucky Yates. The Atlanta-based production proves that an independent animation studio like Floyd County Productions can deliver comic programming to take on Hollywood. fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/archer. less...

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting workmore...
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting work and consistent curatorial focus. MOCA GA's vital archiving program is building an expansive library of groundbreaking Georgia-based artists. But the Working Artist Project, which commissions work from artists such as monumental painter Xie Caomin and stylish filmmaker Micah Stansell, is the institution's crown jewel. 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. mocaga.org. less...

Best playwright BOA Award Winner

Pearl Cleage
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdidmore...
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdid herself with her latest play, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, a comedy that tweaks the hypocrisy of Montgomery's snobbish African-American families in 1964. The pitch-perfect screwball script, performed at the Alliance Theatre last fall, drags family secrets out into the open in a masterful combination of historical insight and comic timing. pearlcleage.net. less...

Book by a local author BOA Award Winner

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Comedy troupe BOA Award Winner

Beards of Comedy

Dance performance BOA Award Winner

Dance Truck's PLOT

Local female actor BOA Award Winner

Alison Hastings

Local playwright BOA Award Winner

Topher Payne

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

Adrienne Eoley

Best karaoke BOA Award Winner

10 High Club

Best local jazz act BOA Award Winner

Bonaventure Quartet

Best local vocalist BOA Award Winner

Sara Crawford

Best 404 soul glo redux BOA Award Winner

Cee Lo Green
He's gotten delightfully weirder over the past 15 years, yet Cee Lo Green has somehow become a household name in Middle America. "F*** You" landed him some unlikely buds (Gwyneth Paltrow?), a judge's spot on "The Voice," and his very own Fuse TV talk-show couch. ceelogreen.com.

Best ambient composers BOA Award Winner

Qurious
You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmosphericsmore...

You have to know the rules before you can effectively break them, and Qurious seems to operate on a higher level of consciousness than its electro peers. Between Mike Netland's starry-eyed production and Catherine Quesenberry's spellbinding voice, the duo delves deep into the realm of pure atmospherics with a sense of sophistication that eludes the rest. Each song on the group's full-length 2010 debut, Planet Plant, slowly drifts through the ether with a celestial ambiance as massive and mysterious as the universe itself. It's a sound that gives new meaning to the word ambient. qurious.bandcamp.com.


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Best Atlanta-bred song and dance BOA Award Winner

Beef It Up
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beefmore...
It must be something in the red clay. From the Bankhead Bounce to the Walk It Out, Atlanta has a storied history when it comes to creating dances from scratch with catchy, organic raps to match. The latest in the lineage, Beef It Up, hails from a Scottdale crew called Charlie Boy Gang. "Watch me beef it up/watch me funk it out," Pimpin Duke and Mechi Man chant over percolating keys and a raw, unrefined bass line. But it's the YouTube-ready dance that's garnered the low-budget video more than a million views. Need some Beef tips? Picture Fred Sanford on the verge of a heart attack, throw in some old-school swagger, a little improvisation (the shovel, the lawnmower, the Rodney King), and a stone-cold zombie-like facial expression. Stir and serve hot. youtube.com/thecharlieboygang. less...

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