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2011 Index of Winners

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 gay bar BOA Award Winner

Mary's

Best experimental band BOA Award Winner

Lyonnais
Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But themore...

Over the last three years, Lyonnais has methodically explored the grey area between post-punk and proto-industrial drone. Through it all, the group has fostered a mesmerizing art-pop that morphs ever so slightly each time the band steps on stage. Pulling off such versatility is no easy chore. But the impending release of the enigmatic group's debut album, Want For Wish For Nowhere (Hoss Records), proves that keeping experimental music interesting is a task at which this mysterious foursome excels. myspace.com/teamlyonnais.


Listen: Lyonnais "The Fatalist"

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Best local blues act BOA Award Winner

Rod Hamdallah
An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallahmore...

An Atlanta guitar slinger with a swooping pompadour, Rod Hamdallah has swiftly risen through the ranks of Atlanta's die-hard blues scene by taking cues from such hometown icons as the late Sean Costello and Donnie McCormick. With a blend of delta blues, electric roots and garage rock girth, Hamdallah has tricked out a sultry sound and presence that's recharging the blues. He's what the old heads who lurk in the shadows at the back of the bar refer to as the real deal, and they ain't lyin'. reverbnation.com/rodhamdallah.


Listen: Rod Hamdallah "Think About It"

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Best nautical-themed pop act BOA Award Winner

Little Tybee
With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticatedmore...

With the April release of Little Tybee's proper debut, Humorous to Bees (Paper Garden Records), the group proved it's one of the most refined bands in town. It's quite an accomplishment considering the current crop of homegrown pop acts crafting equally glassy and complex sounds. But what sets this sophisticated foursome apart is a subtle seafaring aura that colors the music and sets its strings and swoon adrift. littletybee.muxtape.com.


Listen: Little Tybee "Passion Seekers"

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