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Oral Pleasures


Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Cafe 640

Best Sommelier BOA Award Winner

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Chantelle Grilhot
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without amore...
We’re not sure if we will ever get over our infatuation with CHANTELLE GRILHOT, the 24-year-old sommelier at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. She is beautiful, brilliant and just as happy to wax poetic about a strange Slavic bargain as she is about a $400 Bordeaux. Always courteous, and without a hint of the snobbery that her profession is known for, she makes it hard not to feel at home when graced by her presence. less...

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

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Red's Tasty Express

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

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Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

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Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

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Agave Restaurant

Best Southwestern BOA Award Winner

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Agave Restaurant

Best Steak House BOA Award Winner

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Bones Restaurant
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, andmore...
There surely are swanker steakhouses in town, but what does that matter when the steak on your plate at BONES tastes like butter? No other steak in town comes close to the delicious flavor, the perfect char and the impeccable cook on these babies. We love the well-worn, good-old-boy, clubby digs, and waiters who seem to be channeling Joe Pesci. This place will put you in the mood for scotch and cigars even if you’re not that type of girl. less...

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

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Chops & Lobster Bar

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

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Bones Restaurant

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Murphy's Restaurant

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, 404-875-7042 And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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MF Sushi Atlanta
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order?more...
MF SUSHIBAR celebrates the “magic fingers” of chef Chris Kinjo, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Alex, an equally talented artist who created an L.A.-style ambiance ideal for working chopsticks while wearing black. (They also operate the equally stylish Nam.) What to order? It doesn’t much matter — the menu ranges from the extremely creative to classically simple sashimi — but be sure to get the freshly grated wasabi instead of the usual paste. There’s also a great sake collection. less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Road, (404) 875-7042 Other metro Atlanta locations, call for details.

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Krog Bar
You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny andmore...
You can hit a tapas restaurant practically anywhere in town these days, but none are as true to the Spanish vision as KROG BAR in the parking lot of Stove Works, which Kevin Rathbun opened as an adjunct to his eponymous restaurant. What makes Krog Bar so authentic? For one thing, it’s tiny and there’s a heavy emphasis on wines, just as you’d find in Sevilla, where the most popular tapas bars are so packed they incur involuntary frottage. Also, Rathbun focuses on simple quality — the best Serrano ham, the best cheeses. We should mention that all items are cold and not all are Spanish. The place is too small for any kind of cooking. But if you want a quick transit to southern Spain, this is the place. less...

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Eclipse di Luna

Best Taqueria BOA Award Winner

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El Molino
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitasmore...
There are zillions of totally authentic taquerias all over Atlanta, thanks to our growing Mexican population. But we haven’t encountered anything quite like the taqueria inside this particular EL MOLINO, a chain of Mexican markets. It’s not just the enormous tortas (try the carnitas on weekends), savory tacos (try the al pastor) and perhaps the city’s best authentic posole (available weekends only). What keeps us coming back is Carlos the cook’s weekday preparations of two daily specials — home-style dishes like chicharrones en salsa verde — that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. The ambiance is zero and English is only haltingly spoken, but the specials are always displayed at the order window. Point and ask. Be patient. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Little Bangkok
Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chickenmore...
Yes, one of intown’s most inexpensive restaurants is also its best Thai restaurant. We know there are gourmet Thai spots in town, but they don’t produce the ever-changing array of specials that LITTLE BANGKOK does. Always check the specials board, but the classic green chili chicken remains our favorite dish here. It’s pure comfort food with a fiery bite. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Surin of Thailand

Best Traditional Martini BOA Award Winner

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Highland Tap

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

Best Veggie Burger BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill
COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves,more...
COM VIETNAMESE GRILL took the foodie population by storm when it opened more than a year ago. Food & Wine magazine even gave it national acclaim as a “best.” What’s so good? Deliciously marinated and grilled meats — pork, beef, duck — wrapped in grape leaves, served over rice or vermicelli with herbs and raw vegetables. Even the tofu is spectacular. The staff is completely fluent in English, so you don’t have to play charades to get a good meal. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Com Dunwoody Vietnamese Grill

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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Quinones at Bacchanalia

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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Real Chow Baby

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

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The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.

Best Wine By The Glass BOA Award Winner

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The Grape
Several metro Atlanta locations. See their website at www.yourgrape.com.

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

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Joel

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

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The Grape

Most Welcoming Restaurant For Kids BOA Award Winner

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Dakota Blue
DAKOTA BLUE in Grant Park actually encourages kids rather than tolerates them. A whole corner of toys and coloring books to keep your child occupied proves the point. The booths are made from squirm-friendly wide wooden planks, and there’s plenty on the menu that should be acceptable to finickymore...
DAKOTA BLUE in Grant Park actually encourages kids rather than tolerates them. A whole corner of toys and coloring books to keep your child occupied proves the point. The booths are made from squirm-friendly wide wooden planks, and there’s plenty on the menu that should be acceptable to finicky little eaters. At the very least, they should be pleased with the gooey home-style desserts. less...

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Best Cookies BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery & Market

Best Bakery BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses.more...
We’ve been addicted to the lamb sandwiches, croissants, chocolate-chocolate cookies and country French bread at ALON’S BAKERY for more than a decade. In recent years, Alon Balshan has expanded his Virginia-Highland shop into a true gourmet treasure, with prepared foods and artisan cheeses. Balshan is also responsible for the fabulous gelato next door at What’s the Scoop. less...

Best Bar Food and Best Beer Selection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
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Brick Store Pub
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl burstingmore...
Fried food at bars is a given, but vegetables? That’s the BRICK STORE PUB for ya. Its food menu offers both expected pub fare like brats, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and hearty, comforting dishes like pierogi primavera covered in seasonal veggies, and the volcano, a bread bowl bursting with Brunswick stew. You’ll need the sustenance to look over a beer selection so large that it’s housed in a binder. Forget about Buds or Millers — the downstairs bar stocks 17 international, regional and local drafts, plus more than 60 bottled varieties, including English ales, pale ales and German hefeweizens. There’s also a Belgian bar upstairs with eight rotating drafts and more than 100 options. On the rare occasion your table may agree on a single beer, the reserve list offers a few 5-liter personal kegs. What a centerpiece. less...

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo


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