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2007 Index of Winners

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

Java Jive
790 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-6161 Open for more than 10 years now, JAVA JIVE is especially popular on weekends, when there's always a wait. The Midtown diner has a retro '50s feel with Formica tables and vinyl seating. The staff, like the coffee, is bracing but excellent. Gingerbread waffles with lemonmore...
790 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-876-6161 Open for more than 10 years now, JAVA JIVE is especially popular on weekends, when there's always a wait. The Midtown diner has a retro '50s feel with Formica tables and vinyl seating. The staff, like the coffee, is bracing but excellent. Gingerbread waffles with lemon curd have long been the favorite here, although pancakes are good, too. And the biscuits have no peer. Are you getting the drift? Aim for the heavy carbs. The egg dishes are decent, but the kitchen is at its best carbing you up. less...

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

Shaun's (Permanently Closed)
1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358 http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com It's been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN'S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun'smore...
1029 Edgewood Ave. 404-577-4358 http://www.shaunsrestaurant.com It's been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN'S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun's caters to a real need in Atlanta - upscale neighborhood dining. Brunch is especially impressive, with deliciously refined takes on brunch classics. Try the trout over grits along with a mistral mimosa. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Southern Cooking
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city's soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they've been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene's Sunday suppers pay homagemore...
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city's soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they've been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene's Sunday suppers pay homage to our regional tradition, and Quinones at Bacchanalia also features a Southern accent. All these restaurants endeavor to use local ingredients and, besides preparing traditional dishes, most also do creative riffs on the food of our mothers and fathers. less...

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae BBQ
5805 Buford Highway NE #5 770-458-6999 There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes - around the clock - in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or anymore...
5805 Buford Highway NE #5 770-458-6999 There are plenty of other Korean restaurants in Atlanta, including those that specialize in tofu and soups, but HAE WOON DAE still soars to the top. Hae Woon Dae specializes - around the clock - in meats grilled at your table. Soon after you order bulgogi or any other of the many meat dishes, an employee arrives with a bucket of thermonuclear-hot coals that he dumps in the grill in the middle of your table. Meanwhile, you're noshing on a vast array of complimentary pickled goodies and eyeballing the zillion athletic trophies decorating the restaurant. Sound surreal? Try it at 3 a.m. less...

Best Margarita BOA Award Winner

Element
1051 W. Peachtree Road 404-745-3001 The margarita at ELEMENT would be cool if it were only what it appears to be on first look a Slurpee for grown-ups. But the liquid-nitrogen frozen cocktail works as more than a novelty when you take into consideration that the low temp of the scientific technique usedmore...
1051 W. Peachtree Road 404-745-3001 The margarita at ELEMENT would be cool if it were only what it appears to be on first look a Slurpee for grown-ups. But the liquid-nitrogen frozen cocktail works as more than a novelty when you take into consideration that the low temp of the scientific technique used to make it means no ice is required. Your frozen treat is made up entirely of tequila and Element less...

Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road 404-240-7035 http://www.ritzcarlton.com The best place in the city for a fine upscale meal is THE DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD. From the flawless service to chef Arnaud Berthelier's inspired menu, which successfully blends luxury ingredients with modern technique, themore...
3434 Peachtree Road 404-240-7035 http://www.ritzcarlton.com The best place in the city for a fine upscale meal is THE DINING ROOM AT THE RITZ-CARLTON BUCKHEAD. From the flawless service to chef Arnaud Berthelier's inspired menu, which successfully blends luxury ingredients with modern technique, the restaurant has found a formula that makes for the meal of a lifetime. Apart from the world-class cooking, highlights include the best cheese cart in town and a fabulous wine list that is 600 bottles strong. There's only one restaurant in Atlanta that could compete head-to-head with the best establishments in New York and Paris, and this is it. less...

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

Fritti
311 N. Highland Ave. 404-880-9559 http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com Atlanta's palate has been elevated by many new (and primarily suburban) pizza practitioners who've opened up shop in recent years. But no pie in town has our hearts and mouths so completely infatuated as FRITTI, which has us comingmore...
311 N. Highland Ave. 404-880-9559 http://www.sottosottorestaurant.com Atlanta's palate has been elevated by many new (and primarily suburban) pizza practitioners who've opened up shop in recent years. But no pie in town has our hearts and mouths so completely infatuated as FRITTI, which has us coming back over and over for the classic and authentically Italian regina margherita pizza, the height of delicious simplicity with sauce, bufala mozzarella and a scattering of fresh basil. Pizza perfection. less...

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

Watershed on Peachtree
406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-4900 http://www.watershedrestaurant.com You've heard it countless times when visitors come to town "Where can I get a real taste of Atlanta?"

Best Sandwiches/Subs BOA Award Winner

Alon's
1394 N. Highland Ave. 404-872-6000 http://www.alons.com There are a lot of notable sandwiches in Atlanta, but during the last year one has outshined all othersthe bresaola panini with Parmesan and pepper sauce at ALON

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro (Permanently Closed)
1197 Peachtree St. 404-873-4888 http://www.tamarindseed.com It was a sad farewell for Atlanta diners when Tamarind closed late last year. But now that TAMARIND SEED has opened in Colony Square, all is right with the world once more. Chef Nan Niyomkul creates hauntingly multilayered flavors, producingmore...
1197 Peachtree St. 404-873-4888 http://www.tamarindseed.com It was a sad farewell for Atlanta diners when Tamarind closed late last year. But now that TAMARIND SEED has opened in Colony Square, all is right with the world once more. Chef Nan Niyomkul creates hauntingly multilayered flavors, producing complex and beautiful dishes. Don't miss the silky soups, spicy meat salads and exquisite curries. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Co'm Vietnamese Grill (Permanently Closed)
4005-F Buford Highway 404-320-0405 http://www.comgrill.com We're still wholly enamored with COM VIETNAMESE GRILL more than two years after it opened and set foodie hearts ablaze with grilled meats, bold herbs and a swanker atmosphere than you'll find at the pho houses that populate the rest of Bufordmore...
4005-F Buford Highway 404-320-0405 http://www.comgrill.com We're still wholly enamored with COM VIETNAMESE GRILL more than two years after it opened and set foodie hearts ablaze with grilled meats, bold herbs and a swanker atmosphere than you'll find at the pho houses that populate the rest of Buford Highway. It's still the best in town at marrying home-style dishes with high-quality ingredients and friendly service. When you're in the mood for spice, mint, basil, charred meat and vermicelli, this is the place to go. less...

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

Ecco
40 Seventh St. 404-347-9555 http://www.ecco-atlanta.com It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn't rely toomore...
40 Seventh St. 404-347-9555 http://www.ecco-atlanta.com It takes a lot of time and knowledge to assemble those phonebook-like wine lists, but what is just as difficult in its own way (and actually more useful for a lot of people) is a short, smart, affordable and accessible list that doesn't rely too heavily on dumbed-down easy sellers. That's why the list at ECCO is especially impressive, with wines helpfully organized into Old World and New World styles, and cool grapes and regions featured heavily. There's an assertive Italian presence, but California, France, Germany and Spain are all nicely represented. Prices range from reasonable to special-occasion (or just rich-guy) opulence. less...

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

Jake's Ice Cream and Muncheteria

Best business lunch BOA Award Winner

Trois

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

Fellini's Pizza

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Art Event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Under executive director Anne Dennington's tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitionsmore...
Under executive director Anne Dennington's tutelage (which will sadly end this year when she relocates with her husband) ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY has grown into one of the city's most anticipated events. Founded in 1999 by a group of photo historians and artists, the annual October series of exhibitions and lectures and an increasingly interesting public art component have made a case for photography's centrality on the Atlanta art scene. Each year the crowds grow, and the lecturers get better. This fall look for talks by 2004 Whitney Biennial vet Alec Soth, London-based Turner Prize nominee Sam Taylor-Wood and New York Times magazine deputy photo editor Kira Pollack. www.acpinfo.org less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Gallery BOA Award Winner

David Yoakley Mitchell at Whitespace
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family membersmore...
814 Edgewood Ave. 404-688-1892 http://www.whitespace814.com Owner Susan Bridges watched viewers choke up and experience surges of emotion at an especially memorable, quietly beautiful show by DAVID YOAKLEY MITCHELL AT WHITESPACE. The Georgia-based photographer offered images of elderly family members and speeding locomotives passing on the edge of small Southern towns. His most powerful images - which showed a rare tenderness and a clear eye for detail - were the tidy, personality-infused homes of a dying generation of Southerners. Mitchell's show had an emotional depth that could take your breath away. The peaceful privacy of the alternative gallery - located in a former carriage house tucked behind an Inman Park Victorian - made the event all the more moving. less...

Best Art Exhibit in a Museum BOA Award Winner

Morris Louis Now - An American Master Revisited
1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444 http://www.high.org The explosively hued MORRIS LOUIS NOW AN AMERICAN MASTER REVISITED was a memorable celebration of color and size at the High Museum. The retrospective was a welcome shout-out to old-school painting, featuring wall-sized

Best Drive-by Art BOA Award Winner

Dennis Oppenheim's Alternative Land Art
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationallymore...
1600 Peachtree St. 404-253-2700 http://www.scad.edu Since May, it's been easy to count yourself fortunate if you get stuck in traffic on Peachtree Street in front of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Atlanta motorists who are typically deprived of contemporary art could view the internationally known New York conceptualist and land artist DENNIS OPPENHEIM'S ALTERNATIVE LAND ART. The exhibition, a forest of "trash" less...

Best Emerging Visual Artist BOA Award Winner

Fahamu Pecou
Providing a welcome infusion of humor into the city's art scene, FAHAMU PECOU was one of the standout artists in this year's eclectic Talent Show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. With the humor of a comedian and the peacock attitude of a hip-hop star, Pecou produced a "60 Minutes"

Best Local Artist on the National Scene BOA Award Winner

Suellen Parker
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culturemore...
With her work regularly featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine, Decatur photographer SUELLEN PARKER has an innovative style that melds sculpture and computer-manipulated imagery. Parker's photographs of humanoid creatures offer eerie commentary on topics that range from our perverse culture of beauty to human loneliness. With disquieting content and technique to burn, she's one of the city's most visible - and most interesting - artists. www.suellenparker.com less...

Best Not-so-bargain Bargain Shoppin' BOA Award Winner

Luxe
The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress - a silk, strapless A-line mini - still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don't even get us started. It's hard being a broke girl with a rich girl's wants. But at LUXE, let the nightmares be gone. The well-appointed boutiquemore...
The coveted spring 2007 Stella McCartney dress - a silk, strapless A-line mini - still, months later, haunts our dreams. And those Sergio Rossi stilettos? Don't even get us started. It's hard being a broke girl with a rich girl's wants. But at LUXE, let the nightmares be gone. The well-appointed boutique recently has reopened its doors, this time on Marietta Street in of-the-moment West Midtown. Owner Jenn Ripley scours the land in search of recent seasons' hot designs and sells them for 50 percent to 70 percent off retail. The above-mentioned dress, at $649, might not be cheap - but compared with its original tag of $2,700, it's a steal. And so be it if we're a season off. We can rest easy knowing the fashion of our dreams really can come true. less...

Best OTP Bargain Couture BOA Award Winner

Fantastic Finds
Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs,more...
Despite its location in a drab strip shopping center off the beaten path in the suburban jumble of Sandy Springs, FANTASTIC FINDS delivers the goods, fashion-wise. The modestly appointed consignment shop is filled with pre-owned jackets, skirts and little black dresses from such hot labels as Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Bebe and Chloe, as well as samples and close-outs from top designers and high-end stores. On a good day, you might walk out with a Stella McCartney top or a Chanel bag, or find a gem on the $5 rack. Fantastic, yes? less...

Best Record Shop That Feels Like a Time Warp BOA Award Winner

Low Yo Yo Stuff
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn't set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deterioratingmore...
Former Athens music staple LOW YO YO STUFF, well-known for its tight quarters and unwieldy selection, relocated two blocks ITP in April 2006. The shop didn't set up camp in some hip intown neighborhood filled with artsy types and trendy bars. Instead, the Low Yo Yo dudes chose a tiny and deteriorating strip mall behind a towering office building off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The cave of a store finally has enough space for both people and LPs. Records galore fill table after table and range in price from $5 to $100 or more, depending on how serious you are. The real fun is sitting on the floor searching through the old vinyl, priced from $1 to $2, and gawking at garish '70s album covers. Be advised: The store is only open Fridays and Saturdays, from noon-6 p.m. less...

Best Place for Timeless Threads BOA Award Winner

Stefan's Vintage Clothing (Permanently Closed)
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN'S. From '50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuffmore...
You could haunt Goodwill like a ghost and never find vintage items as choice as those at STEFAN'S. From '50s bowling shirts and fur-trimmed swing coats to wool fedoras and over-the-top evening wear, this 30-year-old L5P shop stocks pristine items that look and wear like brand-new. It also carries cuff links, eyeglasses and even space-age curtains in a store that's meticulously organized despite being crammed with merchandise. The attention to detail extends to the elaborate window displays, which are among the most inventive and inviting in town. less...

Best Wine Selection at a Grocery Store BOA Award Winner

Ansley Mall Kroger
We would never have guessed that our hunt for a bottle of 1921 Chateau Caillou Sauternes would have led us to the ANSLEY MALL KROGER. But there it was, enclosed in glass, tucked into the store's temperature-controlled wine cellar with a price tag of $999. The selection of wine at the Ansley Mall storemore...
We would never have guessed that our hunt for a bottle of 1921 Chateau Caillou Sauternes would have led us to the ANSLEY MALL KROGER. But there it was, enclosed in glass, tucked into the store's temperature-controlled wine cellar with a price tag of $999. The selection of wine at the Ansley Mall store is vast; from rich ports to sweet dessert wines, the handpicked inventory spans the globe. Just as important, though, is the wine staff. On a recent visit, Steve, the French wine aficionado, gave an approving nod to the rose we chose for a light dinner of Mediterranean fare. He also pointed out that a standout was coming in the next week, which spurred a conversation about roses, which got us talking about the best wines for hot summer nights, which led to ... well, let's just say they know their stuff. less...

Best Adult Videos BOA Award Winner

Love Shack

Best Art Supplies BOA Award Winner

Sam Flax

Best Cigar Store BOA Award Winner

Highland Cigar Co.

Best Cooking Classes BOA Award Winner

Cook's Warehouse

Best Contemporary Furniture BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best Hip Men's Clothing Store BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Musical Instruments BOA Award Winner

Guitar Center

Best Shopping Mall/Center BOA Award Winner

Lenox Square

Best Thrift Store BOA Award Winner

Last Chance Thrift Store

Best Hip Women's Clothing Store (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Bill Hallman

Best Yoga Instructor BOA Award Winner

Jaya Devi Bhagavati (Kashi Atlanta)

 

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