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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 Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

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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.


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Best Veggie Burgers BOA Award Winner

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The Vortex - Little Five Points

Best Veggie Meal at a Nonvegetarian Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Watershed on Peachtree

Best Veggie Meal at a Nonvegetarian Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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JCT Kitchen
Vegetables are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the new Southern cuisine served at chef Ford Fry's JCT KITCHEN & BAR. Fried chicken? Yes. Shrimp and grits? Absolutely. But the vegetable plate is one of our favorites. The kitchen serves up a generous plate of expertly cooked Georgiamore...
Vegetables are not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the new Southern cuisine served at chef Ford Fry's JCT KITCHEN & BAR. Fried chicken? Yes. Shrimp and grits? Absolutely. But the vegetable plate is one of our favorites. The kitchen serves up a generous plate of expertly cooked Georgia farm-stand vegetables atop pillowy-soft potato dumplings in a delicate, buttery sauce. A perfect meal when paired with a chilled glass of white wine. less...

Best Veggie Meal at a Nonvegetarian Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Pho Dai Loi #2
There's little more satisfying than a big bowl of pho, and PHO DAI LOI RESTAURANT makes the best. The broth is clear with no sediment or heavy anise flavor, and the noodles never stick together. Other items such as the spring rolls and the bun (a large bowl of cold rice noodles topped with meat and/ormore...
There's little more satisfying than a big bowl of pho, and PHO DAI LOI RESTAURANT makes the best. The broth is clear with no sediment or heavy anise flavor, and the noodles never stick together. Other items such as the spring rolls and the bun (a large bowl of cold rice noodles topped with meat and/or seafood, herbs, lettuce and nuoc cham sauce) are consistently delicious alternatives. Fresh lemonade fizzy with soda water, traditional Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk, and fun bubble tea drinks filled with tapioca pearls are a welcome departure from that tired old glass of Coca-Cola. less...

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Nam

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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The National
OK, we know THE NATIONAL is in Athens, and this is Best of Atlanta, but we love the waitstaff there so much we're asking that you bear with us. Led by Chris Luken, the National's servers manage to hit that perfect note of friendly service with formal underpinnings – timing, knowledge and hospitalitymore...
OK, we know THE NATIONAL is in Athens, and this is Best of Atlanta, but we love the waitstaff there so much we're asking that you bear with us. Led by Chris Luken, the National's servers manage to hit that perfect note of friendly service with formal underpinnings – timing, knowledge and hospitality are all as good as it gets. To prove the point that personality is a major factor in good service, waiters wear street clothes instead of uniforms, reminding us that behind every great dining experience is a real person, not a drone we can order around. less...

Best Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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Brick Store Pub

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

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Krog Bar

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

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Krog Bar

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

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Joel
Chef Joel Antunes may have left his namesake restaurant for the challenges of New York City, but the wine list at JOEL hasn't suffered in the least. The 30-plus-page list overseen by sommelier Perrine Prieur covers all the bases, but what we love about it are the nooks and crannies where lesser-knownmore...
Chef Joel Antunes may have left his namesake restaurant for the challenges of New York City, but the wine list at JOEL hasn't suffered in the least. The 30-plus-page list overseen by sommelier Perrine Prieur covers all the bases, but what we love about it are the nooks and crannies where lesser-known gems can be found. French varietals are exhaustive enough to cover many of the great Burgundies and Bordeaux, but what wine geek could fail to love a list with room for three savennieres? A fantastic selection of dessert wines, magnums and half bottles pops our cork as well. less...

Best Wine List BOA Award Winner

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Ecco Midtown

DARK HORSE: Best Restaurant of the Year BOA Award Winner

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Holeman and Finch
This is the first year we've named a Restaurant of the Year. HOLEMAN AND FINCH prompted us to add the category. The Buckhead gastropub represents a new way of dining, where passion and fun collide, where the old-fashioned mode of dining (appetizer, entree, dessert) is obsolete, where bartenders and chefsmore...
This is the first year we've named a Restaurant of the Year. HOLEMAN AND FINCH prompted us to add the category. The Buckhead gastropub represents a new way of dining, where passion and fun collide, where the old-fashioned mode of dining (appetizer, entree, dessert) is obsolete, where bartenders and chefs make the rules, and the customers gleefully follow along. And because it was such an obvious choice for so many of our Best of Atlanta picks, we decided to roll Holeman and Finch into this umbrella award. We'd certainly have picked it for Best New Restaurant. It also takes the award for Best Burger – the off-menu burger served after 10 p.m. is a masterful example of how to do an American classic right – no gourmet bells and whistles, just sloppy deliciousness. And Greg Best absolutely deserves the award for Best Mixologist, bringing his chemistry-geek mind to the task of getting us liquored up, with winning results. Holeman and Finch represents what's great about dining in Atlanta in 2008. less...

FAVORITE SON: Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia
The flagship restaurant of Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison still delivers like nowhere else in town. BACCHANALIA serves pristine ingredients, many of them from Quatrano's and Harrison's own farm, cooked with a precision that's breathtaking. Vegetables are coaxed to a platonic ideal of texture andmore...
The flagship restaurant of Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison still delivers like nowhere else in town. BACCHANALIA serves pristine ingredients, many of them from Quatrano's and Harrison's own farm, cooked with a precision that's breathtaking. Vegetables are coaxed to a platonic ideal of texture and flavor. Meats and fish are coddled and fussed over. A crab cake in citrus broth is so light and fluffy it almost floats off the plate, but is grounded by the high, pure notes of orange and lime. Service is crisp, confident and totally flawless. All of this comes together in one of the most understatedly elegant rooms in the city – who knew there was such a thing as industrial opulence? Bacchanalia is the shining star in the night sky of Atlanta's dining scene. 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 and Market - Dunwoody

Best Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody

Best Soul Food and Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

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Busy Bee Cafe

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown

Best Desserts BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Intermezzo

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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

Best Breakfast BOA Award Winner

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

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2008 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Sandy Springs
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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

Best Coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

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Octane Coffee
1009 Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com. With the proliferation of so many franchise coffeehouses in the city, Tony Riffel and his staff at OCTANE still do things the old-fashioned way - hand-made coffee drinks, house-made syrups, knowledgeable staff and a welcoming atmosphere. In additionmore...
1009 Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com. With the proliferation of so many franchise coffeehouses in the city, Tony Riffel and his staff at OCTANE still do things the old-fashioned way - hand-made coffee drinks, house-made syrups, knowledgeable staff and a welcoming atmosphere. In addition to the fabulous coffee, Octane offers fresh baked items at breakfast and sandwiches and salads for lunch. The unique selection of beers and wine also makes this a great spot for meeting with friends late night. And Riffel's continued support of local artists with in-house art openings and the display of local artists' work on the walls is just another way he has embraced this community. It's what the Westside is all about. less...

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