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Oral Pleasures

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 Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery & Market

Best Seafood BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

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Mistrial Mimosa at Shaun's

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 Steaks BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

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Taqueria Del Sol
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Nan Thai Fine Dining

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Cafe Sunflower Sandy Springs

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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R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

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Nam

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 List BOA Award Winner

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Ecco Midtown

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 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

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

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Brunch BOA Award Winner

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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.
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Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

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Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

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Hanil Kwan Authentic Korean BBQ
Korean food - especially barbecue - has become one of our city's most prevalent cuisines, but where do you go when the choices are so copious? HANIL KWAN leads the pack with its bright and spotless digs, friendly English-speaking servers, well-marinated meats and the preferred use of glowing charcoalmore...
Korean food - especially barbecue - has become one of our city's most prevalent cuisines, but where do you go when the choices are so copious? HANIL KWAN leads the pack with its bright and spotless digs, friendly English-speaking servers, well-marinated meats and the preferred use of glowing charcoal instead of gas cooking. Another thing that sets the restaurant apart is its large menu of other Korean specialties such as a sizzling dolsot bibimbap (a bowl of rice topped with vegetables, tofu, meat, spicy chili paste and an egg) served in a large, shallow stone pot. less...

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

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Hae Woon Dae BBQ

Best Locally Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

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5 Seasons Brewing Company - North
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into amore...
Glenn Sprouse's love of beer came from his childhood visits to Germany. After he became an engineer, he began to brew his own beer in an effort to replicate what he'd drank there as a kid. Now the brewmaster at 5 SEASONS BREWING in Sandy Springs, Sprouse has parlayed his love for European beer into a career. Behind the bar is an open window that looks onto several of the huge copper vats where Sprouse works his magic. Our favorites are the 7 Sisters Munchner, which is bittersweet and packs a punch of flavor, and the Big O, an organic ale that's rich and robust with a lightly sweet flavor that comes from caramel malt. less...

Best Locally Brewed Beer BOA Award Winner

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SweetWater Brewing Company

Best-Looking Waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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The Tavern At Phipps

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

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La Oaxaquena Taqueria

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

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Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

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Rumi's Kitchen Sandy Springs
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparentmore...
Not all cities can boast about their fantastic Persian cuisine, but Atlanta is lucky enough to be home to RUMI'S KITCHEN, where the food of Iran is not only exotic, it's delicious. Grilled meats and hearty stews sing with vibrant spices. The sweet-and-sour flavor of pomegranate is wonderfully apparent in Rumi's version of dolmeh – ground beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves. Don't miss the kashk badenjoon appetizer, a rich and addictive blend of eggplant and onion topped with cream of whey, fried onion and mint. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

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Mediterranean Grill

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Home Restaurant and Bar

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Editor's note: Richard Blais was chef at Home Restaurant and Bar at the time of voting. He has since left the restaurant.

Best Overall Restaurant BOA Award Winner

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Rathbun's

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

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Shaun's
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu whilemore...
There's an Old World charm to the courtyard at SHAUN'S. Snugly enclosed by aged brick walls and climbing vines, the 50-seat patio is a fitting backdrop for chef Shaun Doty's classy, Southern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine. It's also a great place to delve into the restaurant's clever cocktail menu while whittling away a lazy Sunday afternoon (or hazy weekend night). The vibe is more relaxed than in the restaurant proper, evoking a slow, European pace more common to the piazzas of Rome. Patrons trend toward the young and hip, and the menu toward the chic but unfussy – the chicken-liver fettuccine and the sockeye salmon with Anson Mills grits are both standouts. The patio experience is complete when punctuated on the half hour by the clanging church bell at the 19th-century sanctuary next door, just like in the old country. less...

Best Patio Dining BOA Award Winner

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Wahoo! Grill

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

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Siracusa's New York Pizzeria
Driving to Smyrna for a slice of New York pie may seem mad given the outrageous gas prices, but PIZZERIA FORTUNATO is worth the trek. There are plenty of pizzas to choose from, but the Neapolitan cheese is the best of the bunch because of a stellar crust that's never soggy and always flavorful, a perfectlymore...
Driving to Smyrna for a slice of New York pie may seem mad given the outrageous gas prices, but PIZZERIA FORTUNATO is worth the trek. There are plenty of pizzas to choose from, but the Neapolitan cheese is the best of the bunch because of a stellar crust that's never soggy and always flavorful, a perfectly balanced tomato sauce that tastes fresh, and a good amount of quality mozzarella. The pizza earns extra marks for being as good on the reheat as it is fresh out the oven. less...

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

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Fellini's Pizza (7 ATL Locations)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Restaurant For A First Date BOA Award Winner

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Spoon EastSide Restaurant

Best Restaurant For a First Date BOA Award Winner

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Real Chow Baby

Best Restaurant For Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

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Top Flr
Late night is all about attitude, and the best attitude in town can be found at TOP FLR, where the clientele is cool and the staff is even cooler. The friendly, quirky folks who run the place are joined by a friendly, quirky menu perfect for late-night nibbling. We especially love the light and silkymore...
Late night is all about attitude, and the best attitude in town can be found at TOP FLR, where the clientele is cool and the staff is even cooler. The friendly, quirky folks who run the place are joined by a friendly, quirky menu perfect for late-night nibbling. We especially love the light and silky fried tofu with tangy pomegranate sauce, and the salad with goat cheese and lavender dressing remains one of the best examples of bunny food in the city. But the late hours and laid-back hipster vibe are what make this such a cool spot – people eat, they drink, they make out, they laugh and eat some more. There's a grown-up liveliness that simply can't be found anywhere else at this hour. less...

Best Restaurant for Late-Night Dining BOA Award Winner

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Majestic Diner

Best Restaurant To Bring The Kids BOA Award Winner

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OK Cafe

Best Restaurant to Bring the Kids BOA Award Winner

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Osteria 832 Pasta & Pizza

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

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Watershed on Peachtree

Best Restaurant to Take Visitors BOA Award Winner

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TWO urban licks

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

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Farm-to-table cooking
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinningmore...
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinning of what they do, and it's likely you'll see more and more of this in the coming months. What does it mean for you, the diner? Better, fresher food; less of your money leaving the state and going toward fuel costs; and a stronger food community. less...

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying BOA Award Winner

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Bacchanalia

Best Restaurant Worth The Long Trip BOA Award Winner

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Five and Ten

Best Restaurant Worth the Long Trip BOA Award Winner

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Five and Ten

Best Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

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The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at PARISH
We've been waiting a long time for a truly fantastic po' boy in this town, and now PARISH FOOD AND GOODS has finally given us one – actually, it's provided three. Served on crackly fresh-baked French bread, the sandwich comes with a choice of shrimp, sweet sausage or our favorite, fried oysters.more...
We've been waiting a long time for a truly fantastic po' boy in this town, and now PARISH FOOD AND GOODS has finally given us one – actually, it's provided three. Served on crackly fresh-baked French bread, the sandwich comes with a choice of shrimp, sweet sausage or our favorite, fried oysters. The downstairs market also makes a mean BLT, with locally raised pork belly flanked by fresh red and fried green tomatoes. If you're in serious carnivore mode, the muffuletta with salami, mortadella, ham and provolone should fit the bill. less...

Best Sandwiches BOA Award Winner

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Alon's Bakery & Market

Best Seafood BOA Award Winner

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Six Feet Under - Grant Park

Best Signature Cocktail BOA Award Winner

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Mistrial Mimosa at Shaun's

Best Soul Food BOA Award Winner

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Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Best Soul Food and Best Fried Chicken BOA Award Winner

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Busy Bee Cafe

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

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Restaurant Eugene
New Southern cooking is a trend we applaud, and this year has certainly seen a rise in the number of chefs and restaurants embracing regional cooking. But chef Linton Hopkins of RESTAURANT EUGENE was one of the first, and nowhere can you see the marvelous results better than in his $29.50 three-coursemore...
New Southern cooking is a trend we applaud, and this year has certainly seen a rise in the number of chefs and restaurants embracing regional cooking. But chef Linton Hopkins of RESTAURANT EUGENE was one of the first, and nowhere can you see the marvelous results better than in his $29.50 three-course Sunday suppers. Elegant comfort food, such as Creole fried chicken livers, fried chicken or bacon-wrapped Georgia trout, make you proud to live in the South, in a city that's taken local cooking to such fantastic heights. less...

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 Spanish BOA Award Winner

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Cuerno
Finally, Atlanta has a Spanish restaurant that takes the food way beyond the tapas trend. CUERNO opened this year with rich and filling paellas, entrees that manage to nod both to the modern and the traditional cooking of Spain, and wonderful drinks (the white sangria is a must). Try anything from themore...
Finally, Atlanta has a Spanish restaurant that takes the food way beyond the tapas trend. CUERNO opened this year with rich and filling paellas, entrees that manage to nod both to the modern and the traditional cooking of Spain, and wonderful drinks (the white sangria is a must). Try anything from the plancha grill and be rewarded with the intense flavors of garlic, olive oil and fresh seafood cooked perfectly. less...

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

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Bones Restaurant
When it comes to steaks, sexy and sleek contemporary digs are all well and good, but there's something to be said about old-school steakhouses that have the marks of a boys' club. BONE'S RESTAURANT is that place: loads of wood, men downing a scotch at the bar after a long day of work, seasoned serversmore...
When it comes to steaks, sexy and sleek contemporary digs are all well and good, but there's something to be said about old-school steakhouses that have the marks of a boys' club. BONE'S RESTAURANT is that place: loads of wood, men downing a scotch at the bar after a long day of work, seasoned servers in dapper jackets – but the steaks here are the real draw. The experienced kitchen churns out thick cuts of prime beef that are expertly cooked and always juicy thanks to a proper resting period. Notable steaks, such as the bone-in dry-aged New York strip, are extremely flavorful and even better with a glass of wine from the stellar list. less...

Best Steaks BOA Award Winner

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Kevin Rathbun Steak

Best Sunday Brunch BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Taka Sushi Restaurant
Chef/owner Takao Moriuchi's Buckhead sushi bar, TAKA, is a favorite among sushi connoisseurs for its affordability, artistry and quality. He consistently sources pristine fish and manipulates it into thoughtful dishes with whimsical additions, such as red grapes in his sashimi salads. Taka also makesmore...
Chef/owner Takao Moriuchi's Buckhead sushi bar, TAKA, is a favorite among sushi connoisseurs for its affordability, artistry and quality. He consistently sources pristine fish and manipulates it into thoughtful dishes with whimsical additions, such as red grapes in his sashimi salads. Taka also makes home-style Japanese dishes such as the (off-the-menu) sticky natto salad, crunchy curry-laced homemade vegetable and potato croquettes, and a soothing chawanmushi (a steamed Japanese egg custard with creamy uni and bright green edamame at the center). less...

Best Sushi BOA Award Winner

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Ru San's
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

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El Rey Del Taco
There are three components that make a taco superb: the tortillas, the filling and the salsa. TAQUERIA EL REY DEL TACO gets them all right. Pat yourself on the back if you're lucky enough to catch one of the tortilla mavens making handmade tortillas that emanate the unmistakable smell of fresh masa.more...
There are three components that make a taco superb: the tortillas, the filling and the salsa. TAQUERIA EL REY DEL TACO gets them all right. Pat yourself on the back if you're lucky enough to catch one of the tortilla mavens making handmade tortillas that emanate the unmistakable smell of fresh masa. When it comes to tacos, the chivo (goat) and cabeza (beef cheeks) are standouts, and the salsas – although limited – are pure picante perfection. A chilled glass of horchata (a drink made with cinnamon, rice, milk and other ingredients) is a refreshing addition to your meal. less...

Best Tacos BOA Award Winner

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Taqueria Del Sol
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Tapas BOA Award Winner

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Pura Vida

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Tamarind Seed Thai Bistro
There are about a zillion Thai restaurants in town and most of them taste alike. One notable exception is TAMARIND SEED, owned by chef Nan Niyomkul and her husband, Charlie. (They also operate the glitzier Nan Thai Fine Dining.) What sets chef Nan's cooking apart isn't the dishes themselves. Most ofmore...
There are about a zillion Thai restaurants in town and most of them taste alike. One notable exception is TAMARIND SEED, owned by chef Nan Niyomkul and her husband, Charlie. (They also operate the glitzier Nan Thai Fine Dining.) What sets chef Nan's cooking apart isn't the dishes themselves. Most of them are classics, such as masaman and panang curries (the green curry is particularly delicious). It's the complexity of sauces and layers of unexpected flavor that distinguishes the food here. There's also an energetic staff and, if you're lucky, Nan might be in the kitchen. The woman is a classy beacon of good feelings, and the food is suffused with her personality. less...

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

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Nan Thai Fine Dining

Best Vegetarian BOA Award Winner

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Dynamic Dish
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation.more...
David Sweeny's DYNAMIC DISH would be one of our favorite restaurants even if it weren't healthy and meat-free. The Old Fourth Ward cafe has the look and feel of a modern European hangout, with clean lines and midcentury accents. But Sweeny's 100 percent organic, often vegan cooking is the real revelation. Outrageous intensity of flavor is the common theme, surfacing in soups such as ginger carrot with so much ginger it would cure a cold. Unexpected uses of ingredients (fig sandwich, anyone?) and an eye for design on the plate make this one of Atlanta's true treasures, for carnivores and veg-heads alike. less...

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