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2009 Index of Winners

Best gun store BOA Award Winner

Adventure Outdoors

Runner-up
Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club
6190 Parkway North Drive, Cumming, 678-965-5504, www.bullseyemarksman.com

Best laundromat BOA Award Winner

The Laundry Lounge

Runner-up
Midtown Cleaners
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., #660-A, 404-733-6900

Best natural hair salon BOA Award Winner

Sweetgrass Salon and Wellness Spa

Runner-up
Oh My Nappy Hair
237 Mitchell St., 404-221-8900, www.ohmynappyhair.com


Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

Cash America Pawn

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Cash America Pawn
1202 Moreland Ave., 404-627-6464, www.cashamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best piercing parlor BOA Award Winner

Kolo Piercing and Body Arts

Runner-up
Piercing Experience
1654 McLendon Ave., 404-378-9100, www.piercing.org

Best Pilates instructor BOA Award Winner

Intown Pilates Atlanta

Runner-up
Emily Christianson
www.coreatl.com

Best place to get champagne out of your silk suit BOA Award Winner

Modern Specialty Dry Cleaning
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundrymore...
Let’s get one thing straight: MODERN SPECIALTY DRY CLEANING is not the place to take your everyday work shirts and barely soiled blouses. Your corner dry cleaner can handle that, for a more reasonable sum. Modern is where you turn when you need damage control — the Mr. Wolfe of laundry services. Red wine sloshed on a wedding gown? Yep. Bourbon splashed on an Armani jacket? Uh-huh. Caviar unceremoniously dumped on pale suede stilettos? Sure. Blood splattered on the white upholstery of your vintage ride? We won’t go there. 3833 Roswell Road. 404-261-1971. modernhandclean.com. less...

Best taxi cab service BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Lenox Taxi Co.

Runner-up
Checker Cab
563 Trabert Ave., 404-351-1111, www.atlantacheckercab.com

Best appetizers BOA Award Winner

Ecco Midtown

Runner-up
Eclipse di Luna
764 Miami Circle, 404-846-0449, www.eclipsediluna.com

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

Brick Store Pub

Runner-up
Taco Mac
1006 N. Highland Ave., 404-873-6529, www.taco-mac.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Tasty China
585 Franklin Road, Marietta, 770-419-9849


Best coffee BOA Award Winner

Aurora Coffee

Runner-up
Starbucks
240 Peachtree St., 404-589-4522, www.starbucks.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cookies BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market

Runner-up
Whole Foods
650 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-4853-1681, www.wholefoodsmarket.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cuban BOA Award Winner

Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
La Fonda Latina
2813 Peachtree Road, 404-816-8311, www.fellinisatlanta.com/lafonda.htm

Best French BOA Award Winner

Au Rendez-Vous Bistro
For all the upscale, high-falutin’ French places in town, our favorite is the decidedly homey AU RENDEZ VOUS, tucked into a residential neighborhood in Brookhaven. The cash-only, Vietnamese-owned restaurant serves exactly the kind of food you’d find in a real working-class French neighborhoodmore...
For all the upscale, high-falutin’ French places in town, our favorite is the decidedly homey AU RENDEZ VOUS, tucked into a residential neighborhood in Brookhaven. The cash-only, Vietnamese-owned restaurant serves exactly the kind of food you’d find in a real working-class French neighborhood – traditional recipes cooked with love. You won’t go wrong with any of the crepe appetizers, or rich, hearty meat entrees (try the rabbit cooked with red wine). The diminutive prices and feeling of eating in someone’s jumbled living room only add to the appeal. 1328 Windsor Parkway. 404-343-4983. less...

Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Candler Park

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
West Egg Cafe
1168 Howell Mill Road, 404-872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

Sotto Sotto Restaurant

Runner-up
Alfredo's Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-876-1380, alfredositalianrestaurant.com

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Nakato Japanese Restaurant

Runner-up
Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, rusans.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

Hae Woon Dae BBQ

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Honey Pig
3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth, 770-476-9292

Best maitre d' or general manager BOA Award Winner

New York Prime

Runner-up
Ryan Gallagher

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

Nuevo Laredo Cantina

Runner-up
Taqueria del Sol
359 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-7668; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.taqueriadelsol.com

Best restaurant design BOA Award Winner

TWO urban licks

Runner-up
Flip Burger Boutique
1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best restaurant to bring the kids: Tie BOA Award Winner

Fellini's Pizza
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Offal
Mmm, livers. Yuumm, tripe. Sweetbreads? Oh, yeah. More and more restaurants are jumping on the OFFAL bandwagon, and that’s just fine with us. While many upscale restaurants (as well as ethnic spots) have been serving organ meats for years, the past year has seen an explosion in whole-animalmore...
Mmm, livers. Yuumm, tripe. Sweetbreads? Oh, yeah. More and more restaurants are jumping on the OFFAL bandwagon, and that’s just fine with us. While many upscale restaurants (as well as ethnic spots) have been serving organ meats for years, the past year has seen an explosion in whole-animal cooking, most notably at Holeman & Finch Public House and at Abattoir, the new restaurant from Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. The good news is that the public seems to be gobbling it up with gusto, meaning this is a delicious trend that’s not going away anytime soon. Chicken hearts, anyone? Yes, please … . less...

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Soul Vegetarian Restaurant

Runner-up
Busy Bee Cafe
810 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 404-525-9212, www.thebusybeecafe.com

Best steaks BOA Award Winner

Bistro Laurent Tourondel
When chef Laurent Tourondel's Atlanta outpost of his successful New York restaurant opened, people were skeptical that any Frenchman could make a steak better than our local institutions. But BLT STEAK (short for Bistro Laurent Tourondel) does beef proud. The restaurant's blazing-hot oven broils eachmore...
When chef Laurent Tourondel's Atlanta outpost of his successful New York restaurant opened, people were skeptical that any Frenchman could make a steak better than our local institutions. But BLT STEAK (short for Bistro Laurent Tourondel) does beef proud. The restaurant's blazing-hot oven broils each steak — the New York strip is tops — until the surface is caramelized and crispy with char. Each steak is served in a sizzling cast iron pan, topped with a round of herbed butter and pierced with a whimsical plastic cow pick indicating its temperature. The long list of sides changes daily, but the gooey perfection of the potato gratin must be ordered when available. Chef Tourondel's signature complimentary Gruyere popovers arrive piping hot from the oven alongside soft butter and an oversized metal salt shaker. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. (inside the W Atlanta downtown). 404-577-7601. www.bltrestaurants.com. less...

Best Sunday brunch BOA Award Winner

Murphy's Restaurant

Runner-up
Flying Biscuit Cafe
1001 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-8887, www.flyingbiscuit.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Vietnamese BOA Award Winner

Co'm Vietnamese Grill

Runner-up
Nam
931 Monroe Drive, 404-541-9997, www.namrestaurant.com

Best Wine Bar BOA Award Winner

The Grape

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Krog Bar
112 Krog St., Suite 27, 404-524-1618, www.krogbar.com

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Ecco Midtown

Runner-up
Murphy's
997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, www.murphysvh.com

Best advocate for the arts BOA Award Winner

WonderRoot
Runner-up Jan Selman allga.org

Best art exhibit in a museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art
Runner-up Louvre Atlanta at the High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree St., 404-733-4444, www.high.org

Best improv group BOA Award Winner

Dad's Garage Theatre
Runner-up Whole World Theatre 1226 Spring St., 404-817-7529, www.wholeworldtheatre.com

Best local arts website BOA Award Winner

www.atlantaperforms.com Runner-up burnaway.org

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

It’s not exactly a surprise when DANIEL THOMAS MAY creates a powerful character or provides a memorable interpretation onstage. He won Creative...

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up Chris Kayser

Best local poet: Tie BOA Award Winner

www.kodacharrison.com. Runner-up Linda Taylor

Best orgiastic feast BOA Award Winner

Hammonds House Museum
The Atlanta art scene might not be the most hospitable place for an Afro-Cuban political dissident who just wants to preach revolution while getting his...

Best visual artist BOA Award Winner

Installation and conceptual artist DANIELLE RONEY was already making thoughtful art that put her in the league of nationally and internationally recognized...

Best designer shoes for a steal BOA Award Winner

Alexis' Suitcase - Sandy Springs
When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzlingmore...
When you’re a label-lover without the salary of a CEO, finding deals on designer kicks can be a challenge. To help with the dilemmas of your sole, check out ALEXIS’ SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE. Part boutique and part consignment shop, Alexis’ two locations offer dazzling deals on flats, pumps, boots, kitten heels and stilettos, including Prada, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors — at a minimum 25 percent markdown. After 50 days on the shelves, all items are knocked down to half price. But don’t wait too long. Competition can get fierce. 7878-G Roswell Road, 770-390-0010; 5805-I State Bridge Road, 770-813-1883. www.alexissuitcase.com. less...

Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

Barking Hound Village Buckhead

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Wag-A-Lot
840 Old Flat Shoals Road, 404-522-2230
225 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, 404-292-3377
www.wagalot.com

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Westside

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Kennesaw

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Buckhead

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Westside

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

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