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2009 Index of Winners

Best strip club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Pink Pony
1837 Corporate Blvd., 404-634-6396
4730 Frontage Road, Forest Park, 404-361-5484
www.showbars.com

Best stripper BOA Award Winner

Blondie at Clermont Lounge

Runner-up
Vagina Jenkins
www.myspace.com/vagina_jenkins

Filthy Pick: Best local band that’ll scare your pants off BOA Award Winner

Hawks
There comes a time during every HAWKS show where you start to fear for your own safety. Maybe it’s in watching singer Mike Keenan strip naked and do the zombie walk through the crowd, kissing and singing to whomever he can get his hands on. Or maybe it’s seeing him stuff the microphonemore...
There comes a time during every HAWKS show where you start to fear for your own safety. Maybe it’s in watching singer Mike Keenan strip naked and do the zombie walk through the crowd, kissing and singing to whomever he can get his hands on. Or maybe it’s seeing him stuff the microphone down some unsuspecting audience member’s pants and then finish the song with his face buried in their crotch. You'll likely want to move to the safety of the bar and order a drink, but the cacophonous punk/metal melee unfolding on and off stage is just too awesome to miss. www.myspace.com/hawksisaband. less...

Best annual event BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

www.dogwood.org


Runner-up
Atlanta Pride Festival
atlantapride.org

Best building BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
The Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. N.E., 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org

Best diverse school BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Paideia
1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-377-3491, www.paideiaschool.org

Best free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Screen on the Green
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 404-875-7275, www.tcm.com

Best intown park BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Grant Park
451 Cherokee Ave. S.E., 404-523-8900, grantpark.org

Best local celebrity BOA Award Winner

Jane Fonda

Runner-up
Elton John

Best local sports radio show host BOA Award Winner

Steak Shapiro, "Mayhem in the A.M.," WQXI-AM (790)

Runner-up
Buck Belue

Best neighborhood festival BOA Award Winner

Inman Park Festival

www.inmanparkfestival.org


Runner-up
Virginia-Highland Summerfest
www.vahi.org

Best neighborhood for yard sales BOA Award Winner

Virginia-Highland

Runner-up
Candler Park


Best neighborhood to get a house for a steal BOA Award Winner

East Atlanta

Runner-up
Kirkwood

Best person you love to hate BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Runner-up
Cynthia McKinney

Best playground BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
John Howell Park
869 Virginia Ave. N.E., 404-817-6744, www.atlanta-midtown.com

Best radio DJ BOA Award Winner

Mara Davis, Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)

Runner-up
Bert Weiss on Q100 (99.7 WWWQ-FM)
780 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., 404-741-7100, www.q100atlanta.com

Best $500 spa day BOA Award Winner

Yeah, that’s a lot of money — especially in these bank-account-depleted days. But at BLISS SPA, $500 goes really, really far. The venerable skincare line and beauty outpost, which originated in SoHo and now operates 16 locations worldwide, has two locations in Atlanta (only New Yorkmore...
Yeah, that’s a lot of money — especially in these bank-account-depleted days. But at BLISS SPA, $500 goes really, really far. The venerable skincare line and beauty outpost, which originated in SoHo and now operates 16 locations worldwide, has two locations in Atlanta (only New York has more). But expansion has hardly left Bliss with stretch marks. In fact, the spa’s signature treatments have never been more fashionable. Start with the triple-oxygen facial to get that youthful glow, follow up with the “fatgirlslim treatment” to improve body tone, continue with the “blissage” massage to melt away anxiety, and finish with a hot cream manicure. Hey, it’s cheaper than plastic surgery! W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th St.; W Atlanta downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 877-862-5477. www.blissworld.com. less...

Best adult toy store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Starship Elations
2275 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-320-9101, www.shopstarship.com

Best art supplies BOA Award Winner

Runner-up Utrecht Art Supply 878 Peachtree St., 404-347-9119, www.utrechtart.com

Best bank BOA Award Winner

Wachovia

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Bank of America
1615 N. Decatur Road, 404-329-4839, www.bankofamerica.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Bentley rental BOA Award Winner

Wedding Trans
Sure, there are plenty of limousine services in Atlanta offering stretch Lincolns and Cadillacs with uniformed drivers, moon roofs and wet bars. But what if you’re looking for something a little classier, something more evocative of Sean Connery than a debauched bachelor party? Enter WEDDINGmore...
Sure, there are plenty of limousine services in Atlanta offering stretch Lincolns and Cadillacs with uniformed drivers, moon roofs and wet bars. But what if you’re looking for something a little classier, something more evocative of Sean Connery than a debauched bachelor party? Enter WEDDING TRANS. The name, of course, is a bit misleading. You don't have to be tying the knot to ride in one of the company's sweet rides: two vintage Bentleys — one white and one silver — and two white Rolls Royces — a ’64 Cloud III and a ’75 Silvershadow. No matter what the occasion, these are cars that would make James Bond proud. 2702 Old Coach Road. 404-992-4881. weddingtrans.com/pages/home.php. less...

Best camera shop BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Showcase Camera and Video
2323 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7676, www.showcaseinc.com

Best car wash BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Two Minit Car Wash
1836 Piedmont Road, 404-874-8128

Best CDs BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Best Buy
1210 Caroline St., 404-827-0137, www.bestbuy.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best comic bookstore BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Oxford Comics and Games
2855 Piedmont Road, 404-233-8682

Best designer bridal gowns you can afford BOA Award Winner

Le Dress Boutique
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (ormore...
If you’ve got anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to drop on a wedding dress, those dollars will go far at LE DRESS BOUTIQUE. Carrying once and never-worn gowns, it’s not unusual to find such jaw-dropping designers as Melissa Sweet, Vera Wang, Rivini and Monique Lhuillier at one-third (or less!) of the original price. Le Dress’ ever-rotating inventory is kept up-to-date online, too, meaning you have a good chance of finding the perfect dress for your big day — without having to claw someone’s eyes out. 3255 Peachtree Road, Suite 6. 404-842-1955. www.ledressboutique.com. less...

Best hair salon BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations


Runner-up
Salon Red
119 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-3164, salonred.com

Best Latino food market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Mercado del Pueblo
3317 Buford Highway, #410, 404-633-1188

Best limo service BOA Award Winner

Cooper Atlanta

Runner-up
Casey Executive

Best musical instruments BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Guitar Center
1485 Northeast Expressway, 404-320-7253, www.guitarcenteratlanta.com

Best pawnshop BOA Award Winner

It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and powermore...
It’s ironic that, at a time when pawnshops have become more popular with the cash-strapped masses, the merchandise they typically carry is less interesting than ever. Not so at JASON'S PAWN SHOP near Emory, where they seem to favor weird and unique items over the usual PlayStations and power drills. It’s a small space, but there’s usually a mix of esoteric stereo equipment, vintage knives, guitar amps, unusual electronic devices and outright antiques. 2104 N. Decatur Road. 404-636-1731. less...

Best pawnshop: Tie BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place for collectors-edition vinyl BOA Award Winner

After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items.more...
After years of supplying CDs to hipsters, CRIMINAL RECORDS has lived up to its name and become a full-fledged record store. In addition to vintage vinyl and brand-new LPs of the latest albums, Criminal makes it a priority to stock ample supplies of paycheck-siphoning box sets and limited-edition items. Buy the best of Radiohead box set and you’ll find that meeting people is easy. Need a compilation of Norwegian death metal? It can be yours, Lars. Can you afford not to own the deluxe nine-LP Mastodon set on 180-gram vinyl? And you know where to find the Stone Roses 20th anniversary LP/CD/DVD box set. Going anywhere else could be considered criminal. 1154-A Euclid Ave. 404-215-9511.www.criminalatl.com. less...

Best place to make yourself look rich for cheap BOA Award Winner

T.J. Maxx
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’tmore...
Known for carrying high-end brands at low-end prices, T.J. MAXX should be on every bargain-hunting fashionista’s hit list. The designer-label section is stocked with A-list brands including Miu Miu and Prada, and the markdown on those items is significant. Though you probably won’t be walking out of the store with a Vivienne Tam dress for less than $100, it’s still a steal at $160 — $440 cheaper than retail. What you will find on the super-cheap are $80 Joe’s jeans — that’s half price! — and $60 Coach sandals — a $100 discount! As with all bargain shopping, T.J. Maxx can be hit or miss. But when it’s a hit, it’s a really, really big hit. 1 Buckhead Loop, 404-467-9772; and other metro Atlanta locations. www.tjmaxx.com. less...

Best repair shop to get you back on two wheels BOA Award Winner

Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear crazemore...
Don’t know the difference between a derailleur and a crankset? That’s fine, because NO BRAKES will set you up with a bike that doesn’t have either. Now in its third year and freshly relocated to Grant Park, this stripped-down shop is ground zero for the current fixed-gear craze sweeping intown Atlanta. They’ll work on any kind of bike, but they specialize in lightweight track bikes with a single speed and, as the name suggests, no brakes. You can also have your ride built from the ground up by choosing from a selection of frames, handlebars, wheels and seats made of English leather and brass. Or you can buy a velodrome-ready racing bike. Or you can simply opt to get your old three-speed fixed up to run errands. No judgment here. 586 Woodward Ave. 404-589-9539. <a href=http"www.nobrakesatl.com">www.nobrakesatl.com. less...

Best specialty market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Trader Joe's
931 Monroe Drive, 404-815-9210, www.traderjoes.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Sports Authority
2963 Cobb Parkway, #A, 770-955-6662, www.sportsauthority.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Gina Provenzano
www.ginaprovenzano.com

Best brunch and Best burger BOA Award Winner

Every night at 10, HOLEMAN AND & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE begins serving the famous Holeman burger. Only 25 are made each day, and if you get there past, oh say, 10:02, you’re likely to have missed out. People go nuts for this burger, and for good reason – it hints at all the childhood comfortmore...
Every night at 10, HOLEMAN AND & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE begins serving the famous Holeman burger. Only 25 are made each day, and if you get there past, oh say, 10:02, you’re likely to have missed out. People go nuts for this burger, and for good reason – it hints at all the childhood comfort of a regular fast-food burger, but it’s made with the best ingredients, combining the two powerful forces of nostalgia and good taste. Even if you’re no night owl, there’s hope for you to get your hands on one of these beauties – the restaurant serves it in almost unlimited quantities at Sunday brunch, and you can even get one to go from the host. But the burger isn’t the only reason to visit for brunch – other Sunday fare is just as good, including the city’s best (moist, hulking, flavorful) pancakes. 2277 Peachtree Road. 404-948-1175. www.holeman-finch.com. less...

Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Leon's Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best French BOA Award Winner

Atmosphere

Runner-up
Cafe Alsace
121 Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-5622, www.cafealsace.net

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

In the year since opening, MORELLI’S GOURMET ICE CREAM & DESSERTS has gained national attention, being listed in Bon Appetite as one of the top 10 ice cream stores in the country. And for good reason – the constantly rotating list of ice creams, sorbets and now gelatos are as creativemore...
In the year since opening, MORELLI’S GOURMET ICE CREAM & DESSERTS has gained national attention, being listed in Bon Appetite as one of the top 10 ice cream stores in the country. And for good reason – the constantly rotating list of ice creams, sorbets and now gelatos are as creative as they are delicious. Standard flavors, such as strawberry and chocolate, are fantastic, but look out for the wackier concoctions that come and go. Recent winners have been the chocolate and Guinness ice cream and the peach champagne gelato. 749 Moreland Ave. 404-622-0210.www.morellisicecream.com. less...

Best Mexican BOA Award Winner

La Oaxaquena Taqueria
Dining at LA OAXAQUENA TAQUERIA used to sometimes be difficult because of the limited seating. But the restaurant has moved to an expansive new location where there’s plenty of seating and parking. The salsa and condiment bar is full of the same pristine choices. The sopes have the requisitemore...
Dining at LA OAXAQUENA TAQUERIA used to sometimes be difficult because of the limited seating. But the restaurant has moved to an expansive new location where there’s plenty of seating and parking. The salsa and condiment bar is full of the same pristine choices. The sopes have the requisite qualities of greatness — a crispy crust, soft masa center and fresh toppings. And there are tacos galore. But the restaurant's famous tlayudas — a specialty of Oaxaca resembling a large pizza made with a crunchy tortilla base and topped with chewy strings of Oaxacan cheese — are impossible to pass up. 605 Mt. Zion Road, Jonesboro. 770-960-3010. less...

Best overall restaurant: Tie BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Wahoo! Grill
1042 W. College Ave., Decatur, 404-373-3331, www.wahoogrilldecatur.com

Best pizza BOA Award Winner

Pizza is one of the most convenient comfort foods. And like most comfort foods, people's pie loyalties are extremely personal. Consistency, however, is a common expectation. Over the past few years, PIZZERIA FORTUNATO has proven itself as a reliable and excellent New York-style pizza joint. The classicmore...
Pizza is one of the most convenient comfort foods. And like most comfort foods, people's pie loyalties are extremely personal. Consistency, however, is a common expectation. Over the past few years, PIZZERIA FORTUNATO has proven itself as a reliable and excellent New York-style pizza joint. The classic Neapolitan pizza never disappoints. They are massive, which means each person gets that trademark length and girth of a NYC street slice. The crust has the ideal balance of saltiness, sweetness, crunch and tug. The concentrated acid of tomato in the sauce and strings of chewy mozzarella cheese complete the harmony of pizza perfection. And Fortunato's passes the day-after test with flying colors — chilled or room temperature. 5350 United Drive, Smyrna. 770-432-7454. www.pizzeriafortunato.com. less...

Best Pizza BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Fellini's Pizza
909 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-873-3088, www.fellinisatlanta.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best restaurant design BOA Award Winner

Livingston
The massive redo of the Georgian Terrace hotel gave Atlanta a chic place to stay in the heart of Midtown, but it also gave us one of the most stunningly beautiful new restaurants to come along in years. Design company the Puccini Group gave LIVINGSTON all the old-world glamour of the original space andmore...
The massive redo of the Georgian Terrace hotel gave Atlanta a chic place to stay in the heart of Midtown, but it also gave us one of the most stunningly beautiful new restaurants to come along in years. Design company the Puccini Group gave LIVINGSTON all the old-world glamour of the original space and updated it just enough to make a vintage-modern masterpiece of a dining room. High ceilings, columns, and wrought iron flank the main dining room with its comfortable, modern leather chairs. The stunning bar area is all marble and swanky velvet banquettes. And the patio, facing the Fox Theatre and decked out with fat wicker club chairs and canvas umbrellas, is the height of sophistication. 659 Peachtree St. 404-897-5000. www.livingstonatlanta.com. less...

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