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2009 Index of Winners

Best posterchild for grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Kyle Keyser
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’tmore...
On Dec. 17, 2008, L5P resident KYLE KEYSER was lying face down in a North Avenue Pizza Hut parking lot, a gun aimed at his head. While picking up takeout as a favor for a friend, he found himself the victim of a mugging. Thanks to chance, the video producer’s life was spared. But Keyser didn’t sit on his hands, and after the January 2009 murder of bartender John Henderson, he and a few friends launched Atlantans Together Against Crime, a nonprofit citizens’ group that quickly attracted more than 6,700 members on Facebook and became the loudest voice to raise awareness about the city’s public safety problem. On Sept. 2, he announced his candidacy for Atlanta mayor. Whether brandishing a bullhorn at monthly rallies around the city or posing questions to the Atlanta Police Department’s top brass at press conferences, Keyser’s been the voice that the city too busy to act sorely needed. <a href="http://"www.atlantanstogether.org">www.atlantanstogether.org, www.kyle.tv. less...

Best pretentious place in metro Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Serenbe
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But atmore...
Eco-conscious baby products. Free-range fried chicken with locally grown, organic veggies. Rows of pristine townhomes built to EarthCraft specifications. Environmentally sustainable sewers. For some, a visit to SERENBE could be a PC nightmare, with no convenience store or burger joint in sight. But at its best, Serenbe is a meticulously planned, beautifully realized vision of a small-town community within an idyllic rural setting. Most small towns, however, can’t boast two regional destination restaurants; a well-appointed country inn; a thriving organic farm; miles of peaceful walking trails; a collection of upscale boutiques and galleries; and a nonprofit cultural institute that sponsors artists in residence, lectures, monthly film screenings and performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. That Serenbe is basically in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes from downtown, only adds to its showy allure. www.serenbe.com. less...

Best rock radio station BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Dave FM 92.9 (WZGC-FM)
1201 Peachtree St., Suite 800, 404-741-0929, www.929dave.fm

Best suburb BOA Award Winner

Decatur

Runner-up
Dunwoody

Best underrated local athlete BOA Award Winner

Ilya Kovalchuk
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime.more...
Since being drafted first overall in 2001, hockey player ILYA KOVALCHUK has put together the longest sustained run of excellenceξ — 38 or more goals every season since 2002, exceeding 50 goals twice — by an Atlanta athlete since Greg Maddux and Dominique Wilkins were in their prime. Overshadowed or forced to share the spotlight at various points in his career with superstars Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa, Kovalchuk put together arguably his most impressive campaign last season when he was the team's sole source of offensive firepower, scoring 43 goals and netting a total of 91 points — the second-highest total of his career. Kovalchuk's sustained level of dominance in his sport place him on a tier far above any other current local athlete, including Braves all-star Brian McCann and Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan. Keep your fingers crossed, though — 2009 was the last year in his contract and it's unknown if he'll renew with the team. thrashers.nhl.com. less...

Best underrated thing about Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Restaurants

Runner-up
Dance

Best $25 spa day BOA Award Winner

If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Koreanmore...
If you’re looking to release some tension without releasing the contents of your wallet, the lovely and surreal JEJU SAUNA is the just the space. JeJu’s sprawling, Epcot-esque compound boasts a collection of healing rooms, saunas, mineral pools and spas modeled after a traditional Korean bathhouse — in a setting that’s hands-down the most unusual in the city. The entrance fee will buy you a visit to the Jade Room (for increasing metabolism and improving circulation), the Charcoal Room (for toxin absorption), the Rock Salt Room (for stress release) and the Baked Clay Sauna (for melting muscle tension). In true bathhouse style, parts of JeJu are divided by sex and are clothing-optional. There’s also a food court serving Korean fare, and a menu of spa-styled scrubs and massage. 3555 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth. 678-336-7414. www.jejusauna.net. less...

Best adult videos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Southern Nights Videos
2205 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-728-0701, www.southernnights.com

Best bike shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sopo Bicycle Cooperative
465-C Flat Shoals Ave., 404-425-9989, www.sopobikes.org

Best bridal shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
La Raine’s Bridal Boutique
853 N. Highland Ave., 404-607-7444, www.larainesboutique.com

Best designer tees BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Esperanza
1641 Duncan Drive, 404-273-1082, www.esperanza-atl.com


Best doggie day care BOA Award Winner

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 dry cleaners BOA Award Winner

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

Best flea market BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Kudzu Antiques
2928 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-373-6498, www.kudzuantiques.com

Best furniture on a budget BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Craigslist
atlanta.craigslist.org

Best liquor store BOA Award Winner

Green's Discount Beverage Stores

Runner-up
Tower Wine Spirits
2161 Piedmont Road, 404-881-0902, www.towerwinespirits.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Pilates studio BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

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

H&M

Runner-up
Little Five Points

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa & Shoppe

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-p
Spa Sydell
1745 Peachtree St., Suite M, 404-255-7727, www.spasydell.com

Best thrift store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Rag-o-Rama
1111 Euclid Ave., 404-658-1988, www.ragorama.com

Best toy store BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Richard's Variety Store
2347 Peachtree Road, 404-237-1412
931 Monroe Drive, 404-879-9877
richardsvarietystore.com

Best wine shop BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Sherlock's Wine Merchants
180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-4005, www.sherlocks.com

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

We’ve always liked ROLLING BONES, but since chef Todd Richards took over, our affections have grown. Richards has updated the ’cue – the sandwiches are less sloppy, the meat has more of the limelight – and is serving some seriously cool new items, including duck barbecuemore...
We’ve always liked ROLLING BONES, but since chef Todd Richards took over, our affections have grown. Richards has updated the ’cue – the sandwiches are less sloppy, the meat has more of the limelight – and is serving some seriously cool new items, including duck barbecue and smoked trout. Sides have also been given special consideration – the creamy potato salad with Benton’s bacon has just the right mix of creaminess, smoke from the bacon and celery crunch, with none of the sugary undertones of lesser potato salads. Don’t miss the duck sandwich with fig preserves. 377 Edgewood Ave. 404-222-2324.www.rollingbonesbbq.com. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave., 404-607-1622, www.fatmattsribshack.com

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Brick Store Pub
125 E. Court Square, Decatur, 404-687-0990, www.brickstorepub.com

Best Burritos BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Raging Burrito
141 Sycamore St., Decatur, 404-377-3311, www.ragingburrito.com

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Papi's Cuban & Caribbean Grill
216 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-607-1525, www.papisgrill.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Ethiopian BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Cottage Ethiopian
1841 Piedmont Ave., 404-724-0201, www.cottageatl.com

Best Korean BOA Award Winner

For many years, Atlantans equated Korean barbecue with beef and only beef. But HONEY PIG changed everything. This Duluth restaurant is all about the pork — especially the belly. The prices may seem high, but don't fret. That price includes a gluttonous amount of food. Instead of a regular grillmore...
For many years, Atlantans equated Korean barbecue with beef and only beef. But HONEY PIG changed everything. This Duluth restaurant is all about the pork — especially the belly. The prices may seem high, but don't fret. That price includes a gluttonous amount of food. Instead of a regular grill grate, the servers cook the meat on a sizzling-hot cast iron dome with butter. The meat — which comes with a load of side dishes and wrappers — is followed by bean sprouts tossed with chili paste, mushrooms and fermented cabbage. At the end of the meal, a long piece of octopus is curled around the tip of the dome, and snipped to pieces before being tossed with a large bowl of rice and the remaining bits of meat and vegetables. Best. Fried. Rice. Ever. 3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 770-476-9292. less...

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Best restaurant to bring the kids: Tie BOA Award Winner

Osteria 832

Runner-up
Dakota Blue
454 Cherokee Ave., 404-589-8002, www.dakotabluegrantpark.com

Best sandwiches BOA Award Winner

Muss & Turner's
Chefs Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner have managed to do the impossible – get people to drive from intown Atlanta to Smyrna for sandwiches. But the sandwiches at MUSS & TURNER’S are no joke. The chefs use only the best ingredients — always local when possible — and cookmore...
Chefs Todd Mussman and Ryan Turner have managed to do the impossible – get people to drive from intown Atlanta to Smyrna for sandwiches. But the sandwiches at MUSS & TURNER’S are no joke. The chefs use only the best ingredients — always local when possible — and cook them extremely conscientiously. The creations are playful works of art large enough for the heartiest of appetites. You'd think these guys don't take themselves too seriously with sandwich names like "Insult to Philly," but you know they mean business when you see the ingredient list. Shaved Wagyu Kamado roasted beef with an au jus that takes 60 hours to prepare? Sold. Oh, and the "Chocolate Elvis" — griddled chocolate challah bread stuffed with natural peanut butter, premium chocolate and bananas — is both vegetarian- and sweet-fiend friendly. 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Smyrna. 770-434-1114.www.mussandturners.com. less...

Best vegetarian BOA Award Winner

Dynamic Dish

Rich Pick: Best overall restaurant BOA Award Winner

Atlanta dining just keeps getting better, but BACCHANALIA still reigns supreme as the standard-bearer for excellence in the city. Chef/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison and executive chef Daniel Porubiansky are turning out extraordinarily refined food that retains the Southern roots of its local,more...
Atlanta dining just keeps getting better, but BACCHANALIA still reigns supreme as the standard-bearer for excellence in the city. Chef/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison and executive chef Daniel Porubiansky are turning out extraordinarily refined food that retains the Southern roots of its local, fresh ingredients. In the past year, the wine list has expanded and improved dramatically, and the room remains one of the Southeast’s best examples of luxury without gimmick or pretension. 1198 Howell Mill Road. 404-365-0410. www.starprovisions.com. less...

Best artistic stimulus package BOA Award Winner

Art Papers is more widely known for its annual art auction blowout, which somehow persuades large swaths of the Atlanta art community to show up in the...

Best book event BOA Award Winner

For bibliophiles, the DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL is simply impossible to ignore. The largest independent book festival in the country, DBF brings a staggering...

Best book event BOA Award Winner

www.decaturbookfestival.com Runner-up MJCCA Book Festival

Best film festival BOA Award Winner

atlantafilmfestival.com Runner-up Jewish Film Festival

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Now that the price of gas has come down, there’s no excuse for ITP-centric Atlantans not to make the trek out to Dunwoody’s SPRUILL GALLERY....

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

www.castleberryhill.org. Runner-up Little Five Points www.l5p.com

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

The last year witnessed a woeful lot of new trends. We don’t need to remind you about tanking home prices, skyrocketing unemployment, and widespread...

Best theater company BOA Award Winner

Horizon Theatre
Runner-up Aurora Theatre 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com

Filthy Pick: Best public art BOA Award Winner

Armed with maps, Sharpies and $400 worth of wood, a group of local artists organized by WonderRoot and local do-gooder/merry-maker Angel Poventud ART...

Best burlesque troupe: Tie BOA Award Winner

Dames Aflame

www.damesaflame.com


Runner-up
Syrens of the South
www.syrensofthesouth.com

Best burlesque troupe: Tie BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best concert venue BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie St., 404-659-9022, www.tabernacleatl.com

Best cougar den BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bluepointe
3455 Peachtree Road, 404-237-9070, www.buckheadrestaurants.com/bp

Best dance club BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Opera
1150-B Crescent Ave., 404-874-3006, www.operaatlanta.com

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