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2009 Index of Winners

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

Sasha Petraske's local location of his famous New York bar, DRINKSHOP, was not immediately embraced by Atlantans; it was dismissed by some as just another hotel bar with high prices. But few of those cynics noted that Eric Simpkins — an extraordinary local talent formerly mixing at Trois —more...
Sasha Petraske's local location of his famous New York bar, DRINKSHOP, was not immediately embraced by Atlantans; it was dismissed by some as just another hotel bar with high prices. But few of those cynics noted that Eric Simpkins — an extraordinary local talent formerly mixing at Trois — is tending bar at the NYC import. Simpkins may be soft-spoken, but he's a master at manipulating boutique liquors into artful cocktails that explode on the palate. While the menu is carefully crafted, your best bet is to place yourself in Simpkins' capable hands. He finds out what you're in the mood for, and then creates a progressive experience where each cocktail builds upon the last. The arm garters, ice cubes designed for certain drinks and old-fashioned stemware only make the bar a more unique destination for cocktail enthusiasts craving a little something different. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. (inside the W Atlanta downtown). 404-582-5800. www.whotels.com/Atlanta. less...

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

Try as we might, we just can’t find a better coffeehouse than the Westside’s OCTANE. They’ve got it all. Free Wi-Fi? Check. Cool, comfortable digs? Check. Great food? Check (love that house salad; adore that house-made granola). Friendly, community-conscious staff and owners?more...
Try as we might, we just can’t find a better coffeehouse than the Westside’s OCTANE. They’ve got it all. Free Wi-Fi? Check. Cool, comfortable digs? Check. Great food? Check (love that house salad; adore that house-made granola). Friendly, community-conscious staff and owners? Check. And most importantly: Great, expertly made, quality coffee? Absolutely. Octane makes all of its brewed coffee from Counter Culture beans fresh in press pots, and the baristas are the best in town. Watch this year for a spreading of the love – Octane has taken over Method near Emory, and there are more locations in the works. 1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.octanecoffee.com. less...

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co.

And multiple metro Atlanta locations


Runners-up
Java Monkey
205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-1852, www.javamonkeydecatur.com
and
Octane
1009-B Marietta St., 404-815-9886, www.octanecoffee.com


Best Cupcakes BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Piece of Cake
3215 Roswell Road, 404-351-2253, www.pieceofcakeinc.com

Best deli BOA Award Winner

Goldbergs's Bagel Company and Deli

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Jason's Deli
230 10th St., 404-853-3760, www.jasonsdeli.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Hong Kong Harbour
2184 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-325-7630

Best general manager BOA Award Winner

The tone of a restaurant, the feel of a room, and the service you receive are usually the doing of that restaurant’s general manager. And at Aria, ANDRES LOAIZA sets a perfect example — warmth complemented by knowledge and professionalism. Need a wine recommendation? Loaiza is helpfulmore...
The tone of a restaurant, the feel of a room, and the service you receive are usually the doing of that restaurant’s general manager. And at Aria, ANDRES LOAIZA sets a perfect example — warmth complemented by knowledge and professionalism. Need a wine recommendation? Loaiza is helpful without the slightest hint of snootiness. Visit the restaurant once, and two years later he's likely to remember your face, name, what you ordered and how much you liked it. His unmatched attention to detail makes him a master practitioner at the art of true service. 490 E. Paces Ferry Road. 404-233-7673. www.aria-atl.com. less...

Best Ice Cream BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Bruster's
2095 Lavista Road, 404-320-7166, www.brusters.com

Best locally brewed beer BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Red Brick Blonde at Atlanta Brewing Company<br 2323 Defoor Hills Road, 404-355-5558, www.atlantabrewing.com

Best Middle Eastern BOA Award Winner

Mediterranean Grill

And other metro Atlanta locations.
Runner-up
Mezza
2751 Lavista Road, Decatur, 404-633-8833, www.mezzabistro.com

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

LPC
Nothing in Atlanta restaurants has come along in the past year that's made us as excited as chef Bruce Logue's cooking at LA PIETRA CUCINA. From the dreamy pillows of house-made ricotta that accompany the Procuitto de Parma and pineapple mostarda to the outrageous black spaghetti with hot caladrese sausagemore...
Nothing in Atlanta restaurants has come along in the past year that's made us as excited as chef Bruce Logue's cooking at LA PIETRA CUCINA. From the dreamy pillows of house-made ricotta that accompany the Procuitto de Parma and pineapple mostarda to the outrageous black spaghetti with hot caladrese sausage and rock shrimp to perfect wood-roasted fish, Logue's bold vision of Italian is as thrilling as any genre of food happening in any restaurant in the city. 1545 Peachtree St. 404-888-8709. www.lapietracucina.com. less...

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

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


Best patio dining BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Six Feet Under
415 Memorial Drive, 404-523-6664
685 11th St., 404-810-0040
www.sixfeetunderatlanta.com

Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Top Flr
674 Myrtle St., 404-685-3110, www.topflr.com

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

Runner-up
Pura Vida
656 N. Highland Ave., 404-870-9797, www.puravidatapas.com

Best waitstaff BOA Award Winner

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

Best film event BOA Award Winner

Every year, Atlanta stages an intriguing variety of worthy cinematic activities, including the annual Out on Film Festival, monthly Film Love screenings,...

Best gallery BOA Award Winner

Runner-up The Alcove 2852 E. College Ave., Decatur, 404-663-0159, www.alcovearts.com

Best gallery spotlighting local artists BOA Award Winner

Runner-up Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E., Suite 8, 404-522-0655, www.eyedrum.org

Best literary love for Atlanta BOA Award Winner

New York Times reporter Warren St. John offered an unconventional kind of underdog sports story with his nonfiction book OUTCASTS UNITED. While profiling...

Best local author BOA Award Winner

www.hollisgillespie.com Runner-up Pearl Cleage

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

With a one-line role in last year’s Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Atlanta actress KATE DONADIO signaled that she’s poised...

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Runner-up Steve Yockey

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Runner-up Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 535 Means St., 404-688-2500, www.nexuspress.org

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...

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