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Best yoga instructor BOA Award Winner

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Kashi Atlanta

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

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Kashi Atlanta

Best alternative alternative exercise BOA Award Winner

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Tough Love Yoga
Sometimes you want to be coddled, crouching in the fetal position, while wind chimes gently wipe your stress away. But what you want isn't always what you need. You need to relax. You need to stop whining. You need Tough Love Yoga. Run by the highly accomplished yoginis Neda Draupadi Honarvar and Durgayamore...
Sometimes you want to be coddled, crouching in the fetal position, while wind chimes gently wipe your stress away. But what you want isn't always what you need. You need to relax. You need to stop whining. You need Tough Love Yoga. Run by the highly accomplished yoginis Neda Draupadi Honarvar and Durgaya Palmieri, both certified in Classical Hatha Yoga, TLY de-stresses you better than spinning endlessly on the elliptical (like you're doing now). Difficulty ranges from beginner's yoga to bikini bootcamp. Its popular Metal Yoga class at Young Blood Gallery is not easy, but newbies can go at their own speed. The class takes place in the exhibition room, so yogis are surrounded by hanging art and tattooed hipsters. Metal Yoga focuses on maintaining poses and improving flexibility unlike others around town that fixate on aerobic activity. Body-mind wellness doesn't always come cheap, but there's a $10 suggested donation for dropping in a class and a 10-class pass is $90. Tough love never felt so good. 636 North Highland Ave. 404-919-1008. toughloveyoga.com. less...

Best back-to-the-farm B&B BOA Award Winner

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The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

Best bangs for your buck BOA Award Winner

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Crimpers Hair Salon

Best boutique nursery BOA Award Winner

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Garden
The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the Westside's senses, a beautiful display of sophisticated greenery, pricey plant displays and European potpourri and incenses with a modernmore...
The Westside neighborhood is stark and industrial, full of repurposed commercial buildings and brand-new, mostly empty condominiums. The lush Garden is a shock to the Westside's senses, a beautiful display of sophisticated greenery, pricey plant displays and European potpourri and incenses with a modern edge. The shop even provides design consultations and installation for those big projects in your little urban oasis. 1168 Howell Mill Road., Studio A. 404-941-9154. gardenatl.com. less...

Best budget bridal BOA Award Winner

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Le Dress Boutique

Best candyland fantasy BOA Award Winner

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Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co

Best designer kitsch BOA Award Winner

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Jonathan Adler

Best doggy day care BOA Award Winner

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Kirkwood Bark & Lounge

Best farmers market BOA Award Winner

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the Peachtree Road Farmers Market

Best gym deal BOA Award Winner

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Retro Fitness
There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our fat asses off the couch beyond the possibility that we'll no longer have such fat asses. Retro Fitness, a chain that's heavily represented in the Northeast, but only hasmore...
There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our fat asses off the couch beyond the possibility that we'll no longer have such fat asses. Retro Fitness, a chain that's heavily represented in the Northeast, but only has a few locations in the South, opened its 15,000-square-foot Buckhead location less than a year ago, and it's awesome. All of the equipment is brand-spankin' new, there's a cardio room/theater where you can watch a movie on the big screen while you sweat, and the rest of the cardio equipment has individual TVs to take your mind off the agony. Probably the best thing about Retro Fitness: It's cheap. There's no sign-up fee, monthly membership dues are only $19.99, and for $5 extra you can either get unlimited tanning or massages in its nifty, computerized massage bed. 3050 Peachtree Road. 404-549-7126. buckheadga.retrofitness.net. less...

Best hot tchotchkes BOA Award Winner

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Highland Row Antiques
Highland Row Antiques isn't your mildewed neighborhood yard sale. The Poncey-Highland shop specializes in mid-century modern pieces like retro ashtrays and deco artwork, as well as other kitschy vintage pieces. The small, curated storefront gives way to a giant Basement Market with bric-a-brac from moremore...
Highland Row Antiques isn't your mildewed neighborhood yard sale. The Poncey-Highland shop specializes in mid-century modern pieces like retro ashtrays and deco artwork, as well as other kitschy vintage pieces. The small, curated storefront gives way to a giant Basement Market with bric-a-brac from more than 20 dealers, ranging from $5 Americana saltshakers to a $500 Danish couch. 628 N. Highland Ave. 404-815-8830. highlandrowantiques.com. less...

Best kids' consignment BOA Award Winner

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Baby Love
It's amazing we even bother buying clothes for kids. They grow so fast it's like they're tiny adults with glandular problems. Instead of constantly buying new duds for your miniature Incredible Hulk, you can save money by buying high-quality used clothes at Baby Love. Open in Grant Park since early 2011,more...
It's amazing we even bother buying clothes for kids. They grow so fast it's like they're tiny adults with glandular problems. Instead of constantly buying new duds for your miniature Incredible Hulk, you can save money by buying high-quality used clothes at Baby Love. Open in Grant Park since early 2011, Baby Love sells clothes and shoes for babies and kids of all ages, not to mention maternity wear, toys, books and even furniture. The shop's picky (in a good way) about what it accepts, and refuses to sell anything that's stained, has holes or even clothes that have gotten pilly. Of course, the best part of consignment is that you can make money, too. 465 Boulevard, Suite 101. 404-590-1380. babyloveatlanta.com. less...

Best local boutique BOA Award Winner

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Squash Blossom Boutique

Best luxury mani-pedi BOA Award Winner

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Nouvelle Nail Spa

Best pawn shop BOA Award Winner

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Jason's Pawn Shop
Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn Shop, on the other hand, usually has an interesting array of guy stuff, from turntables to antique cameras and old radios to vintage guitars. It'smore...
Unlike what you see on reality TV, most pawn shops are unsexy, low-rent places selling used lawnmowers, roofing tools and stolen car stereos. Jason's Pawn Shop, on the other hand, usually has an interesting array of guy stuff, from turntables to antique cameras and old radios to vintage guitars. It's a small store, so it makes the shelf space count by only displaying cool shit like high-end mountain bikes and reel-to-reel players. Look elsewhere for that second-hand microwave. 2104 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-636-1731. less...

Best recession proof shopping BOA Award Winner

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Nordstrom Rack

Best selection of handmade jewelry BOA Award Winner

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the beehive
The term crafts, as in arts and crafts, used to evoke images of macaroni necklaces and little cabins constructed of crudely glued together popsicle sticks. Atlanta's craft scene is a hell of a lot more sophisticated than that. The Beehive Co-Op sells clothes, bags, and beauty products by some of themore...
The term crafts, as in arts and crafts, used to evoke images of macaroni necklaces and little cabins constructed of crudely glued together popsicle sticks. Atlanta's craft scene is a hell of a lot more sophisticated than that. The Beehive Co-Op sells clothes, bags, and beauty products by some of the area's best indie crafters, and its selection of jewelry is especially impressive. Established in 2004, Beehive owners Malene Davis and Preeti Ayyangar secured a sunny and spacious retail location in the Edgewood Shopping District in early 2010. About half of the space is dedicated to handmade baubles like A Bardis' colorful drop earrings, delicate fortune cookie necklaces by Christina Kober Designs, and Madeline Burdine's whimsical, nature-inspired metalwork necklaces, earrings and cuffs. 1250 Caroline St., Suite C120. 404-350-3898. thebeehiveatl.com. less...

Best shoes you can't afford BOA Award Winner

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Epitome
Cher Horowitz famously quipped in Clueless, "You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet." We couldn't agree more. Shoes make or break every outfit. Roll out of bed in sweatpants, put on a hot pair of kicks and you'll look like a million bucks. Epitome, the new shoe boutique inmore...
Cher Horowitz famously quipped in Clueless, "You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet." We couldn't agree more. Shoes make or break every outfit. Roll out of bed in sweatpants, put on a hot pair of kicks and you'll look like a million bucks. Epitome, the new shoe boutique in Buckhead, puts luxury on its toes with its carefully curated selection of sneakers, heels and accessories. The store, which opened in July, is a culture clash of hip-hop high-tops, preppy boat shoes, indie gladiator sandals and party-girl pumps. Out-there selections like American flag platforms next to biker-chick heels may seem at odds, but somehow the mashup makes sense at Epitome. The lighted Plexiglas walkway gives the store a space-age vibe while sunglasses rest on pads of Astroturf. The future's so bright, we got to wear sneakers. 252 Pharr Road. 404-869-8700. epitomeatl.com. less...

Best spa deal BOA Award Winner

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G Salon

Best stylish sewing stuff BOA Award Winner

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Whipstitch

Best tattoos for all colors of people BOA Award Winner

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City of Ink

Best thrift district BOA Award Winner

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Alpharetta Highway
Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up one after another are Value Village, Park Avenue Thrift, Just Stuff Thrift Store, Bargain City Thrift, Atlanta Union Mission Thrift and Goodwill. Thismore...
Roswell's Alpharetta Highway is like the Rodeo Drive of stores that deal in other people's discarded belongings. No, no, that's a good thing! Lined up one after another are Value Village, Park Avenue Thrift, Just Stuff Thrift Store, Bargain City Thrift, Atlanta Union Mission Thrift and Goodwill. This Value Village is by far the best, especially for its selection of outerwear and housewares. Atlanta Union Mission blares contemporary Christian music, but you still might find an old 69 Boyz CD in the dollar bin. Park Avenue Thrift, 1207 Alpharetta St., Suite A, Roswell; Value Village, 1023 Alpharetta St., Roswell, 770-840-7283. valuevillageatlanta.com; Just Stuff Thrift Store, 1113 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678-281-0696; Bargain City Thrift, 1207-B Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-993-0251. bargaincitythrift.com; Goodwill, 10885 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 770-649-1994. ging.org; Atlanta Union Mission Thrift, 10800 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 404-367-3940. atlantaunionmission.org. less...

Best way to home hunt BOA Award Winner

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ProMove

Best way to skip a trip to the farmers market BOA Award Winner

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Vegetable Husband
We all feel good about ourselves when we shop at the farmers market, don't we? Look at us strutting around with our reusable tote bags, mentally applauding ourselves for waking up early on a weekend in order to consume with conscience. If the scene's too much for you, or if you just like sleeping in,more...
We all feel good about ourselves when we shop at the farmers market, don't we? Look at us strutting around with our reusable tote bags, mentally applauding ourselves for waking up early on a weekend in order to consume with conscience. If the scene's too much for you, or if you just like sleeping in, Vegetable Husband delivers fresh, local produce to its subscribers' doors once a week. Proprietor Margie Thorpe does the dirty work for her clients. She picks up a variety of fresh fruits and veggies from area farms, divvies them out in adorably folksy baskets and arranges for home delivery by friendly volunteers. A basket from Vegetable Husband is something to behold, especially in the summer when it overflows with a bounty of organic edibles such as peppers, okra, green beans, the best tomatoes you'll ever taste, melons and blueberries. 404-617-9302. vegetablehusband.com. less...

Best way to wear your art on your sleeve BOA Award Winner

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Streetela
Street art: populist art form, nuisance to society or super cool fashion? Does art have to exist inside a gallery or museum to be legit? The artists collective Streetela has answered the latter question with a decisive "Hell no" by slapping drawings and paintings by local artists on T-shirts and sellingmore...
Street art: populist art form, nuisance to society or super cool fashion? Does art have to exist inside a gallery or museum to be legit? The artists collective Streetela has answered the latter question with a decisive "Hell no" by slapping drawings and paintings by local artists on T-shirts and selling them online. Some of the designs are twee, like a Wayne's World-inspired shirt and tote by Paper Twins, and others are edgy, like an Ola Bad design that looks like a wheat paste project on your chest. Right now, Streetela is only featuring artists who are participating in the Living Walls Conference, but come November, it'll be selling shirts by street artists from around the country. streetela.com. less...

Best wine shop and potential liquor store BOA Award Winner

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H&F Bottle Shop

Best appetizers BOA Award Winner

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The Iberian Pig

Best Atlanta foodie Tweeter BOA Award Winner

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Blissful Glutton

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

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Highland Bakery - Old Fourth Ward

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Best bar food BOA Award Winner

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The Porter Beer Bar

Best beer selection BOA Award Winner

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Brick Store Pub

Best all-around Korean BOA Award Winner

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Myung Ga Won
Korean restaurants are tricky. You pretty much need to go somewhere different for every specific craving. Myung Ga Won is one of the few Korean joints in town that covers all the bases, and covers them remarkably well. The marinade on the barbecued meats achieves that perfect salty sweetness. Goat stewmore...
Korean restaurants are tricky. You pretty much need to go somewhere different for every specific craving. Myung Ga Won is one of the few Korean joints in town that covers all the bases, and covers them remarkably well. The marinade on the barbecued meats achieves that perfect salty sweetness. Goat stew cooked tableside swells with gratifying umami funk. More basic items like dolsot bibimbap (rice, vegetables and beef) cooked in a sizzling cast-iron bowl are an easy sell for kids as "fried rice," but exceptional enough for connoisseurs seeking crispy rice slathered in spicy sauce. The banchan is all made fresh in house and is crisp, murky and wonderfully mysterious. The drive may be murder but sometimes you have to sacrifice a little gas money for the good stuff. 1960 Day Drive, Suite 100, Duluth. 770-622-1300. less...

Best barbecue BOA Award Winner

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Community Q BBQ
Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of indulging in what's normally, well, an indulgence. At Community Q, Roberts and his partners make their barbecue with local ingredients whose just-picked freshnessmore...
Leave it to barbecue veteran David Roberts, a co-founder of Marietta's Sam & Dave's, to open a restaurant that can take away the guilt of indulging in what's normally, well, an indulgence. At Community Q, Roberts and his partners make their barbecue with local ingredients whose just-picked freshness somehow eliminates the gut bomb after-effects most 'cue can have on a person. Smoky and moist pulled pork, tender brisket with that perfect pink halo, and ethereal smoked chicken take center stage, although the sides are not background dancers. Don't miss the gooey, signature mac and cheese made with shells, or the hand-cut fries tossed with an addictively sweet and salty seasoning, or anything from the specials menu made with local vegetables. 1361 Clairmont Road, Decatur. 404-633-2080. communityqbbq.com. less...

Best bartender BOA Award Winner

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Paul Calvert
Back when Paul Calvert worked at the Sound Table, he was a great mixologist. His drinks were remarkable, but when the place filled up, the frenzied pace of a dance club didn't match the careful construction of Calvert's drinks. He could seem a little ... grumpy. Now that Calvert's at Pura Vida, he'smore...
Back when Paul Calvert worked at the Sound Table, he was a great mixologist. His drinks were remarkable, but when the place filled up, the frenzied pace of a dance club didn't match the careful construction of Calvert's drinks. He could seem a little ... grumpy. Now that Calvert's at Pura Vida, he's a whole new man. His drinks are as good as ever, and he now has the time to be the gracious, knowledgeable, friendly host we always knew he could be. Calvert has gone beyond mixology to become a great bartender. 656 N. Highland Ave. 404-870-9797. puravidatapas.com. less...

Best breath of fresh air BOA Award Winner

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One Eared Stag

Best burgers BOA Award Winner

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Holeman & Finch

Best Cantonese BOA Award Winner

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Bo Bo Garden Asian Cuisine

Best Caribbean BOA Award Winner

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Stir It Up
Stir It Up takes its name from the well-known Bob Marley song that evokes hot stuff, but not cooking. While you won't get that kind of hot stuff at this Jamaican restaurant in Little Five Points, you will get food sensual enough to make you lick your tablemates' fingers. Owners Christopher and Vivianmore...
Stir It Up takes its name from the well-known Bob Marley song that evokes hot stuff, but not cooking. While you won't get that kind of hot stuff at this Jamaican restaurant in Little Five Points, you will get food sensual enough to make you lick your tablemates' fingers. Owners Christopher and Vivian Williams say they also chose the name because Jamaican cuisine is a stirred-up mix of cultural influences. The Williamses won't compromise their food's quality with the steam trays common in most Jamaican restaurants. Everything is cooked to order and nothing is toned down to placate timid palates. Standouts are the salted, diced cod tossed with warm cabbage slaw, and the richest, glossiest oxtail stew on the planet. 1083 Euclid Ave. 404-963-2384. stiritupatl.com. less...

Best classic cocktails BOA Award Winner

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H. Harper Station - Permanently Closed

Best coffeehouse BOA Award Winner

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Octane Coffee
Octane isn't just our favorite coffeehouse in town, it's one of our favorite places in town. The staff is friendly (and hot). The music is awesome. It serves craft beer. The atmosphere is conducive to working or dating or meeting or creating. And most importantly, the baristas still make the best damnmore...
Octane isn't just our favorite coffeehouse in town, it's one of our favorite places in town. The staff is friendly (and hot). The music is awesome. It serves craft beer. The atmosphere is conducive to working or dating or meeting or creating. And most importantly, the baristas still make the best damn coffee and coffee drinks in town. Never change, Octane. Never change. 1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. octanecoffee.com. less...

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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Miller Union
Pastry chef Pamela Moxley has emerged as a beacon of light in the dark morass of mediocre chocolate lava cakes and soggy pies. Moxley, who worked pastry from the opening to the closing of Craft and Craftbar, is in charge of all things sweet at Miller Union. Everything the disarmingly passionate chefmore...
Pastry chef Pamela Moxley has emerged as a beacon of light in the dark morass of mediocre chocolate lava cakes and soggy pies. Moxley, who worked pastry from the opening to the closing of Craft and Craftbar, is in charge of all things sweet at Miller Union. Everything the disarmingly passionate chef makes is seasonally driven, unpretentious and expertly executed. Fat, juicy blueberries dribble over an upside-down-style buttery cake encrusted with crumbly brown sugar walnuts and oat-laced streusel topping. Highlights from the summer fruit season included a tart filled with sticky fig jam, and sliced figs tossed in wine reduction with homemade Earl Grey ice cream. These desserts showcase Moxley's moxy in their quiet beauty and precise simplicity. 999 Brady Ave. 678-733-8550. millerunion.com. less...

Best emerging neighborhood for Mexican food BOA Award Winner

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Tucker
There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our ethnic scene, bound to be left for fairer fields. As the years go by, you're likely to find more Korean in Duluth. More Indian in Decatur. Andmore...
There's an unspoken exodus happening on Buford Highway. What was once our city's destination for anything and everything ethnic has become the birthplace of our ethnic scene, bound to be left for fairer fields. As the years go by, you're likely to find more Korean in Duluth. More Indian in Decatur. And now, more Mexican in Tucker, where you can't drive half a mile without spotting at least three taquerias. Good taquerias. Great taquerias. Standouts to get you started on your very own weekend taco crawl include Taqueria Los Hermanos, Taqueria San Pancho, and El Taco Naco. You may be the only English-speaker there, which bodes well for the flavor of that taco you're about to scarf. less...

Best evolution for Decatur BOA Award Winner

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no. 246
OK, we get it Decatur: You love beer. You love food that goes with beer. We love beer and beer-related bites as well. But variety is the spice of a neighborhood, and No. 246 has provided you with some much-needed diversity. Of course, Decatur has long been a bastion for upscale food, from (the closedmore...
OK, we get it Decatur: You love beer. You love food that goes with beer. We love beer and beer-related bites as well. But variety is the spice of a neighborhood, and No. 246 has provided you with some much-needed diversity. Of course, Decatur has long been a bastion for upscale food, from (the closed and moving out of the 'hood) Watershed to Cakes & Ale, but 246's modern, mature Italian has gone a long way toward making Ponce de Leon Avenue feel like a real restaurant row that could justifiably be referenced as one of the most exciting culinary areas in town. Lunch at 246 is a special treat, particularly the juicy indulgence of the porchetta sandwich, which may be our favorite thing between sliced bread these days. No. 246 didn't put Decatur on the culinary map, but it sure made it a destination that's harder to miss. 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678-399-8246. no246.com. less...

Best food festival BOA Award Winner

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Best food truck BOA Award Winner

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Good Food Truck
Who does that hot dog think he is, coddled in a slice of golden brown French toast and smothered in apple slaw, spicy mustard and maple syrup? And what business does a cold curry salad have being nestled into a freshly made waffle cone? These are the questions that race through your mind while perusingmore...
Who does that hot dog think he is, coddled in a slice of golden brown French toast and smothered in apple slaw, spicy mustard and maple syrup? And what business does a cold curry salad have being nestled into a freshly made waffle cone? These are the questions that race through your mind while perusing the Good Food Truck's handwritten menu. These are also the questions that vanish instantly once you smoosh your face into the Poodle's outrageous hot doggery or chomp away at any other of the rolling restaurant's hand-held culinary mashups. Easy on the pocket (most goodies ring up in the $2 to $6 range) and even easier to find at the growing number of street food and art events around town, the Good Food Truck will make you go, "Mmmmm. I wish I was drunk." goodfoodtruckatl.com. less...

Best health-conscious policy change BOA Award Winner

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Highland Tap
When Highland Tap opened in 1989 at the corner of Virginia and Highland avenues, it broke the tradition of super-high expensive meat with its high-quality steaks at prices we could afford. Unfortunately, it was perilous to set foot in the subterranean space without toting an oxygen tank. The smoke, driftingmore...
When Highland Tap opened in 1989 at the corner of Virginia and Highland avenues, it broke the tradition of super-high expensive meat with its high-quality steaks at prices we could afford. Unfortunately, it was perilous to set foot in the subterranean space without toting an oxygen tank. The smoke, drifting from the bar to the dining room, was suffocating and eye-burning. But last spring, the restaurant banned smoking. Yee-haw! Now we can eat all the affordable bloody red meat we want without danger of asphyxiation, cancer or stinkiness. 1026 N. Highland Ave. 404-875-3673. nnnwcorp.com. less...

Best ice cream BOA Award Winner

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Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream
We vow never to divorce Morelli's as long as it keeps spreading the ginger-lavender and salted caramel flavors on our tongues. Over-the-top sundaes created by Kevin Gillespie at the new Edgewood location further seal our love. 749 Moreland Ave., Suite B-102. 404-622-0210; 1220 Caroline St. 404-584-2500.more...
We vow never to divorce Morelli's as long as it keeps spreading the ginger-lavender and salted caramel flavors on our tongues. Over-the-top sundaes created by Kevin Gillespie at the new Edgewood location further seal our love. 749 Moreland Ave., Suite B-102. 404-622-0210; 1220 Caroline St. 404-584-2500. morellisicecream.com. less...

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