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2011 Index of Winners

Best way to home hunt BOA Award Winner

ProMove

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

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 bartender BOA Award Winner

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 burgers BOA Award Winner

Holeman & Finch

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

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 Sichuan BOA Award Winner

Tasty China (Marietta)
When Peter Cheng announced he was opening his eponymous restaurant, fans of Tasty China worried that Atlanta's first standout Sichuan spot would suffer. But seven months after opening Peter Cheng's in Smyrna, the chef's original restaurant is still the best our city has to offer. Classics such as crunchymore...
When Peter Cheng announced he was opening his eponymous restaurant, fans of Tasty China worried that Atlanta's first standout Sichuan spot would suffer. But seven months after opening Peter Cheng's in Smyrna, the chef's original restaurant is still the best our city has to offer. Classics such as crunchy dry-fried eggplant with custardy centers, confit-like tilapia served in neon red broth with silken tofu, and the tightly rolled and perfectly balanced crunchy hot and numbing beef offer that signature tingle and heat we've come to crave with crackhead-like devotion. The restaurant's Spartan digs just go to show that spicy substance always wins out over style. 585 Franklin Road, Suite B3, Marietta. 770-419-9849. tastychina.net. less...

Best spot for a first date BOA Award Winner

Lunacy Black Market
On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy Black Market on your first date, come prepared with a response. Intimate clusters of sofas, loveseats and armchairs, as well as a smattering of tables, fill the restaurant'smore...
On a couch or a table? This is typically more of, say, a third-date question. But if you and your honey venture downtown to Lunacy Black Market on your first date, come prepared with a response. Intimate clusters of sofas, loveseats and armchairs, as well as a smattering of tables, fill the restaurant's living room-like interior. Chef Paul Luna's rotating menu of small plates arrives scrawled in Sharpie on torn-up cardboard wine cases. But rather than looking sloppy, it feels personal and charming. Best of all? None of the dishes costs more than $5. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find any of the dozen or so menu items priced more than $3. Neither of you will look like greedy pig faces thanks to the petite portions and tidy presentations of dishes such as short ribs with house-made ricotta, chickpea curry or a charcuterie plate. If things don't work out, you won't have spent a load. And if things do work out, you'll have enough money left over for cocktails at your place. Couch or table? 231 Mitchell St. 404-736-6164. lunacyblackmarket.com. less...

Best veggie meal at a non-veggie restaurant BOA Award Winner

veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service
Here in the hallowed halls of CL's food department, we are partial to pig. But despite our affection for meat, we harbor a serious craving for the veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service. Made with a combination of quinoa, lentils, mushrooms, bulgur wheat and sun-dried tomatoes, it's at once rich, hearty,more...
Here in the hallowed halls of CL's food department, we are partial to pig. But despite our affection for meat, we harbor a serious craving for the veggieloaf at Leon's Full Service. Made with a combination of quinoa, lentils, mushrooms, bulgur wheat and sun-dried tomatoes, it's at once rich, hearty, nutty, savory and intensely satisfying. The tangy romesco sauce and roasted cauliflower, shiitake and sun-dried tomato salad provide more intense earthy flavor than is present in many of the city's best meat dishes. That, paired with a recession old-fashioned ($6!) makes for one of the most gratifying meals in the A. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500. leonsfullservice.com. less...

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Brookhaven
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

Best French BOA Award Winner

Cafe Alsace

Best fried chicken BOA Award Winner

Watershed on Peachtree
Currently in the process of relocating to a new location.

Best band name BOA Award Winner

Almost Kings

Best burlesque troup BOA Award Winner

Blast-Off Burlesque

Best local label BOA Award Winner

Southern Ground

Best local mixtape BOA Award Winner

Breaking Bad by DJ Mudfish

Best local new music act BOA Award Winner

Pocket the Moon

Best local producer BOA Award Winner

Wes Green

Best local R&B/soul act BOA Award Winner

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle

Best lounge BOA Award Winner

ILounge

Best band to rise above punk's pigeonholes BOA Award Winner

G.G. King
Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death),more...

Punk rock is best when it's channeled through one man confronting the things that keep him awake at night. Greg King's nightmares manifest in the murky punk energy, lacerating riffs and warped field recordings of G.G. King. With the arrival of his debut LP, Esoteric Lore (Rob's House/Scavenger of Death), the former Carbonas frontman transcends the buzzsaw blitzkrieg of his previous band. By marrying crisp, driving melodies and demonic incantations with a damaged sound that could shake itself to pieces at any minute, he's created the most compelling avant-garage punk statement this town has ever known. myspace.com/ggkingband.


Listen: G.G. King "Want"

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Best local hip-hop producer on some other ish BOA Award Winner

Ethereal

The Supernatural Man by ETHEREAL


With his zoned-out beatscapes, young gun producer/MC Ethereal aims to usher in a decidedly chill age of Atlanta rap. The 22 tracks on his recent full-length debut, Abstractica (Slumerican), house plenty of built-in spitting room for himself and a heap of featured MCs, but they're best consumed as subtle bytes of sonic bliss. reverbnation.com/ethereal00.

Best local promoter BOA Award Winner

Speakeasy Promotions
Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acidmore...
Since booking his first show in January 2009, Brannon Boyle of Speakeasy Promotions has been adding flair to the local music scene by corralling a stylish, seemingly disparate array of acts. Boyle regularly merges hip-hop, jazz, dub, funk, punk and indie rock with gigs such as the seasonal Free Acid nights at 529. The underlying aural connection isn't obvious until it unfolds, when acts as varied as Clan Destined, A. Grimes, and the Ruination share the stage with ease. Boyle's range is just a side effect of his MO. By booking what he likes first and foremost, he nurtures a healthy cross-pollination underground, culminating in new collaborations such as the menacing Afro-Kraut beats of a Difference Machine. If his rising profile and the ever-growing attendance at his shows illustrate anything, it's that his taste is badass. speakeasypromo.net. less...

Best metal band to hit the bong to BOA Award Winner

Wizard Smoke
The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic.more...

The devil's weed is always a little sweeter when cosmic metal monsters Wizard Smoke spark up the joint. The menacing five-piece ensemble drives its up-tempo rock 'n' roll dirges with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, while sidestepping the typical woozy-eyed dreariness that so often defines the stoner aesthetic. Wizard Smoke's songs are glacial in size and epic in stature, but there's a sense of humor hiding behind every riff throughout the band's latest LP, The Speed of Smoke. Take another hit and let the perma-grin begin. wizardsmoke.net.


Listen: Wizard Smoke "Weakling"

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BEST OMG goth rap BOA Award Winner

Waka Flocka Flame
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com.more...
After debuting with the bombastic Flockaveli last year, rap's most divisive figure found time to pose nude for PETA and then announced his early retirement at the age of 25 in an attempt to flee the industry bullshit. Gotta love a hood-hard rapper with a heart. Waka Flocka Flame, don't go! wakaflocka1017.com. less...

Best plugged-in avant-garde ensemble BOA Award Winner

Sonic Generator
It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group'smore...
It's not just the fashionable whiff of geeky technological coolness that makes Sonic Generator the current frontrunner in Atlanta's new classical music scene. The seven core members are all top-level pros, even without electricity (three are also members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). The group's cutting-edge concerts have included such innovations as a robot musician playing an acoustic instrument and a composition performed on a quartet of iPhones. Since 2006, the group has developed a devoted, predominantly younger audience through its music-and-technology mashups, and it reached a milestone in June by performing a 10-hour contemporary music marathon at the Woodruff Arts Center. By pairing such creative collisions with an increasing emphasis on younger living composers, Sonic Gen has helped raise the city's artistic profile a few notches on the national scene. distributedmusic.gatech.edu/sg less...

Best spandex-clad dance floor freak BOA Award Winner

Cousin Dan
An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages.more...

An outsider performance artist with insider appeal, Cousin Dan rocks ridiculous stage-wear and makes simplistic, addictive music videos for his synth-based electro jams. Underneath the leopard-print spandex and diamond-studded codpiece lurks a master craftsman with irresistible pop hooks for appendages. cousindan.tumblr.com.


Listen: Cousin Dan "Already Home"

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Best weekly club night for face-melting bass BOA Award Winner

QUAD @ Spring4th Complex
Having one's face melted off every Friday may not sound like that much fun. But QUAD's weekly 18-and-up Melt romps do just that with ambitious lineups of the hottest local and international turntablists and drum 'n' bass, electro and dubstep DJs. 714 Spring St. 404-870-0040. quadatlanta.com.

Best mainstream tourist attraction BOA Award Winner

Cyclorama

Best reason to get over loss of NHL franchise BOA Award Winner

All the other sporting events
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the Nationalmore...
Atlanta has lost its second NHL franchise, but we still have reason to hold our heads high: all the other sporting events. The Falcons were the No. 1 seed in this past year's playoffs and look to contend for another NFC South Division title. The Braves currently have the second-best record in the National League. And the Hawks even have a new owner, singular. We've also got UGA, Georgia Tech and even Georgia State, plus SEC Championships, All-Star games, NCAA tournaments and the occasional Super Bowl. less...

Best sports bargain BOA Award Winner

Turner Field
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost uniquemore...
With $7 hot dogs, Turner Field may seem an odd choice. But you can see the Braves cheaply. Two-and-a-half hours before every home game, $1 tickets go on sale next to the Braves Hall of Fame. Once inside, you can buy $3 beers in the Top of the Chop section in right field. And the Ted is almost unique among major arenas in allowing fans to bring food to the games. Enjoy three cold ones and a tuna sandwich and you've had a picnic at the ball game for 10 bucks. braves.com. less...

Bizarro local news story BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal

Free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave. N.E., 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org

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