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2011 Index of Winners

Free thing to do in Atlanta BOA Award Winner

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

Volunteer program BOA Award Winner

Hands On Atlanta
600 Means St., Suite 100, 404-979-2800, www.handsonatlanta.org

Best hair Salon BOA Award Winner

Van Michael Salon
And other metro Atlanta locations


Best furniture store BOA Award Winner

IKEA

Best spa BOA Award Winner

Natural Body Spa and Shop
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best sporting goods BOA Award Winner

Dick's Sporting Goods

Best kids' consignment BOA Award Winner

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 stylish sewing stuff BOA Award Winner

Whipstitch

Best tattoos for all colors of people BOA Award Winner

City of Ink

Best thrift district BOA Award Winner

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 all-around Korean BOA Award Winner

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 food festival BOA Award Winner

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Best food truck BOA Award Winner

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

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

Morelli
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...

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun
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Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody
and other metro Atlanta locations.

Best supper club BOA Award Winner

Spice Route Supper Club
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Art party BOA Award Winner

Art League

Best comedian BOA Award Winner

Tanner Inman
Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or literally what it sounds like "when doves cry." Inman's been working Atlanta's comedy clubs since 2003, and won the Andy Kaufmanmore...
Tanner Inman's jokes start with regular-guy observations and then take absurdist twists. He can segue from deadpan delivery to amusingly spazzy imitations of Salt-n-Pepa or literally what it sounds like "when doves cry." Inman's been working Atlanta's comedy clubs since 2003, and won the Andy Kaufman Award from the Atlanta Stands Up comedy honors in 2009. He could be the next big thing, assuming he can get off the couch. myspace.com/tannerinman. less...

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