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Best Of Atlanta 2015 Oral Pleasures (Header)


Oral Pleasures

What a bizarre time in history to be alive. We can have almost anything delivered to our doorstep. We maintain many of our relationships through screens. Entertainment is endless and instant. Books, TV shows, movies; we scarcely have to wait for anything anymore. Everything is on demand. Everything is on our time. And yet, despite all the advances and all the conveniences modern life affords, why do so many of us seem to have so little time these days?

Technology has given us a way out of countless human interactions. But they still haven’t figured out a way for us to eat the same meal together remotely. An evening filled with food and friends is not an item on a delivery menu. Food is arguably one of the last holdouts of human interaction. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or where you’re from, you have to be present to eat. Maybe that’s why the allure of restaurants endures. Chefs create meals we can’t replicate or summon at will. You have to drive to a restaurant and sit down and order. Like in the old days, you have to wait. Restaurants force us to delay gratification and suspend our overloaded lives if only for the duration of a single meal.

As time lurches on, our minutes become increasingly valuable. We’re connected 24/7. Even when we take time off, we’re never truly away. We answer emails from bed soon after we open our eyes, we eat lunch at our desks. All those times that used to be reserved for rest and relaxation are disappearing. Eating together — at home or in a restaurant — is some of the only genuine leisure time we have left.

This year, Creative Loafing’s dining squad wanted to highlight establishments that have stood the test of time and restaurants we believe have what it takes to stick around. For us, the best restaurants favor quality over quantity and are vigilant in their consistency. Restaurants such as Mamak (Best overall restaurant), where you can close your eyes and point to a dish and be certain something great will show up to the table. Not just one time, but week after week after week. In Buckhead, the lavish new Atlas (Best fine dining) redefines what fine dining can be in Atlanta while the Colonnade (Best restaurant frozen in yesteryear) just three miles south continues to chug along, serving tried-and-true Southern food as it has for nearly 90 years.

Ain’t nobody got time for a bad meal.

— Stephanie Dazey, Food Editor

Best hot dog BOA Award Winner

The Varsity
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best juice bar BOA Award Winner

Arden's Garden Little 5 Points
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local food advocate BOA Award Winner

Will Edmond
twitter.com/willedmond

Best mixologist BOA Award Winner

Miles Macquarrie: Kimball House

Best service BOA Award Winner

Bacchanalia AND Bone's

Best Thai BOA Award Winner

Little Bangkok

Best vegetarian dish at a non-vegetarian restaurant BOA Award Winner

Fresh Veggie Plate: Bantam + Biddy

Bantam + Biddy


www.bantamandbiddy.com

Best Atlanta food Instagrammer BOA Award Winner

@betterhalfcook
instagram.com/betterhalfcook

Best biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Cantonese BOA Award Winner

Canton Cooks AND Canton House

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Gillespie AND Kevin Rathbun

Best food festival or event BOA Award Winner

Taste of Atlanta

Best French BOA Award Winner

Bistro Niko

Best mixologist BOA Award Winner

Miles Macquarrie: Kimball House

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Highland Bakery - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best cheap eats BOA Award Winner

Eats

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Gillespie AND Kevin Rathbun

Best chinese BOA Award Winner

Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best chocolates BOA Award Winner

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best dim sum BOA Award Winner

Canton House

Best French BOA Award Winner

Bistro Niko

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best frozen yogurt BOA Award Winner

Yogli Mogli
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Indian BOA Award Winner

Chai Pani

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best veggie burger BOA Award Winner

Grindhouse Killer Burgers (5 ATL Locations)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Guest Critic: Danielle Oron BOA Award Winner

The chef and prolific food blogger shares her findings since moving to Atlanta in 2013

Best chocolates BOA Award Winner

Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Co.
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best fine dining BOA Award Winner

Atlas

Best grits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Italian BOA Award Winner

BoccaLupo

Best local food advocate BOA Award Winner

Will Edmond
twitter.com/willedmond

Best place to dine alone BOA Award Winner

Waffle House
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Umi

Best tacos BOA Award Winner

Taqueria Del Sol
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Guest Critic: Danielle Oron BOA Award Winner

The chef and prolific food blogger shares her findings since moving to Atlanta in 2013

Best Atlanta food Tweeter BOA Award Winner

@fifthgrouper
twitter.com/FifthGrouper

Best biscuits BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Midtown
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best deli BOA Award Winner

The General Muir

Best desserts BOA Award Winner

Cafe Intermezzo - Dunwoody
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best fine dining BOA Award Winner

Atlas

Best hot dog BOA Award Winner

The Varsity
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best juice bar BOA Award Winner

Arden's Garden Little 5 Points
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best local food advocate BOA Award Winner

Will Edmond
twitter.com/willedmond

Best mixologist BOA Award Winner

Miles Macquarrie: Kimball House

Best service BOA Award Winner

Bacchanalia AND Bone's

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