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    Best Place for a First Date

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    Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Banshee

    Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Critics
    Banshee

    Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Type of Award » Cityscape
    Picked By » Readers
    Golden Eagle

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2019
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Consumer Culture
    Buteco

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Carroll Street Cafe
    A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when orderingmore...
    A good date spot needs to be one where you don't mind being stood up. We've had great dates and bad dates at Carroll Street Cafe, but never a bad meal, glass of wine, or seat. It's cute and cozy and we feel all kinds of go-ahead vibes on some modest PDA. The odds are always in your favor when ordering dessert, usually two, especially if love isn't in the air. less...

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2018
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Red Phone Booth (Featured)

    Best place for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Gaja Korean Bar (Where to Eat Recommendation)
    What makes a place great for a first date? Engaging ambiance, strong drinks, and delicious food are clutch, and GAJA’s chill East Atlanta vibe covers all of the above. The raw industrial design scheme marked by concrete floors, elemental wood and stainless steel furnishings, and sparse décor keepmore...
    What makes a place great for a first date? Engaging ambiance, strong drinks, and delicious food are clutch, and GAJA’s chill East Atlanta vibe covers all of the above. The raw industrial design scheme marked by concrete floors, elemental wood and stainless steel furnishings, and sparse décor keep the room from feeling too polished or precious. There are stylistic accents, such as vintage Korean film posters and food served on the quintessential Korean trays built to hold a plethora of small side dishes — or banchan. Gaja employs just enough Asian-hipster-foodie quirk to fuel conversation and ultimately foil any first-date awkwardness. Gaja’s playful East-meets-West dishes, such as a rice bowl topped with whatever veggies the kitchen has on hand, cucumber kimchi, and a hamburger patty proudly laced with M.S.G., and the addictive corn cheese (popcorn draped with shredded cheese) are conversation starters in their own right. Wash away any remaining nerves with shots of soju (potent Korean rice liquor) or a refreshing Hite beer imported from Seoul. less...

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2016
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Eclectic Bistro & Bar (Permanently Closed)

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Ecco Midtown

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2015
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Ecco Midtown

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2014
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Better Half (Permanently Closed)

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2013
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Apres Diem

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

    Best spot for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2012
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Leon's Full Service (Featured)
    A first date is all about opportunity: the potential to go one way or another. Will it lead to something more? Or will it fizzle into a night best forgotten? Leon's Full Service excels in presenting options to fuel a fun night, especially from behind the bar, and those options can also be employed tomore...
    A first date is all about opportunity: the potential to go one way or another. Will it lead to something more? Or will it fizzle into a night best forgotten? Leon's Full Service excels in presenting options to fuel a fun night, especially from behind the bar, and those options can also be employed to help one forget should the need arise. Actually, starting at the bar is a great way to get to know your date a little better. Does Belgian beer on tap turn her on? Or is a modern twist on a classic cocktail more her speed? Is he the kind to get all bubbly over a bottle of farmer fizz (champagne from a producer who actually grows their own grapes)? Or is it straight to a sip of single village mezcal? Then there's the array of eating choices. Want to keep it fun? Stick with the bar snacks or fries with a couple of different dipping sauces (if your date chooses peppercorn gravy, that's a sure sign he/she understands the importance of substance over appearances). Want to get serious? Go for something like the pan-seared sea scallops with sweet corn, tomato jam, and bits of bacon from nearby Pine Street Market. Or maybe go straight to a salty sweet embrace with the chocolate hazelnut candy bar. Keep in mind, there's no better way to judge a potential boyfriend/girlfriend than his or her bocce skills while intoxicated, so be sure to carry those drinks we mentioned earlier outside and take advantage of the bocce court before the night is over. less...

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Readers
    Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

    Best spot for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2011
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Picked By » Critics
    Lunacy Black Market (Permanently Closed)
    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 restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2010
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Top Flr (Permanently Closed)

    Runner-up: Apres Diem


    931 Monroe Drive, 404-872-3333, www.apresdiem.com

    Best restaurant for a first date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2009
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Apres Diem

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

    Best Restaurant For A First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Spoon EastSide Restaurant (Featured)

    Best Restaurant For a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2008
    Picked By » Readers
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

    Best Place for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Type of Award » After Dark
    Picked By » Readers
    Real Chow Baby (Permanently Closed)

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Chocolate Bar (Permanently Closed)
    201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-0630 http://www.thechocolatebardecatur.com There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze),more...
    201 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-378-0630 http://www.thechocolatebardecatur.com There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn't tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening, there is something seriously wrong with one of you. less...

    Best Restaurant for a First Date BOA Award Winner

    Year » 2007
    Picked By » Critics
    Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
    Chocolate Bar (Permanently Closed)
    There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening,more...
    There are enough aphrodisiacs on the menu at CHOCOLATE BAR to drive a hoard of potential lovers mad with lust. Between the oysters, creamy cheeses and multiple decadent chocolate creations (including a few that involve booze), if your date isn’t tearing your clothes off by the end of the evening, there is something seriously wrong with one of you. less...
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