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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 Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Shoya Izakaya (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Shoya Izakaya (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Umi (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sushi Hayakawa (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is aboutmore...
Yet another excellent Buford Highway eatery, Sushi Hayakawa serves classic Japanese cuisine and was founded by the masterful Atsushi 'Art' Hayakawa, who is the sole chef at the establishment. If you're lucky enough to get in - walk-ins are usually turned away - and the wait for a reservation is about three weeks, you will enjoy authentic, no-frills sushi with a highlight on the fish's subtle flavor. Avid sushi lovers take note: this past May, Hayakawa introduced a 14-course omakase, a two-and-a-half hour dining experience for two. Reservations are mandatory. less...

Best Japanese Izakaya BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Shoya Izakaya (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarettemore...
Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent of tapas, if you have to compare. It's more a vibe and a way of eating, small portions and beverages consumed in large quantities. Shoya is the closest in atmosphere and taste to the backstreets of Tokyo. The only thing missing - thankfully - is the clouds of cigarette smoke filling these places in Japan. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Miso Izakaya - Permanently Closed (Permanently Closed)

Best Japanese soul food BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Yakitori Jinbei
The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can getmore...
The home-style dishes at Yakitori Jinbei keep Japanese expats and their yakitori-loving brethren coming back. The restaurant offers old-school favorites such as fried pork cutlets, curry bowls, and gorgeous homemade pork dumplings. At night, the space morphs into a yakitori restaurant where you can get chicken skin and other delicacies grilled over white binchotan charcoal. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Miso Izakaya - Permanently Closed (Permanently Closed)

Best Japanese restaurant BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Miso Izakaya - Permanently Closed (Permanently Closed)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runner-up: MF Sushi


3280 Peachtree Road, 404-841-1192; 265 Ponce de Leon Ave., 404-815-8844. www.mfsushibar.com.

Best Japanese and Best sushi BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Sushi Hayakawa (Where to Eat Recommendation)
SUSHI HOUSE HAYAKAWA is one of those rare Japanese restaurants that does exceptionally well on two fronts: The sushi and sashimi is expertly cut, fresh and fabulous, and the hard-to-find home-style Japanese dishes and nightly specials elevate Hayakawa to destination-restaurant status. Golden-fried squidmore...
SUSHI HOUSE HAYAKAWA is one of those rare Japanese restaurants that does exceptionally well on two fronts: The sushi and sashimi is expertly cut, fresh and fabulous, and the hard-to-find home-style Japanese dishes and nightly specials elevate Hayakawa to destination-restaurant status. Golden-fried squid legs served with Japanese mayo, crispy croquettes with a creamy center, roasted gingko nuts, seductively slippery seaweed salads and an assortment of noodle dishes are perfect with an ice-cold carafe of sake from the restaurant's small, but excellent selection. 5979 Buford Highway. 770-986-0010. www.atlantasushibar.com. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runner-up
Ru San's
1529 Piedmont Ave., 404-875-7042, rusans.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ru San's (Permanently Closed)
1529 Piedmont Road, 404-875-7042 And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
A year after the exultant reopening of SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, chef/owner Sotohiro Kosugi recently made another intriguing change to his Japanese fusion format. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to the classic a la carte format of pristine sushi and wild creations like lobster in a lotusmore...
A year after the exultant reopening of SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT, chef/owner Sotohiro Kosugi recently made another intriguing change to his Japanese fusion format. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to the classic a la carte format of pristine sushi and wild creations like lobster in a lotus root cage. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant now serves a multi-, MULTI-course meal of mind-opening dishes (think many small tastes of brilliance). Personally? We’d rather dodge the pandemonium and come for the weekend prix-fixe meals. Sotohiro is certainly more relaxed then. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ru San's (Permanently Closed)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT has reopened. Rejoice. Devotees of chef/culinary provocateur Sotohiro Kosugi come to feast not only on faultlessly fresh sushi, but on his sumptuous, left brain-meets-right-brain fusion creations like steamed lobster with uni mousse. A few tips: Do not come to this restaurantmore...
SOTO JAPANESE RESTAURANT has reopened. Rejoice. Devotees of chef/culinary provocateur Sotohiro Kosugi come to feast not only on faultlessly fresh sushi, but on his sumptuous, left brain-meets-right-brain fusion creations like steamed lobster with uni mousse. A few tips: Do not come to this restaurant ravenous. Your meal could take hours. Do come with an open mind. Explore the sake menu. Be prepared to drop some bucks. But above all, know your patience will be rewarded with some of the finest food to ever cross your lips. "3330 Piedmont Road. 404-233-2005." less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nakato Japanese Restaurant (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Benihana

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Haru Ichiban
Moms helping their kids learn to hold chopsticks have replaced the Japanese ex-pats, but the food at HARU ICHIBAN has retained its inventive edge. Sushi rolls are filled with crunchy, creamy tidbits and the teriyaki dishes are fine, but what's really special here are the fusion-fueled, tapas dishes likemore...
Moms helping their kids learn to hold chopsticks have replaced the Japanese ex-pats, but the food at HARU ICHIBAN has retained its inventive edge. Sushi rolls are filled with crunchy, creamy tidbits and the teriyaki dishes are fine, but what's really special here are the fusion-fueled, tapas dishes like delicate shrimp dumplings or oysters breaded in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs). Look to the specials page on the left side of the menu for the latest creations the kitchen has dreamed up. For Atlantans in love with the small plate craze, this place is worth a special trek from intown. "3646 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, 770-622-4060." less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
By now, most devotees of SOTO's rhapsodically original cuisine know the drill: Secure a place at the bar, scrutinize the nightly specials for intriguing concoctions (typically involving such diverse ingredients as sea urchin mousse, lobster sashimi and mango), and settle in for a slow-paced but deeplymore...
By now, most devotees of SOTO's rhapsodically original cuisine know the drill: Secure a place at the bar, scrutinize the nightly specials for intriguing concoctions (typically involving such diverse ingredients as sea urchin mousse, lobster sashimi and mango), and settle in for a slow-paced but deeply satisfying couple of hours. Ambience is nil, so absorb yourself in conversation over sake or set your attention on Chef Sotohiro Kosugi standing center stage, creating his tiny works of genius with the concentration of a Zen master. "3330 Piedmont Road. 404-233-2005." less...

Best Japanese (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Nagoya Japanese Restaurant

Best Japanese (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Hashiguchi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
3330 Piedmont Road 404-233-2005 Enraged impatience is a small price to pay for food that converts yesterday's sushi-phobes into today's groupies of Sotohiro Kosugi, probably one of the best sushi chefs in America. To avoid the worst service, only dine here if you can get a reservation at the sushi bar.more...
3330 Piedmont Road 404-233-2005 Enraged impatience is a small price to pay for food that converts yesterday's sushi-phobes into today's groupies of Sotohiro Kosugi, probably one of the best sushi chefs in America. To avoid the worst service, only dine here if you can get a reservation at the sushi bar. Then sit back and feast on a nouveau version of classic sushi that might include a dash of truffle oil, a dollop of sea-urchin mousse wrapped with squid. The kitchen produces classic Japanese dishes but there are flashes of weirdness remarkable enough to make your tongue feel like a crouching tiger. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Ru San's (Permanently Closed)
RuSan's offers Japanese cuisine with such universal appeal that both straight-laced and adventurous palates can find satisfying options on the voluminous menu. Catering to the carb-phobic crowds of Midtown, also with locations in Buckhead and Marietta, RuSan's blends authenticity with mass-market commonmore...
RuSan's offers Japanese cuisine with such universal appeal that both straight-laced and adventurous palates can find satisfying options on the voluminous menu. Catering to the carb-phobic crowds of Midtown, also with locations in Buckhead and Marietta, RuSan's blends authenticity with mass-market common sense resulting in delicious grilled meats and seafood and an intimidating number of entree-sized appetizers. The teriyaki salmon and chicken is an affordable meal copiously accompanied by salad, soup and rice. The traditional udons and yakisobas can be dressed up with such California-influenced sauces and additions as pesto and avocado. less...

Best Japanese BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Soto Japanese Restaurant (Permanently Closed)
Some of America's best sushi is served here, but Soto is also a world-class Japanese restaurant with a full kitchen. The restaurant certainly belongs in any top-10 list of Atlanta's best. The menu of kitchen specialties, like seared garlic-pepper tuna belly, is extensive and often strange to round-eyedmore...
Some of America's best sushi is served here, but Soto is also a world-class Japanese restaurant with a full kitchen. The restaurant certainly belongs in any top-10 list of Atlanta's best. The menu of kitchen specialties, like seared garlic-pepper tuna belly, is extensive and often strange to round-eyed diners, but we urge you to take an adventurous spirit or a Japanese buddy. Service has improved in the past year, but the decor remains strictly strip mall. less...

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