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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.
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