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Best New Restaurant

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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 New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2018 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2018 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
The Watchman
The mignonette at The Watchman is life-changing. I always have to keep myself from drinking it straight out of the bottle.

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2017 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2016 » Oral Pleasures » Reader's Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2016 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Few restaurants have wooed Atlanta diners as swiftly as Inman Park’s BREAD & BUTTERFLY. The French-inspired eatery from Billy and Kristin Allin has infused the neighborhood with a lovely bit of Parisian charm. The restaurant serves everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to dinner. Seemingly simplemore...
Few restaurants have wooed Atlanta diners as swiftly as Inman Park’s BREAD & BUTTERFLY. The French-inspired eatery from Billy and Kristin Allin has infused the neighborhood with a lovely bit of Parisian charm. The restaurant serves everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to dinner. Seemingly simple dishes such as pancakes drizzled with maple syrup and butter and a French-style omelet served with a vinegary simple salad are transformed into mouthwatering, soul-satisfying treats. A towering burger layered with caramelized onion, Swiss cheese, mayo, and grain mustard on a buttery brioche bun is gooey, tender, and tangy in all the right ways. And don’t miss the drool-worthy display of croissants, cookies, cakes, bread, and more from sister bakery Proof Bakeshop that bedeck the restaurant’s pastry case. A short but strong wine list curated by Cakes & Ale veteran Jordan Smelt and a classic, well-executed cocktail program round out Bread & Butterfly’s impressive offerings.  less...

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2014 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2014 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2013 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2013 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
When we heard that the folks from West Egg and Bocado's then-chef Todd Ginsberg were teaming up to open the General Muir, a tribute to a classic New York deli, we knew to expect some serious pastrami and matzoh ball soup. But no one anticipated such exotic dishes as the breakfast laffa (Israeli flatmore...
When we heard that the folks from West Egg and Bocado's then-chef Todd Ginsberg were teaming up to open the General Muir, a tribute to a classic New York deli, we knew to expect some serious pastrami and matzoh ball soup. But no one anticipated such exotic dishes as the breakfast laffa (Israeli flat bread) stuffed with stewed lentils, charred eggplant, and a thick spread of spicy harissa. Or that the cortados would be so damn bold. Or that the poutine would turn out to be the best combination of fried potato, pastrami, gooey cheese, and meaty gravy this city has ever seen. This newcomer is still evolving, but there's a long list of things it does as well as - or better than - anyone in town, including the burgers, espresso, cheesecake, bagels, lox, sticky buns ... Shall we go on? Because we certainly can. less...

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2012 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2011 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Runner-up: Farm Burger


4108 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-5077, www.farmburger.net

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2009 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
LPC
Nothing in Atlanta restaurants has come along in the past year that's made us as excited as chef Bruce Logue's cooking at LA PIETRA CUCINA. From the dreamy pillows of house-made ricotta that accompany the Procuitto de Parma and pineapple mostarda to the outrageous black spaghetti with hot caladrese sausagemore...
Nothing in Atlanta restaurants has come along in the past year that's made us as excited as chef Bruce Logue's cooking at LA PIETRA CUCINA. From the dreamy pillows of house-made ricotta that accompany the Procuitto de Parma and pineapple mostarda to the outrageous black spaghetti with hot caladrese sausage and rock shrimp to perfect wood-roasted fish, Logue's bold vision of Italian is as thrilling as any genre of food happening in any restaurant in the city. 1545 Peachtree St. 404-888-8709. www.lapietracucina.com. less...

Best new restaurant BOA Award Winner

2009 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Runner-up
Leon's Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2008 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
Home Restaurant and Bar

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Editor's note: Richard Blais was chef at Home Restaurant and Bar at the time of voting. He has since left the restaurant.

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2007 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2007 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Shaun's
It’s been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN’S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun’s caters to a real need in Atlanta —more...
It’s been a huge year in Atlanta for new restaurants, but none has captured our hearts quite like SHAUN’S, the Inman Park bistro from Shaun Doty. Serving clean, inspired New American food in a beautiful old street-front building, Shaun’s caters to a real need in Atlanta — upscale neighborhood dining. Brunch is especially impressive, with deliciously refined takes on brunch classics. Try the trout over grits along with a mistral mimosa. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2006 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we havemore...
Beauty and intelligence — now that’s not something you find every day on Atlanta’s hip restaurant scene. From fantastic cocktails to a delicious and thoughtful Mediterranean-influenced menu to the wonderful redesign of Midtown’s Atlanta Fencing Club building, we have plenty of cause to be smitten by ECCO. The menu, with its cheeses, appetizers, share plates, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees, makes for a highly versatile restaurant, whether you’re looking for nibbles at the bar or a five-course extravaganza. We recommend making a meal of the winning appetizers and the small plates, like delicately fried balls of goat cheese with honey and roasted clams with ginger and spiced ham. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2006 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2005 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
The Globe
Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grabmore...

Govantez Lowndez is a restaurateur who learns from his past. Where his defunct Commune was tucked away in a dark (though admittedly sexy) back corner of a west side development, THE GLOBE snatches the spotlight in Tech Square with a light, welcoming warmth. His new venture is both a great place to grab an easygoing bite with friends and a harbinger of Atlanta’s dining future: The mod restaurant looks and feels like a scenester hang, but it has the earnest heart of a neighborhood eatery. We’ll take more enticing concepts like this, please.
75 Fifth St. 404-541-1487. www.globeatlanta.com.

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Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2000 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick
The first Southern link in a California-based chain, the Midtown beer hall resembles a gentrified former bank. Perhaps most notable for a collection of Mettlach and other antique steins displayed like diamonds in a case behind the host stand, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant offers sports TV, German-stylemore...
The first Southern link in a California-based chain, the Midtown beer hall resembles a gentrified former bank. Perhaps most notable for a collection of Mettlach and other antique steins displayed like diamonds in a case behind the host stand, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant offers sports TV, German-style lagers made onsite, exceptional service and serviceable food, including tuna sashimi with pickled ginger, Moroccan-style lamb chops and goat cheese ravioli. less...

Best New Restaurant BOA Award Winner

2000 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Oh ... Maria!
In offering authentic Mexican dining, the owners of Midtown's Zocalo Mexican Taqueria never conceded to chips 'n' salsa trends, and they've made a further leap with Buckhead's Oh ... Maria! A caliente showcase of the best of Nueva Latina cuisine, Oh ... Maria! serves dishes you've never quite experiencedmore...
In offering authentic Mexican dining, the owners of Midtown's Zocalo Mexican Taqueria never conceded to chips 'n' salsa trends, and they've made a further leap with Buckhead's Oh ... Maria! A caliente showcase of the best of Nueva Latina cuisine, Oh ... Maria! serves dishes you've never quite experienced before (the fittingly named "Ecstasy de Maria" is a ribeye steak served on a banana leaf), in the midst of lovingly elaborate surroundings that suggest a visit to the oldest and fanciest restaurant in Mexico City. less...

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