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These are some of the past winners for the Best Southern restaurant category:

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Miller Union (Featured)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best cornbread BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Revival
Kevin Gillespie has struck gold again with his down-home restaurant REVIVAL. The fried chicken and meatloaf may dominate the spotlight, but the real reason to visit Revival is the cornbread that arrives fresh with every meal. Revival’s rendition of this Southern staple comes as simple triangles cookedmore...
Kevin Gillespie has struck gold again with his down-home restaurant REVIVAL. The fried chicken and meatloaf may dominate the spotlight, but the real reason to visit Revival is the cornbread that arrives fresh with every meal. Revival’s rendition of this Southern staple comes as simple triangles cooked in cast-iron skillets. The basic appearance belies the complex interior of Revival’s cornbread, which manages to evoke both the silky texture of a soufflé and the creaminess of a thick spoon bread at the same time. It comes from a recipe passed down by Gillespie’s great-grandmother, for whom we should all give thanks. less...

Best southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Democratic Lore: Best Southern honky-tonk experience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Southern-Comfort Restaurant and Lounge

Best southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runner-up: Watershed


406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-378-4900, www.watershedrestaurant.com

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Runner-up
Colonnade
1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642, www.colonnadeatl.com

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Restaurant Eugene (Permanently Closed)
New Southern cooking is a trend we applaud, and this year has certainly seen a rise in the number of chefs and restaurants embracing regional cooking. But chef Linton Hopkins of RESTAURANT EUGENE was one of the first, and nowhere can you see the marvelous results better than in his $29.50 three-coursemore...
New Southern cooking is a trend we applaud, and this year has certainly seen a rise in the number of chefs and restaurants embracing regional cooking. But chef Linton Hopkins of RESTAURANT EUGENE was one of the first, and nowhere can you see the marvelous results better than in his $29.50 three-course Sunday suppers. Elegant comfort food, such as Creole fried chicken livers, fried chicken or bacon-wrapped Georgia trout, make you proud to live in the South, in a city that's taken local cooking to such fantastic heights. less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best meat-and-three BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Our Way Cafe (Permanently Closed)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Greenwood's on Green Street (Permanently Closed)
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenlymore...
When we want the culinary equivalent of old-time religion, we make a beeline up Ga. 400 to chow down at the church of Bill Greenwood. His GREENWOOD’S ON GREEN STREET is always full of congregates worshipping plates of sage-strewn pork chops, Georgia trout with lemon-chive butter and the heavenly broccoli casserole, worth a pilgrimage in its own right. His pies — particularly apple, cherry and chocolate cream — make you wanna shout, “Amen!” And just like Sunday morning services, you need to show up early for dinner if you want a good seat. less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Meat-and-Two BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Carver's Country Kitchen
We love to grouse about the loss of Southern identity in Atlanta's food scene, but the moment we step inside CARVER'S COUNTRY KITCHEN, our argument falls flat as hoecakes. Sharon Carver serves an iconic bounty of favorites, from collards and salty-but-sweet baked ham to chicken and dumplings and bananamore...
We love to grouse about the loss of Southern identity in Atlanta's food scene, but the moment we step inside CARVER'S COUNTRY KITCHEN, our argument falls flat as hoecakes. Sharon Carver serves an iconic bounty of favorites, from collards and salty-but-sweet baked ham to chicken and dumplings and banana pudding. Her mac-n-cheese? Omigod. No wonder a line is out the door. But don't worry. A spot at a table always seems to open up, and the walls are plastered with endlessly entertaining signs and sayings. Even a license plate bearing the words "Run Forest, Run" made us chuckle at that worn-out saw all over again. "1118 W. Marietta St. 404-794-4410." less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Greenwood's On Green Street
From the log cabin back room to the prodigious portions, GREENWOOD'S ON GREEN STREET emanates the essence of Southern hospitality. Crisp-crusted, juicy fried chicken, Maryland-style crab cakes in season, delicate trout and a pot roast you wish you'd eaten in your childhood are just the beginning of themore...
From the log cabin back room to the prodigious portions, GREENWOOD'S ON GREEN STREET emanates the essence of Southern hospitality. Crisp-crusted, juicy fried chicken, Maryland-style crab cakes in season, delicate trout and a pot roast you wish you'd eaten in your childhood are just the beginning of the feast. Cheese grits with shrimp have a cult following, and some of us drive from intown just for the broccoli casserole. The deservedly famous pies with thick, almost cookie-like crusts (cherry is but one favorite variation) and a husky scoop of house-made vanilla ice cream could be your reward for a clean plate, but no one ever leaves here without a stack of to-go boxes. "1087 Green St., Roswell. 770-992-5383. " less...

Best Meat-and-Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's

Best Meat-and-Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)
We can't take this category exactly literally. THE COLONNADE is more like a meat-and-two place but it fulfills the spirit of the category. Famous for its blend of gays and grays at dinnertime, the restaurant also features a parade of cosmetic oddities, including a regular diner with hair that looks likemore...
We can't take this category exactly literally. THE COLONNADE is more like a meat-and-two place but it fulfills the spirit of the category. Famous for its blend of gays and grays at dinnertime, the restaurant also features a parade of cosmetic oddities, including a regular diner with hair that looks like platinum cotton candy framing a face that recalls Baby Jane Hudson. We like the lamb shank and the fried chicken best. Lots of people love the roast turkey. Fresh greens are a good side dish and the wedge of iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing is standard. "1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, 404-874-5642." less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Greenwood's
The food at GREENWOOD'S isn't Southern by the strictest sense - the pork with sage, trout with lemon butter and decadently cinnamon-laced apple pie is more Americana than strictly regional. Crab cakes in the summer are some of the best around. But is Maryland-inspired food really part of the South? Themore...
The food at GREENWOOD'S isn't Southern by the strictest sense - the pork with sage, trout with lemon butter and decadently cinnamon-laced apple pie is more Americana than strictly regional. Crab cakes in the summer are some of the best around. But is Maryland-inspired food really part of the South? The feisty servers with their lovely drawls, though, who charge through the dining room with dishes stacked three high on each arm sure make it feel Southern. As does the log-cabin look of this converted house in the heart of Roswell. And don't forget about the amazing broccoli casserole either. Label it what you will - Bill Greenwood's welcoming, family-friendly spot is a local treasure. "1087 Green St., Roswell, 770-992-5383." less...

Best Meat and Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)

Best Meat-and-Three (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Greenwood's
As much as we like the high-falutin' New Southern cuisine that's come of age in recent years, we always come back to GREENWOOD'S, Bill Greenwood's funky little shack for consistently soul-satisfying eats. The sassy waitstaff whizzes through the dining rooms balancing enormous plates of local pink troutmore...
As much as we like the high-falutin' New Southern cuisine that's come of age in recent years, we always come back to GREENWOOD'S, Bill Greenwood's funky little shack for consistently soul-satisfying eats. The sassy waitstaff whizzes through the dining rooms balancing enormous plates of local pink trout in lemon butter sauce, spicy meatloaf with sauteed onions, and the best broccoli casserole ever conceived. Save room for spectacular pie, and beware the long waits on weekends. "1087 Green St., Roswell. 770-992-5383." less...

Best Meat-and-Three (Tie) BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Tie: Silver Grill

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Meat-and-Three BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
The Colonnade (Where to Eat Recommendation)
Open since 1927, people still pack Atlanta classic THE COLONNADE nightly to gaze at gays, grays and everyone in between. The thing is, the food here is actually darn good. Folks seem to find a favorite that sticks, whether it's the batterlicious fried chicken, the surprisingly fresh grilled trout, ormore...
Open since 1927, people still pack Atlanta classic THE COLONNADE nightly to gaze at gays, grays and everyone in between. The thing is, the food here is actually darn good. Folks seem to find a favorite that sticks, whether it's the batterlicious fried chicken, the surprisingly fresh grilled trout, or the salmon cakes like your grandma made way back when. Just try not to fill up on those Parker House rolls before the wacky waitstaff brings out your meal. "1879 Cheshire Bridge Road. 404-874-5642." less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Mary Mac's Tea Room

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Horseradish Grill
4320 Powers Ferry Road 404-255-7277 and 3070 Windward Plaza Suite P, Alpharetta 770-442-3123 http://www.horseradishgrill.com/buckhead Billing itself as "a neighborhood barn & grill (the original one is located in the former Red Barn Inn), Horseradish Grill certainly looks like a showcase for upscalemore...
4320 Powers Ferry Road 404-255-7277 and 3070 Windward Plaza Suite P, Alpharetta 770-442-3123 http://www.horseradishgrill.com/buckhead Billing itself as "a neighborhood barn & grill (the original one is located in the former Red Barn Inn), Horseradish Grill certainly looks like a showcase for upscale Southern cuisine, with its genteel dining room and its own herb garden. And the kitchen stays true to Southern regional revival cooking, from its flaky biscuits to skillet-fried chicken in buttermilk batter to Kentucky oatmeal spice cake. Occasionally you'll taste a nouveau flourish, but such flavors as the grilled Georgia mountain rainbow trout rarely stray too far from down home. less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Mary Mac's Tea Room
If the fictional Aunt Pittypat ran a restaurant, this would be it — not the eponymous tourist trap downtown. Sweet old ladies show guests to tables. Waitresses address customers as "Honeychile" and "Darlin." The menu offers old favorite dishes and tea-room standards: from salmon croquettes and potmore...
If the fictional Aunt Pittypat ran a restaurant, this would be it — not the eponymous tourist trap downtown. Sweet old ladies show guests to tables. Waitresses address customers as "Honeychile" and "Darlin." The menu offers old favorite dishes and tea-room standards: from salmon croquettes and pot likker to Lady peas and Jell-O salad. less...

Best Southern BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Horseradish Grill
Tree-shaded tables, an organic garden and a pedigreed clientele go hand in glove with the first-rate New Southern cuisine served in this series of elegant trophy rooms masquerading as a Chastain Park stable. Dave Berry's upscale menu offers treats such as properly fried chicken, pork barbecue on cornmore...
Tree-shaded tables, an organic garden and a pedigreed clientele go hand in glove with the first-rate New Southern cuisine served in this series of elegant trophy rooms masquerading as a Chastain Park stable. Dave Berry's upscale menu offers treats such as properly fried chicken, pork barbecue on corn bread, wonderful chicken-liver salad, wood-grilled Georgia trout, Southern-style vegetables, hot biscuits and the signature Kentucky oatmeal spice cake. less...

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