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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 food trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Poke

Best industry trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Mindfully Sober Subculture
There is a new sort of sustainability being talked about among our food and beverage community — an industry with a well-documented tendency toward substance abuse. A MINDFULLY SOBER SUBCULTURE is emerging with the message that drugs and alcohol need not go hand-in-hand with restaurant work. This year,more...
There is a new sort of sustainability being talked about among our food and beverage community — an industry with a well-documented tendency toward substance abuse. A MINDFULLY SOBER SUBCULTURE is emerging with the message that drugs and alcohol need not go hand-in-hand with restaurant work. This year, local chefs Nick Melvin and Sean Brock have shared their journeys toward sobriety with a badge of honor. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival offered a “Chill Space” for chefs and bartenders to be spirited without the spirits. Restaurateur Steve Palmer started Ben’s Friends, a support group “offering hope to the F&B industry.” Named for late chef Ben Murray, the group meets at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Westside’s O-Ku to bring the community together with “open ears, hearts, and minds.” The tone is communal, not preachy, and we think that’s pretty great. www.bensfriendshope.com/atlanta. less...

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm to table

Best food trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Coffee
The Atlanta COFFEE scene has reached critical mass. Craft shops have penetrated most parts of town, from the chic confines of Ponce City Market (Spiller Park) to the far depths of downtown (Ébrik Coffee Room). Westside? Take your pick among a half-dozen shops within a few block radius. But that’smore...
The Atlanta COFFEE scene has reached critical mass. Craft shops have penetrated most parts of town, from the chic confines of Ponce City Market (Spiller Park) to the far depths of downtown (Ébrik Coffee Room). Westside? Take your pick among a half-dozen shops within a few block radius. But that’s not all. Cold brew specialists (Banjo, Blue Donkey, Wanderlust) seem to be stalking every farmers market in town. Even local micro-roasters (Radio Roasters, East Pole) are gaining traction. Starbucks seems to be noticing, too — it recently upgraded one of its midtown Atlanta shops to “Reserve” status, featuring exclusive small-lot roasts and your pick of siphon, Chemex, pour-over, or Clover brewing. less...

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm-to-table

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm-to-table

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm-to-table

Best new restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm-to-table

Best restaurant trends BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Food Trucks

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Farm to table

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Locavorism
Runner-up: Burgers

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Organic/sustainable

Runner-up
Farm to table

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Offal
Mmm, livers. Yuumm, tripe. Sweetbreads? Oh, yeah. More and more restaurants are jumping on the OFFAL bandwagon, and that’s just fine with us. While many upscale restaurants (as well as ethnic spots) have been serving organ meats for years, the past year has seen an explosion in whole-animalmore...
Mmm, livers. Yuumm, tripe. Sweetbreads? Oh, yeah. More and more restaurants are jumping on the OFFAL bandwagon, and that’s just fine with us. While many upscale restaurants (as well as ethnic spots) have been serving organ meats for years, the past year has seen an explosion in whole-animal cooking, most notably at Holeman & Finch Public House and at Abattoir, the new restaurant from Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. The good news is that the public seems to be gobbling it up with gusto, meaning this is a delicious trend that’s not going away anytime soon. Chicken hearts, anyone? Yes, please … . less...

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Offal

Best restaurant trend BOA Award Winner

Organic/sustainable

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Farm-to-table cooking
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinningmore...
The hottest trend this year is also the best: FARM-TO-TABLE COOKING has finally taken off like wildfire, from such swank establishments as Home to neighborhood eateries such as the Shed at Glenwood. Both our Restaurant of the Year and Best Overall Restaurant have farm-to-table cooking as the underpinning of what they do, and it's likely you'll see more and more of this in the coming months. What does it mean for you, the diner? Better, fresher food; less of your money leaving the state and going toward fuel costs; and a stronger food community. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Southern Cooking
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city's soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they've been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene's Sunday suppers pay homagemore...
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city's soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they've been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene's Sunday suppers pay homage to our regional tradition, and Quinones at Bacchanalia also features a Southern accent. All these restaurants endeavor to use local ingredients and, besides preparing traditional dishes, most also do creative riffs on the food of our mothers and fathers. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Southern Cooking
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city’s soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they’ve been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene’smore...
It seems absurd, but until the last year or two it was difficult to find good SOUTHERN COOKING outside the city’s soul-food cafes. The exceptions were Watershed and Horseradish Grill, but they’ve been joined now by JCT Kitchen and Bar, Rare, and Sweet Lowdown. Restaurant Eugene’s Sunday suppers pay homage to our regional tradition, and Quinones at Bacchanalia also features a Southern accent. All these restaurants endeavor to use local ingredients and, besides preparing traditional dishes, most also do creative riffs on the food of our mothers and fathers. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Tapas

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Meat and Cheese Plates

BEST RESTAURANT TREND


Americans are finally learning to eat at a leisurely pace. Over recent years, more and more restaurants have been forgoing the three-course format for more free-form dining options like tapas and sushi. This year, we especially love how many restaurants are offering MEAT AND CHEESE PLATES as the start to a meal, or accompaniment to a bottle of wine (or three) for a group of friends. New restaurants such as Enoteca Carbonari and Krog Bar offer a wonderful selection. At the Fifth Group’s new restaurant, Ecco, the gorgonzola dolce and the spicy coppa are not to be missed.

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Critics
Upscale Ethnic Restaurants
We're continually dazzled by and thankful for the ever-evolving diversity of the city's mom-and-pop ethnic eateries. But in the last two years, the opening of numerous UPSCALE ETHNIC RESTAURANTS has signaled a leap forward in the evolution of our food scene. Kyma, Nam, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Sala andmore...
We're continually dazzled by and thankful for the ever-evolving diversity of the city's mom-and-pop ethnic eateries. But in the last two years, the opening of numerous UPSCALE ETHNIC RESTAURANTS has signaled a leap forward in the evolution of our food scene. Kyma, Nam, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Sala and Fogo de Chao highlight the list of ventures whose chefs strive for true reflections of their represented cultures' cuisines. Served in swanked-out settings, just the way Atlantans like it, we get glamour "and" authentic chow. What will be the next cuisine to get a makeover? Indian? Moroccan? Korean? We can't wait to taste. less...

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Oral Pleasures
Picked By » Readers
Tapas

Best Restaurant Trend BOA Award Winner

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

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