DINING

Best Bagels
Goldberg’s
5 Area Locations
www.goldbergsdeli.net
Twenty-five varieties baked fresh daily.

Best Barbecue
Dreamland
10730 Alpharetta Hwy. Roswell
678-352-7999 dreamlandbbq.com
Ain’t nothing like them, nowhere!  Dreamland is currently celebrating their 50th Anniversary.  Their legendary ribs go back to 1958 in Tuscaloosa, AL.  The Roswell store opended in January 2000 and goes through 22 tons of hickory wood every ten days! 

Best Bar Food
Taco Mac
Multiple Area Locations
www.tacomac.com
Great menu selection with plenty of beers on tap to enjoy while watching the latest game.

Best Breakfast
J. Christopher’s
17 Metro Locations
www.jchristophers.com
The place to go for all your traditional breakfast favorites.  Go for their signature dish Eggs Benedict or try one of their original omelet’s and fluffy pancakes.

Best Brunch
The Flying Biscuit
Buckhead 404-816-3152
Midtown 404-874-8887
Decatur 404-687-8888
Terminus 404-477-0013
East Cobb 770-321-4445 www.flyingbiscuit.com
One of Atlanta’s favorite home-grown gems has five metro locations and more on the way.  Known for their mouthwatering biscuits and original and affordable menu items.

Best Burger
Tap
1180 Peachtree St.  404-347-2220
www.tap1180.com
Home of the Pub Burger; served to perfection on an English muffin.

Best Burrito
Willy’s
15 Area Locations
Catering 404-422-7107 www.willys.com
Atlanta’s original burrito chain.  Willy’s award winning signature California-style burritos keep the concept of freshness true. 

Best Carry-out
Doc Chey’s
1556 N. Decatur Rd. 404-378-8188
1424 N. Highland Ave.
404-888-0777
www.doccheys.com
The original pan-asian noodle house in Atlanta.  Menu includes dim sum, salad bowls, soup bowls, noodle bowls and rice plates.  Easy menu, quick service and affordable pricing make Doc Chey’s a carry-out favorite.

Best Chinese
Chin Chin
3887 Peachtree Rd. 404-816-2229
and other locations
www.chinchinonline.com
From crab rangoons to cashew chicken, Chin Chin offers fine dining that won’t break the bank.  This Chinese chain offers several locations around Metro Atlanta, each with the same great flavor, healthy portions and elegant décor.  Perennial Best Of winner.

Best Deli
Goldberg’s
5 Area Locations
www.goldbergsdeli.net
Here you will find authentic kosher meats and dishes.  All Goldberg’s locations offer full dine-in seating.

Best Diner
Landmark
3652 Roswell Rd. & other locations
404-816-9090 Landmarkdiner.com
A landmark of good eats, 24 hours a day.  When you crave a 2 a.m. breakfast or an
8 a.m. steak, the food at Landmark Diner will hit the spot. 

Best Greek
Athens Pizza House
1341 Clairmont Rd. 404-636-1100
www.athenspizzaatlanta.com
Originally opened in the summer of 1977 by the Papadopoulos family, Athens Pizza is still serving the same delicious Greek recipes their customers have come to expect.

Best Ice Cream
Jake’s Ice Cream
Irwin St. Market 678-705-7277
Ansley Mall 404-541-9124
2144 N. Decatur Road
www.jakesicecream.com
With inviting interiors that encourage you to relax and stay awhile, Jake’s is not your average ice cream shop.  Flavors like “Chocolate Slap Yo Mama”, “Elvis Peppa-choca-mint Peppermint” and “Just Jake” prove it.

Best Inexpensive Restaurant
Eats
600 Ponce de Leon Ave.
404-876-6161
For 16 years people have been heading down to Ponce to experience their great jerk chicken and pasta dishes.  Over all this time they have maintained the great quality of their food and kept their prices low.

Best Italian
Sotto Sotto
313 N. Highland Ave. 404-523-6678
www.sottosottorestaurant.com
Great starters like the cured sashimi tuna (Bresaola di Tunno) to main dishes like the oak roasted veal chop (Costoletta di Vitello), keeps this highlands bungalo packed in.

Best Meal Deal
The Real Chow Baby
1016 Howell Mill Rd. 404-815-4900
One Galleria Pkwy. 770-405-2464
www.therealchowbaby.com
With unlimited trips at $7.99 for Lunch and $11.99 for dinner, how can you go wrong?

 

Best Mediterranean
Mediterranean Grill
N. Decatur Plaza 404-320-0101
Midtown (10th & Monroe)
404-917-1100
www.mediterraneangrill.com
Authentic regional dishes like gyros, falafel and kabob sandwiches made to perfection.  Also try their fall off the bone lamb shank.

Best Mexican
Mexico City Gourmet
2134 N. Decatur Rd. 404-634-1128
www.mexicocitygourmet.com
For 25 years Mexico City Gourmet has been serving award winning cuisine to the Emory / Decatur area.  They have built a loyal following with their authentic Mexican dishes.

Best New Restaurant
Stella
563 Memorial Dr. 404-688-4238
www.StellaAtlanta.com
Overlooking the historic Oakland Cemetery, this neighborhood trattoria shows a lot of life!  Their rustic Italian menu includes hand-tossed pizzas, made-from-scratch pasta sauces, and other affordable menu options making it a popular choice in a difficult economy.

Best Noodle Bowl
Doc Chey’s
1556 N. Decatur Rd. 404-378-8188
1424 N. Highland Ave. 404-888-0777
www.doccheys.com
The original pan-asian noodle house in Atlanta.  Menu includes dim sum, salad bowls, soup bowls, noodle bowls and rice plates.  Best Spicy Thai Basil Noodle Bowl in the city!

Best Pizza
Johnny’s Pizza
Multiple Locations
www.JohnnysPizza.com
When their first location opened in East Point back in 1977, it was an instant success.  There are now 65 Johnny’s Pizza restaurants.  The secret to their success is in the preparation.  They always have used the finest ingredients accompanied with friendly service that keeps customers coming back.

Best Deep Dish Pizza
Chicago’s Nancy’s
265 Ponce De Leon 404-885-9199
www.TheBestPizzainAtlanta.com
Chicagoland pizzerias have been serving up authentic deep dish pizza for years.  Atlanta now has their own.

Best Ribs
Fat Matt’s
1811 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-1622
www.fatmattsribshack.com
Featuring finger-licking-good smoked meat and tangy sauce. Eat ribs by the slab, half-slab, as a combo or on a sandwich and listen to local blues bands in this friendly honky-tonk.

Best Seafood
Legal Seafoods
275 Baker St. 678-500-3700
www.legalseafoods.com
Atlanta’s newest downtown restaurant features a Oyster Bar, a street level cocktail lounge, and freshly shucked shellfish. The upper level has a balcony style patio, open kitchen and full service bar. Enjoy gorgeous views of the downtown skyline and the freshest seafood flown in daily.

Best Sub Sandwich
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770-321-1177
5697 Buford Hwy. 770-455-8570
Since 1975, Baldino’s Giant Jersey Subs has been recognized as the only true New Jersey Style submarine in the South.  When you eat a Baldino’s sub, you know the difference.

Best Southwestern
Agave
242 Boulevard S.E.404-588-0006
www.agaverestaurant.com
Agave’s unique blend of eclectic southwestern cuisine, extensive tequila bar and wine list coupled with exceptional service makes this one of Atlanta’s top restaurants.  They are the recipient of numerous awards from various publications for their cuisine and great margaritas.

Best Tapas
Eclipse di Luna
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 678-205-5862
764 Miami Circle 404-846-0449
www.eclipsediluna.com
Upon opening in 1997, Eclipse di Luna set the trend in Tapas style restaurants in Atlanta.  With over two dozen Tapas to choose from, there is something to please any taste.

Best Vegetarian
Cafe’ Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Rd. 404-352-8859
5975 Roswell Rd. 404-256-1675
A vegetarian’s delight.  Cafe Sunflower located in south Buckhead and Sandy Springs has become a staple for those carnivore adverse.  You can also find great vegan desserts here.

Best Wings
Taco Mac
 Multiple Area locations
Catering 404-642-3442 www.tacomac.com
When it comes to wings, the mantra at Taco Mac is “We did ‘em first and we still do ‘em best!”  Taco Mac brought the southeast its first taste of Buffalo Style Chicken Wings back in 1979.  Their wings immediately had people talking and since then, they have consistently won awards for Taco Mac. Original Virginia Highlands location shown.

Best Japanese
Nakato
1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
404-873-6582
www.nakatorestaurant.com
Nakato offers a Teppan “Hibachi” dining room featuring  large teppan grills at which a personal chef cooks for the entire table.  The chef’s skills in preparation are on display almost as much as the food.  The cuisine is authentic Japanese.

Nightlife

Best Looking Waitstaff
The Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. 404-814-9640

Best Beer selection
Taco Mac
Multiple locations 
www.tacomac.com
With over 200 bottled beers and up to 100 beers on tap, Taco Mac has the largest beer selection in the city.  People come to try beers they never heard of before and wash them down with their great wings.

Best Blues Club
Northside Tavern
1058 Howell Mill Rd. 
404-874-8745
Bringing great blues to the westside.  A Wonderfully rhythmic sound emanates from this popular tavern at night.  Here you will find all sorts of people with one thing in common; their love for the blues.

Best College Bar
Maggies
2937 N. Druid Hills Rd.
404-636-5300
Maggies is so popular among Emory students, that the campus sponsored a shuttle to and from to discourage the students from driving.

Best Comedy / Improv
Whole World Theatre
1216 Spring St. 404-817-7529
www.wholeworldtheatre.com
Laugh out loud comedy sketches nightly.

Best cocktails
Moondog’s
3179 Peachtree Rd. 404-231-2401
Strong drinks, loud music and a fun loving crowd makes for a lively atmosphere.

Best Country Hall
Wild Bills
2075 Market St. Duluth
678-473-1000
www.wildbillsatlanta.com
With a capacity of over 5,000, they can show you a good time.  Wild Bill's is located just off of I-85 on Pleasant Hill Rd, in front of Gwinnett Place Mall.

Best Dance Party
Hole in the Wall
3179 Peachtree Rd. 404-233-9801
The dance floor has been bump’in at Hole in the Wall this year and Insite readers have come to notice.  A great place to head to at the end of the night.

Best Happy Hour
The Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. 404-814-9640
The city’s hottest spot for cool cocktails after work.  The Tavern is also home to the Best Martini and Best Looking Wait staff.

Best Local music
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522
www.smithsoldebar.com
Original live music seven nights a week.  The music venue is located upstairs from the bar and offers an intimate setting that is a favorite among Atlantans.  Here you will find national acts as well as local artists during the week.

Best Lounge
Eastside Lounge
485a Flat Shoals Ave. 404-521-9666
www.eastsidelounge.net
Sleek and modern, warm and inviting.  Eastside Lounge’s decor and mood captures the attention off all who relax by the dark red walls, giant paintings and eclectic video projections.  They have an wide selection of wine, liquor and beer.

Best Margarita
Pozole’
1044 Greenwood Ave.
404-892-0552 www.pozolerestaurant.com
This Virginia Highland’s favorite offers over 50 different tequilas.  Here you will find the Perfect Margarita served poured over shaved ice (a Pozole’ original).  Find other originals like Pomegranate and Jalapeno Margaritas.

Best Martini
The Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. 404-814-9640
Whether you like’em dry or with a twist, you can’t go wrong as Tavern martinis are made by Atlanta’s best bartenders.  Have one while sitting down for dinner with a steak or out on the patio for Happy Hour.

Best Music Venue indoor
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354
www.variety-playhouse.com
Great seating, unobstructed views and eclectic acts are hallmarks of this Little Five landmark.

Best Music Venue Outdoor
Lakewood Amphitheatre
2002 Lakewood Way
404-443-5000  www.livenation.com
Atlanta’s largest and premier dedicated concert venue.  Advanced lighting and clear unrescricted sightlines make this the favorite summer concert site for the avid music fan.

Best Micro Brews
Taco Mac
 Multiple Area locations
Catering 404-642-3442 www.tacomac.com
With over 200 bottled beers and up to 100 beers on tap, Taco Mac has the largest selection of micro brews in the city.

Best Neighborhood Bar
Atkins Park Tavern
794 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-7249
Serving the historic neighborhood of Virginia Highlands, Atkins Park has been serving up great food and drink since 1922.  It holds the title of the longest continuously licensed tavern in Atlanta.

Best Nightclub
Opera
1150 Peachtree St. 404-872-1150
www.operaatlanta.com
Housed in a former 1920's theater, Opera is the place to find the pulse of Atlanta's Midtown nightlife.  With a multi level main area at a capacity of 1800 and a large outdoor cabana patio, Opera packs in the crowds and keeps them dancing.

Best Patio
Front Page News
351 Moreland Ave. 404-475-7777
1104 Cresent Ave. 404-897-3500
www.FrontPageAtlanta.com
Upon entering Front Page News you immediately get the sensation of being in New Orleans with its laid back and inviting atmosphere.  the patio has a feel of an ancient New Orleans courtyard with bubbling fountains, lush foliage, wrought iron fences, fireplaces and flickering gaslights.

Best Pool Hall
Twains
211 Trinity Pl 404-373-0063
www.twains.net
This Decatur establishment has been winning over billiards fans with there multiple tables and laid back pub atmosphere since 1996.  With a wide selection of beers on draught, people flock here for the drinks as much as the pool.

Best Pub
Fado’ Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Ave. 404-841-0066
www.fadoirishpub.com
Moved down the street to their new digs, Fado’ hasn’t missed a beat.  They have upgraded their million dollar pub with a new multi-million dollar one that features multiple levels and plenty of space for private functions.  They still have tons of authentic memorabilia and great pints.

Best Small
Music Venue
The Peachtree Tavern
3179 Peachtree Rd. 404-842-1700
www.peachtreetavern.com
Here you will find a great collection of local artists, cover bands and up and coming acts looking to burst onto the national scene.  Views of the stage are unubstructed from any of their many bar stations.  Some acts appearing here in November include Grayson Hill, Wrong Way and Reckless.

Best Rock Club
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Rd. 404-522-3950
www.badearl.com
An East Atlanta institution for great live music.  Anything and everything goes on here.  National acts and the best of the emerging Atlanta music scene grace the stage nightly.

Best Sports Bar
Stats
300 Marietta St. 404-885-1472
www.statsatl.com
With the resurgence of downtown and the much improved Falcons and Hawks, Stats is the place to be during game days.  Self-pouring taps at your table should be patented.

Best Texas Hold’Em
Moondog’s
3179 Peachtree Rd. 404-231-2401
Moondog’s features Texas Hold’em on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.   You will find a wide range of skill levels to play with.  There are plenty of rooms to wander offering pool tables, dart boards, and rock’in music.

RETAIL

Best Adult Novelty Store
Starship
Multiple  Area Locations
For location nearest you 404-766-6993
www.shopstarship.com
An Atlanta favorite for those into the erotic.  Thousands of videos, dvd’s, adult toys, condoms, candles and novelties to meet whatever your desire.

Best Adult Video Store
Southern Nights
2205 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
404-728-0701
The largest selection of DVD’s and videos starting at $4.99 under one roof.  They are open 24 hours, offer free membership and also house a wide variety of magazines and adult toys to get your nasty on.

Best Art Supply
Sam Flax
1460 Northside Dr. 404-352-7200
www.samflaxsouth.com
The place to go for all your art supply needs.  Sam Flax offers a wide selection in their huge warehouse and the lowest prices in town.

Best Cigar store
Highland Cigar
245 N. Highland Ave.
404-477-2415
www.highlandcigar.com
With a knowledgable staff and walk-in humidor and state of the art ventalation system, Highland Cigar is unmatched among afficionados in Atlanta.

Best Consignment
Psycho Sisters
Little 5 Pts 404-523-0100
Sandy Springs  404-255-5578
Cartersville 770-607-0888
An out of the ordinary name for a unique boutique. From fun to funky, wacky to wild, Psycho Sisters is the queen of consignment.  Featured threads include Levis, Diesel, costumes, footwear and plenty of bling!

Best Vintage Clothing
Junkman’s Daughter
464 Moreland Ave. 404-577-3188
Little Five Point’s favorite and largest store.  Here you will find eclectic and unique clothing that has made the area a most stop shopping destination.

Best Furniture Clearance Center
Cort Furniture
Doraville 770-939-5222
Marietta 770-955-4044
Name Brand Home and Office furniture being offered at up to 70% off the new retail prices.   Cort Clearance Center is a great way to get high quality furniture pieces that will hold up for years , but at an unbeatable price. Our readers agree!

Best Hip Clothing Store
Rag-O-Rama
1111 Euclid Ave. 404-658-1988
www.ragorama.com
Great selection of new and used clothes in an open and inviting store setting in the heart of Little 5 Points.

Best Men’s Shoe Store
Abbadabba’s
Multiple locations
www.coolshoes.com
Known for there wide selection of casual shoes like Birkenstocks, Vans and Crocs, Abbadabbas is a favorite for men, women and kids.

Best Women’s Shoes
Foot Prints
2480 Briarcliff Rd. 404-679-9922
2080 Henderson Mill Rd. 770-493-4674
This affordably priced women’s shoe store offers a wide selection of brands in various styles.

LIFESTYLE

Best Health Food store
Best organic selection
Return to Eden
2335 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
404-320-3336 www.return2eden.comNeighborhood grocery featuring fresh organic produce, grab and go prepared foods, cutting edge supplements and a huge vegan and vegetarian selection.

Best Jewelry store
Worthmore Jewelers
500 Amsterdam Ave. 404-892-8294
117 East Court Square 404-370-3979
www.worthmorejewelers.com
Offering top quality merchandise at low low prices, Worthmore Jewelers has built a huge fan base.  With ample displays of all types of jewelry, Worthmore is the perfect place to go for that one of a kind piece.

Best liquor store
Green’s
737 Ponce de Leon 404-872-1109
2612 Buford Hwy. 404-321-6232
Green’s has been serving Atlanta’s beverage needs since1937 with thousands of items at deeply discounted pricing every day.  Voted Best retail beverage store in Atlanta 17 years in a row.

Best Smoke Shop
Smoke 911
6125 Roswell Rd. 404-256-1116
710 Holcomb Br. Rd. 770-992-4485
If you are looking for premium cigars, they have a walk-in humidor with all the accessories.  This is the place to go from everything for your smoking needs and more.  You will also find adult novelties,  incense, vaporizers, and aromatherapy.

Best Thrift Store
Last Chance Thrift Store
5 Metro Area Locations
www.lastchancethriftstore.com
Best place to go for used jewelry, clothing, gifts and furniture on the cheap.

 

 

Best Body Wax
Brazilian Wax
80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770-579-3201 1230 Powers Ferry Rd. 404-454-4742
Owner Andreia Longshore has been waxing for over 17 years.  They have expanded to three locations in Marietta and Alpharetta with a new Buckhead location coming soon.

Best Car wash
Cactus Car Wash
Midtown 404-876-3232
Buckhead 404-846-4040
Winner of multiple awards in Atlanta, their Ponce location was recently rated as best nationally.  See their Best Of Atlanta special, a hand-dried exterior wash for $2.95!

Best Hair Salon
Van Michael
Multiple Locations
www.vanmichael.com
Voted one of Atlanta’s best and most affordable salons by numerous publications including: Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing, Access Atlanta and the AJC.  It looks to be unanimous.

Best Health Club
LA Fitness
Multiple locations
www.lafitness.com
LA Fitness offers tons of amenities at unusually low rates.  Here you can take classes in boxing and cycling, swim in their many pools, or take part in a game of basketball or racquetball.  With so many locations, there is bound to be one near you.

Best Martial Arts
X3 Sports
Midtown 404-525-2269
Marietta 678-903-0100
www.xsports.com
State of the art gyms offering boxing, kickboxing, jiu jitsu, grappling and sports training.

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