DINING

Best Bagels
Einstein Bagles

Best Barbecue
Fox Bros. BBQ
1238 Dekalb Ave NE
(404) 577- 4030
foxbrosbbq.com
Known as Bar-B-Q Southern, Fox Bros. say their Bar-B-Q has Texan roots with a southern influence.  All their meats are cooked low and slow with Hickory Wood.  Everything is made fresh daily, which is why this Bar-B-Q is a fan favorite of Atlanta.

Best Bar Food
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave SE
(404) 522-3950 
badearl.com
This East Atlanta haunt is known for its great music, but it also boasts a great bar menu featuring a wide array of  burgers, salads, appetizers, sides and main dishes.  Fan faves include the EARL nachos, burger & dog and their popular weekly specials.

Best Breakfast
The Flying Biscuit
Multiple Area Locations
Catering (404) 849-2283 
flyingbiscuit.com
One of Atlanta’s favorite home grown gems.  Their famous biscuits are so good many still stop in to pick them up for the road.

Best Brunch
J. Christopher’s
Multiple Area Locations
jchristopher’s.com
The place to go for all your traditional brunch favorites.  Go for their signature dish Eggs benedict or try one of their many omelets and skillet dishes.

Best Burger
The Vortex Bar & Grill
Little 5 Points (404) 688-1828
Midtown (404) 875-1667
thevortexbarandgrill.com
The Vortex's award winning hamburgers are big, beautiful and delicious.  They offer 20 varieties or you can create your own.  Some unique varieties include the Elvis Burger.

Best Burrito
Willy’s
18 Area Locations
Catering (404) 422-7107
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
doccheys.com
Atlanta’s original noodle house.  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
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
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
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 Inexpensive Restaurant
Eats
600 Ponce de Leon Ave.
(404) 888-9149
For 17 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
sottosottorestaurant.com
This intown restaurant is known for its impressive pasta and risotto dishes.  Set in an intimate space in a brick storefront, Sotto Sotto features plaster walls, comfortable  tables and chairs and a large window which lets diners get a look at the busy kitchen. 

Best Meal Deal
The Flying Biscuit
Multiple Area Locations
Catering (404) 849-2283 
flyingbiscuit.com
The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, lunch and diner specials 7 days a week starting at 7am.  For just $12.99 you can get their Coca-Cola Glazed Salmon with yukon gold mashed potatoes and wilted spinach.  Or for the same price try their southern inspired Shrimp and Grits.  All items on the menu are offered throughout the day.

Best Mediterranean
Mediterranean Grill
N. Decatur Plaza (404) 320-0101
Midtown (10th & Monroe) (404) 917-1100
East Cobb / Marietta (678) 996-0045
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
Nuevo Laredo
1495 Chattahoochee Ave NW
(404) 352-9009
nuevolaredocantina.com
This unique restaurant features authentic food prepared by Mexican cooks. Specialties include: Chicken Mole, Pork Tender Briskets and Best Chile Rellenos. Tacos, Enchiladas and other classic dishes are also available.

Best Middle Eastern Dining
Mezza
2751 Lavista Rd. (404) 633-8833
mezzabistro.com
Mezza a Lebanese bistro and dar offers one of the most characteristic elements of Lebanese cuisine.  Much like tapas, Mezza is an array of  hot and cold appetizers.  At Mezza you will find the most authentic middle eastern tapas and great wines.  Enjoy belly dancing and hookahs while dining on the weekends.

Best New Restaurant
Lola’s Cantina
4665 Lower Roswell Rd.
(770) 973-4747
lolascantina.com
This new high energy cantina has quickly become a neighborhood favorite in East Cobb.  The friendly atmosphere is complemented by the great mexican cuisine offered at reasonable prices.  Lola’s stays open late for dinner but is closed for lunch.

Best Noodle Bowl
Doc Chey’s
1556 N. Decatur Rd. (404) 378-8188
1424 N. Highland Ave. (404) 888-0777
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
1810 Cheshire Bridge  (404) 874-8304
And Multiple Area Locations
JohnnysPizza.com
When their first location opened in East Point back in 1977, it was an instant success.  There are now over 50 Johnny’s Pizza restaurants in Georgia with many in metro Atlanta.  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 Ribs
Fat Matt’s
1811 Piedmont Ave. (404) 607-1622
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
Wahoo! Grill
1042 W. College Ave. (404) 373-3331
wahoogrilldecatur.com
Wahoo Grill offers an eclectic menu that focuses on seafood with a southern twist. The interior is European influenced with an open kitchen that creates a casual, interactive dining experience.  Signature dishes include the Fisherman's Stew, Scallop Picatta, Crab Cakes and of course, the Wahoo!

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 SE (404)588-0006
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 resturants.  They are the recipient of numerous awards from various publications for their cuisine and great margaritas.

Best Steakhouse
New York Prime
3424 Peachtree Rd. (Buckhead) (404)846-0644
newyorkprime.com
This Buckhead hot spot serves only the very best USDA Grade Prime for every cut of beef. Their triple cut lamb chops, double rib veal chops and live Maine lobsters are also best sellers. The entrées are accompanied by exceptional sides and salads that are usually only available in New York City. After dinner, diners can escape to the Martini Bar and enjoy live entertainment.

Best Tacos
Holy Taco

Best Tapas
Eclipse di Luna
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. (678) 205-5862
764 Miami Circle (404) 846-0449
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 Wings
Taco Mac
 Multiple Area locations
Catering (404) 642-3442
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.

Best Looking Waitstaff
The Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. (404) 814-9640
TheTavernAtPhipps.com

Nightlife

Best Beer Selection
Taco Mac
Multiple locations 
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 Brewery
5 Seasons Brewing

Best Cocktails
Tijuana Garage
353 Moreland Ave. (404) 475-8888
It's the patio, with its fountains, plants and lighting that has won over patrons at this hip, Tex Mex restaurant located in Little Five Points.  And its cocktails, which includes Margaritas, Bloody Marys and a great beer selection, keeps them coming back. 

Best College Bar
Moondog’s
3179 Peachtree Rd. (404) 231-2401
Great bartenders who pour strong drinks, hot girls, plenty of rooms to wander, pool tables, dart boards, texas hold’em and rock’in music.  What’s not to like?

Best Comedy
Laughing Skull Lounge
878 Peachtree St. 877.LAFF.AT.U
vortexcomedy.com
Located in Midtown Atlanta in the back of The Vortex Bar & Grill on Peachtree Street, Laughing Skull is Atlanta's only full-time progressive comedy lounge,  This intimate setting (the club has 74 seats), along with a line-up of amazing comedians, gives patrons a unique comedy experience that can not be found any where else in the city.

Best country hall

Wild Bills
2075 Market St. (678) 473-1000
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 Happy Hour
Tin Lizzy’s
3639 Piedmont Rd. (404) 846-6000
415 Memorial Dr. (404) 554-8220
tinlizzyscantina.com
Tin Lizzy's is a fun and casual cantina and taqueria. If you need a good happy hour spot, Tin Lizzy's is the right place.  They stock their bar with the finest spirits available. A lively happy hour crowd during the week attracts a group of young professionals drinking assorted draft beers and margaritas.

Best Improv
Whole World Theatre
1216 Spring St. (404) 817-7529
wholeworldtheatre.com
Whole World Improv Theatre opened in midtown in 1993.  At that time a dedicated and talented core of actors united to form the the hottest improv company in town.  That goal has been realized as they have won consistent awards for their improv and comedy.

Best Irish Pub
Fado’ Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Ave. (404) 841-0066

Best Local Music
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave  (404) 522-3950
badearl.com
The Earl prides itself on booking the hottest local acts in Atlanta.  Check their schedule and you'll see that the club features the best bands that the ATL has to offer.  Shows run nightly, so keep checking back to see when your favorite is playing.

Best Lounge
Cosmopolitan

 

Best Margarita
Agave
242 Boulevard SE (404)588-0006
agaverestaurant.com
Agave uses only the finest ingredients and products for their margaritas.  All Agave margaritas are made with blue agave tequilas and frsh squezed lime juice.  There are 85 tequilas and 10 different award winning margaritas to choose from.

Best Martini
Highland Tap

Best Micro Brews
Corner Tavern
464 Edgewood (404) 577-2310
thecornertavern.com
Atlanta’s only American Taproom has over 100 American micro-brewed beers & native wines.  Enjoy billiards, darts and trivia while tasting out these great brews.

Best Music Venue
Indoor

Center Stage
1374 W Peachtree St.
(404) 885-1365
centerstage-atlanta.com
Center Stage is an icon in the Atlanta music and performing arts community. This venue stands apart from the rest with an intimate 1100 capacity where every seat is a winner, an undisputedly premier sound and lighting system and a cozy lounge area and prime location in the heart of Midtown.

Best Music Venue
Outdoor
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2200 Encore Pkwy. Alpharetta
(404) 733-5010 
vzwamp.com
This venue's phenomenal 2009 season included artists such as Chris Tomlin, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Styx and REO Speedwagon. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre not only showcases the biggest names in entertainment, it is the summer home of the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Best Neighborhood Bar
Red Door Tavern
3180 Roswell Rd. (404) 846-6525
Now in their sixth year, The Red Door Tavern has become a favorite watering hole in north Buckhead.  Located one block north of the Roxy Theatre, Red Door is the perfect place to meet up with friends either at the beginning of the night or at the end.

Best Patio Scene
Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. (404) 814-9640
Their patio is the place to be.  It is located just off the main bar that features some of the most entertaining bartenders in the city.  And don’t forget about the Best Looking Waitstaff who happily bustle drink orders back and forth.

Best Pool Hall
Twains

Best Rock Club
The Peachtree Tavern
3179 Peachtree Rd. (404) 842-1700
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 Grassroots, Curiosity Shoppe, and Az Izz.

Best Small Music Venue
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave. (404) 875-1522
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 on weekends as well as local artists during the week.

Best Sports Bar
Taco Mac

RETAIL

Best Adult Novelty Store
Starship
Multiple Area Locations
For location nearest you 404-766-6993
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
Starship
Multiple Area Locations
For location nearest you 404-766-6993
shopstarship.com
Among the largest selection of adult DVD’s in Atlanta.  Between their 22 metro area locations and the ShopStarship online store, there is sure to be that suits your needs.

Best Adult Toy Store
Inserection
5 Metro Area Locations
Plenty of adult toys and gag gifts for those on the naughty side.  Everthing from vibrators, swings and wedges and more not fit to list.

Best Art Supply
Sam Flax
1460 Northside Dr. (404) 352-7200
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 Consignment
Psycho Sisters
Little 5 Pts (404) 523-0100
Sandy Springs  (404) 255-5578
Rock Springs Plaza (404)733-5599
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 Health Food Store
Best organic selection

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

 

Best Hip Clothing Store
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 Jewelery Store
Worthmore Jewelers
500 Amsterdam Ave. (404) 892-8294
117 East Court Square (404) 370-3979
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
Tower Liquors
Two Locations 
towerwinespirits.com
Tower's reputation has grown from statewide to regional as customers plan weekend trips  to take advantage of their selection and discounts. 

Best Smoke Shop
Smoke 911
6125 Roswell Rd. (404) 256-1116
710 Holcomb Br. Rd. (770) 992-4485
3466 Cobb Pkwy. (770) 974-5585
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 Women’s Shoes
The Shoe Gallery
500 Amsterdam (404) 249-6009
theshoegallery.com
Shoe Gallery offers a huge selection of shoes for women and men.  Some of the brands they carry include Nine West, Nike, Cole Haan,  Johnston & Murphy and much more.

Best Thrift Store
Rag-O-Rama

Best Thrift Store
Rag-O-Rama

LIFESTYLE

Best Body Wax
Brazilian Wax by Andreia
80 Powers Ferry Rd. (770) 579-3201 1230 Powers Ferry Rd. (770) 955-2520
3176 Peachtree Rd. (404) 841-2456
4075 Old Milton Pkwy (770) 410-3149
Owner Andreia Longshore has been waxing for over 17 years.  They have recently expanded to their fourth location in Buckhead.  Be sure to take advantage of their $35 Brazilian Wax.

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, $3 off their Express Exterior Wash.

Best Hair Salon
Van Michael
Multiple Locations
vanmichael.com
Voted one of Atlanta’s best and most affordable salons by numerous publications over the years.  They now have four salons including the newly renovated Buckhead location.  Be sure to take advantage of their New Talents cuts that start at $28.

 

 

Best Health Club
LA Fitness
Multiple locations
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
KnuckleUp Fitness
3 Metro Area Locations
(404) 339-KICK
KnuckleUpFitness.com
State of the art gyms offering martial arts classes in Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mauy Thai and sports training.

Best Spa
Natural Body Spa

Best Tanning Salon
Hollywood Tans
Multiple locations
hollywoodtan.com
As the largest chain of professional tanning salons, memberships at Hollywood Tans can be used at any of their 250+ locations nationwide. No appointments are necessary, and with an average of 15 booths at each location, you can be in and out on your schedule. Their vertical tanning system gives customers the most comfortable, sanitary way to achieve their perfect shade.

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