Best Barbecue
Sandy Springs 404.255.6368
Brookhaven 770.451.1112
Emory Area 404.474.9444
Pig-N-Chik has won numerous awards over the years. Their ribs are St. Louis cut and cooked until they show a pink smoke ring. This makes them nice and tender with just the right smokey flavor. They come naked (without the sauce) as owner Jim Graddy feels ribs should stand on their own. But should you want there is homemade Pig-N-Chik sauces on the tables. You will also find great barbecue pork, turkey, beef brisket, chicken wings, smoked salmon along with a variety of sides, salads and appetizers.

Best Breakfast
J. Christopher’s
18 Area Locations
J. Christopher’s specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch, serving up traditional favorites with a twist. From Eggs Benedict and Blueberry Crunchcakes to a Bistro Salad and Turkey Dijon BLT, there’s a menu item for everyone - even the pickiest of palates.

Best Brunch
Wahoo! Grill
1042 W. College Ave.
Decatur 404.373.3331

This casual European-influenced neighborhood bistro with an elegant, warm style inside, and a glass-walled dining room surrounded by an enchanting garden paradise outside, makes for the perfect brunch setting. Choose individual entrees or their bruch buffet. We recommend the Charleston Shrimp & Grits.

Best Burger
The Vortex Bar & Grill

Little 5 Points 404.688.1828
Midtown 404.875.1667

The Vortex’s award winning hamburgers are big, beautiful and delicious. There are 20 varieties offered and you can create your own version with any combination of toppings. Some unique Vortex creations include the Elvis Burger, Spanish Fly and Double Bypass burger.

Best Burrito
Willy’s Mexicana Grill
22 Area Locations
Catering 404.422.7107

Atlanta’s original burrito chain. Willy’s award winning signature California-style burritos keep the concept of freshness true. Their rice and beans are cooked daily using no lard or animal products. Willy’s restaurants are vegetarian friendly offering grilled tofu and veggie burritos. College Students make sure to check out their $5 burritos on the first Tuesday of the month with college ID. Planning a tailgate this fall? Order a Willy’s truck to come to your event by calling their Catering Hotline.

Best Chinese
Chin Chin
3887 Peachtree Rd. 404.816.2229
and other area locations

From prawns to whole fish, Chin Chin offers fine dining that won’t break the bank. Chin Chin has several locations around Metro Atlanta, each with the same great flavor, healthy portions and elegant décor. A perennial Best Of winner!

Best Cajun
Cumberland 770.612.3311
Kennesaw 770.919.9612

Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar offers great Cajun cuisine in a French Quarter inspired setting. You will feel like your back in the Bayou when tasting their Shrimp Etouffee, Fried Catfish Creole or Crawfish Po-Boy. Don’t miss their famous brunch buffet. Spice up the holidays with a Copeland’s Famous Fried Turkey dinner for parties large and small. Call store locations for details.

Best Cuban
Havana Restaurant
3979 Buford Hwy #108

An Atlanta icon at their original Buford Highway location for many years. After the building was lost in a fire many thought that they would have to live without Havana’s great Cuban cuisine. But they found a new location up the road and their authentic Cuban dishes are as good as ever!

Best Deli

6 Area Locations
Plus 4 at Airport

Goldberg’s is Atlanta’s favorite deli for dine in or takeout. Here you will find the finest kosher meats and dishes. All Goldberg’s Atlanta locations offer full table seating. Follow them on Facebook for weekday takeout specials.

Best Diner
Landmark Diner

3652 Roswell Rd. 404.816.9090
A landmark of great meals 24 hours a day! Whether you crave a 2 a.m. breakfast or an 8 a.m. steak, the dishes at Landmark Diner will hit the spot. The buckhead location is now offering three-course dinners for just $9.99; including dinner entree, soup & dessert. Deal offered from 2 - 9 pm daily.

Best Greek
Athens Pizza
1341 Clairmont Rd. 404.636.1100
The Papadopoulos family at Athens Pizza continues to serve the same delicious Greek cuisine to the Emory / Decatur area that their customers have come to expect. Some of the favorite recipes on their Greek dishes go back 50 years. There is much more than pizza here. Try the Veal Parmesana, Roasted Lamb or the Oven Baked Chicken.

Best Indian
1363 Clairmont Rd. 404.633.9233
Bhojanic understands the need for authentic Indian fare. The finest vegetables and meats are used to create the flavorful experience of the Indian culture. The food you find at Bhojanic is exactly like the food cooked in the homes of India.

Best Inexpensive Restaurant
600 Ponce de Leon Ave.

For over 20 years now, people have been heading down to Ponce to experience their great jerk chicken and pasta dishes. Over all this time Eats has maintained the great quality of their food and kept their prices low!

Best Italian
Sotto Sotto
313 N Highland Ave 404.523.6678
When Riccardo Ullio opened Sotto Sotto, he envisioned a restaurant serving all of the delicacies from his childhood. Over a decade later, the cozy authentic Italian spot in historic Inman Park has been named Atlanta’s Best Italian Restaurant by too many publications to mention. Sotto Sotto’s kitchen strives to create authentic Italian food with flavors developed from centuries of Italian culinary traditions.

Best Mediterranean
Mediterranean Grill
N. Decatur Plaza 404.320.0101
Midtown 404.917.1100
East Cobb 678.996.0045

Mediterranean Grill is a perennial Best Of Winner. For over a decade their loyal customers have continued to flock to this family / chef-owned and operated restaurant. They serve authentic regional dishes like gyros, falafel and kabob sandwiches made to perfection. Try their fall off the bone lamb shank.

Best Mexican
Pancho’s Mexican
2641 Buford Hwy. 404.325.2898
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina has become an Atlanta landmark. They offer superior quality and great value that makes Pancho’s a hit with their customers. You will find inspiring dishes like their Filet Mignon Medallions and Pancho’s Florentine and lunch specials for just $6.75. Enjoy their Salsa band of Fridays and Mariachi on Saturdays.

Best middle eastern
2751 Lavista Rd. 404.633.8833
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 Noodle Bowl
Best Takeout

Doc Chey’s

1556 N. Decatur Rd. 404.378.8188
1424 N. Highland Ave. 404.888.0777
563 Memorial Dr. 404.688.4238

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! Their bowls are great for take-out serving parties large and small.

Best Outdoor Dining
Park Tavern
500 10th Street NE 404.249.0001

The Park Tavern has arguably the best backyard in the city in overlooking Piedmont Park. This provides for great atmosphere. The Southwest Porch at Park Tavern boasts a large patio area dotted with table seating, private cabanas, fire pits and TV’s to catch your favorite teams in action. The patio can be transformed for weddings and in winter becomes an Ice Rink. They offer half-off Sushi nightly from 10pm - Midnight. Wine Wednesdays are half-off priced bottles of wine and whenever it is raining they pour $1 drafts.

Best Pizza
Johnny’s Pizza
1810 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Multiple Area Locations

Johnny’s Pizza has been synonymous with great pizza in Atlanta since 1977. They specialize in NY style pizza, which is thin in the middle and thick around the edges. The secret to their success is in the preparation. They always use the finest ingredients accompanied with friendly staff that keeps customers coming back. Try one of the house specialties: Johnny’s Deluxe or Pesto Buffalo Chicken.

Best Ribs
Fat Matt’s
1811 Piedmont Ave.

Featuring finger-licking-good smoked meat and tangy sauce. Eat ribs by the slab, half-slab, as a combo or chopped pork sandwich. Great barbecue chicken and sides as well. Listen to local blues bands in this friendly honky-tonk.

Best Southwestern
Best Margaritas

242 Boulevard SE

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 inspired dining experience. There are over 100 tequilas and 12 specialty margaritas on the menu. All Agave margaritas are made with blue agave tequilas and fresh squeezed lime juice. Come early and enjoy Two for One appetizers at the bar from 5pm - 7pm every day.

Best Soup
Stone Soup Kitchen

584 Woodward Ave. (Across from GardenHood)

Stone Soup Kitchen is only 8 years old and is already an Atlanta classic, a favorite destination for locals and also longtimers that remember it’s cousin, Stone Soup Natural Foods. Enjoy breakfast anytime, hearty soups and sandwiches and custom tasty cocktails. You don’t want to miss out on this neighborhood gem that features a friendly vibe and something for everyone.

Best Sub Sandwich
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770.321.1177
5697 Buford Hwy. 770.455.8570

Consistently voted Best Sub Sandwich in the Atlanta market, Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs has been recognized as the only true New Jersey Style submarine in the South. They bake their bread fresh daily and every sub is either sliced fresh or grilled when ordered. When you eat a Baldinos sub you know the difference.

Best Tacos
800 Peachtree St. 678.666.5198
Escorpion is an authentic Mexican cantina located on the corner of 5th and Peachtree. Their inspired tacos come in a wide variety that includes Jumbo Shrimp, Hanger Steak and Braised Beef Tongue. Escorpion also has great salads, quesadillas and an assortment of torta sandwiches.

Best Tapas
Eclipse di Luna
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 678.205.5862
764 Miami Circle 404.846.0449

Eclipse di Luna set the trend for tapas restaurants in Atlanta. With over two dozen tapas to choose from, there is something to please any taste. Their tapas is priced affordably to encourage multiple sampling.

Best Looking Wait staff
Twin Peaks
3365 Piedmont Road 404.961.8946
When Twin Peaks opened their first Atlanta location in Buckhead last year, it turned heads. The mountain lodge-style sports restaurant with the Twin Peak Girl wait staff has certainly created some scenic views.

Best Wings
10 Atlanta Locations
Hooters wings are fresh, never frozen and have been their signature menu item since the first Hooters opened in Clearwater, FL in 1983. Hooters now offers 12 wing sauce varieties on boneless, traditional or naked wings. Hooters makes you happy!


Best Acoustic club
Eddie’s Attic
515 N. McDonough St. 404.377.4976
Decatur’s most prominent music venue features some of the best acoustical music in the city. Made famous by the frequent appearances of the Indigo Girls, they still offer great new acts on a nightly basis.

Best Billiards
Best Trivia

Corner Tavern
1174 Euclid Ave 404.521.0667
Corner Tavern knows how to keep their customers occupied. Whether it be Pool, Trivia or Darts, there is always something to do here. Trivia is held Tuesday and Wednesday nights with Dart leagues on Thursdays. They have tournament quality billiard tables that stay occupied most nights. Corner Tavern also has a great beer selection and Poker nights.

Best Brewery
Red Brick Brewing
2323 Defoor Hills Rd. 404.355.5558
Red Brick, originally known as the Atlanta Brewing Company, is the oldest operating craft brewery in the state of Georgia, and has a proud history of brewing award winning beers over the years. Red Brick opens its brewery doors for public tastings each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (5pm-8pm), and Saturday (2pm-5pm).

Best Cocktails
56 E Andrews Dr

Prohibition is a swanky Buckhead club with the feel of a 1920’s speakeasy. Their mixologists craft cocktails from a recipe book passed down for generations. If Lucky Luciano was alive, he’d drink here.

Best College BaRBest Dance Club
714 Spring St.

Located on Spring Street near GA Tech, Quad is Atlanta’s most popular 18+ dance club featuring the best of local and international DJ talent. Their open from 10pm - 4am weekdays and 10pm - 5am on Friday and Saturday. Quad is also a favorite late night destination. Check their web site for upcoming events.

Best Comedy Club
Laughing Skull Lounge
878 Peachtree St. 877.523.3288
Located in the back of the Vortex in Midtown, this intimate comedy club has made a big imprint on Atlanta’s comedy scene. Check out Dana Gould, Jared Logan and Pat Dixon this month.

Best EDM
2715 Bufurd Hwy. 770.240.6377
The most electrifying audio-visual experience in the city. Featuring the best national, regional and local electronic music acts, with the biggest lighting and sound production. Partying every Saturday night.

Best Happy Hour
Tin Lizzy’s
3639 Piedmont Rd. 404.846.6000
415 Memorial Dr. 404.554.8220
1136 Crescent Ave. 404.537.5060


Tin Lizzy’s is a fun and casual cantina and taqueria. If you are looking for a place to unwind, Tin Lizzy’s is the right place. They stock their bar with the finest spirits available. Live acoustic performers add to the electric happy hour vibe during the week. Great place to meet friends for appetizers and margaritas.

Best Local Music
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave.

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 Music Venue Indoor
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street 404.659.9022
This turn of the century church turned concert venue attracts some of the biggest national acts to Atlanta. Check out Iron & Wine (11/17); Third Eye Blind (11/22); MGMT (11/24) and Janelle Monae (11/26).

Best Music Venue Outdoor
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2200 Encore Pkwy. 404.733.5050
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre has quickly become the favorite music venue in Atlanta. Set on 45 acres of beautifully-landscaped wooded land in Alpharetta, the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park provides an incredible setting. Some of the top shows from this past summer: Tony Bennett, Summerland, Robert Plant, Allman Brothers and Steely Dan.

Best Patio Scene
East Andrews Cafe’
56 East Andrews Dr. 404.389.0856
Andrews Entertainment District, in the heart of Buckhead, offers first class dining, entertainment, and nightlife scene. As the original establishment in the district, East Andrews Cafe’ boasts a piazza like quad that comes alive at night.

Best Pint
The Elder Tree
469 Flat Shoals Ave. East Atlanta

This European-style Irish pub serves gastro fare rooted within authentic Irish tradition. They offer 13 European beers on draft. They have a classic style bar to saddle up to while tossing back one of their cold pints.

Best Rock Club
529 Flat Shoals Ave 404.228.6769
This popular East Atlanta venue has been building a large following. Upcoming acts include: John Vanderslice (11/9); Saint Rich (11/12) and The Difference Machine (11/25).


Best Boot camp
Higher Purpose Fitness

3130 Mathis Airport Pkwy 678.525.6347
All Boot Camps are not alike. This one located in Suwannee / Cumming burns fat fast. They offer 45 minute high energy sessions to get you in and out. Their trainers are highly certified with degrees from top nationally recognized organizations.

Best Car Wash
Mister Car Wash
Midtown 404.876.3232
Buckhead 404.846.4040

Formerly Cactus Car Wash, their Ponce location was recently rated as best nationally. See their Best Of Atlanta coupons for $5.00 Off Full Serve #1 Car Wash and Free Full Serve #1 Car Wash with purchase of an Oil Change or Emission Test (Ponce location only).

Best Doggy Day Care
Happy Dogs Play & Stay

Happy Dogs Play and Stay is a full-service dog daycare and overnight facility dedicated to providing high customer satisfaction through excellent service and quality dog care. All dogs must complete and pass a free orientation to ensure that they play in a fun, clean and safe environment.

Best Health Club
Urban Body Fitness

500 Amsterdam Ave.

Voted Best in Atlanta by INsite readers three years running, Urban Body is a favorite destination for those looking to get fit intown. Their attention to detail from the clean towels, most up to date machines and fresh brewed gourmet coffee and tea makes their members fans.

Best Martial Arts
Unit 2 Fitness

240 Ponce De Leon Ave. 404.745.3019
Whether it be Brazilian Jiujitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing or Mixed Martial Arts you know you are being instructed by the best. The staff is comprised of World Champion martial artists who have competed at the highest levels. They have a full gym with free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment.

Best Spa
LaVida Massage

5944 Roswell Rd. 404.236.7291
LaVida Massage of Sandy Springs is a unique concept in health and wellness that provides affordable therapeutic massage and esthetic services. Their products and services are specifically designed to meet the needs of both men and women through: relaxation, deep tissue, couples massage, hot stone, Swedish, and pre-natal care.


Best Adult Store
Best Adult Toys

Multiple Locations

An Atlanta favorite for those into the erotic. Thousands of videos, DVD’s, adult toys, condoms, candles and novelties to meet whatever your desire. Their 22 locations make Starship a convenient one stop shop.

Best Adult Movies
Southern Nights

2205 Cheshire Bridge Rd.

With over 10,000 DVD’s for sale or rent, Southern Nights has Atlanta’s widest selection and at great prices. View films on-site in their 62 channel hi-def video arcade. Their open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Best Art Supply

3330 Piedmont Rd. 404.237.6331
The place to go for all your art supply needs. Their staff are accomplished artists themselves that can offer knowledgeable and caring customer service.

Best CD Store
CD Warehouse

Roswell - Alpharetta Hwy. 770.518.3300
Duluth - Pleasant Hill 770.623.1552

They have 10,000 used CD’S for plus all the new releases. They pay cash for used Blu-ray, CD’s, DVD’s and games. If you can’t find it, they will special order it for you.

Best Consignment
Best Vintage


1111 Euclid Ave 404.658.1988
6500 Roswell Rd. 404.497.0701

Both Rag-O-Rama stores are filled with specatular men’s and women’s fashions and accesories. They carry an ever changing inventory that includes brand names, designer lables and vintage styles. Find the best prices in town with tons of outfits arriving daily.

Best Hip Clothing
Best Independent

Junkman’s Daughter

464 Moreland Ave 404.577.3188
As one of the top ranked independent stores in the country, Junkman’s Daughter keep their racks full with the hippest clothing and accessories. At 10,000 square feet of retail space, Junkman’s is the place to go when shopping in Little Five Points.

Best Jewelry Store
Alexander’s of Atlanta
2891 N. Druid Hills Rd Toco Hills

As one of the most established and respected jewelers in Atlanta, Alexander’s maintains a strong commitment to the high standard of quality and service that one would expect from a fine jewelry establishment.

Best Liquor Store
Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits
2161 Piedmont Rd. 404.881.0902
5877 Buford Hwy. 770.458.3272

With the best selection, service and price in Atlanta, customers come from all over to stock up on their favorite beer, wine and spirits. They have been taking care of their customers since 1948.

Best Music Store
Guitar Center
4 Metro Area Locations
Your one stop shop for guitars, amps, keyboards, drums, basses, recording equipment, mics, accessories and more! Guitar Center always has plenty of knowledgeable staff on hand.

Best Smoke Shop
Smoke 911
4 Metro Area Locations
This is the place to go from everything for your smoking needs. You will also find adult novelties, incense, posters, vaporizers, aromatherapy and more.

Best Thrift Store
The Nearly New Shop
1715 Howell Mill Rd.

The Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New Shop has served hundreds of thousands of customers since opening their doors in 1949. They serve as a cornerstone to the community while offering great inexpensive clothes.


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