Best Bagels

Best Deli
6 Restaurants + 3 Airport
Goldberg’s is Atlanta’s favorite deli for dine in or takeout. Here you will find the freshest bagels and finest kosher meats and dishes. All Goldberg’s Atlanta locations offer full table seating. Follow them on Facebook for weekday takeout specials.

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 smoky flavor. They come naked (without the sauce) as owner Jim Graddy feels ribs should stand on their own. But should you want, there are 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, and salads.

Best Breakfast
The Flying Biscuit
Candler Park 404.687.8888
Midtown 404.874.8887

The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week starting at 7 am. They are known for their mouthwatering biscuits and affordable menu items. Their signature dish is The Flying Biscuit Breakfast. It is served with two large farm-fresh eggs, free-range chicken and sage breakfast sausage. The Flying Biscuit offers an organic-friendly menu and bakery.

Best Brunch
J. Christopher’s
15 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 Burger
Buckhead 404.816.0603;
Decatur 404.378.5077
Dunwoody 770.454.2201

Farm Burger is about more than just a great burger. Championing all things local, their grass feed beef is raised right here in Athens, Ga. With their communal tables and lack of pre-designed burgers, Farm Burger encourages participation from its customers. All Farm Burger burgers are grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone-free, locally raised, ground fresh, made in-house and griddled to perfection!

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

Atlanta’s original burrito chain. Willy’s award winning 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. 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 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 Diner
Landmark Diner
3652 Roswell Rd.

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 $14.99; including dinner entree, soup & dessert. Deal offered from 2 - 9 pm daily.

Best Ethiopian
Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

3086 Briarcliff Rd. NE

As you walk through their door into the world of Desta expect greetings and warm smiles. Their friendly wait staff will assist you in navigating the menu. Prompt, friendly service and quick delivery of traditional Ethiopian delicacies make for a wonderful and unique dining experience which is the hallmark of Desta Ethiopian Kitchen.

Best Greek
Athens Pizza
1341 Clairmont Rd.

Since 1966 the Papadopoulos family at Athens Pizza has been serving 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, Roasted Lamb or the Oven Baked Chicken. Athens Pizza offers daily specials for lunch and dinner and has an extensive catering menu.

Best Indian
1363 Clairmont Rd.

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

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 Late Night Dining
Mama’s Cocina Latina
1895 Piedmont Ave NE

Conveniently located between Buckhead and Midtown, Mama’s Cocina Latina is the place to head to after the bars close. They are open 24 hours, have a terrific menu with lots of affordably priced tasty entrees and they serve Margaritas. How can you go wrong?

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
Nuevo Laredo Cantina
1495 Chattahoochee Ave

Though it can be difficult to find, you will be happy when you arrive. Since opening in 1992, this popular Mexican restaurant has won numerous awards for their authentic, home-cooked Mexican food. Recommended dishes are the Brisket Barbacoa, Chicken Mole (mo-lay), over-stuffed poblano Chili Rellenos and the most recent menu additions- Lobster or Fish (grilled salmon) Tacos.

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Horseradish Grill
4320 Powers Ferry Road

Adjacent to Chastain Park, Horseradish Grill housed in a historic building brims with neighborhood charm. Their menu celebrates the cultural, regional and seasonal elements of Southern cuisine. This includes using ingredients from their own organic garden. In addition to the main dining room, there are two private dining areas that provide the perfect atmosphere for any type of event.

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 their house specialty the Johnny’s Deluxe.

Best Ribs
Fat Matt’s
1811 Piedmont Ave.

Featuring fall off the bone smoked meat and tangy sauce. Order 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
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. Come early and enjoy Two for One appetizers at the bar from 5pm - 7pm every day.

Best Steakhouse
3130 Piedmont Rd.

One of Atlanta’s most iconic restaurants, Bones Steakhouse continues to garner awards. Considered by many publications as the best steakhouse in the country, Bones excels by providing only the finest service, steaks and seafood.

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

Consistently voted as the Best Sub Sandwich in the Atlanta, 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 made custom to order. When you eat a Baldinos sub you know the difference.

Best Tacos
1242 Glenwood Ave.

This East Atlanta restaurant is named after the Tomatillo which their signature sauce Salsa Verde is made from. But it isn’t just the sauce that makes their tacos so great it is the ingredients. Fillings like shrimp and steak to brisket and potato green chili are what keep people coming back. Their customers also rave about their catfish and fried chicken tacos. Come Tuesday for the Crunchy Taco Special: Three Tacos for $5!

Best Takeout
Chicago’s Nancy’s Midtown
265 Ponce De Leon

Chicago’s Nancy’s is a favorite stop in Midtown for take-out and delivery. Besides their famous deep dish pizza, they have great appetizers, sandwiches and salads. See their ad on the Back Page for coupons offering $4 and $5 Off online orders. Nancy’s is the perfect place to call when planning a tailgate or get-together.

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 are priced affordably to encourage multiple sampling.


Best Bartenders
Best looking Wait Staff
Twin Peaks
3365 Piedmont Road 404.961.8946
2475 G. Busby Pkwy. 678.348.1605

Twin Peaks, the mountain lodge-style sports restaurant and it’s Twin Peaks girls offer great views! Let their outgoing wait staff serve high-quality comfort food, salads and sandwiches to your table. Choose from an extensive selection of 29-degree draft beers on 32 taps while the girls pour and serve into huge ice-cold, frosted mugs.

Best brewery
Red Brick Brewing
2323 Defoor Hills Rd.

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 Comedy Club
Laughing Skull Lounge
878 Peachtree St.

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 Jared Logan, Donnell Rawlings and Jesse Joyce this month.

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.

Andrews Upstairs
56 E Andrews Dr

Andrews Upstairs is a one of a kind music and entertainment venue. Expect to find everything from live regional and national music to classic movie nights. For those of you who like to get your groove on, Atlanta’s hottest DJs spin tunes late night on Fridays and Saturdays.

Best EDM
2715 Bufurd Hwy.

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 Irish pub

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 Local Music
529 Flat Shoals Ave

This popular East Atlanta venue has been building a large following. Upcoming acts include: Twin Tigers (11/14); Ex-Cult (11/15) and Highlander (11/25).

Best Music Venue Indoor
The Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street

This turn of the century church turned concert venue attracts some of the biggest national acts to Atlanta. Check out Slayer (11/22); Blackberry Smoke (11/28); and Common (12/4).

Best Music Venue Outdoor
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

2200 Encore Pkwy.

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 for a concert. Highlights from this past summer include: Ray Lamontagne, Blues Traveler and Phish.

Best Patio Scene
East Andrews Cafe’

56 East Andrews Dr.

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 Rock Club
The Earl
488 Flat Shoals Ave.

An Atlanta institution for great live music. National acts and the best of the emerging Atlanta music scene grace the stage nightly to packed crowds. Check out this month: Tyler Ramsey (11/15) and Cracker (11/29).

Best Small Music Venue
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave.

Original live music seven nights a week. The music venue is located upstairs from the bar and offers an intimate setting. Here you will find national acts on weekends as well as local artists during the week. Check out this month: Donkey (11/7) and Stroke 9 (11/15).

Best Boot camp
Higher Purpose Fitness
3130 Mathis Airport Pkwy

Not all Boot Camps are alike. Higher Purpose Fitness 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

At Mister Car Wash they know how good it feels to drive a clean car. Everything their staff does is focused on providing the best car wash and customer service in the industry. Their formula is simple; make people feel good by delivering a clean, dry and shiny car every time.

Best Cardio Class
Unit 2 Fitness

240 Ponce De Leon Ave.

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 Health Club
Urban Body Fitness

500 Amsterdam Ave.

Voted Best in Atlanta by INsite readers four 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
Best Fitness Center
Knuckle Up Fitness
Sandy Springs 5956 Roswell Rd.
Alpharetta 5815 Windward Pkwy

Knuckleup Fitness is an alternative fitness club that combines traditional gym services such as kickboxing and indoor cycling with muay thai and mixed martial arts classes. Their state of the art gyms offer great sparring and sports training.

Best Massage
LaVida Massage
5944 Roswell Rd.

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, and Swedish massage.

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.

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 770.518.3300
Duluth 770.623.1552
Town Center 770.425.3472

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 Hip ClothinG

Best Consignment
1111 Euclid Ave 404.658.1988
6500 Roswell Rd. 404.497.0701

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

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 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
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

Best vintage clothing
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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