Emerald City Bagels
Emerald City Bagels has taken Atlanta by storm. The mother and daughter team from Long Island, NY has been perfecting their recipe over the past two years and now offers the best bagels in the city. They don’t have a stand along store location but can be found at your favorite coffee shops, breakfast places, Farmer’s Markets and Pop-up locations around town.
Sandy Springs 404.255.6368
Emory Area 404.474.9444
Voted Best Barbecue for the third year in a row, Pig-N-Chik 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.
The Flying Biscuit
Candler Park 404.687.8888
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.
Buckhead 678.732.9531; Sandy Springs 404.600.2484; Marietta 770.919.9110
Cheeseburger Bobby’s offers gourmet hamburgers with a wide variety of freshly prepared toppings with which to prepare your own Best Burger. Bobby’s uses only fresh, never frozen 100% U.S. beef, seared on a grill after you order it and served on a lightly buttered, toasted bun. The rest is up to you. 10 metro area locations.
Willy’s Mexicana Grill
25 Area Locations
Atlanta’s original burrito chain is celebrating 20 years! 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.
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, visit their website and order online or call their catering hotline (404) 455-5561.
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!
2905 Buford Hwy. at N. Druid Hills
3979 Buford Hwy at Clairmont
After losing the original location at Buford Hwy. and N. Druid Hills Rd. to fire a few years ago, they opened a new location up the road. Now the original location has reopened and Havana’s great Cuban cuisine can be found at both locations along Buford Hwy. and their authentic Cuban dishes are as good as ever!
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.
Lenox Square; Perimeter Mall 908.867.8336
Macaron Queen desserts offers French pastries that are delicious, delectable and with less calories, a guilt-free slice of heaven! Madame Macaron’s menu varies from individual desserts, cakes, Macarons, parfaits, and cookies all with the finest ingredients and exquisite taste.
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 $15.99 including dinner entree, soup & dessert. Deal offered from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Desta Ethiopian Kitchen
3086 Briarcliff Rd. NE 404.929.0011
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.
1341 Clairmont Rd. 404.636.1100
For nearly 50 years, 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. There is much more than pizza here. Authentic dishes including Veal, Roasted Lamb or the Oven Baked Chicken. Athens Pizza offers lunch and dinner and is popular for catering.
Buckhead 404.841.8472; Decatur 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 22 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!
N. Decatur Plaza 404.320.0101
Midtown 404.917.1100; East Cobb 678.996.0045; Athens 706.543.5000
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.
Tacos and Tequilas
Ponce de Leon 678.705.5955; Buckhead 404.705.8225;
Tacos & Tequilas is a family-owned traditional Mexican restaurant offering recipes passed down through generations. Here you’ll find all your Mexican favorites – tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, quesadillas and more. The quality in their food is on par with the finest Mexican restaurants in the city but at very reasonable prices. At Tacos & Tequila everything is authentic including their drinks as they offer 100 different brands of tequila.
BEST PATIO DINING
500 10th Street NE 404.249.0001
The Southwest Porch at Park Tavern has one of the best views in the city overlooking Piedmont Park and the Midtown Skyline. This amazing backdrop provides for a great atmosphere for meeting up with friends and is popular for weddings and special events. The large patio area is dotted with table seating, private cabanas, fire pits, and TV’s to catch your favorite teams in action.
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.
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. Live blues played nightly starting at 8pm featuring many of the local favorites and you never know when a touring legend will stop bye.
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’ve won numerous awards from various publications for their inspired dining experience. Agave offers over 100 tequilas and 12 specialty margaritas on the menu. All Agave margaritas are made with blue agave tequilas and fresh squeezed lime juice.
BEST SUB SANDWICH
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
Marietta 770.321.1177; Doraville 770.455.8570
Baldinos is celebrating their 10th straight year being voted as the Best Sub Sandwich in the Atlanta. This year they also celebrate their 40th anniversary of their original location in Fayetteville , NC. 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.
1242 Glenwood Ave. 404.622.9448
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 in for Taco Tuesdays where every taco on the menu is just $2.00!
Chicago’s Nancy’s Midtown
265 Ponce De Leon 404.254.5103
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. New to their menu are BBQ Ribs and the Mac ‘N Cheese Pizza. Nancy’s is the perfect place to call when planning a tailgate or get-together.
Eclipse di Luna
Eclipse di Luna has 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. The menu offers a variety of glutton-free and vegetarian tapas.
Chastain 404.255.4460; Smyrna 770.575.4884 Chamblee 678.580.4300; Dunwoody 404.935.9157 wingfactory.com
The name tells the story – or most of it, anyway. At the Wing Factory, wings are indeed serious business with 25 flavors to choose from, there are plenty of tongue-burning options to please pepper pros but there are also enough subtle and complex “alternative” flavors to suit the less adventurous palette.
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
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. Their gym offers free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment.
BEST HEALTH CLUB
Urban Body Fitness
500 Amsterdam Ave. 404.885.1499
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
Chastian Park 4540 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. Sign up for KU CrossFit at their new gym in Chastain Buckhead / Sandy Springs.
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, and Swedish massage.
Urban Body Studios
730 Ponce De Leon Pl 404.885.1499
Treat yourself to their extensive menu of spa and salon services performed by an expert team of hair stylists, skin therapist, and massage therapists. They offer an exclusive line of products which include Dermalogica, Eminence, Kevin Murphy, and Pureology.
BEST LOOKING WAITSTAFF
3365 Piedmont Road 404.961.8946
2475 G. Busby Pkwy. 678.348.1605
Twin Peaks, the mountain lodge-style sports restaurant and its 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 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. Tony Hinchcliffe, Dom Irrera, Paul Varghese and Jarrod Harris this month.
BEST DANCE CLUB
56 E Andrews Dr 404.869.1171
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 LOCAL MUSIC
488 Flat Shoals Ave.
An Atlanta institution for great local music, drinks and grub. National acts and the best of the emerging Atlanta music scene grace the stage nightly to packed crowds. Check out this month: Natural Child (11/12); Health (11/17) and All Them Witches (11/28).
BEST INDOOR MUSIC VENUE
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 Ben Folds & Y Music (11/5); Jeezy (11/25).
BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE
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 for a concert. Highlights from this past summer include: Zac Brown Band, Rod Stewart and O.A.R.
BEST HAPPY HOUR
Tin Lizzy’s Cantina
11 Metro Area Locations
Crispy, fresh tortilla chips with gluten-free available. All their salsas are gluten free including guacamole and queso. Come out for their Half Way To Cinco Celebration November 5 - 7 with live music and drink specials.
BEST PERFORMANCE VENUE
The Buckhead Theatre
3110 Roswell Road 404.891.6168
Originally opened in 1931, The Buckhead Theatre sits at the gateway to one of the country’s most storied neighborhoods. After extensive renovation, The Buckhead Theatre reopened its doors in 2010 as Atlanta’s premier intimate performance venue. The 8,000 sq. ft. main theatre houses all kinds of performances from comedy, rock, Broadway shows and special events.
BEST ROCK CLUB
529 Flat Shoals Ave
This popular East Atlanta Dive Bar has a large following due to their cool bartenders, great drinks and atmosphere. Check out Red Rocket Deluxe (11/14); Jucifer (11/21) and Slow Parade (11/28).
BEST THEATRE COMPANY
1083 Austin Ave.¬†404.584.7450
Horizon Theatre Company located in Inman Park has produced some of Atlanta’s best loved plays.¬† These include¬†The Waffle House Palace,¬†Avenue Q,¬†Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, along withMadeline’s Christmas¬†and¬†The Santaland Diaries¬†opening this month.¬† The actors are local favorites and on stage performances are always enthralling.
BEST ADULT STORE
BEST ADULT TOYS
22 Metro Area 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
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
Buckhead 404.237.6331; Ponce City 404.682.6999
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
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 VINTAGE CLOTHING
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
Shopping Center 404.634.3197
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
Your one stop shop for guitars, amps, keyboards, drums, basses, recording equipment, mics, accessories and more. With the most knowledgeable staff in town.
BEST SMOKE SHOP
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
2927 N. Druid Hills Rd. Toco Hills
Shopping Center 404.355.3547
The Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New Shop has served hundreds of thousands of customers since opening their doors in 1949. They offer gently used merchandise including designer clothing and household items. Proceeds benefit Atlanta non-profit.