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|Best of Atlanta: Eats|
|Written by Staff|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:18|
Best Local Chef
After kicking ass on the Bravo reality show, Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill (www.woodfiregrill.com) earns the crown of Top Chef of gay Atlanta. Not only does Gillespie bring some serious Southern cred to the palate, but the furry hunkster is the dream of many bear fantasies. Kevin Kusinski of K Squared Meals (www.ksquaredmeals.com) earned second place, while Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale (www.cakesandalerestaurant.com) finished third.
Highland Bakery (www.highlandbakery) continues to wow readers with its delicious treats and creative menu, repeating as champion in the Best Bakery category. The display cases alone are enough to activate saliva glands, but even the beauty of the pastries does not prepare customers for the deliciousness that awaits their tummies. Alon’s (www.alons.com) finished a close second, and Southern Sweets (www.southernsweets.com) took third.
The homegrown goodness of Farm Burger (www.farmburger.net) has earned it the blue ribbon in this beefy category. With all-natural, grass-fed meat, the two Farm Burger locations (Buckhead and Decatur) offer burgers that satisfy the appetite and the conscience. Grindhouse (www.grindhouseburgers.com) bulged its way to second place, with third place going to Steak ‘n Shake (www.steaknshake.com).
Best Bar Food
When it comes to munching while drinking, there’s no place our readers prefer more than Roxx Tavern. While a full-service restaurant, the crowd and ambiance can make any meal feel like a boys’ or girls’ night out. Brick Store Pub (www.brickstorepub.com) finished in second place, followed by Burkhart’s (www.burkharts.com).
There’s no better place to start the day (or possibly recover from a weekend hangover) than Ria’s Bluebird (www.riasbluebird.com), which repeats as champion in the Best Breakfast category. The food here has gained national acclaim and a permanent spot in the hearts of LGBT Atlantans. Radial Cafe (www.radial.us) and Pot & Pan took second and third place, respectively.
The weekend specials and endearing menu of Radial Cafe (www.radial.us) made it the fan favorite for brunch spots. The win marks a repeat for the Candler Park restaurant, proving that its commitment to local products are appreciated by LGBT Atlantans. Second place went to Einstein’s (www.metrocafes.com/einsteins) with Roxx rounding out the top three.
The dimly lit dining room in Cafe Intermezzo (www.cafeintermezzo.com) offers the perfect setting for an evening treat, such as any of the iconic sweets found at the Buckhead eatery. Cakes & Ale (www.cakesandalerestaurant.com) edged into second-place finish, just ahead of Southern Sweets (www.southernsweets.com).
Best Late Night
When the clubs let out and the stomachs are growling for grub, Atlanta partygoers prefer no place other than Landmark Diner (www.landmarkdiner.com). Located alongside the nightlife strip on Cheshire Bridge, the Landmark provides convenience and comfort food as well as plenty of eye candy. R. Thomas (www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net) came in second place, while third went to Taco Cabana (www.tacocabana.com).
Having helped establish a bustling dining district in the Morningside neighborhood, Doc Chey’s (www.doccheys.com) returns to the winner’s circle as Best Asian restaurant. With a comfortable ambiance and delicious cuisine, Doc Chey’s is a favorite for lunch and dinner, as well as for hosting meals benefiting Atlanta Pride. And the food is just as good in the comfort of home, with Doc Chey’s also winning Best Takeout/Delivery.
Located just south of downtown, No Mas Cantina (www.nomasatlanta.com) was voted as the best place to go when craving some south-of-the-border goodness. The Mexican eatery is a favorite for an everyday dinner, and is popular with gay groups looking for a festive place to hold events. Las Margaritas (www.lasmargaritasmidtown.com) claimed the silver medal, while the bronze went to Los Loros.
Best New Restaurant
The Fifth Ivory (www.thefifthivory.com) has brought a whole new flavor to Midtown, fusing Southern hospitality with the camaraderie of an Irish pub. The food, wine and entertainment of a piano bar have made the restaurant an instant favorite. STK (www.stkhouse.com) debuted in second place, with Campagnolo (www.peasantatl.com) coming in third.
It’s a three-peat for Joe’s on Juniper (www.metrocafes.com/joes-juniper), which once again was voted as the cutest spot to enjoy food outdoors. The expansive patio provides a great space for people-watching, which is usually as delicious as any meal on the menu. Roxx garnered the second most votes, and Harbour Bar & Fish House (www.harbourdecatur.com) took third.
For a taste of Europe, our readers need to go no further than The Iberian Pig (www.theiberianpigatl.com) in Decatur. The modern Spanish restaurant serves up cured meats and cheeses, with exquisite attention to style and flavor. It’s not your traditional pizza joint, but perhaps it is the pizza-like flatbread “cocas” that put Iberian Pig in first place. One Midtown Kitchen (www.onemidtownkitchen.com) claimed second place, followed by Apres Diem (www.apresdiem.com).
In a true nail-biter, Cafe Sunflower (www.cafesunflower.com) claimed the crown as the top spot for the meatless crowd, edging out Radial Cafe (www.radial.us). The Buckhead restaurant turns Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean and Southwest cuisine into delicious works of art. Third place went to Panahar Bangladeshi & Indian Cuisine (www.panahar.com).
In a runaway victory, Eats (www.eatsonponce.net) once again proved itself a reader favorite when looking for good food without breaking the bank. Especially during lean times, we are grateful to be able to get a home-cooked meal for under $10. S&S Cafeteria (www.sscafeterias.com) and Kathmandu Kitchen & Grill (www.kathmandukitchenatlanta.com) took second and third, respectively.
Best Overall Restaurant
For the second year in a row, the top prize among restaurants goes to La Tavola (www.latavolatrattoria.com) in Virginia Highland. The upscale eatery offers delectable plates at superbly reasonable prices, and some of the best Italian food in Atlanta. Roxx earned a solid second place, followed closely by Cakes & Ale (www.cakesandalerestaurant.com)
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