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|Best of Atlanta: Dining|
|by Jim Farner|
|July 08, 2010 00:00|
After two months of online balloting and more than 20,000 votes cast, we present the best of the best — our inaugural Best of Atlanta winners.
It all started back at the beginning of May, when we asked you, our readers, to nominate your favorites for dozens of awards in the categories of Community, People, Nightlife, Dining, Retail, Pet Services, Internet, and Outside Atlanta.
The top three finalists — or more, in the case of a tie — in each category made it through to the next round of voting. For the month of June, a multiple-choice ballot asked you to pick among the finalists for who really represents the finest in LGBT Georgia.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations to all of the worthy winners and runners up.
Overall: One Midtown Kitchen
With its oh-so-trendy location and menu, the seven-year-old One Midtown Kitchen (www.concentricshospitality.com) is your top dining choice. It’s a perfect place to spend an evening noshing on some fine food. The appetizers (such as parmesan fries), wine and desserts don’t disappoint either.
HOBNOB (www.hobnobatlanta.com), located at Piedmont Ave. and Monroe Drive, is the fave of all the new Atlanta eateries, offering a southern twist on tavern food. The likes of fried green tomatoes and collard greens go toe-to-toe with hamburgers and other traditional/classic dinner ideas.
Meals under $10 can be found in Atlanta — and your favorite is Eats (www.eatsonponce.net). It’s quick, conveniently located and won’t put a dent in your finances. Eats has pasta dishes and good ole jerk chicken, plus the likes of green beans and baked sweet potatoes.
Eats just edged out second place Taqueria Del Sol (www.taqueriadelsol.com) by 10 votes. Third place was Joe’s on Juniper (www.joesatlanta.com/juniper/), with Doc Chey’s Noodle House (www.doccheys.com) fourth.
Take-out / Delivery: Doc Chey’s Noodle House
Doc Chey’s (www.doccheys) is the top place to pick up spring rolls, dumplings, curries and stir fries — or on a stay-in evening, to have those goodies brought to you. Two area locations (Midtown and Decatur) make it easily accessible.
Mexican: Taqueria del Sol
When you’re in the mood for tacos, burritos and enchiladas, Taqueria del Sol (www.taqueriadelsol.com) is your favorite Mexican joint, with locations all over Atlanta to whet your appetite. Who on Earth knew there were so many kinds of tacos? A very close second was Las Margaritas (www.lasmargaritasatlanta.com), while El Azteca (www.elaztecaatlanta.com) rounded out the top three.
Some say it’s hard to find good Italian in town, but Atlantans are sold on East Atlanta’s Noni’s (www.nonisdeli.com). With a risotto of the day, Noni’s Lasagna Bolognese and Noni’s meatballs, it’s easy to understand the love.
Asian: Little Bangkok
Little Bangkok on Cheshire Bridge Road (www.littlebangkokatlanta.com) is the top vote getter for Asian fare, with tangy Thai and Chinese food. This perennially well-populated restaurant has an almost endless array of appetizers and entrees. Little Bangkok is often busy — for good reason.
Ru San’s (www.rusans.com) and Thai Chili (www.thaichilicuisine.com) round out your favorites.
Dining/Outdoor Patio: Joe’s on Juniper
Eating out is always more fun on a nice patio, and Joe’s on Juniper’s (www.joesatlanta.com/juniper/) outdoor location makes it your fave. It’s a great place to see and be seen, especially on a spring/summer Atlanta night, while munching on burgers, wings and sandwiches. Roxx (www.roxxtavern.com) placed second, Einstein’s (www.einsteinsatlanta.com) third and Noni’s (www.nonisdeli.com) fourth.
Dessert: Café Intermezzo
It may have a full menu, but Café Intermezzo’s (www.cafeintermezzo.com) desserts make it a top-flight destination. It’s your favorite place to go with a sweet tooth – tarts, tortes and oodles more beckon.
Breakfast / Brunch: Flying Biscuit
With locations in Midtown and East Atlanta, Flying Biscuit (www.flyingbiscuit.com/) is the top locale for breakfast and brunch. The Biscuit serves breakfast all day (with lip-smacking omelets) and has salads, sandwiches, desserts and entrees that sate, as well as a uniqueness all its own. Like Little Bangkok, it’s not unheard of to see weekend lines, but the wait it worth it.
Business Lunch: Einstein’s
Still going strong at its Midtown spot after oh so many years, Einstein’s (www.einsteinsatlanta.com) is your top spot for business lunch. It’s a terrific place for a quick bite to eat while meeting with clients/colleagues, with a menu that never seems static.
Late Night: Waffle House
Waffle House (www.wafflehouse.com) never changes – and everyone likes that. With decadent hash browns and waitresses who went to high school with Abe Lincoln, it’s still your favorite place to grab a bite after a night on the town.
Romantic: Apres Diem
Apres Diem (www.apresdiem.com) is the top vote getter for a romantic night out. Among the bistro’s perks are its candlelit ambience, great wine choices and wait staff who never seem in a hurry to get rid of customers. The roasted lamb and Moroccan salmon are great too.
Vegetarian / Organic: Radial Café
Radial Café (www.radial.us) is one of the most environmentally responsible joints around, as well as your vote-getter for veggie dining, both for breakfast and lunch/brunch. Its creative menu includes the likes of veggie sausage and apple pie vegan pancakes.
Bar with the Best Food: Noni’s
The versatile Noni’s is not only known as a restaurant but as a bar/hangout — albeit one with some tasty, not-your-typical-bar-food eats. A late night meatball sub: yum! Woof’s (www.woofsatlanta.com) placed second and Burkhart’s (www.burkharts.com) third.
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