Six Area Locations
Goldberg’s is a favorite stop for deli and bagels dine in or to go. Here you will find authentic kosher meats and dishes. All Goldberg’s locations offer full dine-in seating. Check out their newest location at Toco Hills.
Sandy Springs 404.255.6368
Emory Area 404.474.9444
New to our Best Of list but not to their legion of fans. Pig-N-Chik recently celebrated their 10 Year Anniversary with their newest Emory / Briarcliff location. Barbecue is serves naked without the sauce as owner Jim Graddy feels it should stand on its own and it does!
Best Bar Food
(Little 5 Points)
1174 Euclid Ave
With a menu that includes Tilapia Salad, Grilled Veggie Eggplant and Stuffed Flat Iron Steak, what’s not to love? Wash that down with one of their great microbrews (Pint Night is every Friday) along with Trivia Tuesday and Wednesday nights and you have the makings of a double award winner.
20 Metro Area Locations
Known for its bright and contemporary, casual dining experience, J. Christopher's has been serving traditional breakfast and lunch favorites, as well as unique menu items since 1996. Signature dishes include Blueberry Crunchcakes, Eggs Benedict and Eggs Christopher.
404.872.0904 997 Virginia Avenue
For over 30 years Murphy's has been one of Atlanta's best-loved restaurants and a landmark in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. Weekend brunch at Murphy's is a must-do, featuring Eggs T. Murphy, Crab Cake Benedict, and Chilaquiles.
The Vortex Bar & Grill
Little 5 Points 404.688.1828
The Vortex's award winning hamburgers are big, beautiful and delicious. There are 20 varieties offered and you can create your own version with a unique combination of toppings. Some unique varieties include the Elvis Burger, Spanish Fly and Double Bypass burger.
Willy’s Mexicana Grill
19 Area Locations
Atlanta’s original burrito chain. Willy’s award winning signature California-style burritos keep the concept of freshness true. Now with 19 area locations. College Students make sure to check out their $4 burritos on the first Tuesday of the month with college ID. Contact their Catering Hotline for tailgating this fall.
Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant and Bar offers great Cajun cuisine in a French Quarter inspired setting. Don’t miss their famous brunch buffet. Enjoy $5 Martinis and $6 Appetizers while listening to live music during Jazzy Fridays. Spice up the holidays with a Copeland’s Famous Fried Turkey dinner for parties large and small. Call store locations for details.
3887 Peachtree Rd. 404.816.2229
and other area locations
From crab rangoons to cashew chicken, 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!
3979 Buford Hwy #108
An Atlanta icon at their original Buford Hwy. 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. They have moved up the road and their Cuban menu is as good as ever!
3652 Roswell Rd. 404.816.9090
A landmark of good eats, 24 hours a day! When you crave a 2 a.m. breakfast or an
8 a.m. steak, the food at Landmark Diner
will hit the spot. Check out their $19 Special. Choose 2 Dinners from 10 blackboard daily specials plus 2 Appetizers & 2 Desserts.
Desta Ethiopian Kitchen
3086 Briarcliff Rd. NE 404.929.0011
As you walk through our door into the world of Desta expect greetings and warm smiles. Their friendly wait staff assists you with cuisine selection and within minutes your fresh order arrives, lifting your spirit with its warm aroma. 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
Originally opened in the summer of 1977 by the Papadopoulos family. Athens Pizza is still serving the same delicious Greek cuisine their customers have come to expect. Some of the favorite recipes on their Greek dishes go back 50 years.
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 almost 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!
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.
5600 Roswell Road 404.256.0810
Owner Katsuhiko "Vic" Watanabe opened Kobe Steaks in a small midtown location 32 years ago. Shortly after they moved to their current residence in Sandy Springs. Kobe Steaks has been a phenomenal success as they provide patrons with an authentic Japanese dining experience.
Best Meal Deal
The Flying Biscuit
Candler Park 404.687.8888
The Flying Biscuit serves great breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. They offer daily and seasonal specials. Kids eat free Monday thru Thursday from 4-7pm.
N. Decatur Plaza 404.320.0101
East Cobb 678.996.0045
Mediterranean Grill is a perenial 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.
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 customers. Take advantage of their $4.99 lunch specials and their selection of combination diners offered for just $7.95! They are known for Margaritas as much as their food. Pancho’s margaritas are made using the finest ingredients and top shelf tequilas. Try the Monster Margarita and enjoy with friends.
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 New Restaurant
Double Zero Napoletana
5825 Roswell Rd. 404.991.3666
New to the Castalluci Restaurant group, Double Zero has made a big splash since it opened in Sandy Springs. Inspired by southern Italian cuisine, the restaurant is much more. Lively atmosphere, inspired menu, extensive wine list all at affordable prices make Double Zero a hit!
Best Noodle Bowl
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!
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, Pesto Buffalo Chicken.
1811 Piedmont Ave.
Featuring finger-licking-good smoked meat and tangy sauce. Eat ribs by the slab, half-slab, as a combo or on a sandwich and listen to local blues bands in this friendly honky-tonk.
Erbert and Gerbert’s
2752 E. Ponce De Leon Ave. 404.370.6009
Erbert & Gerbert’s is a sandwich shop dedicated to serving better, more flavorful sandwiches than anyone else. Originally founded in Wisconsin, their Atlanta store is the only one in the south featuring regional flavors. Erbert & Gerbert’s bakes their own bread and carries Gluten-Free products. Everything is prepared fresh in the store, no pre-sliced or pre-wrapped anything and they ony use organic or locally grown products.
McCormick & Schmick’s
190 Marietta St. 404.521.1236
600 Ashwood Parkway 770.399.9900
Famous for classic seafood specialties served in an unpretentious atmosphere, the menu at McCormick & Schmick's changes daily and features the freshest seafood in Atlanta. From local North Georgia Trout to Lobster, King Crab, Cashew Crusted Tilapia and more you are sure to find something to tempt your tastes.
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.
Best Sub Sandwich
Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs
80 Powers Ferry Rd. 770.321.1177
5697 Buford Hwy. 770.455.8570
Since 1975, Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs has been recognized as the only true New Jersey Style submarine in the South. When you eat a Baldinos sub, you know the difference. This month Baldinos is offering a specialty sub each day for just $3.49!
Eclipse di Luna
4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. 678.205.5862
764 Miami Circle 404.846.0449
Upon opening in 1997, Eclipse di Luna set the trend in tapas style 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.
3007 N. Druid Hills Rd. 404.728.0588
2997 Cobb Pkwy 770.988.9007
Uniquely different, Top Spice promises food enthusiast a truly enjoyable dining experience. Rooted in the warm flavors of the Southeast Asia, their dishes are infused with Thai and Malaysian flavors to create distinctive tastes. The menu features aromatic and savory dishes to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
13 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. Every Monday from 6 PM to close, guests can enjoy all you can eat wings for just $10.99. Hooters makes you happy!
Raging Burrito & Taco
141 Sycamore St Decatur
Raging Burrito delivers some out-of-the-ordinary taqueria fare in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Located on the lively square, this Decatur Mexican restaurant features a great variety of tacos. The baja fish tacos are out of this world! They offer a full bar with over 16 beers and 50 tequilas.
Best Looking Wait Staff
The Tavern at Phipps
3500 Peachtree Rd. 404.814.9640
The great looking wait staff along with some of the most entertaining bartenders in the city make The Tavern at Phipps an exciting night out. On any given night you’ll find their Best Looking Wait staff happily bustling drink & menu orders back and forth while their bartenders like Nicholas Bustos (as featured in GQ Magazine) put on a show.
Best Acoustic club
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 Beer Selection
The Porter Beer Bar
1156 Euclid Ave 404.223.0393
Located in the heart of Little Five Points, this cozy restaurant with its hand-crafted wooden booths and exposed brick wall is the perfect place for a casual dinner of gourmet pub grub and a few glasses of one of the 30 beers on draft or one of the 400 bottled beers available. The beer list is only micro-brews and small imports, offering pours not available at most local bars.
Best Blues Club
828 N. Highland Ave 404.873.2583
This popular Virgina Highland blues joint recently celebrated its 18th anniversary. They have won multiple awards and Blind Willie’s doesn’t seem to be slowing down one bit.
848 Peachtree St. 404.870.0805
3242 Peachtree Rd. 404.264.0253
Gordon Biersch is an upscale brewery restaurant specializing in handcrafted German lagers brewed in-house. They brew with the highest quality, traditional ingredients imported from Germany, including barley and wheat from the 130 year-old family owned Weyermann Malting in Bamberg. The tradition of using only the freshest, purest ingredients governs every aspect of the Gordon Biersch experience.
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.
Best Happy Hour
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 need a good happy hour spot, Tin Lizzy's is the right place. They stock their bar with the finest spirits available. Live acoustic performers add to the lively happy hour vibe during the week. Great place to meet friends for appetizers and margaritas.
Whole World Theatre
1216 Spring St. 404-817-7529
Now in their 19th year, Whole World Theatre remains among the top improv theatres in town with laugh out loud comedy sketches nightly.
Best Irish Pub
Meehan’s Public House
Three Area Locations
Meehan’s is an authentic Irish eatery that offers a full menu of classic Irish dishes elevated to the gourmet level. Meehan’s Public House offers guests a full menu of classic Irish fare with a gourmet touch. Meehan’s comfortable yet a lively atmosphere is a draw for the after work crowd, families and those out and about and visiting Atlanta alike.
Best Latin Music
550 Amsterdam Ave. 404.875.4494
Samba. Salsa. Merengue. They have it all at Loca Luna, where you'll find live Latin music nightly and great food. Loca Luna offers a great space for getting your groove on. The entire place is drapped in tropical and authentic latin decor.
The Peachtree Tavern
3179 Peachtree Rd. 404.842.1700
The Peachtree Tavern has always been known for offering great live musical acts, but county? That’s right, they still book rock bands but their country acts have attracted a huge following. With Cowboys closed, this is the best place to go in the city. Catch Kyle Park Nov. 5 and Roger Creager Nov. 12.
Best Local Music
488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404.522.3950
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.
767 Clifton Rd. 404.929.6300
Atlanta loves sipping their martinis among the dinosaurs! Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX offers great martinis, stunning films, live music, and creative cuisine within the museum atrium. This is a popular spot for singles looking to mingle and couples in search of something different.
Best Music Venue - Outdoor
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2200 Encore Pkwy. 404.733.5050
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre has quickly become the entertainment destination for music lovers across the region. Set on 45 acres of beautifully-landscaped wooded land in Alpharetta, the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park provides a unique setting for both music lovers and first-time concertgoers.
Best Music Venue - Indoor
695 North Ave. 404.577.8178
Masquerade continues on while offering great touring and local acts nightly. The venue has great acoustics for their eyedrum piercing acts. Along with a large stage the venue offers three rooms for dancing and lounging and an outdoor deck. It attracts a combination of loud rock, 80s retro music, and modern electronics. Expect to see a changing crowd depending on the night.
Best Neighborhood Bar
The Red Door Tavern
3180 Roswell Rd. 404.846.6525
The Red Door Tavern serves as Buckhead’s favorite watering hole. Their loyal clientele pops in throughout the day and every night of the week to throw back some beers among friends. Expect a younger crowd on the weekends with live music and two dance floors. UGA fan base.
Best Pool Hall
Twain’s Billiards and Tap
211 E. Trinity Place 404.373.0063
This favorite Decatur establishment offers an eclectic mix of live music, a substantial menu, variety of draft beers, darts and of course the best billiards in the area.
Best Small Music Venue
Smith’s Olde Bar
1578 Piedmont Ave. 404.875.1522
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.
Best Sports Bar
777 Ponce de Leon 404-885-1217
4975 Flat Shoals Pkwy 678-205-4058
Dugan’s has a legion of fans in their neighborhoods. Sports fans come out to watch the Falcons and their favorite NFL and NBA teams. Dugan’s has great wings and a full menu plus plenty flat screen TV’s. Check out their specials during the week.
Best Body Wax
Brazilian Wax by Andreia
Six Area Locations
Owner Andreia Longshore has been waxing for over 19 years. They have recently expanded to their sixth location in Sandy Springs. Be sure to take advantage of their $35 Brazilian Wax.
Best Boot Camp
Higher Purpose Fitness
3130 Mathis Airport Pkwy 678.525.6347
All Boot Camps are not alike. This one located in Swanee / 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
Cactus Car Wash
Winner of multiple awards in Atlanta, their Ponce location was recently rated as best nationally. See their Best Of Atlanta coupons for $3.00 Off and Free Exterior Wash with Oil change (Ponce location).
Best Hair Salon
Five Area Locations
Voted one of Atlanta’s best and most affordable salons by numerous publications over the years. They now have five salons including the new East Cobb location located at The Avenue.
Best Health Club
LA Fitness offers tons of amenities at unusually low rates. Here you can take classes in boxing and cycling, swim in their many pools, or take part in a game of basketball or racquetball. With so many locations, there is bound to be one near you.
Best Martial Arts
Three Area Locations 404.339.5425
State of the art gyms offering martial arts classes in Boxing, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mauy Thai and sports training.
Best Nail Salon
Sugarcoat a nail and beauty bar
256 Pharr Road 404.814.2121
1062 St. Charles Ave 404.249.0013
You will notice the difference the moment you walk in the front door. The crystal chandelier, the mirror-flecked nail bar, the funky mirrored furniture, the custom pedicure thrones, the great selection of hard to find skincare, cosmetics, candles and even lingerie. But what really sets Sugarcoat apart is that they are dedicated to providing the most sanitary nail care services available. New clients receive a complementary personalized pouch of non-metal tool kit. Nail files, buffers, toe separators, Birchwood sticks, pumice stones, etc. are never shared.
Natural Body Spa
Multiple Area Locations
Natural Body Spas offer natural services in a nurturing environment. They offer a wide selection of procedures and products to choose from. With their multiple locations they are an Atlanta favorite.
Best Tanning Salon
Multiple Area Locations
As the largest chain of professional tanning salons, memberships at Hollywood Tans can be used at any of their 250+ locations nationwide. No appointments are necessary, and with an average of 15 booths at each location, you can be in and out on your schedule. Their vertical tanning system gives customers the most comfortable, sanitary way to achieve their perfect shade.
Best Adult Store
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 23 locations make Starship a convenient one stop shop.
Best Adult Toy Selection
Multiple Area Locations
Plenty of adult toys and gag gifts for those on the naughty side. Everything from vibrators, swings and wedges and more not fit to list. Great place to stock up for bachelorette party supplies.
Best Adult Video Selection
2205 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
Atlanta’s widest selection of adult videos and DVD’s at great prices. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Their DVD’s start at just $4.99! They have great themed movies offering an erotic take on your favorite TV shows.
Best Art Supply
1745 Peachtree St. 404.352.7200
The place to go for all your art supply needs. Now at their new location at Brookwood Place. Sam Flax offers a wide selection at the lowest prices in town. Make sure to stop in for their Canvas Sale at 70% off retail, going on thru November 12.
Little 5 Points 404.523.0100
Sandy Springs 404.255.5578
An out of the ordinary name for a unique boutique. From fun to funky, wacky to wild, Psycho Sisters is the queen of consignment. Featured threads include Levis, Diesel, costumes, footwear and plenty of bling!
Best CD Store
Barrett Parkway 770.425.3472; Roswell 770.518.3300
Duluth 770.623.1552; Mall of Georgia 678.546.5835
They have 10,000 used CD’S for $7.99 or less plus all the new releases. They pay cash for used Blue-ray, cd’s, dvd’s and games. If you can’t find it they will special order it for you. CD Warehouse is giving away a Blu-ray player at each of their stores this month. Visit nearest location to register to win.
Best Hip Clothing
464 Moreland Ave. 404.577.3188
Little Five Point’s favorite and largest store. Here you will find eclectic and unique clothing that has made the area a most stop shopping destination. At 10,000 square feet, Junkman’s is crammed full with far out fashions and groovy accessories.
Best Jewelry Store
500 Amsterdam Ave. 404.892.8294
117 East Court Sq. 404.370.3979
Offering top quality merchandise at low low prices, Worthmore Jewelers has built a huge fan base. With ample displays of all types of jewelry, Worthmore is the perfect place to go for that one of a kind piece.
Best Vintage Clothing
1111 Euclid Ave 404.658.1988
Rag-O-Rama occupies an enormous industrial chic space in the heart of Little 5 Points. The store is filled to the brim with spectacular men’s and women’s fashions and accessories. They carry an changing inventory includes brand names, designer labels and vintage styles. New Sandy Springs location opening soon.
Best Liquor Store
Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits
2161 Piedmont Rd. 404.881.0902
5877 Buford Hwy. 770.458.3272
Tower's reputation has grown from statewide to regional as customers plan weekend trips to take advantage of their selection and discounts.
Best Music Store
You’re 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
710 Holcomb Br. Rd. 770.992.4485
6125 Roswell Rd. 404.256.1116
3466 Cobb Pkwy. 770.974.5585
8265 Hwy. 92 678.445.5550
If you are looking for premium cigars, they have a walk-in humidor with all the accessories. This is the place to go from everything for your smoking needs and more. You will also find adult novelties, incense, vaporizers, and aromatherapy.
Best Thrift Store
Last Chance Thrift
Multiple Store Locations
Last Chance offers thousand’s of items in jewelry, clothing, gifts, housewares, books and furniture. Their four convenient locations make thrift shopping easy.
Best Used Book Store
3073 N. Druid Hills Rd 404.633.1328
1151 Roswell Rd 770.499.9914
Great selection of used books, comics, cds and dvds. Their knowledgeable staff has been with them forever.
Best Wine Store
124 Perimeter Center West
8,000 wines and 2,000 spirits to choose from. They now how three locations with their other two in Alpharetta and Kennesaw.