Emerald City Bagels
Emerald City Bagels has taken Atlanta by storm. The mother and daughter team from Long Island, NY spent two years perfecting their recipe and now offer the best bagels in the city. They don't have a stand-alone store location but can be found at your favorite coffee shops, breakfast places, Farmer's Markets and Pop-up locations around town. Online ordering for pick-up and local delivery is available.
Sandy Springs 404.255.6368
Emory Area 404.474.9444
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 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. You can't go wrong with a famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast.
Sandy Springs 404.600.2484;
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. Visit their 13 metro area locations.
Willy's Mexicana Grill
30 Area Locations
Atlanta's original burrito chain is still the best. 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. Try their new Baja Burrito. Order a Willy's truck to come to your event by calling their Catering Hotline.
3887 Peachtree Rd.
and other area locations
Since 1994, Chin Chin has served up some the finest authentic Chinese cuisine. Chin Chin has several locations around Metro Atlanta, each with the same great flavor, healthy portions and elegant dĂ©cor. Chin Chin offers reliable fine dining that won't break the bank.
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 + Hartsfield Jackson
Goldberg's is Atlanta's favorite deli and also serves the Best Sandwiches. Here you will find the finest kosher meats and salads. All Goldberg's Atlanta locations offer full table seating. Follow them on Facebook for weekday takeout specials.
North Point Mall;
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.
BEST LATE NIGHT DINING
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, you can get it here. Find great sandwiches, salads, seafood along with Italian and Greek dishes. Visit their Buckhead restaurant (pictured) or any of their five locations around town.
1341 Clairmont Rd.
Since 1966, 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. Call to book your holiday party in one of their private rooms.
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. Check out their new location at Emory Cox Hall or call their Catering Hotline 404.702.8301.
BEST MEAL DEAL
600 Ponce de Leon Ave.
For over 23 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 high quality of their food and kept their prices low. They are routinely awarded Best Inexpensive Restaurant and this year also Best Meal Deal for their $7.00 Jerk Chicken Special.
N. Decatur Plaza 404.320.0101
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!
Tacos and Tequilas
Ponce de Leon 678.705.5955;
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
Raging Burrito & Taco
141 Sycamore St. Decatur
Raging Burrito & Taco has always had the most bustling patio in Decatur and our readers feel that includes Atlanta as well. Plenty of outdoor seating allows for large gatherings of friends and families. Their menu features hearty burritos, tasty tacos, large salads, quesadillas and more. While relaxing on their patio enjoy one of the 16 Craft Beers available on tap or try one of their 15 tasty Margaritas.
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. Visit their website to find the nearest location to you.
1811 Piedmont Ave.
Since 1990, award winning Fat Matt's Rib Shack has been one of Atlanta's favorite hot spots. These ribs are smoked to perfection and literally falling off the bone. Order by the slab, half-slab, as a combo or chopped pork sandwich. Great barbecue chicken and sides as well. They offer nine beers on tap plus more in the bottle. Seating available inside and out. Live blues is played nightly starting at 8pm featuring many of the local favorites.
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
Baldinos is celebrating their 11th straight year being 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. Try their $3.79 Sub Special available all day.
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.
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. While others have come and gone, Laughing Skull Lounge continues to attract huge talent who perform to lively audiences.
BEST LATIN DANCING
BEST LATIN MUSIC
550 Amsterdam Ave.
Samba. Salsa. Merengue! They have it all at Loca Luna, where you'll find live Latin music nightly and savory dishes from Spain, South America and Latin America. Their location on Amsterdam Ave offers a tropical outdoor patio with Midtown skyline view. The happening bar is open till 2:30am on weekends. Loca Luna features live Latin music every night on their large dance floor and the hottest DJ's spin late night on Fridays and Saturdays. Plenty of free parking and free valet available.
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 waitstaff bring delicious food 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 MUSIC VENUE - INDOOR
152 Luckie Street
This turn of the century church turned concert venue attracts some of the biggest national acts to Atlanta. Check out The Fray (Nov 13); Drive By Truckers (Nov 19) and Jim James of My Morning Jacket (Nov 27).
BEST MUSIC VENUE - OUTDOOR
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2200 Encore Pkwy.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre is Atlanta's favorite place to see outdoor concerts. 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: Van Morrison, Styx, Gwen Stefani and the Dixie Chicks.
BEST PATIO SCENE
Joe's on Juniper
1049 Juniper St. Midtown
Joe's on Juniper is Midtownâ€™s most exciting place to see and be scene. People flock to Joe's from all over Atlanta for their cocktails and atmosphere. Joe's offers a great tavern menu and with their friendly, outgoing staff bringing food to your table you might as well stay awhile.
BEST ROCK CLUB
488 Flat Shoals Ave.
An Atlanta institution for great 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: Ruby & The Soulphonics (Nov 11); Corndogorama #20 (Nov 12) and Maserati (Nov 9).
BEST SMALL MUSIC VENUE
BEST WINE BAR
650 North Ave. Ponce City Market
Since opening earlier this year, City Winery has taken Atlanta by storm. The concept of combining great wines and culinary innovations in an intimate setting of live music is unlike anything this city has seen. City Winery is the brainchild of Michael Dorf, founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, one of New York's longest running music venues. He wanted to create a place where he could combine his shared passions for wine and music.
BEST SPORTS BAR
7 Atlanta locations
Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch the game, to meet friends for a great meal, or enjoy drinks from one of their expansive bars. Hudson Grille offers much more than your typical bar food. Sure, they have the usual favorites but also offer plenty of healthy, local and gluten-free options not found at any other sports bar. Hudson Grille offers 50+ draft beers, party rooms and 360-degree views of way too many HD TV's. Pair that with an upscale atmosphere and friendly staff, and you'll see why Hudson Grille is the best sports bar in Atlanta.
BEST BOOT CAMP
Higher Purpose Fitness
1595 Peachtree Parkway
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. Check out their all new location offering the same great results.
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 Jiu-jitsu, 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, machines, and cardio equipment.
BEST DERMATOLOGY SERVICES
5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Suite 412
Perimeter Dermatology, PC is committed to offering quality professional dermatological services and skincare. Their highly skilled and educated providers take the time to understand patient concerns and goals before customizing a comprehensive treatment plan. Perimeter Dermatology is a full-service practice that encompasses the full array of medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services, including advanced laser technology, the latest skin peels, cosmetic injectables and fillers. Come visit with their knowledgeable staff including Hillary Grady voted Best Aesthetician in 2016.
BEST HEALTH CLUB
Urban Body Fitness
500 Amsterdam Ave.
Voted Best in Atlanta by INsite readers five 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.
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.
Urban Body Studios
730 Ponce De Leon Pl
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 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
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
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 HIP CLOTHING
464 Moreland Ave L5P
As one of the top ranked independent stores in the country, Junkman's Daughter keep their racks full with the hippest clothing and accessories. At 10,000 square feet of retail space, Junkman's is the place to go when shopping in Little Five Points.
BEST JEWELRY STORE
Alexander's of Atlanta
2891 N. Druid Hills Rd Toco Hills Shopping Center
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 LIQUOR STORE
Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits
2161 Piedmont Rd. 404.881.0902
5877 Buford Hwy. 770.458.3272
With the best selection, service and price in Atlanta, customers come from all over to stock up on their favorite beer, wine and spirits. They have been taking care of their customers since 1948.
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
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.
BEST WINE SELECTION
Mac's Beer and Wine
21 Peachtree Place Midtown
For 29 years Mac's Beer and Wine has been a favorite in Midtown. They are located across from the Midtown MARTA Station on West Peachtree St. Mac's offers a great selection of wines, beers and spirits at competitive prices. Wine Tastings are offered by their staff Wine Steward.