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2015 Best of Atlanta

Whether you’re a local or A-Town newbie, JEZEBEL’s annual Best of Atlanta list showcases the of-the-moment winners in fashion, health, beauty, nightlife, dining, home, weddings and beyond. More than 10,000 votes came in, and we’re always blown away by the in-the-know opinions of our knowledgeable readers. Now, without further ado, head into summer with your bucket list chock-full of the award-winning spots that await in the pages ahead. Here’s to hoping you’re soaking this one up by the pool with cocktail in hand. Cheers, ATL!

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GOOD EATS

Best Group Dining Spot: Gypsy Kitchen
There’s a reason this newbie landed at No. 3 on our 100 Hottest Restaurants list. Wander in with friends and share faves like garlic shrimp or Spanish-style toasts. Buckhead, @gypsykitchenatl

Best Farmers Market: Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning from mid-April to mid-Dec., this pre-brunch go-to comes alive with seasonal veggies, cured meats and farm fresh fare. Buckhead,
@ptreefarmersmkt

Best Restaurant Bar: Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona’s bar scene is one of the best, with lushworthy sips like the Summer St. Sling, Bees Wings and white sangria that always get the party started. Inman Park, @barcelonawineba

Best New Restaurant: Le Bilboquet
This New York City transplant will take you on a trip to Paris, from the ornate decor to divine must-trys like the steak frites and endless charcuterie. Buckhead

Best Italian: Pricci
Executive Chef Piero Premoli takes the crown again this year for authentic Italian fare like lasagna espressa and ravioli di brasato. Buckhead, @pricciatlanta

Best View: Big Sky Buckhead
Order a SweetWater and park yourself with the skyline to the east and the sunset to the west. Buckhead, @bigskybuckhead

Best Vegan: Kyma
Go big on flavor without sacrificing vegan standards with the white bean soup and braised salsify while they’re around—delish. Buckhead, @kymarestaurant

Best Takeout Spot: Chin Chin
Satisfy takeout cravings with General Tso’s chicken or shrimp fried rice at this ATL staple. Multiple locations, @chinchinatl

Best Brunch: West Egg Cafe
Get there early, but get in line—there’s a reason this Sunday staple is always packed with peeps ordering the ever-popular salmon cakes Benedict. Westside, @westeggcafe

Best Mexican: Bartaco
Escape to this coastal-inspired charmer where the margaritas are fresh and platters of guac, cotija cheese corn and tacos disappear in seconds. Westside and Buckhead, @bartacolife

Best Pizza: Antico Pizza
Antico’s communal setting keeps the vibe casual while perfectly wood-fired pies prove that Antico is simply the best. Just ask fans Selena Gomez and Drew Barrymore. Westside, @antico_pizza

Best Bakery: Alon’s
Last year’s winner takes the cake again—as if choice picks of double-crusted apple pie and chocolate croissants weren’t enough to make it a sure bet. Multiple locations, @alonsbakery

Best Sweets Spot: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Since shopping is cardio, you won’t feel any guilt picking up a red velvet cupcake at this Lenox Square sweet spot or cashing in at its 24/7 Cupcake ATM machine. Buckhead, @sprinklesatl

Best Steakhouse: Chops Lobster Bar
Celebs and Atlantans agree; when it comes to incredible food and exceptional service, Chops is where it’s at for the best meal in town. Buckhead, @chopslobsterbar

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market
Maine lobster, crab pots, fresh sushi and a grilled whole fish that borders on epic—nobody does seafood better than AFM. Buckhead, @atlfishmarket

Best Barbecue: D.B.A. Barbecue
Head to Va-Hi with your stretchy pants on for smoked wings, pimento-cheese bacon burgers and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Virginia-Highland, @dbabarbecue

Best Burger: Holeman & Finch Public House
The burger that built a legacy used to only be available after 10pm or at Sunday brunch, but now this cheesy, double-patty masterpiece is on the full-time menu and is a must-try at H&F Burger at Turner Field. Buckhead, @holemanandfinch

Best Sushi: Umi
This repeat winner has held taste buds captive with its lobster rolls, black cod misoyaki and yellowtail sashimi. Locals and Hollywood celebs are vying for more. Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Hole in the Wall: Establishment Buckhead
This mountain-chic newcomer isn’t just one of the hottest craft bars in town, but it steps up the bite game with venison and pork meatballs as well. Buckhead

Best New OTP: Foundation Social Eatery
We’re happy heading OTP for chef Mel Toledo’s notables like confit chicken wings, seasonal mushroom ravioli and banana bread pudding. Roswell

Best Pet-Friendly Resto: Lucky’s Burger & Brew
Grab your pooch and eat up with a quirky dog-themed menu where the grub is as tasty as it is tongue-in-cheek. Roswell and Brookhaven

Best for the Fam: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Round up the fam and indulge in exceptional steak, an impeccable wine list and kids’ offerings that’ll get ‘em started young with sophistication. Multiple locations, @ruths_chris

Best Buford Highway Spot: Lee’s Bakery
This sandwich shop fave has garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times, Zagat and more. Order the banh mi with grilled pork. Druid Hills

Best Casual Date: The Southern Gentleman
TSG oozes class and modern Southern charm. Throw in flowing booze and bites like mini shrimp andouille corn dogs, and you just might get lucky. Buckhead,
@atlsoutherngent

Best Japanese: Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi
We’re turning Japanese in delight with this spot’s fresh sushi flown in from Japan and hard-to-find imported Japanese brews. Buckhead, @katanaatl

Best Hotel Restaurant: Atlas
With luxe digs at The St. Regis Atlanta and breathtaking 20th century art adorning its walls–Atlas dining is like having dinner at the Louvre. Buckhead,
@atlasbuckhead

Best Breakfast: Buttermilk Kitchen
Owner Suzanne Vizethann continues to churn out pitch-perfect comfort food (and the best buttermilk pancakes we’ve ever tasted). Buckhead, @buttermilkkitch

Best First Date: Bistro Niko
With world-class charcuterie, an impeccable wine list and a coq au vin that melts in the mouth, you’ll both be swept off your feet while dining alfresco on Peachtree. Buckhead, @bistroniko

Best Rising-Star Chef: Gunshow’s Joey Ward
Keep an eye on Kevin Gillespie’s new golden boy, who’s taken the helm as executive chef and never fails to surprise with creative takes on Southern fusion fare. Glenwood Park, @gunshowatl

Best Food Truck: Sweet Auburn Barbecue
For this divine meal on wheels, come for the pulled pork and Korean-style short rib, and stay for the pimento-cheese wontons. Atlanta Food Truck Park,
@sweetauburnbbq

Best Small Plates: Saltyard
Saltyard delivers wonderfully well-thought-out wine selections and tiny plates of roasted Brussels sprouts, steak frites and tuna tartare. Buckhead, @saltyard

Best Special Occasion: New York Prime
Whether celebrating an anniversary or going big with a porterhouse for two and vino for a birthday, Old World elegance reigns supreme at this tried-and-true classic. Buckhead, @newyorkprime

Best Cheap Eats: The Original El Taco
Pair dreamworthy fried chicken tacos with an ice-cold margarita for a memorable meal that won’t break the bank. Virginia-Highland, @eltacoatl

Best Oysters: Shucks Oyster & Wine Bar
Dive in to oysters from all the U.S. coasts and a bubbly selection that conjures a touch of West Coast. Brookhaven, @shucksatl

Best Vegetarian: Juicy Jenny
Atlanta’s soup goddess has branched out and is serving up superfood smoothies, salads and more. We’re all in for anything healthy called chocolate peanut butter cup. Buckhead, @planetjennyatl

Best Fresh Fare: True Food Kitchen
Eat well and feel good at this Lenox newbie, offering delicious protein-packed plates, fresh juices and lighter vegetarian and gluten-free options. Buckhead,
@truefoodkitchen

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