2016 Best of Atlanta

Produced by Allison Mitchell | March 31, 2016 | Articles


Best Spot for Dining on a Diet: True Food Kitchen
Sustainably sourced all-natural ingredients make this spot our go-to for guilt-free dining. Inside scoop: A major menu revamp is on the horizon this summer. Buckhead, @truefoodkitchen

Best Comeback: TomTom
Tom Catherall’s original TomTom may have shuttered in 2002 at Lenox Square, but the new TomTom is back and better than ever with a menu that includes numerous Noche faves, like that beloved Trailer Park taco. Virginia-Highland

Best Vegan: YEAH! Burger
Meat- and dairy-free locals rave about this spot’s vegan menu, including its burgers, which feature a housemade patty of organic black beans, brown rice and chia seeds; a vegan bun; and a plethora of gluten-free sauces for extra flavor. Multiple locations, @yeahburger

Best Steakhouse: New York Prime & Chops Lobster Bar
With star-studded client lists, exceptional service and tasty cuisine, New York Prime and Chops are coming in neck and neck for the city’s best steak. Too good to be true? You decide! Buckhead, @newyorkprime, @chopslobsterbar

Best Casual Date: The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
With a new Roswell location boasting Marty Mason-designed interiors, weekly specials (don’t miss Oyster Hour) and live music, The Big Ketch is the perfect spot for letting sparks fly. Multiple locations, @thebigketch

Best Breakfast: Buttermilk Kitchen
When Hollywood heavyweights Jon Hamm and Tom Hanks come calling, you know the line outside the door is worth the wait for this staple’s famous fried chicken biscuit and buttermilk pancakes. Buckhead, @buttermilkkitch

Best First Date: The Southern Gentleman
Get to know your potential mate by sidling up to the bar to sip on a Scarlet Belle or getting cozy in a booth while snacking on Vidalia onion crab dip at this eatery bursting with Southern charm. Buckhead, @atlsoutherngent

Best Pizza: Varasano’s Pizzeria
Whoever said you can only get good pizza in Italy clearly hasn’t been to Varasano’s. Thin and crunchy crust topped with a variety of authentic flavors awaits in this place’s fragrant kitchen. Multiple locations, @varasanospizza

Best Mexican: Superica
With a prime spot in Krog Street Market (and a new Buckhead location coming soon!), Superica is our go-to for Tex-Mex done right. Indulge in queso fundido, tacos or enchiladas, but get there early—reservations don’t exist. Inman Park, @supericaatl

Best Sushi: Umi
A-List celebs and locals flock to this nationally recognized sushi spot for its exceptional, artistic fare, which includes fresh fish from Japan’s iconic Tsukiji market. Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Buford Highway Spot: Lips Atlanta
From the spectacular drag-queen performances to the tasty bites, Lips is our ultimate guilty pleasure for a night of sinfully sweet fun. Buford Highway, @lipsatl

Best Group Dining Spot: Gypsy Kitchen
With a sizeable bar and an unparalleled patio, Gypsy Kitchen is an ideal spot for mingling with pals over shareable charcuterie, tapas and cocktails, especially during happy hour. Buckhead, @gypsykitchenatl

Best Burger: Bocado
One burger, two patties and three cheers for deliciousness! The stack is an award-winning masterpiece of fresh beef coated in melted American cheese and topped off with housemade pickles—simplicity at its finest. Westside, @bocadoatlanta

Best Hotel Restaurant: Bar Margot
See and be seen at this swanky spot at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, where craft cocktails and handmade pasta will have you settling in for hours. Midtown,

Best New Restaurant: Cape Dutch
If Cape Dutch’s decadent menu doesn’t win you over (don’t miss the elk chop), the stunning design certainly will. It’s no surprise it took the No. 1 spot on our 100 Hottest Restaurants list for 2016. Buckhead, @capedutchatl

Best Hole in the Wall: Havana Sandwich Shop
Since 1976, ATLiens have been ordering decadent Cuban sandwiches from this Buford Highway staple. Make like an islander and order a Caribbean soda or a cup of Cuban coffee. Buford Highway

Best Cheap Eats: Taqueria del Sol
While the line to get in is a good indicator of its cool-kid status, Taqueria is well worth the wait. You can’t go wrong ordering a fish taco (or three) and sipping on a house marg. Multiple locations, @taqueriadelsol

Best for the Fam: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Davio’s attracts the whole family thanks to an expansive patio, handmade pastas and an extensive wine list. Just ask recent visitors Usher and his mom, Jonetta Patton. Buckhead, @daviosatlanta

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market
With more than 100 types of fish flown in daily (think crab, lobster and sea bass galore), fresh seafood doesn’t get any better than this. On the go? Pick up a prepared meal from the retail shop to heat at home. Buckhead, @atlfishmarket

Best Southern Cuisine: Mary Mac’s Tea Room
Since opening in 1945, Mary Mac’s has drawn stars and locals alike with its homemade fare. Think piping hot souffles and fried goodness seven days a week. Midtown, @marymacsatlanta

Best Vegetarian: Cafe Sunflower
Vegetarian and vegans rejoice! Not only does Cafe Sunflower feature a menu of meat-, dairy- and gluten-free dishes, but the wealth of tasty ingredients (from pan-fried dumplings to eggplant lasagna) mean carnivores will leave just as satisfied as those with more restricted palates. Multiple locations, @cafesunflower

Best Italian: Dolce Italian
If the luxe design doesn’t grip you, the fare surely will. Order the Dolce meatballs, the margherita pizza with San Marzano tomatoes or the seared monkfish (and a Spicy Raspberry Collins of course). Buckhead, @dolce_italian

Best Brunch: South City Kitchen
While this cozy eatery’s fried chicken and waffles are a must-try, check out light ops like housemade pecan granola with local AtlantaFresh yogurt as well. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary for an experience worth waking up early for. Multiple locations, @sckmidtown, @sckvinings

Best Japanese: O-Ku Atlanta
While its sushi rolls impress, its hot Japanese plates like the truffle kakuni, misoyaki and roasted sea bass with Asian chives have our taste buds singing. Westside,

Best Sweets Spot: Georgetown Cupcake
Ever since moving to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Georgetown has been tempting taste buds with its famous fluffy cupcakes (try the seasonal white chocolate raspberry). Buckhead, @gtowncupcake

Best New OTP: Colletta
This authentic Italian hot spot is both date night and girls’ night friendly. Located in Avalon, Colletta dishes up indulgent burrata and to-die-for black pepper tagliatelle from Executive Chef Michael Perez. Alpharetta, @collettaatl

Best Rising Star Chef: Ryan Smith at Staplehouse
Staplehouse has hit it big ever since its chef received James Beard recognition. Smith’s flavorful and a la carte menu encourages a more communal and social dining experience at this new favorite. Old Fourth Ward, @staplehouseatl

Best Barbecue: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
When Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives raves about your out-of-this-world, melt-in-your-mouth smoked meats, you know you’ve hit a culinary home run. Candler Park,

Best Special Occasion: Bistro Niko
Skip the hop across the pond and experience authentic Parisian fare in the breathtaking dining room or on the romantic patio—complete with twinkling lights and soothing tunes. Buckhead, @bistroniko

Best Pet-Friendly Resto: Park Tavern
Grab your pooch and park it on this popular patio for happy hour and sushi specials while taking in prime views of Piedmont Park. Midtown, @parktavern


Best Boys’ Night Out: The Cheetah
Steer the boys to this upscale gentlemen’s club for anything from a delicious late-night dinner at Alluvia to a steamy show from the CheetahGirls in the Executive Room. Midtown, @thecheetahatl

Best DJ: Mark Battle
You can’t miss DJ Mark Battle, thanks to his Swarovski crystal headphones, which keeps him in the zone spinning top hits and epic remixes. @onesoundandent

Best Happy Hour: STK
You can’t get better deals on drinks or a hotter crowd than at STK. The new Tito’s and apps menu features $5 Tito’s cocktails (think Japanese Cherry Popper and Tickle Me Ginger) and an assortment of $5 apps (mac and cheese, anyone?). Midtown, @eatstk

Best Patio: Gypsy Kitchen
One of the city’s most popular spots for happy hour or birthday celebrations, Gypsy Kitchen’s Peachtree-facing patio is always full of head-turning patrons. Buckhead, @gypsykitchenatl

Best Place to Go Dancing: Tongue & Groove
With world-renowned DJs flown in on the regular, Tongue & Groove puts itself a cut above the rest with a booming sound system and multilevel dance floor. Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best Singles’ Scene: Dolce Italian
When Usher, Gabrielle Union and Carrie Underwood roll into your restaurant, you’re guaranteed beautiful eye candy. Snag a seat at the bar to chat up the city’s reigning bachelors and bachelorettes. Buckhead, @dolce_italian

Best Place to Celebrate: Havana Club
Whether you’re throwing on a sash for a bachelorette party or knocking shots back to celebrate another year older, Havana keeps the good times rolling with live DJs, sexy bartenders and flowing cocktails. Buckhead, @havanaclub_atl

Best Celeb Spotting: Umi
Zac Efron, Jennifer Lawrence, Usher, Jennifer Garner and more have all pulled up a seat at Umi to nosh on chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s mind-blowing sushi. Celebs are also sneaking next door for top drinks at Himitsu (we see you, Nicolas Cage!). Buckhead, @umisushiatl

Best Cocktails: Himitsu
With world-renowned bar masters (see T. Fable Jeon or Shingo Gokan) and Baccarat crystal to hold your impeccably prepared sipper, it’s no wonder ATLiens are dying to get their names (and eyeballs) on Himitsu’s VIP list. Buckhead

Best Late Night Nosh: Marcel
Get the best bang for your buck on Friday and Saturday nights at Marcel when oysters, steak frites, sandwiches and more ring up at $10 or less. Westside,

Best Sports Bar: STATS
More TVs than we can count? Check. Five bars churning out top-notch beers and cocktails? Double check. Premium jumbo wings for snacking on during the big game? Touchdown. Midtown, @statsatl

Best Bar Overall: Big Sky Buckhead
If there’s something wrong with spending the entire night in this two-story dancehall meets bar scene, then we don’t want to be right. Buckhead, @bigskybuckhead

Best VIP Section: The Club at Chops Lobster Bar
You know a place is exclusive when there’s a waiting list to get on the waiting list. That’s the case for membership-only spot The Club, where athletes, actors and top CEOs gather to puff on cigars and drink top-shelf liquor. Buckhead, @chopslobsterbar

Best Gay Bar: TEN Atlanta
Themed parties; live DJ; a must-see patio; delicious brunch featuring American and Asian-fusion fare; and an extra dose of epic eye candy make TEN a must. Midtown, @tenatlanta

Best Neighborhood Pub: Fadó Irish Pub
From an epic St. Patrick’s Day bash to streams of the world’s best soccer games, Fadó makes even the non-Irish feel lucky. We’re especially fond of its Buckhead rooftop patio for all-day brunch seshes. Multiple locations, @fadoirishpub

Best Girls’ Night Out: Havana Club
This Buckhead destination is the place to see and be seen, so grab the girls for a night of gorgeous cocktails, plush leather booths and a wide-open dance floor in one of three expansive rooms. Buckhead, @havana_clubatl

Most-Anticipated Place to Hear Live Music: City Winery
Slated to open its first ATL location in June, this hybrid restaurant, wine bar and music venue plans to be the go-to spot for live tunes. Pair a glass of vino and a dish from the globally inspired menu with the concert of your choice—Tinsley Ellis and Asleep at the Wheel are already on the docket. Old Fourth Ward, @citywineryatl

Best Bar Bites: Red Martini
Forget wings and hot dogs, Red Martini is serving bar bites in the form of inventive sushi rolls, shareable small plates and tasty desserts. Buckhead, @redmartiniatl

Best Place to Hang Out: The IVY Buckhead
This familiar Buckhead haunt is a mansion gone rogue disguised as a sophisticated bar. Dance all night; sip tasty blends; then wake up and do it again at The IVY’s delicious (and boozy) brunch. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Nightlife Photographer: Dylan York of Chuckyfoto
If you haven’t taken a pic wearing York’s famous glasses, have you even really lived? Catch this tall drink of water snapping Atlanta’s most exclusive events with Chuckyfoto co-owner Chucky Kahng. @dylanyorkatl

Best Hangover Cure: Hangover Burger at The Ivy Buckhead
Calm your aching head with black angus beef topped with bacon, a fried egg, cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeno and blackberry preserves during The Ivy’s weekend boozy brunch. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Nightclub: Tongue & Groove
For more than 20 years, this Lindbergh outpost has been killing the nightlife game with the hottest bartenders, an elite management team and two floors of wildly naughty antics. Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best View: Canoe
With a prime spot on the Chattahoochee River surrounded by lush gardens, Canoe keeps us coming back for its romantic setting and impeccable cuisine. Vinings, @canoeatlanta

Best Bartender: Michael Glantz at The Tavern at Phipps
A bar is only as good as the guy who tends it, and that’s definitely true of this Phipps Plaza staple. Michael Glantz wins this tough spot because his showstopping pours put the happy in happy hour. Buckhead, @tavernatphipps

Best Spot to See and Be Seen: The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Thanks to a slew of designer shops and decadent eateries, this new spot is always bustling. It’s no wonder celebs, including Robert De Niro, Floyd Mayweather and Jon Hamm, have been seen dining, drinking and getting their shop on. Buckhead, @shopbuckheadatl

Best Dive Bar: Kramer’s
Head to Kramer’s for live music, Thursday night Mario Kart battles, Southern-inspired cocktails and a packed patio overlooking Roswell. Buckhead, @kramersatlanta


Best Weekend Getaway: Savannah
A four-hour drive south, Savannah offers endless entertainment. Take in the historic sites downtown via carriage ride; head to Tybee Island’s scenic beach; peruse the funky wares at City Market; or stroll along the water while drinking and dining on River Street. @visitsavannah

Best Spot for Home Decor: Diane Johnson Interiors
No matter your taste, there is something for your home at this Alpharetta retail store, which carries a unique assortment of furniture, home accessories and gifts. Since the store is part of Diane Johnson’s namesake interior design firm, there is always an expert standing by. Alpharetta

Best High-Rise: The High Rise at Post Alexander
Soak up the sun on two rooftop areas at this millennial-minded Buckhead high-rise, where prime skyline views and a 24-hour concierge come standard. Head to the 26th-floor terrace for an entertaining kitchen and a swanky indoor-outdoor lounge area. Buckhead, @post_properties

Best Local Artist: Holly Irwin at dk Gallery
Glamorous ladies and beautiful blooms come alive through Irwin’s textured pieces featuring modeling paste, gel mediums, oil paint and acrylics. Marietta, @dkgallery

Best Apartment Complex: Broadstone Court
You may never want to leave once you move into this lavish haven of an apartment complex. Broadstone Court has everything a trendy, active and social Atlantan could ever want, including a courtyard, outdoor bar and access to Midtown, Buckhead and beyond! Buckhead, @broadstonecourt

Best Apartment Pool: 05 Buckhead
When your apartment pool comes in the form of a rooftop oasis featuring primo views of the city skyline, you know it’s nothing short of spectacular. Buckhead, @05buckhead

Best Romantic Getaway: Montage Palmetto Bluff
Nestled between Hilton Head Island and Savannah sits the low-country town of Palmetto Bluff, S.C. Montage Palmetto Bluff has walking trails, a village, a marina and four charming eateries. Find bliss with an in-cottage couples’ treatment: full body exfoliation and a detoxifying steam shower followed by a relaxing massage, scalp treatment and foot reflexology. @montagepb

Best Real Estate Agency: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
With more than 1,100 agents in 22 offices across ATL, Berkshire Hathaway is top in the luxury housing market, ranking first in homes sold for six consecutive years. Check out its new condominium division in its Midtown office. Multiple locations, @bhhsrealestate

Best Staycation: Loews Atlanta Hotel
Escape to this property in the heart of Midtown. Celeb sightings are the norm, so grab a handcrafted cocktail or local brew at the sleek lobby bar to prowl the scene. Retreat to the 26th floor for the best views in the mod Presidential Suite. Midtown, @loews_hotel

Best Interior Designer: Traci Rhoads Interiors
As principal and lead designer of Traci Rhoads Interiors, Rhoads is a pro at taking spaces from drab to fab. Not only has she gained a rep for quality service, but her high-end taste and personal style blends classic pieces with modern sensibility to ensure stunning results. Midtown, @tracirhoads

Best Realtor: Mikel Muffley at Muffley & Associates
You can’t miss Muffley himself on billboards throughout ATL, reminding us he’s the king of posh properties. His boutique agency Muffley & Associates offers a custom dream home program for those buying luxury digs. Plus, those moving to the A can also take advantage of his Executive Gold Relocation Services to take the guesswork out of finding home sweet home. Midtown, @muffleyhomes

Best Condos: 1065 Midtown
Situated above Loews Atlanta Hotel, this luxury high-rise offers no more than five residences per floor, each with two and three-bedroom layouts and soaring views of the city. Luxe amenities include 24-hour concierge, spa and gym, fine dining, housekeeping and more. Midtown, @1065midtown

Best Outdoor Furniture: Frontgate
Whether you’re transforming your patio into a Hamptons-inspired escape or decking out your pool area in Sea Island-chic attire, Frontgate is a go-to for durable, stylish outdoor pieces. Buckhead, @frontgate

Best Art Gallery: Alan Avery Art Company
Since 1981, this Buckhead paradise has been lining its walls with dazzling pieces from Harriet Leibowitz, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and more. Buckhead

Best Spot for Home Technology: Audio, Automation & Theater
From high-tech lighting control programs to bumpin’ sound systems, this repeat Best Of Atlanta winner takes the cake when it comes to hooking you up HD-style. Buckhead


Best Staff You Want to Buy From: Audi Atlanta
Eye candy meets excellent service with this well-dressed and well-informed staff, who are available to answer and cater to your every automotive need. Decatur, @jimellisaudiatl

Best Auto Dealership: Audi North
Whether you’re in the market for a new or used luxury ride, Audi North Atlanta offers an unparalleled selection of high-quality vehicles. Not sure which one is best suited for you? Use CarFinder to ensure a perfect match. Roswell, @audinorthatl

Best General Manager: Tracie Maloney at Audi Atlanta
As vice president and general manager of one of the city’s top-performing dealerships, Maloney is the woman to know for outstanding customer service, vast knowledge of Audi models and reliable prices every time. Decatur, @jimellisaudiatl

Best Service Center: Anthem Automotive
ASE-certified master technicians guarantee an accurate and honest evaluation or tuneup at Anthem. Bonus: Shuttle service ensures getting around town isn’t a hassle while your wheels are being repaired. Buckhead, @anthemauto

Best Ride: Audi R8 Spyder
Make jaws drop at the valet when you roll up in this swank convertible even James Bond would be proud of. Bluetooth technology, LED lights and plush leather seats mean you’ll be riding in style.

Best Car Wash: Cactus Car Wash
From waxing and detailing to full-service washing and exterior-only scrubs, Cactus Car Wash is our go-to for keeping our rides squeaky clean. Multiple locations


Best Doggie Duds: CityDog Market
From preppy bandanas with your fave team logos to rad Hermès-esque silky neckties that spiff your pooch up for a party, this full-service dog market has pampered-pup style down. Brookhaven, @citydogmarket1

Best Vet: Brookhaven Animal Hospital
Your sidekick is in good hands at this full-service pet hospital, which treats dogs, cats and small mammals. The state-of-the-art space offers everything from preventative care to cancer treatments for your oldie but goody. Brookhaven

Best Doggie Day Care: Barking Hound Village
Want to tire your pup out? Send him here for a howling good time with indoor and outdoor free play. Watch him cool off in a swimming pool from the webcam, or catch your cutie on the daily Facebook photo roundup after the day is dog-gone. Multiple locations, @barkinghound

Best Doggie Sleepover: Wag-A-Lot
Your best bud gets to run around all day at day care, dine in a spacious den, then turn in for the evening, all with state-of-the-art heating and cooling that brings fresh air in from the outdoors. Multiple locations, @schmoosdaddy

Best Pet Groomer: The Pet Set
A member of the National Dog Grooming Association, The Pet Set takes its doggie spa time very seriously. Choose from mobile and brick-and-mortar options, including canine baths and feline haircuts. Multiple locations

Best Doggie Party: Fido Fido
Who says puppies can’t party? Not Fido Fido, which throws soirees for your dog and nine of his closest pals. Party packages include a brave chaperone, e-invites, cake, a take-home treat bag and a photographer to capture the special moments. Sandy Springs, @fidofidoatl


Best Men’s Clothing: Q Clothier
For those in search of bespoke menswear, look no further than this Ponce City Market haberdashery, which serves as the brand’s first Southeast location. Anticipate stacks and racks of quality suiting, separates and more, all created with high-end fabrics. Plus, its subsidiary Rye 51 stocks similar quality pieces offering a more rugged look. Old Fourth Ward, @q_clothier

Best Place to Shop: The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
Considered ATL’s answer to Rodeo Drive, this designer destination boasts brick-and-mortar outposts of coveted high-end brands like Jimmy Choo, Tom Ford, Hermès, Theory and La Perla. Bonus: When retail fatigue hits, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is also dotted with a variety of spots for tasty eats, such as Dolce Italian and Le Bilboquet. Buckhead, @shopbuckheadatl

Best Lingerie: Anna Bella Fine Lingerie
Make your unmentionables worth a mention with an elegant selection of quality French brands like Simone Pérèle and Aubade at this saucy outpost. Spice up or soften your night with a luxurious chemise or lacy set—either way you’ll be simply irresistible. Alpharetta, @annabellalinger

Best Black Tie for Him: De Louice
At De Louice, it’s all in the details, and each custom suit is snipped and sewn to perfection, with fit taking top priority. From handcrafted kicks to one-of-a-kind pocket squares, accessories get the royal treatment as well. Hello, one-stop shop! Buckhead

Best Black Tie for Her: Tootsies
When your next invite says black tie, head to Shops Around Lenox for showstopping style. With more than 100 designer brands hanging from its coveted racks, including Milly and Lela Rose, Tootsies ensures your spot on the best-dressed list every time. Buckhead, @shoptootsies

Best Jewelry: Royal Design of Buckhead
If you’re on the hunt for some new bling, this family-owned and -operated jewelry purveyor is a one-stop shop. The sparkler source stocks engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings and more from brands including Vahan and Parade, or you can customize a piece to make it all your own. Buckhead

Best Local Fashion Designer: Natt Taylor
It was her best-selling high-waisted pants topped with a bow that launched Natt Taylor’s successful fashion career, attracting famous fans like Nicole Ari Parker and NeNe Leakes. Shop the former celeb stylist’s debut department store collection of bold colors and feminine silhouettes online and at Belk. @natttaylor

Best New Boutique: District South
Most Beautiful alum Kristina Frazier has made her childhood dream come true with the opening of this online fashion haven, which stocks trendy ensembles (think dresses, two-piece looks, tanks and more) that are high on style and low in price. @districtsouth1

Best Fashion Blogger: Edit by Lauren
As a fashion-obsessed wardrobe stylist, Lauren Lefevre’s white-hot blog, Edit by Lauren, features shopping tips, outfit snaps, insider-centric brand collabs and how-to guides for rocking the best styles of the season. Follow along to find out what’s trending, where to get it and how to wear it well. @editbylauren

Best Consignment Shop: Alexis Suitcase
Shopping divas looking for a bangin’ discount must head to this Buckhead staple. Think Louis Vuitton bags, Christian Louboutin pumps and Chanel shades at prices you’ll love even more than the glam selection of goods. Multiple locations, @alexissuitcase

Best Lifestyle Blogger: Waiting on Martha
With a mission to help readers to “create a beautiful day every day,” Mandy Kellogg-Rye’s buzzy blog, Waiting on Martha, is chock-full of cocktail recipes, droolworthy design and stunning outfit snaps that’ll inspire you to take your own aesthetic to a stylish new level. Luckily, her online shop lets you go from coveting to adding to your cart in no time. @waitingonmartha

Best Swimwear: Everything But Water
If the thought of finding the most flattering swimsuit in a sea of bikini separates sounds stressful, let Everything But Water’s swim-fit experts come to your rescue. Along with hands-on customer service, this suit shop also sources its own line of chic, on-trend one-pieces, bikinis and more to keep you sizzlin’ while poolside all summer long. Multiple locations, @ebwstyle

Best Women’s Boutique: Kane Boutique
Owner Elizabeth Kane handpicks the coveted threads, jewelry and accessories at this Westside style mecca. Expect ready-to-wear garb from Joie, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi and Vince. Then, frost yourself with baubles from Mignonne Gavigan and Gorjana. Westside, @kaneboutique


Best Wedding Cake: Cakes by La’Meeka
La’Meeka Edwards has been bringing delectable sweetness to ATL for more than a decade, serving clients like Ne-Yo and The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss. With trendy tiers that are anything but vanilla, her confections are as tasty as they are dazzling. Forest Park, @cakesbylameeka

Best Wedding Planner: Brian Green of By Brian Green
CEO Brian Green, aka Mr. Fabulous, is known for his glamorous aesthetic and ability to transform a bride’s biggest dreams into a stunning reality. With more than 30 years of event planning under his belt, including numerous celebrity weddings, Green has garnered top accolades from The Knot, Modern Luxury Brides Atlanta, WE tv and more. Buckhead, @bybriangreen

Best Wedding Photographer: The Decisive Moment Wedding Photojournalism
Put your big day in the award-winning hands of The Decisive Moment, a seasoned team of photojournalists who pride themselves on creating immaculate and timeless imagery. They’ll even throw you a premiere party complete with wine and small bites for a first viewing of your wedding photos. Decatur, @dmweddings

Best Rehearsal Dinner: The Stave Room at American Spirit Works
With its industrial-chic space and open-air patio, there is no better place for your bridal party to give their pre-wedding day toasts than The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Let the event team at Novare Events create an evening with your preferred vendors (Bold American Events & Catering is the venue’s choice pick). Don’t forget to calm groom (or bride!) jitters with a visit to the space’s fully functioning whiskey distillery. Bottoms up! Midtown, @novareevents

Best Wedding Band: A-Town A-List
The talented band members that make up A-Town A-List have shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and The Black-Eyed Peas. Whether you’re looking for pop hits, old-school grooves or romantic ballads, this high-energy group aims to please with a cover portfolio that includes tunes from the past 60 years. @atownalist

Best Florist: Unique Floral Expressions
White, ivory, blush and champagne florals with a pop of color are the signature blooms that put Unique Floral Expressions on the bridal map. Owner and expert floral artist Julie Coffin believes every bride should shine on her wedding day—meaning your bouquet is in good hands. Buckhead, @ufebuckhead

Best Wedding Wow Factor: Ball Pit at Track Seven Events
Unleash your inner wild child and impress guests with a too-fun ball pit from Track Seven Events. Filled with glistening translucent balls, the pit makes for the perfect photo op (and the ideal place to leave the kids while you’re sipping on Champagne!). Norcross, @track7events

Best Stationery/Invites: Papered Wonders
Custom design and print studio Papered Wonders will point you in the “write” direction when it comes to invitations, place cards and more. From save-the-dates to thank-yous, all your needs are signed, sealed and delivered with expert penmanship and design. Westside, @paperedwonders

Best Reception Venue: Flourish
Positioned in the heart of Buckhead, Flourish is the latest venue from award-winning event planner Tony Conway and his esteemed brand, Legendary Events. Catering, decor and floral design are all built into the venue’s packages, with room for up to 800 guests. Narrowing down the guest list? We think not! Buckhead, @alegendaryevent

Best Bridal Party Gifts: From Sir With Love
Customize gifts for wedding guests, bridesmaids, groomsmen and more with some help from Sirmantha Ellison’s From Sir With Love, a company that fills welcome baskets with small treats marked with monogram tags and stickers. Buckhead, fromsirwithlove.com

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party: Lips Atlanta
There’s no better place to toast your last night of singledom than with your fellow queens at Lips. Let Charlie Brown, the Mama Queen, take the bride onstage for a celebratory shot and performance. Buford Highway, @lipsatl

Best Bridal Boutique: Buckhead Bridals by Guffey’s
With an exclusive selection of Anne Barge, Kate McDonald and Liancarlo Bridal, Buckhead Bridals ensures brides are pampered from initial consultation to final fitting. This bridal boutique is all about personalized service and books by-appointment-only to make sure you get all the attention you deserve. Buckhead, @buckheadbridals

Best Wedding Venue: Atlanta History Center
Wedding bells ring through the gardens and ballrooms of this Atlanta gem. Whether it be the grand 1928 Swan House or the 19th-century Smith Family Farm, historic charm meets opulence to provide a variety of unique backdrops for a couple’s special day. Buckhead, @atlhistcenter

Best Engagement Rings: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry
Think glamorous and elegant at this heavenly locale, which boasts an elite selection of engagement rings by Tacori, Sylvie and Henri Daussi. Utilize the brand’s custom design services to pop the question with a ring that’s truly one of a kind. Buckhead, @solomonbrothers

Best Caterer: Bold American Events & Catering
Decadent food and stunning event design are the name of the game for this Fifth Group Restaurants-owned catering company. Award-winning dishes await, including interactive options like a sushi board station, a chips and dip station and a fried chicken buffet that are sure to leave your guests impressed (and full!). Westside, @boldeventsatl

Best Place for a Bachelor Party: Pink Pony
Rein in the boys for a night of horsing around at the Pink Pony with a gaggle of scantily clad ladies, a few dances and a surprisingly great menu. Brookhaven, @showbars

Best Bridal Shower Venue: The B Loft
The B Loft offers a 4,800-square-foot blank canvas for brides to create the bridal luncheon of their dreams. With space for 25 to 250, the venue features a fully stocked kitchen and on-site parking in the heart of the Westside. Leave it to the event gurus behind this luxurious space to fill it with florals, linens and decor fit for a queen. Westside, @thebloft


Best Yoga Studio: Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Whether it’s for the friendly instructors or the sparkly disco ball hanging from the ceiling, Atlantans have flocked to this vibrant yoga studio since it was opened in late 2014 by certified yoga instructor, former ACC cheerleader and past Most Eligible Atlantan Carly Grace Hinchman. Namaste all day. Buckhead, @yogastorm

Best Salon for Her: Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
There is nothing better than a day of beauty and bliss at this Buckhead oasis. From perfectly coiffed hairstyling and expert cuts and color to makeup application and eyelash extensions, you’ll be tressed to impress in no time. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Hair Salon for Him: Nesto’s
Men get the royal treatment at this grooming hot spot, which offers everything from cuts and massages to mani-pedis and waxing. Don’t miss the concierge service that will pick you up for a quick shave on the night of your big date or meeting. Buckhead, @nestosbuckhead

Best Hair Cuts: Marty Salinas at Van Michael Salon Buckhead
A bad haircut leads to a long road of recovery, so avoid the ego-injury and book a cut with Marty Salinas, who earned his chops at Denver’s Aveda Institute and will snip and trim your locks to perfection. Multiple locations, @vanmichaelsalon

Best Wax: European Wax Center
Bare yourself at this well-established wax studio that makes every effort to prep and soothe your skin with its 4 Steps to Gorgeous process. Their motto? “Walk in, strut out!” Multiple locations, @europeanwax

Best Gym: Life Time Athletic
This megagym means megabusiness with its A to Z programs—think cycle, basketball, yoga, swim and group classes, to name a few. Bringing everything in house, its Life Spa and Life Cafe provide rewards post-workout too. Multiple locations, @lifetimefitness

Best Spin Studio: Cyc Fitness
In need of a cycologist? Take a ride at this supercharged spin studio that picks up the pace with upbeat jams and 20 different sports movements and weights, all while you’re in the saddle. Buckhead, @cycfitness

Best New Fitness Studio: SculptHouse
Ride the wave to firm and fit with 50-minute low-impact, high-intensity workouts at Katherine Mason’s SculptHouse. Strength training and cardio meet thanks to Woodway Curve treadmills and calorie-torching MegaFormers. Matt Ryan tested, JEZ approved. Buckhead, @sculpthouse

Best Faux Lashes: Amazing Lash Studio
Chuck your mascara—this cute lash studio lets you wake up bright-eyed with lightweight eyelash extensions that feel like your own, but look, well, more amazing. Multiple locations, @amazinglash

Best Sugaring Studio: Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio
This full-service salon will have you feeling like a million bucks. The studio offers a range of sugaring services (an ancient hair-removal practice that aims to be less painful than waxing) to have you silky-smooth from head to toe, along with regular waxing, spray tanning options and more. Multiple locations, @sweetpeachsugar

Best Spray Tan: RAW Bronzing Studio
Streak-free color with organic ingredients and no orange undertones—what more could you want in a spray tan? That’s the name of the game at RAW Bronzing Studio, which has spray-tan pros who will complement your skin tone with a lasting, natural-looking glow. Plus, makeup and lash services are on offer for an extra dose of glam. Multiple locations, @rawbronzing

Best Medispa: Sculpted Contours Luxury Medical Aesthetics
Workouts and healthy eating not cutting it? Nonsurgical procedures like CoolSculpting and Ultherapy provide major help tightening everything from your abs to your neck at this luxe med spa. Buckhead, @scontours

Best Esthetician: Kathleen Denney at Changes: A Journey to Beautiful Skin
Put your best face forward. Denney solves all your skin woes, from acne to hyperpigmentation and helps maintain your youthful glow with her skilled fingers and luxurious facials. Just ask client Jennifer Lawrence. Buckhead, @changesskincare

Best Bike Shop: Peachtree Bikes
Working on your bike swagger? This too-cool-for-school bike shop outfits you with stellar gear, clothes, sustenance and a set of wheels for your commute, mountain-biking excursion or road race. Multiple locations, @ptreebikes

Best Personal Trainer: Madeleine Conti
This ACE-certified trainer is all about transformation, having whipped her own bod into lean, mean shape to compete in seven NPC bodybuilding competitions. With a certification in orthopedic exercise, Conti’s tips torch cals quickly and safely. Westside, @mcontifitness

Best Barre Studio: Svelte
From the signature barre to barre boot-camp classes set to upbeat music, it’s no wonder Brookhaveners and more flock to this studio to get long, lean and strong. Brookhaven, @sveltefit

Best Day Spa: Natural Body Spa
Unwind at one of eight Georgia locations with an array of R&R services, which include massages, facials, waxing, body therapies and nail services featuring Kneipp and Jurlique products. Multiple locations, @naturalbodyspa

Best Massage: Massage Envy
Don’t be deterred by its franchise model, Massage Envy’s professional massage therapists have the Midas touch. Restore your Zen with a sports, deep-tissue, Swedish, trigger-point or reflexology massage, and add on the signature Hot Stone Envy treatment for ultimate bliss. Multiple locations, @massageenvy_atl

Best Hair Extensions: Van Michael Salon
It’s fair to say that the people at Van Michael Salon know what they’re doing when it comes to gorgeous hair. Look like an A-list Atlantan with perfectly color-matched SO.CAP. or Platinum Seamless extensions that you’ll want to make permanent. Multiple locations, @vanmichaelsalon

Best Local Makeup Artist: McKenzie Mann at Raw Bronzing Studio
With her training in the fine arts (she has a BFA from SCAD) and passion for cosmetics and color, Mann makes you the best version of yourself. If it’s any indicator, her YouTube beauty tutorials have caught the eye of more than 20,000 subscribers. Multiple locations, @rawbronzing

Best Hair Colorist: Rebecca Crispin at Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
This Steve Hightower protege is a pro at giving clients everything from golden-blond hues to rich brunette shades, thanks to her artistic eye and background as a master cosmetologist and photographer. She is also certified in Great Lengths USA hair extensions for some extra va-va-voom. Buckhead, @hightower_steve

Best Manis & Pedis: Sugarcoat
Featuring chic environs and an impressive nail-color assortment (including its own signature line), it’s no wonder this place garnered the No. 1 spot to get your tips in top shape. Choose from mani-pedi services like the Express if you’re short on time, or the Escape to Fiji with shaping, cuticle care, coconut scrub and body-butter massage. Multiple locations

Best Specialty Fitness Studio: Orangetheory Fitness
It’s clear Atlantans can’t get enough of this signature 60-minute class designed to get heart rates in the orange zone, which promotes excess post-exercise oxygen consumption so you can burn cals post-workout to create a fab physique. Multiple locations, @otheoryfitness

Best Dermatologist: Southern Institute of Aesthetics
Instead of offering every latest and greatest procedure to hit the market, Dr. Angela L. Bookout carefully curates the medical-grade products and services she offers to bring your skin only the best in medical, surgical and cosmetic options. Westside

Best Botox & Injections: Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists
Smooth out those fine lines and plump up lips with help from these board-certified plastic surgeons with more than 25 years of experience. The docs are aces at Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra and more. Sandy Springs, @atlcosmeticsurg

Best Lasik Doctor: Thomas Eye Group
This top-notch eye doctor group uses the most advanced NASA-endorsed bladeless Lasik technology and has performed 25,000 eye correction procedures since Lasik was FDA-approved in the ’90s. Multiple locations, @thomaseyegroup

Best Rhinoplasty: Dr. Mark Beaty at Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery
This double board-certified, award-winning facial plastic surgeon has nearly two decades of experience in creating symmetrical features. Using computer imagery, he can even give you an exact idea what your post-surgery nose will look like. Multiple locations, @drmarkbeaty

Best Cosmetic Dentist: Goldstein Garber & Salama
You’ll actually want to go to these renowned cosmetic dentists, whose waiting room feels more like a spa. They do your pearly whites justice with everything from porcelain veneers and cosmetic contouring to whitening treatments. Vinings, @ggsdentistry

Best Breast Augmentation: Dr. Paul McCluskey at Plastic Surgery Institute of Atlanta
Having trained alongside top cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, this surgeon specializes in natural-looking breast augmentations, lifts, reductions and reconstruction. Sandy Springs, @drpaulmccluskey

Best Trending Procedure for Her: SculpSure at Atlanta Face and Body Center
Got 25 minutes? Sculpt your way to skinny with this noninvasive body contouring treatment, which permanently destroys 24 percent of fat cells in one sesh with zero recovery time. Cumberland, @atlfaceandbody

Best Anti-Aging Doctor: Dr. Theresa M. Jarmuz at Buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery
This double board-certified facial plastic surgeon offers an array of surgical and nonsurgical procedures, from HydraFacials and laser skin rejuvenation to Botox and brow lifts. Buckhead, @drjarmuz

Best Trending Procedure for Him: MiraDry at WIFH
Because sweating through your T-shirt is so not sexy… this WIFH treatment reduces sweat up to 82 percent by destroying underarm glands to keep you dry—and happy. Sandy Springs, @wifh_laser

Best Chiropractor: Taylor Chiropractic
Straighten up with the twin brother-doctor duo at Taylor, who combine integrated services like massage therapy, kinesio-taping, nutritional counseling and more with your adjustments for a well-rounded approach. Buckhead, @thetaylordocs

Best OBGYN: North Atlanta Obstetrics & Gynecology
Top-of-the-line care for women at every stage of life, this OBGYN goes above and beyond with its friendly team to make you feel at ease during your appointments, including infertility consultations and mammography. Multiple locations, @naobgyn

Best Nonsurgical Procedure: Kybella at DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
Chin up! This new FDA-approved injectable breaks down double-chin fat over typically two to four treatment sessions. The result: a supersubtle change that gives your whole visage a younger look. Westside, @difrancescomd

Best Tattoo Removal: WIFH
Not feeling the tat you got in college anymore? Over several sessions, WIFH uses a combo of freezing air to numb the spot and a four-wavelength laser for just 30 seconds to reduce the ink until it’s all gone. Sandy Springs, @wifh_laser


Best Park: Piedmont Park
This breath of fresh air remains a time-honored Atlanta treasure. Not only is it a city lover’s ideal spot for a picnic or a day out with furry friends in tow, it is the hub of ATL’s great outdoors. From team sports to highly anticipated events like Music Midtown and the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the park aims to preserve its natural beauty and offer something for everyone no matter the season. Midtown, @piedmontpark

Best Concert Venue: Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater
Rain or shine, this iconic amphitheater hosts performances that keep crowds coming back for more. Kick back and enjoy dinner and a show, or stand up and raise your glass to a night under the stars. Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

Best Golf Course: Bobby Jones Golf Course
Tee time awaits at this 5,888-yard par-70 championship golf course, nestled in the heart of Buckhead on Civil War ground. Take in primo views of Midtown while practicing your swing or snacking on bites from its resident snack bar. Buckhead, @bobbyjonesgc

Best Outdoor Festival: Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Spring in Atlanta means that the Dogwood Festival is back for its 80th year, bringing together hundreds of local artisans, restaurateurs, brewmasters and musicians for a weekend of outdoor festivities. Take in the lush surrounds during Saturday’s 5K (which ends with mimosas!); then get your drink and dine on at Backyard Barbecue & Brews. Piedmont Park, @dogwoodfestival

Best Annual Event: Taste of Town Brookhaven
Watch Town Brookhaven’s top chefs show off their culinary chops during this foodie-favorite event May 14. You’ll also score with live music, cooking demos, and plenty of wine and beer for sale. Try bites from Lucky’s Burger & Brew, Olde Blind Dog, Olive Bistro, There Brookhaven and more. Brookhaven, @townbrookhaven

Best Country Club: Cherokee Town & Country Club
This dual-location club is one of the country’s most coveted memberships. Rub elbows with Buckhead’s finest at the Town Club on West Paces Ferry, where over-the-top weddings, brunches and more happen on the regular, or don your Lilly Pulitzer and Southern Proper best for a round of golf at the sprawling Country Club near the bubbling Chattahoochee River. Multiple locations

Best Hiking Spot: Stone Mountain
With more than 15 miles of hiking and walking trails, Stone Mountain is top-notch for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. After all, the only reason to rise with the sun is to see it from the top of this beloved sanctuary. @stonemtnpark


Best Local Singer-Songwriter: Crystal Hopkins
We’re sweet on the Southern charm of country darling Crystal Hopkins. With a nomination under her belt for Country female artist of the year at the 2015 Georgia Country Music Awards and a starring role in Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here” music video, this former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader is taking the music scene by storm with memorable vocals and a sound all her own. @1crystalhopkins

Best Local Band: Yacht Rock Revue
Half band and half comedic troupe, Yacht Rock Revue continues to please with entertaining ensembles and classic old-school covers. From SweetWater Brewing Company fundraisers to weddings near and far, this crew always ensures a rockin’ good time. @yachtrockrevue

Best Local Athlete: Julio Jones
University of Alabama alum, BCS National Championship winner and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes dominating the field look all too easy. Speed is Jones’ strength, and he won’t let opponents forget it. Just check his stats from the 2015 NFL season, during which he racked 136 catches for a total of 1,871 yards—the second highest in NFL history. @juliojones_11


Best TV Sportscaster: Fred Kalil at CBS46
Turn to Kalil for all of your sports news needs. As the winner of 12 Southeastern Regional Emmy awards, six of which were for best sportscaster, Kalil is our go-to guy for winning coverage. @fredkalil

Best Local News Team: Fox 5 Atlanta
The bigger the city, the bigger the news, which is why we awarded this tough-to-win spot to the in-the-know team at Fox 5. Take this award-winning news team with you via the Fox 5 News app for the latest breaking stories. @fox5atlanta

Best Radio Sportscaster: Steak Shapiro at 680 The Fan
Co-host of The Front Row, Shapiro mixes everything listeners want, including sports news, humor and celeb athletes. Tune in weekdays from 9am until noon for proof. Catch him on Food Network, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and Fox Business Channel chatting about sports and all things food. @steakshapiro

Best Radio Personality: Bert Weiss at Q100
Whether you’re aching for the latest Taylor Swift gossip, looking for life advice on an array of juicy morning topics or needing a good laugh via Weiss’ camaraderie with co-hosts Kristin Klingshirn and Brian Moote, this radio king continues to brighten commutes to and from work with his clever and relevant charm. @bertshowbert

Best Radio Morning Show: The Bert Show
On-point pop music, celebrity interviews and, of course, all the juicy Hollywood gossip make The Bert Show a winning listen during morning commutes, thanks to award-winning hosts Bert Weiss, Kristin Klingshirn and newbie Brian Moote. @thebertshow

Best All Day Radio Station: Power 96.1
This station will convince you to unplug your aux cord because its playlists are pop perfection. As Atlanta’s No. 1 hit music station, its allure goes beyond airwaves with exclusive tickets to the city’s biggest concerts and candid meet-and-greet experiences with music’s hottest stars. Just ask attendees of last year’s private pool party with Demi Lovato at the W Atlanta - Buckhead. @poweratl

Best Sports Radio Station: 680 The Fan
The Fan is a sports connoisseur’s dream for breaking news on must-see games and its biggest stars, from the college level to the pros. If you can’t be at the big game, 680 ensures a front-row pass to all the action with award-winning reporters who will have you feeling like you’re on the sidelines in no time. @680_the_fan


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