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2009 Index of Winners

Best art exhibit in a gallery BOA Award Winner

Extraordinary Machine at Wm Turner Gallery

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

"Dirty Pretty"

Best dance performance BOA Award Winner

"Crux" by brooks & company dance

Best local female actor BOA Award Winner

Kate Donadio

Best film series BOA Award Winner

Silver Scream Spook Show

Best local author BOA Award Winner

Hollis Gillespie

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

Daniel Thomas May

Best local male actor BOA Award Winner

Tom Key

Best neighborhood for the arts BOA Award Winner

Castleberry Hill

Best reason to name-drop BOA Award Winner

Salman Rushdie

Best new trend in the arts BOA Award Winner

Art collectives

Best emerging visual artist BOA Award Winner

Josh D. Weiss

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market - Dunwoody (Featured)

Runner-up
Highland Bakery
655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Toco Hills

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe - Roswell

And other metro Atlanta locations.

Runner-up
Thumbs Up Diner
573 Edgewood Ave., 404-223-0690, www.thumbsupdiner.com
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best posh preschool BOA Award Winner

Riverstone Montessori Academy

Best local TV, magazine or newspaper reporter BOA Award Winner

David O' Brien, ajc.com

Best muckraker in lean media times BOA Award Winner

Jim Walls

Best grassroots show of community BOA Award Winner

Atlantans Together Against Crime (ATAC)

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery and Market

Best breakfast BOA Award Winner

Flying Biscuit Cafe

Best brunch BOA Award Winner

Holeman and Finch Public House

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Kevin Rathbun

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

Drinkshop

Best restaurant for late-night dining BOA Award Winner

Majestic Diner

Best soul food BOA Award Winner

Busy Bee Cafe

Best tapas BOA Award Winner

Eclipse di Luna

Best vegetarian: Tie BOA Award Winner

Cafe Sunflower

Best general manager BOA Award Winner

Andres Loaiza

Best wine list BOA Award Winner

Ecco

Best yoga studio BOA Award Winner

Kashi Atlanta (Featured)

Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Filthy pick: Best bins for bargain-hunting BOA Award Winner

Nearly New Shop (Permanently Closed)
Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise.more...
Not all thrift stores are created equal. Some are basically indoor flea markets with dozens of shoppers picking through crowded racks and overflowing shelves. We like those places, too, but sometimes you want a thrift store that’s more like a boutique, with a quieter vibe and better merchandise. The NEARLY NEW SHOP, operated by the Junior League of Atlanta, is pricier than Goodwill, but where else are you likely to find Kate Spade bags, Ferragamo shoes, Brooks Brothers suits and Thomas Pink dress shirts? Like any thrift store, the stock turns over constantly, but since Nearly New has a highfalutin donor pool, it’s not unusual to walk out with secondhand haute couture for a steal. 1715 Howell Mill Road. 404-355-3547. www.jlatlanta.org/nearlynew. less...

Best bakery BOA Award Winner

Alon's Bakery & Market (Featured)

Runner-up
Highland Bakery
655 Highland Ave., 404-586-0772, www.highlandbakery.com

Best brew pub BOA Award Winner

5 Seasons Brewing Company - North (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up


Twain's Billiards & Tap
211 E. Trinity Place, Decatur, 404-373-0063, www.twains.net



Editor's Note: The incorrect winner was previously listed. The error has been fixed as of 10/1/09.

Best Burger BOA Award Winner

The Vortex - Little Five Points

Runner-up
Flip Burger Boutique
1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-343-1609, www.flipburgerboutique.com

Best chef BOA Award Winner

Rathbun's (Permanently Closed)

Runner-up
Richard Blais of Flip Burger Boutique
1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547, www.flipburgerboutique.com

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