JEZE — April 2012
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Best Of Atlanta

It’s that time of the year—when JEZ reports on the finest that our city has to offer. Best burger? Got ya covered. Best new chef? Read on. Best radio personalities, best cosmetic dentist and best athletic wear? Check, check and check. That’s right—it’s the Best of Atlanta.

As always, we couldn’t have done it without our well-connected readers, who bid for their absolute faves online at We sifted through thousands of responses. Some votes were to be expected (Antico has great pizza? Never would have guessed); others kind of knocked our socks off(no, your apartment is not the hottest singles spot in town, but thanks anyway). After everything was considered, we decided upon the ultimate hit list—and we feel pretty certain these aren’t one-hit wonders. It’s not easy being the best, but it sure is fun.


Best Women’s Shoe Store: Gregory’s

The Texans know their shoes— this Dallas import was one of the first to carry Jimmy Choo. You’ll walk (or prance) out well-heeled. Buckhead, @gregorysshoes

Best New Boutique: Morgan Kylee

Shopping is a pleasure when you enter this sunny new store from local gal Morgan Henzlik. It’s packed with goodies at a wide range of price levels. Buckhead, @morgankylee

Best Shop for Handbags: Jeffrey

Like the perfect walk-in closet for any choosy man or woman, Jeffrey stocks a range of haute head-to-toe duds, but the handbags—from designers like CÉLINE, Balenciaga and Prada—are simply too dreamy to resist. Buckhead, @fashioncares

Best Shop for Jeans: Raw Denim

Newsflash: The perfect pair of jeans does exist! This shop is the place to go for slimming, sizzling jeans for guys and gals—from Akiko to Rock Revival, plus a treasure trove of other on-trend finds from L.A.M.B., Salvage and Frye. Buckhead, @rawdenimatlanta

Best Going-Out Wear: Intermix

Looking chic in a cinch calls for a catchall that has it all—flowing tunics in bright pigments, formfitting jackets, tangerine jeans and lots of shimmer. Snag the hottest styles from big names like Rag & Bone, Jay Godfrey and Stella McCartney. Buckhead, @intermix

Best Sexy Dresses: Hervé Léger

If you like to turn heads, you’ve likely donned one of his bandage dresses. This season, there’s another reason to adore the brand: neon hues. Lenox Square, @hervelegerbyma

Best Jeweler: Ross-Simons

Roberto Coin bracelets and Simon G. Bridal engagement rings are just a couple of the reasons why this place sparkles. The trusted jeweler’s selection runs the gamut, with everything from estate jewelry and fine watches to off-the-runway adornments. Buckhead, @ross_simons

Best Athletic Wear for Her: DEKA Athletics

DEKA is active wear that actually makes you look good. This retail retreat is the fashionista of fitness stores, stocking über-chic lines like LIJA tennis apparel, Zoot running and cycling gear, and triathlete fave Splits59. DEKA also holds the largest account for adidas by Stella McCartney in the world! Buckhead, @dekaatlanta

Best Black Tie for Her: Saks Fifth Avenue

Turn heads at the city’s next big to do with garb or a gown from Saks, which carries the best of the red-carpet crew, like Oscar, Fendi and Ralph Lauren. Buckhead, @saks

Best Black Tie for Him: Bloomingdale’s

Bust a suave move and head to the champion of tuxes and ties. Let’s get you outfitted with a cool new pair of shades and shoes while we’re at it. What up, playa? Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best Cocktail Dresses: Tootsies

In a pinch for something to wear out tonight? This stylish boutique will help with its selection of day and evening dresses, and the shoes and accessories that go with them. Buckhead, @shoptootsies

Best Place for a Head-to-Toe Look: Bloomingdale’s

This fab department store offers everything you need to look impeccable—from dawn until dusk. Free personal shopping services and on-the-house beauty makeovers are just a few of its primo perks. Buckhead, @bloomingdales

Best New Atlanta Designer: MAE Couture

It’s a parachute that thinks it’s a couture gown. Pull a rip cord here, adjust a buckle there and you’ve got the most innovative fashion designs we’ve seen come out of the ATL in years. SCAD grad Caroline Mae Heidenreich is making her mark. Buckhead, @maecouture

Best Trendy Boutique: Swank

It’s a trendster’s droolfest. From graphic-printed maxis to “fashion shorts” to neon to fringe, this shop’s got the fashion report nailed. Buckhead

Best Athletic Wear for Him: REI

With top-brand gear and clothing provided for everything under the sun, REI makes outdoor activity prep easy. Multiple locations, @reiatlantaga

Best All Around Men’s: H. Stockton

It’s Southern style to the max. And if you can’t deal with going shopping, there’s a personal wardrobe concierge that’ll swing by your house or office to spiffyou up. Multiple locations, @hstockton

Best Consignment Shop: Labels

Get rid of your old clothes and then restock your closet with designer duds at bargain prices. Buckhead and Vinings

Best Men’s Clothing and Shoes:
Sid Mashburn

Well-dressed gents can’t stop salivating over the selection at Sid’s comfy, perfectly tailored (and perfectly fun!) Store. Between gratis drinks and rounds of impromptu ping-pong, find your next sharp suit—they’ll tailor it to perfection—then slip on a pair of swellegant two-eyelet calfskin bluchers. You’ll never want to take them off! Westside

Best Vintage Clothing: Stefan’s Vintage Clothing

This undisputed king of Atlanta vintage clothing boutiques is the only one to cover all the retro years of the 20th century (1900s to 1970s) for both men and women. Sneak a peek into the back wardrobe for rare and super-swanky items. Little Five Points

Best Alterations: Buckhead Alterations & Reweaving

We like you just the way you are... but that shirt is in need of a major overhaul. A nip, tuck and scootch to the left on that button from these guys, and you’ll be looking fly again. Buckhead

Best Shop for Lingerie: Cosabella

Sexify your boudoir with lacy snippets in vibrant hues. Buckhead, @shopcosabella


Best Gifts for Guys: Apple Store

A shrine to minimal design and maximum technology, Apple is staffed with young geniuses who know which products are sure to top your guy’s must-have list. Multiple locations, @appstore

Best Home Electronics: Best Buy

Get up close and personal with that new stereo subwoofer or gaming system. No online shopping experience compares with trying out the gadget and taking it home day-of. Multiple locations, @bestbuy

Best Place for Vintage Finds: Highland Row Antiques

It may seem like a modest-sized store, but a trip down the back stairs reveals six giant showrooms filled with an eclectic mix of top-quality vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, home accessories and more. Poncey-Highland

Best Antique Store: Paris on Ponce

Get lost for a day in 46,000 recently revamped square feet of art, antiques, furniture, artist ateliers, consignment boutiques and oddities. It’s amazing, really. Poncey-Highland, @parisonponce

Best Gifts for Her: Festivity

With troves of handbags, jewelry, home accessories—like chic candles and initialed wine stoppers—Festivity makes finding the perfect gift simple. Multiple locations, @shopfestivity

Best Interior Designer: Amy D. Morris

This decorating whiz came up under the tutelage of Gandy/Peace Inc. and Barbara Westbrook, but now she’s carving a path all her own. With a rare ability to deliver anything her customers crave—from minimalist modern to Buckhead traditional—she’s your best bet for creating the home of your dreams. Buckhead,

Best Lighting Store: Circa Lighting

This Savannah-based fixtures company is considered one of the best in the country, now boasting outposts in four Southern cities and a number of top designer collabs. Swing by the East Andrews showroom to peruse lamps of all stripes in high-quality materials and gleaming finishes. Buckhead, @circalighting

Best Condo Rental: Mezzo

Since rising on Peachtree in 2008, these posh pads—situated squarely between Buckhead and Midtown—have given city living a whole new bent. Renters get oodles of amenities, such as floor-to-ceiling glass residences, Viking kitchens, a fully-equipped fitness center, an outdoor grill area and a landscaped pool deck. @mezzoatlanta

Best Condo Buy: The Brookwood

It’s Atlanta’s only high-rise community constructed to green building standards. The floor-to-ceiling windows, Viking ranges and balcony in every residence are pretty sweet, too. Buckhead, @thebrookwood

Best Kitchen Gadgets: The Cook’s Warehouse

This one-stop treasure trove of chef tools, gadgets and specialty ingredients has everything you want to whip it up real good. Multiple locations, @cookswarehouse

Best Shop for Home Décor: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Along with investment-worthy sofas, tables and chairs, this sleek showroom has a superb selection of mod items with clean lines to outfit any size space from top to bottom. Buckhead, @mgbwatlanta

Best One-Stop Shop for the Home: Simcolifestyle

Designing, delivering and installing in two weeks or fewer, this new furniture showroom-slash-design studio does it all! The team transforms your empty space into a swanky abode, complete with hand towels and stereo system. Midtown, @simcolifestyle

Best Outdoor Furniture: Kolo Collection

Hit up this outdoor HQ for hot-hued bistro sets by Fermob, cushy Rio stools by MAMAGREEN, sleek dining groups by Summit (right), elegant iron sets by AmalfiLiving and so much more. Westside, @kolocollection

Best Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward

This hard-to-define up-and-coming ’hood runs the gamut from 4th & Swift to The Sound Table to Serpas True Food. A primo place to live and play, it’s drawing droves of the young and hip. Creative types will find affordable rents and a walkable scene that keeps pumping well into the wee hours. Saturday nights at Noni’s? Magical. @o4ward

Best Apartment Pool: 05 Buckhead

The beautiful sunbathing crowd is reason enough to move in (or become buddies with someone who has). Add city views, a luxe, adjoining sunroom and a pristine dip, and you’ll never move out. Buckhead, @05buckheadapts


Best Wedding Planner: Michelle Gainey with Lemiga/StudioWed

She’s surrounded herself with a nuptial dream team. Bridezillas, meet your dragon tamer: She knows how to execute your fairy-tale wedding without a hitch. West Midtown, @lemiga

Best Stationery & Invitations: simplyput. Paper and Gift

Part gift shop, part paper emporium, the invites in this recently opened paperie range from crafty-charming to sophisticated-chic. Westside, @simplyputpaper

Best Wedding Photographer: Our Labor of Love

Want to live inside an Anthropologie catalog? Grab the hubs—and your passion for all things vintage and ethereal—because this is your chance. Old Fourth Ward, @ourlaboroflove

Best Florist: Amy Osaba

Check “finding the ideal bouquet” offyour list (leave it to this floral pro), and move on to worrying about something more pressing, like the white dress your mother-in-law-to-be insists she will be wearing to the wedding... Westside, @amyosaba

Best Caterer: Sun in my Belly

You know those events where prying yourself away from the appetizer tray is like torture? Yeah, these guys probably catered it. Kirkwood, @sunbelly

Best Wedding Cakes: Highland Bakery

There’s no cake confection off-limits for sugar artist Karen Portaleo. If you can imagine it, she can create it. Old Fourth Ward, Midtown and Buckhead, @highlandbakery1

Best Bridal Boutique: Kelly’s Closet

Stocked with wedding design gorgeousness, like Jenny Packham, Angel Sanchez and Heidi Elnora, this trousseau aims to pair you with a dress that will let the true you shine through. Candler Park, @kellysclosetatl

Best Engagement Rings: Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry

Whether you’re looking for a classic cut or an art deco setting, this fine
jeweler has you covered. Shop from a slew of designer brands, like
Ritani and Tacori—Solomon Brothers is the only Tacori Blue Diamond
retailer in the world—for a ring that screams, “I do!” Buckhead,


Best Cup of Joe: Dancing Goats

Even West Coast transplant coffee snobs flock to Dancing Goats in Decatur for their morning cup of joe. And with fresh brews from Washington state’s Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, who can blame them? Decatur, @dancinggoatsatl

Best Free Wi-FiCafé: Octane Coffee

Sit, surf and sip in a loftlike art gallery atmosphere that has ample power outlets and a menu of single-origin Chemex or French pressbrewed coffees. Pair it with a Sublime doughnut, delivered fresh every morning. Westside, Midtown and Grant Park, @octanecoffee

Best New Casual Dining Spot: HD1

Richard Blais wows yet again with couture hot dogs (try the lobster roll), a serious collection of canned beers and fun finales, such as the fluffernutter bread pudding. Poncey-Highland, @hd1restaurant

Best Barbecue: Fox Brothers BBQ

Asking who has the best barbecue can get you in trouble—but the handsdown winner of this food fight are the guys at Fox Brothers. Just take a bite of the hickory-smoked brisket and you’ll know why. Candler Park, @foxbrosbarbq

Best Brunch: J. Christopher’s

Cheery décor and free Wi-Fiat this quirky local institution top things offas splendidly as the Hollandaise spooned over the famous Eggs Christopher (with a side of corned beef hash-and-roasted potato Route 66 skillet, natch). Multiple locations

Best Place to Take the ’Rents: Bacchanalia

Be sure to grab a reservation at this hot ticket—a mix of sublime sophistication, gorgeous plating and the city’s freshest, award-winning cuisine all conspire to impress. Westside

Best First Date: Noche Brookhaven

It’s just bustling enough to fill awkward pauses while letting you share a few plates of tapas without having to yell across the table, “So, what kind of music do you like?!” Brookhaven, @nochebrookhaven

Best Vegetarian: R. Thomas Deluxe Grill

Polly wants a Thai express quinoa bowl or a veggie sausage queen omelette with shitake mushroom gravy? Parrots, tropical plants and a heated garden patio have made R. Thomas a 24/7 oasis in south Buckhead since 1985. Buckhead

Best Place to Impress a Date: Ocean Prime

Bubbling specialty drinks, top-of-the-catch fresh seafood and superb steaks sum up the menu. The luminous underwater vibe and white-tablecloth service dial up the romance factor. Buckhead, @oceanprimecmr

Best New Restaurant: STK

This eatery-meets-lounge-meets-singles scene has rolled heaps of NYC chic into Midtown. A favorite of visiting stars like Kim Kardashian, The ONE Group resto’s haute cuisine includes shrimp rice krispies, delectable Lil’ BGRs and girly cocktails served amid a sexy, modern ambience. Midtown, @stkatlanta

Best Place to Kick Back: Park Tavern

It’s where Atlanta goes to chill out, drink bloodies and, well, recover from a hard weekend. With tons of summer concerts—half of them free, no less—it’s hard to find a better spot than Park Tavern to do nothing. Midtown, @parktavern

Best Group Dinner Spot: JCT. Kitchen

Bring the gang. On the way there, talk about how much you’ll branch out on the menu. Sit down and let the laughter flow—it’s always a bit noisy in here. Then order the deviled eggs and mac ’n’ cheese like you always do. Be happy. @jctkitchen

Best Food Truck: Good Food Truck

You wouldn’t think items like the poodle—a hot dog with apple-maple slaw, syrup and spicy mustard on a French toast bun—and Parmesan waffle cones stuffed with mini salads would taste good. But yeah, they really do. @goodfoodtruck

Best Farmers Market: Peachtree Road Farmers Market

It’s the unofficial sign of spring! Opening every April through December, this is the place for awesome fresh produce, products and cooking demonstrations. Buckhead, @ptreefarmersmkt

Best Pizza: Antico Pizza Napoletana

Using fresh Italian ingredients and wood-burning ovens, the family joint serves Neapolitan pizza out of the box until the dough runs out. Remember to BYOB, or look out for when restaurateur Giovanni Di Palma doles out the late-night limoncello shots. Midtown

Best Breakfast: Highland Bakery

Pack some patience to wait for the breathtakingly fresh range of sinful (peanut butter French toast and caramelized bananas) and virtuous (fried chicken Benedict) breakfast delights. Old Fourth Ward, Midtown and Buckhead, @highlandbakery1

Best Buford Highway Stop: Cho Sun Ok

So the waitresses sometimes grab a lettuce wrap offyour plate to show you how to do Korean barbecue properly… so what? The place is such a well-kept secret that its staffers are surprised when strangers walk through the door for kalbi on the charcoal grill. Doraville

Best Place to Dump a Date: Twist

The loud and usually crowded ambience plays in your favor in a “see ya, sweetheart” situation. And it’s so packed with singles, you can head to the bar after the deed is done. Buckhead, @twistatl

Best Frozen Yogurt: Yogli Mogli

This fro-yo shop lets you customize your cool treat with 16 flavors, like
classic chocolate and seasonal blueberry açai tart, and more than 40
toppings. Multiple locations, @yoglimogli

Best Seafood: Atlanta Fish Market

With its coastal cuisine and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, this landmark eatery (you can’t miss the fish) has been netting new fans for more than 30 years. Celebrity sightings are a plus, and the jumbo lump crab cake is a must. Buckhead, @atlfishmarket

Best Place for a Casual Date: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

If you’re keeping it low-key, take your new someone special to this drinky, festive cantina. You’ll flirt over inexpensive tacos and split a pitcher out on the patio. Multiple locations, @tinlizzys

Best New Chef: Ryan Smith

Foodies are huge fans of the genius behind the plates (and mason jar nosh) at Empire State South. If you haven’t checked out ESS—and its executive chef’s fare—yet, you better put it on your must-eat-herenow list. Midtown, @ryansmithchef

Best Cupcakes: Gigi’s

Banana cream pie, Champagne, Kentucky bourbon—these aren’t your grandma’s cupcakes. Gigi’s towering creations pack a decadent punch. Multiple locations, @gigiscupcakeatl

Best Burger: Farm Burger

Made from 100 percent grass-fed beef, the juicy burgers on this seasonal menu are sourced from local farms, as is the rest of the fare. Hell, yeah! Buckhead and Decatur, @farmburger, @fbbuckhead, @fbdecatur

OuT On The Town

Best Mixologist: Tom McGuire, Prohibition

Atlanta’s truest speakeasy has kept the booze flying in relative secrecy. You can be part of the fun, though—if you know where to look. We revere the resident barkeep, Tom McGuire, just as much as his drinks. Buckhead, @prohibitionatl

Best Happy Hour: Tavern at Phipps

This watering hole with knockout waitresses, flowing drinks, music and a packed patio offers up a sexy scene after work—or retail therapy. Buckhead, @tavernatphipps

Best Tacos And Margaritas: Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

You usually start craving Mexi and margs on a sunny Friday right around quittin’ time. Hit this joint for an order of buffalo shrimp or barbecue-chicken tacos and a pitcher of mango margaritas to start the weekend offwith some sass. Multiple locations, @tinlizzys

Best Bar Games: Ormsby’s

From Skee-Ball and pool, to darts and marathon games of bocce, this neighborly tavern, located on the ground level of White Provision, offers a lengthy beer list and pub bites to keep you hanging around for hours—likely making new pals over table shuffleboard and drinks. Westside, @ormsbysatlanta

Best Outdoor Concert Venue: Chastain Park Amphitheater

Bring your own bottle of wine, plastic tablecloth and eats, mix that with live music, and what do you get? A grand ol’ tradition that’ll be serenaded by performers like Sting and Sarah McLachlan this summer. Buckhead, @chastainparkamp

Best Singles Scene: The IVY

The bar at The IVY must be tired, because it’s been running through our minds all day—or something like that. Better bring your best pickup line to this see-and-be-seen singles spot. Buckhead, @theivybuckhead

Best Place to Play Ping-Pong: Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong emporium

It may forswear smoking, TV and the Internet, but who needs any of those vices when you can play ping-pong while sipping a cocktail surrounded by kitschy religious and St. Elvis artwork by disgraced former nun Sister Louisa, aka owner Grant Henry? Old Fourth Ward

Best Cocktails: Miller union

Shimmy up to the bar at Miller Union, and let mixologist Stuart White whip you up a Miller Thyme or Snake Charmer, which will, in fact, charm you silly. Westside, @millerunion

Best Restaurant Bar: Buckhead Bottle Bar & Bistro

Relax after a long day of work with upbeat entertainment, refreshing cocktails and delicious fare—care of celeb chef Jason Ellis—at this stylin’ spot, also good to kick-start a fun night. Buckhead, @buckheadbbb

Best Beer List: The Porter Beer Bar

Good luck being decisive with the vast beer selection (updated daily). Add in tasty pub food and great service (the owners worked at Seeger’s), and you’ve got yourself a neighborhood go-to. Little Five Points, @porterbeerbar

Best Place to Go Dancing: Tongue & Groove

This is the spot to be on a Saturday night if you’re looking to mix with local cuties and shake your groove thing. Buckhead, @tongueandgroove

Best wine Bar: Barcelona wine Bar

Tuck into a patio seat at this buzzing bar with a sexy glass of Spanish tempranillo, and order up a delicious hanger steak laced with truffle. Inman Park, @barcelonawineba

Best Sports Bar: Taco Mac

Taco Mac’s comfort grub, like nachos and buffalo wings, is served alongside flat-screen Tvs, broadcasting everything from golf to football playoffs. Sports fans sample hundreds of beers on tap, courtesy of the Brewniversity program. Multiple locations, @tacomac

Best Late night nosh: Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand

After a show at The Earl or a few craft beers at The Midway Pub, saunter (or stumble) around the corner of Glenwood and Moreland avenues for some after-after-hours hoagie slingers or Double D Delights. East Atlanta Village, @sausagestand

Best Dive Bar: northside Tavern

It’s nothing fancy—in fact, it’s downright dirty—but cheap beer and great live music make it a favorite jam spot of multiple generations of Atlanta’s best blues and roots artists. Westside

Best Gay Bar: Mary’s

For “life-changing” karaoke and exceptional antics, the EAV’s boys’ club is giving Blake’s on the Park a run for its money. After $6 PB&J shots on Mondays, the now-infamous Mary-oke on Tuesdays, and Wednesday’s indie-pop tributes to burly men… the rest of the week just gets more raucous with Djs and dance parties galore. East Atlanta Village, @marysatlanta

Best Place to Meet an Older Guy: Hal’s

Resolve your daddy issues at this long-loved martini and steak resto. Handsome, sophisticated, salt-and-pepper CEO-types flock there to take the edge offthe stress of ruling the world. Buckhead

Best Girls’ night Out: STK, then Reign nightclub/Vanquish Lounge

When you want true urban indulgence—popping from nosh spot to party place along a convenient stretch of glittering cityscape—a night on Midtown Mile never disappoints. Start with a meal at the cocktail loungey STK; then head to the Habachy-designed, Gidewon-owned club duo Reign and Vanquish for the dance-offof a lifetime. Midtown, @stkatlanta, @reignatlanta

Best Bloody Mary: Kaleidoscope

Topped with caper berries, okra and a lime skewer, the Farmer’s Mary, made with heirloom tomato juice, looks (and tastes) like an actual fresh harvest. Brookhaven, @k_pub

Best nightclub: Reign/Vanquish nightclubs

Welcome to the new era in Atlanta nightlife with these side-by-side hot spots on Peachtree. You can’t miss them—there’s always a line around the block. Midtown, @reignatlanta

Best Place to Hear Live Music: The earl

Grab a booth for some pre-show beers and the spot’s signature nachos before heading into the back room, where you’ll enjoy tunes like local Gentleman Jesse And His Men, and touring up-and-comers Cults and Sharon Van Etten. East Atlanta Village, @earl_eav


Best Outdoor Festival: Music Midtown

You’ve got to love the return of a good thing. The rebirth of this music fest may have been smaller—just one day, only two stages and a mere lineup including Coldplay, Manchester Orchestra and The Black Keys— but it rocked the city. Midtown

Best Downtown Attraction: Georgia Aquarium

If you haven’t visited the Georgia Aquarium since its grand opening, it’s well worth another trip to the world’s biggest fish tank. The penguins miss you. Downtown, @georgiaaquarium

Best Spot to Spend a Friday Afternoon: Turner Field

Break free of the confines of your windowless cubicle, and head for the open air of “The Ted.” With cold beer in hand, cheer on the Atlanta Braves with the crowd as your cares drift away. Downtown, @braves

Best Small Concert Venue: Eddie’s Attic

Scale the stairs into this semi-hidden venue on any given evening, and you’ll strike Americana gold. Decatur, @eddiesattic

Best Golf Course: Heritage Golf Links

When you’re itching to get out to the club, this 27-hole course will not disappoint. Rolling greens that are scattered with picturesque natural features make this an ideal spot for a leisurely game, or a high-stakes tournament. Tucker, @heritagelinks

Best Annual Event: JEZEBEL’s Anniversary Party

We work hard so we can party hard. For JEZ’s 15th in 2011, that meant Duran Duran, our Most Beautiful Atlantans and a costume contest at Park Tavern on Halloween night! Midtown, @parktavern, @jezebelmagazine

Best Park for a Picnic: Piedmont Park

Nothing beats a spring afternoon atop Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill, a rolling meadow with shady trees overlooking Lake Clara Meer. It makes for entertaining people-watching, too. Midtown, @piedmontpark

health & beauty

best Outdoor Fitness Class: Operation boot Camp

There’s no better way to get out of a no-working-out rut! This coed class tells you what to eat, and pushes you toward fitness goals. Multiple locations, @obcbootcamp

best Gym: urban active Fitness

State-of-the-art equipment, a two-story spin studio, inventive group exercise classes, flexible membership options and a knowledgeable staffmake this a firstclass fitness experience. Buckhead, @urbanactive

best Pilates Studio: Studio lotus

You won’t be intimidated to practice or learn Pilates, no matter your skill level. Druid Hills, Marietta and Forsyth, @studiolotusatl

best Gym With live DJ: Core Fitness

With an overall goal of achieving long-term well-being for all of its members, Core Fitness is the place to go for personal training, boot camp, and full nutrition and wellness programs. The music helps motivate in this fun space. Buckhead

best Place to Run: Chastain Park

This 268-acre park is known for being an inner-city getaway, where Atlantans go to enjoy the great outdoors and hit the pavement. Sandy Springs

best Spin Class: Flywheel Sports

The stadium seating and dark lighting provide the perfect ambience for highintensity cardio spins that rock out to live DJ beats. Buckhead, @flywheelsports

best yoga Studio: atlanta hot yoga

You are going to sweat. A lot. It’s 95–102 degrees in this studio, which makes the yoga even more detoxifying and challenging. Vinings and Buckhead

best Personal trainer: Dexter at body Sculptor Inc.

Combining vast fitness knowledge with a mind for the details, Dexter Hampton has a way of merging workout intensity with fun to ensure clients of all levels reach their goals. Packing nearly a decade of experience, Hampton is now nearly as sought-after as that other D-lightful trainer on the Body Sculptor fitness team. Buckhead, @dexflex1

best bike Shop: atlanta Cycling

This is the one-stop shop for all things bike, offering bicycle sales for all biker levels, and includes service and repairs. Vinings and Midtown, @atlantacycling

best boutique Gym: eclipse 1 on 1

Don’t let the size or high-end equipment at this boutique gym fool you—small and swank doesn’t mean “soft.” The specialized trainers from all around the world kick your butt into shape with everything from customized, goal-driven training to prenatal programs. Buckhead

best hardcore Workout: blast 900

There’s nothing more intense. Period. This 60-minute ultimate interval-training workout, named for the 900 calories you can burn, balances aerobic moves with powerful strength training. Buckhead, @blast900

best Group Fitness Class: boom box at Core Fitness

Corey Waller’s boutique gym bumps the intensity with his stock of 60-minute, results-oriented classes like TRX and Spin Box. But it’s the live, DJ-led Boom Box class that packs the most devotees—it’s tough to slack offwhen you’re keeping up with these beats! Buckhead

best botox & Injections: the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery

Sayonara, wrinkles. The capable cosmetic surgery team wants you to look as naturally wrinkle-less as possible, with its array of Botox and injectable filler treatments. Multiple locations, @swancenter

best Cosmetic Dentist: Goldstein, Garber & Salama

Saying “aaah” at their chic dental offices somehow feels more spa-“ah,” and less like you’re about to get “the drill.” Their vast specialties have earned them major props as pioneers in modern comprehensive dental care. East Cobb, @ggsdentistry

best Dermatologist: hailey, brody, Casey & Wray, M.D., P.C., at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery – atlanta Dermatology

Put your best face forward with all the latest cutting-edge dermatologic treatments. Walk out with glowing, clear skin. Buckhead

best breast augmentation: Dr. John Connors

You must, you must, you must improve your bust (if you’re in the market) with this doc who does everything for the girls, from correcting asymmetry and reductions, to lifts and augmentation. Buckhead and Sandy Springs, @drjohnconnorsmd

best Facial Surgery: Dr. theresa M. Jarmuz M.D., at buckhead Facial Plastic Surgery

It’s hard not to entrust her with your facial enhancements when you see pics of the patients this gal has beautified. You’ll get personalized service and an all-custom plan, whether you’re going in for a nose job or face-lift. Buckhead, @drjarmuz

best body Contouring: amy K. alderman, M.D., F.a.C.S., M.P.h., at the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery

Longing for a perfectly sculpted physique? There’s no pressure when you see this doc, which is what keeps patients knocking down her door. That, and she clearly knows her stuffwhen it comes to shaping your bod. Alpharetta, @swancenter

best Smartlipo: Jay M. Kulkin, M.D., M.b.a., F.a.C.O.G. at Women’s Institute For health (WIFh)

Traditional lipo is so 2000. WIFH has been doing this less-invasive laserassisted liposuction procedure since 2008 with some amazing results. Dunwoody, @wifh_laser

best holistic Doctor: Dr. Robert truax at tRu Integrative health & Wellness

He doesn’t just hand you some vitamin supplements and send you on your way. The integrative approach pairs homeopathy and Reiki with nutrition support, smoking-cessation programs and even psychotherapy. Buckhead, @truatl

best bikini Wax: Jolie, the Day Spa

Escape the chaos of daily life with a pampering treatment at this trendsetting spa and salon—but better yet, get ready for all those poolside days to come with a custom-tailored European wax treatment. We’re consistently wowed by the results. And, pssst, Brazilians are only $60, ladies! Buckhead, @halcyondayspa

best Day Spa: blue MedSpa

Entering the pristine white and blue spa is instantly soothing. Spend an indulgent day enjoying its lengthy menu of services. Midtown, @bluemedspa

best Shop for beauty Products: Woo Skincare and Cosmetics

This skincare and cosmetics boutique has wooed Atlantans one amazing product line at a time. Find classics like Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy, alongside edgier lines like Smashbox and (Pla) Beauty. Buckhead

best Facial: Kathleen Denney at Changes Skincare

She will change your life—or, at least, give you a glow that gets everyone talking. The licensed aesthetician’s all-custom facials demolish your skin issues, licketysplit. Sandy Springs, @changesskincare

best Med Spa: body Medical Contouring

This trailblazer of med spas offers minimally invasive treatments, like Carbossi therapy and mesotherapy. The super-swank décor makes you feel more like you’re shopping—the skinny jeans are just around the corner! Johns Creek, @bodymedatl

best brows: blink brow bar at WaX

Just because it’s got “wax” as its name doesn’t mean that’s all they will do to your brows—there’s eyebrow tweezing, tinting, cleaning and filling in (that’s powder for your bare parts). Inman Park

best Faux lashes: Robyn Fujimoto at Steve hightower hair artists’ Studio

She transforms your wimpiest, shortest, thinnest lashes into long and luscious ones that open up your peepers and last for about two months. Buckhead

best Manis and Pedis: Sugarcoat

With its sparkly chandeliers, ultra-girly décor, lush seating and super-sterile care services (new clients get their own tool kit to keep), there’s no better spot to get pampered with a fresh coat of paint. Buckhead and Virginia- Highland, @sugarcoatbeauty

best Massage: Nita Pozar

Feeling the after-effects on your back of years on the football field? Nita Pozar is at your rescue—the certified massage therapist specializes in sports-injury therapies to relieve pain. Buckhead, 404. 556.0002

best Chiropractor: Dr. JeffMalucci at body Mechanics Sports Massage therapy

There’s a reason tons of professional athletes and celebrities go to see this doc (who’s a total cutie, by the way). He uses kinesiology (muscle testing), and cracks and straightens parts of you that you never even knew could be out of line (like the bones in your hands). Norcross, @drmalucci

best hair Cut for her: Steve hightower hair artists’ Studio

The eclectic décor in this funky Buckhead salon goes right along with the diverse skill sets of its stylists. Buckhead

best hair Cut for him: american haircuts

Shave and a haircut? Two Bits. Tumbler of scotch to go with it? Now we’re talking. Midtown and Roswell

best Spray tan: true Glow

A spray-tan booth doesn’t compare to getting “nekkid” (well, you can opt for a swimsuit or skivvies) in front of a professional who airbrushes you for an all-over even tan. Buckhead, @trueglowtan


best Pet Supply: City Dog Market

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t just for master: Four-legged friends are covered here, with natural food, nontoxic toys and even a self-serve dog wash for some one-on-one time. Brookhaven

best Doggie Duds: Glamour Paws

You take pride in your sense of style—shouldn’t your pooch look sharp, too? This newly expanded Va-Hi boutique will have you both walking home with some serious luxe goods. Virginia-Highland, @glamourpaws

best Doggie Daycare: Dog Days atlanta

It’s easy to be queasy over leaving your pride and joy with someone else—unless you’re talking about the folks here. They keep occupancy low, so each four-legged friend has all the TLC they need. Buckhead and Chamblee, @dogdaysatlanta

best Doggie Sleepover: Fido Fido

Operated by dog lovers who tend to the individual needs of guests, this boarding and day-care center lets your pup play with friends her own size all day and then snooze in a clean, climate-controlled room. You can rest easy knowing your bestie is in the very best, dog-loving hands. Sandy Springs, @fidofidoatl

best Dog trainer: u.S. Canine

They’ll have Rex doing flips, running circuits… not really. But they’ll definitely make sure he doesn’t pee on your expensive rug or bark embarrassingly at the mail person. That’s good enough for us. Buford

best Vet: BriarcliffAnimal Clinic

These animal lovers know your pet is a member of your family. They’ve been in the biz of taking care of your babies for more than 50 years. Enough said. Emory/Morningside and College Park

best Dog Walker and Sitter: Critter Sitters

Hallelujah for these come-to-your-door dog walkers that keep the pooch’s legs stretched, and his energy at bay. Atlanta Metro

best Pet bakery: Woof Gang bakery

Sniffout the new goods at this doggie and kitty treatery, which offers hypoallergenic, wheat- and grain-free selections. Find treats formulated for your baby’s hip and joint issues, too. Buckhead, @woofgangbakery

best Dog Park: Piedmont Park

It’s a place where man’s best friends can stretch their legs and unleash their deepest doggie desires—which mostly involves running around the three acres of green space. Midtown, @piedmontpark

best Pet Groomer: the Pet Set

Take your dog here for a cleanup cut, and he won’t end up looking like ET—finally, a groomer who actually listens. Pressed for time? The mobile arm of this operation will bring a spruce-up straight to you! North Druid Hills and Midtown, @thepetsetatl


Best Local Artist: Melissa Payne Baker

With her thick, bold strokes that channel the masters, this Southern gal has been making waves in the local arts scene. We’re paying attention.

Best Local Athlete: Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback “Matty Ice” always brings the heat. @mattryan_news

Best Local DJ: DJ Klever

With more awards than you can shake a stick at, this mix-master has toured the world. But we’re happy he keeps his turntables here in the ATL. @kleverkillsme

Best Local Band: Zac Brown Band

At the crossroads of alt-rock and country is the Zac Brown Band, a chickenfried sextet that keeps on bringing GRAMMYs home to the ATL. @zacbrownband

Best Local Singer- Songwriter: Sonia Leigh

This local girl’s twangy vocals and rootsy lyrics put her in a league with country greats Lucinda Williams and Loretta Lynn— and makes her a legend in her own right. @sonialeigh


Best Daily Deals Site: SweetJack

It’s new and proven that it can hold its own with hyperlocal online and in-store deals on everything from weekend getaways and scuba classes, to spas, pizza and tax prep. @sweetjackatl

Best Blog: Yoga in Heels

It’s fitness and fashion in a blog. And the good-read’s mission is to help women get over their working-out insecurities. @yogainheels

Best Facebook Page: Caren West

This public relations whiz keeps her Facebook page buzzing with insider info on hot events, places and peeps. And she’s funny as all getout. Virginia-Highland, @carenwestpr

Best Local Retailer Website:

This web hangout features a fluid design, with some of the finest designers in the biz represented. When we’re tired of stalking around Facebook, this is our jam browse. @les_nouvelles

Best Tweeter: JeffDauler of All the Hits Q100

Some people don’t have a filter. Fortunately for us, All the Hits Q100’s JeffDauler is one of those people. @jeffdauler


Best TV Sportscaster: Fred Kalil

Where would we be without 11Alive’s resident sports buff? This guy’s been bringing us the play-by-play in style for years, and he isn’t stopping. @fredkalil

Best Morning Show: The Bert Show, All the Hits Q100

A blend of laugh-out-loud hilarity, tug-at-your-heartstrings moments and music, Bert Weiss and his comrades-inarms are a must-listen in the AM. @thebertshow

Best Weather Person: Chris Warren

Look past the fact that this guy was one of JEZEBEL’s Most Beautiful Atlantans in 2011. Actually, nevermind. The Weather Channel’s Warren makes the forecast sexy. @twcchriswarren

Best Sports Radio Personality: Buck Belue, 680 The Fan

As one-half of the Buck & Kincade show, we still have a soft spot for Belue, and not just for his pipes. 1980, baby! Go Dawgs! @buckbelue8

Best Local News Team: 11Alive

Known for its strong interest in local, live programming, the broadcast team continues to keep us all tuned in for the latest around the city each day. @11alivenews

Best Top 40 DJ: Johnny O of All the Hits Q100

Giving new meaning to “traffic jam,” Q100’s Johnny O lays down the hits every afternoon from 3 to 7PM for a fun soundtrack during your gridlock situation. @q100johnnyo

Best Morning Anchor: Fred Blankenship

Before a lot of us are up, Blankenship is tackling the news at Channel 2 Action News. San Diego’s loss? Our gain. @fredblankenship

Best All-Day Radio Station: All the Hits Q100

When it comes to the top 40 music you want to hear and those taboo topics that make you crank up the volume, All the Hits Q100 is your notso- guilty pleasure for audible enjoyment. @q100atlanta

Best Country Station: Kicks 101.5

When we feel the need for some contemporary country, we turn the dial to 100,000 watts of cool Southern tunes. @kicks1015

Best Sports Station: 680 The Fan

Some stations have small segments devoted to the game— but not The Fan. This favorite sports-on-thedial has you covered 24/7, with all the insider info you’ll need, from water cooler to tailgate. @680_the_fan

Best Rock Radio Team: The Regular Guys

If you’re already a fan of Larry, Eric, “Southside” Steve and “Action Plan,” we don’t need to remind you. These guys did The Man Show before it was a thing. @theregularguys