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Archive for August, 2009

Best buffet

YOUR PICKS

A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

A plate of some of the delicious items from the buffet at the Blue Willow Inn. Photo: Curtis Compton / Staff

1) Blue Willow Inn

You say, “I don’t even *like* Southern food normally and I love their food (even though it is VERY Southern). Pecan cheddar biscuits… fried green tomatoes… those are my favorite items there. It’s a bit of a drive, but it is worth it.”

2) Café Bombay

3) John Boy’s

4) Daddy’s Country Kitchen

5) Journey’s End

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The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

The sweet, syrup-drenched Gulab Jamun from MGR Palace. Photo: Becky Stein/ special

1) MGR Palace

We say “It’s no surprise that one of the Atlanta area’s best Indian restaurants also has one of the best lunch buffets around.”

2) Blue Willow Inn

3) Sweet Tomatoes

4) Mirch Masala

5) Captain Billy’s Fish House

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Best high school band

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1) Hillgrove High School

You say, “I really tip my hat to Hillgrove for putting creative and amazing shows on the field, and also for growing and maturing so fast. Good job Hillgrove.”

2) Lassiter High School

3) Southwest DeKalb High School

4) Stephenson High School

5) Kennesaw Mountain High School

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1) Southwest DeKalb High School

We say, “This powerhouse organization has a list of accomplishments miles long, including performing at the opening ceremony at the 1996 Olympics, starring in a reality television show and the movie ‘Drumline,’ and playing at the Tournament of Roses and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades.”

2) Kennesaw Mountain High School

3) Lassiter High School

4) Martin Luther King Jr. High School

5) Harrison High School

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Best high school stadium

We had such a huge response in the nominations phase, and the nominees included many stadiums outside the metro Atlanta area. Since we like to leave some of the rules up to the readers, we decided we’d break the voting down into local and statewide facilities. Though we’ve confined our picks to the Atlanta area, we let you vote for both the local and the statewide stadium – and here are your winners.

YOUR PICKS (METRO ATLANTA)

Parkview's Big Orange Jungle

1) Parkview High School’s Big Orange Jungle

You said, “I went to a rival school and played in the Big Orange Jungle at Parkview and that place was pretty cool looking.”

2) McEachern High School’s Cantrell Stadium

3) Marietta High School’s Northcutt Stadium

4) Atlanta Public Schools’ Lakewood Stadium

5) Collins Hill High School

YOUR PICKS (STATEWIDE)

Carrollton's Grisham Stadium

Carrollton's Grisham Stadium

1) Carrollton High School’s Grisham Stadium

You said, “Has got to be Grisham Stadium-Maddox Track at Historic Trojan Field in Carrollton, …

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Favorite Atlanta reality star

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NeNe Leakes. Photo: Quantrell Colbert / Bravo

1) NeNe Leakes (cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” 2008-present)

You said, “NeNe is the best because she appears to be honest, upfront and real. The other housewives seems to be real, real phony.”

2) Ty Pennington (carpenter, “Trading Spaces,” 2000-2003; host, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” 2004-present )

3) Ryan Seacrest (host, “American Idol, 2002-present)

4) Mychael Knight (fourth place in “Project Runway” in 2006)

5) Richard Blais (came in second on “Top Chef” in 2008)

OUR PICKS

1) NeNe Leakes (cast member on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” 2008-present)

The AJC’s radio, TV and “American Idol” blogger Rodney Ho says, “She’s conceited, she’s blustery, she’s a troublemaker. But she’s always fun to watch on screen and that’s what makes her our favorite reality star from Atlanta!”

2) Ryan Seacrest (host, “American Idol, 2002-present)

3) Alton Brown (host, “Good Eats,” 1999 to present, …

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