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Best dish of 2010

The burger at Holeman & Finch. Photo: Garnish Photography courtesy of Green Olive Media.

The burger at Holeman & Finch. Photo: Garnish Photography courtesy of Green Olive Media.

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1. The burger at Holeman & Finch
In the latest Southern Living magazine, Holeman & Finch’s burger, served at 10 p.m. nightly and during Sunday brunch only, was named the best late-night burger, To quote the restaurant’s website, “Each night, 24 exquisite, double patty cheeseburgers are assembled on house-made buns and served alongside hand-cut fries and homemade ketchup, mustard and pickles — only 24.  Some nights they sell out in under a minute.”

2. Lobster bisque at Chops
3. Salmon chips at Two Urban Licks
4. Pork belly buns at Super Pan Latino Sandwich Shop
5. Three Little Pigs at 4th & Swift

The sticky toffee pudding at 4th & Swift. Photo: Jon Watson

The sticky toffee pudding at 4th & Swift. Photo: Jon Watson

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Sticky toffee pudding at 4th & Swift

The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “4th & Swift’s Sticky Toffee Pudding easily takes the top slot of my favorite dishes in 2010. This rich toffee cake swimming in a pool of buttery caramel sauce can make anyone grow a sweet tooth.”

Eggplant calabrese at Bocado
Chief Dining Critic  John Kessler says, “Warm eggplant calabrese — a deeply flavored compote — arrives over cool, super-creamy burrata mozzarella at Bocado. It’s an incredibly rich few mouthfuls with one of those subtle temperature contrasts that sears in your memory.”

The bbq beef rib at Pura Vida
The AJC dining team’s specialist in Southern and Neighborhood Fare Jenny Turknett says, “My favorite dish of 2010 was the bbq beef rib at Pura Vida, made by the ‘habanero whisperer,’ Hector Santiago. These short ribs with an adobo rub are extremely tender and full of flavor, radiating sweet heat from the orange-chipotle barbecue sauce. The thinly-sliced carrot slaw adds freshness to the dish. Paired with one of Pura Vida’s signature mojitos garnished with a stick of real sugar cane, this dish succeeds on all levels.”

The Sinhgoku oysters at Tomo. Photo: Gene Lee

The Sinhgoku oysters at Tomo. Photo: Gene Lee

Shigoku oysters on the half shell at Tomo
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “My number one favorite food item in 2010 was not anything complicated nor overly engineered. In fact, most of the engineering with Shigoku oysters takes place at Taylor Shellfish in Washington State. By the time they reached my table at Tomo, they were plated on a formed puck of crushed ice and infused with an Asian mignonette.” For more, check out the Food and More blog post of  Gene Lee’s Top 10 dishes of 2010.

Kimchi jigae at Woo Nam Jeong
Keeper of Best of the Big A Shane Harrison says, “The spicy red broth is still bubbling from the heat as it comes to the table. This pungent, flavor-packed bowl of tofu, pork and kimchi at Woo Nam Jeong (aka Stone Bowl House) is the culinary equivalent of a warm winter parka.”

107 comments Add your comment

CWalker

December 20th, 2010
1:13 pm

Two Urban Lick’s salmon chips!

PJ

December 20th, 2010
1:25 pm

In Jars or With Toasts at Empire State South. The bacon jam & boiled peanut hummus could have been eaten by themselves with a spoon.

makvay

December 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

Shoya- Wasabi Shumai

RK

December 20th, 2010
3:32 pm

Dry-fried mushrooms, Tasty China

RL

December 20th, 2010
4:30 pm

The Sweet Grass Dairy Goat Cheese & Corn Agnolotti with preserved tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, and brown butter veal jus from JCT Kitchen.

MSA

December 20th, 2010
4:47 pm

Phatty Cakes at Cakes & Ale in Decatur

Georg M

December 20th, 2010
4:51 pm

Fox Brothers “Burger”

Will

December 20th, 2010
4:53 pm

The McDowell and fries at Local 3!!

Brad S

December 20th, 2010
5:02 pm

Sushi House Hayakawa – the “Hokkai Don” – unbelievable – sweet shrimp, sea urchin, marinated salmon roe served over sushi rice.

kevin

December 20th, 2010
5:11 pm

Holeman & Finch 10 o’clock burger.

HD

December 20th, 2010
5:14 pm

Lobster Mac and Cheese-Capital Grille

JP

December 20th, 2010
5:55 pm

Abbatoir’s charcuterie plate. It’s the perfect dish.

blackbird13

December 20th, 2010
6:42 pm

The Chicken salad melt with pasta salad (and a pint, natch’) at Brick Store Pub. Simple, inexpensive, and I never get tired of it. Don’t even know what else is on their menu because this is what I always order.

Peavine Creek

December 21st, 2010
8:11 am

Shortrib special at The Porter.

Tomas

December 21st, 2010
8:15 am

The chicken pot pie and the Grand Marnier cake at La Douceur de France in Roswell

KK

December 21st, 2010
9:15 am

Holeman and Finch Burger!

Liz

December 21st, 2010
11:13 am

Dry fried eggplant at Tasty China

JP

December 21st, 2010
11:31 am

Two Urban Licks- Salmon Chips!!!!!!!!

Deb T

December 21st, 2010
12:22 pm

Pork belly tacos at Nava. TO DIE FOR

Marcia DeArmond

December 21st, 2010
12:30 pm

South City Kitchen’s Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Coulis….Southern classic at its best!

Big Rick

December 21st, 2010
1:14 pm

The lobster bisque and oyster rockerfeller @ The Steamhouse Lounge now located in Midtown are the best….I’ve tried them both everywhere I’ve traveled when I see them on the menu, just to compare, both internationally and here in the states, no one can touch them……..

donkey200

December 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

Peach Buckle at Cakes and Ale in Decatur. Plus their poached trout.

Mrclean

December 21st, 2010
9:14 pm

Carne Asada Taco’s @ The Chicken House II in Stockbridge,Ga. To Die For !!!!!!!!!

Stew

December 21st, 2010
9:41 pm

The greater Atlanta area has the worst food in the country and we need to admit that. Let’s hope it improves. Terrible bread, bakeries,pizza and an abundance of fried and fast food. We need the ethnic food to get Americanized like the north east.

Foodie Newbie

December 21st, 2010
9:49 pm

Almond Crusted Tilapia with Risotto at Gilbert’s Cafe on 10th St. It is Amazing!

Bmidtown

December 21st, 2010
10:40 pm

Creamy, cakey deliciousnes of the Tres Leches Cake at Tierra on Piedmont. Worth every calorie!

D J 88

December 21st, 2010
10:51 pm

Peachtree Rd. Flat Bread at Buckhead Pizza CO. ” FLAT BREAD TOPPED WITH ROASTED CHEICKEN, RED PEPPER, RED ONION, FESH MOZZERALA AND TOPPED WITH MIX GREEN AND BALSOMIC DESSENG” YUM

D J 88

December 21st, 2010
10:55 pm

BUCKHEAD PIZA CO.Peachtree Rd Flat Bread . ” FLAT BREAD TOPPED WITH ROASTED CHEICKEN, RED PEPPER, RED ONION, FESH MOZZERELLA AND TOPPED WITH MIX GREEN AND BALSOMIC DRESSING” YUM

Martin

December 21st, 2010
11:28 pm

Really, Stew? I don’ know what food you are eating, but I love so much of the food in our area. So many restaurants have re-imagined what local, southern food means in a classic, delicious setting. And that’s just the beginning of it all! If I were you,
Personally, I had a plate at Abbatoir that served pork four ways that was absolutely amazing, and co imaginative!

DecaturCyn

December 21st, 2010
11:29 pm

Casual Choices –
Front Page News: The Buffalo Chips appetizer and the Buffalo Caesar salad (Yes, there’s an unintentional buffalo theme here.)
Savage Pizza: A slice topped with eggplant, caramelized onions, and Gruyere

oldandntheway

December 21st, 2010
11:31 pm

The pork belly sandwich at Souper Pan, best sandwich I’ve ever tasted.

C L J

December 21st, 2010
11:33 pm

Chicken Quesadillas at The Tamale Factory in Buford. Staple dish I’ve had many places, Tamale Factory’s are by far the best I’ve ever had. Just the right amount of chicken, cheese, and peppers. I was amazed at how good they are, YUM, will be going back for them soon.

art

December 21st, 2010
11:56 pm

Roast duck. Except it wasn’t here in Atlanta. It was in New York. The question that begins the paragraph should have said “in Atlanta,” not the last sentence in the paragraph. Otherwise, I would have said the scattered, smothered and covered hasbrown at WH.

RRA

December 22nd, 2010
12:43 am

Art, while I assume the roast duck you had in NYC was phenomenal, this IS the AJC site Access Atlanta. The heading is Best of the Big A. Not Best of the Big Apple… and Waffle House? really?
lame.

bigN

December 22nd, 2010
12:50 am

chili cheese steak with pimento cheese from the varsity!!!!! chased with an FO

Poca

December 22nd, 2010
3:49 am

I agree, salmon chips @ Two Urban Licks is something that I crave, ever since I first tried them earlier this year!

Rosie

December 22nd, 2010
4:38 am

Amazingly wonderful battered to perfection chili relleno at On The Border in Alpharetta. Sublime perfection.

Buddy

December 22nd, 2010
7:05 am

The Shrimp and Grits topped with cheese and the Gumbo at Freeman’s Low Country Fish Camp in Covington is the best around!

I want more!

December 22nd, 2010
7:20 am

Braised/Fried Pork Shank at Murphys in Virginia-Highlands.

ATL4real

December 22nd, 2010
7:27 am

prime rib at Highland Tap

FlyDelta

December 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Babette’s Cafe – The cassoulet. I wait all summer for this dish to return in the winter.

Katherine

December 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

The fried cheese at Kyma, the burger at holeman and finch, the #1 at farm burger

Nia

December 22nd, 2010
9:29 am

The Beet Salad at Holy Taco. AWESOME!!!

EMMA

December 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

Chicago Mix Popcorn at Cake Cafe Atlanta. The cheese popcorn is so cheesy!

RedSoxFan

December 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Feel sorry for you Stew, you much not get out much to think that Atlanta area has the worst food in the country. Just how many places have you been to in order to come to that conclusion?
The scallops over orecchiette pasta with baby spinach & an mushroom-truffle cream sauce at Aqua Terra Bistro in Buford is heavenly!

ADL

December 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Everything at the Varsity. Of course, it tastes better going down than coming back up!!!

Domer65

December 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

The Coconut Cream Pie at the German Bakery and Cafe in Decatur off Lawrenceville Hwy. Best I’ve ever had!!

Jess

December 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

The pork belly and the wild boar meatballs at the Iberian Pig.

JP

December 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

The 3 Little Pigs at 4th and Swift is really good too

Stew

December 22nd, 2010
10:12 pm

I have eaten in almost every state. If all you can comment on is scallops over orecchiette pasta with baby spinach & an mushroom-truffle cream sauce than you have never been to Pepe’s pizza in New Haven CN or had a real Philly cheasesteak. How about 2 fried eggs,bacon and cheese on a hard roll? Barbque in Lexington NC or Mexican in California. I don’t even want to comment on Chinese food either American or ethnic in Atlanta. Fried rice…NO? What about a bakery? I have lived here 22 years and have never seen one that I consider a real bakery. Publix has the best bread? Pizza and Italian food in Metro NY or Boston- nothing close in Atlanta. Sorry, I stand by my statement.