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Favorite dish of 2012

chicken.1018fdYou missed it and now it’s back. The fried chicken at the re-opened Watershed was your pick for favorite dish of 2012. Staff photo

1. Fried chicken at Watershed on Peachtree
It seems you really missed this one while it was gone. The original Watershed in Decatur closed in 2011 but re-opened in it’s new Buckhead spot in May 2012. While chef Joe Truex has breathed new life into the restaurant by integrating his own culinary personality into the menu, the beloved fried chicken remains from Scott Peacock’s long reign in the kitchen.

2. Brisket at Grand Champion BBQ
3. Lewis Grizzard Special at Sprayberry’s Barbecue
4. Pork belly tacos at Iberian Pig
5. Oven roasted mushrooms over creamy polenta at Local Three

080312dineGoujonettes of catfish at Watershed. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Goujonettes of catfish at Watershed on Peachtree
The goujonettes of catfish with the pepper slaw is a play on the goujonettes of sole Truex prepared at Le Cirque in the late 80’s.
These salty fried fingers of North Carolina catfish, so tender and clean tasting with none of the catfish muddiness, leave not a speck of grease on my fingers as I greedily snatch more than my share.”

nomaFried reindeer moss at Noma in Denmark
Chief Dining Critic John Kessler says, “This famous Danish restaurant serves fried reindeer moss that shatter into hundreds of crisp filaments and fill your mouth with something you recognize from ever having played in the woods, but never thought of as a flavor. It makes you want to kiss the person you’re dining with on the lips.”


Salt and pepper shrimp at Octopus Bar in East Atlanta
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Whole shrimp, served flash fried with the heads on, should not be missed at the East Atlanta late-night spot, Octopus Bar. The crunchy shells and salty fried shrimp heads pack a ton of flavor, and no trip to Octopus Bar is complete without a bowl or two to share.”

Cookies 022Cherry Ginger Explosion cookie at the Cookie Studio in Decatur
Keeper of Best of the Big A Shane Harrison says, “I feel like I’m gaining weight just breathing the delicious-smelling air at the Cookie Studio. It’s the Cherry Ginger Explosion cookie that brings me back again and again. It manages to be both crispy and chewy, a kick of spice surrounding the tart bursts of cherry.”

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Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012
1:32 pm

My favorite dishes that stood out the most this year include the crispy long beans with a buttermilk-dill mignonette and the beignets with a bourbon praline sauce from The Optimist. Also, I’m not much of an oyster fan but the “oysters & pearls” at The Spence were incredible and very unique.


December 31st, 2012
8:13 pm

“Very unique” = “very pregnant”

Old lady from Dekalb

December 31st, 2012
10:54 pm

I just love Key Lime Cake, banana pudding (homemade) and a good old chilli dog.


January 1st, 2013
1:59 am

I’ve eaten some good stuff in various restaurants around town, but as strange as it may sound I think the best was at Matthews in Tucker. Whether it is the Turkey & Dressing, Fried Pork Chop, Fried Chicken or various vegetables I always enjoy my meal there. Yes, I will admit some of their items miss the mark a little, but overall it’s just good traditional food in an old Southern environment.


January 1st, 2013
6:19 am

Green chili burrito from Bell Street Burritos
Tuna at The Optimist
Fish Tibs and vegetarian platter at Desta


January 1st, 2013
10:03 am

Fried chicken at the Collinade
shrimp tacos at Six feet under


January 1st, 2013
1:00 pm

Pork Belly Tacos – Iberian Pig


January 1st, 2013
3:41 pm

ANYTHING on the menu @ Houston’s!!! Yummy!!! :)


January 1st, 2013
6:03 pm

Lewis Grizzard platter at Sprayberry’s in Newnan. Redneck heaven.

Bama Man

January 1st, 2013
6:13 pm

Here’s my top 3- 1) Brisket from Grand Champion BBQ 2) San Gennaro from Antico 3) Bone in Ribeye from Hal’s


January 1st, 2013
6:37 pm

What could be more wonderful than Ted’s Montana Grill’s Beans and Rice Soup and their Chopped Salad?


January 1st, 2013
7:24 pm

I can’t stop thinking about the oven roasted mushrooms over creamy polenta at Local 3. Really fabulous dish.


January 1st, 2013
8:17 pm

Chicken and Shrimp Peri Peri at Georgia Shrimp Company in Peachtree City!! Worth the drive if you live in Atlanta!


January 2nd, 2013
4:55 am

Greens and butternut squash at Community Q


January 2nd, 2013
7:38 am

Grilled swordfish with jalapeno pesto, creamed cauliflower and roasted asparagus — Bat and Ball. Alas, it was a one-time special.


January 2nd, 2013
1:56 pm

The fried chicken at Watershed on Peachtree!


January 3rd, 2013
12:18 pm

Love the esquite, al pastor taco, & beef barbacoa taco at Bone Garden Cantina. The pot roast (and everything we ate) at The Spence was delicious! :)


January 3rd, 2013
4:17 pm

Chicharrones at Abattoir! They are absolutely delicious – almost like a savory, pork-flavored version of cotton candy, served with a side of hot sauce for just the right amount of kick.