Last Friday, the folks over at Creative Loafing came out with their annual “Best Of Atlanta” issue, and the food awards looked quite a bit different from years past. The critics gave up on the usual categories and proposed a smaller, more curated and far quirkier list of bests. However, readers did vote in more traditional categories.
The headliners: The critics’ pick for Best Overall Restaurant went to Holeman & Finch Public House. Their Best New Restaurant was Antico Pizza Napoletana. Bacchanalia? Not even mentioned.
“I tried to think about it differently,” said CL’s food editor Besha Rodell. “I asked myself, ‘What were the best things about this year? What did I get excited about?’ They weren’t places that fit into those traditional categories.”
Rodell said it boiled down to a question of relevance for her readers, and the fanciest restaurants weren’t necessarily the ones that her readers cared about. “We’ve always done those traditional categories in the past, but it tends to be the same stuff over and over. I wanted to give the awards to the stuff we were worked up about, that we wanted to eat over and over again.”
What’s your best overall restaurant in Atlanta?
Holeman & Finch? Rathbun’s (the choice made by Creative Loafing readers)? Bacchanalia? Restaurant Eugene?