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Suggest ‘Best of the Big A’ food topics


“My son’s birthday is next month. Tell me where can I get the best cupcakes.”

“My mother-in-law is coming for Thanksgiving. Where can I pick up some sides or casseroles? What about a turkey?”

“I have friends coming in town. Where’s the best landmark Atlanta restaurant to take them?”

“It’s our anniversary this weekend, where should we celebrate?”

These questions represent a sampling of those posed to our dining team on a regular basis. And they are precisely the types of questions answered by Best of the Big A.

Each week a new topic is presented and readers nominate their favorites in that category. The top nominees are then voted upon the following week. For food-related Best of the Big A topics, one of us from the dining team also submits our top picks. When the results post, you have access to both reader and critic picks, giving you an array of choices for each topic.

Shane Harrison, who brings us Best of the Big A, has asked for input on our next set of topics. What would you like to see? Maybe you’ve been wondering where to get a certain dish or maybe you have a spot you’d like to let people know about. Share your ideas below.

Just to recap, here is a summary of the food-related topics we’ve already visited over the past year.


–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

30 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2011
9:26 am

Biscuits… particularly breakfast biscuits filled with sausage, egg or country ham and gravy.


September 27th, 2011
10:50 am

chicken salad


September 27th, 2011
10:51 am

@Art..If you want fast food biscuits, to me BK has some pretty good ones..


September 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

What about Most Unique Eats (found only in Atlanta); Best Bar Food; Food/Restaurants/Bars As Seen on TV; Best Cheap Eats; Best Spot for Locals; Best Places to Eat Near Venues (the Fox, Lakewood, Braves Stadium, GA Dome, etc); Best Kept Secret Dining Spot; Best Place for Dessert; Best Place for a First Date;…


September 27th, 2011
12:17 pm

How about the Best Deli of the Big A? Now when I say Deli, I’m talking about something like a NY Carnegie or Katz’s Deli type of place – you know, a place with the 6″ high stacked pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. Perhaps with slabs of pastrami, prosciutto, and wonderful cheeses hanging from the ceiling. But, since we don’t have anything resembling that here, let’s use the closest approximation. Who knows, perhaps some publicity to this category may motivate a local entrepreneur to actually open a great Deli. If so, I’ll be customer number one.


September 27th, 2011
12:25 pm

Blue House in Norcross for anything
you want to serve others and get lots
of positive comments!


September 27th, 2011
1:45 pm

veggie burger


September 27th, 2011
2:21 pm

Buffao wings! (And the boneless ones don’t count!) I’m surprised you guys haven’t done one yet.


September 27th, 2011
2:26 pm

How about best oyster po-boy? If there is a great one in Atl, I haven’t found it.


September 27th, 2011
2:52 pm

For the best Hibachi/Sushi…try Miyako’s East west connector….They have great price’s too…


September 27th, 2011
3:03 pm

I think the AJC might do well to begin drilling down more into some of its previous topics. The current one on Mexican is an excellent case in point. What are we talking about when we say “Mexican” — Tex-Mex, “authentic” Mexican, etc.? Ditto for barbecue. Ribs? Brisket? Pulled pork?

I’m just saying that some of the surveys are a bit to general in focus to do justice to their topics.


September 27th, 2011
3:14 pm

I see that you have picked a best food truck/vendor, but how about an article about why people will wait forever in lines outside to order mediocre food (that has hopefully not sold out) at inflated prices and attempt to have a profound juggling act/dining experience with plastic cutlery while sucking exhaust on a curb?

Or best salted caramel anything? Whichever.


September 27th, 2011
3:19 pm

-Best lobster roll
-Best hidden gem for each city/area outside the perimeter. I.E. Douglasville, Lawrenceville, Newnan…
-Best cajun food
-Best fried chicken
I agree with @Art about Best biscuits. Art, if you are in Lawrenceville try out the Red Barn. The 1x a year I am in L’ville for breakfast I always stop by and get a massive egg biscuit.
-Best indian buffet
-Best wings
-Best homemade french fries

John Kessler

September 27th, 2011
3:34 pm

NomNom – Hahaha!

Jenny Turknett

September 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

Great suggestions here, thanks! And, Nathan, I hear you. Thanks for your input!


September 27th, 2011
5:06 pm

How about: “Best Caterer”


September 27th, 2011
9:45 pm

Don’t get me started on the “Best Cupcake” debacle… The problem with those “Best of Atlanta” blogs is the fact that staffers/family of certain establishments will inundate the blog. It is so ridiculously obvious. I gave up making any sense of those listings.

MMMMMMmmm. Foood

September 28th, 2011
10:21 am

Best Dive Bar

MMMMMMmmm. Foood

September 28th, 2011
10:23 am

Best Dining “landscape”.


September 28th, 2011
10:57 am


September 28th, 2011
11:15 am

Have they done best mac & cheese? And I agree with Amy – they need to do Best Veggie burger! How about Best Kid’s Meal? Best milkshake?

John Kessler

September 28th, 2011
11:38 am

MMMMmmm – have you seen the book “Food Landscapes?” May need to do a blog post on it.


September 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

Best $15 burger
Best offal
Best use of molecular gastronomy
Los mejores tacos al pastor
Best shrimp & grits
Best brisket
Best McRib
Best fermented food

Glenn: Jason’s Deli. Yeah, it’s a chain, but the Yankee is humongous.

Jenny Turknett

September 28th, 2011
1:20 pm

1164mgc – my daughter loves sampling my Best of the Big A items (cupcakes, chocolates, pie) and offering her opinion. She’d flip over mac & cheese (her favorite food). Veggie burger and kid’s meal are great suggestions also.

Typical Redneck

September 28th, 2011
2:09 pm

How about best cheessteak? I still haven’t found one worth going back for.

Typical Redneck

September 28th, 2011
2:10 pm



September 28th, 2011
2:44 pm

Caesar salad
Tuna salad sandwich
Onion rings
Pint of Guinness
Cheese plate
Smoked salmon
Lamb chops

MMMMMMmmm. Foood

September 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

John, I have not seen it. I peeked on Amazon and saw a book of illustrations of foodscapes, but that didn’t seem to be the correct one. I look into it harder.

It would be a great ongoing blog! From drive thu’s to destinations…..


September 28th, 2011
6:03 pm

@RK – I agree, for a chain, Jason’s is pretty good and they certainly don’t skimp on the portions. I’m from the south (mostly ATL) but did some time in NY (for my job, not Rikers Island) and the Deli’s there are just amazing. I’m drooling just thinking of that 6″ high pastrami on rye.


September 28th, 2011
6:32 pm

How about the classics:
Shrimp Cocktail
Caesar Salad (a second of MD’s suggestion)
Cobb Salad
French Onion Soup
Tomato Basil Soup
Dinner Rolls/Bread
Fried Chicken (second Stephen Z)
Fried Shrimp/Oysters
Short Ribs
Prime Rib
Cinammon Rolls
Bannan Pudding
Ice Tea