The Final Fork: We’ve got a Cinderella story on our hands

Voting for Round Five ends Thursday at 11 p.m.

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It’s time for the fifth round of our Final Fork contest, which brings us one step closer to determining Atlanta’s favorite restaurant. And it’s finally our eponymous Final Fork round! Drum roll, please… The contestants are:
Holeman and Finch Public House
Bacchanalia
JCT Kitchen & Bar
The Iberian Pig

That last entry may make you scratch your head, if only because it toppled Antico Pizza, revered by many for its transcendent Neapolitan pies. For those of you unfamiliar with the lively Decatur Square spot owned by the Castellucci Hospitality Group, our restaurant critic once wrote that Iberian Pig offered “busy, feel-good, in-the-vicinity-but-not-really Spanish food” and awarded it one star, which in our magazine means “good.” (This was in 2009, when it first opened. He also said that it had a commendable wine list and a fun environment.) The Pig is currently up against Bacchanalia, the only restaurant in our dining guide to which our critic ever awarded four stars (“superlative”).

You may recall that what I love most about our contest is that it’s about our readers’, not our critics’, favorite restaurant in the metro area. Plus, I’ve been looking for someone to topple Bacch. Next week, I may end up reporting that the Castelluccis have devoured Anne Quatrano’s gem. And if it can trounce Bacchanalia, what’s stopping it from reaching Number One?

What do you think? Are you a fan of this Cinderella story? Or are you more of an Evil Stepmother type? (J/k, not voting for the Pig doesn’t make you evil.) Cast your vote before Thursday at 11, and be entered to win one of our sweet prizes, including a Big Green Egg, a bottle of Richland Rum, and a $100 gift certificate to the Final Fork restaurant of your choice. Learn more about the prizes here.

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  1. maven

    April 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Bacchanalia is for old men in navy blazers and khaki slacks. Of course the food is still good, but “Anne Quatrano’s gem” is no longer an innovator. Chad Crete’s food at The Iberian Pig is just as good, but far more skillfully and regularly updated. The Castelluccis were also the first to field a truly first class female bartender, Lane Wooten, on a Friday night–a feat that hipster joints on Decatur Square seem unable to equal. The Iberian Pig can match H+F for cocktails, and JCT for food. What’s left for Bacchanalia? “Atmosphere”? Yeah, right. Out with the old, in with the newish. I say The Pig should win!