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December 2011: Best of Atlanta

FEATURES
Best of Atlanta
Our annual celebration of the city's best restaurants, shops, people, and activities is available on newsstands throughout Atlanta.
> See the list-in-progress as we reveal a few winners a day
> Explore our full list of Hall of Fame honorees from the past three years
> Check out eight superlative new food trucks
> Read about all the winners right now with our digital edition
 

MORE IN THE MAGAZINE
All of our Best of Atlanta winners · The Loecken family's mission · Direct flights to Havana · Emory's online religion magazine · Atlantic Station's renaissance · Champagne's for New Year's · Holiday gifts for him and her from local boutiques · A hot real estate website comes to town · A Smyrna artist's picturesque studio
Solid Ground
Crushed under a house and left for dead after the Haiti earthquake, Roovens Monchil survived with help from strangers. Months later, they found each other again in Atlanta.

By Charles Bethea

FOOD & DINING
Review Richard Blais's HD1
Column Finding solace at restaurants' chummy bars
Recipe Joshua Hopkins's roasted quail
> GALLERY: Photos of the recipe, from start to finish

LIFE & STYLE

Style Buckhead's Morgan Kylee wants to spice up the scene
Abode Swanky digs at the St. Regis
> GALLERY: Rooms by Patricia McLean and Suzanne Kasler
Home Phipps's new home boutique, Arhaus
Real Estate
Villa del Sol is for sale
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GALLERY: Shots from the $1,799,000 estate
Travel The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation
Culture The ex-Georgia warden who tried to stop the execution of Troy Davis speaks out
History GSU's Great Speckled Bird flies again
> GALLERY: Covers from throughout the paper's history

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Best Bets Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker, My Fair Lady, a very Celtic ASO
Arts
A trip to the Goat Farm
Entertainment Homespun literary events pop up all over town

Music Rapping with eight-year-old MattyB
Books
The best Georgia books of 2011

COLUMNS
Hollis Gillespie An alleged stepfather's last gamble
Rich Eldredge An interview with the Phipps Santa
Deborah Geering An online shop sells locally made products
Flash Back Atlanta's "Berlin Wall"
Editor's Note Thoughts on our Best of Atlanta feature