Best of Atlanta 2015

Cycling Instructor: Keith Thompson

Thompson’s unusual approach breaks all the rules of spinning, which is why videos of his dance party–style classes have gone viral among indoor cycling devotees.
Best of Atlanta 2015

English Accents: The Shop on Paces

After opening and closing a half dozen or so antique and home accessory shops, owner Stephen Barnwell knows the ups and downs of retail.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Restaurateur of the Year: Ford Fry

Since last November, Fry has launched four restaurants—including his first in Houston, State of Grace—with another three slated to open by 2016.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Restaurant for Vegetarians: Madras Mantra

Narendra Patel, who ran the magical Madras Saravana Bhavan years ago with his wife, Sonal, has returned to the same location, serving South Indian specialties like crisp, buttery dosas stuffed with spicy potatoes and housemade paneer in spinach sauce.
Elite Edge Fitness Center

Bootcamps: Elite Edge Fitness Center

In the open workout room at Elite Edge, it’s not unusual to see NFL hopefuls sweating through agility drills on one end while muscle-bound moms perform medicine ball tosses on the other.
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Bartender of the Year: Cole Younger Just, Last Word

No other cocktail list this year felt as intentional yet whimsical as the one that Just built at this late-night Lebanese restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Burger: Bones

When this lunch-only half-pounder from Atlanta’s oldest steakhouse topped our burger list last January, some readers were flummoxed. But we’ve yet to find another patty so loosely ground, so supremely beefy, and so consistently cooked (order it medium-rare, always).
Best of Atlanta 2015

Cruisers: Intown Bicycles

No bike store is better positioned than the Piedmont Park– and Atlanta BeltLine–adjacent Intown Bicycles.
Best of Atlanta 2015

Spooky Sightseeing: Roswell Ghost Tour

In this two-and-a-half-hour walking tour, paranormal investigators lead you through Historic Roswell’s most haunted locales after dark.

Wine Shop: Perrine’s

There are plenty of places to find quality wine in Atlanta, but Perrine Prieur is the only shop owner who can claim to have grown up among the grapes that she sells.

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