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TLC dominated the charts and tabloids

No Atlanta act bookended the decade better than TLC. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas burst onto the scene with their DayGlo fashions and a 1992 debut, "Ooooooohhh. . . On the TLC Tip."

Reboot: The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at Parish

From its misbegotten Louisiana focus to a dull farm-to-table phase, this Concentrics Restaurants child has seen more change than its Inman Park peers. This year marks its most successful effort: a modern American brasserie in the hands of Zeb Stevenson.

Buckhead Newbie: St. Cecilia

Ford Fry’s most glamorous effort is this tall, sinuous dining room across from Lenox Square that once housed Bluepointe. Local elite meet over solid cocktails for food that evokes the Italian Riviera.

Rising Star: Jarrett Stieber

He hasn’t even opened his own restaurant, but we’re already hooked. Stieber pops up in different kitchens and has tenure at Gato, but no matter the place, his cooking exudes both sense and sensibility.

Chamblee Newbie: Southbound

It’s all about the elements at this 100-year-old building that was formerly a Masonic lodge.

New Barbecue: The Pig & the Pearl

Amid the blandness of Atlantic Station dining, Todd Richards’s second restaurant (following the Shed at Glenwood) is a safe haven.

New Izakaya: Craft Izakaya

Krog Street Market has found a champion in this Japanese izakaya that pulses with inspired cooking and clubby music.

New Ethnic Find: Babylon Cafe

There’s nothing generic about Atlanta’s only Iraqi restaurant. A lentil soup bright with lemon, unctuous baba ghanoush, and excellent shawarma are just what we wish all Middle Eastern cooking would taste like.

New Restaurant: Lusca

The biggest splash of 2014 came from Angus Brown and Nhan Le of East Atlanta’s Octopus Bar. The new spot enjoys a lofty space, a superior cocktail bar with a proper wine list, a raw bar, and gracious service.

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