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Top Choice Fusion in Atlanta

Octopus Bar

Leave your hang-ups at the hotel – this is punk-rock dining – and get to know what's good at this indoor-outdoor patio dive nuanced with graffed-up walls and ethereal electronica. No reservations, so line up early, …
Top Choice Modern American in Atlanta

Gunshow

Celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie's latest light-bulb moment is an unorthodox evening out. Guests choose between over a dozen or so smallish dishes, dreamed up by chefs in the open kitchen, who then hawk their blood, s…
Top Choice American in Atlanta

Dish Dive

Located in an unmarked house near some railroad tracks, Dish Dive is probably cooler than you. The great thing is, it doesn't care. Anyone is welcome here, and the food – fresh, seasonal cuisine like local catfish w…
Top Choice Barbecue in Savannah

B's Cracklin' BBQ

This is very good barbecue. Pit master Bryan Furman left his job as a welder to raise his own hogs and source local ingredients for homemade sides. The result is smoky heaven: melting brisket, falling-off-the-bone r…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island National Seashore

An unspoiled paradise, a backpacker's fantasy, a site for day trips or extended stays – it's clear why the Carnegie family used Cumberland as a retreat long ago. Almost half of its 36,415 acres consists of marsh, mu…
Top Choice Bar in Atlanta

Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium

This cradle of Edgewood's bar revival fosters a church theme, but it's nothing like Westminster Abbey. Sacrilegious art peppers every patch of free wall space, the kind of offensive stuff that starts wars in some pa…
Top Choice Music in Atlanta

Criminal Records

This throwback record store is stacked wall to wall with a library's worth of new pop, soul, jazz and metal, on CD or vinyl. They have a fun music-related book section, and a great collection of comic books and grap…
Top Choice Pub in Atlanta

Argosy

This East Atlanta gastropub nails it with an extensive list of rare craft beers, awesome bar food and a vibe that invites you to stay for the rest of the evening. The multi-angled bar snakes its way through a rustic…
Top Choice Seafood in Atlanta

The Optimist

In a short space, we could never do this Westside sustainable seafood mecca justice. In a word, astonishing! Start with red curry mussels, then move on to a duck-fat-poached swordfish or razor clam chowder with baco…
Top Choice Historic Site in Savannah

Wormsloe Plantation Historic Site

A short drive from downtown, on the beautiful Isle of Hope, this is one of the most photographed sites in town. As soon as you enter, you feel as if you've been roused from the last snatch of an arboreal dream as yo…