a long battle with cancer; and Bill Armstrong, 42, owner of Burly Bakers, who is gay, suffered congestive heart failure in May and likely needs a heart transplant.
Last year’s runner-up is this year’s top vote getter as (www.landmarkdiner.com) beats out the competition. Its motto is “Where Stars Meet At Night” and this is the place to be to soak up some booze or cure the munchies after partying all night, whether a Saturday or a Tuesday. Open 24 hours, the diner’s menu includes dozens of dishes covering everything from egg platters to a Thanksgiving-inspired oven-roasted turkey platter to Greek specialties such as Greek Souviaki (two skewers of marinated pork), Moussaka (eggplant with sliced potatoes and seasoned ground beef) and, of course, Spanakopita.
(www.rthomasdeluxegrill.net) comes in second with third place going to
The gay owner of this restaurant and his sweet mother have been running this LGBT hot spot for nearly two decades. Las Margaritas (lasmargaritasmidown. com) is the place to go for Latin fusion food coupled with all kinds of fun, including the Crazy Bitch Bingo. Mexican specialties range from Stuffed Crabmeat Chile Relleno to Carnitas to Flautas Supremas. A veggie menu is available.
Second place goes to (www.lahaciendamidtown.com) and
takes third. TWISTED SOUL
If you haven’t tried Twisted Soul in Decatur (www.twistedsoulkitchenandbar) then you are missing out on one of metro Atlanta’s best dining experiences. This is Southern dining at its finest, with its already famous Southern Marinated Fried Chicken. There’s also the Cocoa Crusted Rack of Lamb, but don’t shy away from the divine Seafood Mac-N-Cheese (with lobster, shrimp and crawfish tails). And can we get an “amen” for the bar, where mixologists pour signature moonshine cocktails and drinks named the Butter Pecan Shooter and the Sweet Pot Pie Martini.
(www.maxswinedive. com) nabs second and (www. dragonbowlatl.com) finishes in the third spot.