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When we’re looking for restaurant partners, we’re searching for the best of the best from trendy downtown restaurants to scrappy food trucks to hidden-gem mom and pops. We’re proud of our roster and each year we celebrate it with the Best of Fooda awards, asking you to choose your favorites. The votes are in, and here are your winners for Atlanta’s Best of Fooda 2019. 

Single Best Lunch: Dyvine BBQ

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Dyvine BBQ in Motion brings homestyle Southern cooking to all parts of the DC metro area. And no matter where they go, odds are they’re selling out of their handcrafted St. Louis-style ribs, smoked chicken leg quarters, mac and cheese, and fresh coleslaw made with a double-secret mayo and celery sauce. Other favorites include chopped chicken sandwiches served on potato bread and a light and fluffy banana pudding. Fun fact: Chef Derrick Wood is the culinary mastermind keeping Dyvine BBQ in Motion in motion, but when he isn’t serving fresh BBQ, he’s acting as the mayor of Dumfries, Virginia.

Best Asian: Rice Bar

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At Rice Bar foodies can enjoy bibimbap, a popular Korean dish which translates to “mixed rice.” The concept is simple and perfect for people who love to customize their lunch. It starts with a bowl of warm white or brown rice, then you add vegetables (choose from kale, cucumber, edamame, burdock root, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, carrots, corn, and zucchini), a sauce (try teriyaki, spicy peanut, sesame oil, soy sauce, a fermented red pepper paste called gochujang, or a fermented soybean paste called doenjang) and finally, a protein (tofu and bulgogi–thin, marinated slices of beef or pork–are classic choices). 

 Best Latin American: Pollo Campero

3229 14th Street NW

With 350 locations worldwide, it’s no wonder Pollo Campero has a loyal following. There’s a reason and it starts with all-natural chicken that’s breaded by hand and seasoned with a blend of citrus and herbs. Pick a combo of two, three, or four pieces (your choice of breasts, wings, legs, or thighs) then add your sides such as slow cooked black beans, coleslaw, and seasoned rice, followed by homemade flan. Vegetarians often enjoy the Street Corn Salad with peppers, cotija cheese, cherry tomatoes, pepitas, and vinaigrette or cilantro dressing.