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2012 Best of Baltimore

Readers Poll

The results are in and and the votes have been counted from the 2012 Best of Baltimore Readers Poll

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Baltimore Living

Best Reason To Live In Baltimore

1) People
2) Affordable

Best Reason To Leave Baltimore

1) Crime
2) Taxes

Best Neighborhood

1) Hampden
2) Mt. Vernon

Best Place To Work

1) Under Armour
2) Johns Hopkins Hospital

Best Local Landmark

1) Washington Monument
2) Fort McHenry

Best Festival

1) Artscape
2) Hampdenfest

Best Park

1) Patterson Park
2) Druid Hill Park

Best Place To Go Running

1) Patterson Park
2) Lake Montebello

Best Place To Go Biking

1) NCR Trail
2) Druid Hill Park

Best Place To Do Yoga

1) Charm City Yoga (multiple locations, charmcityyoga.com)
2) Baltimore Yoga Village

Best Attraction

1) Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St., [410] 576-3800, aqua.org)
2) Inner Harbor

Best Place To Take Out Of Town Visitors

1) Inner Harbor
2) Fells Point

Best Place To Take Kids

1) Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St., [410] 576-3800, aqua.org)
2) Port Discovery

Best Day Trip From Baltimore

1) DC
2) Annapolis

Best Free Thing To Do In Baltimore

1) BMA (10 Art Museum Drive, [443] 573-1700, artbma.org)
2) Inner Harbor

Best Public Transportation Service

1) Charm City Circulator
2) Lightrail

Best Oriole

1) Adam Jones
2) Cal Ripken Jr.

Best Raven

1) Ray Lewis
2) Ray Rice

 

News & Media

Best Politician

1) Martin O’Malley
2) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Best Politician In Need Of A Slap Upside The Head

1) Martin O’Malley
2) Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Best Do-Gooder

1) Adam Van Bavel
2) Ray Rice

Best Troublemaker

1) Kevin Blackistone
2) Adam Meister

Best Local Cause

1) Barcs (301 Stockholm St., [410] 396-4695, baltimoreanimalshelter.org)
2) Charm City Animal Rescue

Best Local Issue You’re Sick Of

1) Gambling (Slots/Casinos/Gambling)
2) Grand Prix

Best Journalist

1) Justin Fenton
2) Dan Rodricks

Best Local Publication

1) City Paper
2) Urbanite

Best Local Blog

1) City That Breeds
2) Baltimore Brew

Best Twitter Feed

1) @Justin_fenton
2) @Citythatbreeds

Best Baltimore-Related Web Site

1) baltimorebrew.com
2) citypaper.com

Best Local Radio Personality

1) Marc Steiner
2) Ed Norris

Best Local Tv Newsperson

1) Stan Stovall
2) Marty Bass

Best Local Meteorologist

1) Bob Turk
2) Marty Bass

Best Local Sportscaster

1) Gerry Sandusky
2) Keith Mills

Goods & Services

Best Local Fashion Boutique

1) Double Dutch(3616 Falls Road, [410] 554-0055, doubledutchboutique.com)
2) Hunting Ground

Best Jewelry Store

1) Smyth (multiple locations, smythjewelers.com)
2) Zelda Zen

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store

1) Urban Baby (3608 Falls Road, [410] 366-2270, urbanbabyrunway.com)
2) Corduroy Button

Best Shoe Store

1) Ma Petite Shoe (832 W. 36th St., [410] 235-3442, mapetiteshoe.com)
2) Poppy And Stella

Best Eyewear

1) Eye Candy 849 W. 36th St., [410]889-0607
2) Paris West Optical

Best Thrift Or Consignment Store

1) Goodwill (multiple locations, goodwill.org)
2) Fashion Attic

Best Place To Buy Gifts

1) Trohv (921 W. 36th St., [410]366-3456, trohvshop.com)
2) In Watermelon Sugar

Best Local Furniture Store

1) Su Casa (901 S. Bond St. #1, [410] 522-7010, sucasa-furniture.com)
2) Trohv

Best Home Accessories Store

1) Trohv (921 W. 36th St., [410]366-3456, trohvshop.com)
2) Su Casa

Best Local Hardware Store

1) Falkenhan’s (3401 Chestnut Ave., [410] 235-7771, falkenhanshardware.com)
2) Ace Hardware

Best Adult Store

1) Sugar (927 W. 36th St., [410] 467-2632, sugartheshop.com)
2) Chained Desires

Best Independent Bookstore

1) Atomic Books (3620 Falls Road, [410] 662-4444, atomicbooks.com)
2) Red Emma’s

Best Local Place To Buy Music

1) Sound Garden (1616 Thames St., [410]563-9011, cdjoint.com
2) Record & Tape Traders

Best Liquor Store

1) Wine Source (3601 Elm Ave., [410] 467-7777, the-wine-source.com)
2) Beltway Liquors

Best Grocery

1) Whole Foods (multiple locations, wholefoodsmarket.com)
2) Harris Teeter

Best Ethnic Grocery

1) H Mart (800 N. Rolling Road, [443] 612-9020, hmart.com).
2) Trinacria

Best Place To Buy Produce

1) Waverly Farmer’s Market (32ndstreetmarket.org)
2) Baltimore Farmer’s Market

Best Csa

1) One Straw Farm (19718 Kirkwood Shop Road, [410] 343-1828, onestrawfarm.com)
2) Baltimorganic

Best Bike Shop

1) Joe’s Bike Shop (multiple locations, joesbikeshop.com)
2) Baltimore Bicycle Works

Best Realtor/Realty Company

1) Long & Foster (multiple locations, longandfoster.com)
2) Star Property Management

Best Tattoo Parlor

1) Baltimore Tattoo Museum (1534 Eastern Ave., [410] 552-5800, baltimoretattoomuseum.net)
2) Konkrete Jungle

Best Place To Get A Haircut

1) Sprout ( 925 W. 36th St., [410] 235-2269, sproutsalon.com)
2) Chop Shop

Best Place To Workout

1) MAC (multiple locations, macwellnes.com)
2) Charm City Yoga

Best Pet Supply

1) Howl (3531 Chestnut Ave., [410] 235-2469, howlbaltimore.com)
2) Dogma

Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian

1) Falls Road Animal Hospital (6314 Falls Road, [410] 825-9500, fallsroad.com)
2) Light Street Animal Hospital

Best Health Care Provider

1) Chase Brexton, (1001 Cathedral St., [410] 836-2050, chasebrexton.org)
2) Johns Hopkins

Dining

Best New Restaurant

1) Food Market (1017 W. 36th St., [410] 366-0606, thefoodmarketbaltimore.com)
2) Fork & Wrench

Best Fancy Restaurant

1) Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road #126, [410] 464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com)
2) Charleston

Best Cheap Restaurant

1) Golden West (1105 W. 36th St., [410] 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com)
2) Samos

Best Romantic Restaurant

1) Woodberry Kitchen (2010 Clipper Park Road #126, [410] 464-8000, woodberrykitchen.com)
2) Pazo

Best Restaurant For Vegetarians

1) One World Café (100 W. University Parkway, [410] 235-5777, one-world-cafe.com)
2) Liquid Earth

Best Chef

1) Cindy Wolf (Charleston)
2) Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen)

Best Food Truck

1) Gypsy Queen (@thegypsytruck)
2) Kooper’s Chowhound

Best Local Foodie Product

1) Berger Cookies
2) Old Bay

Best Cup Of Coffee

1) Zeke’s (zekescoffee.com)
2) Spro

Best Breakfast

1) Miss Shirley’s (multiple locations, missshirleys.com)
2) Blue Moon Cafe

Best Brunch

1) Miss Shirley’s (multiple locations, missshirleys.com)
2) Woodberry Kitchen

Best Bagel

1) Greg’s Bagels (519 E. Belvedere Ave., [410] 323-9463)
2) THB

Best Desserts

1) Vaccaro’s (multiple locations, vaccarospastry.com)
2) Woodberry Kitchen

Best Place To Get Ice Cream

1) Pitango Gelato (802 S. Broadway, [410] 236-0741, pitangogelato.com)
2) Uncle Wiggly’s

Best Crab House

1) L.P. Steamers (1100 E. Fort Ave., [410] 576-9294, lpsteamers.com)
2) Canton Dockside

Best Crab Cake

1) G&M (804 Hammonds Ferry Road, [410] 636-1777, gandmcrabcakes.com)
2) Faidley Seafood

Best Barbecue

1) Andy Nelson’s (11007 York Road, [410] 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com)
2) Big Bad Wolf

Best Burger

1) Hamilton Tavern (5517 Harford Road, [410] 426-1930, hamiltontavern.com)
2) Abbey Burger Bistro

Best Pizza

1) Joe Squared (multiple locations, joesquared.com)
2) Iggie’s

Best Hot Dog

1) Stuggy’s (809 S. Broadway, [410] 327-0028, stuggys.com)
2) Haute Dog

Best Taco

1) Tortilleria Sinaloa (1716 Eastern Ave., [410] 276-3141, tortilleria-sinaloa.com)
2) Holy Frijoles

Best Indian

1) Akbar (823 N. Charles S., [410] 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com)
2) Darbar

Best Italian

1) La Scala (1012 Eastern Ave., [410] 783-9029, lascaladining.com)
2) Grano

Best Japanese

1) Minato (1013 N. Charles St., [410] 332-0332, minatosushibar.com)
2) Matsuri

Best Korean

1) Nam Kang (2126 Maryland Ave., [410] 685-6237)
2) Jong Kak

Best Latin

1) Talara (615 S. President St., [410] 582-9883, talarabaltimore.com)
2) Arcos

Best Middle Eastern

1) Helmand (806 N. Charles St., [410] 752-0311, helmand.com)
2) Lebanese Taverna

Best Thai

1) Thai Arroy (1019 Light St., [410] 385-8587, thaiarroy.com)
2) Thai Restaurant

Best Vietnamese

1) Mekong Delta (105 W. Saratoga St., [410] 244-8677)
2) Pho Dat Thanh

Best Deli

1) Attman’s (1019 E. Lombard St., [410] 536-2666, attmansdeli.com)
2) Trinacria

Best Tapas

1) Tapas Teatro (1711 N. Charles St. [410] 332-0110, tapasteatro.com)
2) Pazo

Best Outdoor Dining

1) Little Havana (1325 Key Highway, [410]837-9903, littlehavanas.com)
2) Tapas Teatro

Best Late-Night Dining

1) Paper Moon (227 W. 29th St., [410] 889-4444, papermoondiner24.com)
2) Sip N Bite

Nightlife

Best Local Beer

1) Natty Boh
2) Heavy Seas

Best Happy Hour

1) Ra Sushi (1390 Lancaster St., [410] 522-3200, rasushi.com)
2) Scores

Best Bar Station North/Mount Vernon

1) Brewer’s Art (1106 N. Charles St., [410] 547-6195, thebrewersart.com)
2) Club Charles

Best Bar Charles Village/Remington

1) The Dizz (300 W. 30th St., [410] 869-5864, thedizzbaltimore.com)
2) Ottobar

Best Bar Fells Point

1) Max’s Taphouse (737 S. Broadway, [410] 675-6297, maxs.com)
2) Rye

Best Bar Federal Hill/Locust Point

1) Idle Hour (201 E. Fort Ave., [410] 468-0357)
2) Pub Dog

Best Bar Inner Harbor/Downtown

1) Alewife (21 N. Eutaw St., [410] 545-5112, alewifebaltimore.com
2) James Joyce

Best Bar Canton

1) Nacho Mama’s (2907 O’Donnell St., [410] 675-0898, nachomamascanton.com)
2) Looney’s

Best Bar Highlandtown

1) Laughing Pint (3531 Gough St., [410] 342-6544, laughinpint.com
2) Annabel Lee’s

Best Bar Hamilton/Lauraville

1) Hamilton Tavern (5517 Harford Road, [410] 426-1930, hamiltontavern.com)
2) Clementine

Best Bar Hampden

1) Rocket to Venus (3360 Chestnut Ave., [410] 235-7887, rockettovenus.com)
2) Golden West

Best Bar Mount Washington/Belvedere Square

1) Grand Cru (527 E. Belvedere Ave., [410] 464-1944, grandcrubaltimore.com)
2) Crush

Best Dive Bar

1) Mt. Royal Tavern (1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., [410] 669-6686)
2) Bad Decisions

Best Upscale Bar

1) Wit & Wisdom (200 International Drive, [410] 576-5800, witandwisdombaltimore.com
2) Pazo

Best Wine Bar

1) 13.5% Wine Bar (1117 W. 36th St., [410] 889-1064, 13.5winebar.com)
2) Grand Cru

Best Sports Bar

1) Turp’s (1317 N. Charles St., [410] 347-0349, turpsonline.com
2) Mother’s

Best Gay Bar

1) Hippo ( 1 W. Eager St., [410] 547-0069, clubhippo.com)
2) Grand Central

Best Karaoke Night

1) Walt’s Inn (3201 O’Donnell St.,[410] 327-1495, waltsinn.com)
2) Long John’s

Best Jukebox

1) Club Charles (1724 N. Charles St., [410] 727-8815)
2) Rocket to Venus

Best Bartender

1) Heather Ray (Scores)
2) Ginny Lawhorn (Landmark)

Best Strip Joint

1) Scores (615 The Fallsway, [410] 528-1117, scores-baltimore.com
2) Ritz

Best Dance Club

1) The Get Down (701 S. Bond St., [443] 708-3564
2) Depot

Best Regularly Occurring Club Night

1) F#@K The Rent (Depot)
2) Deep in the Game (Hippo)

Arts & Entertainment

Best Rock Band

1) Wye Oak
2) Loving the Lie

Best HiP-Hop Act

1) Height with Friends
2) AK Slaughter

Best Place To Hear Rock

1) Rams Head Live (20 Market Place, [410] 244-1131, ramsheadlive.com)
2) Ottobar

Best Place To Hear Hip-Hop

1) Soundstage (124 Market Place, [410] 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com)
2) The Windup Space

Best Underground Music Venue

1) Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St., [410] 662-0069, theottobar.com)
2) Floristree

Best All-Ages Venue To See Bands

1) Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St., [410] 662-0069, theottobar.com)
2) Pier 6

Best Local Music Festival

1) Scapescape
2) Artscape

Best Radio Station For Music

1) WTMD
2) 98 Rock

Best Movie Theater

1) The Charles (1711 N. Charles St., [410] 727-3464, thecharles.com
2) Landmark East

Best Film Festival/Series

1) Maryland Film Festival
2) Gunky’s Basement

Best Local Theater Company

1) Single Carrot (122 W. N. Ave., [443] 844-9253, singlecarrot.com)
2) Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Best Dance Company

1) Effervescent Collective
2) The Collective

Best Drag Performer

1) Paco Fish
2) Ellen Degenerate

Best Multi-Use Arts Space

1) Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave., [410] 276-1651, creativealliance.org)
2) Metro Gallery

Best Place To See Art

1) AVAM (800 Key Highway, [410] 244-1900, avam.org)
2) BMA

Best Visual Artist

1) Amy Boone-McCreesh
2) Liam Gideon

Best Local Cartoonist/Illustrator

1) Alex Fine
2) Dina Kelberman

Best Local Author

1) Laura Lippman
2) Tom Clancy / John Waters

Best Comedy Club

1) Magooby’s (9603 Deereco Road, [410] 252-2727, magoobys.com)
2) Comedy Factory

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