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Readers Poll

The results of City Paper readers' virtual town hall meeting

Posted 9/16/2009

Baltimore Living

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: the people
Best Reason to Leave Baltimore:
the crime
Best Neighborhood:
Canton
Best City Service:
weekly single-stream recycling pick-up
Best Local Landmark:
Washington Monument
Best Eyesore:
"Male/Female" by Jonathan Borofsky
Best Festival:
Artscape
Best Park:
Patterson Park
Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors:
Inner Harbor
Best Place to Take Kids:
National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org
Best Non-Art Museum:
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, (410) 727-4808, thebmi.org
Best Day Trip From Baltimore:
Washington, D.C.
Best Oriole:
Nick Markakis
Best Raven:
Ray Lewis

News And Media

Best Politician: Gov. Martin O'Malley
Best Politician in Need of a Slap Upside the Head:
Mayor Sheila Dixon
Best Do-Gooder:
Bea Gaddy Family Center
Best Local Scandal:
indictments of Sheila Dixon
Best Local Issue You're Sick of:
indictments of Sheila Dixon
Best Print Journalist:
Dan Rodricks, The Baltimore Sun
Best Local Publication:
City Paper
Best Local Blog:
Midnight Sun, baltimoresun.com
Best Baltimore-Related Web Site:
citypaper.com
Best Local Radio Personality:
Ed Norris, WHFS-FM (105.7)
Best Local TV News Person:
Stan Stovall, WBAL-TV (channel 11)
Best Local Sportscaster:
Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV (channel 13); ESPN Radio (1300 AM)

Goods And Services

Best Local Fashion Boutique: Doubledutch Boutique, 3616 Falls Road, (410) 554-0055. doubledutchboutique.com
Best Local Children's Clothing Store:
Corduroy Button, 1625 Thames St., (410) 276-5437
Best Shoe Store:
Ma Petite Shoe, 832 W. 36th St., (410) 235-3442, mapetiteshoe.com
Best Thrift or Consignment Store:
Fashion Attic, 1926 Fleet St., (410) 276-0817, thefashionattic.com
Best Local Furniture Store:
Su Casa, 901 S. Bond St., (410) 522-7010, esucasa.com
Best Local Hardware Store:
Falkenhan's Hardware, 3401 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-7771
Best "Adult" Store:
Sugar, 927 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632, sugartheshop.com
Best Independent Bookstore:
Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com
Best Local Place to Buy Music:
the Sound Garden, 1616 Thames St., (410) 563-9011, cdjoint.com
Best Liquor Store:
the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., (410) 467-7777, the-wine-source.com
Best Auto-Repair Shop:
Comprehensive Car Care, 923 Cathedral St., (410) 539-1068, comprehensivecarcare.com
Best Tattoo Parlor:
Baltimore Tattoo Museum, 1534 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5800, baltimoretattoomuseum.net
Best Place to Get a Haircut:
Sprout, 925 W. 36th St., (410) 235-2269, sproutsalon.com
Best Place to Work-Out:
Maryland Athletic Club, 110 W. Timonium Road, Timonium, (410) 453-9111; 655 President St., (410) 625-5000; 11212 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, (410) 584-7888; macwellness.com
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian:
Falls Road Animal Hospital, 6314 Falls Road, (410) 825-9100, fallsroad.com

Dining

Best New Restaurant: Blue Hill Tavern, 938 S. Conkling St., (443) 388-9363, bluehilltavern.com
Best Fancy Restaurant:
Charleston, 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com
Best Cheap Restaurant:
Sip and Bite, 2200 Boston St., (410) 675-7077
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians:
One World Café, 100 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-5777, one-world-café.com
Best Cup of Coffee:
Zeke's Coffee, 3003 Montebello Terrace, (443) 992-4388, zekescoffee.com
Best Brunch:
Miss Shirley's Café, 513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272; 750 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-5373; missshirleys.com
Best Place to Get Ice Cream:
Pitango Gelato, 802 S. Broadway, (410) 702-5828, pitangogelato.com
Best Pizza:
Matthew's Pizza, 3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755, matthewspizza.com
Best Crab House:
Bo Brooks, 2701 Boston St., (410) 588-0202, bobrooks.com
Best Crab Cake:
G&M Restaurant, 804 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, (410) 636-1777, gandmrestaurant.com
Best Greek:
Samos, 600 Oldham St., (410) 675-5292, samosrestaurant.com
Best Indian:
Akbar, 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com
Best Italian:
Sabatino's, 901 Fawn St., (410) 727-9414, sabatinos.com
Best Japanese:
Matsuri, 1105 S. Charles St., (410) 752-8561, matsuri.us
Best Latin:
Arcos, 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com
Best Middle Eastern:
the Helmand, 806 N. Charles St., (410) 752-0311, helmand.com
Best Thai:
Thai Arroy, 1019 Light St., (410) 385-8587, thaiarroy.com

Nightlife

Best Local Beer: Resurrection, the Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925, thebrewersart.com
Best Happy Hour:
Ra Sushi, 1390 Lancaster St., (410) 522-3200, rasushi.com
Best Neighborhood Bar:
The Dizz, 300 W. 30th St., (443) 869-5864, thedizzbaltimore.com
Best Dive Bar:
Mount Royal Tavern, 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 669-6686
Best Upscale Bar:
the Brewer's Art
Best Drunken Hook-Up Bar:
MaGerks Pub and Grill, 1061 S. Charles St., (410) 576-9230, magerks.com
Best Sports Bar:
ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St., (410) 685-3776, espnzone.com
Best Hipster Bar:
Rocket to Venus, 3360 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-7887, rockettovenus.com
Best Gay Bar:
the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069, clubhippo.com
Best Lesbian Bar:
Sappho's, 1001/1003 N. Charles St., (410) 752- 7133, centralstationpub.com
Best Karaoke:
Walt's Inn, 3201 O'Donnell St., (410) 327-1495, waltsinn.com
Best Jukebox:
Club Charles, 1724 N. Charles St., (410) 727-8815, theclubcharles.com
Best Bartender:
Russell de Ocampo, Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855, thewindupspace.com
Best Strip Joint:
Scores, 615 Fallsway, (410) 528-1117, scores-baltimore.com
Best Dance Club:
the Hippo
Best Club Night or Event:
Tax Lo (Sonar)

Arts And Entertainment

Best Band: Fools and Horses
Best Solo Music Artist:
Caleb Stine
Best Rock Club:
the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com
Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop:
Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., (410) 783-7888, sonarbaltimore.com
Best Underground Music Venue:
Floristree, myspace.com/flortistree
Best All-Ages Venue to See Bands:
Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-8854, ramsheadlive.com
Best Local Music Festival:
Artscape
Best Radio Station for Music:
WTMD-FM (89.7)
Best Movie Theater:
the Charles Theatre, 1711, N. Charles St., (410) 727-3456, thecharles.com
Best Film Festival/Series:
Maryland Film Festival
Best Local Theater Company:
Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave., (443) 844-9253, singlecarrot.com
Best Dance Company:
the Collective, 3618 Falls Road, Suite 200, (443) 257-3844, collective-dance.com
Best Drag Performer:
Justin Credible
Best Multi-use Arts Space:
Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org
Best Place to See Art:
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, avam.org
Best Visual Artist:
Larry Poncho Brown
Best Local Author:
Laura Lippman

Miscellaneous

Best Reason We Should Invite You to the Best of Baltimore Party: "I gave McNulty a handjob once," Andy Higgins ?

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