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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:
Best City Service:
weekly single-stream recycling pick-up
Best Local Landmark:
Washington Monument
Best Eyesore:
"Male/Female" by Jonathan Borofsky
Best Festival:
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,
Best Non-Art Museum:
Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, (410) 727-4808,
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,
Best Baltimore-Related Web Site:
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.
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,
Best Thrift or Consignment Store:
Fashion Attic, 1926 Fleet St., (410) 276-0817,
Best Local Furniture Store:
Su Casa, 901 S. Bond St., (410) 522-7010,
Best Local Hardware Store:
Falkenhan's Hardware, 3401 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-7771
Best "Adult" Store:
Sugar, 927 W. 36th St., (410) 467-2632,
Best Independent Bookstore:
Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444,
Best Local Place to Buy Music:
the Sound Garden, 1616 Thames St., (410) 563-9011,
Best Liquor Store:
the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., (410) 467-7777,
Best Auto-Repair Shop:
Comprehensive Car Care, 923 Cathedral St., (410) 539-1068,
Best Tattoo Parlor:
Baltimore Tattoo Museum, 1534 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5800,
Best Place to Get a Haircut:
Sprout, 925 W. 36th St., (410) 235-2269,
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;
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian:
Falls Road Animal Hospital, 6314 Falls Road, (410) 825-9100,


Best New Restaurant: Blue Hill Tavern, 938 S. Conkling St., (443) 388-9363,
Best Fancy Restaurant:
Charleston, 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373,
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,
Best Brunch:
Miss Shirley's Café, 513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272; 750 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-5373;
Best Place to Get Ice Cream:
Pitango Gelato, 802 S. Broadway, (410) 702-5828,
Best Pizza:
Matthew's Pizza, 3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755,
Best Crab House:
Bo Brooks, 2701 Boston St., (410) 588-0202,
Best Crab Cake:
G&M Restaurant, 804 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, (410) 636-1777,
Best Greek:
Samos, 600 Oldham St., (410) 675-5292,
Best Indian:
Akbar, 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944,
Best Italian:
Sabatino's, 901 Fawn St., (410) 727-9414,
Best Japanese:
Matsuri, 1105 S. Charles St., (410) 752-8561,
Best Latin:
Arcos, 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777,
Best Middle Eastern:
the Helmand, 806 N. Charles St., (410) 752-0311,
Best Thai:
Thai Arroy, 1019 Light St., (410) 385-8587,


Best Local Beer: Resurrection, the Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925,
Best Happy Hour:
Ra Sushi, 1390 Lancaster St., (410) 522-3200,
Best Neighborhood Bar:
The Dizz, 300 W. 30th St., (443) 869-5864,
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,
Best Sports Bar:
ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St., (410) 685-3776,
Best Hipster Bar:
Rocket to Venus, 3360 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-7887,
Best Gay Bar:
the Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069,
Best Lesbian Bar:
Sappho's, 1001/1003 N. Charles St., (410) 752- 7133,
Best Karaoke:
Walt's Inn, 3201 O'Donnell St., (410) 327-1495,
Best Jukebox:
Club Charles, 1724 N. Charles St., (410) 727-8815,
Best Bartender:
Russell de Ocampo, Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8855,
Best Strip Joint:
Scores, 615 Fallsway, (410) 528-1117,
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,
Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop:
Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St., (410) 783-7888,
Best Underground Music Venue:
Best All-Ages Venue to See Bands:
Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-8854,
Best Local Music Festival:
Best Radio Station for Music:
WTMD-FM (89.7)
Best Movie Theater:
the Charles Theatre, 1711, N. Charles St., (410) 727-3456,
Best Film Festival/Series:
Maryland Film Festival
Best Local Theater Company:
Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Ave., (443) 844-9253,
Best Dance Company:
the Collective, 3618 Falls Road, Suite 200, (443) 257-3844,
Best Drag Performer:
Justin Credible
Best Multi-use Arts Space:
Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,
Best Place to See Art:
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900,
Best Visual Artist:
Larry Poncho Brown
Best Local Author:
Laura Lippman


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