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Personal Bests

Some of our most opinionated readers share their own Bests of Baltimore...

Michelle Gienow

Tim Bradin

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Steamed Crabs
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best Vieew: Federal Hill
Best Old Building: American Brewery
Best Festival: Fells Point
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Raven: None
Best Newspaper Columnist: Gregory Kane
Best Baltimore-Related Web Site: www.baltimorecity.gov
Best Electronics Store: Baynesville Electronics
Best Auto Mechanic: Taylor Automotive
Best Cheap Restaurant: Valentino's
Best Crab Cake: Angelina's
Best Deli: Mastellone's
Best Bakery: Fenwick
Best Bar-Fells Point: Horse You Came In On
Best Band: Donegal Xpress
Best Movie Theater, City: Senator
Best Radio Station: WRNR (103.1 FM)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

Darryl Croxton

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Quality of Life
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best View: Top of Washington Monument
Best Old Building: Engineer's Club
Best Festival: Artscape
Best Park: Druid Hill
Best Bike Trail: Jones Falls
Best Place for a Date: Prime Rib
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Newspaper Columnist: Mich'l Olesker
Best Radio/TV Sports Freak: John Buren
Best Local TV Personality: Marty Bass
Best Men's Clothing Store: Nordstrom
Best Liquor Store: Mt. Vernon Supermarket
Best Grocery Store: Eddie's of Mt. Vernon
Best CD Store: An Die Musik
Best Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
Best Used-Book Store: Rendezvous
Best Furniture Store: Nouveau
Best Art-Supplies Store: Plaza Artists
Best Gym: Downtown Athletic Club
Best Thrift Store: Second Chance
Best New Restaurant: Ixia
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: Brass Elephant
Best Brunch: Midtown Yacht Club
Best Indian: Bombay Grill
Best Steak: Prime Rib
Best Brewpub: Brewer's Art
Best Gay Bar: Central Station
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Mt. Vernon Stable
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: BMA
Best Little Museum/Art Gallery: Craig Flinner
Best Public Sculpture/Statue: Poe at the U of B
Best C&W Club: Stagecoach
Best Dance Club: Hippo
Best Movie Theater, City: Charles
Best Live Theater: Center Stage
Best Radio Station: WBJC (89.5 FM)
Best Radio DJ: Reia Hessler


Eddie Dixon

Best Politician: O'Malley
Best Festival: Anti Fest
Best Park: Patterson
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Oriole to Retire After Cal: Jay Gibbons
Best Local TV Personality: Sade
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Vans
Best Grocery Store: Eddie's
Best CD Store: Soundgarden
Best Used Record Store: Reptilian
Best Bookstore: Atomic
Best Comic-Book Store: Atomic
Best Furniture Store: Fells Point Futon
Best Bike Shop: Broadway Bikes
Best Auto Mechanic: Brentwood
Best Cheap Restaurant: Holy Frijoles
Best Restaurant for Special Occasion: Helmand
Best Crab Cake: Frasier's
Best Diner: Sip & Bite
Best Coffee Bar: Daily Grind
Best Indian: Banjara
Best Chinese: Ding How
Best Japanese: Kawasaki
Best Pizza: Matthews
Best Bar-Fells Point: Friends
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Mount Royal Tavern
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: BMA
Best Little Museum/Art Gallery: American Dime Museum
Best Band: Ready Rockers
Best Solo Music Artist: Rodney Henry
Best Rock Club: Ottobar
Best Movie Theater, City: Charles
Best Local Zine: Monozine
Best Radio Station: WJHU (88.1 FM)
Best Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

Tom Taylor

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Diversity
Best Scandal: Murder at City CafT
Best Politician: Bob Erhlich
Best Old Building: Tyson Street & Park Avenue
Best Festival: Gay Pride
Best Park: Robert E. Lee
Best Newspaper Columnist: Mike Alvear
Best Local TV Personality: Denise Koch
Best Baltimore Related Web Site: Digital City
Best Men's Clothing Store: Cohen's
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Liquor Store: Cranbrook Liquors
Best Grocery Store: Fresh Fields
Best Video Store: Video Americain, Charles Village
Best CD Store: Borders, Towson
Best Bookstore: Borders
Best Furniture Store: Scan
Best Auto Mechanic: Yorktowne Shell
Best Gym: Gold's Timonium
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Jackson Vet., Dr. Lynch
Best New Restaurant: Bare Bones, Cockeysville
Best Cheap Restaurant: Mount Washington Tavern
Best Restaurant for Special Occasion: Ruth's Chris Steak House
Best Crab Cake: Angelina's
Best Crab House: Crack Pot
Best Deli: Eddie's
Best Bakery: Fenwick
Best Coffee Bar: Greetings & Readings
Best Brunch: Cinnamon Tree
Best Italian: Franco Zeppi
Best Indian: Akbar
Best Thai: Thai One On
Best Pizza: Cosmos
Best Hamburger: Alonso's
Best Steak: York Inn
Best Desserts: City CafT--Sticky Buns
Best Gay Bar: Eagle
Best Bar-Fells Point: John Stevens
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Stage Coach
Best Solo Music Artist: Cheryl Wheeler
Best Rock Club: Holiday House
Best C&W Club: Stagecoach
Best Dance Club: Hippo
Best Movie Theater, City: Charles
Best Movie Theater, Suburbs: Hoyts Hunt Valley
Best Live Theater: Fells Point Corner Theatre
Best Strip Joint: Atlantis
Best Radio Station: WBJC (89.5 FM)
Best Radio DJ: Laurie DeYoung
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Adam Corolla & Dr. Drew

Michelle Gienow

Harriet Wadley

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Entertainment
Best Park: Druid Hill
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Raven: Ray Lewis
Best Men's Clothing Store: K&G
Best Shoe Store: SRW Shoe Warehouse
Best Liquor Store: Route 40 Liquors
Best Grocery Store: Giant
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rainforest CafT
Best Coffee Bar: Donna's on Madison Avenue
Best Pizza: Bill's Place on Baltimore Street
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Station
Best Solo Music Artist: Sisqo
Best Jazz Club: Melba's
Best Club DJ: Tanz of 92Q
Best Radio Station: 92Q
Best Radio DJ: Konan
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Shasa of 95.9

Michelle Gienow

Kim Rodney

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Diverse Climate
Best Politician: Glendening
Best View: Top of the World, World Trade Center
Best Festival: Artscape
Best Park: Double Rock Park
Best Place for a Date: Loews Theaters
Best Oriole: Brady Anderson
Best Newspaper Columnist: Cecil Adams
Best Local TV Personality: Mary Beth Marsden
Best Baltimore Related Web Site: www.wbbaltimore.com
Best Women's Clothing Store: Rue 21
Best Men's Clothing Store: 'ropostale
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Liquor Store: Midway Liquors
Best Grocery Store: Food Lion
Best Video Store: Hollywood Video
Best CD Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Used-Record Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
Best Electronics Store: Best Buy
Best Computer Store: Best Buy
Best Hardware Store: Lowe's
Best Furniture Store: IKEA
Best Art Supply Store: A.C. Moore
Best Auto Mechanic: Middle River Garage
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Essex Dog & Cat
Best Cheap Restaurant: El Salto
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rainforest CafT
Best Crab Cake: Angelina's
Best Crab Cake: Crab Quarters
Best Diner: Towson Diner
Best Bakery: Hoehn's Bakery
Best Coffee Bar: Donna's
Best Brunch: Gecko's
Best Italian: Strapazza
Best Greek: Ikaros
Best Indian: Jai Hind
Best Chinese: Uncle Lee's
Best Pizza: Pizza John's
Best Hamburger: Applebee's
Best Steak: Ruth's Chris Steak House
Best Local Beer: DeGroen's
Best Brewpub: Baltimore Brewing Co.
Best Lesbian Bar: Coconuts
Best Bar-Fells Point: John Stevens
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: BMA
Best Band: Voo Doo Blue
Best Dance Club: Tremors
Best Movie Theater, City: Senator
Best Movie Theater, Suburbs: Bengie's
Best Live Theater: Lyric
Best Local Zine: Baltimore
Best Radio Station: B102.7
Best Radio DJ: Rick Dees
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Laurie DeYoung

Michelle Gienow

Carol Wescott

Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best Old Building: Old Seton High School
Best Festival: Charles Village Festival
Best Park: Wyman Park
Best Oriole: Brady Anderson
Best Local TV Personality: Stan Stovall
Best Baltimore Related Web Site: Live Baltimore
Best Women's Clothing Store: Oh Said Rose
Best Men's Clothing Store: Gian Marco Menswear
Best Sporting Goods Store: Princeton Sports
Best Liquor Store: Rotunda Wine and Liquor
Best Grocery Store: Eddie's, Roland Park
Best Video Store: Video Americain, St. Paul St.
Best CD Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Used Record Store: Soundgarden
Best Furniture Store: Shoffers
Best Auto Mechanic: Desmond's
Best Gym: Lynn Brick's, Belvedere Square
Best Thrift Store: Dreamland
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Mt. Washington Animal Hospital
Best New Restaurant: Tapas Teatro
Best Cheap Restaurant: Gertrude's ($10 Tuesdays)
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: Charleston
Best Restaurant for Vegetarian's: Zodiac
Best Crab Cake: Gertrude's
Best Diner: Paper Moon
Best Deli: Eddie's, Roland Park
Best Bakery: Eddie's. Roland Park
Best Coffee Bar: Donna's, Charles Village
Best Brunch: Owl Bar
Best Italian: Viccino's Bistro
Best Indian: Ambassador Dining Room
Best Japanese: Niwana
Best Pizza: Viccino's
Best Hamburger: Rocky Run Tap and Grill
Best Desserts: Sasha's
Best Ice Cream Parlor: Moxley's
Best Local Beer: DeGroen's Marzen
Best Brewpub: Brewer's Art
Best Bar-Fells Point: Wharf Rat
Best Bar-Mt. Vernon: Brewer's Art
Best Band: What About Jon?
Best Movie Theater, City: The Charles
Best Live Theater: Everyman
Best Local Zine: The Urbanite
Best Radio Station: WJHU (88.1 FM)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

William Cole

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Cross Street Market
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best View: Federal Hill Park
Best Festival: Irish Festival
Best Park: Federal Hill Park
Best Golf Course: Woodlands Golf Co
Michelle Gienow

Don Clark

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Water Views
Best Park: Thames St. Park
Best Hiking Trail: NCRR Trail
Best Newspaper Columnist: Dan Rodricks
Best Baltimore Related Web Site: www.monthlybuzz.com
Best Men's Clothing Store: Chrome
Best Shoe Store: Nordstrom
Best Liquor Store: Wells Discount Liquors
Best Grocery Store: Fresh Fields
Best Video Store: Video Americain
Best CD Store: Soundgarden
Best Used-Book Store: Book Rendevous
Best New Restaurant: Dragon's Breath Burritos
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Liquid Earth
Best Crab Cake: Duda's
Best Coffee Bar: Daily Grind
Best Brunch: Little Havana
Best Pizza: Matthew's Pizza
Best Local Beer: Oliver's
Best Brewpub: Wharf Rat
Best Bar-Fells Point: Horse You Came In On
Best Bar-Canton: Pickled Parrot
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Sean Bolan's
Best Bar-Mt. Vernon: Brewer's Art
Best Public Sculpture/Statue: Washington Monument
Best Band: Mary Prankster
Best Solo Music Artist: Frank Florence
Best Rock Club: 8 x 10
Best Movie Theater, City: Charles
Best Local Zine: Monozine
Best Radio Station: WRNR (103.1 FM)
Best Radio DJ: Chris (WRNR)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

Laura Stanfield

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Martin O'Malley
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best View: World Trade Center
Best Old Building: Bromo Seltzer Tower
Best Festival: Fells Point Festival
Best Park: Patterson Park
Best Hiking Trail: Robert E. Lee Park
Best Public Swimming Pool: Patterson Park
Best Pool Hall: Hippo
Best Place for a Date: Ruby Lounge
Best Oriole: Brady Anderson
Best Raven: Qadry Ism'l
Best Newspaper Columnist: Mich'l Olesker
Best Local TV Personality: Jayne Miller
Best Women's Clothing Store: Old Navy
Best Sporting-Goods Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Payless
Best Liquor Store: House of Spirits
Best Grocery Store: Eddie's
Best Video Store: Video Americain
Best CD Store: Soundgarden
Best Used-Record Store: Normal's
Best Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
Best Comic-Book Store Comics World
Best Used-Book Store: Normal's
Best Electronics Store: Best Buy
Best Hardware Store: Home Depot
Best Furniture Store: IKEA
Best Bike Shop: Mt. Washington Bike Shop
Best Auto Mechanic: Merchant's, Bank Street
Best Gym: Downtown Athletic Club
Best Thrift Store: Goodwill
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Falls Road Animal Hospital
Best New Restaurant: Ixia
Best Cheap Restaurant: Holy Frijoles
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: Rusty Scupper
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rocky Run
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: One World CafT
Best Crab Cake: Bo Brooks
Best Crab House: Obrycki's
Best Diner: Bel-Loc
Best Deli: David & Dad's
Best Bakery: Berger's Bakery
Best Coffee Bar: One World CafT
Best Brunch: Helen's Garden
Best Italian: Amicci's
Best Greek: Samos
Best Indian: Akbar
Best Chinese: Ding How
Best Japanese: Niwana
Best Thai: Thai Landing
Best Pizza: Brick Oven Pizza
Best Steak: Ruth's Chris Steak House
Best Desserts: Vaccaro's
Best Ice Cream Parlor: Maggie Moos
Best Brewpub: Capital City Brewing Co.
Best Gay Bar: Hippo
Best Lesbian Bar: Coconuts
Best Bar-Fells Point: Kooper's
Best Bar-Canton: Claddagh Pub
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Mother's
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Brewers Art
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: BMA
Best Public Sculpture/Statue: Fish Out of Water
Best Band: O'Malley's March
Best Solo Music Artist: Sonia
Best Rock Club: Hammerjacks
Best C&W Club: Cancun Cantina
Best Dance Club: Have a Nice Day CafT
Best Movie Theater, City: Senator
Best Movie Theater, Suburbs: Loews White Marsh
Best Live Theater: Center Stage
Best Local Zine: Baltimore magazine
Best Radio Station: WWMX (106.5 FM)
Best Radio DJ: Jojo & Kenny
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

Yehudah A. Biss

Best Scandal: Gary Condit/Chandra Levi
Best Politician: Mayor O'Malley
Best Festival: Federal Hill Jazz & Blues
Best Oriole: Jerry Hairston
Best Raven: Ray Lewis
Best Local TV Personality: Mindy Basara
Best Grocery Store: Safeway in Canton
Best Cheap Restaurant: Daily Grind
Best Pizza: Momma Leah's
Best Bar-Fells Point: Rodo's
Best Bar-Canton: Gin Mill
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Mum's
Best Band: The Clarks
Best Dance Club: Hammerjacks
Best Strip Joint: Ritz Cabaret
Best Radio Station: B102.7
Best Radio DJ: Elliott in the Morning, WWDC (101.1 FM)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Don & Mike, WJFK, (1300 AM)

Michelle Gienow

Ann Howell

Best Scandal: Saint Paul's Boy With Video
Best Newspaper Columnist: Dan Rodricks!
Best Children's Clothing Store: Children's Emporium
Best Sporting Good Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Payless
Best Grocery Store: Fresh Fields
Best Used Record Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Electronics Store: Baynesville Electronics
Best Computer Store: Comp USA
Best Hardware Store: Schneider's
Best Furniture Store: IKEA
Best Bike Shop: Horizon
Best Auto Mechanic: Comprehensive Car Care
Best Thrift Store: Value Village
Best Coffee Bar: Daily Grind
Best Latin: Blue Agave
Best Ice Cream Parlor: Need Ice Cream
Best Public Sculpture/Statue: Fish Out of Water!
Best Movie Theater, City: Senator
Best Live Theater: Center Stage
Best Local Zine: Style
Best Radio Station: WQSR (105.7 FM)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Steve Rouse

Michelle Gienow

Dan Taylor

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: The Waterfront
Best Scandal: El Dorado Lounge/Crooked Cops
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best View: Federal Hill
Best Old Building: Can Company
Best Festival: Fells Point
Best Park: Patterson
Best Golf Course: Timbers at Troy
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Raven: Ray Lewis
Best Local Radio/TV Sports Freak: Stan the Fan
Best Local TV Personality: Scott Garceau
Best Men's Clothing Store: Banana Republic
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Nordstrom
Best Liquor Store: Beltway Fine Wine
Best Grocery Store: Fresh Fields
Best Video Store: Blockbuster
Best CD Store: Modern Music
Best Used Record Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Book Store: Barnes & Noble
Best Electronics Store: Baynesville Electronics
Best Hardware Store: Home Depot
Best Furniture Store: Gardiner's
Best Art Supply Store: Towson Art Supply
Best Bike Shop: Mount Washington Bike Shop
Best Gym: Life Enhancement Personal Training
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Eastern Animal Hospital
Best New Restaurant: Fleming's
Best Cheap Restaurant: Nacho Mama's
Best Restaurant for a Special Occassion: Tio Pepe
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Ze Mean Bean
Best Crab House: Bo Brooks
Best Diner: Sip & Bite
Best Bakery: Dorothea's Breads
Best Coffee Bar: Starbucks, Mount Washington
Best Brunch: Harbor Court
Best Italian: Da Mimmo
Best Chinese: Tony Cheng's
Best Pizza: Tutti Gusti
Best Steak: Ruth's Chris Steak House
Best Desserts: Vaccarro's
Best Local Beer: Brewer's Art
Best Brewpub: Brewer's Art
Best Bar-Fells Point: Horse You Came In On
Best Bar-Canton: Claddagh Pub
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Mother's
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: Walters
Best Little Museum/Art Gallery: Visionary Art
Best Bank: Cloudbreak
Best Solo Music Artist: Angela Taylor
Best Rock Club: Fletcher's
Best Movie Theater, City: Senator
Best Movie Theater, Suburbs: Avenue at White Marsh
Best Live Theater: Mechanic
Best Strip Joint: Ritz Cabaret
Best Radio Station: WLIF (101.9 FM)
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Howard Stern

Michelle Gienow

Paul S. Huether

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: The Waterfront
Best Scandal: Housing Commissioner Graziano Incident
Best Politician: Martin O'Malley
Best View: Harborview Marina
Best Old Building: Munsey Building
Best Festival: Gay Pride
Best Park: Patterson Park
Best Hiking Trail: The Promenade along the water
Best Public Swimming Pool: Baltimore Marine Center
Best Golf Course: Clifton Park
Best Pool Hall: Top Hat
Best Place for a Date: Cheesecake Factory
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Oriole to Retire After Cal: Brady Anderson
Best Raven: Ray Lewis
Best Newspaper Columnist: Savage Love (Dan)
Best Local/TV Sports Freak: John Buren (13)--key word: "freak"
Best Local TV Personality: Denise Koch
Best Baltimore Related Website: www.baltofish.com
Best Women's Clothing Store: Octavia
Best Men's Clothing Store: Joseph A. Banks
Best Children's Clothing Store: Growing Up Shop
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Nordstrom
Best Liquor Store: Loading Dock Canton
Best Grocery Store: Eddie's
Best Video Store: Video Americain
Best CD Store: The Wall
Best Used Record Store: Recordmaster
Best Book Store: Lambda Rising
Best Comic-Book Store: Atomic Books
Best Electronics Store: Circuit City
Best Computer Store: Best Buy
Best Hardware Store: Home Depot
Best Furniture Store: Nouveau
Best Auto Mechanic: Comprehensive Car Care
Best Gym: Downtown Athletic Center
Best Thrift Store: Goodwill, Pikesville
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Dr. Luntz, Bel Air Road Animal Hospital
Best New Restaurant: Sisson's
Best Cheap Restaurant: Nacho Mama's
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: Prime Rib
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rainforest Forest CafT
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Liquid Earth
Best Crab Cake: Prime Rib
Best Crab House: Bo Brooks
Best Diner: Paper Moon
Best Deli: Rosina Gourmet
Best Bakery: Patisserie Poupon
Best Coffee Bar: Ze Mean Bean
Best Brunch: Helen's Garden
Best Latin: Little Havana
Best Italian: Boccaccio
Best Greek: Kali's Court
Best Indian: Bombay Grill
Best Chinese: Hoang's
Best Japanese: Edo Sushi
Best Korean: Hoang's
Best Thai: Purple Orchid
Best Pizza: Mustang
Best Hamburger: Crazy Lil's
Best Steak: Prime Rib
Best Desserts: Vaccaro's
Best Ice Cream Parlor: Lee's
Best Local Beer: Clipper City
Best Brewpub: Sisson's
Best Gay Bar: The Hippo
Best Lesbian Bar: Coconuts
Best Bar-Fells Point: John Stevens
Best Bar-Canton: Cosmopolitan Bar and Grill
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Mother's
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Central Station
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: Walters
Best Little Museum/Art Gallery: American Visionary
Best Public Sculpture/Stature: "Fish Expo 2001"
Best Band: O'Malley's March
Best Solo Music Artist: Toni Braxton
Best Rock Club: Hammerjacks
Best Jazz Club: Bayou Blues CafT
Best Hip-Hop Club: The Hippo
Best C&W Club: Stagecoach
Best Dance Club: The Hippo
Best Movie Theater, City: The Charles
Best Movie, Suburbs: Senator
Best Live Theater: Center Stage
Best Strip Joint: Atlantis
Best Radio Station: The Bay (100.7 FM)
Best Radio DJ: Fran Lawe
Best Radio Talk-Show Host: Marc Steiner

Michelle Gienow

Mary Leonard

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Chesapeake Bay
Best Scandal: Peter Angelos
Best Politician: Larry Young
Best Old Building: Evergreen House
Best Oriole: Brady Anderson
Best Newspaper Columnist: Joe MacLeod
Best Children's Clothing Store: Kids Gap
Best Grocery Store: Super Fresh
Best Hardware Store: Singer's of Federal Hill
Best Bike Shop: Princeton Sports
Best Gym: Gold's
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: Charleston
Best Crab Cake: Brass Elephant
Best Crab House: Gunnings, South Baltimore
Best Bakery: Patisserie Poupon
Best Coffee Bar: Donna's, Mount Vernon
Best Indian: Akbar
Best Chinese: Uncle Lee's
Best Japanese: Minato
Best Thai: Thairish
Best Pizza: BOP Fells Point
Best Hamburger: City CafT
Best Steak: Hamilton's
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: Walters

Michelle Gienow

Melissa Carver

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Crabs
Best Politician: O'Malley
Best View: Inner Harbor (World Trade Center)
Best Old Building: Bromo Seltzer Tower
Best Festival: Fells Point
Best Park: Druid Hill
Best Bike Trail: B&A Trail
Best Hiking Trail: C&O Trail
Best Public Swimming School: Riverside
Best Golf Course: Clifton Park
Best Pool Hall: Red Rooster's
Best Place for a Date: Inner Harbor
Best Oriole: Cal Ripken
Best Oriole to Retire After Cal: Brady Anderson
Best Raven: Ray Lewis
Best Newspaper Columnist: Hendrix
Best Radio/TV Sports Freak: John Buren
Best Local TV Personality: Don Scott
Best Baltimore Related Website: www.sunspot.net
Best Women's Clothing Store: After Midnight
Best Men's Clothing Store: Chrome
Best Children's Clothing Store: Children's Place
Best Sporting Goods Store: Dick's
Best Shoe Store: Foot Locker
Best Liquor Store: Harold's
Best Grocery Store: Safeway
Best Video Store: Blockbuster
Best CD Store: Best Buy
Best Used-Record Store: Soundgarden
Best Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
Best Comic-Book Store: Geppi's
Best Used-Book Store: Funk's
Best Electronics Store: Best Buy
Best Computer Store: Best Buy
Best Hardware Store: Lowe's
Best Furniture Store: The Room Store
Best Art Supply Store: MICA Art Store
Best Bike Shop: Broadway Bike Shop
Best Gym: Bally's
Best Thrift Store: Goodwill
Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Eastern
Best New Restaurant: McCormick & Schmick's
Best Cheap Restaurant: John's Carry Out, Canton
Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion: TGIF
Best Restaurant for Kids: Chuck E. Cheese
Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: Paper Moon
Best Crab Cake: Brown's Wharf
Best Crab House: Bill's Terrace Inn
Best Diner: Paper Moon
Best Deli: Lenny's
Best Bakery: Woodlea
Best Coffee Bar: Vaccaro's
Best Brunch: Strapazza
Best Latin: Latin Palace
Best Italian: Sabatino's
Best Greek: Acropolis
Best Chinese: Number One Chinese, Broadway
Best Pizza: John's Carry Out
Best Hamburger: Fuddrucker's
Best Steak: Ruth's Chris
Best Desserts: Vaccaro's
Best Ice Cream Parlor: Friendly's
Best Local Beer: Clipper City
Best Brewpub: Wharf Rat
Best Gay Bar: Hippo
Best Lesbian Bar: Port in a Storm
Best Bar-Fells Point: 723
Best Bar-Canton: Bay CafT
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Crazy Lil's
Best Bar-Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Stable
Best Big Museum/Art Gallery: Walters
Best Little Museum/Art Gallery: Peabody
Best Public Sculpture/Stature: Washington Monument
Best Solo Music Artist: Tim K.
Best Rock Club: St. Timothy's
Best Jazz Club: Paloma's
Best Hip-Hop Club: Farenheit
Best C&W Club: Stabiles
Best Dance Club: Hippo
Best Club DJ: Reggie Reg
Best Movie Theater, City: The Charles
Best Movie Theater, Suburbs: Owings Mills
Best Strip Joint: Oasis Nite Club
Best Radio Station: 92Q

Michelle Gienow

Craig Robinson

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: Everything & New York Sucks
Best Festival: Fells Point Festival
Best Park: Oriole Park
Best Golf Course: Hayfield's Country Club
Best Oriole: Jeff Conine
Best Oriole to Retire After Cal: Brady Anderson
Best Raven: Shannon Sharpe
Best Local Radio/TV Sports Freak: Jerry Coleman
Best Local TV Personality: John Buren
Best Sporting Goods Store: Sports Authority
Best Used Record Store: Record & Tape Traders
Best Cheap Restaurant: Taco Bell
Best Restaurant for Kids: Chuck E. Cheese
Best Crab House: Phillips
Best Hamburger: Little Tavern
Best Desserts: Snoasis
Best Bar-Fells Point: Green Turtle
Best Bar-Canton: Nacho Mama's
Best Bar-Federal Hill/South Baltimore: Mother's
Best Public Sculpture/Statue: "Kingfish"
Best Band: Kelly Bell Band
Best C&W Club: Cancun Cantina
Best Strip Joint: Millstream
Best Radio Station: 98 Rock

Posted 9/19/2001

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