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Readers Poll

Our Readers Give Us a Reality Check

Posted 9/22/2004

BALTIMORE LIVING

Best Reason to Live in Baltimore: It's Cheap

Best Local Scandal: Former Police Commissioner Ed Norris pleads guilty to misusing police funds.

Best Politician: Mayor Martin O'Malley

Best Politician in Need of a Slap Upside the Head: Mayor Martin O'Malley

Best Activist: A. Robert Kaufman

Best Neighborhood: Canton

Best View: Federal Hill

Best Eyesore: "Male/Female" by Jonathan Borofsky

Best Building: Bromo-Seltzer Tower, 312-318 W. Lombard St.

Best Library Branch: Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5430

Best Festival: Artscape

Best Park: Patterson Park, 2601 E. Baltimore St., (410) 396-7931

Best Hiking or Biking Trail: Northern Central Railroad Trail, (410) 592-2897

Best Place to Swim: Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center, 5700 Cottonworth Ave., (410) 433-8300

Best Place to Kayak or Canoe: Gunpowder Falls State Park, 2813 Jerusalem Road, Kingsville, (410) 592-2897

Best Place to Play Pool: Edgar's, 1 E. Pratt St., (410) 752-8080

Best Place to Flirt: (tie) Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place, (410) 752-5444; anywhere

Best Local Athlete: Michael Phelps

Best Print Journalist: Dan Rodricks, The Sun

Best Local TV Personality: Marty Bass, WJZ (channel 13)

Best Local Radio Personality: Marc Steiner, WYPR (88.1 FM)

Best Baltimore-Related Web Site: City Paper, www.citypaper.com

GOODS & SERVICES

Best Women's Clothing Store: The Bead, Rotunda, 711 W. 40th St., (410) 366-3808

Best Men's Clothing Store: Nordstrom, Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 296-2111

Best Children's Clothing Store: Gap, numerous locations

Best Tattoo Parlor: Baltimore Tattoo Museum, 1534 Eastern Ave., (410) 522-5800

Best Place to Get a Haircut: Tenpachi, 3003 N. Charles St., (410) 889-9788

Best Shoe Store: DSW Shoe Warehouse, numerous locations

Best Liquor Store: Wells Discount Liquors, 6310 York Road, (410) 435-2700

Best Grocery Store: Whole Foods Market, 1001 Fleet St., Suite A, (410) 528-1640; 1330 Smith Ave., (410) 532-6700

Best Ethnic Grocery: Han Ah Reum, 800 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, (443) 612-9020

Best Place to Rent Movies: Video Americain, 400 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 243-2231; 3100 St. Paul St., (410) 889-5266

Best CD Store: The Sound Garden, 1616 Thames St., (410) 563-9011

Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Joe's Record Paradise, 5001 Harford Road, (410) 319-9995

Best Independent Bookstore: Atomic Books, 1100 W. 36th St., (410) 662-4444

Best Used-Book Store: Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st St., (410) 243-6888

Best Comic-Book Store: Atomic Books

Best Hardware Store: Home Depot, numerous locations

Best Furniture Store: Ikea, 8352 Honeygo Blvd., White Marsh, (410) 931-5400

Best Bike Shop: Joe's Mount Washington Bike Shop, 5813 Falls Road, (410) 323-2788

Best Auto-Repair Shop: Brentwood Automotive, 1035 W. 41st St., (410) 889-6748

Best Place to Work Out: Merritt Athletic Club, numerous locations

Best Laundromat: Sudsville, numerous locations

Best Thrift Store: Value Village, numerous locations

Best "Adult" Store: Love Craft, 2334 Boston St., (410) 327-2070

Best Animal Hospital/Veterinarian: Eastern Animal Hospital, 6404 Eastern Ave., (410) 633-8808

Best Place of Worship: At home

EATS & DRINKS

Best New Restaurant: Copra, 313 N. Charles St., (410) 727-6080

Best Cheap Restaurant: Sip and Bite, 2200 Boston St., (410) 675-7077

Best Fancy Restaurant: Charleston, 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians: One World Café, 100 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-5777

Best Outdoor Dining: Ambassador Dining Room, 3811 Canterbury Road, (410) 366-1484

Best Free Food: Whole Foods Market

Best Crab Cake: G&M Restaurant, 804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, (410) 636-1777

Best Crab House: Bo Brooks, Lighthouse Point Marina, 2701 Boston St., (410) 558-0202

Best Diner: Papermoon Diner, 227 W. 29th St., (410) 889-4444

Best Deli: Attman's, 1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666

Best Coffee Bar: Daily Grind, 1720 Thames St., (410) 558-0399

Best Bakery: Woodlea Bakery, 4905 Belair Road, (410) 488-7717

Best Bagels: Sam's Bagels, numerous locations

Best Breakfast: Blue Moon Café, 1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940

Best Brunch: Little Havana, 1325 Key Highway, (410) 837-9903

Best Latin: Holy Frijoles!, 908 W. 36th St., (410) 235-2326

Best Italian: Sabatino's, 901 Fawn St., (410) 727-9414

Best Greek: Samos, 600 Oldham St., (410) 675-5292

Best Indian: Ambassador Dining Room

Best Chinese: Café Zen, 438 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 532-0022

Best Japanese: Kawasaki, 413 N. Charles St., (410) 659-7600

Best Thai: Thai Restaurant, 3316 Greenmount Ave., (410) 889-6002

Best Middle Eastern: The Helmand, 806 N. Charles St., (410) 752-0311

Best Caribbean: Bahama Breeze, 100 E. Joppa Road, Towson, (410) 821-7090

Best Soul Food: Yabba Pot, 2433 St. Paul St., (410) 662-8638

Best Pizza: Matthew's Pizzaria, 3131 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-8755

Best Hamburger: Fuddruckers, numerous locations

Best Desserts: Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop, 222 Albemarle St., (410) 685-4905

Best Ice-Cream Parlor: Moxley's, numerous locations

Best Bar Food: Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925

Best Local Beer: Resurrection Ale, Brewer's Art

Best Brewpub: Brewer's Art

Best Gay Bar: The Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069

Best Lesbian Bar: Gallagher's, 940 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-3966

Best Bar—Fells Point: Horse You Came in on Saloon, 1626 Thames St., (410) 327-8111

Best Bar—Canton: Nacho Mama's, 2907 O'Donnell St., (410) 675-0898

Best Bar—Federal Hill: Mother's Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles St., (410) 224-8686

Best Bar—Mount Vernon/Midtown: Brewer's Art

Best Bar—Downtown/Inner Harbor: James Joyce Irish Pub, 616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107

Best Bar—None of the Above: Frazier's on the Avenue, 919 W. 36th St., (410) 662-4914

Best Happy Hour: Brewer's Art

Best Bartender: Evan Tanner (Holy Frijoles and the Ottobar)

Best Barfly: "Me"

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Band: Wes McDonough

Best Solo Music Artist: Paula Campbell

Best Rock Club: The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069

Best Jazz Club: New Haven Lounge, Northwood Plaza, 1552 Havenwood Road, (410) 366-7416

Best Club DJ: (tie) DJ Feelgood; DJ K-Swift

Best Dance Club: Sonar Lounge, 407 E. Saratoga St., (410) 327-8333

Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop: Sonar Lounge

Best Jukebox: The Ottobar

Best Karaoke: Frazier's on the Avenue

Best Club Night or Event: Underground at the Ottobar

Best Movie Theater: Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3456

Best Live Theater: Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., (410) 332-0033

Best Strip Joint: Larry Flynt's Hustler Club. 409 E. Baltimore St., (410) 468-0990

Best Visual Artist: Joyce Scott

Best Place to See Art: American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900.

Best Nonart Museum: American Dime Museum, 1808 Maryland Ave., (410) 230-0263

Best Public Art: "Male/Female" by Jonathan Borofsky

Best Graffiti: apes

Best Local Author: Anne Tyler

Best Radio Station: WYPR (88.1 FM)

Miscellaneous

Best Thing We Forgot to Ask: Best Acupuncturist

Best Reason to Invite You to the Best of Baltimore Party: "I'm pregnant and I'm hungry."

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