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Best of Buffalo Winners 2011

Well Buffalo, you voted and here are the results. There is a lot of Buffalove to spread around, but the Best of Buffalo winners are the creme de la creme. Special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers, donors, and local businesses who came to the Best of Buffalo 2011 party last night. You made it a great evening. Congratulations to all our winners.

 

 

 

DINING

BEST BAGEL
Bagel Jay’s

BEST BAR FOOD
Cole’s

BEST BBQ
Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

BEST BEEF ON WECK
Charlie the Butcher

BEST BRUNCH
Betty’s Restaurant

BEST BURGER
Grover’s Bar & Grill

BEST CHEAP EATS
Mighty Taco

BEST CHINESE
Red Pepper Cafe

BEST COFFEE
Spot Coffee

BEST DELI
Joe’s Deli

BEST DESSERT
Dessert Deli

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s saloon

BEST FRENCH
Rue Franklin

BEST SUB, BEST FRENCH FRIES, BEST 2AM EATS
Jim’s Steakout

BEST GERMAN
Ulrich’s Tavern

BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
Pano’s

BEST HOT DOG
Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots

BEST ICE CREAM
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

BEST INDIAN
India Gate

BEST ITALIAN
Chef’s Restaurant

BEST LATINO
Niagara Cafe

BEST MEXICAN/TEX-MEX
Gramma Mora’s

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
Falafel Bar

BEST NEW RESTAURANT, BEST BEER ON TAP, BEST NEW BAR
Blue Monk

BEST PATIO
Cozumel

BEST PIZZA, BEST TAKEOUT/DELIVERY
La Nova

BEST POLISH
Polish Villa

BEST SALAD, BEST SOUP
Globe Market

BEST SAUSAGE
Spar’s European Sausage Shop

BEST SEAFOOD
Seabar

BEST SOUL FOOD
Gigi’s Restaurant

BEST STEAK
Buffalo Chophouse

BEST STREET FOOD
Lloyd’s Taco Truck

BEST SUSHI
Kuni’s

BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE
Saigon Cafe

BEST VEGETARIAN
Merge

BEST WINGS
Duff’s Famous Wings

Shops & Services, Fine Arts, Music, Our City/Our People, & Nightlife:

 

SHOPS AND SERVICES

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP
The Antique Man

BEST AUTO MECHANIC
Hart’s Service

BEST BAKERY
Five Points Bakery

BEST BARBER
Vito’s Barber Shop

BEST BIKE SHOP
Bert’s Bikes and Fitness

BEST BOOKSTORE
Talking Leaves…Books

BEST BUTCHER
Federal Meats

BEST CAR DEALER
West Herr

BEST CD/RECORD SHOP
Record Theater

BEST DAY SPA, BEST MASSAGE, BEST PEDICURE/MANICURE
Excuria

BEST FISH MARKET
Hayes Fish Company

BEST FLORIST
Maureen’s Wholesale Florist

BEST FURNITURE/HOME DECOR
Room

BEST GIFT SHOP
Everything Elmwood

BEST HAIR SALON
Chez Ann

BEST HEAD SHOP
Terrapin Station

BEST HEALTH CLUB
Buffalo Athletic Club

BEST JEWELRY STORE
Aurum Precious Gems & Metals

BEST LIQUOR/WINE STORE
Premier Group

BEST MEN’S CLOTHING
Riverside Men’s Shop

BEST MUSIC STORE
Allentown Music

BEST ORGANIC FOODS
Lexington Co-op

BEST OUTDOOR MARKET
Bidwell/Elmwood Farmer’s Market

BEST PET STORE
Elmwood Pet Supplies

BEST PIERCINGS
CowPok

BEST PILATES/YOGA
East Meets West Yoga

BEST PLACE FOR COOL T-SHIRTS
Bay 6 Buffalo Clothing Co.

BEST PLUMBER
Hertel Hardware & Plumbing

BEST PRODUCE
Wegmans

BEST SHOES
Shoe Fly

BEST SPORTING GOODS/OUTDOORS
Campus Wheelworks

BEST TANNING
Allen Tan

BEST TATTOOS
Hand of Doom

BEST THRIFT STORE
Amvets (Elmwood)

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING
Half & Half Clothing

 

THE FINE ARTS

BEST CULTURAL ASSET
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

BEST SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS
M&T Bank

BEST UP-AND-COMING ART SPACE
464 Gallery

BEST DANCE COMPANY
Neglia Ballet

BEST DANCER
Nadia Ibrahim
BEST GENRE-DEFYING ARTIST
Comedy Sportz

BEST MOVIE THEATER
Dipson North Park

BEST PAINTER
Dorothy Fitzgerald

BEST SCULPTOR
Julie Silver

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Mark Callen

BEST VIDEO/FILM ARTIST
Jason Klinger

BEST STREET ARTIST
Brezo

BEST POET
Lisa Forrest

BEST WRITER
Jon Elston

BEST SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
Janna Willoughby, aka MC Vendetta

BEST STANDUP COMIC
Kristen Becker

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Irish Classical Theater Company

BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS
Vincent O’Neill

 

MUSIC

BEST ACOUSTIC ACT
Dee Adams

BEST BLUES ACT
Jony James Band

BEST CLASSICAL MUSICIAN
JoAnn Falletta

BEST DJ
DJ DStar

BEST COUNTRY ACT
West of the Mark

BEST HIP HOP ACT
DJ Heat

BEST JAZZ ACT
Custode & Parisi

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC ACT
Christina Custode and Rerun

BEST ROCK ACT
Hit ’n’ Run

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Mark Valentino

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Christina Custode

BEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Harmonia Chamber Choir

BEST OPEN MIC
Monday With Michael Meldrum at Nietzsche’s

BEST SOUNDMAN
Kenny Maggs

 

OUR CITY, OUR PEOPLE

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACTIVIST
Aaron Bartley

BEST ACTIVIST GROUP
PUSH Buffalo

BEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Allentown Arts Festival

BEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Red Cross MASH Bash

BEST LOCAL BLOG
Buffalo Rising

BEST TWITTER FEED
@JeremyWGR

BIGGEST SCANDAL OF THE YEAR
Chris Lee shirtless on Craigslist

MOST OVER-COVERED STORY
Mo Hassan trial

MOST UNDER-COVERED STORY
Hydrofracking issues

BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITIES
Shredd & Ragan

BEST LOCAL TV PERSONALITY
Mary Alice Demler

BEST LOCAL PRINT JOURNALIST
Donn Esmonde

BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Gladys Over

BEST PLACE TO VIEW LAKE ERIE
Erie Basin Marina

COOLEST UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORHOOD
Grant/Amherst

ONE THING YOU HOPE WILL HAPPEN THIS YEAR
Continued waterfront development

BUFFALO’S BIGGEST BOOSTER
Terry Pegula

BUFFALO’S BIGGEST NAYSAYER
Michael Bloomberg

PEOPLE WHO OUGHT TO RUN  FOR OFFICE
Carl Paladino

POLITICIAN WHO OUGHT TO LOSE HIS JOB THIS YEAR
Byron Brown

THE NEXT ERIE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Chris Collins

 

NIGHTLIFE

BEST BARTENDER
Sam Arno, Bayou

BEST ABSOLUT BARTENDER
Jamie Rudd, Muligan’s Brick Bar

BEST BAR ONLY YOU KNOW ABOUT
Rohall’s Corner

BEST BOWLING
Voelker’s Bowling Center

BEST DANCE CLUB
Pure

BEST DIVE BAR
Allen Street Bar and Grill (Old Pink)

BEST GAY BAR
Club Marcella

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Soho

BEST HOOKUP JOINT
Allen Street Bar and Grill (Old Pink)

BEST JUKEBOX
Essex Street Pub

BEST KARAOKE
Tudor Lounge

BEST LIVE MUSIC
Nietzsche’s

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PUB
Essex Street Pub

BEST PLACE FOR DARTS
Mister Goodbar

BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL
Essex Street Pub

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

BEST STRIP CLUB
Tiffany’s Cabaret

BEST UPSCALE BAR
Snooty Fox

BEST WINE BAR
The Wine Thief


  • Kat

    Have moved out of the area recently. Reading this list made me cry!

  • Janna Willoughby

    First of all, Extra special thanks to all the lovely voters who gave me the Best Spoken Word Artist award! You rock!

    I am curious though why enough Artvoice readers/voters would want Chris Collins to be the next County Executive…have they not seen what he’s done to the arts? They should actually READ the Artvoice and then Give for Greatness. Voting FAIL!

  • John Smith

    So many categories….. Geez how many German food spots are in Buffalo.. 3?

  • LSKS

    Chefs? Best Italian? you guys don’t get out much..

  • mmm

    ..same as it ever was..same. as. it. ever. was.

  • phatgirl fiddler

    Yay Grant/Amherst! For sure the best up and coming hood!

  • Dave Botticelli

    Duff’s would once again like to thank everyone for their votes! We could not exist if it wasn’t without your support day after day. We had a great time and can’t wait till next year!

  • ptricio

    Excuria is not even in Buffalo.

  • that guy

    Best italian…. Chefs!? Blah… people dont know real italian
    Best Wings… Duffs!? Blah Blah… Bar Bill has the best wings and beef on weck
    I think too many people voted for places they have heard of but never dined at

  • http://www.markcallenphotography.com Mark Callen

    A heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me as Buffalo’s Best Photographer! What a truly wonderful gift. Trust me, this is one gift that I will never forget. I feel very fortunate…Mark

  • Wombat

    Chef’s for Best Italian Restaurant??? Youy gotta be kiddin’ me! How about Sinatra’s or Lombardo’s? You want the best you have to pay!

  • Joe

    Campobello’s on Transit has some of the best Italian/Pizza

  • KB

    Janna- AGREED! Anyone who thinks Collins should be in office has been severely out of the loop. He is sucking the life out of everything that makes Buffalo such a special place- it’s arts and culture!

  • SG

    For those interested in great finds that didnt make the cut:
    Leonardi’s pizza is hands down the best pizza in Buffalo.
    Chef’s has sub par Italian food. Very disappointing for how much it is talked up. If you want great Italian food go to Linguini’s. Fantastic food, great prices, and I’ve never been disappointed there.
    Excuria is also sub par. I had the most incredible facial & massage at Chez Ann! You wouldn’t think a great hair salon would also have great spa services, but I have found a wonderful gem that I’m recommending to everyone I know! Ask for Michelle for massage & Megan for facials, they are excellent!

  • Joey B

    Congrats to all the winners! We were honored to be a first time nominee. Thank you everyone who took the time to vote. Anyone who is not happy with the results, get the vote out next year!

  • dave morre

    Really! This is the most bias collection of winners, artvoice really needs to start being honest and report the actual winners and not the owners favorite picks. So disappointing that we cant have one honest print paper in this town.

    If you guys want honesty try the buffalo spree best of it is true to the voters picks not like this rag!

  • http://www.artvoice.com geoff kelly

    @dave morre: Believe what you will, but the fact is that we do not do editors’ picks at all. These are our readers’ picks, unedited and unadulterated. We just count ballots (more than 2,000 valid ballots this year) and report who has won. Neither the advertising representatives nor the paper’s owners have access to the ballot information until the finalists and winners have already been determined — just me and our IT and web director, Anthony. Thus has it ever been, at least under my watch.

    Thanks for reading.

  • cruz

    Where is Vito’s Barber Shop located?