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Best of Buffalo 2013 Winners

For those of you who missed last night’s award ceremony at the Town Ballroom, the list of this year’s Best of Buffalo winners is in! Check back Thursday for the final wrap-up in this week’s upcoming issue. To review all our nominees, or compare this year’s winners with past winners in the archives, visit the Best of Buffalo homepage.

People & Places

BEST ACTIVIST GROUP
PUSH Buffalo

BEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Ride for Roswell

BEST ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Allentown Art Festival

BEST INDIVIDUAL ACTIVIST
Aaron Bartley

BEST BLOG
BuffaBLOG

BEST PRINT JOURNALIST
Jerry Sullivan

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY
Shredd & Ragan

BEST TV PERSONALITY
Don Paul

BEST TWITTER FEED
Kevin O’Neill (@kevinbuffalo)

BEST NEW IDEA YOU’VE HEARD
Rock climbing at the grain elevators

BEST PEOPLE-WATCHING SPOT
Anywhere on Elmwood

BEST PICNIC SPOT
Delaware Park

BEST PLACE TO WATCH A SUNSET
Canalside

BEST NEXT MAYOR
Byron Brown

MOST OVERCOVERED STORY OF THE YEAR
The Corasanti trial

MOST UNDERCOVERED STORY OF THE YEAR
The Tonawanda Coke trial

Art & Artists

BEST ACTOR
Vincent O’Neill

BEST BURLESQUE PERFORMER
Mistress J Kiss

BEST CULTURAL ASSET
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

BEST DANCE COMPANY
Lehrer Dance

BEST DANCER
Ashley Vita Verde

BEST DRAG PERFORMER
Jimmy Janowski

BEST GENRE-DEFYING ARTIST
Buffalo Comedy Sportz

BEST MOVIE THEATER
North Park Theatre

BEST PAINTER
A. J. Fries

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Mark Callen

BEST POET
Celia White

BEST SCULPTOR
Julie Silver

BEST SPOKEN-WORD ARTIST
Josh Smith

BEST STANDUP COMIC
Kristen Becker

BEST SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS
M&T Bank

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Irish Classical Theatre Company

BEST UP-AND-COMING ART SPACE
The Vault

BEST VIDEO/FILM ARTIST
Crimson Pestilence

BEST WRITER
Donna Hoke

Shops & Services

BEST ANTIQUE SHOP
Miss Josie’s Antiques

BEST AUTO MECHANIC
Hart’s Service Station

BEST BAKERY
Five Points Bakery

BEST BARBER
Vito’s Cut & Style

BEST BIKE SHOP
Campus Wheelworks

BEST BOOKSTORE
Talking Leaves…Books

BEST BUTCHER
Federal Meats

BEST CAR DEALER
West Herr Automotive

BEST CD/RECORD SHOP
Record Theater

BEST DAY SPA, BEST MASSAGE, BEST PEDICURE/MANICURE
Excuria Salon and Spa

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
Leon Studio One

BEST HANDYMAN/WOMAN
Will Peck

BEST HEAD SHOP
Terrapin Station

BEST HEALTH CLUB
Buffalo Athletic Club

BEST JEWELRY STORE
Wild Things

BEST LIQUOR/WINE STORE
Premier Group

BEST MENS CLOTHING
O’Connell’s Clothing

BEST MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS/EQUIPMENT STORE
Allentown Music

BEST NEW SHOP
Buffalo Adore

BEST ORGANIC FOODS SHOP
Lexington Coop

BEST OUTDOOR MARKET
Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

BEST PET STORE
Elmwood Pet Supplies

BEST PIERCINGS
CowPok

BEST PILATES/YOGA
East Meets West

BEST PLACE TO FIND COOL T-SHIRTS
Pasteurized Tees

BEST PRODUCE
Wegmans

BEST SHOE STORE
ShoeFly

BEST SPORTS/OUTDOORS STORE
Gear 4 Adventure

BEST TANNING PARLOR
Total Tan

BEST TATTOOS
Hand of Doom

BEST THRIFT SHOP
Amvets (Elmwood)

BEST WOMENS CLOTHING
Anna Grace

Dining & Nightlife

BEST BAGEL
Bagel Jays

BEST BAR FOOD
Cole’s Restaurant

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 CHEF
Mike Andzejewski

BEST CHINESE
Red Pepper

BEST COFFEE
SPoT Coffee

BEST DELI
Joe’s Deli

BEST DESSERT
Dessert Deli

BEST DINER
Lake Effect Diner

BEST ETHIOPIAN
Lucy Ethiopian Cuisine

BEST FISH FRY
Papa Jake’s Saloon

BEST FOOD TRUCK
Lloyd Taco Truck

BEST FRENCH
Rue Franklin

BEST FRENCH FRIES, BEST BEER SELECTION
Blue Monk

BEST GERMAN
Scharf’s Schiller Park

BEST GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN
Kostas Family Restaurant

BEST HOT DOG
Ted’s Hot Dogs

BEST ICE CREAM/FROZEN YOGURT
Anderson’s Frozen Custard

BEST INDIAN
India Gate

BEST ITALIAN
Chef’s Restaurant

BEST LATINO
Niagara Cafe

BEST MEXICAN/TEX-MEX, BEST TAKEOUT/DELIVERY
Cantina Loco

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN
Falafel Bar

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Remington Tavern

BEST PANCAKES
Amy’s Place

BEST PATIO, BEST PLACE TO WATCH A GAME
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

BEST PIZZA
La Nova

BEST SUBS, BEST PLACE TO EAT AT 2AM
Jim’s Steakout

BEST POLISH
Polish Villa

BEST SALAD, BEST SOUP
Globe Market

BEST SAUSAGE
Ulrich’s Tavern

BEST SEAFOOD
Seabar

BEST SOUL FOOD
Gigi’s Restaurant

BEST STEAK
Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

BEST SUSHI
Kuni’s Sushi Bar

BEST THAI/VIETNAMESE/BURMESE
Sun International Foods

BEST VEGETARIAN
Merge

BEST WINGS
Duff’s

RESTAURANT THIS CITY NEEDS MOST
More Mexican food

BEST ABSOLUT BARTENDER
Jimmy Destino, Crazy Jake’s

BEST BARTENDER
Jon Karel, Vera

BEST BOWLING
Voelkers Bowling Center

BEST DIVE BAR, BEST HOOKUP JOINT
Allen Street Bar & Grill (Old Pink)

BEST GAY BAR, BEST PLACE TO DANCE
Club Marcella

BEST HAPPY HOUR
Century Grill

BEST JUKEBOX, BEST KARAOKE, BEST NEIGHBORHOOD PUB, BEST PLACE TO THROW DARTS, BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL
Essex Street Pub

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE, BEST OPEN MIC NIGHT
Nietzsche’s

BEST NEW BAR
Mes Que

BEST STRIP CLUB
Tiffany’s Cabaret

BEST UPSCALE BAR
Snooty Fox

BEST WINE LIST
Just Vino

KIND OF BAR THIS TOWN NEEDS MOST
A big dance club

Music

BEST ACOUSTIC ACT
The Leftovers

BEST BLUES ACT
The Jony James Blues Band

BEST CLASSICAL MUSICIAN
JoAnn Falletta

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Cutler

BEST COUNTRY ACT
West of the Mark

BEST DJ CREW
Spooky Business

BEST FEMALE VOCALIST
Christina Custode

BEST HIP HOP ACT
AJ Jordan

BEST JAZZ ACT
Custode & Parisi

BEST MALE VOCALIST
Jim Candytree

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC ACT, BEST ROCK ACT
The Albrights

BEST SOUNDMAN
Kenny Maggs, Nietzsche’s

BEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Buffalo Choral Arts Society


  • http://twitter.com/NikkiButchart Nikki Butchart

    Yikes!!!

    “KIND OF BAR THIS TOWN NEEDS MOST
    A big dance club”

    People who voted for this category were you all living under a rock?!

    Rendezvous night club inside the Statler brings in DJs from around the world monthly. Djs that have played at major night clubs and music festivals around the world! On top of that it has massive dance floor and is brand new!!!!!! There is also PURE with a massive CO2 tank that rivals most and drops from the ceiling with a light up dance floor and huge
    video screen?! Where have you people been! Not sure how these options went completely unnoticed? What buffalo needs is for guys to take off their white washed jeans and bills jerseys and ladies trade your uggs for a pair of heels and explore the options buffalo has to offer.

    • Dru Bonic

      “What buffalo needs is for guys to take off their white washed jeans and bills jerseys and ladies trade your uggs for a pair of heels and explore the options buffalo has to offer.” – this is everything. true as well.

  • http://twitter.com/zibby42 Some Guy

    If people think Fat Bob’s is the best barbecue in Buffalo, you’re going to be absolutely blown away by Dinosaur Barbecue. I’d rather drive to the Rochester Dino than go to Fat Bob’s.

    • http://twitter.com/buffalo_markley Jamie S. Markley

      I ride up Franklin Str every day from work & I know when I’m close to Fat Bob’s b/c it seriously smells like a fart.

  • http://twitter.com/djdstar dstar

    Why do people think (of all things this desperate city needs) – a “big dance club.” What/who is the demographic that votes for this stuff? We have two clubs, both extremely nice inside, one that brings (Statler) literally world-class DJs on a monthly basis. I sometimes feel like more people drive from outside Buffalo to come to these clubs then people that live here in town. I run a weekly night that strictly focuses on dance music in which we can’t host in a “nightclub” setting because let’s face it – there unfortunately isn’t that level of demand for a dance night in this city. Bars that barely pass for watering holes are packed every weekend but we voted we need a club…seems like the same people that vote in Artvoice are either incredibly ignorant to the city and it’s offerings, or we just don’t support people here until they can’t afford to carry on their business…then complain they are gone & we wish they were around! I’m sorry, but I seriously don’t understand the people in this run-down city we call Buffalo.

    • http://twitter.com/Getthebuzz716 Getthebuzz716

      amen preach

    • Dru Bonic

      Any club dstar’s at.. I’m at.. thats all I’m saying.

  • Rose Rupert

    Thanks Buffalo for voting Record Theatre Best Record Store! Stop by and check out The Backroom at Main & Lafayette location,

  • http://www.alltechub.com/ Anil kumar