Issue November 7, 2006

Readers Choice – The Winners

GOODS & SERVICES

Best Attorney
1.    Darryl Isaacs
2.    David Lambertus
3.    Greg Stumbo

Best Auto Dealership
1.    Swope Auto Group (various)
2.    Bachman Chevrolet (various)
3.    Craig & Landreth (various)

Best Auto Service Center
1.    Bachman Automotive (various)
2.    Volksdoktor (1387 Lexington Road, 584-3511)
3.    Boone’s Chevron (various)

Best Bank
1.    PNC Bank (various)
2.    National City Bank (various)
3.    U.S. Bank (various)

Best CD/Music Store
1.    ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799)
2.    Best Buy (various)
3.    Book & Music Exchange (various)

Best Musical Instrument Store
1.    Doo Wop Shop (1587 Bardstown Road, 456-5250 and 2915 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 491-4191)
2.    Mom’s Music (various)
3.    Guitar Emporium (1610 Bardstown Road, 459-4153)

Best Video Store
1.    Wild and Woolly Video (1021 Bardstown Road, 473-0969)
2.    Blockbuster Video (various)
3.    Hollywood Video (various)

Best Men’s Clothing Store
1.    Dillard’s (various)
2.    Joseph A. Banks (various)
3.    Unique Thrift (617 Carter St., 772-9304 and 6201 Preston Hwy., 962-7212)

Best Women’s Clothing Store
1.    Dillard’s (various)
2.    Pitaya (955 Baxter Ave., 479-6006)
3.    Cherry Bomb (960 Baxter Ave., 583-1922)/Fung Shway (1382 Bardstown Road, 473-2011)/Nitty Gritty (996 Barret Ave., 583-3377)

Best Vintage Clothing Store
1.    Cherry Bomb (960 Baxter Ave., 583-1922)
2.    Nitty Gritty (996 Barret Ave., 583-3377)
3.    Elizabeth’s (2050 Frankfort Ave., 895-5911)

Best Dry Cleaner
1.    Highland Cleaners (various)
2.    Nu Yale Dry Cleaners (various)
3.    James the Cleaner (2593 Charlestown Road, New Albany, 812-944-4041)

Best Adult Store
1.    Priscilla’s (7844 Dixie Hwy., 935-4665 and 119 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 339-7370)
2.    Red Alley (626 W. Broadway, 562-9595 and 2517 Seventh St. Road, 634-9888)
3.    The Love Boutique (140 W. Jefferson St., 585-4627)

Best Lingerie Store
1.    Victoria’s Secret (various)
2.    Frederick’s of Hollywood (Jefferson Mall, 966-2031)
3.    Priscilla’s (7844 Dixie Hwy., 935-4665 and 119 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 339-7370)

Best Florist
1.    Nanz & Kraft Florist (various)
2.    Broadway Florist (224 W. Broadway, 583-2846 and 724 Lyndon Lane, 425-6111)
3.    Cannon’s Florist (1026 N. Clark Blvd., Clarksville, 812-283-7576)

Best Gift Store
1.    Regalo (980 Barret Ave., 583-1798)
2.    Scout (801 E. Market St., 584-8989)
3.    WHY Louisville (1609 Bardstown Road, 459-5522)

Best Hair Salon
1.    Kaleidoscope Hair Salon (1436 Bardstown Road, 458-3937)
2.    Blades Salon (132 Chenoweth Lane, 893-0431)
3.    Joseph’s Salon (3938 Dutchmans Lane, 897-5369)

Best Day Spa
1.    Z Salon & Spa (9407 Shelbyville Road, 426-2226)
2.    Fox Hollow (8909 Hwy, 329, Crestwood, 241-8621)
3.    Joseph’s Salon & Spa (3938 Dutchmans Lane, 897-5369)

Best Health Food Store
1.    Whole Foods (4944 Shelbyville Road, 899-5545)
2.    Amazing Grace Whole Foods (1133 Bardstown Road, 485-1122)
3.    Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods (various)

Best Tanning Salon
1.    SunTan City (various)
2.    UltraTan (various)
3.    New Image Hair & Tanning (99 Settlers Center Road in Taylorsville, 477-9960)

Best Liquor Store
1.    Old Town Wine & Spirits (1529 Bardstown Road, 451-8591)
2.    Liquor Barn (various)
3.    Wine Market (1200 Bardstown Road, 451-7446)

Best Tobacco Store
1.    Cox’s Smokers Outlet (various)
2.    Tobacco Road (various)
3.    River City Smoke Shop (623 Preston Hwy., 962-8100)

Best Bookstore
1.    Carmichael’s Bookstore (2720 Frankfort Ave., 896-6950 and 1295 Bardstown Road, 456-6950)
2.    Borders (various)
3.    Barnes & Noble Booksellers (various)

Best Bicycle Shop
1.    Highland Cycle (1737 Bardstown Road, 458-7832)
2.    Bicycle Sport (132 Breckenridge Lane, 897-2611)
3.    Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling (11520 Shelbyville Road, 245-1955)

Best Antique Store
1.    Louisville Antique Mall (900 Goss Ave., 635-2852)
2.    Joe Ley Antiques (615 E. Market St., 583-4014)
3.    Nussbaum Gallery (2040 Frankfort Ave., 894-9490)

Best Furniture Store/ Home Accessories Store
1.    Red Tree (701 E. Market St., 582-2555 and 11508 Shelbyville Road, 244-2338)
2.    Ashley Furniture Homestore (various)
3.    The Deal (1004 Barret Ave., 479-1000)

Best Church
1.    Southeast Christian Church (920 Blankenbaker Pkwy., 253-8400)
2.    Little Flock Baptist Church (1030 S. Hancock St., 584-3016)
3.    Cathedral of the Assumption (433 S. Fifth St., 582-2971)

Best Volunteer Opportunity
1.    Wayside Christian Mission (808 E. Market St., 584-3482)
2.    Kentucky Humane Society (various)

FOOD & DRINK

Best Restaurant
1.    Seviche (1538 Bardstown Road, 473-8560)
2.    Ramsi’s Café on the World (1293 Bardstown Road, 451-0700)
3.    El Mundo (2345 Frankfort Ave., 899-9930)

Best New Restaurant
1.    Seviche (1538 Bardstown Road, 473-8560)
2.    Proof on Main (700 W. Main St., 217-6360)
3.    The Cheesecake Factory (5000 Shelbyville Road, 891-3933)

Best Al Fresco Dining
1.    Avalon (1314 Bardstown Road, 454-5336)
2.    Azalea (3612 Brownsboro Road, 895-5493)
3.    Captain’s Quarters (5702 Captain’s Quarters Road, 228-5447)

Best Late-Night Bite
1.    White Castle (various)
2.    Taco Bell (various)
3.    Café 360 (1582 Bardstown Road, 473-8694)

Best Fine Dining
1.    Le Relais (2817 Taylorsville Road, 451-9020)
2.    Ruth’s Chris (6100 Dutchman’s Lane/Kaden Tower, 479-0026)
3.    Proof on Main (700 W. Main St., 217-6360)

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner
1.    Le Relais (2817 Taylorsville Road, 451-9020)
2.    The Oakroom (500 S. Fourth St. at Seelbach Hilton, 585-3200)
3.    Jack Fry’s (1007 Bardstown Road, 452-9244)

Best Restaurant on the River
1.    Captain’s Quarters (5702 Captain’s Quarters Road, 228-5447)
2.    Joe’s Crab Shack (131 River Road, 568-1171)
3.    Tumbleweed Southwest Grill (various)

Best Chinese Restaurant
1.    P.F. Chang’s (9120 Shelbyville Road, 327-7707)
2.    August Moon (2269 Lexington Road, 456-6569)
3.    Double Dragon (various)

Best Indian Restaurant
1.    Kashmir (1285 Bardstown Road, 473-8765)
2.    Shalimar (1820 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 493-8899)
3.    India Palace (9424 Shelbyville Road, 394-0490)

Best Japanese Restaurant
1.    Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi (1706 Bardstown Road, 479-5550)
2.    Shogun (9026 Taylorsville Road, 499-5700)
3.    Maido (1758 Frankfort Ave., 894-8775)

Best Mexican Restaurant
1.    El Nopal (various)
2.    Ernesto’s (various)
3.    Los Aztecas (various)

Best Middle Eastern/Greek Restaurant
1.    Shiraz (2018 Brownsboro Road, 891-8854)
2.    Grape Leaf (2217 Frankfort Ave., 897-1774)
3.    Pita Delights (1616 Grinstead Drive, 569-1122)

Best Thai Restaurant
1.    Thai-Siam (3002 Bardstown Road, 458-6871)
2.    Lemongrass Café (various)
3.    Mai’s Thai (1411 E. 10th St., Jeffersonville, 812-282-0198)/Sala Thai (9114 Taylorsville Road, 493-3944)

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
1.    Vietnam Kitchen (5339 Mitscher Ave., 363-5154)
2.    Lemongrass Café (various)
3.    Café Mimosa (1216 Bardstown Road, 458-2233)

Best Bakery
1.    Heitzman’s Traditional Bakery (425 W. Market St., 589-4385)
2.    Blue Dog Bakery (2868 Frankfort Ave., 899-9800)
3.    Plehn’s Bakery (3940 Shelbyville Road, 896-4438)

Best Breakfast/Brunch Spot
1.    Lynn’s Paradise Café (984 Barret Ave., 583-3447)
2.    Bristol Bar & Grille (various)
3.    North End Café (1722 Frankfort Ave., 896-8770)

Best Coffee House
1.    Heine Brothers (various)
2.    Highland Coffee (various)
3.    Starbucks (various)

Best Deli
1.    Stevens & Stevens Delicatessen (1114 Bardstown Road, 584-3354)
2.    Herman’s Deli (3985 Dutchmans Lane, 897-7570)
3.    Karem’s Deli (314 Wallace Ave., 893-7359)

Best Dessert Spot
1.    Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen (2525 Bardstown Rd., 459-8184 and 3737 Lexington Rd., 893-3393)
2.    Sweet Surrender (1416 Bardstown Road, 458-6363)
3.    The Cheesecake Factory (5000 Shelbyville Road, 891-3933)

Best Ice Cream Shop
1.    Graeter’s (various)
2.    Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen (2525 Bardstown Rd., 459-8184 and 3737 Lexington Rd., 893-3393)
3.    Cold Stone Creamery (various)

Best Seafood Restaurant
1.    Mike Linnig’s (9308 Cane Run Road, 937-1235)
2.    Seviche (1538 Bardstown Road, 473-8560)
3.    Red Lobster (various)

Best Steakhouse
1.    Texas Roadhouse (various)
2.    Ruth’s Chris (6100 Dutchman’s Lane-Kaden Tower, 479-0026)
3.    Pat’s Steakhouse (2437 Brownsboro Road, 893-2062)

Best Sushi Bar
1.    Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi (1706 Bardstown Road, 479-5550)
2.    Shogun (9026 Taylorsville Road, 499-5700)
3.    Maido Essential Japanese Cuisine and Sake Bar (1758 Frankfort Ave., 894-8775)

Best Barbecue
1.    Mark’s Feed Store (various)
2.    Famous Dave’s (8605 Citadel Way, 493-2812 and 1360 Veterans Pkwy., 812-282-3283)
3.    Bootleg Bar-B-Q (various)

Best Burger
1.    W.W. Cousins (900 Dupont Road, 897-9684)
2.    Kaelin’s (1801 Newburg Road, 451-1801)
3.    Genny’s Diner (2223 Frankfort Ave., 893-0923)

Best Pizza
1.    Wick’s Pizza Parlor & Pub (various)
2.    Spinelli’s Pizzeria (614 Baxter Ave., 568-5665)
3.    Papa John’s (various)

Best Vegetarian Menu
1.    Zen Garden (2240 Frankfort Ave., 895-9114)
2.    Benedict’s Garden Café (1519 Baxter Ave., 479-7777)
3.    Café 360 (1582 Bardstown Road, 473-8694)

Best Wings
1.    Buffalo Wild Wings (various)
2.    Hooter’s (various)
3.    Back Door (1250 Bardstown Road, 451-0659)

Best Beer List
1.    Cumberland Brews (1576 Bardstown Road, 458-8727)
2.    Flanagan’s Ale House (934 Baxter Ave., 585-3700)
3.    Baxter Station Bar & Grill (1201 Payne St., 584-1635)

Best Happy Hour
1.    Cumberland Brews (1576 Bardstown Road, 458-8727)
2.    Phoenix Hill Tavern (644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957)
3.    Asiatique (1767 Bardstown Road, 451-2749)

Best Wine List
1.    L&N Wine Bar & Bistro (1765 Mellwood Ave., 897-0070)
2.    Le Relais (2817 Taylorsville Road, 451-9020)
3.    The Oakroom (500 S. Fourth St. at Seelbach Hilton, 585-3200)

Best Waitstaff
1.    Le Relais (2817 Taylorsville Road, 451-9020)
2.    Avalon (3612 Brownsboro Road, 895-5493)
3.    North End Café (1722 Frankfort Ave., 896-8770)

ARTS, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Best Annual Festival
1.    St. James Art Fair
2.    WLRS Fest
3.    Kentucky Derby Festival

Best Charitable Event
1.    Crusade for Children
2.    March of Dimes
3.    Art for the Animals

Best Film Festival
1.    Last Call Film Fest
2.    Baxter Independent Film Fest
3.    Palace Summer Movie Series

Best Performing Arts Group
1.    Grotesque Burlesque
2.    Squallis Puppeteers
3.    Mystic Hips Bellydance

Best Live Theatre
1.    Actors Theatre of Louisville (316 W. Main St., 584-1205)
2.    Derby Dinner Playhouse (525 Marriott Drive, 812-288-8281)
3.    Louisville Palace (625 S. Fourth St., 583-4555)

Best Art Gallery
1) Speed Art Museum (2035 S. Third St., 634-2700)
2) Art Sanctuary (1030 E. St. Catherine St., 724-1845)
3) 21C Museum Hotel (700 W. Main St., 217-6400)/Cinderblock Gallery (931 E. Main St., www.cinderblockgallery.com)

Best Museum
1.    Speed Art Museum (2035 S. Third St., 634-2700)
2.    Louisville Science Center (727 W. Main St., 561-6100)
3.    Muhammad Ali Center (144 N. Sixth St., 584-9254)

Best Movie Theater
1.    Baxter Avenue Theatres (1250 Bardstown Road, 459-2288)
2.    Showcase Cinema de Lux 16 (9700 Preston Crossing Blvd., 499-6656)
3.    Cinemark Tinseltown (4400 Towne Center Drive, 326-0088)

Best Bowling Alley
1.    Lucky Strike Lanes (Fourth St. Live, 560-1400)
2.    King Pin Lanes (9525 Taylorsville Road, 267-4739)
3.    Ten Pin Lanes (200 Ten Pin Lane, 896-1727)

Best Gentlemen’s Club
1.    PT’s Showclub (227 E. Market St., 587-7878)
2.    Trixie’s (6114 Preston Hwy, 969-3393)
3.    Foxy Lady (1715 Berry Blvd., 366-3273)

Best Sports Bar
1.    Hoops (various)
2.    Buffalo Wild Wings (various)
3.    Hooter’s (various)

Best New Bar/Club
1.    Third Street Dive (440 S. Third St., 587-0706)
2.    Monkey Wrench (1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433)
3.    Elmo’s (308 E. Main St., 568-9133)/The Swamp (5300 Cane Run Road, 449-0203)

Best Blues Bar
1.    Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar (230 E. Main St., 582-9945)
2.    Zena’s Café (122 W. Main St., 584-3074)
3.    Uncle Pleasant’s (2126 S. Preston St., 634-4147)

Best Country Western Bar
1.    Coyote’s (133 W. Liberty St., 589-3866)
2.    Saddle Ridge (432 S. Fourth St., 569-3507)
3.    Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium (2345 Lexington Road, 452-9531)

Best Dance Club
1.    Main Street Lounge (104 W. Main St., 595-6001)/Red Cheetah Fourth St. Live, 589-0695)
2.    O’Malley’s Corner (133 W. Liberty St., 589-3866)
3.    The Connection (130 S. Floyd St., 585-5752)

Best Dive Bar
1.    Third Street Dive (440 S. Third St., 587-0706)
2.    Magnolia Bar (1398 S. Second St., 637-9052)
3.    Outlook Inn (916 Baxter Ave., 583-4661)

Best Gay/Lesbian Bar
1.    The Connection (130 S. Floyd St., 585-5752)
2.    Starbase Q (921 W. Main St., www.starbaseq.com)
3.    Tink’s Pub (2235 S. Preston St., 634-8180)

Best Jazz Club
1.    Jazz Factory (815 W. Market St., 992-3242)

Best Place to Shoot Pool
1.    Oliver’s Billiards (4001 Dupont Circle, 895-6990)/Barret Bar (1012 Barret Ave., 458-9640)
2.    Back Door (1250 Bardstown Road, 451-0659)
3.    Diamond’s Pub & Billiards (3814 Frankfort Ave., 895-7513)

Best Singles Bar
1.    O’Malley’s Corner (133 W. Liberty St., 589-3866)
2.    Fourth St. Live
3.    Willy’s (942 Baxter Ave., 583-2969)

Best Place to See Local Bands
1.    Headliners Music Hall (1386 Lexington Road, 584-8088)
2.    Bulldog Café (10619 W. Manslick Road, 380-0600)
3.    Coyote’s (133 W. Liberty St., 589-3866)/Dutch’s (3922 Shelbyville Road, 895-9004)/Gerstle’s (3801 Frankfort Ave., 899-3609)

Best New Local Band
1.    Echos Aim
2.    Liberation Prophecy
3.    Arcane Saint

Best Original Band
1.    Villebillies
2.    Subrosa
3.    Echos Aim

Best Local Rock Band
1.    Subrosa
2.    Villebillies
3.    Echos Aim

Best Local Hip-Hop Artist/Band
1.    Code Red
2.    Nappy Roots
3.    Villebillies

Best Local Blues Band
1.    Tyrone Cotton

Best Local Country Western Band
1.    Johnny Berry & the Outliers
2.    Hog Operation
3.    Chas Blakemore

Best Local Jazz Artist/Band
1.    Liberation Prophecy
2.    Paradigm
3.    Todd Hildreth

Best Local Punk Band
     1. Dead City Rejects
     2. Schitzo
     3. Alpha Betty

Best Place to Take an Out of Town Guest
1.    Fourth St. Live
2.    Churchill Downs
3.    Waterfront Park

MEDIA

Best Local TV Station
1.    WDRB-Fox 41
2.     WLKY-32
3.    WHAS-11

Best Local TV Reporter
1.    Scott Reynolds
2.    Eric Flack
3.    Vicki Dortch

Best Local TV News Anchor
1.    Dawne Gee
2.    Barry Bernson
3.    Jackie Hayes

Best Local Sports Anchor
1.    Fred Cowgill
2.    Bob Domine
3.    Gary Montgomery

Best Local Meteorologist
1.    John Belski
2.    Jay Cardosi
3.    Tom Wills

Best News Hair
1.    Dawne Gee/Vicki Dortch
2.    Candyce Clifft
3.    James Zambroski

Best Local Radio Station
1.    WFPK-91.9
2.    WLRS-105.1
3.    WTFX-93.1

Best Local Morning Show
1.    Fox in the Morning
2.    Bob & Tom
3.    Good Morning America

Best Local Radio Deejay
1.    Stevie Lee, 100.7-FM
2.    Peter B. & Kelly K., 99.7-FM
3.    Laura Shine, 91.9-FM

Best Local Writer
1.    Stephen George, LEO staff writer
2.    Ron Whitehead, local author
3.    Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal columnist

Best Place to Pick up a LEO
1.    Highland Coffee (various)
2.    ear X-tacy (1534 Bardstown Road, 452-1799)
3.    Heine Brothers/Qdoba (various)

Best Local Blog
1.    Bluegrass Report (www.bluegrassreport.org)
2.    Erin Keane (www.sensilla.com/bio.htm)
3.    Mark Hebert (www.beloblog.com/WHAS_Blogs/onthemark/)

RANDOM FUN & GAMES QUESTIONS

Best Place to Exceed the Speed Limit
1.    Gene Snyder Freeway
2.    Waterfront Park
3.    River Road/Watterson Expressway

Best Place to Have Sex in Public
1.    Cherokee Park
2.    Waterfront Park
3.    Shawnee Park

Best Place to Make You Feel Like You Aren’t in Louisville
1.    21C/Fourth St. Live (tie) (700 W. Main St., 217-6300/Fourth St.)
2.    Main Street Lounge (104 W. Main St., 595-6001)
3.    Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center (1860 Mellwood Ave., 895-3650)

News Personality You’d Most Like to See Naked
1.    Dawne Gee
2.    Maureen Kyle
3.    Vicki Dortch

Best Place to Hide a Meth Lab
1.    In a gated community
2.    Dumpster
3.    Backstage at a Days of the New concert

Best Nickname for Ernie Fletcher
1.    Chevy Chase
2.    Dr. No
3.    Unhappy Chandler

Best Louisville Banner
1.    Hunter S. Thompson
2.    Secretariat
3.    Tod Browning/Lionel Hampton

Best Place to Watch Thunder Over Louisville
1.    Great Lawn
2.    Home on TV
3.    Floodwall in Clarksville, Ind.

Tell Us Your Secret
1.    I had sex with my friend’s mom and sister.
2.    I threw my boyfriend’s cell phone out the window on the expressway … he still thinks he lost it.
3.    I want to eat a horse.