Issue September 24, 2008

Reader’s Choice 2008 Winners

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Annual Festival

1) KY Derby Festival

2) St. James Art Fair

3) Thunder Over Louisville

Best Charitable Event 

1) Crusade for Children 

2) St. Joseph’s Orphans Picnic 

3) St. Baldrick’s 

Louisville AIDS Walk 

Best Film Festival

1) Last Call Film Festival 

2) Gay & Lesbian 

3) 48-Hour Film Fest 

Best Church Picnic 

1) St. Joe’s 

2) St. Agnes 

3) St. Martha 

Best Performing

Arts Group 

1) Actors Theatre 

2) Louisville Orchestra 

3) Louisville Ballet 

Best Live Theater

1) Actors Theatre

2) Pandora Productions

3) Walden Theatre

Best Actor

1) William Mapother

2) Johnny Depp

3) George Clooney

Best Actress

1) Julia Roberts

2) Meryl Streep

3) Angelina Jolie

Best Theater Production

1) Dracula @ Actors

2) Phantom of the
Opera @ KY Center

3) Menopause the
Musical @ Actors

Best Theater Troupe

1) Pandora Productions

2) Walden Theatre

3) Actors Theatre

Best Comedian

1) Tom Mabe

2) Adam White

3) Tim Wilson

Best Art Gallery

1) Speed Art Museum

2) Swanson Reed

3) Zephyr Gallery

Best Trolley Hop

1) Frankfort Avenue

2) Downtown

3) Bardstown

Best Museum

1) Speed Art Museum

2) Frazier

3) Ali Center

Best Movie Theater

1) Baxter Avenue

2) Stonybrook

3) Tinseltown

Best Public Park

1) Cherokee Park

2) Seneca Park

3) Waterfront Park

Best Bowling Alley

1) Vernon Lanes

2) Ten Pin Lanes

3) King Pin Lanes

Best Visual Artist

1) David Schuster

2) Ed Hamilton

3) Daniel Pfalzgraf

Best Public Mural

1) Café Metro

2) Highlands Mural @ Wick’s

3) Old Town Wine & Spirits 

Best Public Sculpture

1) York at the Belvedere

2) The Thinker at UofL

3) Gracehopper @ Waterfront Park

Best New Public Graffiti Wall

1) Mellwood Arts Center

2) Preston Highway & Grade Lane

3) Spinelli’s

Best Original Band

1) My Morning Jacket

2) Lucky Pineapple

3) The Monarchs

Best Cover Band

1) Bella Blue Band

2) Nervous Melvin

3) The Big Rock Show 

Best Singer-Songwriter

1) Brigid Kaelin

2) Tim Krekel

3) Teneia Sanders

Best Rock Band

1) My Morning Jacket

2) The Big Rock Show

3) Down-n-Out

Best Hip-Hop Artist/Group

1) Nappy Roots

2) Code Red

3) The Villebillies

Best Orchestral Instrument

1) Violin

2) Cello

3) French Horn 

Oboe

Best Blues Band

1) The Bella Blue Band

2) Muddy Nasty River

3) Lamont Gillespie & 100 Proof Blues

Best Country/Western Band

1) Johnny Berry & the Outliners

2) Rascal Flatts

3) Alabama

Sugarland

Best Jazz Artist/Band

1) Harry Pickens

2) Liberation Prophecy

3) Squeeze Bot

Dick Sisto

GOODS & SERVICES

Best Auto Dealership

1) Sam Swope

2) Neil Huffman

Bachmann

3) Oxmoor Toyota

Best Auto Service Center

1) Sam Swope

2) St. Matthews Imports

3) Bob Hook Chevrolet

Most Honest Mechanic

1) St. Matthews Imports

2) Ed Baumer

3) Conn’s

Best Bank

1) Republic

2) Stock Yards

3) National City

Best Roofer

1) Christian Brothers

2) Highland Roofing

3) Carlon Roofing

Best Plumber

1) BC Plumbing

2) Tony’s Plumbing

3) Dauenhauer Plumbing

Best Vet

1) Shively Animal Hospital

2) St. Matthews Animal   

        Hospital

Cherokee Animal 

        Hospital 

3) Downtown

Plantation

Best Place to Have a Baby

1) Baptist East

2) Norton

3) Clark Memorial

Best Record Store

1) ear X-tacy

2) Underground Sounds

3) Book & Music Exchange

Best Instrument Shop

1) Doo Wop

2) Mom’s Music

3) Guitar Emporium

Best Video Store

1) Wild and Woolly

2) Blockbuster

3) Red Box

Best Men’s Clothing Store

1) Dillard’s

2) Rodes

3) Macy’s

Best Women’s Clothing Store

1) Macy’s

2) Kohl’s

3) Dot Fox

Best Place to Buy Clothes that Don’t Need Dry Cleaning

1) Target

2) Kohl’s

3) Cherry Bomb 

Best Place to Buy Clothes that Need Dry Cleaning

1) Macy’s

2) Von Maur

Dillard’s

3) Rodes

Best Vintage Clothing Store

1) Nitty Gritty

2) Cherry Bomb

3) Elizabeth’s

Best Adult/Erotic Store

1) Cirilla’s

2) Love Boutique

3) Theatair X

Best Lingerie Store

1) Victoria’s Secret

2) Frederick’s

3) Cirilla’s

Best Florist

1) Nanz & Kraft

2) Colonial Designs

3) Broadway Florist

Best Tanning Salon

1) Sun Tan City

2) Ultra Tan

3) True Colors

Best Health Food Store

1) Whole Foods

2) Rainbow Blossom

3) Amazing Grace

Best Liquor Store

1) Old TownWine & Spirits

2) Liquor Barn

3) Party Mart

Best Tobacco Store

1) Cox’s Smokers Outlet

2) J Shepherds

3) Kremer’s Smoke Shoppe

Best Bookstore

1) Carmichael’s

2) Borders

3) Barnes & Noble

Best Bicycle Shop

1) Scheller’s

2) Bicycle Sport

3) St. Matthews Schwinn

Best Antique Store

1) Louisville Antique Mall

2) Joe Ley

3) The Deal

Best Furniture/Home Accessories Store

1) Ashley’s

2) Red Tree

Charlotte’s Web

3) Haverty’s

Best Economy Hotel

1) Holiday Inn Express

2) Motel 6

3) Marriott

Best Luxury Hotel

1) 21c Museum Hotel 

2) The Seelbach Hilton 

3) The Brown Hotel

Best Wedding-Night Hotel Room

1) The Seelbach Hilton

2) The Brown Hotel

3) 21c Museum Hotel 

Best Ad Agency

1) Red7e

2) Power Creative

3) Doe Anderson

Best Catering

1) Masterson’s

2) Wilshire Pantry

3) Ladyfingers

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

1) Kentucky Humane Society

2) Shamrock Society

3) Feeder’s Supply

Best Tattoo Parlor

1) Tattoo Charlie’s

2) Acme Ink

3) Twisted Images

Best Screen Printer

1) Monkey Drive

2) Skull Alley

3) Kopilot

Best Running Store

1) Swag’s Sports Shoes

2) Ken Coombs

3) Fleet Feet

Best Gym

1) Louisville Athletic Center

2) YMCA

3) Urban Active

Best Golf Course

1) Valhalla

2) Seneca Park

3) Cherokee Park

Quail Chase

Best Basketball
League/Court

1) Hoops

2) Jewish Community Center

3) Seneca Park

Mid America Sports Center

Best Public Water Fountain

1) Waterfront Park

2) Hogan’s Fountain

3) St. James Court

Best Public Restroom

1) 21c Museum Hotel 

2) Von Maur

3) Macy’s

Best Massage

1) Z Salon 

2) Apex Massage

3) Baptist East Milestone

 

Best Yoga Class

1) Yoga East

2) Yoga on Baxter

3) Infinite

Best House of Worship

1) Southeast Christian Church 

2) Unity of Louisville

3) Cathedral of the Assumption 

Best Plastic Surgeon: Breasts

1) Dr. Bradley

Calobrace   

2) Dr. T. Gerald O’Daniel 

3) Dr. Marc J. Salzman

Best Plastic Surgeon: Face

1) Dr. T. Gerald O’Daniel

2) Dr. Bradley
Calobrace

3) Dr. Tom Haas

Best Liposuction Doctor

1) Dr. Bradley

Calobrace

2) Dr. T. Gerald O’Daniel

3) Dr. Tom Haas

Best Glamour Dentist

1) Dr. Dennis Jenkins @ 

          Designing Smiles

Dr. Charles Barrett

2) Louisville Cosmetic Dentistry

3) Dr. David Willey

Best Hair Salon

1) Joseph’s

Z Salon 

2) Kaleidoscope

3) Blades

Best Hair Extensions

1) Kaleidoscope

2) Sara Bard @ Hair Strobel

3) Sylvia McKnelly @ Shear Artistry

Best Jewelry Store

1) Shane Co. 

2) Davis Jewelers 

3) Seng Jewelers

Best Skin Treatment Spa

1) Z Salon

2) Avanti

3) Calospa MD

Best Place to Buy a Unique Gift

1) Regalo

2) Dandelion Boutique

3) Edenside Gallery

Best Boutique

1) Dandelion Boutique

2) Dot Fox

3) Clodhoppers

DINING

Best New Restaurant

1) Mojito

2) Amerigo

3) Corbett’s An American Place

Best Restaurant Overall (Louisville)

1) Ramsi’s

2) Jack Fry’s

3) Bristol

Proof

Mojito

Amerigo

Corbett’s An American Place

Best Restaurant Overall (S. Indiana)

1) Rocky’s

2) Rich O’s

3) La Rosita

Best Outdoor Dining

1) Avalon

2) Captain’s Quarters

3) Mike Linnig’s

Best Fine Dining

1) Jack Fry’s

2) Vincenzo’s

3) Proof on Main

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

1) Jack Fry’s

2) Le Relais

3) Buck’s

Best Restaurant on the River

1) Captain’s Quarters

2) Rocky’s

3) Tumbleweed

Best Late-Night Bite

1) White Castle

2) Ramsi’s

3) Bristol

Best Chinese Restaurant

1) August Moon

2) PF Chang’s

3) Café Mimosa/Egg Roll Machine 

Best Indian Restaurant

1) Kashmir

2) Shalimar

3) India Palace

Best Japanese Restaurant

1) Sapporo 

2) Maido 

3) Shogun 

Best Italian Restaurant

1) Come Back Inn

2) Rocky’s 

3) Porcini 

Best Mexican Restaurant

1) El Mundo

2) El Nopal

3) Los Aztecas

Best Salsa

1) El Mundo

2) Ernesto’s

3) Tumbleweed

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

1) The Grape Leaf

2) Shiraz 

3) Safier 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1) Vietnam Kitchen

2) Basa

3) Café Mimosa

Best Thai Restaurant

1) Thai Siam

2) Simply Thai

3) Thai Taste

Best Cajun/Creole Restaurant

1) J Gumbo’s

2) Joe’s OK Bayou

Best Mobile Vendor

1) AT&T

2) Verizon

3) T-Mobile

Best Chef

1) Dean Corbett

2) Anthony Lamas

3) Anoosh Shariat

Best Buffet

1) Golden Corral

2) Bristol

3) Sitar

Hometown 

Best Takeout

1) Great Wall

2) August Moon

Café Mimosa

Double Dragon

3) Simply Thai

Best Delivery

1) Papa John’s

2) Wick’s

3) Tony Boombozz

Best Ribs

1) Mark’s Feed Store

2) Famous Dave’s

3) Tony Roma’s

Best Fish Sandwich

1) Stan’s Fish Sandwich

2) The Fishery

3) Moby Dick

Best Produce

1) Paul’s Fruit Market

2) Farmers Markets

3) Whole Foods

Best Butcher

1) Kingsley Meat & Seafood

2) Mike’s Best

3) Fresh Market

Best Bakery

1) Plehn’s Bakery

2) Blue Dog Bakery

3) Heitzman’s Bakery

Best Breakfast/Brunch

1) Lynn’s Paradise Café

2) Toast

3) Wild Eggs

Best Coffee Shop

1) Heine Bros.

2) Highland Coffee

3) Starbucks 

Best Deli

1) Stevens & Stevens

2) Jason’s Deli

3) Morris Liquors & Deli 

Best Dessert

1) Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

2) Sweet Surrender

3) Desserts by Helen

Best Ice Cream Shop

1) Graeter’s

2) Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen

3) Cold Stone Creamery 

Best Seafood Restaurant

1) Mitchell’s Fish Market

2) Red Lobster

3) Kingfish

Best Steakhouse

1) Pat’s Steakhouse

2) Jeff Ruby’s

3) Ruth’s Chris

Best Sushi

1) Sapporo

2) Maido

3) Fuji

Best BBQ

1) Mark’s Feed Store

2) Famous Dave’s

3) Frankfort Ave. Beer Depot 

Best Burger

1) W.W. Cousin’s

2) Red Robin

3) Bristol

Best Pub Grub

1) Irish Rover

2) Flanagan’s Ale House

3) O’Shea’s

Best Falafel

1) Safier

2) Falafel House

3) Grape Leaf

Best Pizza

1) Wick’s

2) Tony Boombozz

3) Bearno’s Pizza

Best Vegetarian Offering

1) Zen Garden

2) Ramsi’s

3) Third Avenue Café

Best Wings

1) Buffalo Wild Wings

2) Hooters

3) Rumors

Best Beer List

1) Rich O’s

2) Flanagan’s Ale House

3) Old Chicago

Best Wine List

1) L&N Winebar

2) Napa River Grill

3) Bristol 

Best Happy Hour

1) Cumberland Brews

2) Napa River Grill

BBC

3) Amerigo 

Best Waitstaff

1) Hooters

2) Amerigo

Cumberland Brews

3) El Mundo

Best Uniforms for Waitstaff

1) Hooters

2) Bristol

3) Corbett’s An American 

        Place

Jeff Ruby’s

Proof

Ramsi’s

Best Dinner Roll

1) O’Charley’s

2) Buckhead’s

3) Red Lobster

Best Décor

1) Lynn’s Paradise Café

2) Proof

3) Jeff Ruby’s

Best Menu Design

1) Jeff Ruby’s

Proof

2) Back Door

3) El Mundo

Best French Fries

1) McDonald’s

2) Rally’s

3) Steak ’n’ Shake

Fastest Lunch

1) Jimmy John’s

2) Qdoba

McDonald’s

3) City Café 

NIGHTLIFE

Best Sports Bar

1) Buffalo Wild Wings

2) Hooters

3) Champions

Dundee Tavern

Best U of L Bar

1) Tailgaters

Granville Inn

2) Cardinal Hall of Fame

3) Dundee Tavern

Best UK Bar

1) Gerstle’s

2) Two Keys Tavern (it’s in Lexington, people … geez)

Best New Bar/Club

1) Nachbar

2) Fuzion

3) Hotel

Best Blues Bar

1) Stevie Ray’s

2) Zena’s

3) Coyote’s/

City Block

Best Country/
Western Bar

1) Coyote’s

2) Saddle Ridge

3) 3rd Street Dive

Best Dance Club

1) Connection

2) Fuzion

3) The Pink Door

Best Comedy Club

1) Comedy Caravan

2) Akiko’s

3) Air Devil’s Inn

Best Dive Bar

1) The Back Door

2) Mag Bar 

3) Nachbar

Best Queer Bar

1) Connection

2) Fuzion

3) The Pink Door

Best Karaoke Bar

1) Akiko’s

2) Pour Haus

3) Seidenfaden’s

Best Singles Bar

1) BBC

Phoenix Hill

2) Nachbar

3) Jim Porter’s

Best Local Brewery

1) BBC

2) Cumberland Brews

3) New Albanian 

Best Place to Hear Jazz

1) An open field

2) A record player

3) Fourth Street Fluteman

Best Cornhole

1) Frankfort Ave. Beer Depot

2) Joe’s Older Than Dirt

3) Hooters

Best One-Tank Trip

1) Cincinnati

2) Nashville

3) Red River Gorge

Best Drag Queen

1) Hurricane Summers

2) Phoenix

3) Symone

Best Drag Queen Accessory

1) Duct Tape

2) Wig and/or Fro

3) Feather Boa

Best Smoking Area

1) None

2) Outside

3) Home

Best Bartender

1) Brandon Fullen @ Fuzion

2) Brenton @ El Mundo

3) James @ Nachbar

Mikie @ El Mundo

Tim Dugan @ Uptown

Best Stripper/Club

1) PT’s

2) Tryangles

3) Godfathers

Most Unusual Tasty Cocktail

1) Mojito

2) Basa Aloe Martini

3) 4 Horseman

Apple Martini

Germantown Martini

Best Margarita

1) El Mundo

2) Tumbleweed

3) El Nopal

Best Martini

1) Martini’s

2) Avalon

3) Proof

Strongest Mixed Drink

1) The Back Door

2) El Mundo

3) Cahoots

Best Bar to Nurse a Hangover

1) Outlook Inn

2) The Back Door

Café 360

3) Cumberland Brews

Nachbar

Best Place to Get Hungover

1) Nachbar

2) The Back Door

El Mundo

3) Cahoots

Flanagan’s Ale House

Fuzion

Best Bar Bathroom

1) Proof on Main

2) Fuzion

3) Connection

MEDIA

Best Local TV Station

1) WAVE-3

2) WHAS-11

3) Fox-41

Best Local TV News Anchor

1) Dawne Gee

2) Jackie Hayes

3) Barry Bernson

Hottest Anchor (male or female)

1) Dawne Gee

Jennifer Baileys

2) Vicki Dortch

3) Candyce Clifft

Carrie Weil 

Best News Cleavage

1) Janelle MacDonald

2) Vicki Dortch

3) Jennifer Baileys

Best Local TV Meteorologist

1) John Belski 

2) Tom Wills 

3) Marc Weinberg 

Most Accurate Local Forecast

1) Tom Wills

2) John Belski

3) Marc Weinberg 

Best Overwrought Name for Local Weather Coverage

1) WAVE-3 Storm Cutter HD

2) WHAS-11 First Alert Stormteam

3) WLKY-32 Advanced Warning Weather

Best TV Morning Show

1) Fox-41

2) Good Morning Kentuckiana

3) Today Show

Best Magazine

1) Louisville Magazine

2) Underwired

3) Bejeezus Magazine

Today’s Woman

Best Local Radio Station

1) WFPK-91.9 FM

2) WFPL-89.3 FM

3) The Max-102.3 FM

Best Local Radio DJ

1) Laura Shine / WFPK

2) Kelly K / WDJX

3) Terry Meiners

Best Local Writer

1) Bob Hill

2) Stephen George

3) Peter Berkowitz

Best Local Website

1) Louisville Mojo (www.louisvillemojo.com)

2) LEO Weekly (www.leoweekly.com)

3) Louisville Hot Bytes (www.louisvillehotbytes.com)

      Louisville Hardcore (www.louisvillehardcore.com)

Best Local News Blog

1) The ’Ville Voice (www.thevillevoice.com)

2) PageOneKentucky.com 

  General Sense 

        of Outrage (www.

        leoweekly.com)

3) Backseat Sandbar (www.backseatsandbar.wordpress.com)

Best Local Arts Blog

1) Backseat Sandbar (www.backseatsandbar.wordpress.com)

        LEO Weekly (www.

        leoweekly.com)

             Peter Berkowitz 

             (peterberkowitz.

             blogspot.com)

2) Mellwood Arts Center (www.mellwoodartcenter.com)

Best Local Entertainment Blog

1) LEO Weekly (www.leoweekly.com)

2) Consuming Louisville (www.consuminglouisville.com)

3) Backseat Sandbar (www.backseatsandbar.wordpress.com)

Best Local Music Blog

1) Peter Berkowitz (peterberkowitz.blogspot.com)

2) Notes (leoweekly.com)

3) Louisville Hardcore (www.louisvillehardcore.com)

Best Social Networking Site

1) Facebook

2) MySpace

3) Louisville Mojo

Best Reason to Use Social Networking

1) Keep in touch

2) Find old friends

3) Meet new people

Best Web Tool Available to Louisville Consumers

1) Google

2) Louisville Hot Bytes

3) MetroMix 

Best Reason to Read
LEO Weekly

1) News of the Weird

2) Entertainment News

3) Events

Best Place to Pick up LEO Weekly

1) Heine Bros.

2) Highland Coffee

3) Qdoba

OTHER STUFF

Best Domecile Style

1) Shotgun house

2) Unfinished Urban Condo

3) McMansion

Best Louisville Nickname

1) The ’Ville

2) Derby City

3) Lou-a-vul

Best Person to Have Their Face on a Building

1) Muhammad Ali

2) Diane Sawyer

3) Colonel Sanders

Best Description of Louisville in Three Words or Less

1) Big Small Town

2) My Home Town

3) Home

Best Month
to Be in Town

1) May

2) October

3) April

Best Local Landmark

1) Churchill Downs

2) Louisville Slugger Bat

3) Waterfront Park

Best Eyesore (Current or Historical)

1) Falls Fountain

2) Kennedy Bridge before it was painted

3) Kaden Tower

Best Place to Make a Public Spectacle of Yourself

1) Fourth Street Live

2) Bardstown Road

3) Waterfront Park

Best Place to Take Your Dog to People-Watch

1) Cherokee Park

2) Bardstown Road

3) Waterfront Park

Best Neighborhood

1) Highlands

2) Crescent Hill

3) Germantown

St. Matthews

Most Sexual Architecture

1) Aegon Tower

2) Cochran Tunnel

3) Central Bank Towers

Best Intersection for Pedestrians

1) Bardstown Road & Eastern Pkwy.

2) Bardstown Road & Grinstead Dr. 

3) Bardstown Road, Highland Ave. & Baxter Ave.

Best Bus Stop

1) Bardstown Road & Eastern Pkwy.

2) Douglass Loop

3) 4th and Broadway

Best Place to See Xmas Décor

1) Downtown

2) Lake Forest

3) Hillcrest

Best Place to Speak a Foreign Language

1) Worldfest

2) In another country

3) South End

Best Place to Ride Your Bike

1) Cherokee Park

2) Waterfront Park

3) Seneca Park

Best Reason to Get in the Ohio River

1) City on fire

2) Polar Bear Plunge

3) Avoid swarming bees

Best Party School (College or University)

1) U of L

2) UK

3) Western Kentucky University 

Best Campus (Functional)

1) U of L

2) Bellarmine

3) UK

Best Campus (Aesthetic)

1) U of L

2) Bellarmine

3) UK

Greenest Campus

1) U of L

2) Bellarmine

3) UK

Best Student Newspaper

1) The Cardinal

2) The Kentucky Kernel

3) The Horizon (IU Southeast)

Best Fraternity

1) Sigma Chi

2) Phi Kappa Tau

3) Kappa Sigma

Best Sorority

1) Delta Zeta

2) Delta Delta Delta

Pi Beta Phi

3) Chi Omega

Best Deity

1) God

2) Buddha

3) Flying Spaghetti Monster

Best Place to See a Ghost

1) Waverly Hills Sanitarium

2) Old Louisville

3) Seelbach Hilton

Best Local Urban Legend

1) Ever getting a new mayor

2) Giant Catfish

3) Goatman

Best Thing To Do With Your Used LEO Weekly

1) Recycle

2) Pass it on

3) Line the Litter Box

Best Business to Have As Your MySpace Friend

1) Wild and Woolly

2) ear X-tacy

LEO Weekly

Nachbar

3) WhyLouisville

Best Local Attorney Gimmick

1) Daryl Isaacs “The Hammer”

2) Kaufman, Stigger & Hughes

3) Jan Waddell

Best Local Celebrity

1) Muhammad Ali

2) Terry Meiners

3) Rick Pitino

Best Conservative

1) Anne Northup

2) Mitch McConnell

3) Rush Limbaugh

Best Liberal

1) John Yarmuth

2) Jerry Abramson

3) Tom Owen

Best Politician Makeover

1) John Yarmuth

2) Anne Northup

3) Mitch McConnell

Best Question for Anne Northup if you had her one-on-one

1) Why?

2) Why are you running again?

3) Why don’t you just give up?

Best Question for John Yarmuth if you had him one-on-one

1) What’s the status of the bridges?

2) Why not 8664?

3) What’s Stephen Colbert like?

Best Community Role Model

1) Jerry Abramson

2) John Yarmuth

3) Tom Owens

Best Excuse to Leave Town for a Day

1) Derby

2) Weather

3) Thunder Over Louisville

Best Thing That’s Changed Here in the Last Year

1) Smoking Ban

2) Downtown Development

3) More Bike Paths