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2008 Best of Pittsburgh Readers' Poll Results


NIGHTLIFE & CULTURE
Best overall club/bar
1st Brillobox / Bloomfield
2nd Club Café / South Side
3rd Zen / Station Square


Best new bar/club
1st Zen / Station Square
2nd Barroom / Station Square
3rd S-Bar / South Side


Best dance club
1st Matrix / Station Square
2nd Diesel / South Side
3rd Zen / Station Square


Best all-ages club
1st Mr. Small's Funhouse & Theater / Millvale
2nd Club Zoo / Strip District
3rd Diesel / South Side


Best hipster bar/club
1st Brillobox / Bloomfield
2nd Matrix / Station Square
3rd Lava Lounge / South Side


Best bar to see strippers
1st Blush / Downtown
2nd Club Erotica / McKees Rocks
3rd Cricket Lounge / Bloomfield


Best happy hour
1st Mad Mex / various locations
2nd McCormick & Schmick's / South Side
3rd Sharp Edge / various locations


Best lounge bar
1st Firehouse Lounge / Strip District
2nd Lava Lounge / South Side
3rd Bossa Nova / Downtown


Best karaoke bar
1st Nico's Recovery Room / Bloomfield
2nd Ryan's Pub / Regent Square
3rd Cappy's / Shadyside


Best sports bar
1st Sports Rock / Strip District
2nd Buffalo Blues / Shadyside
3rd Bettis Grille / North Side


Best place to play darts
1st Shootz Café & Billiards / South Side
2nd Dee's Café / South Side
3rd Jack Rose Bar / South Side


Best place to shoot pool
1st Shootz Café & Billiards / South Side
2nd Dee's Café / South Side
3rd Dave & Buster's / Waterfront


Best bar to play poker
1st Shootz Café & Billiards / South Side
2nd Rhythm House Café / Bridgeville
3rd Ryan's Pub / Regent Square


Best GLBT-friendly bar
1st 5801 Video Lounge / Shadyside
2nd Pegasus Lounge / Downtown
3rd Spin Bartini & Ultralounge / Shadyside


Best club to see live music
1st Club Café / South Side
2nd Diesel / South Side
3rd Mr. Small's Funhouse & Theater / Millvale


Best concert venue
1st Post-Gazette Pavilion / Burgettstown
2nd Mr. Small's Funhouse & Theater / Millvale
3rd The Rex Theatre / South Side


Best solo artist
1st Joy Ike
2nd Bill Deasy
3rd (tie) Cathasaigh / Brad Yoder


Best blues band
1st Jill West & the Blues Attack
2nd The Blues Orphans
3rd Sweaty Betty Blues Band


Best underground band
1st Ishtar
2nd Gramsci Melodic
3rd Triggers


Best pop/rock band
1st The Clarks
2nd The Bill Deasy Band
3rd (tie) Good Night, States / Gramsci Melodic


Best tribute band
1st Bon Journey
2nd Velveeta
3rd Lez Zeppelin


Best jazz band
1st Boilermaker Jazz Band
2nd (tie) Neon Swing Experience / Opek
3rd Jazzam


Best club DJ
1st DJ Digital Dave
2nd DJ Bonics
3rd DJ Humanaut


Best hip-hop performer
1st Wiz Khalifa
2nd Formula 412
3rd Kellee Maize


Best artist
1st Joy Ike
2nd Bill Deasy
3rd Cathasaigh


Best art gallery
1st ModernFormations / Garfield
2nd Space Gallery / Downtown
3rd Wood Street Galleries / Downtown


Best local stage production
1st City Theatre -- Without You
2nd Pittsburgh Public Theater -- The Chief
3rd Quantum Theatre -- Cymbeline


Best local dance company
1st Attack Theatre
2nd Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
3rd Dance Alloy


Best theater for film-lovers
1st Regent Square Theater / Regent Square
2nd Harris Theater / Downtown
3rd AMC Loews / Waterfront


Best place to take the kids for the afternoon
1st Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium / Highland Park
2nd Children's Museum / North Side
3rd Carnegie Science Center / North Side


Best outdoor cultural event
1st Three Rivers Arts Festival / Downtown
2nd Hartwood Acres concerts / Hartwood Acres
3rd Free movies at Flagstaff Hill / Schenley Park




FOOD & DRINK
Best new restaurant
1st Legume Bistro / Regent Square
2nd Richard Chen / East Liberty
3rd Pangea / Shadyside


Best kids' menu
1st Eat'n Park / various locations
2nd Moe's Southwest Grill / various locations
3rd Max & Erma's / various locations


Best fine dining
1st Eleven / Strip District
2nd Le Mont / Mount Washington
3rd Monterey Bay / Mount Washington and Monroeville


Best BYOB dining
1st Piccolo Forno / Lawrenceville
2nd La Filipiniana & Sweet Basil / Lawrenceville
3rd Abay Ethiopian Cuisine / East Liberty


Best outdoor dining
1st Harris Grill / Shadyside
2nd Doublewide Grill / South Side
3rd Mallorca / South Side


Best American restaurant
1st Fat Heads / South Side
2nd Six Penn Kitchen / Downtown
3rd Harris Grill / Shadyside


Best Caribbean restaurant
1st Kaya / Strip District
2nd Royal Caribbean / East Liberty
3rd Bahama Breeze / North Fayette


Best Chinese restaurant
1st Sesame Inn / various locations
2nd China Palace / various locations
3rd PF Chang's / Waterfront


Best French restaurant
1st Le Pommier / South Side
2nd (tie) Ma Provence / Squirrel Hill & Palate / Downtown
3rd Café du Jour / South Side


Best German restaurant
1st Penn Brewery / North Side
2nd Max's Allegheny Tavern / North Side
3rd Kleiner Deutschmann / Springdale


Best Greek restaurant
1st Mike & Tony's / Downtown
2nd Christos' / Downtown
3rd Salonika Gyros / Downtown


Best Indian restaurant
1st India Garden / Monroeville and Oakland
2nd People's Indian Restaurant / Garfield
3rd Taj Mahal / North Hills


Best Italian restaurant
1st (tie) Bravo / various locations & Del's / Bloomfield
2nd Piccolo Forno / Lawrenceville
3rd Girasole / Shadyside


Best Japanese restaurant
1st Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar / South Side
2nd Umi / Shadyside
3rd Chaya Japanese Cuisine / Squirrel Hill


Best Mexican restaurant
1st Mad Mex / various locations
2nd El Campesino / various locations
3rd Taqueria Taco Loco / South Side


Best Middle-Eastern restaurant
1st Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant / Oakland
2nd Aladdin's Eatery / various locations
3rd Kassab's Lebanese Cuisine / South Side


Best Mediterranean restaurant
1st Aladdin's Eatery / various locations
2nd The Mediterranean Grill / Squirrel Hill
3rd Casbah / Shadyside


Best pub-style restaurant
1st Piper's Pub / South Side
2nd Sharp Edge / various locations
3rd Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle / Strip District


Best romantic restaurant
1st LeMont / Mount Washington
2nd Monterey Bay / Mount Washington amd Monroeville
3rd The Melting Pot / Station Square


Best Spanish restaurant
1st Mallorca Restaurant / South Side
2nd Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar / South Side
3rd La Casa Tapas & Wine Bar / Shadyside


Best Thai restaurant
1st Thai Cuisine / Bloomfield
2nd Thai Place Restaurant / Shadyside
3rd Bangkok Balcony / Squirrel Hill


Best Vietnamese restaurant
1st Tram's Kitchen / Bloomfield
2nd Pho Minh / Garfield
3rd Pho Kim 88 / Castle Shannon


Best fusion restaurant
1st Soba Lounge / Shadyside
2nd Kaya / Strip District
3rd Spice Island Tea House / Oakland


Best local pizza shop
1st Fiori's / Dormont
2nd Mineo's / Squirrel Hill
3rd Pizza Sola (formerly Vesuvio) / South Side and East Liberty


Best pizza (chain)
1st Vocelli's Pizza / various locations
2nd Pizza Hut / various locations
3rd Papa John's / various locations


Best seafood restaurant
1st Monterey Bay / Mount Washington and Monroeville
2nd Mitchell's Fish Market / Waterfront and Mount Lebanon
3rd Original Fish Market / Downtown


Best sushi
1st Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar / South Side
2nd Umi / Shadyside
3rd Little Tokyo Bistro / South Side


Best steakhouse
1st Ruth's Chris Steakhouse / Downtown
2nd Morton's / Downtown
3rd Pittsburgh Steak Company / South Side


Best tapas selection
1st Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar / South Side
2nd Tusca Global Tapas / South Side
3rd Seviche / Downtown


Best Sunday brunch
1st Grand Concourse / Station Square
2nd Zenith Tea Room / South Side
3rd Coco's Café / Lawrenceville


Best buffet
1st Eat'n Park / various locations
2nd Grand Concourse / Station Square
3rd The Golden Corral / various locations


Best vegan/vegetarian restaurant
1st The Quiet Storm Coffeehouse & Restaurant / Friendship
2nd Zenith Tea Room / South Side
3rd Maggie's Mercantile / Oakland


Best appetizers
1st Fat Heads / South Side
2nd Kaya / Strip District
3rd TGI Fridays / various locations


Best breakfast
1st Pamela's / various locations
2nd Eat'n Park / various locations
3rd Deluca's / Strip District


Best coffeehouse
1st Your Inner Vagabond Coffeehouse & World Lounge / Lawrenceville
2nd The Beehive / South Side
3rd Crazy Mocha / various locations


Best bagel
1st Bruegger's / various locations
2nd Panera Bread Co. / various locations
3rd Einstein Bros. Bagels / various locations


Best sandwich
1st Primanti Brothers Restaurant / various locations
2nd Fat Heads / South Side
3rd Carson Street Deli / South Side


Best deli
1st Smallman Street Deli / Strip District
2nd Carson Street Deli / South Side
3rd Kazansky's Delicatessen / Squirrel Hill


Best hamburger
1st Tessaro's / Bloomfield
2nd Fat Heads / South Side
3rd Red Robin / various locations


Best hot dog
1st D's Six Pax & Dogz / Regent Square
2nd The Original Hot Dog Shop / Oakland
3rd Franktuary / Downtown


Best wings
1st Quaker Steak & Lube / various locations
2nd Fat Heads / South Side
3rd Buffalo Blues / Shadyside


Best burrito
1st Mad Mex / various locations
2nd Qdoba Mexican Grill / various locations
3rd Chipotle / various locations


Best chocolates
1st Sarris Candy / various locations
2nd Mon Ami / Strip District
3rd The Chocolate Moose / Squirrel Hill


Best desserts
1st Gullifty's / Squirrel Hill
2nd The Cheesecake Factory / South Side
3rd Dozen Cupcakes/Bakeshop / Squirrel Hill and
Lawrenceville


Best ice cream
1st Dave & Andy's / Oakland
2nd Bruster's / various locations
3rd Cold Stone Creamery / various locations


Best bakery
1st Prantl's / Shadyside
2nd Dozen Cupcakes/Bakeshop / Squirrel Hill and
Lawrenceville
3rd Oakmont Bakery / Oakmont


Best late-night menu
1st Eat'n Park / various locations
2nd Tom's Diner / South Side and Dormont
3rd Fuel & Fuddle / Oakland


Best cheap eats
1st Eat'n Park / various locations
2nd Moe's Southwest Grill / various locations
3rd Tom's Diner / South Side and Dormont


Best beer selection
1st Sharp Edge / various locations
2nd D's Six Pax & Dogz / Regent Square
3rd Fat Heads / South Side


Best local microbrew
1st Church Brew Works / Lawrenceville
2nd East End Brewing / Homewood
3rd Penn Brewery / North Side


Best wine list
1st Sonoma Grille / Downtown
2nd Eleven / Strip District
3rd Ibiza Tapas & Wine Bar / South Side


Best martini list
1st Olive or Twist / Downtown
2nd Soba Lounge / Shadyside
3rd Bossa Nova / Downtown


GOODS & SERVICES
Best bookstore
1st (tie) Borders Books & Music & Barnes & Noble / various locations
2nd Joseph-Beth Booksellers / South Side
3rd Half Price Books / various locations


Best used bookstore
1st Half Price Books / various locations
2nd Caliban Bookstore / Oakland
3rd Eljay's Used Books / South Side


Best comic bookstore
1st Phantom of the Attic / Oakland & Monroeville
2nd Eide's Entertainment / Strip District
3rd Copacetic Comics / Squirrel Hill


Best place to buy used CDs
1st Paul's Compact Discs / Bloomfield
2nd The Exchange / various locations
3rd Dave's Music Mine / South Side


Best place to still buy vinyl
1st Jerry's Records / Squirrel Hill
2nd Paul's Compact Discs / Bloomfield
3rd Dave's Music Mine / South Side


Best art-supply store
1st Utrecht / South Side
2nd Artist & Craftsman Supply / Squirrel Hill
3rd Michael's / various locations


Best place to buy outdoor gear
1st REI / South Side
2nd Dick's Sporting Goods / various locations
3rd Gander Mountain / various locations


Best place to buy furniture
1st IKEA / North Fayette
2nd Perlora / South Side
3rd Levin Furniture / various locations


Best place to buy antiques
1st Zenith Antiques / South Side
2nd Elements / Lawrenceville
3rd Who Knew? / Lawrenceville


Best place to buy vintage clothing
1st Avalon Exchange / Squirrel Hill
2nd Goodwill / various locations
3rd Eons / Shadyside


Best place to buy women's clothing
1st Macy's / various locations
2nd H&M / South Side and Tarentum
3rd Avalon Exchange / Squirrel Hill


Best place to buy men's clothing
1st Macy's / various locations
2nd Moda / Shadyside
3rd (tie) Kohl's & Goodwill / various locations


Best shoe store
1st Littles' Shoes / Squirrel Hill
2nd DSW / various locations
3rd Pavement / Lawrenceville


Best boutique
1st Sugar Boutique / Lawrenceville
2nd Jupe Boutique / South Side
3rd Hip'tique / Shadyside


Best local jewelry store
1st Orr's / Squirrel Hill
2nd Henne Jewelers / Shadyside
3rd (tie) Julep / Lawrenceville & King's / various locations


Best florist
1st Johnston the Florist / various locations
2nd Hepatica / Regent Square
3rd Gidas Flowers / Squirrel Hill


Best tattoo studio
1st South Side Tattoo / South Side
2nd Angry Moon Tattoo & Piercing / South Side
3rd Inka Dinka Doo / Lawrenceville


Best piercing parlor
1st Hot Rod Piercing / South Side
2nd South Side Tattoo / South Side
3rd Angry Moon Tattoo & Piercing / South Side


Best bike shop
1st Gatto / Wexford and Tarentum
2nd Kraynick's Bike Shop / Garfield
3rd Trek Bikes / various locations


Best pet store
1st (tie) PetSmart & PetCo / various locations
2nd Smiley's Pet Pad / Shadyside
3rd Burton's Total Pet / various locations


Best hair salon
1st Evolve Modern Hairstyling / Lawrenceville
2nd Philip Pelusi / various locations
3rd Izzazu / Downtown


Best day spa
1st Sewickley Spa / Sewickley
2nd La Pomponnee / Mount Lebanon
3rd Esspa Kozmetika / Aspinwall


Best tanning salon
1st Hollywood Tan / various locations
2nd The Tanning Room / South Side
3rd Anytime Tan / various locations


Best health club
1st (tie) YMCA & Club One / various locations
2nd X Shadyside / Shadyside
3rd Gold's Gym / Downtown


Best real-estate agency
1st Howard Hanna
2nd Coldwell Banker
3rd Prudential


Best dating service
1st match.com
2nd eHarmony
3rd Craigslist


Best movie theater
1st AMC Loews / Waterfront
2nd SouthSideWorks Theater / South Side
3rd The Oaks Theater / Oakmont


Best hotel
1st Omni William Penn / Downtown
2nd The Renaissance Hotel / Downtown
3rd Westin / Downtown


Best yoga studio
1st Amazing Yoga / Shadyside
2nd Schoolhouse Yoga / Lawrenceville
3rd Breathe Yoga / South Side


Best martial arts studio
1st CS Kim Karate / various locations
2nd Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi / South Side
3rd USA Karate / Squirrel Hill


Best golf course
1st Oakmont Country Club / Oakmont
2nd Bob O'Connor Golf Course / Schenley Park
3rd Cranberry Highlands / Cranberry


Best bowling alley
1st Arsenal Lanes / Lawrenceville
2nd Forward Lanes / Squirrel Hill
3rd Princess Lanes / Whitehall


Best ski resort
1st Seven Springs Mountain Resort / Champion, Pa.
2nd Hidden Valley / Donegal, Pa.
3rd Peek'n Peak / Clymer, N.Y.




PEOPLE, PLACES & LIFESTYLE
Best Pittsburgh politician
1st Luke Ravenstahl
2nd Bill Peduto
3rd Dan Onorato


Best Pittsburgh writer
1st Michael Chabon
2nd Gene Collier
3rd Tony Norman


Best Pittsburgh radio personality
1st Jim Krenn -- WDVE
2nd Bubba -- B94
3rd Lynn Cullen


Best morning radio show
1st Jim & Randy -- WDVE
2nd Mikey & Big Bob -- The Freak Show, Kiss FM
3rd Cindy Howes -- WYEP


Best local athlete
1st Sidney Crosby
2nd Hines Ward
3rd Ben Roethlisberger


Best chef
1st Kevin Sousa
2nd Bill Fuller
3rd James Grey


Best bartender
1st Billy, Squirrel Hill Café / Squirrel Hill
2nd Nigel, Rock Room / Polish Hill
3rd Brian, Brillobox / Bloomfield


Best-looking male Pittsburgh personality
1st Sidney Crosby
2nd Hines Ward
3rd Troy Polamalu


Best-looking female Pittsburgh personality
1st Sonni Abatta -- KDKA
2nd (tie) Darieth Chisolm -- WPXI / Christina Aguilera
3rd Allison Morris -- KDKA


Best day trip
1st Ohiopyle
2nd Fallingwater
3rd Seven Springs


Best weekend trip
1st Lake Erie
2nd Washington, D.C.
3rd Seven Springs


Best wi-fi hotspot
1st Panera Bread / various locations
2nd Crazy Mocha / various locations
3rd Your Inner Vagabond Coffeehouse & World Lounge / Lawrenceville


Best place to take an out-of-towner
1st Mount Washington
2nd The inclines
3rd Primanti Brothers / various locations


Best local green space
1st Schenley Park
2nd Frick Park
3rd Point State Park


Best trail
1st Frick Park trails
2nd Montour Trail
3rd Riverfront Trail / North Side


Best place to swim
1st Sandcastle
2nd Dormont Pool
3rd Settler's Cabin Park Wave Pool


Best Kennywood ride
1st The Thunderbolt
2nd Phantom's Revenge
3rd The Jackrabbit


Best Pittsburgh newscast
1st KDKA
2nd WPXI
3rd WTAE


Best local ad campaign
1st KDKA -- Your Home
2nd wallsarebad.com
3rd N/A


Best local sports moment
1st Penguins' run for the Stanley Cup
2nd University of Pittsburgh football
3rd Pittsburgh Steelers


Best loft-style living
1st The Cork Factory / Strip District
2nd Heinz Factory Lofts / North Side
3rd SouthSideWorks Lofts / South Side


Best place to work
1st At home
2nd UPMC
3rd Downtown

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