Sneak Peek: Tops of the Town 2014

Thank you to everyone who voted for Tops of the Town 2014. The votes are in and we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's list. For more on the winners, pick up the January 2014 issue of New Orleans Magazine.

Don't miss our big Tops of the Town party, presented by Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana, coming up on Jan. 23! Find tickets and details here.



New Orleanian of the year
1) Drew Brees

2) Mayor Mitch Landrieu

3) Tom Benson


New Orleanian I admire most (female)
1) Angela Hill

2) Senator Mary Landrieu

3) Gayle Benson


New Orleanian I admire most (male)
1) Drew Brees

2) Mayor Mitch Landrieu

3) Tom Benson


Favorite politician
1) Mayor Mitch Landrieu

2) Senator Mary Landrieu

3) Councilmember-At-Large Stacy Head


Favorite New Orleans musician (living in the city)
1) Kermit Ruffins

2) Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (tie)

2) Malcolm “Mac” Rebennack Jr. aka Dr. John (tie)

3) Jeremy Davenport


Favorite New Orleans musician (living outside the city)
1) Harry Connick Jr.

2) Aaron Neville

3) Wynton Marsalis


Favorite local band
1) Rebirth Brass Band

2) Bucktown All-Stars

3) Bag of Donuts (tie)

3) Cowboy Mouth (tie)


Favorite local actress/actor (local theater)
1) Becky Allen

2) John "Spud" McConnell

3) Bryan Batt


Favorite live theater
1) Saenger Theatre

2) Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

3) Mahalia Jackson Theatre (tie)

3) Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre (tie)


Favorite Saints player
1) Drew Brees

2) Jimmy Graham

3) Darren Sproles


Favorite local TV news anchor
1) Sally-Ann Roberts

2) Karen Swensen

3) Lee Zurik


Favorite TV sports reporter
1) Jim Henderson

2) Fletcher Mackel

3) Juan Kincaid


Favorite TV meteorologist
1) Bob Breck

2) Margaret Orr

3) Carl Arredondo


Favorite local TV station
1) WWL-TV Channel 4

2) WDSU NewsChannel 6



Favorite local radio personality
1) John "Spud" McConnell

2) Garland Robinette

3) Bobby Hebert


Favorite radio station
1) WWOZ 90.7 FM

2) WWNO 89.9 FM

3) WWL AM870


Favorite local writer
1) Chris Rose

2) Anne Rice

3) Poppy Z. Brite


Favorite festival
1) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

2) French Quarter Fest

3) The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience


Favorite Carnival parade
1) Krewe of Muses

2) Krewe of Endymion

3) Krewe of Bacchus


Favorite private elementary school
1) Ursuline Academy

2) Academy of the Sacred Heart

3) St. Martin's Episcopal School


Favorite private secondary/high school
1) Ursuline Academy

2) Academy of the Sacred Heart

3) Jesuit High School


Favorite charter school
1) Lusher Charter School

2) Ben Franklin High School

3) Edward Hynes Charter School




Favorite gym
1) Elmwood Fitness Center

2) New Orleans Athletic Club

3) Anytime Fitness


Favorite day spa
1) The Ritz-Carlton Spa

2) Earthsavers

3) Belladonna Day Spa


Favorite boutique
1) Fleurty Girl

2) Hemline

3) Ballin's LTD


Favorite antiques store
1) M.S. Rau Antiques

2) Greg's Antiques

3) Magazine Antique Mall


Favorite florist
1) Villere's Florist

2) Federico's Family Florist

3) Tommy's Flowers


Favorite lawn/garden supply
1) Perino's Garden Center

2) The Home Depot

3) Jefferson Feed (tie)

3) Lowe’s Home Improvement (tie)


Favorite movie theater
1) The Theatres at Canal Place

2) The Prytania Theater

3) AMC Elmwood Palace 20


Favorite place to hear live music
1) Tipitina's

2) House of Blues

3) d.b.a.


Favorite happy hour
1) Domenica

2) Superior Grill

3) The American Sector (tie)

3) Carousel Bar & Lounge (tie)


Favorite jazz club
1) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

2) Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

3) Preservation Hall


Favorite museum
1) New Orleans Museum of Art (tie)

1) The National WWII Museum (tie)

2) Ogden Museum of Southern Art

3) Louisiana Children's Museum


Favorite historical landmark
1) Jackson Square

2) St. Louis Cathedral

3) Robert E. Lee Statue, Lee Circle


Favorite remodeled/renovated building
1) Saenger Theatre

2) Mercedes-Benz Superdome

3) La Petite Théâtre du Vieux Carré/ Tableau Restaurant


Favorite place to spot celebrities
1) French Quarter

2) Whole Foods Market

3) Magazine Street


Favorite place to play hooky
1) French Quarter

2) Audubon Park

3) Audubon Zoo


Favorite golf course
1) Audubon Park Golf Course

2) City Park New Orleans North Gold Course

3) English Turn Golf & Country Club


Favorite weekend getaway
1) Destin, Fla.

2) Biloxi, Miss.

3) Bay St. Louis, Miss.


Favorite up-and-coming neighborhood
1) Bywater

2) Lakeview

3) Mid City


Favorite neighborhood in which to raise a family
1) Uptown

2) Lakeview

3) Old Metairie


Favorite place to buy a wedding dress
1) Town and Country Bridal Salon & Ladies Apparel

2) Yvonne La Fleur

3) The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe


Favorite place to place your bets
1) Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

2) Harrah’s Casino


Favorite hotel
1) Hotel Monteleone

2) The Roosevelt New Orleans

3) Windsor Court Hotel


Favorite bed & breakfast
1) Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast

2) Park View Guest House




Quick and Easy

Favorite place to buy King Cakes
1) Manny Randazzo King Cakes

2) Haydel's Bakery

3) Rouses Supermarkets


Favorite fried chicken
1) Popeyes

2) Willie Mae's Scotch House

3) Mr. Ed's (tie)

3) Raising Cane's (tie)


Favorite poor boys
1) Parkway Bakery and Tavern

2) Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

3) Johnny's Po-Boys (tie)

3) Mahony's Po-Boy Shop (tie)


Favorite tacos
1) Juan's Flying Burrito

2) Felipe's Taqueria

3) The Rum House


Favorite sushi
1) Sake Café

2) Kyoto Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant

3) Little Tokyo Restaurant


Favorite wings
1) WOW Café & Wingery

2) Buffalo Wild Wings

3) Bayou Hot Wings


Favorite onion rings
1) Ye Olde College Inn

2) Mandina's Restaurant

3) Mahony's Po-Boy Shop


Favorite pizza restaurant
1) Theo's Neighborhood Pizza

2) Reginelli's Pizzeria

3) Slice Pizzeria


Favorite snow balls
1) Plum Street Snoball

2) Hansen's Sno-Bliz

3) Sal's Sno-Ball Stand


Favorite grocery store/deli
1) Rouses Supermarkets

2) Whole Foods Market

3) Dorignac's Food Center



Native Cuisine

Favorite place for Cajun food
1) K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

2) Cochon Restaurant

3) Mulate's


Favorite place for Creole food
1) Dooky Chase's Restaurant

2) Galatoire's Restaurant

3) Commander's Palace (tie)

3) Emeril's Delmonico (tie)




Favorite Middle Eastern restaurant
1) Mona's Cafe

2) Lebanon's Cafe

3) Byblos Restaurant


Favorite Italian restaurant
1) Vincent's Italian Cuisine

2) Venezia Restaurant

3) Irene's Cuisine


Favorite Asian restaurant
1) Five Happiness

2) La Thai Uptown

3) Magasin Vietnamese Cafe (tie)

3) Pho Tau Bay (tie)


Favorite Indian restaurant
1) Nirvana

2) Taj Mahal


Favorite Mexican/Southwest restaurant
1) El Gato Negro (tie)

1) Juan's Flying Burrito (tie)

2) Felipe's Taqueria

3) Superior Grill




Favorite seafood restaurant
1) Drago's Seafood Restaurant
2) GW Fins

3) Deanie's Restaurant


Favorite place to get raw oysters
1) Acme Oyster House

2) Drago's Seafood Restaurant

3) Casamento's Restaurant


Favorite place to get boiled crawfish
1) Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant, Bucktown

2) Big Fisherman Seafood

3) Schaefer & Rusich Seafood




Favorite restaurant for steaks
1) Ruth's Chris Steak House

2) Mr. John's Steakhouse

3) Crescent City Steakhouse


Favorite burger
1) Port of Call

2) The Company Burger

3) Cowbell


Favorite hot dog
1) Dat Dog

2) Lucky Dogs

3) Bud's Broiler





Favorite place for gumbo
1) Gumbo Shop

2) Mr. B's Bistro

3) Mandina's Restaurant


Favorite place for turtle soup
1) Commander's Palace

2) Mandina's Restaurant

3) Arnaud's




Coffee and Dessert

Favorite coffee house
1) PJ's Coffee

2) CC's Coffee House

3) Starbucks Coffee Company


Favorite coffee house for food
1) Caffe! Caffe!

2) PJ's Coffee

3) Cafe Du Monde (tie)

3) Starbucks Coffee Company (tie)


Favorite dessert menu
1) Commander's Palace

2) Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s

3) Sucré


Favorite bakery
1) Haydel's Bakery

2) Gambino's Bakery (tie)

2) La Boulangerie (tie)

3) Maple Street Patisserie


Favorite sweet shop
1) Sucré

2) Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts

3) Blue Frog Chocolates


Favorite ice cream/gelato shop
1) Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts

2) Creole Creamery

3) Sucré




Favorite restaurant for fine dining
1) Commander's Palace

2) Galatoire's Restaurant

3) Arnaud's


Favorite casual restaurant
1) Mandina's Restaurant

2) Joey K's Restaurant (tie)

2) Katie's Restaurant (tie)

3) Drago's Seafood Restaurant (tie)

3) Mr. Ed's (tie)

3) Zea Rotisserie & Grill (tie)


Favorite outdoor dining
1) The Court of Two Sisters

2) Café Amelie

3) Martinique Bistro


Favorite restaurant for a power lunch
1) Galatoire's Restaurant

2) Commander's Palace

2) Ruth's Chris Steak House

3) Mr. B’s Bistro




Favorite house specialty drink
1) Sazerac, Sazerac Bar

2) Hurricane, Pat O'Brien's

3) Pimm’s Cup, Napoleon House Bar & Café


Favorite place for margarita
1) Superior Grill

2) Juan's Flying Burrito

3) El Gato Negro


Favorite wine list
1) Emeril's Delmonico (tie)

1) Martin Wine Cellar (tie)

2) The Delachaise

3) Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro


Favorite sports bar
1) Manning's

2) Cooter Brown's Tavern & Oyster Bar

3) Walk-On's


Favorite dive bar
1) Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar (tie)

1) The Club, Ms. Mae's (tie)

1) Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge (tie)


Favorite hotel bar

1) Carousel Bar & Lounge, Hotel Monteleone

2) Davenport Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton

3) Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt New Orleans


Favorite corner bar
1) The Bulldog

2) Cure

3) The Delachaise




Favorite French bread
1) Leidenheimer Baking Co.

2) Alois J. Binder Bakery (tie)

2) Reising's French Bread (tie)

3) La Boulangerie


Favorite place for salad
1) Houston's

2) Caffe! Caffe!

3) La Madeleine


Favorite place for vegetarian dishes
1) Green Goddess

2) Carmo

3) Mona's Cafe


Favorite health-conscious restaurant

1) City Greens


Favorite place for breakfast or brunch
1) Ruby Slipper Cafe

2) Surrey's Café & Juice Bar

3) Camellia Grill


Favorite place for late-night dining
1) The Camellia Grill

2) Verti Marte


Cleanest restaurant
1) Commander's Palace

2) Casamento's Restaurant

3) Arnaud's



Personalities and Places

Favorite chef
1) John Besh

2) Emeril Lagasse

3) Susan Spicer


Favorite restaurant
1) K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

2) Commander's Palace

3) Galatoire's Restaurant


Favorite restaurant opened in 2013
1) Tableau (tie)

1) Pêche Seafood Grill (tie)

2) Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails (tie)

2) McClure's Barbecue (tie)

3) Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar (tie)

3) Dominique's on Magazine (tie)

3) Little Vic's (tie)

3) Restaurant R'evolution (tie)


Favorite restaurant worth the drive
1) Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant

2) Mosca's Restaurant

3) La Provence


Favorite caterer
1) Pigéon Caterers

2) Joel Catering and Special Events

3) Martin Wine Cellar (tie)

3) Rommel's Catering Inc. (tie)


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