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.

 

PEOPLE

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

3) WVUE-TV FOX 8

 

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

 

 

PLACES

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

 

 

 

NEW ORLEANS DINING
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)

 

 

Ethnic

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

 

 

Seafood

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

 

 

Meat

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

 

 

 

Soup

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

 

 

Ambiance

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

 

 

Drinks

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

 

 

Miscellaneous

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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