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Our Readers’ Picks

New Orleans Dining

Quick & Easy

 

Favorite Place for King Cakes
1) Randazzos *
2) Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery
tie 3) Haydel’s Bakery
tie 3) Sucré
tie 3) Zuppardo’s

4) Manny Randazzo King Cakes
tie 5) Gambino’s Bakery
tie 5) Tastee McKenzie’s
tie 5) Rouses

* In those cases where voters didn’t differentiate between Manny Randazzo and Nonna Randozza’s, the vote was simply tallied under the name Randazzo’s.

 

Favorite Place for Fried Chicken
1) Popeyes
2) Willie Mae’s Scotch House
3) Mr. Ed’s
tie 4) Chubbie’s  
tie 4) Dooky Chase’s

 

Favorite Place for Poor Boys
1) Parkway Bakery & Tavern
2) Parran’s Po-Boys
3) Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar
4) Short Stop Po-Boys
5) Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s
6) Crabby Jack’s

 

Favorite Place for Tacos
tie 1) The Rum House
tie 1) Superior Grill
2) Juan’s Flying Burrito
3) El Gato Negro
4) Taqueria Corona
5) Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria

 

Favorite Place for Sushi
1) Sushi Brothers
2) Sake Café
tie 3) Fuji Hana Sushi Bar and Hibachi Steakhouse

tie 3) Little Tokyo
tie 3) Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
4) Ninja Restaurant and Sushi Bar
tie 5) Hana
tie 5) Kyoto
tie 5) Shogun

 

Favorite Place for Wings
1) Hooters
2) Buffalo Wild Wings
3) Wing Shack

 

Favorite Place for Onion Rings
1) Charlie’s Steak House
tie 2) Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar
tie 2) New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.
tie 2) The Steak Knife Restaurant
3) Ye Olde College Inn

 

Favorite Place for Pizza
1) Reginelli’s Pizzeria
2) Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza
3) Tower of Pizza
tie 4) Domenica
tie 4) Pizza Delicious
tie 5) Ancora
tie 5) Midway Pizza
tie 5) Slice Pizzeria
6) New York Pizza

 

Favorite Place for Snowballs
1) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
2) Plum Street Snoballs
3) Sal’s Sno-Balls
4) Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs
5) Lulu’s Snowballs

 

Favorite grocery store or deli
1) Rouses
2) Dorignac’s Food Center
3) Zuppardo’s Family Supermarket
tie 4) Langenstein’s
tie 4) Stein’s Market & Deli
tie 4) Whole Foods Market
tie 5) Central Grocery
tie 5) The Fresh Market

 

Favorite buffet

tie 1) The Court of Two Sisters
tie 1) Harrah’s
2) Super China Buffet
3) Ritz-Carlton Christmas Day Feast

 

Favorite Food Truck

1) Crêpes a la Cart
2) Taco Loceaux

3) La Cocinita

 

 

Cuisine

Favorite Place for Cajun
1) Mulate’s
2) K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
3) Copeland’s of New Orleans*
4) Jacques-Imo’s Cafe

 

Favorite place for Creole
1) Commander’s Palace
tie 2) Copeland’s of New Orleans*
tie 2) Muriel’s Jackson Square
tie 3) Jacques-Imo’s Cafe
tie 3) Mandina’s Restaurant

*Copelands, which specializes in a regional application to local cuisines, was judged by our readers to be both Creole and Cajun.

 

Favorite Place for Middle Eastern
1) Byblos Restaurant
2) Shaya
3) Monas Cafe

4) Lebanon’s Cafe

 

Favorite place for Italian
1) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
2) Venezia
tie 3) Andrea’s Restaurant
tie 3) Domenica
tie 3) Red Gravy

 

Favorite place for Asian
1) Five Happiness
2) Pho NOLA
tie 3) La Thai
tie 3) Trey Yuen Cuisine of China
tie 4) Café East
tie 4) P.F. Chang’s

 

Favorite Place for Indian
1) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine
2) Nirvana Indian Cuisine

 

Favorite Place for Mexican/Southwest
1) Superior Grill
2) Velvet Cactus
3) El Gato Negro
4) Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria
tie 5) Casa Garcia
tie 5) Juan’s Flying Burrito
tie 5) Santa Fe Restaurant

 

Favorite Place for Tapas
1) Avo
2) Vega Tapas Cafe & Catering
3) Shaya

 

 

Seafood

Favorite Place for Seafood
1) Kenner Seafood
2) Deanie’s Seafood
3) GW Fins
4) The Galley Seafood Restaurant
tie 5) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
tie 5) Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
tie 6) Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar
tie 6) New Orleans Hamburger & Seafod Co.
tie 6) R&O’s Restaurant

 

Favorite Place for Raw Oysters
1) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
2) Acme Oyster House
3) Casamento’s
4) Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
tie 5) Kenner Seafood
tie 5) Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
6) Pascal’s Manal

 

Favorite place for boiled crawfish
1) Kenner Seafood
2) My own
3) Deanie’s Seafood
4) The Galley Seafood Restaurant

 

 

Meat

Favorite place for steaks
1) Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2) Crescent City Steaks
3) Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
4) Charlie’s Steak House

 

Favorite place for burgers
1) The Company Burger
2) Phil’s Grill
3) Port of Call

4) Muriel’s Jackson Square
5) Lee’s Hamburgers
6) Atomic Burger

 

Favorite Place for Hot Dogs
1) Dat Dog

 

 

Soup

Favorite place for gumbo
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Mr. B’s Bistro
3) Gumbo Shop
4) Mandina’s

 

Favorite Place for Turtle Soup
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Mandina’s Restaurant

 

 

Coffee & Dessert

Favorite Coffee House
1) PJ’s Coffee
2) Starbucks
3) CC’s Coffee House
tie 4) Coast Roast Coffee
tie 4) Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House

 

Favorite Coffee House for Food
1) Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House
2) Caffe! Caffe!
3) PJ’s Coffee
4) Puccino’s Coffee

 

Favorite Dessert Menu
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Sucré
tie 3) Avo
tie 3) Copeland’s of New Orleans
tie 3) Haydel’s Bakery

 

Favorite Bakery
1) Haydel’s Bakery
2) Gambino’s Bakery

3) Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery
4) Moonshine Bake Shoppe
tie 5) La Boulangerie
tie 5) River Bend Bakery
6) Maurice French Pasteries

 

Favorite ice cream/gelato shop
1) Angelo Brocato Ice Cream and Pastry
2) Sucré

3) Creole Creamery
4) La Divina Gelateria

 

 

Ambiance

Favorite Outdoor Dining
1) Avo
tie 2) Audubon Clubhouse Café
tie 2) The Court of Two Sisters
tie 2) Velvet Cactus

 

Favorite Place for Fine Dining
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Avo
tie 3) August

tie 3) Galatoire’s Restaurant

 

Favorite place for casual dining
1) Copeland’s of New Orleans
2) Katie’s Restaurant
tie 3) Mandina’s Restaurant
tie 3) Mr. Ed’s

 

Favorite place for a power lunch
1) Café Adelaide
2) Galatoire’s Restaurant

 

Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant
1) Katie’s Restaurant
2) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
3) Clancy’s

 

 

Miscellaneous

Favorite French Bread

1) Leidenheimer Baking Company

 

Favorite place for a salad
1) Houston’s Restaurant
tie 2) Royal Blend Coffee & Tea House

tie 2) Cafe Cafe
tie 2) Mandinas

 

Favorite Place for Vegetarian Dishes
1) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine
tie 2) Avo
tie 2) Byblos Restaurant

 

Favorite Place for Breakfast/Brunch
1) The Ruby Slipper
tie 2) Commander’s Palace

tie 2) Russell’s Marina Grill
tie 2) Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar

 

Favorite place for late-night dining
1) The Camellia Grill
2) Port of Call

 

 

Personalities & Places

Favorite Chef
1) John Besh
2) Nick Lama
3) Paul Prudhomme
4) Tory McPhail
tie 5) Emeril Lagasse
tie 5) Susan Spicer

 

Favorite restaurant
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Avo
3) Galatoire’s

 

Favorite restaurant opened in 2015
1) Shaya
2) Avo

 

Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive
1) Middendorf’s Restaurant
2) La Provence
3) Mosca’s

 

Favorite caterer
1) World Deli Restaurant & Catering
2) Pigéon Caterers

 

 

Drinks

Favorite place for a margarita
1) Superior Grill
2) El Gato Negro
3) Velvet Cactus
4) Casa Garcia

 

Favorite place for a bloody Mary
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Cure

 

Favorite wine list
1) Muriel’s Jackson Square
2) Commander’s Palace
3) Avo
4) Emeril’s

 

Favorite Sports Bar
1) Lucy’s
2) Walk-On’s
3) Gordon Biersch
4) Manning’s

 

Favorite Dive Bar
1) Lucy’s

 

Favorite Hotel Bar

1) Carousel Bar & Lounge – Hotel Monteleone

2) Davenport Lounge – The Ritz-Carlton

tie 3) The Sazerac Bar – The Roosevelt New Orleans

tie 3) Swizzle Stick Bar – Loews New Orleans

 

Favorite local beer
1) Abita Amber
tie 2) Abita Strawberry Harvest
tie 2) Dixie
tie 2) NOLA Blonde Ale

 

Favorite Happy Hour
tie 1) Domenica
tie 1) Lucy’s

 

Favorite Craft Cocktail Bar
1) Cure
2) Swizzle Stick Bar
3) Bar Tonique

 

 

 

People, Places & Events

New Orleanian of the Year
1) Allen Toussaint
2) Mike Yenni
3) Mitch Landreiu

 

Favorite politician
1) Mike Yenni
2) Mitch Landrieu
3) Nobody
4) David Vitter

 

Favorite New Orleans musician
1) Robin Barnes
tie 2) Allen Toussaint
tie 2) Trombone Shorty
3) Kermit Ruffins
4) Harry Connick Jr.
5) Dr. John
6) Irving Mayfield

 

Favorite Local Band
1) The Wize Guys
2) The Yat Pack
3) Flow Tribe
4) Rebirth Brass Band

 

Favorite Place to Hear Live Music
1) House of Blues
2) Tipitina’s
tie 3) Maple Leaf Bar
tie 3) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
tie 4) Chickie Wah Wah
tie 4) d.b.a.
5) Rock ’n’ Bowl

 

Favorite Jazz Club
1) House of Blues
2) Davenport Loung
3) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro
4) Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
tie 5) Preservation Hall
tie 5) The Spotted Cat Music Hall

 

Favorite Live Theater Company
1) Jefferson Performing Arts Society
2) The NOLA Project

 

Favorite Local Actress/Actor (Local Theater)
1) Spud McConnell
2) Bryan Batt
tie 3) Lisa Picone Love
tie 3) Ricky Graham

 

Favorite Saints player
1) Drew Brees
2) Marques Colston
3) Benjamin Watson

 

Favorite Pelicans player
1) Anthony Davis

 

Favorite local TV personality
1) Eric Paulsen
2) Bob Breck
tie 3) Margaret Orr
tie 3) Sally-Ann Roberts
tie 4) Karen Swensen
tie 4) Scott Walker

 

Favorite Local Radio Personality
1) Walton and Johnson
2) Spud McConnell *
tie 3) Bobby Hebert
tie 3) Tommy Tucker

* At press time Spud McConnell is currently not on radio – but should be.

 

Favorite Local Radio Station
1) WWL AM870/105.3FM
2) WWOZ 90.7
3) Magic 101.9
4) WWNO 89.9
tie 5) BAYOU 95.7
tie 5) Voodoo 104
tie 5) WTIX 94.3
tie 6) WYLD 98.5
tie 6) WNOE 101.1

 

Favorite Carnival parade
1) Endymion
2) Muses
3) Bacchus
tie 4) Orpheus
tie 4) Rex
tie 4) Thoth
tie 4) Zulu
5) Krewe du Vieux
tie 6) Nyx
tie 6) Tucks

 

Favorite elementary school
1) Lusher Charter School
2) Kehoe France
tie 3) Audubon Charter School
tie 3) Christian Brothers
tie 3) Country Day

 

Favorite secondary/high school
1) Lusher Charter School
2) Mount Carmel Academy
3) Jesuit High School
4) De La Salle

 

Favorite museum
1) The National WWII Museum
2) New Orleans Museum of Art
3) Ogden Museum of Southern Art

 

Favorite art gallery
1) Octavia Art Gallery
2) Gallery Osborne
3) M.S. Rau Antiques
4) George Rodrigue Studios

 

Favorite Bookstore
1) Barnes & Noble

2) Octavia Books
3) Blue Cypress Books

 

Favorite antiques store

1) M.S. Rau Antiques
2) Keil’s Antiques

 

Favorite furniture store
1) Hurwitz Mintz
2) Doerr Furniture
3) JADE

 

Favorite lawn/garden supply
1) Perino’s Garden Center
2) The Plant Gallery
3) Urban Roots

 

Favorite Place to Gamble
1) Harrah’s
2) Treasure Chest Casino

 

Favorite place to buy liquor & wine
1) Martin’s Wine Cellar
2) Dorignac’s Food Center
3) Zuppard’s Family Supermarket
tie 4) Elio’s Wine Warehouse
tie 4) The Wine Seller
5) Rouses
6) Acquistapace’s Covington Supermarket

 

Favorite bank
1) Whitney Bank
2) Chase Bank
tie 3) Capital One Bank
tie 3) Regions Bank
4) First NBC Bank
tie 5) IberiaBank
tie 5) Metairie Bank
6) Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

 

Favorite Hotel
1) Hotel Mnteleone
2) Windsor Court Hotel
3) The Ritz-Carlton

 

Favorite Golf Course
1) Audubon Park Golf Course
2) City Park Golf Course
3) English Turn Golf & Country Club

 

Favorite gym
1) Jewish Community Center
2) Elmwood Fitness Center
3) Anytime Fitness

 

Favorite yoga/pilates studio
1) Nola Pilates

tie 2) barre3
tie 2) Uncle Joe’s Pilates Studio

 

Favorite day spa
1) Earthsavers
tie 2) Belladonna Day Spa
tie 2) Woodhouse Day Spa

 

Favorite Dry Cleaner
1) One Cleaners

 

Favorite Men’s Clothing Store
1) Perlis
2) Jos. A. Bank
3) Reubensteins

 

Favorite Women’s Boutique
1) Chatta Box
2) Trashy Diva

 

Favorite children’s boutique
tie 1) Little Miss Muffin Children & Home
tie 1) Mignon For Kids
tie 1) Pippen Lane

 

Favorite local shoe store
1) Feet First
tie 2) Haase’s
tie 2) The Good Feet Store

 

Favorite Local Jeweler
1) Adler’s
2) Aucoin Hart Jewelers
3) M.S. Rau Antiques
4) Mignon Faget

 

Favorite Place to Buy a Wedding Dress
1) Yvonne LaFleur
tie 2) House of Broel
tie 2) Town & Country
tie 2) Wedding Belles

 

Favorite wedding reception location
1) Pavilion of the Two Sisters – City Park
2) Degas House

 

Favorite Gulf Coast Getaway
1) Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippo
2) Destin, Florida
3) Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama
tie 4) Gulf Shores, Alabama
tie 4) Orange Beach, Alabama
tie 5) Pensacola, Florida
tie 5) Seaside, Florida

 

Favorite Local Charity
1) Louisiana SPCA
2) Ozanam Inn
3) Second Harvest Food Bank
4) Catholic Charities of New Orleans

 

 

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