The Results Are In!

2011 Tops of the Town Reader Survey Results



Here’s a sneak peak at New Orleans Magazine’s Tops of the Town winners who will be officially announced in the magazine’s January 2012 issue. Winners were selected by a vote of the readers using a ballot that appeared in the magazine’s October issue as well online.

(In those cases where there was a high number of votes for more than one selection, second and third places winners were also designated.)

New Orleans Magazine’s January Tops of the Town feature will also include Editors’ Picks as well as a profile on a local institution celebrating its 150th anniversary. The cover story will reveal our picks of the city’s best neighborhood bars. The issue will also include the magazine’s exclusive guide to local schools presented in chart form as well as the recently redesigned magazine's signature sections and columns.


New Orleanian of the Year

1) Mitch Landrieu


New Orleanian I Admire Most (male)

1) Drew Brees

2)   Mitch Landrieu


New Orleanian I Admire Most (female)

1) Angela Hill


Most Attractive New Orleanian (male)

1) Drew Brees

2)   Bryan Batt

3)   Brad Pitt



Favorite Politician

1) Mitch Landrieu

2)   Bobby Jindal


Favorite New Orleans Musician (living in the city)

1) Kermit Ruffins

2)   Fats Domino


Favorite New Orleans Musician (living outside the city)

1) Harry Connick Jr.


Favorite Local New Orleans Actor/Actress

1) Becky Allen

2)   Ricky Graham


Favorite Saints Player

1) Drew Brees


Favorite Hornets Player

1) Chris Paul


Favorite Local TV News Anchor

1) Angela Hill

2)   Lee Zurik

3)   Karen Swensen


Favorite TV Sports Reporter

1) Jim Henderson


Favorite TV Meteorologist

1) Bob Breck

2)   Carl Arredondo

3)   Margaret Orr


Favorite Local Writer

1)   Chris Rose



Favorite Grocery Store/Deli

1) Rouses Supermarket

2)   Dorignac’s Food Center (tie)

2)   Whole Foods Market (tie)


Favorite Gym

1) Elmwood Fitness Center

2)   French Riviera Fitness Center (tie)

2) New Orleans Athletic Club (tie)


Favorite Day Spa

1) The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

2)   Belladonna Day Spa

3)   Earthsavers (tie)

3)   H2O Salon & Spa (tie)


Favorite Antiques Store

1) M.S. Rau Antiques


Favorite Place to Buy an Engagement Ring

1) Adler’s Jewelry

2)   Aucoin Hart Jewelers

3)   Boudreaux’s Jewelers


Favorite Florist

1) Villere’s Florist

2)   Federico’s Family Florist


Favorite Lawn/Garden Supply

1) Perino’s Garden Center

2)   The Plant Gallery


Favorite Movie Theater

1) The Theatres at Canal Place

2)   Prytania Theatre


Favorite Place to Hear Live Music

1) House of Blues New Orleans

2)   Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro


Favorite Jazz Club

1) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

2)   Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse


Favorite Museum

1) New Orleans Museum of Art

2)   The National World War II Museum

3)   The Historic New Orleans Collection



Favorite Historical Landmark

1) Jackson Square

2)   The St. Louis Cathedral

3)   Lee Circle


Favorite Remodeled/Renovated Building

1) The Roosevelt Hotel

2)   The Mercedes-Benz Superdome


Favorite Place to Spot Celebrities

1) The French Quarter


Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Towners

1) The French Quarter

2)   Bourbon Street

3)   Café Du Monde

4)   Frenchmen Street


Favorite Place to Play Hooky

1) The French Quarter

2)   City Park


Favorite Golf Course

1) Audubon Park Golf Course


Favorite Biking/Running Route

1) Audubon Park

2)   City Park

3)   The Levee


Favorite Weekend Getaway

1) Destin, Fla.


Favorite Street for a Sunday Drive

1) St. Charles Avenue

2)   Lakeshore Drive


Favorite Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

1) Lakeview

2)   Freret Street

3)   Bywater


Favorite Neighborhood in Which to Raise a Family

1) Metairie (tie)

1) Uptown (tie)

2)   Lakeview

3)   Old Metairie


Favorite Place to Buy a Wedding Dress

1) Town & Country Bridal Salon & Ladies Apparel


Favorite Place to Place Your Bets

1) Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

2)   Harrah’s New Orleans


Favorite Hotel

1) The Windsor Court Hotel (tie)

1) Hotel Monteleone (tie)

2)   The Roosevelt Hotel



Favorite Local Event Open to the Public

1) French Quarter Festival

2)   Mardi Gras

3)   New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (tie)

3) The Young Leadership Council’s Wednesday at the Square Concerts (tie)


Favorite Sound in New Orleans

1) Streetcars

2)   Jazz music

3)   Steamboats on the River


Least Favorite Sound in New Orleans

1) Gunshots

2)   Sirens


Favorite New Orleans Song

1) “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?”

2)   “Mardi Gras Mambo” (tie)

2) “When the Saints Go Marching In” (tie)


Favorite Local Radio Station

1) WWL

2)   WWOZ


Favorite Local TV Station


2)   WDSU


Favorite Festival

1) French Quarter Festival

2)   New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


Favorite Carnival Parade

1) Muses

2)   Endymion

3)   Bacchus


Favorite Local Theater Company

1) Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

2)   Southern Rep Theatre


Photo Courtesy of HBO


Favorite “Treme” Character

1) Davis McAlary, played by Steve Zahn


Favorite Charter School

1) Lusher Charter School


Favorite Private Elementary School

1)  Isidore Newman School (tie)

1) St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (tie)


Favorite Private Secondary High School

1) Mount Carmel Academy

2)   Isidore Newman School

3)   Jesuit High School




Favorite Place to Buy King Cakes

1) Manny Randazzo King Cakes

2)   Haydel’s Bakery

3)   Rouses Supermarket


Favorite Takeout

1) Five Happiness


Favorite Fried Chicken

1) Popeyes

2)   Mr. Ed’s


Favorite Tacos

1) El Gato Negro

2)   Juan’s Flying Burrito


Favorite Sushi

1) Sake Café

2)   Shogun

3)   Ninja


Favorite Wings

1) WOW Café & Wingery


Favorite Snowballs

1) Plum Street Snoballs

2)   Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

3)   Casey’s Snowballs

4)   Sal’s Snowballs



Favorite Place for Cajun Food

1) Cochon

2)   K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen



Favorite Place for Creole Food

1) The Creole Grille & Bar

2)   Commander’s Palace



Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant

1) Byblos

2)   Mona’s Café & Deli

3)   Lebanon’s Café


Favorite Italian Restaurant

1) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

2)   Andrea’s Restaurant


Favorite Asian Restaurant

1) Five Happiness


Favorite Indian Restaurant

1) Nirvana


Favorite Mexican/Southwest Restaurant

1) Superior Grill

2)   Casa Garcia



Favorite Seafood Restaurant

1) Deanie’s Seafood

2)   R & O’s

3)   Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (tie)

3)   GW Fins (tie)



Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters

1) Acme Oyster House

2)   Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

3)   Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar



Favorite Pizza Restaurant

1) Reginelli’s

2)   Mark Twain’s Pizza

3)   Louisiana Pizza Kitchen


Favorite Pizza Topping

1) Pepperoni

2)   Sausage



Favorite Restaurant for Steaks

1) Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2)   Austin’s Restaurant

3)   Crescent City Steak House


Favorite Burger

1) Port of Call

2)   Lakeview Harbor

3)   Swamp Room



Favorite Place for Gumbo

1) Gumbo Shop


Favorite Place for Turtle Soup

1) Commander’s Palace

2)   Mandina’s Restaurant



Favorite Coffeehouse

1) PJ’s Coffee

2)   CC’s Community Coffee House

3)   Starbucks

4)   Café du Monde


Favorite Coffeehouse for Food

1) Caffe! Caffe!


Favorite Dessert Menu

1) Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro

2)   Commander’s Palace


Favorite Bakery

1) Haydel’s Bakery

2)   Swiss Confectionery

3)   Gambino’s Bakery

4)   La Boulangerie


Favorite Sweets Shop

1) Sucré


Favorite Gelato Flavor and From Where

1) Spumoni; Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream Parlor



Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining

1) Commander’s Palace

2)   Ralph’s on the Park

3)   Galatoire’s Restaurant


Favorite Casual Restaurant

1) The Creole Grille & Bar


Favorite Outdoor Dining

1) The Court of Two Sisters

2)   Bayona


Favorite Restaurant for a Power Lunch

1) Galatoire’s Restaurant



Favorite House Specialty Drink

1) Sazerac; Sazerac Bar


Favorite Place for a Margarita

1) Superior Grill


Favorite Wine List

1) Wine Institute New Orleans


Favorite Sports Bar

1) Walk-On’s

2)   The Bulldog


Favorite Dive Bar

1) Swamp Room


Favorite Hotel Bar

1) The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone


Favorite Local Beer

1) Abita Amber



Favorite French Bread

1) Leidenheimer Baking Company


Favorite Place for a Salad

1) Houston’s Restaurant


Favorite Place for Breakfast or Brunch

1) The Ruby Slipper Café

2)   The Camellia Grill

3)   Brennan’s Restaurant



Favorite Chef

1) John Besh

2)   Jeff Smith

3)   Susan Spicer


Favorite Restaurant

1) The Creole Grille & Bar

2)   Galatoire’s Restaurant


Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive

1) Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant





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