The Results Are In!

2011 Tops of the Town Reader Survey Results

 

NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES ITS READERS' CHOICE WINNERS

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.

PEOPLE

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

 

PLACES

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

 

MISC.

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

1) WWL-TV

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

 

 

DINING

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

 

NATIVE CUISINE

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

 

ETHNIC

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

 

SEAFOOD

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

 

PIZZA

Favorite Pizza Restaurant

1) Reginelli’s

2)   Mark Twain’s Pizza

3)   Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

 

Favorite Pizza Topping

1) Pepperoni

2)   Sausage

 

MEAT

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

 

SOUP

Favorite Place for Gumbo

1) Gumbo Shop

 

Favorite Place for Turtle Soup

1) Commander’s Palace

2)   Mandina’s Restaurant

 

COFFEE & DESSERT

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

 

AMBIANCE

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

 

DRINKS

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

 

MISCELLANEOUS

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

 

PERSONALITIES & PLACES

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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