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Tops of the Town 2015

PEOPLE
 

New Orleanian of the Year
1) Drew Brees

2) Steve Gleason

3) Tom Benson

 

Favorite Politican
1) Mitch Landrieu

2) Mary Landrieu (tie)

2) Steve Scalise (tie)

 

Favorite Musician Living in the City
1) Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

2) Kermit Ruffins

3) Irma Thomas

 

Favorite New Orleans Musician Living Outside the City
1) Harry Connick Jr.

2) Aaron Neville

3) Dr. John

 

Favorite Local Band
1) Cowboy Mouth

2) Bucktown All-Stars

3) The Yat Pack

 

Favorite New Orleans Actor or Actress
1) Becky Allen

2) Ricky Graham

 

Favorite Live Theater Company
1) Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

2) Jefferson Performing Arts Society (tie)

2) The NOLA Project (tie)

 

Favorite Saints Player
1) Drew Brees

2) Jimmy Graham

 

Favorite Pelicans Player
1) Anthony Davis

 

Favorite TV News Anchor
1) Karen Swensen (tie)

1) Sally-Ann Roberts (tie)

2) Eric Paulsen

3) Lee Zurik

4) Randi Rousseau

 

Favorite TV Sports Reporter
1) Fletcher Mackel

2) Margaret Orr

3) Jim Henderson

4) Bob Breck (tie)

4) Carl Arredondo (tie)

5) Laura Buchtel

 

Favorite Local TV Sation
1) WWL/Channel 4

2) WDSU/Channel 6

3) FOX 8/WVUE

4) WYES/Channel 12

 

Favorite Local Radio Personality
1) John “Spud” McConnell

2) Angela Hill

3) Garland Robinette

 

Favorite Local Radio Station
1) WWL/AM870/105.3FM

2) WWOZ/90.7FM

3) WWNO/89.9FM

 

Favorite Carnival Parade
1) Muses

2) Endymion

3) Bacchus

4) Orpheus

5) Zulu

6) Rex

 

Favorite Local Univeristy
1) Tulane University

2) University of New Orleans

3) Loyola University New Orleans

 

Favorite Elementary School
1) Lusher Charter School

2) Trinity Episcopal School

 

Favorite Secondary or High School
1) Lusher Charter School

2) Jesuit High School

3) Academy of the Sacred Heart (tie)

3) Mount Carmel Academy (tie)

 

 

PLACES

 

Favorite Gym
1) Franco’s Athletic Club

2) Elmwood Fitness Center

3) The Wellness Center, East Jefferson General Hospital

 

Favorite Day Spa
1) Belladonna

2) Earthsavers

3) The Ritz-Carlton

4) Wodhouse Day Spa

 

Favorite Women’s Boutique
1) Fleurty Girl

 

Favorite Antiques Store
1) M.S. Rau Antiques

 

Favorite Florist
1) Villere’s Florist

2) Federico’s Family Florist

 

Favorite Lawn and Garden Supply
1) Perino’s Garden Center

2) The Home Depot

3) Harold’s Indoor Outdoor Plants

 

Favorite Movie Theater
1) Prytania Theatre

2) The Theatres at Canal Place

3) AMC Elmwood Palace

 

Favorite Place to Hear Live Music
1) Tipitina’s

2) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

3) Maple Leaf Bar

 

Favorite Jazz Club
1) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

2) Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse

3) Palm Court Jazz Café

 

Favorite Museum
1) The National World War II Museum

2) New Orleans Museum of Art

3) The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

 

Favorite Golf Course
1) City Park

2) Audubon Park

3) English Turn Golf & Country Club

 

Favorite Place to Buy a Wedding Dress
1) Town & Country

2) Yvonne LaFleur

 

Favorite Place to Place Your Bets
1) New Orleans Fair Grounds

2) Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino

 

Favorite Hotel
1) The Roosevelt

2) Hotel Monteleone

3) The Ritz-Carlton (tie)

3) Windsor Court Hotel (tie)

4) Loews New Orleans Hotel

 

Favorite Bed & Breakfast
1) Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast

2) Auld Sweet Olive Bed & Breakfast

 

Favorite Yoga or Pilates Studio
1) Romney Pilates Center

2) Uncle Joe’s Pilates Studio

 

Favorite Art Gallery
1) Lisa Victoria Gallery

2) Arthur Rodger Gallery

 

Favorite Children’s Botique
1) Pippen Lane

2) Banbury Cross

 

Favorite Bookstore
1) Barnes & Nobel

2) Octavia Books

3) Maple Street Book Shop

4) Faulkner House Books

 

Favorite Hair Salon
1) Paris Parker Salon & Spa

2) H2O Salon & Spa

 

Favorite Local Nonprofit Event
1) French Quarter Festival

2) Whitney Zoo-To-Do for Audubon Nature Institute

3) Hogs for the Cause (tie)

3) Pasta & Puccini for Jefferson Performing Arts Society (tie)

 

 

Favorite Wedding Reception Location
1) City Park: Botantical Gardens & Pavilion

2) Audubon Park (tie)

2) The Columns Hotel (tie)

2) New Orleans Museum of Art (tie)

 

 

DINING
Quick & Easy
 

Favorite King Cake
1) Manny Randazzo King Cakes

2) Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery

3) Haydel’s Bakery

4) Rouses Supermarkets

5) Tastee Restaurant Deli-Donuts / McKenzie’s Bakery

6) Sucré

7) Gambino’s Bakery

 

Favorite Fried Chicken
1) Popeyes

2) Willie Mae’s Scotch House

3) Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian

4) Jacques-Imo’s

 

Favorite Poor Boys
1) Parkway Bakery & Tavern

2) Bear’s Poboys at Gennaro’s (tie)

2) Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar (tie)

3) Mahoney’s Po-Boys

 

Favorite Tacos
1) Taqueria Corona

2) El Gato Negro (tie)

2) The Rum House (tie)

3) Juan’s Flying Burrito

4) The Velvet Cactus

 

Favorite Sushi
1) Sake Café

2) Kyoto Sushi Bar and Japanese (tie)

2) Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi (tie)

3) Hana Japanese Restaurant

4) Little Tokyo Restaurant (tie)

4) Shogun Japanese Restaurant (tie)

 

Favorite Wings
1) Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

 

Favorite Onion Rings
1) Ye Olde College Inn

2) Charlie’s Steak House

 

Favorite Pizza
1) Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza

2) Reginelli’s Pizzeria (tie)

2) Slice Pizzeria (tie)

2) Tower of Pizza (tie)

3) Midway Pizza

4) Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (tie)

4) Mark Twain’s Pizza (tie)

4) Pizza Delicious (tie)

4) Pizza Domenica (tie)

 

Favorite Snowballs
1) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

2) Plum Street Snoball (tie)

2) Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand (tie)

 

Favorite Grocery Store or Deli
1) Rouses Supermarkets

2) Dorgnaic’s Food Center

3) Whole Foods Market

4) Central Grocery and Deli (tie)

4) The Fresh Market (tie)

5) Lakeview Grocery (tie)

5) Langenstein’s (tie)

 

Favorite Buffet
1) Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino

2) The Court of Two Sisters

 

Favorite Food Truck
1) Taceaux Loceaux

2) La Cocinita

 

 

NATIVE CUISINE
 

Favorite Place for Cajun Food
1) Copeland’s of New Orleans

2) K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

3) Bon Ton Café (tie)

3) Cochon Restaurant (tie)

 

Favorite Place for Creole Food
1) Commander’s Palace

2) Galatoire’s Restaurant

 

 

ETHNIC
 

Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant
1) Mona’s Restaurant

2) Café Byblo’s

3) Lebanon Café

 

Favorite Italian Restaurant
1) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

2) Venezia

3) Irene’s Cuisine

4) Tony Angello’s Ristorante

 

Favorite Asian Restaurant
1) Five Happiness Chinese Restaurant

 

Favorite Indian Restaurant
1) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine

2) Nirvana Indian Cuisine

 

Favorite Mexican or Southwest Restaurant
1) El Gato Negro

2) Casa Garcia

3) Juan’s Flying Burrito

4) Felipe’s Taqueria (tie)

4) Superior Grill (tie)

4) Taqueria Corona (tie)

 

 

SEAFOOD
 

Favorite Seafood Restaurant
1) Deanie’s Seafood

2) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant

3) GW Fins

4) Pêche Seafood Grill

5) Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar

6) Acme Oyster House

 

Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters
1) Acme

2) Drago’s

3) Casamento’s (tie)

3) Deanie’s (tie)

3) Pascal’s Manale (tie)

4) Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

5) The Galley Seafood Restaurant

 

 

MEAT
 

Favoite Restaurant for Steaks
1) Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2) Crescent City Steakhouse (tie)

2) Mr. John’s Steakhouse (tie)

3) Desi Vega’s Steakhouse (tie)

3) Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (tie)

 

Favorite Burger
1) Port of Call

2) The Company Burger

3) Bud’s Broiler

 

Favorite Hot Dog
1) Dat Dog

2) Lucky Dogs

 

 

SOUP
 

Favorite Gumbo
1) Gumbo Shop

2) Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits

 

Favorite Place for Turtle Soup
1) Commander’s Palace

2) Mandina’s Restaurant

 

 

COFFEE & DESSERT
 

Favorite Coffee House
1) PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans

2) Café Du Monde (tie)

2) CC’s Coffee House (tie)

3) Starbucks

 

Favorite Coffee House for Food
1) Caffe! Caffe!

 

Favorite Dessert Menu
1) Commander’s Palace

2) Angelo Brocato® Original Italian Ice Cream Parlor (tie)

2) Sucré (tie)

3) Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery

 

Favorite Bakery
1) Nonna Randazzo’s Bakery

2) Haydel’s Bakery

3) La Boulangerie

4) Gambino’s Bakery

5) Maurice French Pastries

 

Favorite Sweet Shop
1) Sucré

2) Angelo Brocato® Original Italian Ice Cream Parlor

 

Favorite Ice Creem or Gelato Shop
1) Angelo Brocato® Original Italian Ice Cream Parlor

2) Creole Creamery

3) Sucré

 

 

AMBIANCE
 

Favorite Outdoor Dining
1) Bacchnal Fine Wine & Spirits

2) Café Degas (tie)

2) Martinique Bistro (tie)

3) Café Amelie (tie)

3) Commander’s Palace (tie)

4) The Court of Two Sisters

 

Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining
1) Commander’s Palace

2) Galatoire’s Restaurant

3) Restaurant R’evolution

 

Favorite Casual Restaurant
1) Mandina’s Restaurant

 

Favorite Restaurant for a Power Lunch
1) Galatoire’s Restaurant

2) Café Adelaide

3) Mr. B’s

 

 

DRINKS
 

Favorite House Specialty Drink
1) Sazerac at The Roosevelt

2) Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s (tie)

2) Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House Bar & Café (tie)

 

Favorite Place for a Margarita
1) Superior Grill

2) El Gato Negro (tie)

2) Juan’s Flying Burrito (tie)

2) Sante Fe Restaurant (tie)

 

Favorite Bloody Mary
1) Commander’s Palace

 

Favorite Wine List
1) Commander’s Palace

 

Favorite Sports Bar
1) Manning’s

 

Favorite Dive Bar
1) Twleve Mile Limit (tie)

1) 45 Tchoup (tie)

 

Favorite Hotel Bar
1) Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone

2) Sazerac at The Roosevelt

 

Favorite Local Beer
1) Abita Amber

2) NOLA Blonde

3) Abita Strawberry (tie)

4) SoBou (tie)

 

Favorite Craft Cocktail Bar
1) Cure

2) SoBou

3) Bar Tonique

 

 

MISC.
 

Favorite French Bread
1) Liedenheimer Baking Company

2) Alois J Binder Bakery

 

Favorite Place for a Salad
1) Fresh Bar

2) Houston’s

 

Favorite Place for Vegetarian Dishes
1) Fresh Bar

2) Satsuma Café

3) Seed

 

Favorite Health-Conscious Restaurant
1) Fresh Bar

2) Satsuma Café

 

Favorite Breakfast or Brunch
1) The Ruby Slipper Café

2) Commander’s Palace

3) Surrey’s

 

Favorite Late-Night Dining
1) The Camellia Grill

 

 

PERSONALITIES & PLACES

 

Favorite Chef
1) John Besh

2) Brandon Felder

3) Tory McPhail

4) Frank Brigtsen (tie)

4) John Folse (tie)

 

Favorite Restaurant
1) Commander’s Palace

2) Galatoire’s Restaurant

3) Le Foret

4) Clancy’s Restaurant

 

Favorite Restaurant Opened in 2014
1) MoPho

2) Doris Metropolitan

3) Johnny Sanchez Restaurant

 

Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive
1) Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant

2) Mosca’s

3) La Provence

 

Favorite Caterer
1) Pigéon Caterers

 

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