Tops of the Town: Readers' Choice Winners!

New Orleans Magazine’s readers have chosen who they think is best in a multitude of categories. A detachable, postage-paid ballot was included in the magazine’s October issue. Readers were also able to vote online at the magazine’s website MyNewOrleans.com. In some categories there were significant clusters of votes so that runners-up were announced as well as first place. In a few categories where the votes were too widely dispersed rather than clustered the category was dropped. For full coverage of the magazine’s Tops of the Town winner see the January 2011 issue.

New Orleanian of the Year

            1: Drew Brees

            2: Mitch Landrieu           

            3: Sean Peyton

            4: Ed McIntyre

New Orleanian I Admire Most (male)

            1: Drew Brees

            2: Sean Payton

            3: Jim Letten

New Orleanian I Admire Most (female)

            1: Sandra Bullock

Most Attractive New Orleanian (male)

            1: Drew Brees

Most Attractive New Orleanian (female)

            1: Sandra Bullock

Favorite Politician

            1: Mitch Landrieu

            2: Bobby Jindal

            3: David Vitter

Favorite New Orleans Musician (living in the city)

            1: Aaron Neville

            2: Fats Domino

            3: Dr. John

Favorite New Orleans Musician (living outside the city)

            1: Harry Connick Jr.

Favorite Local New Orleans Actor

            1: Ricky Graham

            2: Becky Allen

Favorite Saints Player

            1: Drew Brees

            2: Jeremy Shockey

Favorite Hornets Player

            1: Chris Paul

Favorite Local TV News Anchor

            1: Angela Hill

Favorite TV Sports Reporter

            1: Jim Henderson

Favorite TV Meteorologist

            1: Bob Breck

            2: Margaret Orr

            3: Carl Arredondo/Dawn Brown

Favorite Local Radio Personality

            1: Garland Robinette

            2: Spud McConnell

Favorite Local Writer

            1: Chris Rose

Favorite Grocery Store/Deli

            1: Rouse’s

            2: Dorignac’s

            3: Central Grocery/Whole Foods

            4: Langenstein’s

            5: Winn-Dixie

Favorite Gym

            1: Elmwood

            2: EJGH Wellness

Favorite Day Spa

            1: The Ritz

            2: Belladonna

Favorite Boutique

            1: Belladonna

Favorite Antiques Store

            1: MS Rau/Renaissance Interiors

Favorite Place to Buy Unique Furniture

            1: New Directions

Favorite Florist

            1: Federico’s

            2: Villere’s

Favorite Law/Garden Supply

            1: Perrino’s

            2: Home Depot

            3: Charvet

Favorite Movie Theater

            1: Prytania

            2: Canal Place

            3: Elmwood

Favorite Place to Hear Live Music

            1: Tipitina’s

            2: House of Blues

            3: Maple Leaf

Favorite Happy Hour

            1: Superior Grill

Favorite Jazz Club

            1: Snug Harbor

Favorite Museum

            1: New Orleans Museum of Art/National World War II Museum (tie)

Favorite Historical Landmark

            1: St. Louis Cathedral

            2: Jackson Square

Favorite Remodeled/Renovated Building

            1: Roosevelt

Favorite Place to Spot Celebrities

            1: French Quarter

Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Towners

            1: French Quarter

Favorite Place to Play Hooky

            1: French Quarter

            2: Audubon

Favorite Golf Course

            1: Audubon

            2: City Park

Favorite Biking/Walking/Running Route

            1: Audubon Park

            2: Lakeshore Drive

            3: City Park

Favorite Weekend Getaway

            1: Destin, FL

            2: Gulf Shores, AL

Favorite Street for a Sunday Drive

            1: St. Charles Avenue

            2: Magazine St./Lakeshore Dr.

Favorite Up-and-Coming Neighborhood

            1: Lakeview

Favorite Neighborhood to Raise a Family

            1: Metairie

Favorite Place to Buy a Wedding Dress

            1: Town and Country

            2: Yvonne LaFleur/House of Broel

Favorite Place to Place Your Bets

            1: New Orleans Fair Grounds

            2: Harrah’s

            3: Off-track betting

Favorite Hotel

            1: Roosevelt           

            2: Windsor Court

            3: Ritz-Carlton/Hotel Monteleone (tie)

Favorite Decision New Orleans Made This Year

            1: Mitch Landrieu as mayor

            2: Champion Square

Least Favorite Decision New Orleans Made This Year

            1:  Traffic cameras

Favorite Local Event Open to Public

            1: French Quarter Fest

            2: Jazz Fest

            3: Mardi Gras

Favorite Work Accomplished by a Charity, Organization or Group

            1: Habitat for Humanity/American Heart Association (tie)

Favorite Sound in New Orleans

            1: Jazz

            2: Streetcars

            3: Who Dat

            4: Calliope

            5: Riverboat

Least Favorite Sound in New Orleans

            1: Gunshots

            2: Sirens

            3: Cars/traffic

Favorite New Orleans Song           

            1: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?

            2: Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In

            3: Who Dat

            4: Stand Up And Get Crunk/Walking to New Orleans

Favorite Local Band

            1: Wise Guys

            2: Top Cats

Favorite Local Radio Station

            1: WWL

            2: WWOZ

Favorite Local TV Station

            1: WWL

            2: WDSU

            3: WYES

Favorite Festival

            1: French Quarter Fest

            2: Jazz Fest

            3: Po’ Boy Festival

            4: Gretna Fest

Favorite Carnival Parade

            1: Endymion

            2: Bacchus

            3: Muses

Favorite Live Theatre Company

            1: Le Petit Theatre

Favorite Local Bank

            1: Whitney

Favorite New Book About New Orleans

            1: Goodnight NOLA

Favorite TV Show Set in New Orleans

            1: Treme

Favorite Charter School

            1: Lusher

Favorite Private Elementary School

            1: Newman

Favorite Private Secondary/High School

            1: Mt. Carmel

            2. Jesuit

            3: Holy Cross

Favorite Place to Buy King Cakes

            1: Haydel’s

            2: Randazzo’s

            3: Rouse’s

Favorite Takeout

            1: PF Chang’s

Favorite Gourmet Takeout

            1: Whole Foods

Favorite Fried Chicken

            1: Popeye’s

            2: Mr. Ed’s/Willie Mae’s

Favorite Poor Boys

            1: Parkway

            2: Mother’s

            3: Domilise’s

Favorite Tacos

            1: Casa Garcia

            2: Taqueria Cornoa

Favorite Sushi

            1: Rock N Sake/Shogun

Favorite Wings

            1: WOW

Favorite Snowballs

            1: Plum Street

            2: Hansen’s

            3: Sal’s

Favorite Place for Cajun Food

            1: Mulate’s

            2: K-Paul’s

Favorite Place for Creole Food

            1: Creole Grille

Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant

            1: Byblos

            2: Lebanon’s

Favorite Italian Restaurant

            1: Vincent’s

Favorite Asian Restaurant

            1: Five Happiness

Favorite Indian Restaurant

            1: Taj Mahal/Nirvana (tie)

Favorite Mexican/southwest Restaurant

            1: Superior

            2: Taqueria Corona

Favorite seafood Restaurant

            1: Deanie’s

            2: Drago’s           

            3: GW Fins

Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters

            1: Drago’s

            2: Acme

            3: Casamento’s

Favorite Place to Get Boiled Crawfish

            1: Dennis

            2: Deanie’s

Favorite Pizza Restaurant

            1: Tower of Pizza

            2: Theo’s

Favorite Pizza Topping

1: Pepperoni           

            2: Mushrooms

Favorite Restaurant for Steaks

            1: Ruth’s Chris

            2: Crescent City Steakhouse

            3: Austin

Favorite Burger

            1: Port of Call

            2: Swamp Room

Favorite Place for Gumbo

            1: Gumbo Shop

Favorite Place for Turtle Soup

            1: Commander’s Palace

Favorite Coffeehouse

            1: CC’s

            2: Café du Monde

            3: PJ’s

Favorite Coffeehouse for Food

            1: Caffe Caffe/CCs

Favorite Dessert Menu

            1: Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro

            2: Commander’s

Favorite Bakery

            1: Swiss

            2: Gambino’s/Haydel’s

            3: La Boulangerie

Favorite Sweet Shop

            1: Sucre

            2: Blue Frog

Favorite Ice Cream and Where

            1: Brocato’s: Spumoni

            2: Creole Creamery: Assorted Flavors

Favorite Gelato Shop

            1: Brocato’s

Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining

            1: Commander’s

            2: Ralph’s on the Park

Favorite Outdoor Dining

            1: Court of Two Sisters

            2: Café Degas

Favorite Restaurant for a Power Lunch

            1: Galatoire’s

Favorite House Specialty Drink

            1: Sazerac—Sazerac Bar

            2: Hurricane—Pat O’s

Favorite Place for a Margarita

            1: Superior

Favorite Dive Bar

            1: Swamp Room

Favorite Hotel Bar

            1: Monteleone’s Carousel Bar

            2: Roosevelt’s Sazerac Bar

Favorite Local Beer

            1: Abita

Favorite French Bread

            1: Leidenheimer

Favorite Place for a Salad

            1:  Houston’s

Favorite Place for Breakfast or Brunch

            1: Ruby Slipper

            2: Court of Two Sisters

Favorite Place for Late-Night Dining

            1: Camellia Grille

            2: Port of Call

Cleanest Restaurant

            1: Ralph’s on the Park

Favorite Chef

            John Besh

Favorite Restaurant Worth the Drive

            1: Middendorf’s

            2: Trey Yuen

Favorite Caterer

            1: Mr. Ed’s

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