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Tops of the Town

Our readers’ picks of the area’s best

(page 9 of 11)


Best grocery store/deli: Rouses Supermarket. What’s really cool
is that four of the five are
locally owned.
2) Whole Foods Market
3) Langenstein’s
4) Dorignac’s, Central Grocery (tie)

Best gym: Elmwood Fitness Center. Will those new 24/7 places muscle in by next year?
2) New Orleans Athletic Club, East Jefferson General Hospital’s Wellness Center (tie)
3) Jewish Community Center – Uptown

Best day spa: Earthsavers. A good retreat after a day of writing captions for lists such as this one.
2) Belladonna

Best antiques store: Renaissance Interiors, M.S. Rau Antiques LLC (tie). Remember, Edwardian goes back further than the reign of Edwin Edwards.

Best place to buy unique furniture: New Directions Furniture. Today’s cutting-edge is the future’s antiques.
2) Hurwitz Mintz

Best place to buy a wedding dress:
Town & Country Bridal. Don’t forget the something borrowed and something blue.
2) David’s Bridal

Best florist: Mitch’s Flowers, Federico’s Family Florist (tie).
Oh, to be buying a corsage for the prom (Deacon John is probably still playing).

Best lawn/garden supply:
Perino’s Garden Center. Save our culture: Plant more mirliton vines and fig trees!
2) Jefferson Feed Pet & Garden Center, Home Depot (tie)

Best Movie Theater:
Prytania Theatre. The Prytania was Ignatius Riley’s favorite place to see a movie.
2) AMC Elmwood Palace 20, AMC Clearview Palace 12 (tie)
3) Canal Place Cinema

Best place to hear live music:
Tipitina’s. Any place named after
a Professor Longhair song has to have soul.
2) House of Blues
3) Snug Harbor

Best happy hour: Superior Grill.
With enough margaritas it’s a great place to watch parades pass by, even when there are none marching.

Best jazz club: Snug Harbor.
Funky enough to go along with
the music.

Best museum: New Orleans Museum of Art.
2) National World War II Museum
Two different worlds, but both worth many visits.
Best historical landmark:
Jackson Square.
2) St. Louis Cathedral
3) Lee Circle
Classic advantage for both the square and the cathedral: location, location, location.

Best remodeled/renovated building: Roosevelt New Orleans.
Who would have thought; the city’s greatest lobby is back, and grander than ever.

Best place to spot celebrities: French Quarter. We thought we saw Elvis disguised as a tarot card reader.

Best place to take out-of-towners:
French Quarter. Tell them to look closely at the tarot card readers.

Best place to play hooky:
French Quarter.
2) Audubon Park
Either place can be a zoo, in a good way.

Best golf course: Audubon Park.
Can golf clubs be carried on a streetcar?

Best biking/walking/running path:
Audubon Park.
2) Levee
3) City Park
City Park’s Big Lake will be an up-and-comer.

Best weekend getaway: Gulf Coast.
2) Destin, Beau Rivage
We know, Destin and Beau Rivage are part of the Gulf Coast, but readers think big.

Best street for a Sunday drive:
St. Charles Avenue. Landslide win for “the Avenue,” where beads seem to grow on trees.
2) Lakeshore Drive
3) Magazine Street
Best up-and-coming neighborhood:
2) Mid-City
They both up-and-came before Katrina, now they’re up-and-coming again.

Best neighborhood to raise a family: Uptown. Life among the oaks can be rewarding.
2) Metairie

Best place to place your bets:
Harrah’s Hotel & Casino.
2) Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
The two locations ran neck and neck. Harrah’s won by a photo finish.

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