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New Orleanian of the Year
1) Drew Brees
2) Mitch Landrieu   
3) Sean Payton
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/Actress
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 (tie)
3) Dawn Brown (tie)

Favorite Local Radio Personality
1) Garland Robinette
2) Spud McConnell

Favorite Local Writer
1) Chris Rose

Places

Favorite Grocery Store/Deli
1) Rouse’s Supermarket
2) Dorignac’s Food Center
3) Central Grocery (tie)
3)  Whole Foods Market (tie)
4) Langenstein’s
5) Winn-Dixie

Favorite Gym
1) Elmwood Fitness Center
2) East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center

Favorite Day Spa
1) The Ritz-Carlton Spa
2) Belladonna Day Spa

Favorite Boutique
1) Belladonna Day Spa

Favorite Antiques Store
1) M.S. Rau Antique (tie)
1) Renaissance Interiors (tie)

Favorite Place to Buy
Unique Furniture
1) New Directions

Favorite Florist
1) Federico’s Family Florist
2) Villere’s Florist

Favorite Law/Garden Supply
1) Perrino’s
2) Home Depot
3) Charvet’s Garden Center

Favorite Movie Theater
1) Prytania Theatre
2) The Theatres at Canal Place
3) AMC Elmwood Palace 20

Favorite Place to Hear Live Music
1) Tipitina’s
2) House of Blues
3) Maple Leaf Bar

Favorite Happy Hour
1) Superior Grill

Favorite Jazz Club
1) Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

Favorite Museum
1) New Orleans Museum of Art (tie)
1) The National World War II
     Museum (tie)

Favorite Historical Landmark
1) St. Louis Cathedral
2) Jackson Square

Favorite Remodeled/
Renovated Building
1) The Roosevelt New Orleans

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 Park

Favorite Golf Course
1) Audubon Park Golf Course
2) City Park North Golf Course

Favorite Biking/Walking/
Running Route
1) Audubon Park
2) Lakeshore Drive
3) City Park

Favorite Weekend Getaway
1) Destin, Fla.
2) Gulf Shores, Ala.

Favorite Street for a Sunday Drive
1) St. Charles Avenue
2) Magazine Street (tie)
2) Lakeshore Drive (tie)

Favorite Up-and-Coming Neighborhood
1) Lakeview

Favorite Neighborhood to
Raise a Family
1) Metairie

Favorite Place to Buy a
Wedding Dress
1) Town & Country Bridal Salon
2) Yvonne LaFleur (tie)
2) House of Broel (tie)

Favorite Place to Place Your Bets
1) New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
2) Harrah’s
3) Off track betting (OTB)

Favorite Hotel
1) The Roosevelt New Orleans
2) Windsor Court
3) The Ritz-Carlton (tie)
3) Hotel Monteleone (tie)

MISC.

Favorite Decision New Orleans Made This Year
1) Electing Mayor Mitch Landrieu
2) Creating Champion Square

Least Favorite Decision
New Orleans Made This Year
1) Traffic cameras

Favorite Local Event Open to Public
1) French Quarter Festival
2) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
     Festival
3) Mardi Gras

Favorite Work Accomplished by a Charity, Organization or Group
1) Habitat for Humanity (tie)
1) 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) “When the Saints Go Marching In”
3) “Who Dat”
4) “Stand Up and Get Crunk” (tie)
4) “Walking to New Orleans”  (tie)

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 Festival
2) New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
     Festival
3) Po-Boy Preservation Festival
4) Gretna Heritage Festival

Favorite Carnival Parade
1) Endymion
2) Bacchus
3) Muses

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

Favorite Local Bank
1) Whitney Bank

Favorite New Book About
New Orleans
1) Goodnight NOLA by Cornell P. Landry, illustrations by Louis J. Schmitt

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) Mount Carmel Academy
2) Jesuit High School
3) Holy Cross School

Dining

Favorite Place to Buy King Cakes
1) Haydel’s Bakery
2) Randazzo’s
3) Rouse’s Supermarket

Favorite Takeout
1) P.F. Chang’s

Favorite Gourmet Takeout
1) Whole Foods Market

Favorite Fried Chicken
1) Popeyes
2) Mr. Ed’s Restaurant (tie)
2) Willie Mae’s Scotch House (tie)

Favorite Poor Boys
1) Parkway Bakery & Tavern
2) Mother’s Restaurant
3) Domilise’s

Favorite Tacos
1) Casa Garcia
2) Taqueria Cornoa

Favorite Sushi
1) Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi (tie)
1) Shogun Japanese Restaurant
     and Steak House (tie)

Favorite Wings
1) WOW Café & Wingery

Favorite Snowballs
1) William’s Plum Street Snoballs
2) Hansen’s Sno-Blitz
3) Sal’s Snowballs

Favorite Place for Cajun Food
1) Mulate’s
2) K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

Favorite Place for Creole Food
1) Mr. Ed’s Creole Grille

Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant
1) Byblos Restaurant
2) Lebanon’s Café

Favorite Italian Restaurant
1) Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

Favorite Asian Restaurant
1) Five Happiness Restaurant

Favorite Indian Restaurant
1) Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine (tie)
1) Nirvana Indian Cuisine (tie)

Favorite Mexican/Southwest Restaurant
1) Superior Grill
2) Taqueria Corona

Favorite seafood Restaurant
1) Deanie’s Seafood
2) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
3) GW Fins

Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters
1) Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
2) Acme Oyster House
3) Casamento’s

Favorite Place to Get
Boiled Crawfish
1) Dennis’ Seafood
2) Deanie’s Seafood

Favorite Pizza Restaurant
1) Tower of Pizza
2) Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza

Favorite Pizza Topping
1) Pepperoni
2) Mushrooms

Favorite Restaurant for Steaks
1) Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2) Crescent City Steakhouse
3) Austin’s Restaurant & Steak House

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 Community Coffee House
2) Café du Monde
3) PJ’s Coffee House

Favorite Coffeehouse for Food
1) Caffe Caffe (tie)
1) CC’s Community Coffee House (tie)

Favorite Dessert Menu
1) Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro
2) Commander’s Palace

Favorite Bakery
1) Swiss Confectionary
2) Gambino’s Bakery (tie)
2) Haydel’s Bakery (tie)
3) La Boulangerie

Favorite Sweet Shop
1) Sucré
2) Blue Frog Chocolates

Favorite Ice Cream and Where
1) Angelo Brocato: Spumoni
2) Creole Creamery: Assorted Flavors

Favorite Gelato Shop
1) Angelo Brocato

Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining
1) Commander’s Palace
2) Ralph’s on the Park

Favorite Outdoor Dining
1) The Court of Two Sisters
2) Café Degas

Favorite Restaurant for a
Power Lunch
1) Galatoire’s

Favorite House Specialty Drink
1) Sazerac: Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt New Orleans
2) Hurricane: Pat O’Brien’s

Favorite Place for a Margarita
1) Superior Grill

Favorite Dive Bar
1) Swamp Room

Favorite Hotel Bar
1) Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone
2) Sazerac Bar, The Roosevelt
     New Orleans

Favorite Local Beer
1) Abita

Favorite French Bread
1) Leidenheimer

Favorite Place for a Salad
1) Houston’s Restaurant

Favorite Place for Breakfast
or Brunch
1) The Ruby Slipper Café
2) The Court of Two Sisters

Favorite Place for
Late-Night Dining
1) Camellia Grill
2) Port of Call

Cleanest Restaurant
1) Ralph’s on the Park

Favorite Chef
1) John Besh

Favorite Restaurant Worth
the Drive
1) Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant, Akers
2) Trey Yuen Cuisine of China, Mandeville

Favorite Caterer
1) Mr. Ed’s

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