2016 TOPS OF THE TOWN
Our Readers' Picks
SARA ESSEX BRADLEY
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In this, an election year in Louisiana, our readers have been making their feeling known about their picks for the Tops of the Town. There were no mean-spirited commercials funded by Political Action Committees in our voting, no mindless Obama-bashing. Rather, this was just straight forward voting – folks telling us what they think.
A couple of things you should know: H To make the list a choice had to have a significant cluster of votes. Places without enough votes were eliminated. H Categories without enough voters were also removed. H Where there was evidence of ballot box stuffing (and there wasn’t much) the votes were adjusted accordingly. H We know that there are some significant places that didn’t make the list, nevertheless we’re confident that those that are listed are all worthy and are among the tops in their field.
Favorite Place for Tapas & Favorite Outdoor Dining Avo
Favorite Place for Mexican/Southwest, Favorite Place for Tacos & Favorite place for a margarita superior grill
Favorite New Orleans musician Robin Barnes
Favorite Food Truck Crêpes a la Cart
Favorite Sports Bar & Favorite Dive Bar Lucy’s
Tops of the Tops
Carnival’s Continuing Captain Ed Muniz
Endymion will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; so, too, will Ed Muniz, the krewe’s founder and only captain to date. Counting organizational time, Muniz’s tenure is probably closer to 52 years, but why complicate it? At 50 years on the job he is, by far, Carnival’s senior captain. Through those years he has also had other jobs, including serving on the Jefferson Parish Council and as mayor of Kenner. No mayor commands as much attention as does Muniz when his parade rolls up Canal Street on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. Carnival’s biggest parade rules the city that night and, at 50, it’s just getting started.
Favorite place for Italian Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
Favorite local beer Abita Amber
Favorite Place for Raw Oysters Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Tops of the Tops
Celebrity Angel Hill
Angela Hill has made our Tops lists so many times through the years that she should have her own permanent page. Those who have watched her career path unfold have seen her at first as a consumer reporter, then a very popular news anchor and later a radio talk show host. Having retired from the latter this past year, we still see her doing commercials, but her real cause remains animals. She is a pet’s best friend. Hill long ago earned ample reason to be snobby; instead she has remained a genuinely nice person. That perhaps is even more reason why she is still Tops.
Performances by the Yat Pack, Robin Barnes and The Jailhouse Rockers.....click here for more information
Favorite art gallery Octavia Art Gallery
Favorite yoga/pilates studio Nola Pilates
Favorite Place for Seafood & Favorite place for boiled crawfish Kenner Seafood
Tops of the Tops
Performance of the Year Irma Thomas
Already the moment was important on Oct. 21, 2015, when Irma Thomas performed with Allen Toussaint at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. Just by the combined presence of the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” and the city’s musical genius, the gathering had historic weight. No one knew that it would be Toussaint’s last performance in New Orleans.
Allen Toussaint, who died Nov. 10, 2015, is remembered in several categories on these pages. Irma Thomas remains as a category of her own, singing the songs of the rhythm and blues golden era of the 1960s. The crowd thrilled as the two sang Irma’s Toussaint-penned classic, “It’s Raining:”
“I guess I will have to accept
The fact that you are not here.
I wish tonight
Would hurry up and end,
Never have those lines meant so much.