We begin the year by seeing what our readers think about the area’s best. Our October issue included a self-addressed postage-paid mailer with which our readers could make their choices. (They were also able to vote online.) In order to make the list, each entity had to have a significant cluster of votes – enough to indicate broad support. (That is why some categories have more winners than others.) Ballots from blatant organized vote packing were discarded, though we saw little of that this year. Our final product is what we think is an honest summation of our readers’ favorites. Since you are a reader, too, see if you agree. There are always new discoveries to be made.

New Orleans Magazine's Tops of the Town

 Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

Favorite Musician Living in the City



New Orleanian of the Year
1. Drew Brees
2. Steve Gleason
3. Tom Benson

Favorite Politician
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


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 Sally-Ann Roberts and Karen Swensen

Favorite TV News Anchor (TIE)


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. Jim Henderson

Favorite TV Meterologist
1. Margaret Orr
2. Bob Breck (tie)
2. Carl Arredondo (tie)
3. Laura Buchtel

Favorite Local TV Station
1. WWL/Channel 4
2. WDSU/Channel 6
4. WYES/Channel 12


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 John “Spud” McConnell

Favorite Local Radio Personality


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 University
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)

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Romney Pilates Center

Favorite Yoga or Pilates Studio



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. Woodhouse 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
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: Botanical Gardens & Pavilion
2) Audubon Park (tie)
2) The Columns Hotel (tie)
2) New Orleans Museum of Art (tie)

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Dat Dog

Favorite Hot Dog



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. Dorignac’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)

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Commander’s Palace

Favorite Place for Creole Food
Favorite Place for Turtle Soup
Favorite Dessert Menu
Favorite Restaurant for Fine Dining
Favorite Bloody Mary
Favorite Wine List
Favorite Restaurant


Favorite Place for Creole Food
1. Commander’s Palace
2. Galatoire’s Restaurant


Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurant
1. Mona’s Restaurant
2. Café Byblos
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)


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

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Acme Oyster House

Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters


Favorite Place to Get Raw Oysters
1. Acme Oyster House
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


Favorite 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


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 Cream or Gelato Shop
1. Angelo Brocato® Original Italian Ice Cream Parlor
2. Creole Creamery
3. Sucré


Favorite Outdoor Dining
1. Bacchanal 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


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. Twelve 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

Favorite Craft Cocktail Bar
1. Cure
2. SoBou
3. Bar Tonique


Favorite French Bread
1. Liedenheimer Baking Company
2. Alois J Binder Bakery

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Fresh Bar

Favorite Place for a Salad
Favorite Health-Conscious Restaurant
Favorite Place for Vegetarian Dishes


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 n