Tops of the Town

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A couple of notes: To make the list, a choice had to have a significant number of votes; places without enough votes were eliminated. Categories without enough voters were also removed. Where there was evidence of ballot stuffing (and there wasn’t much) the votes were adjusted accordingly. 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.

 

Top Non-Profit

LASPCA

The Louisiana SPCA has been dedicated to saving the lives of animals across the New Orleans metro area for more than 130 years. Headquartered on the West Bank at the organization’s 21,600 square foot campus, the LA SPCA cares for more than 300 animals at one time, with an annual count of more than 70,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds and reptiles. In addition to adoption services, the organization provides advocacy and leadership in legislation, clinic services, disaster preparedness, workshops and more. 

 


 

Top Antiques Store

1. M.S. Rau Antiques

 

Top Art Gallery 

1. Terrance Osborne Gallery

2. Ashley Longshore 

 

Top Bakery

1. Gracious Bakery

2. Haydel’s Bakery

3. Maple Street Patisserie 

 

Top Bed-and-Breakfast 

1. Degas House 

 

Top Bookstore

1. Garden District Bookstore 

2. Octavia Books

 

Top Carnival Parade

1. Muses

2. Endymion 

 

Top Chef

1. Nina Compton 

 

Top Children’s Boutique

1. Auraluz 

2. Pickleberry 

 

Top Coffee House

1. PJ’s 

2. Starbucks

 

Top Coffee House for Food 

1. Caffe Caffe 

2. PJ’s

3. HiVolt

 

Top Craft Brewery 

1. Abita Brewing Company

2. Port Orleans Brewing Co.

3. Urban South Brewery

Top Craft Cocktail Bar

1. Cure 

 

Top Day Spa 

1. Earthsavers Spa & Store

2. Woodhouse Day Spa

 

Top Dive Bar 

1. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

 

Top Dry Cleaner 

1. Young’s Dry Cleaning

2. Russell’s Dry Cleaning Services

 

Top Food Truck

1. Taceaux Loceaux 

 

Top French Bread

1. Leidenheimer 

 

Top Furniture Store 

1. Textures Warehouse

2. Doerr Furniture

3. Hurwitz Mintz Furniture

 

Top Golf Course

1. Bayou Oaks at City Park

2. Audubon Park Golf Course

 

Top Gulf Coast Getaway

1. Destin, Florida 

 

Top Gulf Coast Hotel

1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino 

2. The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort

 

Top Gym

1. Orangetheory Fitness

1. Franco’s Athletic Club (tie)

 

Top Hotel

1. Windsor Court Hotel

2. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

3. The Roosevelt New Orleans

 

Top Hotel Bar

1. Carousel Bar & Lounge

2. Hot Tin 

 

Top ice cream/gelato

1. Angelo Brocato 

2. Piccola Gelateria

2. The Creole Creamery 

 

Top Jazz Club

1. Snug Harbor

2. The Jazz Playhouse at Royal Sonesta 

 

Top lawn/garden supply

1. Perino’s Garden Center

 

Top Live Theater Company

1. Le Petit Theatre 

2. Southern Rep Theatre

 


Top Hotel Bar

Carousel Bar

Tucked away in the Hotel Monteleone, the Carousel Bar & Lounge has been transporting patrons on a merry-go-round of top-notch cocktails and bar bites for the past 70 years. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, the historied bar has seen countless colorful stories told in its history. The circus-themed rotating bar comes full circle every 15 minutes. Live music provides a jazzy backdrop to the libation and festivities. 

 


 

Top local actor/actress

1. Bryan Batt 

 

Top Local Charity

1. Louisina SPCA 

2. The Al Copeland Foundation 

 

Top Local Jeweler

1. Aucoin Hart Jewelers

2. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry

3. Boudreaux’s Jewelers

3. Adler’s Jewelry

 

Top Local Radio Station

1. WWOZ 

2. WWL 

 

Top Men’s Clothing Store

1. Perlis 

2. Rubensteins 

 

Top Museum

1. National WWII Museum

2. New Orleans Museum of Art 

3. Louisiana Children’s Museum 

3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art (tie) 

 

Top Neighborhood Restaurant 

1. Clancy’s Restaurant 

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine 

3. Katie’s Restaurant and Bar

 

Top New Orleans Festival

1. French Quarter Fest 

2. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

3. NOLA on Tap 

 

Top Outdoor Dining

1. Bacchanal Fine Wine and Spirits 

2. Café Degas 

 

Top Place for a Bloody Mary

1. Atchafalaya Restaurant

 

Top Place for a Margarita

1. El Gato Negro 

1. Juan’s Flying Burrito (tie)

 

Top Place for a Power Lunch

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Galatoire’s

 

Top Place for a Salad

1. The Daily Beet 

 

Top Place for Asian

1. Five Happiness 

 

Top Place for Barbecue Shrimp

1. Mr. B’s Bistro 

2. Pascal’s Manale

 

Top Place for Boiled Crawfish

1. The Galley Seafood

 

Top Place for Breakfast 

1. The Ruby Slipper Cafe

2. Daily Beet 

 

Top Place for Brunch

1. Commander’s Palace 

 

Top Place for Burgers

1. The Company Burger  

2. Port of Call 

 

Top Place for Cajun

1. Fete Au Fete Streatery

2. Mulate’s New Orleans Cajun Restaurant

3. K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

 

Top Place for Chinese

1. Five Happiness 

 

Top Place for Creole

1. New Orleans Creole Cookery 

 

Top Place for Fine Dining

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Brennan’s Restaurant

Top Place for Fried Chicken

1. Popeye’s Fried Chicken 

2. Willie Mae’s Scotch House

3. Fiorella’s Cafe

 

Top Grocery Store

1. Rouses

2. Dorignac’s 

3. Langenstein’s 

 

Top Place for Gumbo

1. Gumbo Shop 

 

Top Place for Hot Dogs

1. Dat Dog

 

Top Place for Indian

1. Saffron NOLA 

2. Nirvana Indian Cuisine

 

Top Place for Italian

1. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine

2. Red Gravy Cafe

 

Top Place for Japanese

1. Tsunami 

2. Shogun 

2. Little Tokyo 

 


 

Top Bakery

Gracious Bakery 

With four locations across the city, Gracious Bakery has quickly become the way many New Orleans start their day, enjoy brunch and lunch or celebrate special occasions. The menus include coffee, fresh baked breads, sandwiches, pies and cakes, sweet and savory waffles and more. This time of year, we’re ready to pick up one of the bakery’s unique King Cake creations, both traditional and with a twist.

 


 

Top Place for King Cakes 

1. Manny Randazzo King Cakes

2. Dong Phuong Bakeshop

 

Top Place for Korean 

1. Little Korea BBQ

 

Top Place for Late Night Dining

1. Hoshun

 

Best Local Sandwich Shop

1. Stein’s Market and Deli

 

Top Place for Mexican/Southwest

1. Zocalo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina

2. The Velvet Cactus

 

Top Place for Middle Eastern

1. Saba

2. Byblos

3. Lebanon’s Café 

3. Mona’s Café (tie)

 

Top Place for Onion Rings

1. Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant

 

Top Place for Pizza

1. Pizza Domencia

2. Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza 

3. Reginelli’s Pizzeria

 

Top Place for Poor Boys

1. Parkway Bakery and Tavern

 

Top Place for Raw Oysters

1. Peche 

 

Top Place for Seafood

1. GW Fins 

 

Top Place for Snoballs

1. Sal’s Sno-Ball Stand

2. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz 

3. Plum Street Sno-Ball

Top Place for Steaks

1. Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

2. Desi Vega’s Steakhouse (tie)

 

Top Place for Sushi

1. Rock N Sake Bar & Sushi

2. Sake Café 

 

Top Place for Tacos

1. Juan’s Flying Burrito 

2. Taceaux Loceaux 

2. The Velvet Cactus (tie) 

 

Top Place for Tapas

1. Baru Bistor & Tapas

 

Top Place for Thai

1. SukhoThai 

2. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant

3. Café Equator 

 

Top Place for Turtle Soup

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. Mandina’s Restaurant

 

Top Place for Vegetarian Dishes

1. The Daily Beet 

 

Top Place for Vietnamese

1. Mopho

2. Pho NOLA

2. Mint Modern Vietnamese (tie)

 

Top Place to Buy a Wedding Dress

1. Town & Country 

2. Wedding Belles 

 

Top Place to Buy Liquor and Wine

1. Martin’s Wine Cellar

1. Dorignac’s (tie)

 

Top Place to Gamble

1. Harrah’s Casino

 

Top Place to Hear Live Music

1. House of Blues

2. Tipitina’s

2. d.b.a. (tie)

 

Top Restaurant

1. Commander’s Palace 

2. GW Fins 

 

Top Restaurant Worth the Drive

1. Middendorf’s Restaurant

1. Mosca’s (tie)

 

Top Sports Bar

1. Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill

2. Walk-On’s Bistreux & Bar

 

Top Sweet Shop

1. Angelo Brocato 

 

Top Yoga/Pilates Studio

1. Romney Studios 

 

Top Bank

1. Hancock Whitney

2. Capital One

3. Iberia Bank

 

Top Women’s Boutique

1. Chatta Box Boutique

2. Hemline


 

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