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The Best of the Best

You voted in droves this year, Buffalo, and you showed up en masse to Monday night’s Artvoice Best of Buffalo party at the Towne Ballroom. Thanks to our tireless mistress of ceremonies, Chevon Davis, and to the nominated restaurants who fed us and the nominated artists who entertained us. It was easily one of the best Best of Buffalo bashes we’ve ever thrown.

And congratulations, of course, to the winners in the 2011 Artvoice Best of Buffalo survey:

The Cole's and Blue Monk crowd rake in four awards
Maureen of the eponymous flower shop with her award and those of PUSH Buffalo and its director, her son, Aaron Bartley.
The folks from Joe's Deli on Hertel celebrate their award.
DJ Heat's first-ever best of Buffalo award.
An Elmwood Village merchant's circle celebrate Shoe Fly's award.
Our City, Our People Best Individual Activist Aaron Bartley Best Activist Group Push Buffalo Best Annual Festival Allentown Arts Festival Best Annual Fundraiser Red Cross Mash Bash Best Local Blog Buffalo Rising Best Twitter Feed @jeremywgr Biggest Scandal of the Year Chris Lee shirtless on Craigslist Most Over-Covered Story Mo Hassan trial Most Under-Covered Story Hydrofracking issues Best Local Radio Personalities Shredd & Ragan Best Local TV Personality Mary Alice Demler Best Local Print Journalist Donn Esmonde Best Drag Performer Gladys Over Best Place To View Lake Erie Erie Basin Marina Coolest Up-and-Coming Neighborhood Grant/amherst One Thing You Hope Will Happen This Year Continued Waterfront Development Buffalo’s Biggest Booster Terry Pegula Buffalo’s Biggest Naysayer Michael Bloomberg People Who Ought to Run for Office Carl Paladino Politician Who Ought to Lose His Job This Year Byron Brown The Next Erie County Executive Chris Collins Music Best Acoustic Act Dee Adams Best Blues Act Jony James Band Best Classical Musician Joann Falletta Best DJ DJ Dstar Best Country Act West Of The Mark Best Hip Hop Act Dj Heat Best Jazz Act Custode & Parisi Best Original Music Act Christina Custode and Rerun Best Rock Act Hit ’n’ Run Best Male Vocalist Mark Valentino Best Female Vocalist Christina Custode Best Vocal Ensemble Harmonia Chamber Choir Best Open Mic Monday With Michael Meldrum At Nietzsche’s Best Soundman Kenny Maggs
The Fine Arts Best Cultural Asset Albright-knox Art Gallery Best Supporter of the Arts M&t Bank Best Up-and-Coming Art Space 464 Gallery Best Dance Company Neglia Ballet Best Dancer Nadia Ibrahim Best Genre-Defying Artist Comedy Sportz Best Movie Theater Dipson North Park Best Painter Dorothy Fitzgerald Best Sculptor Julie Silver Best Photographer Mark Callen Best Video/Film Artist Jason Klinger Best Street Artist Brezo Best Poet Lisa Forrest Best Writer Jon Elston Best Spoken Word Artist Janna Willoughby, aka MC Vendetta Best Standup Comic Kristen Becker Best Theater Company Irish Classical Theater Company Best Actor/Actress Vincent O’neill Dining Best Bagel Bagel Jay’s Best Bar Food Cole’s Best BBQ Fat Bob’s Smokehouse Best Beef on Weck Charlie The Butcher Best Brunch Betty’s Restaurant Best Burger Grover’s Bar & Grill Best Cheap Eats Mighty Taco Best Chinese Red Pepper Cafe Best Coffee Spot Coffee Best Deli Joe’s Deli Best Dessert Dessert Deli Best Diner Lake Effect Diner Best Fish Fry Papa Jake’s Saloon Best French Rue Franklin Best Sub, Best French Fries, Best 2AM Eats Jim’s Steakout Best German Ulrich’s Tavern Best Greek/Mediterranean Pano’s Best Hot Dog Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots Best Ice Cream Anderson’s Frozen Custard Best Indian India Gate Best Italian Chef’s Restaurant Best Latino Niagara Cafe Best Mexican/Tex-Mex Gramma Mora’s Best Middle Eastern Falafel Bar Best New Restaurant, Best Beer on Tap, Best New Bar Blue Monk Best Patio Cozumel Best Pizza, Best Takeout/Delivery La Nova Best Polish Polish Villa Best Salad, Best Soup Globe Market Best Sausage Spar’s European Sausage Shop Best Seafood Seabar Best Soul Food Gigi’s Restaurant Best Steak Buffalo Chophouse Best Street Food Lloyd’s Taco Truck Best Sushi Kuni’s Best Thai/Vietnamese Saigon Cafe Best Vegetarian Merge Best Wings Duff’s Famous Wings   Nightlife Best Bartender Sam Arno, Bayou Best Absolut Bartender Jamie Rudd, Mulligan’s Brick Bar Best Bar Only You Know About Rohall’s Corner Best Bowling Voelker’s Bowling Center Best Dance Club Pure Best Dive Bar Allen Street Bar and Grill (Old Pink) Best Gay Bar Club Marcella Best Happy Hour Soho Best Hookup Joint Allen Street Bar and Grill (Old Pink) Best Jukebox Essex Street Pub Best Karaoke Tudor Lounge Best Live Music Nietzsche’s Best Neighborhood Pub Essex Street Pub Best Place for Darts Mister Goodbar Best Place to Shoot Pool Essex Street Pub Best Place to Watch a Game Pearl Street Grill & Brewery Best Strip Club Tiffany’s Cabaret Best Upscale Bar Snooty Fox Best Wine Bar The Wine Thief Shops And Services Best Antique Shop The Antique Man Best Auto Mechanic Hart’s Service Best Bakery Five Points Bakery Best Barber Vito’s Barber Shop Best Bike Shop Bert’s Bikes and Fitness Best Bookstore Talking Leaves...Books Best Butcher Federal Meats Best Car Dealer West Herr Best CD/Record Shop Record Theater Best Day Spa, Best Massage, Best Pedicure/Manicure Excuria Best Fish Market Hayes Fish Company Best Florist Maureen’s Wholesale Florist Best Furniture/Home Decor Room Best Gift Shop Everything Elmwood Best Hair Salon Chez Ann Best Head Shop Terrapin Station Best Health Club Buffalo Athletic Club Best Jewelry Store Aurum Precious Gems & Metals Best Liquor/Wine Store Premier Group Best Men’s Clothing Riverside Men’s Shop Best Music Store Allentown Music Best Organic Foods Lexington Co-op Best Outdoor Market Bidwell/Elmwood Farmer’s Market Best Pet Store Elmwood Pet Supplies Best Piercings Cowpok Best Pilates/Yoga East Meets West Yoga Best Place for Cool T-shirts Bay 6 Buffalo Clothing Co. Best Plumber Hertel Hardware & Plumbing Best Produce Wegmans Best Shoes Shoe Fly Best Sporting Goods/Outdoors Campus Wheelworks Best Tanning Allen Tan Best Tattoos Hand Of Doom Best Thrift Store Amvets (Elmwood) Best Women’s Clothing Half & Half Clothing

View all the Best of Buffalo 2011 Nominees:

Our City, Our People
The Fine Arts
Dining Out
Shops & Services
Nightlife & Drinking

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