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And the Winners Are...



The results are finally in! The 2012 Best of Buffalo winners were officially announced at our annual Best of Buffalo party on Monday, May 14th. The winners list represents the top vote-getter in each of their respective categories.

Photos by Cy Alessi.



NIGHTLIFE & DRINKING Best Bartender
John @ Underground
Best Beer Selection, Best French Fries
Blue Monk
Best Bowling
Voelker’s Bowling Center
Best Dive Bar, Best Hookup Joint
Allen Street Bar & Grill (The Pink)
Best Gay Bar, Best Place to Dance
Club Marcella
Best Happy Hour, Best Place for Darts
Mr. Goodbar
Best Jukebox, Best Neighborhood Pub, Best Place to Shoot Pool
Essex Street Pub
Best Karaoke
Tudor Lounge
Best Live Music Venue
Nietzsche’s
Best New Bar
Vera Pizzeria
Best Place to Watch a Game
Pearl Street Grill & Brewery
Best Strip Club
Tiffany’s Cabaret & Steak House
Best Upscale Bar
Snooty Fox Lounge
Best Wine List
Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant
Bar You Miss the Most
The Continental


OUR FAIR CITY Best Activist Group
PUSH Buffalo
Best Individual Activist
Morgan Dunbar
Best Blog
Buffalo Rising
Best Print Journalist
Donn Esmonde
Best Radio Personalities
Shredd & Ragan
Best TV Personality
Don Paul
Buffalo’s Biggest Booster
Newell Nussbaumer
Best Twitter Feed
@fakedarcy
Best Annual Festival
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Best Annual Fundraiser
Ride for Roswell
Best Bike Ride
Riverwalk from downtown Buffalo to the Tonawandas
Best New Idea for WNY
Move Bills stadium downtown
Best People Watching Spot
Anywhere on Elmwood Avenue
Best Picnic Spot
Delaware Park
Best Place to View Lake Erie
Erie Basin Marina
Biggest Scandal of the Year
Niagara County SPCA
Buffalo’s Biggest Naysayer
Tom Brady
Most Overcovered Story
Occupy Buffalo
Must Undercovered Story
Occupy Buffalo
Politician Who Should Lose His Job
Byron Brown
Person Who Ought to Take His Place
Anyone else
One Thing You Hope Will Happen This Year
More Waterfront Development
SHOPS & SERVICES Best Antique Shop
The Antique Man
Best Auto Mechanic
Bruce’s Automotive
Best Bakery
Five Points Bakery
Best Barber
Tony’s Hair Styling
Best Bike Shop
Bert’s Bikes & Fitness
Best Bookstore
Talking Leaves...Books
Best Butcher
Federal Meats
Best Car Dealer
West Herr
Besy CD/Record Shop
Record Theatre
Best Day Spa, Best Massage, Best Pedicure/Manicure
Excuria Spa
Best Fish Market
Hayes Seafood House
Best Florist
Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Florist
Best Furniture/Home Decor
Room
Best Gift Shop
Everything Elmwood
Best Hair Salon
Chez Ann Salon
Best Head Shop
Terrapin Station
Best Health Club
Buffalo Athletic Club
Best Jewelry Store
Wild Things
Best Liquor/Wine Store
Premier Group


Best Mens Clothing
Riverside Mens Shop
Best Music Store
Allentown Music
Best New Shop
Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile
Best Organic Food
Lexington Co-op
Best Outdoor Market
Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market
Best Pet Shop
Elmwood Pet Supplies
Best Piercings
CowPok
Best Place to Find Cool T-shirts
Pasteurized Tees
Best Plumber
Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Best Produce
Wegmans
Best Shoe Store
Shoefly
Best Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store
Campus Wheelworks
Best Tanning
Total Tan
Best Tattoos
Hand of Doom
Best Thrift Shop
Amvets


Best Women’s Clothing
Anna Grace
Best Yoga
East Meets West Yoga
DINING Best Bagel
Bagel Jay’s Bakery & Cafe
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 Chef
Mike Andrzejewski, SeaBar
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
Best French
Rue Franklin
Best German
Ulrich’s Tavern
Best Greek/Mediterranean
Pano’s Restaurant
Best Hot Dogs
Ted’s Hot Dogs
Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
Anderson’s Frozen Custard
Best Indian
India Gate
Best Italian
Chef’s Restaurant
Best Latino
Niagara Cafe
Best Mexican/Tex-Mex, Best New Restaurant
Cantina Loco
Best Middle eastern
Falafel Bar
Best Pancakes
Amy’s Place
Best Patio
The Frog Hair
Best Pizza
La Nova
Best Place to Eat at 2AM, Best Sub, Best Takeout
Jim’s Steakout
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
Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More
Best Street Food
Lloyd Taco Truck
Best Sushi
Kuni’s
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Burmese
Taste of Thai
Best Vegetarian
Merge
Best Wings
Duff’s
Restaurant This Region Needs the Most
Sonic
MUSIC & ARTS Best Acoustic Act
The LeftOvers
Best Blues Act
Jony James
Best Classical Musician
JoAnn Falletta
Best DJ
DJ Dstar
Best Country Act
90 West
Best DJ Crew
Money Team


Best Female Vocalist
Ali Critelli
Best Hip-Hop Act
AJ Jordan The Crescendo
Best Jazz Act
Buffalo Bop
Best Male Vocalist
Jim Candytree
Best Open Mic Night
Monday @ Nietzsche’s With Josh Gage
Best Original Music Night
The Albrights
Best Rock Act
Colors in the Air
Best Soundman
Kenny @ Nietzsche’s
Best Actor/Actress
Vincent O’Neill
Best Burlesque Performer
Jamie Doktor
Best Dance Company
Neglia Ballet
Best Dancer
Sergio Neglia
Best Drag Performer
Gladys Over (Nathan Phillips-Frey)
Best Genre-defying Artists
Buffalo ComedySportz
Best Movie Theater
North Park Theatre
Best Painter
A. J. Fries
Best Photographer
Mark Callen
Best Poet, Best Spoken-word Artist
Josh Smith
Best Sculptor
Julie Silver
Best Standup Comic
Kristen Becker
Best Theater Company
Irish Classical Theater Company


Best Up-and-coming Art Space
464 Gallery
Best Video/Film Artist
Keith Barker
Best Vocal Ensemble
Buffalo Choral Arts Society
Best Writer
Donna Hoke
Best Cultural Asset
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Best Supporter of the Arts
M&T Bank




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And the Winners Are...


Nominees listed in each category represent the top 5 vote-getters in their respective categories, listed in no particular order. Best of Buffalo winners were the top vote-getter in their category.



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