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Best of Buffalo 2015 Winners

Best Burlesque Performer

Mistress J Kiss

Best Cultural Asset

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Best Dance Company

Lehrer Dance

Best Dancer

Alicia Blasi

Best Drag Performer

Taylor Burts

Best Fashion Designer

Katie Gariepy

Best Gallery

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Best Local Writer

Benjamin Brindise

Best Movie Theater

North Park Theater

Best Museum

Buffalo Museum of science

Best New Art Space


Best Painter

A.J. Fries

Best Photographer

Luke Copping

Best Poet

Benjamin Brindise

Best Public Art

Shark Girl

Best Stand-Up Comic

Heather “MamaRag” Stack

Best Supporter of the Arts

M&T Bank

Best Video Artist / Filmmaker

Matt Lorentz

Best Bagel

Bagel Jay’s

Best Bar Food


Best BBQ

Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

Best Beef on Weck

Charlie the Butcher

Best Brunch


Best Burger

Grover’s Bar & Grill

Best Cheap Eats

Amy’s Place

Best Chef

Mike Andrzejewski

Best Coffee

Public Espresso + Coffee

Best Deli

Joe’s Deli

Best Dessert

Dessert Deli

Best Diner

Lake Effect Diner

Best Donuts

Paula’s Donuts

Best Fish Fry

Papa Jake’s Saloon

Best Food Truck

Lloyd Taco Truck

Best Gourmet Brick / Wood Oven Pizza

Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza

Best Greek / Mediterranean

Kostas Family Restaurant

Best Ice Cream / Frozen Yogurt


Best Indian

Taj Grill

Best Italian for Family Dining

Chef’s Restaurant

Best Upscale Ristorante / Trattoria

Trattoria Aroma

Best Mexican / Tex-Mex

Cantina Loco

Best Middle Eastern

Mezza Restaurant & Lounge

Best New Restaurant

(716) Food and Sport

Best Patio

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery

Best Pizza

La Nova

Best Place to Eat After 2am

Jim’s Steakout

Best Restaurant With a View

The Liberty Hound

Best Salad

Globe Market

Best Sausage

Spar’s European Sausage Shop

Best Seafood


Best Soul Food

Gigi’s Restaurant

Best Soup

Globe Market

Best Steak

Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

Best Stellar Restaurant Service

Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More

Best Sub

Jim’s Steak Out

Best Sushi


Best Takeout / Delivery


Best Thai / Vietnamese / Burmese

Sun Restaurant

Best Vegetarian


Best Wings

Duff’s Famous Wings

Best Acoustic Act

Tim Britt

Best Blues Act

Jony James

Best Classical Musician

JoAnn Falletta

Best Club DJ

DJ Charles Masters

Best Country Act

90 West

Best Female Vocalist

Christina Custode

Best Hip Hop DJ

Paul Athoe

Best Jazz Act

Custode and Parisi

Best Jazz Musician

Lew Custode

Best Hip Hop Act

Paul Athoe

Best Male Vocalist

Jim Candytree

Best New Band

Parade Chic

Best Open Mic Night


Best Original Music Act

Whiskey Reverb

Best Rock Act

Super Killer Robots

Best Rock/Blues Musician

Shawn Duchscherer

Best Vocal Ensemble

Buffalo Choral Arts Society

Best 2nd Time Around / Baby Boomer HookUp Joint

Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill

Best Bartender

Tom Mistretta

Best Bottled Beer Selection

Blue Monk

Best Bowling


Best Craft Beer Selection on Tap

Blue Monk

Best Craft Cocktail Selection

Buffalo Proper

Best Day Drinking Bar

Blue Monk

Best Dive Bar

The Old Pink

Best Gay Bar

Club Marcella

Best Happy Hour

Century Grill

Best Hookup Joint

The Old Pink

Best Irish Bar

The Irishman

Best Jukebox

Macky’s Essex St. Pub

Best Karaoke

Macky’s Essex St. Pub

Best Live Music Venue

Town Ballroom

Best Neighborhood Pub

Macky’s Essex St. Pub

Best New Bar

Buffalo Proper

Best Place to Dance


Best Place to Watch a Game

(716) Food an Sport

Best Strip Club


Best Upscale Bar

Buffalo Proper

Best Wine List


Best Activist Group

Bills Fan Thunder

Best Annual Fundraiser

Ride for Roswell

Best Bathroom Graffiti

The Old Pink

Best Date Spot


Best Day Trip

Letchworth State Park

Best Famous Person From Buffalo

Rob Gronkowski

Best Free Entertainment


Best Individual Activist

Charles Pellien

Best Instagram Account


Best Local Journalist

Donn Esmonde

Best Local Radio Personality

Shredd and Ragan

Best Local Sailing Races / Regattas

West Side Rowing Club

Best Local TV Personality

Don Paul

Best Local Twitter


Best Local Website / Blog

Best New Idea You’ve Heard for WNY

Downtown Stadium

Best People-Watching Spot


Best Power Meeting Spot

SPoT Coffee

Best Public Service Provided


Best Reason to Live in Buffalo


Best Scandal

The Buffalo School Board

Best Thing About Never Winning a Championship


Best Up and Coming Neighborhood

West Side

Best Urban Garden

Massachusetts Avenue Project

Most Over-Covered Story of the Year

Sabres tanking

Most Under-Covered Story of the Year

5th Annual Operation One-Ton Food Drive by Terror Tech

We Need More People Like

Terry Pegula

Worst New Idea You’ve Heard for WNY

Downtown stadium

Best Accessories

Her Story Boutique

Best Antique Shop

Miss Josie’s Antiques

Best Bakery

Five Points Bakery

Best Barber

Tony’s Hair Styling

Best Bike Shop


Best Bookstore

Talking Leaves...Books

Best Butcher

Federal Meats

Best Car Dealership

West Herr

Best Chiropractor

Lesniak Chiropractic

Best Chocolatier

Watson’s Chocolates of Distinction

Best Day Spa

Excuria Salon and Spa

Best Dentist

Western New York Dental Group

Best Fish Market

Hayes Seafood House

Best Florist

Maureen’s Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market

Best Furniture / Home Decor


Best General Practitioner

Dr. James Panzarella

Best Gift Shop

Everything Elmwood

Best Gourmet Store / Specialty Food Shop

Premier Wine & Spirits

Best Hair Salon

Chez Ann Salon & Day Spa

Best Head Shop

Terrapin Station

Best Hospital When You Don’t Want to Die

Erie County Medical Center

Best Hotel / Inn / B&B

Mansion on Delaware

Best Jewelry Store

Wild Things

Best Kid’s Summer Camp

Cradle Beach Camp

Best Liquor / Wine Store

Premier Wine & Spirits

Best Local Brewery

Resurgence Brewing Company

Best Guided Tour

Explore Buffalo

Best Men’s Clothing Shop

Blue Collar Buffalo

Best Women’s Clothing Shop

Modern Nostalgia

Best Workout Facility

CrossFit 716

Best Martial Arts Studio

Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do

Best Massage

Excuria Salon & Spa

Best Motorcycle Dealership

American Harley-Davidson (north ton)

Best Musical Instrument Store

Allentown Music

Best New Shop

Artemis Tattoo Studio

Best Optometrist

Dr. John T. Hammersmith

Best Outdoor Market

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Best Pediatrician

Delaware Pediatrics Associates

Best Pedicure / Manicure

Safety First Nail Spa

Best Pet Grooming

Pawprints By Penny & Co. LLC

Best Piercings


Best Carpets / Rugs / Flooring

Markarian Rugs

Best Pop-Up Shop

Butter Block

Best Preschool or Daycare


Best Private School

Nardin Academy

Best Produce

Lexington Co-Op

Best Real Estate Agency

Hunt Real Estate

Best Snowboard / Ski Gear

Phatman Boardshop

Best Sports / Outdoor Shop

Campus WheelWorks

Best Tattoos

Hand Of Doom Tattoo

Best Vintage, Thrift, or Consignment Shop

Second Chic

Best Yoga / Pilates

East Meets West Yoga, LLC

Best of Buffalo 2015 Winners
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