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2010 BEST OF NASHVILLE READER'S POLL

Best of Nashville 2010

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Winning order is as listed unless noted.

Food & Drink

Best Cheeseburger

Five Guys

Burger Up

Rotier's

Best Hot Dog/Bratwurst

I Dream of Weenie

The Dog of Nashville

Hot Diggity Dogs

Best French Fries

Five Guys

Burger Up

Gold Rush

Best Hot Chicken

Prince's

Bolton's

McDougal's

Best Ribs

Martin's

Jack's

Corky's

Best Barbecue

Whitt's

Jack's

Martin's

Best Pizza (Non-Chain)

Pizza Perfect

Italia Pizza & Pasta

Pie in the Sky

Best Sub Sandwich

Jersey Mike's

Sub Stop

Which Wich

Best Burrito

Baja Burrito

Nuvo Burrito

Blue Coast Burrito

Best Cheese Dip

SATCO

Rosepepper Cantina

Las Palmas

Best Fish Taco

Local Taco

Baja Burrito

Mas Tacos

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Pied Piper Creamery

Sweet CeCe's

Bravo Gelato

Best Dessert

Sunset Grill

Sweet 16th Bakery

Sweet CeCe's

Best Place to Buy Cupcakes

Gigi's Cupcakes

Cupcake Collection

FiddleCakes

Best Local Cake Baker

Sweet 16th Bakery

Dessert Designs

Sweet and Sassy Bakery

Best Place to Buy Bread

Provence

Bread & Company

Panera Bread

Best Bagel

Star Bagel

Panera

Bagel Face Bakery

Best CSA/Local Produce

Delvin Farms

Produce Place

Avalon Acres

Best Farmers Market

Nashville Farmers Market

Franklin Farmers Market

East Nashville Farmers Market

Best Health Food Store

Whole Foods

Turnip Truck

Trader Joe's

Best Grocery Store

Publix

Whole Foods

Trader Joe's

Best Place to Buy Fresh Seafood

Whole Foods

Publix

Fresh Market

Best Specialty/Gourmet Store

Whole Foods

Lazzaroli Pasta

Fresh Market

Best New Restaurant (opened since October 2009)

Burger Up

Holland House

Silly Goose

Best (Most Original) Menu

City House

Flyte

PM

Best Chef

Arnold Myint

Margot McCormack

Tandy Wilson

Best Caterer

Copper Kettle

TomKats

Chef's Market

Best Restaurant

Margot Café

City House

Flyte

Best Restaurant in Rutherford County

Demo's Restaurant

Cheddar's

The Parthenon Restaurant & Lounge

Best Restaurant in Sumner County

September's

Cheddar's

Café Rakka

Best Restaurant in Williamson County

Saffire

Red Pony

Wild Ginger

Best Restaurant in Wilson County

Demo's Restaurant

Pesto Ristorante Italiano

Fulin's

Best Sushi Bar/Japanese Restaurant

Samurai Sushi

Peter's Sushi & Thai

Watanabe

Best Chinese Restaurant

Chinatown Restaurant

Fulin's

August Moon

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Far East Nashville

Kien Giang

Miss Saigon

Best Korean Restaurant

Korea House

Seoul Garden

So Gong Dong Restaurant

Best Thai Restaurant

Siam Cuisine

Smiling Elephant

Royal Thai

Best Indian Restaurant

Sitar

Woodlands

Bombay Palace

Best Italian Restaurant

Mama Mia's

Porta Via

Sole Mio

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Kalamatas

Athens Family Restaurant

Anatolia

Best Mexican Restaurant

Las Palmas

Las Maracas

La Hacienda

Best Cajun/Creole Style Restaurant

Chappy's

Bro's

Cajun Steamer

Best Breakfast

Pancake Pantry

Noshville

Loveless Café

Best Sunday Brunch

Marché

Copper Kettle

Margot Café

Best Coffee House

Fido

Bongo Java

Frothy Monkey

Best Cheap Eats

Calypso Café

Gold Rush

Local Taco

Best Mobile Vendor

Mas Tacos

Izzie's Ice

Tin Can Treats

Best Delicatessen

Noshville

Mitchell Deli

Jason's Deli

Best Meat-and-Three

Arnold's

Copper Kettle

Monell's

Best Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris

Stoney River

Fleming's

Best Vegetarian Menu

Wild Cow

Woodlands

Calypso Café

Best TakeOut

Calypso Café

Zumi Sushi

Silly Goose

Best Late-Night Eats

Café Coco

Sunset Grill

Gold Rush

Best Place for a Business Lunch

The Palm

BrickTops

Midtown Café

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

Margot Café

Melting Pot

Sambuca

Best Restaurant Ambience

Sambuca

Flyte

City House

Best Patio

Café Coco

Rumours 12th South/Rumours East

Taco Mamacita

Best Restaurant With a View

Watermark

Germantown Café

Copper Kettle

Best Service in a Restaurant

Flyte

J. Alexander's

Sambuca

Best Wine List in a Restaurant

Flyte

Sunset Grill

Rumours 12th South/Rumours East

Best Wine Bar

Rumours 12th South/Rumours East

Wine Loft

Flyte

Best Bar That Makes You Feel You're Not in Nashville

Patterson House

Lime

Holland House

Best Bar to People-Watch

Lime

Gold Rush

Whiskey Kitchen

Best Neighborhood Bar

Melrose Pub

3 Crow Bar

Gold Rush

Best Happy Hour

Eastland Café

Gold Rush

Flyte

Best Dive Bar

Springwater

Red Door

FooBar

Best Sports Bar

Sam's

Gold Rush

Beyond the Edge

Best Brewhouse

Yazoo

Broadway Brewhouse

Boscos

Best Beer Selection

Flying Saucer

12 South Taproom

Broadway Brewhouse

Best Bartender

Patrick Noles, Gold Rush

Riley, Robert's Western World

Loy Carney, Tribe

Best Margarita

Rosepepper Cantina

Cantina Laredo

Local Taco

Best Martini

Patterson House

Tribe

(tie) Eastland Café

(tie) Saffire

Best Bloody Mary

3 Crow Bar

Marché

Margot Café

Best (Most Knowledgeable Service) in a Wine Store

Woodland Wine Merchant

The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills

Midtown Wine and Spirits

Best Liquor Store

Frugal MacDoogal

Bud's

Grace's Wine and Spirits

Arts & Entertainment

Best New Bar or Club (opened since October 2009)

Holland House

Village Pub

Red Rooster

Best Honky-Tonk

Robert's

Tootsie's

The Stage

Best Pickup Bar

Tribe

Tin Roof

Red Door

Best Gay Bar

Tribe

Play

Lipstick Lounge

Best Lesbian Bar

Lipstick Lounge

Play

Tribe

Best Strip Club

Arrow

Déjà Vu

Pure Gold's Crazy Horse

Best After-Hours Hang

Café Coco

Suzy Wong's

That's Cool

Best Karaoke Bar

Lonnie's

Lipstick Lounge

Fran's East Side Tavern

Best Place to Throw Darts

Villager

Beyond the Edge

Mulligan's

Best Place to Shoot Pool

Melrose Billiards

Buffalo Billiards

H-Cues

Best Place to Dance

Play

Decades

5 Spot

Best Club/Party DJ

DJ Ron

DJ Mindub

DJ Kidsmeal

Best Country Music Artist

Keith Urban

Brad Paisley

Carrie Underwood

Best Local Band

Kings of Leon

Starlume

Space Capone

Best Local Music Celebrity

Jack White

Keith Urban

Vince Gill

Best Singer-Songwriter

Thom Schuyler

Taylor Swift

Jeffrey Steele

Best Writer's Night

Bluebird Café

The Listening Room Café

Red Rooster

Best Trivia Night

Sam's

3 Crow Bar

Flying Saucer

Best Open Mic

Bluebird Café

The Listening Room Café

That's Cool

Best Music Industry Hang

Losers

The Listening Room Café

Tin Roof

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Ryman

Mercy Lounge

Bluebird Café

Best Concert since October 2009

Paul McCartney

Arcade Fire

Nashville Rising

Best Museum

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Country Music Hall of Fame

Cheekwood

Best Art Gallery

Art and Invention Gallery

Rymer Gallery

Estel Gallery

Best Art Show

Tomato Art Show

Chihuly at Cheekwood/Frist Center

Golden Age of Couture at Frist Center

Best Local Visual Artist

David McLeod

Laura Amstutz

Deann Hebert

Best Local Author

Chuck Beard

Ann Patchett

Robert Hicks

Best Performing Arts Group

Nashville Symphony

Nashville Children's Theatre

(tie) Nashville Opera

(tie) Music City Improv

Best Local Theater Company

Nashville Children's Theatre

Tennessee Repertory Theatre

Actors Bridge

Best Place to See a Play

TPAC

Nashville Children's Theatre

Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre

Best Local Actor or Actress

Nicole Kidman

Reese Witherspoon

Stacey Dixon

Best Movie Theater

Belcourt

Green Hills

Opry Mills

Best Bowling Alley

Strike and Spare

Hermitage Lanes

Franklin Bowling Center

Best Golf Course

McCabe

Hermitage

Legends

Best Place for a Wedding Reception

Cheekwood

Belle Meade Plantation

Cannery Ballroom

Best Charity Event

Artrageous

Steeplechase

Swan Ball

Best Local Event/Festival

Tomato Arts Festival

CMA Music Festival

Bonnaroo

Best Free Fun

Movies in the Park

First Saturday Art Crawl

Tomato Arts Festival

Best Place for a Cheap Date

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Centennial Park

Belcourt Theatre

Best Place to Meet Single Men

Tribe

Tin Roof

Church

Best Place to Meet Single Women

McFadden's

Church

(tie) Tin Roof

(tie) Mulligan's Pub

Media

Best Radio Station

Lightning 100

98 WSIX-FM

90.3 WPLN-FM

Best Radio Personality or Personalities

Gerry House

Phil Valentine

Woody and Jim

Best Talk Radio Station

99.7 WWTN-FM

104.5 The Zone

90.3 WPLN-FM

Best AM Radio Station

1510 WLAC-AM

650 WSM-AM

1430 NPR-AM

Best Local TV News Station

Channel 4 WSMV

Channel 2 WKRN

Channel 5 WTVF

Best Local TV News Personality

Demetria Kalodimos

Neil Orne

Leland Statom

Best Local Columnist

Gail Kerr

Mary Hance (Ms. Cheap)

Lindsay Ferrier

Best Local Political Writer

Gail Kerr

Jeff Woods

Ken Whitehouse

Best Local Media Celebrity You Love To Hate

Heather Byrd

Phil Valentine

Steve Gill

Best Local Blog

Style Blueprint

Nashvillest

Wild and Precious

Best Food Blog

Eat.Drink.Smile.

Bites

Nashville Foodies

Best Political Blog

Post Politics

Pith in the Wind

Sean Braisted

Best Music Blog

Nashville Cream

Brite Revolution

The Music Gardener

Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter

Goodbuy Girls

Blake Shelton

Sam Davidson

Best Facebook Page

Nashville WeatherPenis

Loden Vision Centers

365 Things to Do in Nashville

Best Local Marketing Campaign/Promotion

Cool People Care

Spa Buzz

Jack FM

Best Scandal of the Year

Al and Tipper Gore's divorce

Tiger Woods

Sommet Group

Home

Best Landscaper

Gardens of Babylon

Lucian Minton Nursery

Greathouse Landscape

Best Handyman

Jamie Chalker

Kelvin Brown

Trace Ventures

Best Plumber

Hiller Plumbing

Myers Plumbing

Dixon Plumbing

Best Interior Designer

Natalie Hager Interiors

Shonna Sexton

CKE Interior Design

Best Real Estate Agent

Marnie Hendley

Keith Merrill

Julie Norfleet

Best Architect

Van Pond

Michael Ward

Nick Dryden/DAAD Architects

Best Builder/Developer

The Wills Company

Core Development

Crimmins Construction

Best Apartment Complex

Gale Lofts

Georgetown Condominiums

The Grove

Best Place to Live Downtown

Icon

Encore

Viridian

Best Neighborhood

East Nashville

Green Hills

Belle Meade

Kids

Best Daycare

Creative Care Center

Holly Street

Primrose School of Brentwood

Best Elementary School (K-4th)

Percy Priest

Julia Green

University School of Nashville

Best Middle School (5-8th)

University School of Nashville

J.T. Moore

Franklin Road Academy

Best High School (9-12th)

University School of Nashville

Hume-Fogg

Father Ryan

Best Teacher, Public (specify school)

Jan Heidenreich, Trinity Elementary

Jerry Crummer, Harpeth Middle

Kyle Alexander, MLK

Best Teacher, Private (specify school)

Merritt Goodman, The Covenant School

Jennifer Johnson, Primrose School of Brentwood

Suzie Gilliland, St. Henry

Best Playground

Dragon Park

Red Caboose Park

Nashville Zoo

Best Summer Camp

Barefoot Republic Camp

Whippoorwill

Nashville Children's Theatre

Best Place to Take Kids When it's Raining

Adventure Science Center

Monkey Joe's

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Best Local Toy Store

Phillips Toy Mart

PoPo

Fairytales Bookstore

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Pied Piper Eatery

Mafiaoza's

Copper Kettle

Health & Wellness

Best Pediatrician

Travis Walters

Frank Haraf

Nancy Beveridge

Best Place to Have a Baby

Baptist Hospital

Centennial Hospital

Vanderbilt University Hospital

Best Hair Salon

Salon FX

Platinum Salon

Trim

Best Hair Stylist

Kevin Moser

Renae Morton

Cali DeVaney

Best Manicure/ Pedicure

Signature Nail Spa

Venetian Nail Spa

Bellevue Nails

Best Skin Care Center

Skin RN Aesthetics

N2Skin

Elan Skin Center

Best Tanning Salon

Sun Tan City

Hue

Urban Sun

Best Hair Removal

Skin RN Aesthetics

Wax Nashville

N2Skin

Best Massage

Escape Day Spa

Franklin Massage Center

Massage Envy

Best Spa

Escape Day Spa

Natural Oasis

N2Skin

Best Doctor for a Nip and Tuck

Dr. Joe DeLozier

Dr. Glenn Buckspan

Dr. Larry Young

Best LASIK Surgery Center

Loden Vision Center

Dr. Ming Wang

Arrowsmith Eye Institute

Best Dentist

Dr. Nina Foley

Signature Smiles

Dr. David Dickerson

Best Chiropractor

Action Chiropractic

Align Health and Wellness

Dixon Center of Chiropractic

Best Hospital

Vanderbilt University Hospital

Baptist Hospital

St. Thomas Hospital

Best Local Gym/Fitness Club

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

F.I.T. Nashville

Gym 5

BEst Personal Trainer

Richie Lee

Wil Santi

David Harvick

Best Yoga Studio

Hot Yoga Nashville

Yoga Country

(tie) Sanctuary

(tie) 12South Yoga

Best Pilates Studio

Willow

DC Dance Factory

Simply Pilates

Retail & Shopping

Best Place to Buy Furniture

Sprintz

Epiphany Design Studio

Bradford's

Best Place to Shop Green

Green Wagon

Whole Foods

(n)habit

Best New Retail Store (opened since October 2009)

Goodbuy Girls

(n)habit

That's Cool

Best Shopping Mall

The Mall at Green Hills

Cool Springs

Opry Mills

Best Department Store

Macy's

Dillard's

Belk

Best Local Men's Clothing Store

Flavour

Billy Reid

Levy's

Best Local Women's Clothing Boutique

MODA

Blush

Posh

Best Local Denim Store

Imogene + Willie

MODA

Boutique Bella

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Hip Zipper

Goodbuy Girls

Venus and Mars

Best Antique Store

Gas Lamp Antique Mall

Wonders on Woodland

Epiphany Design Studio

Best Consignment Store

Designer Renaissance

Flip

Designer Finds

Best Local Shoe Store

Monkee's

Marti & Liz

Perfect Pair

Best Place to Buy Eyewear

See

Image Optical

Optique

Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring

Genesis

Village Jewelers

King Jewelers

Best Local Jewelry Store

Atelier

King Jewelers

Village Jewelers

Goods & Services

Best Auto Dealership

Beaman Automotive

Lexus of Nashville

BMW of Nashville

Best Pre-Owned Auto Dealership

Carmax

Global Motorsports

Beaman Automotive

Best Auto Mechanic

Kwik Kar Lube and Tune

Hillsboro Village Shell and Auto

Grassland Car Care Center

Best Car Wash/Auto Detailer

White Bridge Auto Wash

Smith Brothers Car Wash

Miles Auto Spa

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Boswell's Harley Davidson

Bloodworth

Music City Motorcycles

Best Place to Buy a Scooter

Eastside Scooters

Red Dog

Bloodworth

Best Bicycle Shop

Eastside Cycles

Halcyon

Cumberland Transit

Best Hardware Store

Hillsboro Hardware

Hart Ace Hardware

Cumberland Hardware

Best Local Nursery/Garden Center

Gardens of Babylon

Bates Nursery

Moore & Moore Garden Center

Best Dry Cleaner

Village Cleaners

Nicholson's

Heritage

Best Florist

Emma's

Rebel Hill

Oshi Flowers

Best Local Bookstore

Davis-Kidd Booksellers

McKay Used Books

Bookman/Bookwoman

Best Adult Video Store

Hustler Hollywood

21 Up Video

Ava's

Best Place to Buy Vinyl

Grimey's

Great Escape

Phonoluxe

Best Place to Buy/Sell Music

Grimey's

Great Escape

McKay Used Books

Best Place to Buy A New Musical Instrument

Corner Music

Guitar Center

Fanny's House of Music

Best Place to Buy A used Musical Instrument

Nashville Used Music

Fanny's House of Music

Corner Music

Best Smoke Shop

Uptown's

Elliston Place Pipe & Tobacco

Woody's Smokes and Brews

Best Tattoo Studio

Black 13

Lone Wolf

Kustom Thrills

Best Boutique Hotel

Hutton Hotel

Hotel Indigo

Hermitage Hotel

Best Place You Wish Had Never Gone out of Business

Zola

Alleycat

Vandyland

Best Place for Continuing Education

Nashville State Community College

Belmont

Vanderbilt

Best MBA Program

Vanderbilt

Belmont

Lipscomb

Best NonProfit

Hands On Nashville

CASA

Nashville CARES

Best Bank

Regions

SunTrust

Pinnacle

Best Attorney

Adam Dread

Jad Duncan

Trudy Bloodworth

Best Veterinarian

Value Vet

Murphy Road Animal Hospital

Belmont Animal Hospital

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

Nashville Humane Association

Happy Tales

Love at First Sight

Best Local Pet Boutique

Come Sit Stay

Wags and Whiskers

Miss Kitty's

Best Local Pet Grooming

A Bark Above

Dogtopia

Doggie Doo's

Best Pet Boarding Daycare

A Bark Above

Dogtopia

The Farm at Natchez Trace

Best Local Printing Company

Jive! — A Digital Print Factory

Midtown Printing

Printers Press

People/Places/Other

Best Park

Centennial Park

Percy Warner Park

Shelby Bottoms

Best Dog Park

Shelby Dog Park

Centennial Park

Edwin Warner Park

Best Environmentally Friendly Business

Green Wagon

(n)habit

Gardens of Babylon

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Loveless Café

Cheekwood

Opryland Hotel

Best Next Spouse for Al Gore

Lady Gaga

Nancy Pelosi

Hillary Clinton

Best Place to Get a Speeding Ticket

Belle Meade Boulevard

Lakewood

Briley Parkway

Best Day Trip

Chattanooga

Fall Creek Falls

Jack Daniel's Distillery

Best Thing That's Changed in Nashville in the Last Year

Volunteer spirit after May flood

We Are Nashville

Fontanel Mansion and Farm

Best Place to Worship

Cross Point Community Church

Brentwood Baptist

Christ Church Cathedral

Best Church Music

Cross Point Community Church

Christ Church Cathedral

Brentwood Baptist

Best Community Role Model

Karl Dean

Manuel

Patten Fuqua

Best Local Politician

Karl Dean

Phil Bredesen

Basil Marceaux

Best Local Politician you Love to Hate

Eric Crafton

Al Gore

Basil Marceaux

Best Local Liberal

Larry Woods

Jeff Yarbro

Mary Mancini

Best Local Conservative

Steve Gill

Phil Valentine

Marsha Blackburn

Best Metro Council Member

Megan Barry

Mike Jameson

Jason Holleman

Best Metro Council Member You'd Like to See Gone

Eric Crafton

Ronnie Steine

Charlie Tygard

Best Titans Player

Chris Johnson

Vince Young

Cortland Finnegan

Best Predators Player

Shea Weber

Jordin Tootoo

Pekka Rinne

Best Sounds Player

Mat Gamel

Ozzie

(tie) Norris Hopper

(tie) Joe Koshansky

(tie) David Johnson

Best Smokin' Hot Nashvillian

Stacey Dixon

Ashley Nichting

Keith Urban

Best Category We Forgot

Best Bicycle Mechanic

Best-Looking Chef

Best Sports Venue

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