Best of New Orleans™

Friday, July 8, 2016

Best of New Orleans 2016 voting is now live

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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The polls are open. Gambit’s 2016 BONO Readers’ Poll — our 30th — is your chance to sound off on all kinds of New Orleans superlatives, from shopping and dining to special events and media: the Best of New Orleans.

This year's ballot has been optimized for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers, and it's easier to fill out than ever, with autocomplete. You only have to complete 25 percent of the ballot for your vote to count (that's only 40 questions), but only one ballot per person will be counted. (Yes, you can fill out part of the ballot and come back and do the rest later — the computer automatically remembers.) Don't worry — there's no final "submit" button; the software records as you go.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Gambit’s Best of New Orleans 2015

Voting closes July 31 in our annual survey of the city’s superlatives. Get your ballot in

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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The polls are open. Gambit’s 2015 BONO Readers’ Poll — our 29th — is your chance to sound off on all kinds of New Orleans superlatives, from shopping and dining to special events and media: the Best of New Orleans.

We've made some changes this year. This year's ballot has been optimized for smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers. You only have to complete 25 percent of the ballot (41 questions) for your vote to count, but only one ballot per person will be counted. (Yes, you can fill out part of the ballot and come back and do the rest later — the computer automatically remembers.) Don't worry — there's no final "submit" button; the software records as you go.

Voting concludes July 31. 

Bonus: Anyone who completes 100 percent of the ballot will be entered to win a $250 gift card to Massey’s Professional Outfitters.

If you want people to vote for you, download our free BONO 2015 campaign kit, which has posters, postcards, Facebook headers and other premade ways for you to spread the message. Our FAQ answers many of your questions and has all the fine print.

And remember: As always, these results are all yours — in other words, if you don’t want chain restaurants, defunct stores, bands that suck, people who don't live here any more and other dumb choices topping the list, you gotta vote. 

Go vote. Now.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

#BONO2014: Best of New Orleans issue and TV special

Posted By on Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

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  • Gambit's Missy Wilkinson, left, and WWL-TV's Sheba Turk will host the Best of New Orleans on WWL Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m.


The 2014 edition of Gambit's Best of New Orleans hits the streets Sunday, Aug. 24, and on Aug. 26, WWL-TV will air "Best of New Orleans," a half-hour special highlighting many of Gambit readers' bests of the year. The show will be hosted by WWL-TV's Sheba Turk and Gambit's Missy Wilkinson. 

Check it out — and pick up a copy of this year's Best of New Orleans where you pick up Gambit.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Best of New Orleans 2014

Voting is now open for Gambit readers’ favorite things about New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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’s 2014 BONO Readers’ Poll — our 28th — is your chance to sound off about New Orleans superlatives, from shopping and dining to musicians and media.

This year all voting will be done online (no more paper ballots). Only one ballot per person will be counted, and at least 50 percent of the ballot must be completed for your votes to count. Voting continues through July 31. And these results are all yours — in other words, if you don’t want chain restaurants and dumb choices topping the list, you gotta vote.

Voters will be eligible to win a $250 gift certificate to Massey’s Professional Outfitters.

After you fill out your ballot, get out and take a picture of something that captures the essence of what makes New Orleans great. Post your photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #bestofneworleans — and you will be eligible to win a $500 gift certificate to Massey's Professional Outfitters (more contest details are here).

For the second year, we'll be presenting Best of New Orleans as a TV special with our partners at WWL-TV. Best of New Orleans 2014 will air at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, hosted by WWL-TV’s Sheba Turk and Gambit’s Missy Wilkinson.

Take a look at the categories (below the jump) and start voting

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gambit's Best of New Orleans special on WWL-TV tonight, 6:30 p.m.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

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Yes, that's WWL-TV meteorologist Derek Kevra getting a tattoo on tonight's "Best of New Orleans 2013" special, which airs at 6:30 p.m. on WWL-TV (your pick for Best Local Newscast).

Kevra and co-host Sheba Turk will visit some of the city's winners in this year's Best of New Orleans, joined by Gambit reporters Missy Wilkinson, Megan Braden-Perry, Alex Woodward and Noah Bonaparte Pais.

We'll also be unveiling the winner of the Best Chef category live. 

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Best of New Orleans 2013 features Gambit's first-ever "augmented reality" cover

Posted By on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Gambit's Best of New Orleans 2013 issue is now on the streets and you can watch some of the winners come to life on this special edition's cover. Pick up an issue and scan the cover with a free app called Layar (available in the iTunes and Droid app stores) to watch the magic happen.

Tallulah  — a certified therapy dog that was once adopted from the Louisiana SPCA (the Best of New Orleans 2013 best non-profit winner) —  traveled from one location to the next interacting with some of the Best of New Orleans winners.

To make this cover happen, Gambit turned to The Solomon Group, a New Orleans-based entertainment production company. While The Solomon Group's work has spanned the United States, the design and technology firm has brought its talents to several local projects including the design and installation of the exterior/animated lighting system for the Superdome and the production of several live broadcast environments for CBS Sports during Super Bowl XLVII.

To film the cover, Solomon Group worked with Baton Rouge's Contrast Films. Contrast Films shot the piece on a RED EPIC camera due to its high resolution sensor and compact size.In order to match the aspect ratio of the print cover (think portrait vs. landscape), the entire video was shot with the camera on its side. There was also the creative and technical challenge of crafting a short video with a circular story, as the piece had to end the same way it began in order to convey the illusion of a cover that comes to life.

Pick up a copy of Gambit's Best of New Orleans 2013 to see this technology in action, and to see the Best of New Orleans through a dog's — and our readers' — eyes.


Shooting this week's cover with a special camera in portrait orientation. Scanning the cover image with the Layar app (available free in the iTunes and Droid app stores) brings the image to life.
  • Shooting this week's cover with a special camera in portrait orientation. Scanning the cover image with the Layar app (available free in the iTunes and Droid app stores) brings the image to life.

Gambit Cover Shoot - Behind the Scenes from Contrast Films on Vimeo.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Best of New Orleans special airs Tuesday on WWL-TV

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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The 2013 edition of our annual Best of New Orleans™ poll was also our biggest. Last year more than 3,600 readers cast eligible ballots; this year it was 4,567. (And we emphasize: These are your picks. Each ballot is counted and tallied, and if you’re not pleased with every winner, blame your friends and neighbors.) The 160-page (!) issue comes out on Sunday, and the results will be online Sunday night at 6 p.m.

Every year, we try to add something new to the mix, and for 2013 we have two innovations, one of which will be a surprise in the print edition Sunday. The other is our first-ever Best of New Orleans™ special, which will air Tue., Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. on our television partner WWL-TV.

WWL’s Derek Kevra and Sheba Turk will host an inside look at all the winners, along with Gambit writers including Missy Wilkinson, Megan Braden-Perry, Alex Woodward and Noah Bonaparte Pais.

There will be ice cream; there will be tattoos; there will be music clubs and bars and a dog.


We also will announce the winner of one of our most popular categories — Best New Chef — live during the telecast.

Pick up a Gambit on Sunday; join us with Derek and Sheba on WWL-TV Tuesday; and discuss (and argue) the winners on Twitter using the hashtag #BONO2013.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Gambit to team up with WWL-TV to present Best of New Orleans 2013

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 3:21 PM


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For more than two decades, Gambit has presented New Orleanians' choices for the best things in the city with its Best of New Orleans issue. This year, for the first time, Gambit is proud to partner with WWL-TV for the annual Best of New Orleans, which celebrates readers' picks in nearly 200 categories of the city's "bests." 

The issue, which will be published August 27, will coincide with a WWL-TV special, Best of New Orleans, featuring many of the winners from the issue and one winner unveiled during the broadcast. The show's hosts will be WWL-TV's Derek Kevra and Sheba Turk. The show will air at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27.

Voting begins next week at BestofNewOrleans.com, and paper ballots will appear in next week's Gambit as well. 

WWL-TV is Gambit's local television partner, with political editor Clancy DuBos providing commentary on WWL-TV's Tuesday night newscasts, arts writer Noah Bonaparte Pais appearing each Thursday on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News and CUE magazine editor Missy Wilkinson providing a monthly look at style for the station. WWL-TV meteorologist Derek Kevra also gives his unique take on the weekend's weather in Gambit's Thursday morning "3-Day Weekend" newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gambit's 2012 Year In Review issue

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Pick up a copy of this week's Gambit (on newsstands starting Sunday afternoon) for our Year In Review issue, which features the year's Top 50 Newsmakers; Clancy DuBos' Top 10 Political Stories of the Year; and a look back at the best, worst and most interesting developments in music (by Alex Woodward), art (by D. Eric Bookhardt), film (by Ken Korman) and stage (by Will Coviello). And if you missed it — our cover story last week was Ian McNulty's super-sized look at the year in New Orleans dining.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Y@ Speak: AHHH HURRICANE

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM


Storm's a comin'! Time to freak out on the Internet!! Twitter during the last 48 hours looks like an episode of The Newsroom. Chill out, guys! Everything will be OK (unless it isn't). Also this week: tweets about Legitimate Ape Todd Akin, a local news anchor and important government spokesman get feisty, Robin Williams eats a hot dog, and tweeters react both positively and negatively to the results of our annual Best of New Orleans readers' poll.

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