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Best of New Orleans 2001 

click to enlarge From When the Saints Came Marching In by Buddy Diliberto, photography by Michael C. Hebert 2001 used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company Inc.
  • From When the Saints Came Marching In by Buddy Diliberto, photography by Michael C. Hebert 2001 used by permission of the publisher, Pelican Publishing Company Inc.

A stay at the Columns Hotel. Brunch at Commander's Palace. Angela Hill's hair. What do all of these New Orleans institutions have in common? You, our readers, voted each as a Best of New Orleans™.

This year, not content simply to find out your favorite po-boy or preferred neighborhood bar, we put together a ballot of more than 300 categories -- covering everything from food to fancy clothes, from politics to potholes. And you responded in overwhelming numbers.

In addition to publishing our readers' choices, we are once again adding a few of our own. Also, we solicited some superlatives from our columnist Ronnie Virgets ... speaking of local institutions.

ENTERTAINMENT AND NIGHTLIFE

Best Movie Theater
1. Palace Theater (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, 734-2020)
2. Prytania (5339 Prytania St., 891-2787)
3. Canal Place (333 Canal St., 581-5400)

Best Movie Theater Concession Stand
1. Palace (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Jefferson, 734-2020)
2. Canal Place (333 Canal St., 581-5400)
3. Prytania (5339 Prytania St., 891-2787)

Best Place to See a Play
1. Le Petit Theater du Vieux Carré (616 St. Peter St., 522-2081)
2. Saenger Theatre (143 N. Rampart St., 524-2490)
3. Lupin Theater (Tulane University, Dixon Hall Annex, 865-5105)

Best Local Actor
1. Ricky Graham
2. John Goodman

Best Local Actress
1. Becky Allen
2. Janet Shea
3. Lara Wessel

Best Theater Company
1. Tulane University (Department of Theatre and Dance, McWilliams Hall, 865-5360)
2. Dog & Pony (225 Baronne St., 595-8899)
3. Southern Rep (501 Pine St., 861-8163)

Best New Club/Bar That Opened in the Last 12 Months
1. dba (616-618 Frenchmen St., 942-3731)
2. Ampersand (1100 Tulane Ave., 587-3737)

Best Happy Hour
1. Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
2. Superior Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200)
3. The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308)

Best Happy Hour Music
1. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)
2. Lucy's (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995)
3. The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308)

Best Dance Club
1. Parade (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
2. Oz (800 Bourbon St., 593-9491)
3. Red Room (2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759)

Best Place to Dance to a Live Band
1. Red Room (2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759)
2. Rock 'N' Bowl (4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3133)
3. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)

Best Place for Comedy
1. True Brew Theater (200 Julia St., 524-8440)
2. Le chat noir (715 St. Charles Ave., 581-5812)
3. Amberjacks (7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-6660)

Best Ladies Night
1. Live Bait (501 River Road, Jefferson, 831-3070)
2. Legends (2708 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 887-3877)
3. Kenny's Key West (now operating as Vinyl, 3012 N. Arnault Road, Metairie, 486-9500)

Best College Hang-out
1. Bruno's (7601 Maple St., 861-7615)
2. The Boot (1039 Broadway St., 866-9008)
3. Fat Harry's (4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582)

Best Late-late Night Club
1. Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
2. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)
3. Snake & Jake's (7612 Oak St., 861-2802)

Best Neighborhood Bar
1. St. Joe's (5535 Magazine St., 899-3744)
2. Liuzza's (3636 Bienville St., 482-9120)
3. The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 891-1516)

Best Bartender
1. Mark Scovern at Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
2. David McElveen at Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
3. Darwin Cardenas at Superior Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200)

Best Club DJ
1. Darren Thomas
2. DJ Mambo
3. DJ Victor at the Red Room (2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759)

Best Gay Bar
1. Oz (800 Bourbon St., 593-9491)
2. Bourbon Pub (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)
3. Parade (801 Bourbon St., 529-2107)

Best Juke Box
1. Clover Grill (900 Bourbon St., 523-0904)
2. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)
3. Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120)

Best Bar Decor
1. St. Joe's (5535 Magazine St., 899-3744)
2. Whiskey Blue (W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5016)
3. Napoleon House (500 Chartres St., 524-9752)

Best Bar Munchies
1. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)
2. Fat Harry's (4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582)
3. Lucy's (701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995)

Best Bar Bathroom Graffiti
1. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)
2. Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120)
3. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)

Best Bar Patio/Courtyard
1. Pat O'Brien's (718 St. Peters St., 525-4823)
2. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)
3. Napoleon House (500 Chartres St., 524-9752)

Best Gentlemen's/Strip Club
1. Gold Club (727 Iberville St., 524-4354)
2. Rick's Cabaret (315 Bourbon St., 524-4222)
3. Hustler Club (225 Bourbon St., 524-0010)

Best Sports Bar
1. Hooters (301 N. Peters St., 522-9222; 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-0160; 2781 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 393-7177)
2. Fox and Hound (1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000)
3. Hyttops (Hyatt Regency Hotel, 500 Poydras Plaza, 561-1234)

Best Place to Hear Live Poetry
1. Neutral Ground Coffee House (5110 Daneel St., 891-3381)
2. Tulane University (6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-5000)
3. Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St., 866-LEAF)

Best Place to Shoot Pool
1. Whitey's (3764 Derbigny St., Metairie, 833-9122)
2. Fox and Hound (1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 731-6000)
3. F&M Patio (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784)

Best Place to Get a Bloody Mary
1. Igor's (2133 St. Charles Ave., 522-2145)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
3. Pat O'Brien's (718 St. Peters St., 525-4823)

Best Place to Get a Cosmopolitan
1. Loa (International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., 553-9550)
2. Red Room (2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759)
3. Whiskey Blue (W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5016)

Best Place to Get a Margarita
1. Vaqueros (4839 Prytania St., 891-6441)
2. Vera Cruz (7537 Maple St., 866-1736)
3. Superior Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200)

Best Place to Get a Martini
1. Whiskey Blue (W Hotel, 333 Poydras St., 207-5016)
2. Red Room (2040 St. Charles Ave., 528-9759)
3. The Columns (3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308)

Best Place to Get a Sazerac
1. Sazerac Bar (Fairmont Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 529-4733)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
3. Napoleon House (500 Chartres St., 524-9752)

Best Place to Get a Cold Beer
1. Cooter Brown's (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104)
2. Liuzza's (3636 Bienville St., 482-9120)
3. The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 891-1516)

Best Beer Selection
1. Cooter Brown's (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104)
2. The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 891-1516)
3. Lager's (3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-9923)

Best Local Beer
1. Abita
2. Dixie
3. (TIE) Acadian and Zea

Best Local Drink
1. Hurricane
2. Sazerac
3. Hand Grenade

Best Place to Gamble
1. Harrah's (512 S. Peters St., 525-6658)
2. Treasure Chest (5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-8000)
3. Bally's (1 Stars & Stripes Blvd., 248-3200)

Best Place to Hear Live Music at 3 a.m.
1. Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477)
2. Check Point Charlie's (501 Esplanade Ave., 947-0979)
3. Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St., 866-LEAF)

Best Concert Hall
1. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)
2. Saenger Theatre (143 N. Rampart St., 524-2490)
3. New Orleans Arena (1660 Girod St., 846-5959)

Best Live Music Venue
1. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)
2. Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave., 895-8477)
3. Howlin' Wolf (828 S. Peters St., 529-5844)

Best Rock Band/Artist
1. Cowboy Mouth
2. Galactic
3. Better Than Ezra

Best R&B/Blues Band/Artist
1. Irma Thomas
2. Marva Wright
3. Dr. John

Best Jazz Band/Artist
1. Wynton Marsalis
2. Kermit Ruffins
3. Pete Fountain

Best Cajun/Zydeco Band/Artist
1. Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
2. Bruce Daigrepont
3. Sunpie Barnes

Best Classical Music Ensemble/Artist
1. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Best Brass Band
1. ReBirth
2. Olympia
3. Dirty Dozen

Best Rap Artist
1. Juvenile
2. Mystikal
3. Master P

Best Street Performer
1. Breakdancers at Jackson Square
2. David and Roselyn
3. Mimes

Best Band That Doesn't Fit Any of These Categories
1. Bucktown All-Stars
2. Johnny Angel
3. Jim McCormick

Best Place to See Something Weird After 2 a.m.
1. Bourbon Street
2. Snake and Jake's (7612 Oak St., 861-2802)
3. The Dungeon (738 Toulouse St., 523-5530)

Best Way to Improve Jazz Fest
1. Limit attendance
2. Cheaper prices
3. More toilets

Best Live Music Show in the Last 12 Months
1. Tina Turner
2. Dave Matthews at Jazz Fest
3. Widespread Panic at Jazz Fest

FOOD/RESTAURANTS

Best Restaurant
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021)
3. Delmonico (1300 St. Charles Ave., 525-4937)

Best New Restaurant That Opened in the Last 12 Months
1. Indigo (2285 Bayou Road, 947-0123)
2. Agave (3242 Magazine St., 895-5525)
3. Lilette (3637 Magazine St., 895-1636)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
1. Liuzza's (3636 Bienville St., 482-9120)
2. Franky & Johnny's (321 Arabella St., 899-9146)
3. Katie's (3701 Iberville St., 488-6582)

Best Seafood Restaurant
1. Deanie's (1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; 841 Iberville St., 581-1316)
2. Acme Oyster House (7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200; 724 Iberville St., 522-5973)
3. Bruning's (1922 West End Park, 288-4521)

Best Italian Restaurant
1.Tony Angello's (6262 Fleur de Lis Drive, 488-0888)
2. Andrea's (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583)
3. Venezia (134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991)

Best Chinese Restaurant
1. Five Happiness (3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935)
2. Trey Yuen (600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 626-4476)
3. P.F. Chang's (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-5288)

Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant
1. Shogun (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7477)
2. Ninja (8115 Jeannette St., 866-1178; 8433 Oak St., 866-1119)
3. Rock 'N' Sake (823 Fulton St., 581-7253)

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
1. Lemon Grass (International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., 523-1200)
2. Kim Son (349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489)
3. Pho Tau Bay (113-C Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846; 3116 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie, 780-1063)

Best Thai Restaurant
1. Basil Leaf (1438 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-9001)
2. Bangkok Cuisine (4137 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3606)
3. Siam Café (435 Esplanade Ave., 949-1750)

Best Mediterranean Restaurant
1. Mona's (3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 3151 Calhoun St., 861-2124; 3805 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 454-1116)
2. Lebanon (1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200)
3. Byblos (1501 Metairie Road, 834-9773)

Best Mexican Restaurant
1. Taqueria Corona (5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; 857 Fulton St., 524-9805; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088)
2. Cucos (5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-1900; 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-3322; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766; 1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-4706; 3038 W. Park Ave., Houma, 985-868-0800; 2000 S.W. Railroad, Hammond, 985-345-2634)
3. Vaqueros (4839 Prytania St., 891-6441)

Best Soul Food Restaurant
1. Praline Connection (542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; 901 S. Peters St., 523-3973)
2. Dunbar's (4927 Freret St., 899-0734)
3. Dooky Chase (2301 Orleans Ave., 821-2294)

Best Steakhouse
1. Ruth's Chris (711 N. Broad St., 486-0810; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600)
2. Charlie's (4510 Dryades St., 895-9323, 895-9705)
3. Dickie Brennan's (716 Iberville St., 522-2467)

Best Restaurant That Serves Creole Tomatoes
1. Ruth's Chris (711 N. Broad St., 486-0810; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600)
2. Jacques-Imo's (8324 Oak Ave., 861-0886)
3. Café Atchafalaya (901 Louisiana Ave., 891-5271)

Best Salsa
1. Cucos (5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-1900; 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-3322; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766; 1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-4706; 3038 W. Park Ave., Houma, 985-868-0800; 2000 S.W. Railroad, Hammond, 985-345-2634)
2. Vaqueros (4839 Prytania St., 891-6441)
3. Vera Cruz (7537 Maple St., 866-1736)

Best Restaurant to Get Homemade Ice Cream
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. NOLA (616 Frenchmen St., 942-3731)
3. Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393)

Best Restaurant to Get Bread Pudding
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Palace Café (605 Canal St., 523-1661)
3. Bon Ton Café (401 Magazine St., 524-3386, 523-8419)

Best Restaurant to Get Creme Brulee
1. Ruth's Chris (711 N. Broad St., 486-0810; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
3. Arnaud's (813 Bienville St., 523-5433)

Best Late-night Eatery
1. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
2. Trolley Stop (1923 St. Charles Ave., 523-0090)
3. Clover Grill (900 Bourbon St., 523-0904)

Best Breakfast Spot
1. Bluebird Café (3625 Prytania St., 895-7166)
2. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
3. Quarter Scene Restaurant (900 Dumaine St., 522-6533)

Best Place to Feed the Whole Family
1. Piccadilly Cafeteria (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Cucos (5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5005; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-1900; 1340 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-3322; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 393-7766; 1300 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-4706; 3038 W. Park Ave., Houma, 985-868-0800; 2000 S.W. Railroad, Hammond, 985-345-2634)
3. Ye Olde College Inn (3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683)

Best Restaurant to Keep a Kid Entertained
1. Chuck E. Cheese (3701 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, 367-1214; 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5959)
2. McDonald's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Joe's Crab Shack (8000 Lakeshore Drive, 283-1010)

Best Date Restaurant
1. Feelings Café (2600 Chartres St., 945-2222)
2. La Crepe Nanou (1410 Robert St., 899-2670)
3. Houston's (1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301)

Best Cheap Eats
1. Taco Bell (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Juan's Flying Burrito (2018 Magazine St., 569-0000)
3. McDonald's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best Healthy Menu
1. Whole Foods Market (3135 Esplanade Ave., 943-1626)
2. Old Dog New Trick (307 Exchange Alley, 522-4569)
3. All Natural Grocery (5517 Magazine St., 891-2651)

Best Dessert Menu
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro (2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-3125)
3. Palace Café (605 Canal St., 523-1661)

Best Wine List
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711)
3. Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393)

Best Chef
1. Emeril Lagasse
2. Paul Prudhomme
3. Jamie Shannon

Best Maitre D'
1. George Rico, Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)

Best Waiter/Waitress
1. Elias Matar, Impastato's (3400 16th St., 455-1545)
2. Ramon Martinez, Superior Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200)
3. Dorris Sylvester, Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021)

Best Overall Service
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Impastato's (3400 16th St., 455-1545)
3. Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711)

Best Dining Atmosphere
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711)
3. Bella Luna (914 N. Peters St., 529-1583)

Best Outdoor Dining
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Figaro's Pizzerie (7900 Maple St., 837-5816)
3. Café Rani (2917 Magazine St., 895-2500)

Best Hotel Restaurant
1. Grill Room (Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-1992)
2. Sazerac (Fairmont Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 529-4733)
3. Lemon Grass (International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., 523-1200)

Best Gourmet-to-Go
1. Foodies Kitchen (720 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9695)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350)
3. Chez Nous Charcuterie (5701 Magazine St., 899-7303)

Best Food Delivery
1. Domino's Pizza (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Cafe Roma (1119 Decatur St., 586-0563; 2026 Metairie Road, 833-7662; 3358 Paris Road, Chalmette, 270-0999; 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 524-2419; 435 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 392-2315; 3340 Bienville St., 827-2300)
3. Papa John's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best Cooking Class
1. New Orleans School of Cooking (524 St. Louis St., 525-2665)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 713 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300)

Best Wine Tastings
1. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 713 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300)
2. Foodies Kitchen (720 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9695)

Best Shopping Mall Food Court
1. Lakeside (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-8000)
2. The Esplanade (1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-2161)
3. The Riverwalk (1 Poydras St., 522-1555)

Best Food in a Shopping Mall
1. Chick-Fil-A (Lakeside Shopping Center, 832-1787; The Esplanade, 469-9845; New Orleans Centre, 1400 Poydras St., 525-6005; Oakwood Shopping Center, 368-3621)
2. P.F. Chang's (Lakeside Shopping Center, 828-5288)
3. Steak Escape (Lakeside Shopping Center, 833-7067; New Orleans Centre, 525-8790; The Riverwalk, 523-6212)

Best Place to Eat After 2 a.m.
1. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
2. Igor's (2133 St. Charles Ave., 522-2145)
3. Clover Grill (900 Bourbon St., 523-0904)


Best Place to Be Serenaded During Dinner
1. Genghis Khan (4053 Tulane Ave., 482-4044, 484-6552)
2. El Patio (3244 Georgia Ave., Kenner, 443-1188)
3. Café Giovanni (115 Decatur St., 529-2154)

Best Valet Parking
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Semolina (5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., 486-5581)
3. Bravo (1711 St. Charles Ave., 525-5515)

Best Restaurant With a View
1. Bella Luna (914 N. Peters St., 529-1583)
2. Riverview Restaurant (555 Canal St., 581-1000)
3. Plimsoll Club (2 Canal St., 529-1701)

Best Sunday Brunch
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 529-BLUE)
3. Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St., 522-7261)

Best Lunch Specials
1. La Peniche (1940 Dauphine St., 943-1460)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
3. Copeland's (4338 St. Charles Ave., 897-2325; 1405 Airline Drive, Metairie, 830-1000; 680 N. Hwy 190, Covington, 985-809-9659; 1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 364-1575; 1001 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-7843; 701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-3437; 1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-643-0001)

Best Buffet
1. Mandarin House (3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, 779-0888)
2. Shoney's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Pancho's Mexican Buffet (3780 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-2432)

Best Place to Get a Caesar Salad
1. Houston's (1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301)
2. La Madeleine (601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 547 St. Ann St., 568-0073; 3300 Severn Ave., Metairie, 456-1624; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 818-2450; 1327 St. Charles Ave., 410-8500)
3. Semolina (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best Place to Get a Greek Salad
1. Odyssey Grill (2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-5775)
2. Mona's (3901 Banks St., 482-7743; 3151 Calhoun St., 861-2124; 3805 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 454-1116)
3. Mr. Gyros (819 Decatur St., 523-0214; 3620 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-9228)

Best Place to Get a Chef Salad
1. Houston's (1755 St. Charles Ave., 524-1578; 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2301)
2. Café Rani (2917 Magazine St., 895-2500)
3. Cannon's (4141 St. Charles Ave., 891-3200; Oakwood Shopping Center, 364-1047)

Best Place to Get a Muffuletta
1. Central Grocery (923 Decatur St., 523-1620)
2. Progress Grocery (915 Decatur St., 525-6627)
3. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)

Best Place to Get Oysters on the Half Shell
1. Acme Oyster House (7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200; 724 Iberville St., 522-5973)
2. Cooter Brown's (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9104)
3. Casamento's (4330 Magazine St., 895-9761)

Best Place to Get Barbecue
1. Corky's (4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 887-5000)
2. Luther's (2750 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6370; 4950 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 347-0624; 8740 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 277-8167)
3. Bywater BBQ (3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445)

Best Place to Get Pizza
1. Italian Pie (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Reginelli's (741 State St., 899-1414; 874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133, 5608 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 818-0111)
3. Papa John's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best Place to Get Gumbo
1. Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St., 525-1486)
2. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
3. Bozo's (3117 21st St., Metairie, 831-8666)

Best Place to Get an Oyster Po-Boy
1. Acme Oyster House (7306 Lakeshore Dr., 282-9200; 724 Iberville St., 522-5973)
2. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
3. Domilise's (5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126)

Best Place to Get a Shrimp Po-Boy
1. Acme Oyster House (7306 Lakeshore Drive, 282-9200; 724 Iberville St., 522-5973)
2. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
3. Domilise's (5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126)

Best Place to Get a Roast Beef Po-Boy
1. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
2. Mother's (401 Poydras St., 523-9656)
3. Franky & Johnny's (321 Arabella St., 899-9146)

Best Place to Get a Meatball Po-Boy
1. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
2. Short Stop (119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 885-4572; 4041 Williams Blvd., 443-3211)
3. Mother's (401 Poydras St., 523-9656)

Best Place to Get a Burger
1. Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120)
2. O'Henry's (301 Baronne St., 522-5242; 634 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9741; 3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-9383; 8859 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 461-9840; 1375 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-646-1600)
3. Bud's Broiler (2337 Tulane Ave., 821-3598; 500 City Park Ave., 486-2559; 2338 Banks St., 821-3022; 6325 Elysian Fields Ave., 282-6696; 3151 Calhoun St., 861-0906; 4101 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 837-9419; 2008 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 889-2837)

Best Place to Get French Fries
1. McDonald's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Rally's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Fat Harry's (4330 St. Charles Ave., 895-9582)

Best Place to Get Stuffed Artichokes
1. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
2. R&O Pizza (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)
3. Franky & Johnny's (321 Arabella St., 899-9146)

Best Place to Get Boiled Crawfish
1. Franky & Johnny's (321 Arabella St., 899-9146)
2. Deanie's (1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; 841 Iberville St., 581-1316)
3. Big Fisherman (3301 Magazine St., 897-9907)

Best Place to Get Turtle Soup
1. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221)
2. Mandina's (3800 Canal St., 482-9179)
3. Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711)

Best Place to Get A King Cake
1. Randazzo's (5001 E. Judge Perez Drive, Meraux, 271-7472; 801 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 271-7472; 3515 N. Hyllen St., 456-1476)
2. McKenzie's **
3. Gambino's (4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; 5228 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-4262; 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; 2308 Piedmont St., Kenner, 467-9800; 3240 S. Carrollton Ave., 485-0171; 5242 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-4262)

Best Sno-Ball Stand
1. Hansen's (4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-9788)
2. Plum Street (1300 Burdette St., 866-7996)
3. Casey's (4608 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-3920)

Best Sno-Ball Flavor
1. Nectar at Hansen's
2. Grape at Plum Street

Best Jazz Fest Food
1. Crawfish Bread
2. Meat Pies
3. Crawfish Monica

Best Coffeehouse
1. Rue de la Course, Magazine and Louisiana (3128 Magazine St., 899-0242)
2. CCs, Esplanade (2800 Esplanade Ave., 482-9865)
3. PJs, upper Magazine (5432 Magazine St., 895-0273)

Best Place to Get Iced Coffee
1. Plantation Coffeehouse (5555 Canal Blvd., 482-3164)
2. Rue de la Course, Magazine and Louisiana (3128 Magazine St., 899-0242)

Best Place to Get Donuts
1. Krispy Kreme (825 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 779-9620)
2. McKenzie's **
3. Tastee (Various locations throughout metropolitan area)

Best Ice Cream Shop
1. Angelo Brocato's (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465)
2. Baskin-Robbins (Various locations throughout city)
3. Haagen Dazs (8018 Hampson St., 861-1005; 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; 621 St. Peter St., 523-4001)

Best French Bread
1. Leidenheimer's
2. Bender's
3. La Madeleine (601 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-8662; 547 St. Ann St., 568-0073; 3300 Severn Ave., Metairie, 456-1624; 5171 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 818-2450; 1327 St. Charles Ave., 410-8500)

Best Hot Sauce
1. Tabasco
2. Crystal
3. Tiger
POLITICS

Best Local Legislator
1. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu
2. U.S. Rep. David Vitter
3. Sen. John Hainkel

Best New Orleans City Council Member
1. Troy Carter
2. Oliver Thomas
3. Eddie Sapir

Best Jefferson Parish Council Member
1. Ed Muniz
2. Aaron Broussard
3. Nick Giambelluca

Best Scandal
1. Edwin Edwards' trial
2. Mike Longman's arrest
3. Cleo Fields taking cash from Edwin Edwards and not explaining

Best Lie From a Politician
1. Anything Edwin Edwards said
2. "I will reduce state government." -- Gov. Mike Foster

Best Potential Mayoral Candidate
1. Troy Carter
2. Peggy Wilson
3. Eddie Sapir

Best Argument For a Morial Third Term
1. None
2. No other viable candidates
3. His record

Best Argument Against a Morial Third Term
1. Two terms is enough
2. All talk, no action
3. His record

Best New Job for Ex-Attorney Eddie Jordan
1. New Orleans District Attorney
2. Haberdasher
3. Prison Warden

Best Prison Job for Edwin Edwards
1. Latrine duty
2. Laundry
3. Prison Warden

Best New Fundraising Idea for Harry Lee
1. Weight-loss telethon
2. Chartered nutria hunting trips
3. Nutria cookoff

Best Reason to Give a Bouquet to the State Legislature
1. None
2. Early adjournment
3. Saving Harrah's

Best Reason to Give a Brickbat to the State Legislature
1. Not raising teacher pay
2. Giving Harrah's a tax break
3. Not cutting taxes

Best Public Spat
1. Tom Benson vs. Gov. Mike Foster
2. Morial vs. Committee Against a Third Term
3. Morial vs. Harrah's

Best Community Activist
1. C.B. Forgotston
2. Peggy Wilson
3. Greg Rusovich

Best Local Judge
1. Gerard Hansen
2. Chuck Cusimano

Best School Board Member
1. None
2. Gail Glapion
3. Una Anderson

Best Local Liberal
1. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu
2. None
3. Mayor Marc Morial

Best Local Conservative
1. U.S. Rep. David Vitter
2. Rep. Steve Scalise
3. Rep. Peppi Bruneau

Best Watchdog
1. Richard Angelico, WDSU
2. Peggy Wilson
3. Bureau of Governmental Research (225 Baronne St., 525-4152)
LOCAL LIFE

Best Festival
1. Jazz Fest
2. French Quarter Fest
3. Swamp Fest

Best Public Restroom
1. Jackson Brewery (600 Decatur St., 524-0560)
2. None
3. Grandstand at the New Orleans Fair Grounds (1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515)

Best Place for Family Fun
1. Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St., 861-2537)
2. Jazzland (12301 Lake Forest Blvd., 253-8100)
3. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)

Best Saints Player
1. Aaron Brooks
2. Ricky Williams
3. Willie Roaf

Best Brass Player
1. Jeff Lazaro

Best Zephyrs Player
1. Adam Everett
2. Chris Truby

Best Museum
1. New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle, 488-2631)
2. National D-Day Museum (923 Magazine St., 527-6012)
3. Louisiana Children's Museum (420 Julia St., 523-1357)

Best Art Gallery
1. Arthur Roger Gallery (432 Julia St., 522-1999)
2. Red Cat Gallery (730 Bienville St., 523-3975)
3. Rodrigue Studios (721 Royal St., 581-4244)

Best Local Author
1. Anne Rice
2. Andrei Codrescu
3. Michael Cahill

Best Local Poet
1. John Sinclair
2. Andrei Codrescu
3. Lee Grue

Best Local Visual Artist
1. Jon Graubarth
2. George Rodrigue
3. George Dureau

Best Local Photographer
1. Raymond Bretz
2. Donn Young
3. Herman Leonard

Best Library Branch
1. Latter (5120 St. Charles Ave., 596-2625)
2. Main Library (219 Loyola Ave., 529-READ)
3. East Bank Regional (4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 838-1100)

Best Playground
1. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)
2. Lakeshore
3. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)

Best Elementary School
1. Robert M. Lusher School (7315 Willow St., 862-5110)
2. St. Louis King of France (1600 Lake Ave., Metairie, 833-8224)
3. Edward Hynes School (990 Harrison Ave., 483-6100)

Best High School
1. Jesuit High School (4133 Banks St., 486-6631)
2. Benjamin Franklin Senior High School (2001 Leon C. Simon Drive, 286-2600)
3. Archbishop Rummel High School (1901 Severn Ave., Metairie, 834-5592)

Best Place to Go Crabbing
1. Lake Pontchartrain
2. Jean Lafitte National State Park and Preserve
3. Waveland, MS

Best Place to Picnic
1. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)
2. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
3. Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd., Jefferson, 838-4389)

Best Place to Go for a Nature Hike
1. Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve (365 Canal St., Ste. 2400, 589-3882)
2. The Nature Center (5601 Read Blvd., 246-9381)
3. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)

Best Place to Go Sledding (If It Would Ever Snow)
1. Lakefront levee
2. Monkey Hill

Best Neighborhood/Street for Looking at Beautiful Old Homes
1. St. Charles Avenue
2. Prytania Street
3. Garden District

Best Pothole
1. Octavia Street
2. Entire city
3. All of Lakeview

Best Way to Stay Cool in Summer
1. Stay inside
2. Swim
3. Eat sno-balls

Best Way to Avoid Mosquitoes
1. Stay inside
2. Spray
3. Move

Best Way to Handle a Flood
1. Leave town
2. Drink
3. Live on the second floor

Best View of the City Skyline
1. Top of the Mart **
2. From the ferry
3. From the Causeway

Best View of the River
1. Moonwalk
2. The Riverwalk
3. Top of the Mart **

Best View of the Lake
1. From the Causeway
2. Bonnabel boat launch
3. Lakeshore Drive

Best Store on Canal Street
1. Saks Fifth Avenue (Canal Place, 301 Canal Street, 524-2200)
2. Rubenstein's (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666)
3. Adler's (722 Canal St., 523-5292)

Best Store on Veterans Memorial Boulevard
1. Barnes and Noble (3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929)
2. Dorignac's Food Center (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Villere's Florist (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-3716)

Best Place to Walk Your Dog
1. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
2. Lakefront
3. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)

Best Place to Jog
1. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
2. Lakefront
3. Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd., Jefferson, 838-4389)

Best Place to Bike
1. Lakefront
2. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
3. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)

Best Golf Course
1. English Turn (1 Clubhouse Drive, 391-8018)
2. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)
3. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)

Best Tennis Courts
1. City Park (Victory Ave., 483-9383)
2. Metairie Country Club (580 Woodvine Ave., Metairie, 833-4671)
3. New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club (5353 Laurel St., 891-0134)

Best Place to Skateboard
1. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
2. Lakefront
3. Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd., Jefferson, 838-4389)

Best Place to Scooter
1. Audubon Park (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629)
2. Lakefront

Best Place to Go Swimming
1. Elmwood Fitness Center (1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-1600; 701 Poydras St., 588-1600; 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1600)
2. Fontainebleau State Park (Hwy. 90, Mandeville, 985-624-4443)

Best Place to Propose
1. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)
2. Lakefront
3. By the river

Best Place to Get Married
1. St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antione Alley, 525-3860)
2. Holy Name of Jesus Church (6220 La Salle Place, 865-7430)
3. Southern Oaks Plantation (7816 Hayne Blvd., 245-8221)

Best Place to Park for Free
1. Lakefront
2. City Park (1 Palm Drive, 482-4888)
3. I'm not telling

Best Way to Have Fun for Free
1. Walk in the French Quarter
2. Mardi Gras parades
3. Picnic in the park

Best Northshore Destination
1. Global Wildlife Center (26389 Hwy. 40, Folsom, 796-3585)
2. Fontainebleau State Park (Hwy. 90, Mandeville, 985-624-4443)
3. Downtown Covington

Best West Bank Destination
1. Bayou Segnette
2. Oakwood Shopping Center (197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 362-1900)
3. Algiers Point

Best Place to Take a Tourist
1. French Quarter
2. Ride the streetcar
3. Audubon Zoo

Best Local Bumper Sticker
1. Eracism
2. New Orleans: Proud to Call It Home
3. New Orleans: Oy! Such a Home

Best Carnival Day Parade
1. Rex
2. Zulu
3. Barkus

Best Carnival Night Parade
1. Endymion
2. Bacchus
3. Orpheus

Best Place to Watch a Carnival Parade
1. St. Charles Avenue
2. Veterans Memorial Boulevard
3. Lee Circle

Best Carnival Parade for Catching Throws
1. Endymion
2. Orpheus
3. Bacchus

Best Parade Not During Carnival
1. St. Patrick's Day parade in Irish Channel
2. St. Patrick's Day parade in Metairie
3. Italian-American parade

Best Day Trip
1. River Road plantations
2. Gulf Coast
3. Northshore


Non-Profit Organization
1. NO/AIDS Task Force (2601 Tulane Ave., Ste. 500, 821-2601)
2. The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (1319 Japonica St., 944-7445; 1 Humane Way, Jefferson, 733-7387)
3. League in Support of Animals (P.O. Box 740321, 366-8972)


MEDIA

Radio Station
1. WEZB 97.1 FM (3525 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 834-9587)
2. WWL 870 AM (1450 Poydras St., 593-6376)
3. WWOZ 90.7 FM (901 N. Rampart St., 568-1238)


Radio Morning Show
1. Walton & Johnson, WCKW 92.3 FM
2. The Bee Morning Buzz, WEZB 97.1 FM
3. Rod Ryan, KKND 106.7 FM


Radio Drive-time Show
1. Booker, WEZB 97.1 FM
2. NPR News, WWNO 89.9 FM
3. Sports Talk with Buddy D, WWL 870 AM


Traffic Watch
1. WWL 870 AM
2. WEZB 97.1 FM


Radio Talk Show Host
1. Andre Trevigne, WWL 870 AM
2. David Tyree, WWL 870 AM
3. Buddy D, WWL 870 AM


Local Web Site
1. www.nola.com (400 Poydras St., Ste. 2480, 523-4000)
2. www.insideneworleans.com (201 St. Charles Avenue, Ste. 4120, 680-2000)
3. www.bestofneworleans.com (3923 Bienville St., 486-5900)


Local Publication
1. Gambit Weekly (3923 Bienville St., 486-5900)
2. The Times-Picayune (3800 Howard Ave., 826-3279)
3. OffBeat (421 Frenchmen St., Ste. 200, 944-4300)


Local Journalist
1. Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly
2. Leslie Williams, The Times-Picayune
3. Allen Johnson Jr., Gambit Weekly


Local Columnist
1. Chris Rose, The Times-Picayune
2. Angus Lind, The Times-Picayune
3. Ronnie Virgets, Gambit Weekly


Local Music Writer
1. Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune
2. Kevin Forest Moreau, www.citysearch.com
3. (TIE) Geraldine Wyckoff, freelance, and Scott Jordan, Gambit Weekly

Local Sports Writer
1. Peter Finney, The Times-Picayune
2. John DeShazier, The Times-Picayune
3. Dave Lagarde, The Times-Picayune


Local Male TV Anchor
1. Eric Paulsen, WWL-TV
2. Norman Robinson, WDSU
3. Dennis Woltering, WWL-TV


Local Female TV Anchor
1. Angela Hill, WWL-TV
2. Karen Swensen, WWL-TV
3. Sally-Ann Roberts, WWL-TV


Local TV Reporter Who Isn't an Anchor
1. Richard Angelico, WDSU
2. Bill Capo, WWL-TV
3. Alec Gifford, WDSU


TV Anchor Hair
1. Angela Hill, WWL-TV
2. Karen Swensen, WWL-TV
3. Brad Giffen, WGNO ABC-26


Local Weathercaster
1. Bob Breck, WVUE FOX8
2. David Bernard, WWL-TV
3. Nash Roberts, WWL-TV


TV Sportscaster
1. Jim Henderson, WWL-TV
2. Mike Hoss, WWL-TV

TV Station
1. WWL-TV (1024 N. Rampart St., 529-6215)
2. WDSU (846 Howard Ave., 679-0600)
3. WVUE FOX 8 (1025 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 486-6161)


Reason to Have Cable TV
1. The Sopranos
2. HBO
3. ESPN

Publicist/Public Relations Firm
1. Peter A. Mayer Advertising (324 Camp St., 581-7191)
2. Media Direct (1515 Poydras St., 568-1600)

Local Commercial
1. Frankie & Johnnie's Furniture (2600 St. Claude Ave., 943-9400)
2. Popeye's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. WWL-TV's Spirit of Louisiana series

Locally Produced TV Show
1. Louisiana Jukebox
2. Steppin' Out
GOODS & SERVICES

Shopping Mall
1. Lakeside Shopping Center (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-8000)
2. (TIE) Canal Place (333 Canal St., 522-9200) and The Esplanade (1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-2161)

Shopping Street
1. Magazine Street
2. Royal Street
3. Veterans Memorial Boulevard

Department Store
1. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)
2. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 592-5985; The Esplanade, 468-3985)
3. Saks Fifth Avenue (Canal Place, 524-2200)

Men's Clothing Store
1. Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661)
2. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)
3. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave.; Lake Forest Plaza)

Women's Clothing Store
1. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 592-5985; The Esplanade, 468-3985)
2. Talbot's (Lakeside Shopping Center, 836-3877)
3. Hemline (609 Chartres St., 529-3566; 7916 Maple St., 862-0420)

Place to Buy Men's Shoes
1. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)
2. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; Lake Forest Plaza, 242-2880)
3. Banana Republic (Lakeside Shopping Center, 832-9294; The Riverwalk, 523-6843; The Esplanade, 469-5570)

Place to Buy Women's Shoes
1. Saks Fifth Avenue (Canal Place, 524-2200)
2. Nine West (The Riverwalk, 522-1581; Lakeside Shopping Center, 834-6006)
3. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)

Place to Rent a Tuxedo
1. Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661)
2. Al's Formalwear (1170 Terry Pkwy, Gretna, 392-8900; inside Sears at Oakwood Shopping Center, 364-8265; 3544 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-3545)
3. Sandy's Tuxedo Rental (2401 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 466-0684)

Place to Buy a Men's Suit
1. Perlis (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661)
2. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave.; 581-6666; Lake Forest Plaza, 242-2880)
3. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)

Place to Buy Lingerie
1. Victoria's Secret (The Esplanade, 468-2045; Lakeside Shopping Center, 834-3777; The Riverwalk, 525-6900; Oakwood Shopping Center, 368-6877)
2. House of Lounge (2044 Magazine St., 671-8300)
3. Frederick's of Hollywood (Oakwood Shopping Center, 368-9780; The Esplanade, 467-0655)

Place to Buy a Party Dress
1. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 592-5985; The Esplanade, 468-3985)
2. Saks Fifth Avenue (Canal Place, 524-2200)
3. Azby's (605 Dublin St., 866-1971)

Place to Buy a Bathing Suit
1. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)
2. Saks (Canal Place, 524-2200)
3. J Crew (Lakeside Shopping Center, 830-3405)

Place to Buy Vintage Men's Clothing
1. Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587)
2. Second Glance Resale Shoppe (5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 887-6070)

Place to Buy Vintage Women's Clothing
1. Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587)
2. On the Other Hand (8126 Hampson St., 861-0159)

Thrift Store
1. Thrift City (4125 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-0736)
2. Salvation Army (100 Jefferson Hwy., 837-5914; 9661 Chef Menteur Hwy., 243-5000; 7209 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, 276-9704; 601 Terry Pkwy, Terrytown, 368-3050)
3. Red White and Blue (6001 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 733-8066; 5050 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 347-1512)

Jewelry Store
1. Adler's (722 Canal St., 524-2200; Lakeside Shopping Center, 835-2244; Oakwood Shopping Center, 523-5292)
2. Aucoin Hart (1525 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 834-9999)
3. Mignon Faget (710 Dublin St., 865-7361; 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; Canal Place, 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 835-2244)

Jewelry Designer
1. Mignon Faget (710 Dublin St., 865-7361; 3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; Canal Place, 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 835-2244)
2. Dominique Giordano (5420 Magazine St., 895-3909)

Children's Clothing Store
1. Gap Kids (The Esplanade, 467-0159; The Riverwalk, 522-5828; Lakeside Shopping Center, 835-3807)
2. Chocolate Soup (2030 Metairie Road, Metairie, 837-8314)
3. Lollipop Shop (8125 Hampson St., 865-1014)

Cleaners
1. Liberto's (4814 Prytania St., 897-2161)
2. De Luxe (5325 Canal Blvd., 488-7733)
3. Metairie Cleaners (123 Focis St., Metairie, 835-7980)

Place to Buy Mardi Gras Beads
1. Accent Annex (1420 Sams Ave., Jefferson, 733-4700; 1 Poydras St., 568-9000; 312 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 393-0811; 633 Toulouse St., 592-9886; 100 N. Labarre Road, Metairie, 834-2003; 2805 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-8760)
2. Oriental Merchandise Co. Inc. (2636 Edenborn, Metairie, 889-2893)
3. Beads By the Dozen (732 Melody Drive, Metairie, 828-2323; 1401 Edwards Ave., Harahan, 734-9966)

Toy Store
1. Toys R Us (12250 I-10 Service Road, 245-8697; 4800 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 347-8426; 3609 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-9513)
2. Le Jouet Inc. (1700 Airline Drive, Metairie, 837-0533)
3. Big Life Toys (3117 Magazine St., 899-8697)

Hospital
1. East Jefferson General Hospital (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-4000)
2. Ochsner Clinic (1514 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 842-4000)
3. Memorial Medical Center (2700 Napoleon Ave., 899-9311)

Hospital to Have a Baby
1. Lakeside Hospital (4700 I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 780-8282)
2. Memorial Medical Center (2700 Napoleon Ave., 899-9311)
3. (TIE) East Jefferson General Hospital (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-4000) and Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 897-7011)

Pediatrician
1. Paul Giorlando (6030 Bullard Ave., 246-4894; 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 833-7374)
2. Thomas Babin (Rothschild-Ochsner Pediatric Center, 4901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-1133)
3. James Lilly (2700 Napoleon Ave., 897-4460)

OB/GYN
1. Paul Fuselier (4770 S 1-10 Service Road W., 885-8563)

Dermatologist
1. Patricia Farris (701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2050)
2. Nia Terezakis (3800 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-2997; 2633 Napoleon Ave., 897-6267)
3. Barbara Bopp (3901 Houma Blvd., 455-9933)

Optometrist
1. Ivan Bank (3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., 391-3000; 6900 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-5555)
2. Donald Cerise (4324 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-9825)
3. Charles Glaser (624 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-6311; 138 Carondelet St., 522-0826)

Health Club
1. Elmwood Fitness Center (701 Poydras St., 588-1600; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-1600; 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1600)
2. Cureton's (524 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7121; 1712 Vegas Drive, Metairie, 466-7642)
3. Franco's (111 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-8801)

Place to Kickbox
1. Elmwood Fitness Center (701 Poydras St., 588-1600; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-1600; 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1600)

Place to Take a Yoga Class
1. Alvina's (8422 Oak St., 866-3505)
2. Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152)
3. Elmwood Fitness Center (701 Poydras St., 588-1600; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-1600; 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 832-1600)

Barbershop
1. Aidan Gill for Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090)
2. Golden Shears (6008 Magazine St., 895-9269)
3. Monteleone Hotel Barber Shop (625 Bienville St., 523-6700)

Barbershop to Get a Close Shave
1. Aidan Gill for Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090)
2. Golden Shears (6008 Magazine St., 895-9269)

Hair Salon
1. H2O (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377)
2. John Jay (540 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-8128; 7600 St. Charles Ave., 866-2782; 3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 889-1444; 3142 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, 646-0340)

Day Spa
1. H2O (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377)
2. Belladonna (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393)
3. Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152)

Place to Get a Manicure
1. Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152)
2. H2O (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377)
3. Belladonna (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393)

Place to Get a Pedicure
1. Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152)
2. H2O (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377)
3. Belladonna (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393)

Place to Get a Massage
1. Earthsavers (5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5152)
2. H2O (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377)
3. Belladonna (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393)

Tanning Salon
1. Planet Beach (Various locations throughout metro area)
2. Bask Tanning & Hair Inc. (5300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-2275)

Place to Buy a Wedding Gift
1. Adler's (722 Canal St., 523-5292; Lakeside Shopping Center, 523-5292; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-5969)
2. Dillard's (Clearview Shopping Center, 889-7000; The Esplanade, 468-6050; Lakeside Shopping Center, 889-7300; Oakwood Shopping Center, 362-4800; Plaza Lake Forest, 243-8300)
3. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 592-5985; The Esplanade, 468-3985)

Body Piercing/Tattoo Parlor
1. Electric Ladyland (8106 Earhart Blvd., 866-3859; 610 Frenchmen St., 947-8286)
2. Rings of Desire (1128 Decatur St., 524-6147)
3. Electric Expressions (2327 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 464-0053; 1409 Canal St., 299-8888)

Triple-X Store
1. Mr. Binky's (96 W. 27th St., Kenner, 463-0122)
2. Chartres Street Conxxxion (107 Chartres St., 586-8006)
3. Second Skin (521 St. Philip St., 561-8167)

Place to Buy Smokes
1. Mayan Imports (3009 Magazine St., 269-9000)
2. Dos Jefes (5700 Magazine St., 899-3030)
3. Tinder Box (Lakeside Shopping Center, 834-5801)

Place to Buy Musical Instruments
1. Werlein's For Music (214 Decatur St., 883-5080; 3750 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 883-5060; 1152 Terry Pkwy., Gretna, 883-5090)
2. The Guitar Center (1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 818-0338)
3. New Orleans Music Exchange Inc. (3342 Magazine St., 891-7670)

Used CD Store
1. Wherehouse Music (Lakeside Mall, 833-2664; 3723 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 454-5996; 231 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-7200; 800 S. Clearview Pkwy., 733-8600; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-4026; 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., 465-0999)
2. CD Warehouse (8200 Hampson St., 864-0444; 700 Terry Pkwy., Terrytown, 433-0494; 2108 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 838-6048)
3. Magic Bus Records & CDs (527 Conti St., 522-0530)

New CD Store
1. Virgin Megastore (620 Decatur St., 671-8100)
2. Wherehouse Music (Lakeside Mall, 833-2664; 3723 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 454-5996; 231 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-7200; 800 S. Clearview Pkwy., 733-8600; 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-4026; 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., 465-0999)
3. Tower Records (408 N. Peters St., 529-4411)

CD Store to Find Music By Local Artists
1. Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 586-1094; 400 Esplanade Ave., 524-5507)
2. Tower Records (408 N. Peters St., 529-4411)
3. Virgin (620 Decatur St., 671-8100)

Video Store to Rent New Releases
1. Blockbuster (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Major Video (3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1768; 400 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 392-8257; 4909 Prytania St., 891-8333; 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7803)
3. Hollywood Video (2831 Belle Chasse Hwy., Terrytown, 394-6800; 2801 Magazine St., 897-1009; 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-3122)

Video Store to Rent Classics/Foreign Films
1. Video Alternatives (4725 Magazine St., 891-5347)
2. Blockbuster (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Major Video (3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-1768; 400 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 392-8257; 4909 Prytania St., 891-8333; 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7803)

Bookstore
1. Barnes and Noble (3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929)
2. Borders (3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-1363)
3. Maple Street Book Shop (7523 Maple St., 866-4916; 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8937)

Bookstore to Sit and Read
1. Barnes and Noble (3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929)
2. Borders (3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-1363)
3. Books-a-Million (Oakwood Shopping Center, 364-1070)

Bookstore to Find Books By Local Authors
1. Maple Street Book Shop (7523 Maple St., 866-4916; 200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8937)
2. Barnes and Noble (3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929)
3. Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St., 895-2266)

Comic Book Store
1. Barnes and Noble (3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929)
2. Crescent City Comics & Cards (6111 Elysian Fields Ave., 286-0039)
3. More Fun Comics (8200 Oak St., 865-1800)

Best Place to Buy Cheap Gas
1. Danny & Clyde's (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Spur (9125 W. Judge Perez Drive, 279-6231; 3600 General De Gaulle Drive, 362-0739; 1597 Hwy. 90, Bridge City, 436-4300; 1620 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-0480)
3. Wagner's (2100 Airline Drive, Kenner, 467-6328; 2037 Desire, 944-3458)

Best Travel Agency
1. Brennan Travel Inc. (433 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-3200)
2. Uptown Travel & Tours Inc. (3001 5th St., Metairie, 828-9990)
3. Evans Travel Group (1340 Poydras St., 581-6811)

Best Realtor for Buying a House
1. Latter and Blum Inc. (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Ed White & Associates Inc. (2637 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 888-8035)
3. Keller Williams (1117 Lake Louise Drive, Gretna, 394-1112; 4725 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-9534; 700 Dublin St., 862-0100)

Best Realtor for Renting a House
1. Ed White & Associates Inc. (2637 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 888-8035)
2. Latter and Blum Inc. (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Prudential (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best New Car Dealer
1. Lakeside Toyota (3701 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 833-3311)
2. Saturn of Metairie (3400 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-9000)
3. Peake BMW (2630 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 469-6165)

Best Used Car Dealer
1.The Bohn Zone (3737 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 347-7000; 3611 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 341-3300; 3801 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 347-4070)
2. Lamarque (4848 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-4888; 3101 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2500; 2226 Canal St., 822-7121; 3800 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 349-4500; 1943 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-624-9800)
3. Saturn of Metairie (3400 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 838-9000)

Best Bank
1. Hibernia National Bank (Various locations throughout the metro area)
2. Whitney National Bank (Various locations throughout the metro area)
3. Bank One (Various locations throughout the metro area)

Best Wireless Phone Service
1. Cingular (Various locations throughout the metro area)
2. SunCom (Various locations throughout the metro area)
3. Sprint PCS (4025 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 779-4727; Elmwood Shopping Center, 733-4440; 2330 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 366-1233; 2180 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 727-5556; 1327 Danville St., 723-0000; 4320 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 456-3464)

Best Local Internet Provider
1. Cox (304-4057)
2. BellSouth (800-436-8638)

Best Newsstand
1. Lakeside News (17th Street at Severn Avenue, Metairie)
2. Lenny's
3. Veterans Newsstand (2307 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-8786)

Best Computer Store
1. Gateway (4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-3857)
2. Comp USA (8855 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 468-3838)
3. Circuit City (4945 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 348-2279; 6011 Bullard Ave., 245-6366; 100 Riverbend Drive, St. Rose, 467-2595; 2421 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 467-3339; Lakeside Shopping Center, 828-7875)

Best Stereo Store
1. Circuit City (4945 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 348-2279; 6011 Bullard Ave., 245-6366; 100 Riverbend Drive, St. Rose, 467-2595; 2421 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 467-3339; Lakeside Shopping Center, 828-7875)
2. Alterman Audio (3213 17th St., Metairie, 834-5400)
3. Mobile One (3000 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 454-5104; 516 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 366-1127; 8700 Lake Forest Blvd., 246-8252; 1514 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-641-0631)

Best VCR/DVD Store
1. Circuit City (4945 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 348-2279; 6011 Bullard Ave., 245-6366; 100 Riverbend Drive, St. Rose, 467-2595; 2421 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 467-3339; Lakeside Shopping Center, 828-7875)
2. Wal-Mart (Various locations throughout metropolitan area)
3. New Orleans Audio-Video (5600 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 733-3524)

Best Bicycle Store
1. Joe's Bicycle and Lawn Mower (2501 Tulane Ave., 821-2350)
2. GNO Cyclery (1426 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-0023)
3. Bicycle Michael's (622 Frenchmen St., 945-9505)

Best Sporting Goods Store
1. Oshman's (5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-7791; 4329 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-4700; 2801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 469-0806; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 734-8206)
2. Sports Authority (2803 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, 443-5111; 5151 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 734-7271)
3. Massey's (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-1144)

Best Pet Groomers
1. PetSmart (1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-5430)
2. Phydeaux's (505 Jefferson Ave., 891-2842)

Best Pet Supplies Store
1. PetSmart (1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-2016)
2. Double M Feed (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. (TIE) Ott's Pet Shop and Supplies (5505 Magazine St., 899-5291) and Jefferson Feed & Garden Supply (4421 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 733-8572)

Best Veterinary/Animal Clinic
1. Causeway Animal Hospital (1315 Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 828-2700)
2. Lakeview Veterinary Clinic (6245 Memphis St., 482-2173)
3. Metairie Small Animal Hospital (101 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4266; 5040 W. Esplanade Ave., 455-2345; 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-4400)

Best Hotel
1. Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 523-6000)
2. Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St., 524-1331)
3. Fairmont Hotel (123 Baronne St., 529-7111)

Best Hotel Lobby
1. Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 523-6000)
2. Fairmont Hotel (123 Baronne St., 529-7111)
3. W Hotel (333 Poydras St., 525-9444; 316 Chartres St., 581-1200)

Best Hotel for Locals to Stay In
1. The Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308)
2. Omni Royal Orleans Hotel (621 St. Louis St., 529-5333)
3. Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 523-6000)

Best B&B/Guesthouse
1. The Melrose (937 Esplanade Ave., 944-2255)
2. New Orleans Guest House (3111 St. Claude Ave., 945-9410)
3. Rose Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn (7214 Pontchartrain Blvd., 282-8200)

Best Divorce Lawyer
1. Stephen Rue (4004 Magazine St., 897-1003; 3309 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2400; 422 Derbigny St., 362-4814)

Best Personal Injury Attorney
1. Morris Bart (909 Poydras St., 525-8000)
2. Stephen Rue (4004 Magazine St., 897-1003; 3309 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2400; 422 Derbigny St., 362-4814)

Best Car Wash
1. Safari Car Wash (2200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-9659; 3519 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-1021)
2. Uptown Car Wash (500 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-9700)

Best Auto Repair Shop
1. Philip Bonura Auto Service (1618 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-8564)
2. Uptown Auto Specialist (501 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-8392)

Best Hardware Store
1. Harry's Ace Hardware, Magazine (3535 Magazine St., 896-1500)
2. Graham Ace Hardware (807 Homestead Ave., Metairie, 833-3437)
3. Clement Hardware (6000 Magazine St., 899-0711)

Best Florist
1. Villere's Florist (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-3716)
2. Peter A. Chopin Florist Inc. (3138 Magazine St., 891-4455)
3. Federico's Family Florist (5590 Canal Blvd., 482-0249)

Best Garden Center
1. Perino's Garden Center Inc. (3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888)
2. Home Depot (62 Westbank Expwy., Gretna. 362-3460; 12300 I-10 Service Road, 246-4572; 2625 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-9200; 5151 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 729-4400; 4600 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, 341-3682)
3. Charvet's Garden Center Inc. (4511 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 888-7700; 123 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-7700; 9101 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 737-7700)

Best Place to Buy Wine
1. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 713 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300)
2. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Cellars of River Ridge (1801 Dickory Ave., Harahan, 734-8455)

Best Liquor Store
1. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 713 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300)
2. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Elio's Wine Warehouse (6205 S. Miro St., 866-1852)

Best Candy Shop
1. Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707)
2. Candy Barrel **
3. Godiva (Lakeside Shopping Center, 834-3278)

Best Neighborhood Grocery
1. Langenstein's (1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682)
2. Lakeview Fine Foods (801 Harrison Ave., 482-7333)
3. Zara's (4838 Prytania St., 895-0581; 2042 Prytania St., 523-3658; 1519-B Metairie Road, Metairie, 838-9815)

Best Supermarket
1. Sav-A-Center (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
2. Winn Dixie (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)

Best Bakery
1. Maurice French Pastries (3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526)
2. McKenzie's **
3. Haydel's (4307 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 837-0190)

Best Bakery in a Grocery Store
1. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
2. Sav-A-Center (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. Winn Dixie (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)

Best Grocery Store to Buy Fresh Produce
1. Whole Foods Market (3135 Esplanade Ave., 943-1626)
2. Sav-A-Center (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area)
3. (TIE) Winn Dixie (Various locations throughout the metropolitan area) and Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)

Best Fruit and Vegetable Market/Stand
1. French Market Farmers Market (French Market, 523-4201)

Best Seafood Market
1. Big Fisherman (3301 Magazine St., 897-9907)
2. Captain Sid's (1700 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-2840)
3. Louisiana Seafood Exhange (428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 834-9395)

Best Caterer
1. Food Art (801 Carondelet St., 524-2381)
2. Partysist (8020 Olive St., 488-4234)
3. Southern Hospitality Systems (7538 Maple St., 866-6644)

Best Pawn Shop
1. B.J.'s (3828 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 456-6374; 2712 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, 833-1300; 3615 Airline Drive, Metairie, 836-2001; 518 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 433-4100)

**Denotes establishments that are no longer in business

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  • Best Place to Get a Sazerac: Sazerac Bar at the Fairmont
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