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Best Of New Orleans 2005 

The Way We Were

Originally published: November 15, 2005

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As Hurricane Katrina executed the fateful turn that brought the storm's full fury down on New Orleans, Gambit Weekly's annual Best of New Orleans® issue, detailing results of a survey in which readers picked their favorite things about the Crescent City, had just been sent to the printer. The Aug. 30 issue, with New Orleans favorite son Dr. Momus Alexander Morgus of TV's Morgus Presents on the cover, was printed but never distributed. Gambit's Mid-City office, like the homes and businesses of many of our readers, took on several feet of water and became uninhabitable.

When Gambit Weekly returned to the streets with our Nov. 1 issue, our focus was on helping the city recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and informing our readers of what businesses, entertainment venues and other aspects of normal life had or were returning. We have had numerous requests, however, for results of the Best of New Orleans® readers survey. The Aug. 30 issue was packed with information about the winners, essays and favorite picks of our writers and more.

We congratulate the winners and we thank all our readers who shared their favorites with us.

Ironically, that issue has become a final snapshot of all that was "best" about our city immediately before Katrina. For us, it has also become a commemoration of the New Orleans we all knew and loved.


FOOD AND RESTAURANTS

Best New Restaurant
1.One Restaurant and Lounge (8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-sl.com)
2. The Flaming Torch (737 Octavia St., 895-0900)
3. Fire — A Restaurant (1377 Annunciation St., 566-1950)

Best Northshore Restaurant
1.Dakota (629 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-892-3712)
2. Trey Yuen (600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-4476)
3. La Provence (25020 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-626-7662)

Best Hotel Restaurant
1.Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar (Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305)
2. New Orleans Grill (Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com)
3. Rib Room (Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7045; www.neworleansrestaurants.com/ribroom)

Best Cajun Restaurant
1.Mulate's (201 Julia St., 522-1492; www.mulates.com)
2. K-Paul's (416 Chartres St., 524-7394; www.kpauls.com)
3. Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurants & Le Bon Temps Music Hall (840 St. Charles Ave., 522-5517; www.michauls.com)

Best Chinese Restaurant
1.Five Happiness (3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935; www.fivehappiness.com)
2. August Moon (3635 Prytania St., 899-5124)
3. P.F. Chang's China Bistro (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 828-5288; www.pfchang.com)

Best Creole Restaurant
1.Jacques-Imo's Cafe (8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com)
2. Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com)
3. Pampy's Creole Kitchen (2005 N. Broad St., 949-7970; www.pampyscreolekitchen.com)

Best Italian Restaurant
1.Vincent's (7830 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313; 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-2984; Pine Tree Plaza Shopping Center, 4250 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 985-624-2300)
2. Venezia (134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991)
3. Andrea's (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583; www.andreasrestaurant.com)

Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant
1.Sake Cafe Japanese Restaurant (2830 Magazine St., 894-0033; www.sakecafeuptown)
2. Kyoto (4920 Prytania St., 891-3644)
3. Wasabi (900 Frenchmen St., 943-9433; 5243 Canal Blvd., 488-8828; www.wasabirestaurant.com)

Best Latin American Restaurant
1.La Macarena Pupuseria and Restaurant (4221 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 464-4525)
2. Liborio (321 Magazine St., 581-9680; www.liboriocuban.com)
3. Rio Mar (800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com)

Best Mediterranean Restaurant
1.Byblos (3218 Magazine St., 894-1233; 1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9773; 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9777; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 830-7333)
2. Mona's Cafe (504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 3149 Calhoun St., 861-2124; 3901 Banks St. 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St. 894-9800; www.shopno/monas.com)
3. Lebanon Cafe (1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200)

Best Mexican Restaurant
1.Taqueria Corona (857 Fulton St., 524-9805; 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; 1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088)
2. Superior Grill (3636 St. Charles Ave., 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com)
3. Juan's Flying Burrito (2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; www.juansflyingburrito.com)

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
1.Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar Inc. (3636 Bienville St., 482-9120)
2. Joey K's (3001 Magazine St., 891-0997; www.joeyksrestaurant.com)
3. Franky & Johnny's (321 Arabella St., 899-9416; www.frankyandjohnnys.com)

Best Seafood Restaurant
1.Deanie's Seafood (841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 834-1225; www.deanies.com)
2. GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com)
3. Sid-Mar's (1824 Orpheum Ave., Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsofbucktown.com)

Best Soul Food Restaurant
1.Praline Connection (542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934; www.pralineconnection.com)
2. Dunbar's (4927 Freret St., 899-0734; www.dunbarscreolecooking.com)
3. Dooky Chase (2301 Orleans Ave., 821-0600; www.dookychaserestaurant.com)

Best Steakhouse
1.Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (711 Broad St., 486-0810; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-3600; www.ruthschris.com)
2. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse (716 Iberville St., 522-2467; www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com)
3. Crescent City Steak House (1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271; www.crescentcitysteaks.com)

Best Tapas/Small Plate Restaurant
1.Vega Tapas Cafe (2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com)
2. Mimi's in the Marigny (2601 Royal St., 942-0690)
3. RioMar (800 S. Peters St., 525-3474; www.riomarseafood.com)

Best Thai Restaurant
1.Bangkok Cuisine (4137 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3606)
2. Basil Leaf (1438 S. Carollton Ave., 862-9001)
3. SukhoThai (1913 Royal St., 948-9309)

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
1.Pho Tau Bay (1565 Tulane Ave., 524-4669; 216 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-SOUP; 113C Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846; 3116 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-1063)
2. Kim Son (349 Whitney Ave., Gretna, 366-2489; www.kimsonrestaurant.com)
3. 9 Roses (1116 Tula Ave., 566-0950)

Best Breakfast Spot
1.Bluebird Cafe (3625 Prytania St., 895-7166)
2. Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe (7801 Panola St., 314-1810)
3. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carollton Ave., 866-9573)

Best Brunch
1.Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
2. Brennan's (417 Royal St., 525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com)
3. Begue's (Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300; www.sonesta.com/neworleans_royal)

Best Lunch Specials
1.Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
2. Cafe Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157; www.cafereconcile.com)
3. (TIE) Bacco's (310 Chartres St., 522-2426; www.bacco.com) and Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com)

Best Late-night Dining
1.Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
2. Angeli on Decatur (1141 Decatur St., 566-0077)
3. Clover Grill (900 Bourbon St., 598-1010; www.clovergrill.com)

Best Place to Feed the Whole Family
1.Piccadilly Cafeteria (Citywide; www.piccadilly.com)
2. Ye Olde College Inn (3016 S. Carollton Ave., 866-3683)
3. R&O Pizza Place (216 Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)

Best Romantic Restaurant
1.Bella Luna (914 N. Peters St., 529-1583; www.bellalunarestaurant.com)
2. La Crepe Nanou (1410 Robert St., 899-2670; www.lacrepenanous.com)
3. Feelings Cafe (2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; www.feelingscafe.com)

Best Cheap Eats
1.Juan's Flying Burrito (2018 Magazine St., 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com)
2. Taqueria Corona (857 Fulton St., 524-9805; 5932 Magazine St., 897-3974; 1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-5088)
3. Pho Tau Bay (1565 Tulane Ave., 524-4669; 216 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-SOUP; 113C Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 368-9846; 3116 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 780-1063)

Best Menu for Vegetarians
1.Mona's Cafe (504 Frenchmen St., 949-4115; 3149 Calhoun St., 861-2124; 3901 Banks St. 482-7743; 4126 Magazine St. 894-9800; www.shopno/monas.com)
2. Slim Goodies Diner (3322 Magazine St., 891-3447; www.slimgoodies.com)
3. Back to the Garden (833 Howard Ave., 299-8792)

Best Dessert Menu
1.Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro (2001 St. Charles Ave. 593-995; 4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.alcopeland.com)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
3. Palace Cafe (605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com)

Best Buffet
1.Harrah's New Orleans Casino (512 S. Peters St., 533-6111; www.harrahs.com)
2. King Buffet (601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-4383)
3. Nirvana (4308 Magazine St., 894-9797)

Best Wine List
1.The Wine Loft (752 Tchoupitoulas St., 561-0116; www.thewineloft.net)
2. Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com)
3. Clancy's (6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111)

Best Chef
1.Emeril Lagasse (Emeril's; Emeril's Delmonico; NOLA)
2. Susan Spicer (Bayona; Herbsaint)
3. John Besh (Restaurant August; The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah's)

Best Sommelier
1.Matt Lirette, Emeril's (800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393; www.emerils.com)
2. Luca Pasquinelli, Peristyle (1041 Dumaine St., 593-9535)
3. Patrick Van Hoorebeck, The Bistro at Maison de Ville (727 Toulouse St., 528-9206; www.maisondeville.com)

Best Service
1.Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
2. Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com)
3. Antoine's (713 St. Louis St., 581-4422; www.antoines.com)

Best Dining Atmosphere
1.Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
2. Jacques-Imo's Cafe (8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com)
3. Bella Luna (914 N. Peters St., 529-1583; www.bellalunarestaurant.com)

Best Outdoor Dining
1.Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine St., 891-8495)
2. Court of Two Sisters (613 Royal St., 522-7261; www.courtoftwosisters.com)
3. Cafe Rani (2917 Magazine St., 895-2500)

Best Overall Restaurant
1.(TIE) Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com) and Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com)
2. Jacques-Imo's Cafe (8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com)
3. Clancy's (6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111)

Best Deli
1.Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com)
2. Whole Foods Market (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 943-1626; www.wholefoods.com)
3. Kosher Cajun New York Deli and Grocery (3510 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010; www.koshercajun.com)

Best Place to Get Barbecue
1.VooDoo BBQ & Grill (1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647; 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 283-8301; 1000 E. James Blvd., St. Rose, 464-1880; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com)
2. The Joint (801 Poland Ave., 949-3232)
3. Corky's Bar-B-Q (4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbbq.com)

Best Place to Get Boiled Seafood
1.Deanie's Seafood (841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com
2. Sid-Mar's (1824 Orpheum Ave., Metairie, 831-9541; www.sidmarsofbucktown.com)
3. The Galley (2535 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-0955)

Best Place to Get Barbecue Shrimp
1.Pascal's Manale (1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877)
2. Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com)
3. Deanie's Seafood (841 Iberville St., 581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 831-4141; www.deanies.com)

Best Place to Get a Burger
1.Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 523-0120; www.portofcallneworleans.com)
2. Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
3. Bud's Broiler (Citywide)

Best Place to Get Fried Chicken
1.Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits (Citywide; www.popeyes.com)
2. Fiorella's Cafe (45 French Market Place, 528-9566)
3. Jacques-Imo's Cafe (8324 Oak St., 861-0886; www.jacquesimoscafe.com)

Best Place to Get Gourmet-To-Go
1.Whole Foods Market (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 943-1626; www.wholefoods.com)
2. Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer St., Metairie, 896-7300; www.martinwine.com)
3. Chez Nous Charcuterie (5701 Magazine St., 899-7303)

Best Place to Get Gumbo
1.The Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St., 525-1486; www.gumboshop.com)
2. Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal St., 523-2078; www.mrbsbistro.com)
3. Mandina's (3800 Canal St., 482-9179)

Best Place to Get a Muffaletta
1.Central Grocery (923 Decatur St., 523-1620)
2. DiMartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas (1788 Carol Sue Ave., Terrytown, 391-1711; 3900 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, Algiers, 367-0227)
3. Napoleon House (500 Chartres St., 524-9752; www.napoleonhouse.com)

Best Place to Get Oysters on the Half Shell
1.Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; 519 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-898-0667; www.acmeoyster.com)
2. Casamento's (4330 Magazine St., 895-9761)
3. Drago's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar (3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 888-9254; www.dragosrestaurant.com)

Best Place to Get Pizza
1.Reginelli's Pizzeria (741 State St., 899-1414; 874 Harrison Ave., 488-0133; 3244 Magazine St., 895-7272; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-6868; 5608 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 818-0111; www.reginellis.com)
2. Rocky's Old New Orleans Bar & Pizza Joint (3222 Magazine St., 891-5152; 2701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 833-1288)
3. (TIE) Slice Pizzeria (1513 St. Charles Ave., 525-7437) and Theo's Neighborhood Pizza (4218 Magazine St., 894-8554; www.theospizza.com)

Best Place to Get Red Beans and Rice
1.Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits (Citywide; www.popeyes.com)
2. Mother's (401 Poydras St., 523-9656)
3. Dunbar's Creole Cooking (4927 Freret St., 899-0734)

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

Best Place to Get an Oyster Po-Boy
1.Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; 519 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-898-0667; www.acmeoyster.com)
2. Domilise's Sandwich Shop & Bar (5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126)
3. Franky & Johnny's (327 Arabella St., 899-9146)

Best Place to Get a Shrimp Po-Boy
1.Domilise's Sandwich Shop & Bar (5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126)
2. Acme Oyster House (724 Iberville St., 522-5973; 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 309-4056; 519 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-898-0667; www.acmeoyster.com)
3. R&O Pizza Place (216 Old Hammond Hwy., Metairie, 831-1248)

Best Place to Get a Roast Beef Po-Boy
1.Domilise Sandwich Shop & Bar (5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126)
2. Mother's (401 Poydras St., 523-9656)
3. Parasol's Restaurant & Bar (2533 Constance St., 899-2054)

Best Place to Get Bread Pudding
1.Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
2. Palace Cafe (605 Canal St., 523-1661; www.palacecafe.com)
3. Bon Ton Cafe (401 Magazine St., 524-3386)

Best Place to Get Pecan Pie
1.Camellia Grill (626 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9573)
2. Commander's Palace (1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221; www.commanderspalace.com)
3. Tee-Eva's (4430 Magazine St., 899-8350)

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

Best Place to Get a Frozen Coffee Drink
1.CC's (Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com)
2. Starbucks (Citywide; www.starbucks.com)
3. PJ's (Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com)

Best Sno-ball Stand
1.Plum Street Snowball (1300 Burdette St., 866-7996)
2. Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop (4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-9788)
3. Sal's Sno-Ball Stand (1823 Metairie Road, Metairie, 666-1823)

Best Coffeehouse
1.PJ's (Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com)
2. CC's (Citywide; www.ccscoffee.com)
3. Rue de la Course (217 N. Peters St., 523-0206; 401 Carondelet St., 586-0401; 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343; 1500 Magazine St., 529-1455)

Best Place to Get Pastries
1.Maurice French Pastries (1114-A S. Carrollton Ave., 866-7052; 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com)
2. La Boulangerie (4526 Magazine St., 269-3777; 625 St. Charles Ave., 569-1925; 3143 Ponce de Leon St., 940-0577)
3. Croissant d'Or Patisserie (617 Ursuline Ave., 524-4663)

Best Place to Get Ice Cream
1.Angelo Brocato's (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-0078)
2. Creole Creamery (4924 Prytania St., 894-8680)
3. Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt (Citywide; www.baskinrobbins.com)


1.Crawfish bread
2. Crawfish Monica
3. Cochon de lait

Best Hot Sauce
1.Tabasco
2. Crystal
3. Louisiana

GOODS AND SERVICES

Best Men's Clothing Store
1.Perlis Inc. (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 581-6746; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-1711; www.perlis.com)
2. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com)
3. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (230 Carondelet St., 528-9491; 3213 17th St., Metairie, 620-2265; www.josbank.com)

Best Women's Clothing Store
1.Hemline (609 Chartres St., 529-3566; 7916 Maple St., 862-0420; 3025 Magazine St., 269-4005; www.hemlinenola.com)
2. Ann Taylor (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal Place, 529-2306; New Orleans Shopping Centre, 1400 Poydras St., 587-9101; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-1127; www.anntaylor.com)
3. Ah-ha (3129 Magazine St., 269-2442)

Best Children's Clothing Store
1.Gap Kids (Citywide; www.gap.com)
2. Pippen Lane (2929 Magazine St., 269-0106, www.pippenlane.com)
3. Mignon for Children (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-2374)

Best Clothing Store for Teenagers
1.The Gap/ Gap Kids (Citywide; www.gap.com)
2. Old Navy (Citywide; www.oldnavy.com)
3. Forever 21 (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-9620)

Best Shoe Store for Men
1.Dillard's (Citywide; www.dillards.com)
2. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com)
3. Johnston & Murphy (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 524-4039; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-0449; www.johnstonmurphy.com)

Best Shoe Store for Women
1.Shoe Nami (3102 Magazine St., 895-1717; 807 Royal St., 524-3522; 3319 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-0805)
2. Shoefty (6010 Magazine St., 896-8737; 240 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-7472)
3. Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525)

Best Place to Buy Evening Wear
1.Saks Fifth Avenue (The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 524-2200; www.saksfifthavenue.com)
2. Dillard's (Citywide; www.dillards.com)
3. Perlis Inc. (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 581-6746; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-1711; www.perlis.com)

Best Place to Buy a Men's Suit
1.Perlis Inc. (6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., 523-6681; Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 581-6746; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; www.perlis.com) - Sure, Perlis carries fashionable casuals and ladies' styles, but its focus has always remained on the fundamentals: a well-crafted men's suit. For 66 years, the Perlis family has tailored men for upscale workplaces and formal events, with an emphasis on old-school Southern standards like seersucker and linen.
2. Rubenstein Bros. (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com)
3. Jos. A. Bank (230 Carondelet St., 528-9491; 3213 17th St., Metairie, 620-2265; www.josbank.com)

Best Place to Buy Lingerie
1.Victoria's Secret (Citywide; www.victoriassecret.com)
2. House of Lounge (2044 Magazine St., 671-8300; www.houseoflounge.com)
3. Basics Underneath (5513 Magazine St., 894-1000)

Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing
1.Funky Monkey (3127 Magazine St., 899-5587)
2. Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 891-7443; www.buffaloexchange.com)
3. (TIE) Thrift City (4125 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-0736) and Turncoats Clothing Exchange (1926 Magazine St., 299-9004)

Best Place to Buy a Swimsuit
1.Dillard's (Citywide; www.dillards.com)
2. Target (4500 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-2184; 1731 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 227-2014; www.target.com)
3. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 1400 Poydras St., 592-5985; The Esplanade, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-3985; www.macys.com)

Best Department Store
1.Dillard's (Citywide; www.dillards.com)
2. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 1400 Poydras St., 592-5985; The Esplanade, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-3985; www.macys.com)
3. Saks Fifth Avenue (The Shops at Canal Place, 301 Canal St., 524-2200; www.saksfifthavenue.com)

Best Shopping Mall
1.Lakeside Shopping Center (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-8000; www.lakesideshopping.com)
2. The Shops at Canal Place (333 Canal St., 522-9200; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com)
3. The Esplanade (1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-2161; www.shoptheesplanade.com)

Best Thrift Store
1.Thrift City (4125 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-0736)
2. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana (Citywide; www.goodwill.org)
3. Salvation Army (Citywide; www.salvationarmysouth.org)

Best Toy Store
1.Toys R Us (Citywide; www.toysrus.com)
2. Magic Box Ltd. (5508 Magazine St., 899-0117)
3. Le Jouet Inc. (1700 Airline Drive, Metairie, 837-0533)

Best Place to Buy Furniture
1.Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Co. (211 Royal St., 568-9555; 1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, 378-1000; www.hurwitzmintz.com)
2. Kirschman's (5800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 889-2770; www.kirschman.com)
3. Doerr Furniture Inc. (914 Elysian Fields Ave., 947-0606)

Best Place to Buy Lamps/ Lighting
1.Lighting Inc. (4201 Tulane Ave., 486-5761; Pontchartrain Square, 3547 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-727-9368; www.lightinginconline.com)
2. The Home Depot (Citywide; www.homedepot.com)
3. Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse (1351 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 227-0495; 3640 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0114; www.lowes.com)

Best Antiques Store
1.M.S. Rau (630 Royal St., 523-5660; www.rauantiques.com)
2. Royal Antiques Ltd. (309 Royal St., 524-7033)
3. Bush Antiques (2109 Magazine St., 581-3518; www.bushantiques.com)

Best Fabric Store
1.Fabrixx Inc. (755 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 831-1118; 51 Park Place Drive, Covington, 985-809-1110)
2. Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts (Citywide; www.joann.com)
3. Hancock Fabrics (Citywide; www.hancockfabrics.com)

Best Place to Buy a Wedding Gift
1.Coleman E. Adler & Sons Inc. (722 Canal St., 523-5292; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 523-5292; Oakwood Shopping Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 523-5292; www.adlersjewelery.com)
2. Dillard's (Citywide; www.dillards.com)
2. Macy's (New Orleans Centre, 1400 Poydras St., 592-5985; The Esplanade, 1401 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 465-3985; www.macys.com)

Best Place to Have Something Framed
1.Gordon's (605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 393-9121; 725 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 837-9416; 2518 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 469-2472; www.gordonsof.com)
2. Michael's Arts & Crafts (1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 818-2112; 8851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 464-9884; www.michaels.com)
3. Lakeview Gallery and Framing (910 Harrison Ave., 482-2606; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-1444; www.lakeviewgallery.com)

Best Jewelry Store
1.Coleman E. Adler & Sons Inc. (722 Canal St., 523-5292; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 523-5292; Oakwood Shopping Center, 197 Westbank Expwy., Gretna, 523-5292; www.adlersjewelery.com)
2. Mignon Faget Ltd. (3801 Magazine St., 891-2005; The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-2244; www.mignonfaget.com)
3. Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999; www.aucoinhart.com)

Best Dry Cleaner
1.Liberto Cleaners (4814 Prytania St., 897-2161; 8128 Willow St., 861-7812)
2. Deluxe Laundry, Cleaners, Storage (5325 Canal Blvd., 488-7733)
3. Young's Professional Dry Cleaners (Citywide)

Best Hospital
1.Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 891-7011; www.touro.com)
2. Ochsner Clinic Foundation (1514 Jefferson Hwy., 842-3000; www.ochsner.org.)
3. East Jefferson General Hospital (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 454-4000; www.eastjeffhospital.com)

Best Hospital to Have a Baby
1.Lakeside Hospital (4700 South I-10 Service Road, Metairie, 780-8282; www.lakesidehospital.com)
2. Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 891-7011; www.touro.com)
3. Memorial Medical Center, Baptist Campus (2700 Napoleon Ave., 899-9311; www.memmedctr.com)

Best Pediatrician
1.Stephen W. Hales, M.D. (3525 Prytania St., 897-0744)
2. (TIE) Paul Giorlando, M.D. (IMG Health Care, 6030 Bullard Ave., Suite 200, 246-4894; 2201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-7374)and J. Kent Treadway, M.D. (4325 Clara St., 899-5628)
3. Keith Perrin, M.D. (2820 Napoleon Ave., 897-4242)

Best Plastic Surgeon
1.Gustavo A. Colon, M.D. (1221 Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 888-4297)
2. John Church, M.D. (3525 Prytania St., 895-4561)
3. Michael Moses, M.D. (1603 Second St., 895-7200; www.drmoses.com)

Best Chiropractor
1.(TIE) Sylvi Beaumont, D.C. (1138 S. Carrollton Ave., 864-1234) and Ken Christensen, D.C. (2447 Royal St., 948-3215)
2. Mark B. Kruse, D.C. (4416 Trenton St., Metairie, 885-8899)
3. Gerry Provance, D.C. (Provance Chiropractic Sports and Family Clinic, 2007 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 456-9296)

Best Health Club
1.Elmwood Fitness Center (701 Poydras St., Suite 1300, 588-1600; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1200, Harahan, 733-1600; 111 Veterans Blvd., Suite 475, Metairie, 832-1600; www.elmwoodfitness.com)
2. Franco's Lakeview Athletic Club (111 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-8801; www.myfrancos.com)
3. New Orleans Athletic Club (222 N. Rampart St., 525-2375; www.neworleansathleticclub.com)

Best Place to Take a Yoga Class
1.Wild Lotus Yoga Studio (4842 Perrier St., 899-0047; www.wildlotusyoga.com)
2. Elmwood Fitness Center (701 Poydras St., Suite 1300, 588-1600; 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1200, Harahan, 733-1600; 111 Veterans Blvd., Suite 475, Metairie, 832-1600; www.elmwoodfitness.com)
3. Franco's Lakeview Athletic Club (111 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 286-8801; www.myfrancos.com)

Best Barbershop
1.Aidan Gill for Men (2026 Magazine St., 587-9090; www.aidangillformen.com)
2. The Golden Shears (6008 Magazine St., 895-9269)
3. Mr. Louis' Barber Shop (8218 Maple St., 861-1055)

Best Hair Salon
1.Paris Parker Aveda Salons and Spas (Citywide; www.parisparker.com)
2. John Jay Beauty Salon (540 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 282-7234; 7600 St. Charles Ave., 866-2782; 3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 889-1444
3. H2O Salon & Day Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com)

Best Day Spa
1.Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com)
2. H2O Salon & Day Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com)
3. Earthsavers Relaxation Spa and Shop (Citywide; www.earthsaversonline.com)

Best Place to Get a Manicure/Pedicure
1.Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com)
2. Earthsavers Relaxation Spa and Shop (Citywide; www.earthsaversonline.com)
3. H2O Salon & Day Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com)

Best Place to Get a Facial
1.Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com)
2. H2O Salon & Day Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com)
3. Earthsavers Relaxation Spa and Shop (Citywide; www.earthsaversonline.com)

Best Place to Get a Massage
1.Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com)
2. Earthsavers Relaxation Spa and Shop (Citywide; www.earthsaversonline.com)
3. The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton (Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, 921 Canal St., 524-1331)

Best Tanning Salon
1.Planet Beach (Citywide; www.planetbeach.com)
2. Bask Tanning & Hair Inc. (5300 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-2275; www.basksalon.com)
3. (TIE) City Beach Tanning Salon (3000 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-0017) and Maple Street Tanning (7716 Maple St., 866-5458)

Best Body Piercing/Tattoo Parlor
1.Electric Ladyland Tattoo (8106 Earhart Blvd., 866-3859; 610 Frenchmen St., 947-8286; www.electricladyland.net)
2. Rings of Desire Inc. (1128 Decatur St., 524-6147; www.ringsofdesire.com)
3. Eye Candy Tattoos & Body Piercing Saloon (1578 Magazine St., 299-8222; www.eyecandytattoo.com)

Best Place to Buy CDs
1.Tower Records (408 N. Peters St., 529-4411; www.towerrecords.com)
2. Virgin Megastore (620 Decatur St., 671-8100; www.virginmegamagazine.com)
3. Best Buy (6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172; 1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 364-0411; www.bestbuy.com)

Best CD Store to Find Music By Local Artists
1.Tower Records (408 N. Peters St., 529-4411; www.towerrecords.com)
2. Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 586-1094, www.louisianamusicfactory.com)
3. Virgin Megastore (620 Decatur St., 671-8100; www.virginmegamagazine.com)

Best DVD/ Video Store
1.Blockbuster Video (Citywide; www.blockbuster.com)
2. Major Video (Citywide)
3. (TIE) Best Buy (6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172; 1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 364-0411; www.bestbuy.com)and Tower Records (408 N. Peters St., 529-4411; www.towerrecords.com)

Best Bookstore
1.Barnes & Noble (1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 263-1146; 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929; www.barnesandnoble.com)
2. Maple Street Book Shop (7523 Maple St., 866-4916; www.maplestreetbookshop.com)
3. Octavia Books (513 Octavia St., 899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com)

Best Bookstore to Find Books by Local Authors
1.Maple Street Book Shop (7523 Maple St., 866-4916; www.maplestreetbookshop.com)
2. Barnes & Noble (1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 263-1146; 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-4929; www.barnesandnoble.com)
3. Octavia Books (513 Octavia St., 899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com)

Best Travel Agency
1.AAA (3445 N. Causeway Blvd, Suite 201, Metairie, 838-7500; www.aaa.com)
2. Brennan Travel (433 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-3200; www.brennantravel.com)
3. Travel Central (3221 N. Causeway Blvd, Metairie, 834-9464; www.travelcentralvacations.com)

Best Place to Buy a Pre-Owned Car
1.Bohn Bros. (Citywide; www.bohnzone.com)
2. Lexus of New Orleans (8811 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 467-7070; www.lexusneworleans.com)
3. Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet of New Orleans (701 Baronne St., 581-7585; www.sewell.com)

Best Place to Buy a New Car
1.Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet of New Orleans (701 Baronne St., 581-7585; www.sewell.com)
2. Bohn Bros. (Citywide, www.bohnzone.com)
3. Lexus of New Orleans (8811 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 467-7070; www.lexusneworleans.com)

Best Bank
1.Hibernia Bank (Citywide; www.hibernia.com)
2. Whitney Bank (Citywide; www.whitneybank.com)
3. Bank One/ JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Citywide; www.bankone.com)

Best Wireless Phone Service
1.Cingular (Citywide; www.cingular.com)
2. Sprint (Citywide; www.sprintpcs.com)
3. Verizon (Citywide; www.verizon.com)

Best Place to Buy Home Electronics
1. Best Buy (6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172; 1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 364-0411; www.bestbuy.com)
2. Circuit City (Citywide; www.circuitcity.com)
3. A-1 Appliance and Electronics (Citywide)

Best Place to Buy a Camera
1.Lakeside Camera & Imaging (3508 21st St., Metairie, 885-8660; 2121 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-1776; www.lakesidecamera.com)
2. Best Buy (6205 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 780-0172; 1601 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, 364-0411; www.bestbuy.com)
3. Bennett's Camera & Video (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-9050, www.bennettscamera.com)

Best Bicycle Store
1.GNO Cyclery (1426 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-0023; www.gnocyclery.com)
2. Joe's Bicycle Shop (2509 Tulane Ave., 821-2354; www.joesbicycles.com)
3. Bayou Bicycles (3534 Toulouse St., 488-1946; www.bayoubicycles.com)

Best Sporting Goods Store
1.Academy Sports & Outdoors (50 Westside Shopping Center, Gretna, 363-8283; 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-3320; 800 Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 729-4300; www.academy.com)
2. Sports Authority (5151 Citrus Blvd., Jefferson, 734-7271; www.thesportsauthority.com)
3. Massey's High Performance Outdoors (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie 885-1144; 816 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-809-7544; www.masseys.net)

Best Pet Groomers
1.PETsMART (6851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-2222; 1321 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 263-0879; 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-2016; www.petsmart.com)
2. Petco (Citywide; www.petco.com)
3. Pooch's Palace (3440 Magazine St., 269-DOGS; www.poochspalace.com)

Best Pet Store
1.PETsMART (6851 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 455-2222; 1321 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 263-0879; 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 733-2016; www.petsmart.com)
2. Petco (Citywide; www.petco.com)
3. Double M Feed (Citywide; www.doublemfeed.com)

Best Veterinary/ Animal Clinic
1.Causeway Animal Hospital (1315 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 828-2700; www.causewayanimalhospital.petplace.com)
2. Metairie Small Animal Hospital (101 Metairie Road, Metairie, 835-4266; 5040 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 455-2345; 4041 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-4400; msah.cur.com)
3. Freret Veterinary Hospital (4730 Freret St., 895-6838)

Best Hotel
1.Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 523-6000; www.thewindsorcourthotel.com)
2. Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (921 Canal St., 524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com)
3. W New Orleans (333 Poydras St., 525-9444; W French Quarter Hotel, 316 Chartres St., 581-1200; www.whotels.com)

Best Local Civil Attorney
1.Morris Bart (Morris Bart PLC, 909 Poydras St., 800-876-2244; www.morrisbart.com)
2. Lynn Luker (Lynn Luker & Associates LLC, 3433 Magazine St., 525-5500; www.llalaw.com)
3. Philip A. Wittmann (Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, 546 Carondelet St., 581-3200; www.stonepigman.com)

Best Local Criminal Attorney
1.Frank DeSalvo (201 S. Galvez St., 821-3161, 524-4191)
2. Ralph Capitelli (Capitelli & Wicker, Energy Centre, 1100 Poydras St., 582-2425)
3. Julian Murray Jr. (1 Galleria Blvd., Metairie, 833-5600)

Best Auto Repair Shop
1.Pep Boys Auto (Citywide, www.pepboys.com)
2. (TIE) Fleur de Lis Car Care (247 W. Harrison Ave., 488-8044) and Crescent City Automotive Inc. (4619 Magazine St., 899-3800)
3. Trep's Auto Service (318 N. Alexander St., 486-5884; www.trepsauto.com)

Best Florist
1.Villere's Florist (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 833-3716; 812 S. Tyler St., Covington, 985-809-9101; www.villeresflorist.com)
2. Federico's Family Florist (5606 Canal Blvd., 482-0249)
3. Harkins the Florist (1601 Magazine St., 529-1638)

Best Garden Center
1.Perino's Garden Center & Gifts (3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-7888; www.perinos.com)
2. Charvet's Garden Center (4511 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 888-7700; 123 Metairie Road, Metairie 835-7700; 9101 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge, 737-7700)
3. The Plant Gallery (9401 Airline Hwy., 488-8887; www.theplantgallery.com)

Best Place to Buy Wine
1.Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer St., Metairie, 896-7300; www.martinwine.com)
2. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Cork & Bottle Fine Wines (3700 Orleans Ave., 934-1386)

Best Liquor Store
1.Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 899-7411; 714 Elmeer St., Metairie, 896-7300; www.martinwine.com)
2. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Prytania Liquor (1300 Arabella St., 891-0448)

Best Local Beer Brand
1.Abita (21084 Hwy. 36, Abita Springs, 985-892-1123; www.abita.com)
2. Dixie (2537 Tulane Ave., 822-8711)
3. Crescent City Brewhouse (527 Decatur St., 522-0571; www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com)

Best Candy Shop
1.Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707; www.bluefrogchocolates.com)
2. Southern Candymakers (1010 Decatur St., 525-6170; 334 Decatur St., 523-5544; www.southerncandymakers.com)
3. Godiva Chocolatier (Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 522-1269; The Esplanade Mall, 1401 Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-6422; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-3278; www.godiva.com)

Best Neighborhood Grocery
1.Langenstein's (1330 Arabella St., 899-9283; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-6682; www.langensteins.com)
2. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)
3. Lakeview Fine Foods (801 Harrison Ave., 482-7333; www.myfinefoods.com)

Best Neighborhood Grocery on the Northshore
1.Rouse's Supermarket (1200 Hwy. 190, Covington, 985-867-5232; www.rouses.com)
2. Acquistapace's Covington Super Market (125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, 985-893-0593)
3. Pontchartrain Fresh Foods (4020 Pontchartrain Dr., Slidell, 985-646-1720)

Best Supermarket
1.Whole Foods Market (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 3400 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)
2. Sav-A-Center (Citywide; www.sav-a-centers.com)
3. Winn-Dixie (Citywide; www.winndixie.com)

Best Bakery
1.Maurice French Pastries (1114 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-7052; 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com)
2. Gambino's (3240 S. Carrollton Ave., 485-0171; 5242 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-4262; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.com)
3. La Boulangerie (4526 Magazine St., 269-3777; 3143 Ponce de Leon, 940-0577; 625 St. Charles Ave., 569-1925)

Best Place to Get a King Cake
1.Randazzo's Goodchildren Bakery Shoppe (5001 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet, 279-7472; 801 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 271-7472; www.kingcakeexpress.com)
2. Gambino's Bakeries (3240 S. Carrollton Ave., 485-0171; 5242 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-4262; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.com)
3. Haydel's Bakery (4037 Jefferson Hwy., 837-0190; www.haydelbakery.com)

Best Place to Get a Wedding Cake
1.Swiss Confectionary Inc. (747 St. Charles Ave., 522-7788)
2. Gambino's Bakeries (3240 S. Carrollton Ave., 485-0171; 5242 Elysian Fields Ave., 288-4262; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 885-7500; 300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 391-0600; www.gambinos.com)
3. Maurice French Pastries (1114 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-7052; 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; www.mauricefrenchpastries.com)

Best Grocery Store to Buy Fresh Produce
1.Whole Foods Market (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 3400 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)
2. Sav-A-Center (Citywide; www.sav-a-centers.com)
3. Dorignac's (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-8216)

Best Fruit and Vegetable Market/Stand
1.Crescent City Farmers Market (Citywide; www. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org)
2. French Market (1008 N. Peters St., 523-4201)
3. Nashville and Claiborne fruit stand

Best Caterer
1.Martin Wine Cellar (3827 Baronne St., 896-7380; 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7350; www.martinwine.com)
2. Joel's Fine Catering (3930 Euphrosine St., 827-2400, www.joels.com)
3. Rommel's Catering (3209 Taft Park, Metairie, 888-6229)

Best Place to Have a Kid's Birthday Party
1.Chuck E. Cheese's (3701 General DeGaulle Drive, 367-1214; 7000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-5959; www.chuckecheese.com)
2. Louisiana Children's Museum (420 Julia St., 523-1357; www.lcm.org)
3. Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St., 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org)

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