The 2013 edition of our annual poll is our biggest. Last year more than 3,600 readers cast ballots; this year it was 4,567. And here are your picks. We emphasize: your picks. Each ballot is counted and tallied, and if you're not pleased with every winner, blame your friends and neighbors.
Every year, we try to add something new to the mix, and for 2013 we have two additions, including our first-ever interactive cover. Pick up a paper edition, download the free Layar app from the Android or Apple app stores, hold your phone or tablet over the cover and watch it come to life. (Full instructions and an explanation of how we did this are in the issue)
Our second innovation is a Best of New Orleans® special, which will air Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. on our television partner WWL-TV. WWL's Derek Kevra and Sheba Turk will host an inside look at all the winners, along with Gambit writers on location. We also will announce the winner of one of our most popular categories — Best Chef — live during the telecast.
And now, without further ado: the 2013 Best of New Orleans®.