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Monday, July 21, 2014

Best of New Orleans 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best new restaurant (opened September 2013 or later)
Best Kenner restaurant
Best Metairie restaurant
Best New Orleans restaurant
Best Northshore restaurant
Best West Bank restaurant
Best barbecue restaurant
Best burger restaurant
Best Cajun restaurant
Best Chinese restaurant
Best coffeehouse
Best Creole restaurant
Best deli
Best Indian restaurant
Best Italian restaurant
Best Japanese/sushi restaurant
Best kid-friendly restaurant
Best Latin American restaurant
Best Mexican restaurant
Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant
Best neighborhood restaurant
Best pizza restaurant
Best seafood restaurant
Best sno-ball stand
Best soul food restaurant
Best steakhouse
Best Thai restaurant
Best Vietnamese restaurant
Best bar food/ gastropub
Best breakfast/brunch spot
Best buffet
Best chef
Best food truck
Best frozen yogurt
Best gourmet-to-go
Best gumbo
Best juice bar/ smoothie bar
Best king cake (specify location)
Best late-night dining
Best menu for vegetarians/vegans
Best outdoor dining
Best place for desserts
Best place to get a doughnut
Best place to get a po-boy
Best place to get a sandwich
Best place to get gluten-free items
Best place to get ice cream/gelato
Best place to get kale
Best muffuletta
Best restaurant with a view
Best wine list


Best bar for craft cocktails
Best bar to meet new people
Best bar where you can smoke
Best beer selection
Best casino
Best club to dance
Best college bar
Best gay bar
Best gentlemen’s/strip club
Best happy hour
Best hotel bar
Best live theater venue
Best local comedian
Best local theater performer
Best locally brewed beer
Best movie theater (specify location)
Best neighborhood bar
Best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve
Best place to get a bloody mary
Best place to get a margarita
Best place to get a martini
Best place to get wine by the glass
Best place to see comedy
Best sports bar
Best Jazz Fest performance from 2014
Best live music show in the last 12 months
Best live music venue
Best Cajun/zydeco band/artist
Best local bounce/hip-hop/rap artist
Best local brass band
Best local DJ
Best local funk/R&B band/artist
Best local jazz band/artist
Best local rock band/artist


Best Congressmember from Louisiana
Best New Orleans City Council member
Best Jefferson Parish Council member
Best lie for Bobby Jindal to tell as he runs for president
Best member of the Louisiana Legislature
Best local scandal
Best prison name for Ray Nagin


Best grammar school
Best nursery/preschool
Best high school
Best local university
Best Saints player (current member)
Best Pelicans player (current member)
Best art gallery
Best dog park
Best food festival
Best golf course
Best live music festival
Best local 5k/10k race
Best local artist
Best local charity event
Best local jewelry designer
Best local photographer
Best Mardi Gras parade
Best Mardi Gras walking/dancing group
Best museum
Best new local book (published September 2013 or later)
Best New Orleanian who represents us well nationally
Best nonprofit
Best place for a breakup
Best place for a wedding reception
Best street for biking
Best summer camp for kids
Best tourist thing locals should do more


Best investigative reporter
Best local publication
Best local radio host
Best radio station
Best local TV anchor
Best local TV newscast
Best local TV sportscaster
Best local TV weathercaster
Best local website 


Best new retail store (opened September 2013 or later)
Best Jefferson neighborhood grocery
Best New Orleans neighborhood grocery
Best Northshore neighborhood grocery
Best antiques store
Best bakery (specify location)
Best barbershop
Best bicycle store
Best blow-dry bar
Best body piercing/tattoo parlor
Best cake maker
Best car dealership (specify location)
Best consignment shop
Best cosmetic surgeon (give full name)
Best crossfit gym
Best day spa
Best dentist
Best dermatologist (give full name)
Best dry cleaner
Best financial institution
Best florist
Best garden store
Best hair salon
Best health club
Best hospital
Best hotel
Best liquor store
Best local business that should go national
Best locally owned bookstore
Best locally owned bridal shop
Best locally owned children’s store
Best locally owned jewelry store
Best locally owned lingerie shop
Best locally owned maternity shop
Best locally owned men’s clothing store
Best locally owned record store
Best locally owned shoe store
Best locally owned sportswear store
Best locally owned T-shirt store
Best locally owned women’s boutique
Best personal trainer (give name of trainer and gym)
Best pet boarding/day care business
Best place to buy a gift
Best place to buy a wig
Best place to buy furniture
Best place to buy wine
Best place to get a manicure/pedicure
Best place to get a massage
Best place to get waxed
Best place to take a yoga class
Best real estate agent
Best shopping mall
Best smoke shop
Best store for vintage clothing
Best supermarket
Best sweet shop
Best thrift store
Best vapor shop
Best veterinary/animal clinic 

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