Best of Nashville 2009: Readers' Poll 

Winning order is as listed unless noted.

Best Cheeseburger

Rotier's

Five Guys

Fat Mo's

Best Hot Dog/Bratwurst

I Dream of Weenie

The Dog

Hot Diggity Dogs

Best French Fries

Five Guys

Fat Mo's

McDougal's

Best Hot Chicken

Prince's

McDougal's

Bolton's

Best Ribs

Famous Daves

Jim 'n Nicks

Calhoun's

Best Barbecue

Whitt's

Jack's

Jim 'n Nicks

Best Pizza (Non-Chain)

Pizza Perfect

Mafiaoza's

DaVinci's

Best Sub Sandwich

Jersey Mike's

Sub Stop

Which Wich

Best Burrito

Baja Burrito

Blue Coast Burrito

Nuvo Burrito

Best Cheese Dip

SATCO

Las Palmas

Rosepepper

Best Fish Taco

Baja Burrito

Mas Tacos

Local Taco

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Pied Piper

Maggie Moo's

Baskin-Robbins

Best Dessert

Sunset Grill

Jackson's

Las Paletas

Best Place to Buy Cupcakes

GiGi's

Cupcake Collection

Sweet 16th

Best Local Cake Baker

Sweet 16th

Sweet and Sassy

Dulce Desserts

Best Place to Buy Bread

Provence

Bread and Company

Panera

Best Bagel

Star Bagel

Panera

Breugger's

Best Local Produce

Nashville Farmers' Market

Produce Place

Turnip Truck

Best Farmers' Market

Nashville Farmers' Market

Franklin Farmers' Market

East Nashville Farmers' Market

Best Health Food Store

Whole Foods

Turnip Truck

Trader Joe's

Best Grocery Store

Publix

Whole Foods

Trader Joe's

Best Place to Buy Fresh Seafood

Whole Foods

Publix

Harris Teeter

Best Specialty/Gourmet Store

Whole Foods

Trader Joe's

Fresh Market

Best New Restaurant (Opened Since Oct. 2008)

Local Taco

ChaChah

Cantina Laredo

Best (Most Original) Menu

Margot

City House

Flyte

Best Chef

Margot McCormack

Tandy Wilson

Deb Paquette

Best Caterer

Copper Kettle

Clean Plate Club

Chef's Market

Best Restaurant in Davidson County

Margot

City House

Flyte

Best Restaurant in Rutherford County

Demos'

Five Senses

Toot's

Best Restaurant in Sumner County

September's

Cheddar's

Demos'

Best Restaurant in Williamson County

Red Pony

Saffire

Wild Ginger

Best Restaurant in Wilson County

Demos'

Sunset

Cinco de Mayo

Best Sushi Bar

Virago

Samurai

Peter's Sushi & Thai

Best Japanese Restaurant

Kobe Steaks

Goten

Watanabe

Best Chinese Restaurant

Chinatown

August Moon

Fulin's

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Miss Saigon

Far East

Kien Giang

Best Korean Restaurant

Korea House

Seoul Garden

Koreana

Best Thai Restaurant

Siam Cafe

Royal Thai

Jasmine

Best Indian Restaurant

Woodlands

Sitar

Shalimar

Best Italian Restaurant

Mama Mia's

Caffe Nonna

Sole Mio

Best Mediterranean Restaurant

Kalamata's

Athens

Zavós

Best Mexican Restaurant

Las Palmas

Las Maracas

La Hacienda

Best Cajun/Creole Style Restaurant

Chappy's

Bro's

Cajun Steamer

Best Breakfast

Pancake Pantry

Noshville

Loveless Cafe

Best Sunday Brunch

Marché

Copper Kettle

Margot

Best Meal to Nurse a Hangover

Noshville

Krystal

Athens

Best Coffeehouse

Fido

Bongo Java

Frothy Monkey

Best Cheap Eats

Calypso Cafe

Baja Burrito

SATCO

Best Mobile Vendor

Mas Tacos

I Dream of Weenie

The Juice Wagon

Best Delicatessen

Noshville

Mitchell Deli

Jason's Deli

Best Meat-and-Three

Arnold's

Copper Kettle

Southern Bred

Best All-You-Can-Eat Deal

Monell's

Wild Wasabi

3. Sitar (tie)

3. Copper Kettle (tie)

Best Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris

Fleming's

Stoney River

Best Local Seafood Restaurant (Non-Sushi)

Batter'd & Fried

South Street

Chappy's

Best Vegetarian Menu

Woodlands

Calypso Cafe

Grins

Best Takeout

Calypso Cafe

Pei Wei

Pad Thai Kitchen

Best Late Night Eats

Cafe Coco

Sunset Grille

Athens

Best Place to Eat When Someone Else is Buying

The Palm

Morton's

Fleming's

Best Place for a Business Lunch

The Palm

J. Alexander's

Bricktop's

Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

Margot

Melting Pot

Zola

Best Restaurant Décor

Flyte

Lime

Sambuca

Best Patio

Rumours

Jackson's

Rosepepper

Best Restaurant With a View

Watermark

Germantown Café

Sambuca

Best Wine List in a Restaurant

Rumours

2. Flyte (tie)

2. Sunset Grill (tie)

Best Wine Bar

Rumours

Flyte

The Wine Loft

Best Bar That Makes You Feel Like You're Not in Nashville

The Patterson House

Lime

Sambuca

Best Bar to People Watch

Lime

3 Crow Bar

Tribe

Best Neighborhood Bar

3 Crow Bar

Red Door East

Melrose Pub

Best Happy Hour

Eastland Cafe

3 Crow Bar

Red Door

Best Dive Bar

Springwater

Red Door

The Villager

Best Sports Bar

Sam's

Crow's Nest

Beyond the Edge

Best Brewhouse

Yazoo

Boscos

Blackstone Brewery

Best Beer Selection

Flying Saucer

Broadway Brewhouse

12th South Taproom

Best Bartender

Loy Carney—Tribe

Doc Downs—Flyte

James Hensely—The Patterson House

Best Margarita

Rosepepper

Cantina Laredo

Las Palmas

Best Martini

The Patterson House

Eastland Cafe

Tribe

Best Bloody Mary

3 Crow Bar

Jackson's

Marché

Best place to Buy a Keg

Frugal MacDougal

Yazoo

JJ's Market

Best Most Knowledgeable Service in a Wine Store

Woodland Wine Merchant

Wine Shoppe at Green Hills

Midtown Wine and Spirits

Best Liquor Store

Frugal MacDougal

Midtown Wine and Spirits

Bud's

Best New Bar or Club (Opened Since Oct. 2008)

The Patterson House

Melrose Neighborhood Pub

Mai

Best Honky-Tonk

Robert's Western World

Tootsie's

The Stage

Best Pickup Bar

Tin Roof

Tribe

The Stage

Best Gay Bar

Tribe

Play

Lipstick Lounge

Best Lesbian Bar

Lipstick Lounge

Play

Tribe

Best Strip Club

Arrow

Christie's Cabaret

Déjà Vu

Best After Hours Hang

Cafe Coco

Hermitage Cafe

Athens

Best Karaoke Bar

Lonnie's

Lipstick Lounge

Springwater

Best Place to Throw Darts

The Villager

Broadway Brewhouse

Mulligan's

Best Place to Shoot Pool

Melrose Billards

Buffalo Billards

H Cue's

Best Place to Dance

Play

Hollywood Disco

Decades

Best Club DJ

DJ Ron

DJ Mindub

Justin Kase

Best Local Band

The Features

Kings of Leon

Heypenny

Best Local Music Celebrity

Jack White

Keith Urban

Vince Gill

Best Singer-Songwriter

Taylor Swift

2. Jeremy Lister (tie)

2. Jeffery Steele (tie)

Best Writers Night

Bluebird Cafe

2. Douglas Corner (tie)

2. Listening Room (tie)

Best Trivia Night

3 Crow Bar

Sam's Sports Bar and Grille

Flying Saucer

Best Open Mic

Bluebird Cafe

Cafe Coco

Listening Room

Best Place to Hear Live Music

Ryman Auditorium

Mercy Lounge

Bluebird Cafe

Best Place to Have a Showcase

12th and Porter

The Rutledge

The Basement

Best Concert Since Oct. 2008

Coldplay

Keith Urban

Billy Joel and Elton John

Best Museum

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Country Music Hall of Fame

Cheekwood

Best Art Gallery

The Rymer Gallery

Art and Invention

The Arts Company

Best Art Show

Tomato Art Show—Art & Invention Gallery

Harding Academy Art Show

First Saturday Art Crawl

Best Local Visual Artist

Trevor Mikula

Deann Hebert

Herb Williams

Best Local Author

Ann Patchett

Robert Hicks

Steven Womack

Best Performing Arts Group

Nashville Symphony

Nashville Ballet

Tennessee Repertory Theatre

Best Local Theater Company

Tennessee Repertory Theatre

Circle Players

Nashville Children's Theatre

Best Place to See a Play

TPAC

Dark Horse

Chaffin's Barn

Best Actor or Actress

Nicole Kidman

Denise Hicks

Jenny Littleton

Best Movie Theater

The Belcourt

Regal Green Hills 16

Regal Opry Mills 20

Best Place to See Independent Films

The Belcourt

Regal Green Hills 16

Belmont

Best Bowling Alley

Strike and Spare

Franklin Family Entertainment Center

Pla-Mor

Best Golf Course

McCabe

Hermitage

Legends

Best Place for a Wedding Reception

Cheekwood

Belle Meade Plantation

Hermitage Hotel

Best Charity Event

Artrageous

Swan Ball

Steeplechase

Best Festival

Tomato Art Fest

Music City Brewers Festival

CMA Music Festival

Best Free Fun

Movies in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park

Tomato Art Fest

Best Place for a Cheap Date

Centennial Park

Shakespeare in the Park

Movies in the Park

Best Place to Meet Single Men

Tribe

Play

3. Kali Yuga Yoga (tie)

3. Two Elle (tie)

Best Place to Meet Single Women

Church

2. Lipstick Lounge (tie)

2. Kali Yuga Yoga (tie)

Best Place to Meet Intelligent Men

Vanderbilt

Downtown Library

Nashville Symphony

Best Place to Meet Intelligent Women

Vanderbilt

Downtown Library

Nashville Symphony

Best Country Radio Station

97.9 WSIX

103.3 WKDF

95.5 The Wolf

Best Pop Radio Station

107.5 The River

102.5 The Party

Lightning 100

Best Rock Radio Station

Lightning 100

105.9 The Rock

102.9 The Buzz

Best Urban Radio Station

101.1 The Beat

92Q

Lightning 100

Best Radio Personality or Personalities

Gerry House

Woody and Jim

Phil Valentine

Best AM Radio Station

NPR 1430

WLAC 1510

WSM 650

Best Local TV News Station

WSMV Channel 4

WTVF Channel 5

WKRN Channel 2

Best Local TV News Personality

Demetria Kaladimos

Neil Orne

Dan Miller

Best Local Columnist

Gail Kerr

Ms. Cheap—Mary Hance

David Climer

Best Local Feature Writer

Jim Ridley

Ms. Cheap—Mary Hance

Gail Kerr

Best Local Political Writer

Phil Valentine

Jeff Woods

Ken Whitehouse

Best Local Music Writer

Peter Cooper

Dave Paulson

3. Jack Silverman (tie)

3. Ron Wynn (tie)

Best Local Media Celebrity You Love to Hate

John Rich

Brad Schmitt

Heather Byrd

Best Local Blog

Nashvillest

Nashville Cream

Bites

Best Scandal of the Year

Steve McNair

Paul Stanley

Leann Rhimes

Best Landscaper

Gardens of Babylon

Perfect World Landscapes

Arthouse Gardens

Best Handyman

1. Handy Graham (tie)

1. Jamie Chalker (tie)

2. Hillsboro Handyman

Best Plumber

Hiller Plumbing

Ron Gomez

Wehby

Best Interior Designer

Beth Haley

2. Dana Goodman Interiors (tie)

2. CKE Interior Design (tie)

3. Billy Williams

Best Real Estate

Scott Cornett

Josh Anderson

Mark Deutschmann

Best Architect

Manuel Zeitlin

Michael Ward

3. DAAD (tie)

3. Van Pond (tie)

Best Builder/Developer

Crimmins Construction

Core

Rogan Allen

Best Apartment Complex

The Grove

Sterling Court

Lakes of Bellevue

Best Place to Live Downtown

Icon

Encore

Viridian

Best Neighborhood

East Nashville

Sylvan Park

12South

Best Pediatrician

Frank Haraf

Old Harding Pediatrics

Nancy Beveridge

Best Place to Have a Baby

Baptist

Vanderbilt

Centennial

Best Daycare

Vanderbilt Child and Family Center

Holly Street Daycare

Creative Care Center

Best Elementary School

Percy Priest

2. USN (tie)

2. Julia Green (tie)

Best Middle School (5-8)

USN

Meigs Magnet School

Franklin Road Academy

Best High School

Hume Fogg

USN

Hillsboro High School

Best Playground

Dragon Park

Nashville Zoo

Red Caboose Park

Best Summer Camp

Camp Widjiwagan

Barefoot Republic

Camp Whippoorwill

Best Outdoor Activity For Children

Nashville Zoo

Dragon Park

Cheekwood

Best Place to Take Kids When It's Raining

Adventure Science Center

Monkey's Treehouse

Bounce U

Best Local Toy Store

Phillips

Fairy Tales

Popo

Best Kids Menu

Pied Piper Eatery

Noshville

Red Robin

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Pied Piper Eatery

Noshville

McDougal's

Best Auto Dealership

Lexus of Nashville

Beaman

Mercedes-Benz of Nashville

Best Pre-Owned Auto Dealership

Carmax

Lexus of Nashville

Global Motorsports

Best Auto Service Center

Lexus of Nashville

Beaman

Mercedes-Benz of Nashville

Best Car Wash/Auto Detailer

White Bridge Auto Wash

Smith Bros.

Miles Auto Spa

Best Motorcycle Dealer

Cool Springs Harley-Davidson

Boswell's Harley-Davidson

Bloodworth

Best Place to Buy a Scooter

East Side Scooters

Red Dog Scooters

Beaman

Best Bicycle Shop

Halcyon

East Side Cycles

Cumberland Transit

Best Hardware Store

Hillsboro Hardware

Cumberland Hardware

Ace Hardware

Best Sporting Goods Store

Cumberland Transit

Athlete's House

Sports Seasons

Best Place to Buy a Pool or Spa

Watson's

Pool and Spa Depot

Best Place to Buy Furniture

Sprintz

Meridian

Bradford's

Best Local Place to Buy Cool Home Accessories

Pangaea

Fabu

Wonders on Woodland

Best Place to Buy a Gaming/Pool Table

Nashville Billards

Watson's

Best Local Nursery/Garden Center

Bates

Gardens of Babylon

Moore and Moore

Best Place to Shop Green

Green Wagon

Whole Foods

Gardens of Babylon

Best New Retail Store (Opened Since Oct. 2008)

Urban Outfitters

Blush

Imogene and Willie

Best Shopping Mall

The Mall at Green Hills

Cool Springs Galleria

Opry Mills

Best Department Store

Macy's

Dillards

Belk

Best Local Men's Clothing Store

Levy's

Oxford Shop

Posh

Best Local Women's Clothing Boutique

Posh

Moda

Two Elle

Best Local Denim Store

Imogene and Willie

Posh

Moda

Best Vintage Clothing Store

Hip Zipper

Local Honey

Venus and Mars

Best Antique Store

Gas Lamp Antique Mall

Wonders on Woodland

Tennessee Antique Mall

Best Consignment Store

Designer Renaissance

Designer Finds

Clothing Exchange

Best Dry Cleaner

Village Cleaners

Nicholson's

Heritage Cleaners

Best Local Shoe Store

Marti and Liz

Posh

The Perfect Pair

Best Place to Buy Eyewear

See

Image Optical

Milam's

Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring

Genesis

Village Jewelers

Tiffany and Co.

Best Local Jewelry Store

Village Jewelers

Genesis

Drapers Jewelery

Best Florist

Emma's Flowers

Ilex

Village of Flowers

Best Place to Buy a Gift

Pangaea

Alegria

Ten Thousand Villages

Best New Bookstore

Davis-Kidd

Borders

Barnes and Noble

Best Used Bookstore

McKay's

Bookman/Bookwoman

Rhino

Best Adult Video Store

Hustler

Metro News

Outloud

Best CD/DVD Store (Chain)

Best Buy

FYE

Blockbuster

Best CD/DVD Store (Non-Chain)

Grimey's

The Great Escape

The Groove

Best Place to Buy Vinyl

Grimey's

The Great Escape

The Groove

Best Place to Hock Used Music

Grimey's

The Great Escape

McKay's

Best Place to Buy New Musical Instruments

Corner Music

Guitar Center

Forks's Drum Closet

Best Place to Buy Used Musical Instruments

Nashville Used Music

Corner Music

Fork's Drum Closet

Best Smoke Shop

Uptown's

Stogies

Belle Meade Premium Cigars

Best Tattoo Studio

Lone Wolf

Black 13

Kustom Thrills

Best Hair Salon

Green Pea Salon

Trim

Salon Ya Ya

Best Hair Stylist

Kelly Mason

Jen Rouse

Shana Dyer

Best Manicure/Pedicure

Signature Nail Spa

Venetian

Magnolia

Best Skin Care Center

Elan

N2skin

Gold Skin Care

Best Tanning Salon

Hue

Sun Tan City

Urban Sun

Best Hair Removal

Elan

N2skin

Gracie's Skin and Body

Best Massage

Escape

Essential Therapy

Blue River Canyon

Best Spa

Escape

Magnolia Day Spa

Blue River Canyon

Best Doctor for a Nip and Tuck

Dr. Joseph Delozier

Dr. Glenn Buckspan

Dr. Thomas Orcutt

Best LASIK Surgery Center

Wang Vision Center

Loden Vision Center

Arrowsmith Eye Institute

Best Dentist

Dr. David Dickerson

Dr. Robert Fesmire

Dr. Thomas Nabors

Best Chiropractor

Dunn Chiropractic

Beth Barnett

Andrea Selby

Best Hospital

Vanderbilt

Baptist

St. Thomas

Best Cool Hotel

Hutton

Hotel Indigo

The Hermitage

Best Local Gym/Fitness Club

YMCA

Gym 5

Fit Nashville

Best Personal Trainer

Richie Lee

Emily Jensen

Stephanie Gamonet-Reid

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

Hot Yoga

Kali Yuga Yoga

Sanctuary Yoga

Best Place You Wish Had Never Gone Out of Business

Alley Cat

Radius10

Rosario's

Best Place to Learn to Dance

Studio 1406

Nashville Ballet School of Dance

Wildhorse

Best Place for Continuing Education

Nashville State Community College

Belmont

Vanderbilt

Best MBA program

Vanderbilt

Belmont

Lipscomb

Best Nonprofit

Nashville Cares

CASA

Second Harvest

Best Bank

Regions

Suntrust

First Tennessee

Best Attorney

Adam Dread

Joseph Fuson

John Roberts

Best Veterinarian

Murphy Road Animal Hospital

Value Vet

Berry Hill Animal Hospital

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

Nashville Humane Association

Love at First Sight

Happy Tails

Best Local Pet Boutique

Wags and Whiskers

Come Sit Stay

The Cat Shoppe

Best Local Pet Grooming

A Bark Above

Murphy Road Animal Hospital

Miss Kitty's

Best Pet Boarding Daycare

A Bark Above

Miss Kitty's

Camp Bow Wow

Best Local Printing Company

Jive! - A Digital Print Factory

Midtown

Hatch Show Print Shop

Best Alternative Transportation Company

MTA

Metro Livery

Zingo

Best Park

Centennial

Shelby

Percy Warner

Best Dog Park

Shelby

Centennial

Edwin Warner

Best Enviromentally Friendly Business

Green Wagon

Tayst

Gardens of Babylon

Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners

Loveless Cafe

Opryland Hotel

The Parthenon

Best Place to Get a Speeding Ticket

Belle Meade

West End Avenue

Briley Parkway

Best Day Trip

Chattanooga

Jack Daniel Distillery

Fall Creek Falls

Best Thing That's Changed in Nashville in the Past Year

The Gulch

Trader Joe's

Urban Outfitters

Best Place to Worship

Brentwood Baptist

Christ Church Cathedral

The Village Chapel

Best Church Music

Christ Church Cathedral

West End Community Church

Brentwood Baptist

Best Community Role Model

Vince Gill

Becca Stevens

Karl Dean

Best Local Politician

Karl Dean

Phil Bredesen

Marsha Blackburn

Best Local Politician You Love to Hate

Eric Crafton

Marsha Blackburn

Al Gore

Best Local Liberal

Mary Mancini

Al Gore

Larry Woods

Best Local Conservative

Phil Valentine

Marsha Blackburn

Steve Gill

Best Metro Council Member

Mike Jameson

Megan Barry

Jason Holleman

Best Metro Council Member You Love to Hate

Eric Crafton

Pam Murray

Michael Craddock

Best Titans Player

Keith Bulluck

Kerry Collins

Chris Johnson

Best Predators Player

Steve Sullivan

Jordin Tootoo

Jason Arnott

Best Sounds Player

Mat Gamel

2. Alcides Escobar (tie)

2. Chris Smith (tie)

2. Brendan Katin (tie)

Best Service in a Restaurant

Flyte World Dining and Wine

Margot Café & Bar

J. Alexanders

Best Category We Forgot

Custom Picture Framing

Best Place to Work

Best Photographer

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