Best of the Triad 2012
We love this issue, the annual results of the readers’ choice poll naming the Best of the Triad — according to the people who make YES! Weekly what it is. Sure, it’s a pain counting all the votes, sorting through the ballot stuffers and misplaced entries. It’s aggravating to think of a great category halfway through the voting. It’s disheartening to see personal favorites pushed aside. But this is not about us — it’s about you: our readers. And what better way to gauge the level of the room? We love this issue because we find out what kind of people read YES! Weekly. We love it when we see excellence recognized. We love it when perennial winners get knocked off by upstarts. We love it when local, independently owned places beat out the big chains. We love to discover new places and people we hadn’t yet heard of. We love to be surprised. And this year’s list is full of surprises. So what are you waiting for? Grab ahold of it. Crack it open. Take a deep draught. The Best of the Triad awaits. And if you disagree with the results, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, better yet, remember to vote next year at yesweekly.com.
Entertainment & Nightlife BEST FEMALE BARTENDER First Place: Jamie Tomlinson at Old Staley’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Jessie Dewey at Jake’s Billiards, Greensboro Notes: just one vote separated the winner from the runner-up. BEST MALE BARTENDER First Place: Brandon Creason at Finnegan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Andy Edwards at College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: “Don’t care” and “Don’t know any bartenders” got the most votes. BEST NEW CLUB/BAR First Place: Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Blind Tiger, Greensboro Notes: These two titans of the club scene competed in lots of categories. BEST DIVE BAR First Place: New York Pizza, Greensboro Runner-up: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: NYP unseats College Hill from its long-held spot. Best in Winston Salem is the Silver Moon Saloon. BEST DANCE CLUB First Place: Inferno, Greensboro Runner-up: Venue, Greensboro Notes: “I can’t dance” got 13 votes BEST CLUB FOR HOOKING UP First Place: Bucked Up Super Saloon, Kernersville Runner-up: Greene Street Club, Greensboro Notes: A rare win for K-Vegas in a crowded field. BEST BAR TO END THE NIGHT First Place: Burke Street Pub, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Finnigan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Notes: Jakes Billiards makes Best of Greensboro BEST SPORTS BAR First Place: Cooper‘s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: Uptown Charlie’s, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is the Fox & Hound BEST COLLEGE BAR First Place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Runner-up: Finnigan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Notes: With the word “college” in your name, it’s hard to lose this one. BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR First Place: Carlisle’s Pub, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Westerwood Tavern. Greensboro Notes: Applebees got 25 votes. BEST PLACE TO SHOOT POOL First Place: Jake’s Billiards, Greensboro Runner-up: Recreation Billiards, Winston-Salem Notes: Honorable mention goes to Longshanks in Greensboro. BEST BEER SELECTION First Place: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to the Pour House in Greensboro COLDEST BEER First Place: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: New York Pizza, Greensboro Notes: Remember this is a reader’s poll — we didn’t bust out the thermometers for this one. BEST MOVIE THEATER First Place: The Palladium, High Point Runner-up: The Carousel Grande, Greensboro Notes: If Winston-Salem’s a/perture got one more vote, it would have tied for runner-up. BEST LIVE THEATER VENUE First Place: Triad Stage, Greensboro Runner-up: The Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro Notes: Even with so many fabulous live theater venues in the Triad, voters seemed confused about the category. Most of the top vote-getters were music clubs and venues that do not regularly host live theater. BEST WINE BAR First Place: 6th & Vine, Winston-Salem Runner-up: 1618 Wine Lounge, Greensboro Notes: 6th & Vine got 29 percent of the votes in this category, with more than 30 nominees. BEST LOUNGE First Place: 6th & Vine, Winston-Salem Runner-up: 1618 Wine Lounge, Greensboro Notes: Same results, but a much smaller margin BEST NEW BAR First Place: 1618 Wine Lounge, Greensboro Runner-up: The District Rooftop Bar & Grill, Winston-Salem Notes: Old Staley’s fell one vote short. BEST KARAOKE NIGHT First Place: Ham’s (Triad-wide) Runner-up: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Notes: As always, “karaoke sucks” placed very highly in the rankings. BEST BURLESQUE First Place: Purrrlesque Runner-up: Foxy Moxy Notes: An entry for “Joe Blevins (that sexy beast)” got 13 votes. Congrats, Joe. Goods & Services BEST GREEN BUSINESS First Place: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Runner-up: Earth Fare, Greensboro Notes: The Proximity Hotel, famously green, garnered 82 votes. BEST LOCAL MEN’S CLOTHING STORE First Place: Jos. A Banks, Greensboro Runner-up: Centennial Trading Co., Winston-Salem Notes: Why would anyone vote for Wal-mart? BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S CLOTHING STORE First Place: Design Archives, Greensboro Runner-up: Wild ‘n’ Crazy Vintage, Greensboro Notes: The category stresses “local,” so all national and chain entries were DQ-ed. BEST BOUTIQUE First Place: Francesca’s Collections, Triad-wide Runner-up: Hypnotica, Greensboro Notes: Splurges in Greensboro comes in a close third place. BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING First Place: Once Upon a Child (Triad-wide) Runner-up: Old Navy Notes: There are not a lot of local children’s clothing stores, but Gazoodles of Winston-Salem gets an honorable mention. BEST SHOE STORE First Place: SRI Shoe Warehouse, Greensboro Runner-up: DSW Shoes, Greensboro Notes: SRI won by more than 200 votes. BEST HARDWARE STORE First Place: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Triad-wide Runner-up: Ace Hardware, Triad-wide Notes: Honorable mention goes to Home Depot BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE First Place: Design Archives, Greensboro Runner-up: Wild ‘n’ Crazy Vintage, Greensboro Notes: “Vintage” and “consignment” are not the same thing. BEST CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING STORE First Place: Goodwill, Triad-wide Runner-up: Design Archives, Greensboro Notes: “Consignment” is not the same thing as “thrift” BEST THRIFT CLOTHING STORE First Place: Goodwill, Triad-wide Runner-up: Carolina Thrift, Greensboro Notes: “Vintage is antique, “consignment” is sold by the owner to the store, “thrift is donated to the store. BEST FURNITURE STORE First Place: Furnitureland South, Jamestown Runner-up: Colfax Furniture, Colfax Notes: There is no Ikea in the Triad. BEST ANTIQUES First Place: Red Collection, Greensboro Runner-up: Lost in Time Antique Mall, Winston-Salem Notes: “John and William Hammer” got three votes. TRIAD’S BEST-KEPT SECRET First Place: Albatross Tattoo, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Fringe Salon & Spa, Kernersville Notes: BEST FRAME SHOP First Place: Michael’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: AC Moore, Triad-wide Notes: Not a lot of love for the local independents. But the Forsyth County Jail got 28 votes. BEST JEWELER First Place: Cass Jewelers, Greensboro Runner-up: Simon Jewelers, High Point Notes: “The back of my van” got 16 votes BEST PLASTIC SURGEON First Place: Dr. W. Byron Barber, Barber Center for Plastic Surgery, Greensboro Runner-up: Dr. John A. Fagg, Forsyth Plastic Surgery, Winston-Salem Notes: Is there a “Dr. Footlong”? BEST CHIROPRACTOR First Place: Cobb Chiropractic, Greensboro Runner-up: Dr. Jonathon Locke, Locke Chiropractic, Winston-Salem Notes: “Dude that shot up Walker Ave.” got 13 votes BEST YOGA STUDIO First Place: Bikram Yoga, Triad-wide Runner-up: Triad Yoga Institute, Triad-wide Notes: Wii Fit got 27 votes. BEST HAIRSTYLIST First Place: Katy Loving, Midtown Salon & Spa, Reidsville Runner-up: Heather Kirby McKay, JCP Salon, Hanes Mall JC Penney’s, Winston-Salem Notes: By far our most popular category judging by the amount of nominees — interesting that the winner is in Reidsville, where we don’t even distribute papers. BEST MASSAGE THERAPIST First Place: Abigail Harris, Massage Envy, Greensboro Runner-up: Felicia Brown, Greensboro Notes: Very few inappropriate entries. We’re disappointed. BEST HAIR SALON First Place: Bliss & Co., High Point Runner-up: Fringe Salon & Spa; Kernersville Notes: The Triad’s biggest cities get shut out of this one. BEST TANNING SALON First Place: Got Sun, Greensboro Runner-up: Palm Beach Tan, Greensboro Notes: “You look orange” got 12 votes. BEST SPA First Place: Chakras, Greensboro Runner-up: Fringe Salon & Spa, kernersville Notes: “Do you mean SPAghetti?” BEST MANI/PEDI First Place: Balance Day Spa, Greensboro Runner-up: Chakras, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention for Gel Nails in Pfafftown BEST WAXING First Place: Fringe Salon & Spa, Kernersville Runner-up: Brow Lounge, Greensboro Notes: At Fringe, ask for Ashli BEST TATTOO/PIERCING STUDIO First Place: Albatross Tattoo, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Golden Spiral, Greensboro Notes: Man, there are a lot of tattoo shops around here. BEST BOOKSTORE First Place: Edward McKay’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Barnes & Noble, Triad-wide Notes: Honorable mention to Empire Books, Barnhill’s Books & Wine and Glenwood Coffee & Books BESTPLACE TO BUY A USED CAR First Place: Carmax, Triad-wide Runner-up: Flow Honda, Winston-Salem Notes: Last year’s winner, Rice Toyota, gets bumped. BEST PLACE TO BUY A NEW CAR First Place: Rice Toyota, Greensboro Runner-up: Crown Honda, Greensboro Notes: One reader advised driving to Maryland to save money on a new car. BEST AUTO-REPAIR SHOP First Place: AAA Car Care Center, Greensboro Runner-up: Cobb Automotive, Greensboro Notes: Another really popular category. People love their mechanics. BEST GAS STATION First Place: Sheetz, Triad-wide Runner-up: Costco Notes: “Best” means “cheapest” in this category; Sheetz won by hundreds of votes. BEST BANK First Place: Bank of Oak Ridge, Triad-wide Runner-up: High Point Bank, High Point Notes: Three credit unions, Truliant, Allegacy and NCSECU, scored in the Top 10 BEST WIRELESS SERVICE First Place: Verizon Runner-up: Boost Notes: People seem to hate wireless companies. BEST BICYCLE STORE First Place: Trek, Greensboro Runner-up: Cycles de Oro, Greensboro Notes: The Gate City corners the market for cyclists. BEST SPORTING GOODS First Place: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Triad-wide Runner-up: REI, Greensboro Notes: Liberty Tattoo? BEST VET/ANIMAL CLINIC First Place: Lawndale Veterinary Clinic, Greensboro Runner-up: Abri Veterinarian Hospital, Winston-Salem; Animal Ark, Clemmons Notes: Cat Clinic in Greensboro came in one vote shy. BEST PLACE TO BOARD YOUR PET First Place: Ruff Housing, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Lucky’s Pet Resort & Day Spa, Greensboro Notes: Most readers advised getting a pet sitter. BEST PLACE TO GROOM YOUR PET First Place: PetSmart, Triad-wide Runner-up: Ruff Housing, Winston-Salem Notes: Best business name: Petstravaganza in Kernersville BEST HOTEL First Place: Proximity Hotel, Greensboro Runner-up: O. Henry Hotel, Greensboro Notes: Quaintance-Weaver, FTW! BEST FLORIST First Place: Sedgefield Florist, Greensboro Runner-up: George K. Walker, Winston-Salem Notes: Our readers remind you that farmers markets have great flowers too. BEST GARDEN STORE First Place: New Garden Nursery, Greensboro Runner-up: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax Notes: Lowe’s outscored Home Depot in this one too. BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE First Place: Total Wine & More, Triad-wide Runner-up: Harris Teeter, Triad-wide Notes: Trader Joe’s, which does not yet exist in the Triad, placed third. BEST WINSTON-SALEM GROCERY First Place: Whole Foods Market Runner-up: The Fresh Market Notes: Our readers in Winston-Salem have great taste in grocery stores. BEST GREENSBORO GROCERY First Place: Harris Teeter Runner-up: Earth Fare Notes: Harris Teeter holds the title, but just barely. BEST HIGH POINT GROCERY First Place: Harris Teeter Runner-up: Aldi Notes: Thirty-seven people voted for Trader Joe’s, the subject of one of our April Fool’s pranks. BEST TRIAD GROCERY STORE First Place: Earth Fare, Greensboro Runner-up: The Fresh Market, Triad-wide Notes: A bit redundant, but remarkable because Earth Fare got more than 700 votes. BEST FARMERS MARKET First Place: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax Runner-up: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market Notes: These two gat far and away more votes than anyone else. BEST HOME MAINTENANCE First Place: Lowe’s Home Improvement, Triad-wide Runner-up: We Do It All Crew, Greensboro Notes: “Do it yourself got more than 27 percent of the vote. BEST NATURAL FOODS STORE First Place: Deep Roots Market, Greensboro Runner-up: Whole Foods Market, Triad-wide Notes: Earth Fare gets honorable mention. BEST BELLYDANCING First Place: Twisted Dance Studio, Greensboro Runner-up: Daliana Dance, Greensboro Notes: Contrary to some of our readers’ opinions, this is not a stupid category — hundreds of people voted for it. BEST WEDDING PLANNER First Place: Amy Grimes, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Tracy Griggs, Embassy Suites, Greensboro Notes: One percent of surveyed readers claim they are not getting married. Arts & Leisure BEST LOCAL AUTHOR First Place: Orson Scott Card Runner-up: Maya Angelou Notes: Inexplicably, CS Lewis, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, among other things, got 62 votes. BEST VISUAL ARTIST First Place: Bob Timberlake Runner-up: Houston Patton Notes: Winner Patton is a tattooist who works out of Kingpin Tattoo in Greensboro. BEST PHOTOGRAPHER First Place: Kyle Brown Runner-up: Scott Burton Notes: Votes were spread out in this one. You need to campaign, people! BEST MUSEUM First Place: The Natural Science Center, Greensboro Runner-up: Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro Notes: Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem gets an honorable mention. BEST ART GALLERY First Place: Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro Runner-up: Reynolda House, Winston-Salem Notes: “Anywhere in the Trade Street district” got 57 votes. BEST FREE WI-FI First Place: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: Panera, Triad-wide Notes: People love Darryl’s wi-fe. BEST PLACE FOR FAMILY FUN First Place: BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Natural Science Center, Greensboro Notes: Seventeen people voted for Christie’s Cabaret gentlemen’s club. BEST PLACE TO JOG First Place: Country Park, Greensboro Runner-up: Salem Lake, Winston-Salem Notes: “Why? Is someone chasing me?” BEST PLACE TO BIKE First Place: Salem Lake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Greensboro Greenway Notes: “Off the damn road,” 47 votes. BEST GYM First Place: Sportscenter Athletic Club, High Point Runner-up: The Rush Fitness, Triad-wide Notes: High Point? Really? BEST GOLF COURSE First Place: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons Runner-up: The Grandover, Greensboro Notes: Celebration Station got 13 votes. BEST TENNIS COURTS First Place: Hanes Park, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Lake Jeannette Swim & Tennis Club, Greensboro Notes: “Anywhere white people live” got 42 votes. Never heard of Arthur Ashe or the Williams sisters, readers? BEST PLACE TO GET MARRIED First Place: Castle McCulloch, Jamestown Runner-up: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons Notes: “Divorce attorney’s parking lot,” “Just say no” and “In your mind” all got some traction. BEST REASON TO LIVE IN THE TRIAD First Place: It’s location, equidistant from the mountains and the leach Runner-up: “For the community…it’s people, and all the wonderful opportunities and options.” Notes: We like “Cheaper than New York.” WORST STOPLIGHTS First Place: Wendover Avenue, Greensboro Runner-up: Battleground and Cornwallis, Greensboro Notes: Worst of Winston-Salem is Hanes Mall Boulevard BEST PLACE TO SEE WILDLIFE First Place: NC Zoo, Asheboro Runner-up: Hanging Rock State Park Notes: Not sure if zoo animals qualify as “wildlife,” but it sure got a lot of votes. BEST CITY PARK First Place: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons Runner-up: The Greensboro Arboretum Notes: Greensboro’s Center City Park comes in a close third. BEST PUBLIC POOL First Place: Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro Runner-up: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons Notes: The new Greensboro Aquatic Center got 47 votes in its first year running. Media BEST RADIO STATION First Place: 100.3 the Buzz Runner-up: 92.3 Rock 92 Notes: Internet and satellite stations are creeping into the top vote getters. Sign of the times? BEST MORNING SHOW First Place: “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Runner-up: “Murphy in the Morning,” 107.5 WKZL Notes: Clarey says he’ll be happy to come in and discuss this with Demm and Kelly later this week. BEST RADIO PERSONALITY First Place: Biggie, “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Runner-up: Chris Demm, “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Notes: Demm beats Chris Kelly by four votes. BEST BLOG First Place: Bye Bye Pie, byebyepie.typepad.com Runner-up: YES! Weekly blog, yesweeklyblog.blogspot.com Notes: The ladyblog beat us by more than 2 to 1 BEST LOCAL JOURNALIST First Place: Brian Clarey, YES! Weekly Runner-up: Bob Buckley, WGHP Fox 8 Notes: Ryan Snyder comes in a close third. BEST LOCAL PUBLICATION First Place: YES! Weekly Runner-up: The Rhinoceros Times Notes: We beat ’em by more than 300 votes, though in fairness this is a YES! Weekly readers’ poll. BEST TV NEWS First Place: WFMY News 2 Runner-up: WGHP Fox 8 Notes: News 2 takes it by more than 2 to 1. BEST MALE ANCHOR First Place: Cameron Kent, WXII News 12 Runner-up: Neil McNeil, WGHP Fox 8 Notes: How did Cindy Farmer get 11 votes in this category? BEST FEMALE TV ANCHOR First Place: Carol Andrews, WFMY News 2 Runner-up: Cindy Farmer, WGHP Fox 8 Notes: Snooki gets nine votes. BEST METEOROLOGIST First Place: Van Denton, WGHP Fox 8 Runner-up: Lanie Pope, WXII News 12 Notes: Sixteen people think Grant Gilmore of WFMY News 2 is “smokin’ hot.” BEST REASON TO PICK UP YES! WEEKLY First Place: Events Calendar Runner-up: It’s free Notes: People love them some free. BEST FACEBOOKER First Place: Biggie, “Two Guys Named Chris,” Rock 92 Runner-up: Clay JD Walker Notes: Lots of individual nominees means everyone thinks highly of their own Facebooking skills. Music BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE First Place: Ziggy’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Blind Tiger, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to the Garage in Winston-Salem BEST GREENSBORO VENUE First Place: The Blind Tiger Runner-up: Greene Street Club Notes: The Carolina Theatre places a close third. BEST WINSTON-SALEM VENUE First Place: Ziggy’s Runner-up: The Garage Notes: Winners garnered more than 1,000 votes apiece. The rest weren’t even close. BEST JUKEBOX First Place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Runner-up: New York Pizza, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is the Burke Street Pub BEST COVER BAND First Place: Big Daddy Mojo Runner-up: Unkle Ruckus Notes: Wow, there are a lot of cover bands around here. BEST HIP-HOP ACT First Place: Ed E. Ruger Runner-up: The Urban Sophisticates Notes: Take a lesson from tha Ruger, people — he campaigned long and hard on Facebook and got a ton of votes. BEST DJ First Place: DJ HEK YEH Runner-up: DJ Flipside Notes: DJ L in Japanese gets honorable mention. BEST ORIGINAL BAND First Place: Katelyn Marks Band Runner-up: Fuhnetik Love Notes: Between the Buried and Me is not a local band, but these guys got nominated for every single category in this whole survey. Every one. Give us a break. BEST NEW BAND First Place: A Band of Ghosts Runner-up: The Family Notes: What part of “new” do you guys not understand? GUITAR First Place: Daniel Seriff, Small Town Gossip Runner-up: Dusty Waring Notes: Got to be original and local to win in this one. BEST PERCUSSIONIST First Place: Blake Richardson, Between the Buried and Me, Glass Casket Runner-up: Jeremy Merritt, the Collective Notes: Besides playing in an actual local band, Glass Casket, Richardson lives in the Triad BEST BASSIST First Place: Dan Briggs, Between the Buried and Me, Trioscapes Runner-up: Bryan Tyndall, the Mantras Notes: See “Best Percussionist” BEST KEYBOARDIST First Place: Doug Davis Runner-up: Aubrey Shamel Notes: Two singer/songwriters make the grade. BEST SINGER First Place: Katelyn Marks Runner-up: Lauren Light Notes: The ladies take this one. Lisa Dames gets honorable mention. Politics BEST WINSTON-SALEM CITY COUNCIL MEMBER First Place: Dan Besse, Southwest Ward Runner-up: Molly Leight, South Ward Notes: Judging by the responses, Camel City politics make people angry. BEST GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL MEMBER First Place: Trudy Wade, District 5 Runner-up: Marikay Abuzuaiter, at large Notes: Elmo beat them both. BEST HIGH POINT CITY COUNCIL MEMBER First Place: Bernita Sims, Ward 1 Runner-up: N/A Notes: Not a lot of love for the High Point City Council. BEST GUILFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONER First Place: Billy Yow, vice chair Runner-up: Skip Alston, chair Notes: Our readers who don’t follow politics might not know how funny this is. BEST FORSYTH COUNTY COMMISSIONER First Place: Dave Plyler, at large Runner-up: Richard Linville, chair Notes: Batman got 30 votes. BEST USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS First Place: Schools Runner-up: The arts Notes: Well played, readers. WORST USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS First Place: Fighting gay marriage Runner-up: The War on Drugs Notes: The beef list touches on jails, incentives, construction projects, the Greensboro noise ordinance, council members’ legal bills and much, much more. Food & Drink BEST CHEF First Place: Will Kingery, Willow’s Bistro, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Leigh Hesling, Green Valley Grill and Print Works Bistro, Greensboro Notes: Two chefs from defunct restaurants got a lot of votes. BEST OF GREENSBORO First Place: The Melting Pot Runner-up: 1618 West Seafood Grill Notes: Phoenix Asian Cuisine gets honorable mention. BEST OF WINSTON-SALEM First Place: Bernardin’s Runner-up: Bleu Notes: Both places are owned by the same family, the Lees. BEST OF HIGH POINT First Place: Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery Runner-up: Blue Water Grill Notes: Far and away the best vote-getters. BEST MALE SERVER First Place: John Michael, Breakfast of Course, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Robert “Jaybird” Williams, Fincastle’s, Greensboro Notes: A close one. BEST FEMALE SERVER First Place: Amanda Salter, Bianca’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Tamis Brewer, Breakfast of Course; Aimee Terres, Mellow Mushroom Greensboro Notes: Another close race with lots of nominees. BEST NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT First Place: The Village Tavern, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Village Tavern, Greensboro Notes: A sweep by the Village Tavern! BEST JAPANESE First Place: Phoenix Asian Cuisine, Greensboro Runner-up: Kabuto, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is Sakura. BEST CHINESE First Place: Golden Wok, Greensboro Runner-up: Phoenix Asian Cuisine, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to PF Changs. BEST SUSHI First Place: Kabuto, Greensboro Runner-up: Sushi Republic, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is Downtown Sushi. BEST THAI First Place: Rearn Thai, Greensboro Runner-up: Downtown Thai, Winston-Salem Notes: Greensboro barely holds on to it’s edge this year. BEST CURRY First Place: Saffron, Greensboro Runner-up: Nawab, Winston-Salem Notes: A three-vote difference BEST VIETNAMESE First Place: Pho Hien Vuong, Greensboro Runner-up: Saigon, Greensboro Notes: Best of Winston-Salem is Wen Hwa. BEST IRISH First Place: Finnigan’s Wake, Winston-Salem Runner-up: M’Coul’s Public House, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to High Point’s the Claddagh. BEST GREEK First Place: Jack’s Corner Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: Mythos Grill, Greensboro Notes: Jack’s won big. BEST LATIN First Place: Mi Pueblo, Greensboro Runner-up: La Botana, Winston-Salem Notes: Lots of good choices this year. BEST MEXICAN First Place: La Fiesta, Greensboro Runner-up: San Luis, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to Greensboro’s Poblano’s. BEST ITALIAN First Place: CafÃ© Pasta, Greensboro Runner-up: The Pavilion, Greensboro Notes: CiCi’s Pizza is not an Italian restaurant. BEST DINER First Place: Jake’s Diner, Greensboro Runner-up: Fincastle’s, Greensboro Notes: Breakfast of Course gets Best of Winston-Salem. BEST BRUNCH First Place: Village Tavern, Triad-wide Runner-up: Breakfast of Course, Winston-Salem Notes: No one else was even close. BEST BISTRO First Place: Willow’s Bistro, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Print Works Bistro, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to Winston-Salem’s 6th & Vine and Greensboro’s Josephine’s Bistro. BEST SANDWICH First Place: Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Notes: Lots of good sandwiches in the Triad. BEST SUB First Place: Ghassan’s, Greensboro Runner-up: Jimmy John’s, Triad wide Notes: Best? Really? BEST STEAK First Place: Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Greensboro Runner-up: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Greensboro Notes: Twin City Chop House of Winston-Salem came very close. And please stop nominating Outback. BEST BARBECUE First Place: Carter Brothers, High Point Runner-up: Prissy Polly’s, Kernersville Notes: Barbecue is still the province of the Triad’s smaller communities, according to our readers. BEST PIZZA First Place: Mario’s Pizza, Greensboro Runner-up: The Mellow Mushroom, Triad-wide Notes: Honorable mention to Burke Street Pizza in Winston-Salem. BEST CONTINENTAL AFRICAN RESTAURANT First Place: Cleopatra’s, Greensboro Runner-up: African Continental Cuisine, Greensboro Notes: Obscure category lost on some readers. BEST VEGETARIAN MENU First Place: Boba House, Greensboro Runner-up: The Mellow Mushroom, Triad-wide Notes: Honorable mention to Breakfast of Course in Winston-Salem. BEST PLACE TO FEED THE FAMILY First Place: The Corner Slice, Greensboro Runner-up: CiCi’s Pizza, Triad-wide Notes: Kids love pizza. BEST DELIVERY First Place: Jimmy John’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Burke Street Pizza, Winston-Salem Notes: Speed matters. BEST BREAKFAST First Place: Breakfast of Course, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Smith Street Diner, Greensboro Notes: Breakfast of Course is crushing it this year. BEST LUNCH First Place: The District Rooftop Bar & Grill, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Five Guys, Triad-wide Notes: Lots of votes in this one. BEST BUFFET First Place: Golden Corral, Triad-wide Runner-up: China Buffet, Greensboro Notes: Whole Foods Market is Best of Winston-Salem. BEST DESSERTS First Place: Camino Bakery, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Cheesecakes by Alex, Greensboro Notes: Krispy Kreme? BEST SEAFOOD First Place: King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Jimmy’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Winston-Salem Notes: With the demise of Greensboro’s Bert’s, the seafood title moves west. BEST ROMANTIC DINNER First Place: Bernardin’s, Winston-Salem Runner-up: The Melting Pot, Greensboro Notes: Honorable mention to High Point’s Blue Water Grill. BEST PATIO/COURTYARD First Place: Darryl’s Wood-Fired Grill, Greensboro Runner-up: The Village Tavern, Triad-wide Notes: Look for a longer list of these coming out in YES! Weekly soon. BEST LATE-NIGHT MENU First Place: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Breakfast of Course, Winston-Salem Notes: Sometimes people go to IHOP. BEST CHEAP EATS First Place: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Carolina Diner, Greensboro; Fincastle’s, Greensboro Notes: Well done, readers. BEST HOT DOG First Place: Skippy’s Hot Dogs, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Yum Yum’s Better Ice Cream, Greensboro Notes: Skippy’s knocks Yum Yum’s down for the first time ever. BEST HAMBURGER First Place: Cook Out, Triad-wide Runner-up: Five Guys, Triad-wide Notes: Our readers prefer local company Cook Out to the Five Guys juggernaut. BEST FRENCH FRIES First Place: Five Guys, Triad-wide Runner-up: McDonald’s, Triad-wide Notes: Five Guys gets three times the vote of Mickey D’s. BEST WINGS First Place: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro Runner-up: East Coast Wings, Triad-wide Notes: More than 1,100 votes between the two of them. BEST FRIED CHICKEN First Place: Mrs. Winner’s, Triad-wide Runner-up: Mountain Fried Chicken Notes: Your mama’s house doesn’t count. BEST BAKERY First Place: Camino Bakery, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Dewey’s Bakery, Triad-wide Notes: Honorable mention to Greensboro’s Maxie B’s, Cheesecakes by Alex, Delicious and Spring Garden Bakery. BEST LOCAL COFFEE First Place: The Green Bean, Greensboro Runner-up: Krankies Coffee, Winston-Salem Notes: Our readers love their Starbucks, too. BEST BREWERY First Place: Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem Runner-up: Natty Greene’s, Greensboro Notes: A battle of titans, Foothills takes it by more than 120 votes. BEST MARTINI First Place: The Village Tavern, Triad-wide Runner-up: Tate’s Cocktails, Winston-Salem Notes: Two votes separated the winner from the runner-up. BEST WINE LIST First Place: 6th & Vine, Winston-Salem Runner-up: 1618 Wine Lounge, Greensboro Notes: Between the Buried and Me got two votes.