Triad’s Best 2008: You voted. Here are the results.


Entertainment & nightlife

Best female bartender:

Amber Dellinger, Greene Street Club, 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111;

Best male bartender:

Mike Scalzo, Cooper’s Ale House; 5340 W. Market St., Greensboro; 336.294.0575;

Best new club

Rider’s Oasis, 2105 Peter’s Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem; 336.251.4703;

Best dive bar

The Flatiron; 221 Summit Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.7774.

Best dance club

The N Club; 117 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.333.9300

Best sports bar:

Shooters; 3808 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.851.2432

Best college bar

College Hill Sundries; 900 Spring Garden St., Greensboro; 336.370.1372

Best neighborhood bar

Fisher’s Grille; 608 N. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.275.8300;

Best place to shoot pool

Shooters; 3808 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.851.2432

Best beer selection

Natty Greene’s; 345 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.1373;

Best movie theater

The Grande; 3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro; 336.808.7800

Best live theater venue

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605;

Best male local theater actor

Preston Lane, Greensboro

Best female local theater actor

Tie: Heather Pike, Amanda Bakertane, Terry Christian, Sherry Tisdale, Sheri Masley, Michelle Jefferson

Goods & services

Best men’s clothing store

Tie: S&K and Target

Women’s clothing store

Rebecca & Co.; 1721 Huntington Road, Greensboro; 336.574.3626;

Shoe store

SRI Shoe Warehouse; 4209-B High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.294.9030;

Best thrift clothing store


Best place to buy furniture

Tie: Habitat Restore; 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.851.2929;

Furniture Land South; 5635 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown; 336.822.3000; furniturelandsouth.

Best kept secret

Habitat Restore; 3826 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.851.2929;

Best jeweler

Hayes Jewelers; 903 Winston Road, Lexington; 336.248.6600;

Best plastic surgeon

Dr. W. Byron Barber II; 1591 Yanceyville St., Suite 100, Greensboro; 336.275.3430

Best chiropractor

Dr. Russell A. Cobb; 1001 N. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.275.0836;

Best yoga class

Triad Yoga Institute; 1712 Spring Garden St. and 515 College Road, Greensboro; 336.275.6622

Best hair salon

Chakras Spa by Penache; 229 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.0862;

Best tanning

Got Sun; Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Clemmons;

Best spa

Balance Day Spa; 2138 B Lawndale, Greensboro; 336.574.2556;

Best tattoo/piercing

Little Johns: 2910 Battleground Ave., Greensboro, 336.540.9840;

Best bookstore

Barnes & Noble;

Best bank


Best grocery store

Harris Teeter;

Best produce

Piedmont Triad Farmers Market; 2914 Sandy Ridge Road, Colfax; 336.605.9157;

Best natural food store

The Fresh Market;

Best cell phone provider


Best bicycle store

Paul’s Schwinn; 2405 Buchanan St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1002;

Best hotel

The O’Henry; 624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro; 336.854.2000;

Best florist

George K. Walker Florist; 2017 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem; 888.614.5125;


Best author

Jerry Bledsoe

Best local visual artist

Tie: Chris Hams, Duane Cyrus, Emmett Williams, Bill Mangum, Charles Walker

Best museum

Tie: Weatherspoon Art Museum; Spring Garden and Tate streets; 336.334.5770;; Greensboro Children’s Museum; 220 N. Church St., Greensboro; 336.574.2898;

Best art gallery

Marshall Gallery; 301 Pisgah Church Road, Greensboro; 336.545.8268;

Best place to jog

Tanglewood Park; 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons; 336.778.630;

Best gym

Gold’s Gym;

Best reason to live in the Triad

The weather

Worst traffic

Wendover Avenue, Greensboro


Best radio station

107.5 WKZL

Best morning radio show

“Murphy in the Morning”; 107.5 WKZL

Best broadcast DJ

Chris Demm; “Two Guys Named Chris”; Rock 92

Best blog

Ed Cone, WordUp;

Best local journalist

Jordan Green; YES! Weekly

Best local publication

Yes! Weekly

Best TV news


Best male anchor

Cameron Kent, WXII

Best female anchor

Julie Luck, Fox 8

Best reasons to pick up Yes! Weekly

Music/concert calendar


Best live original music venue

Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111;

Best jukebox

Fincastle’s; 215 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.8968;

Best karaoke


Best local band:

The Breakfast Club;

Best local hip hop:

The Urban Sophisticates;

Best guitarist:

Franklin Kane;

Best percussionist:

Scotty Irving;

Best singer

Evan Olson;

Best bassist:

Chris Jackson;


Best Winston-Salem city council member

Dan Besse

Best Greensboro city council member

Tie: Mike Barber, Mary Rakestraw, Zack Matheny

Best High Point alderman

Lisa Stahlman

Best Guilford County commissioner

Billy Yow

Best Triad law enforcement officer

Greensboro police Chief Tim Bellamy

Most verbose politician:

Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston

Best community environmental activist

Winston-Salem City Councilman Dan Besse

Best public spat:

Anything to do with Greensboro City Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small


Best Greensboro restaurant

The Olive Garden; 3000 High Point Road, Greensboro; 336.854.7094

Best Winston-Salem restaurant

The Village Tavern; 200 Griffith Road, Winston-Salem; 336.760.8686;

Best High Point restaurant

Nobles of High Point; 101 S. Main St., High Point; 336.889.3354

Best chef

Jason Jones, 223 South Elm; 223 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.3331;

Best Asian restaurant

Phoenix Asian Cuisine; 1641 New Garden Road, Greensboro; 336.855.5158;

Best sushi restaurant

US Sushi; 619 Friendly Center Road; 336.854.7854; 2531 Eastchester Drive, High Point; 336.841.5858;

Best Italian restaurant

Carrabas Italian Grill;

Best brunch

Panera Bread;

Best sandwich


Best Mexican restaurant

San Luis Restaurant; 1503 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.851.2158

Best steak:

Ruth’s Chris Steak House; 800 Green Valley Road, Greensboro; 336.574.1515;

Best sub:


Best barbecue

Carter Brothers Barbecue, Chicken & Ribs; 2305 N. Main St., High Point; 336.869.9948; 3802 Samet Drive, High Point; 336.841.2241;

Best pizza:

Mario’s Pizza; 1575 New Garden Road, Greensboro; 336.316.1119; 4215 W. Wendover Ave.; 336.632.0072;

Best coffee:


Best male server

Tie: Michel Bennington; Print Works Bistro; 702 Green Valley Road, Greensboro; 336.379.0699;; Blaine Biggs; PF Chang’s; 3338 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro; 336.291.1302;

Best female server

Brandy Baysinger, Pastabilities; 1726 Battleground Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.7823

Best vegetarian menu

Taste of Thai; 1500 Mill St., Greensboro; 336.273.1318; 2505 Battleground Ave., Greensboro; 336.346 0867

Best place to feed entire family:

Don Juan’s; 201 Century Blvd., Kernersville; 336.996.6733

43 Talbert Boulevard, Lexington; 336.249.3328

Best Patio

Natty Greene’s; 345 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.1373;

Best breakfast:

Tex & Shirley’s; 708 Pembroke Road; Greensboro; 336.299.9315; 4005 Precision Way, High Point; 336.882.4005;

Best late night eats

The Waffle House;

Best cheap eats:

Taco Bell;

Best buffet

Golden Corral;

Best desserts

Sebastian’s Dessertery; 2858 Park Place, Greensboro; 336.282.6008

Best delivery

New York Pizza; 337 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.272.8953

Best hot dog:

Yum Yum Better Ice Cream; 1219 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro; 336.272.8284

Best hamburger:

Cook Out

Best french fries:


Best wings

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar;

Best bakery

Deweys Bakery;

Best seafood restaurant

Bert’s Seafood Grille; 4608 W Market St., Greensboro; 336.854.2314;

Best romantic dinner

The Chop House; 106 S. Holden Road, Greensboro; 336.294.9977; 115 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.748.8600;

Best martini

Solaris Tapas Restaurant; 125 Summit Ave., Greensboro; 336.378.0198

Best margarita:

Margaritas Grill; 221 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.230.2130

Best wine list

Cities Grill and Bar; 2438 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem; 336.165.9027;