April 22, 2009 12:00

THE TRIAD'S BEST

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Reader’s Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again, when we mine the collective preferences of our readers and then print the results for all to see. We got more entries this year than ever before, thanks in large part to our new internet voting system at www.yesweekly.com, which took a lot of the pains out of voting — and also out of counting all those ballots. The system is still not perfect, but we’re learning more each year about how to improve the Best Of the Triad issue. And every year we lear more about the area we live in and the people — our readers — who live in it. Our readers are a creative and humorous bunch. For the category Best Late Night, two readers voted for “your mom.” Greensboro at-large city council member Sandra Anderson Groat was nominated for Best Gas Station and one internet wit decreed that Greensboro’s Best-Kept Secret was the fact that former mayor Jim Melvin actually runs the place.


On a more disturbing note, in the category for Best Forsyth County Commissioner, no sitting commissioner received a single vote. There were a few surprises this year. National chain restaurants fell from the top spots in many categories, and competition was fierce for Best Hairstylist, Best Neighborhood Bar,

Best Auto Repair Shop and, as always Best Female and Best Male Bartender. Also, YES! Weekly music writer beat me out for Best Local Journalist by more than a dozen votes.

As is usual, many bands, restaurants and individuals attempted to stuff the ballot box, resulting in a contest that measures more marketing skill and networking prowess than actual excellence. It was more difficult this year, as the internet voting system allowed just one ballot per IP address, but it was still practiced widely. And hey, if the whole thing is just one big popularity contest — and it is — then getting your fans to show up and vote counts for something.

Our favorite self-promoter for 2009 is the band Children of Karma, which has yet to play a gig but still managed a few mentions in nearly every category that even remotely applied.

Here’s your free press, fellas. Now go out and book something with it. As always, the results of the readers’ poll reflects not the opinion of YES! Weekly staff, but of the thousands and thousands of people who read it every week. So if you disagree with the results of our readers’ poll, write us a letter letting us know why. Or, even better, remember to vote next year when we do it all over again. — Brian Clarey

NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT

Best Female Bartender First place: Jade Moore; Big Shotz Tavern; Clemmons Second Place: Rachel Martel, Stumble Stilskins, Greensboro

Best Male Bartender First place: Rowe Piper, Vintage 301, Greensboro Second place: Josh Penn; Greene Street, Greensboro

Best New Club/Bar First place: Club Oasis, Winston-Salem Second place: Bar 40, Greensboro

Best Dance Club First place: Inferno, Greensboro Second place: Greene Street, Greensboro Honorable mention: Warehouse 29, Greensboro

Best Club for Hooking Up First place: Greene Street, Greensboro Second place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Honorable Mention: Corner Bar, Greensboro

Best Club/Bar to end the night First place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Second place: Greene Street, Greensboro

Best Dive Bar First place: The Silver Moon Saloon, Winston-Salem Second place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro

Best Sports Bar First place: Coopers Ale House, Greensboro Second place: The Box Seat, Sedgefield

Best College Bar First place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro Second place: Old Towne, Greensboro

Best Neighborhood Bar
First place: The Clubhouse, Greensboro
Second place: NY Pizza, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Fisher’s Grill, Greensboro

Best Place to Shoot Pool
First place: Jake’s Billiards, Greensboro
Second Place: Gate City Billiards, Greensboro

Best Beer Selection
First place: Coopers Ale House, Greensboro
Second place: Foothills Brewery, Winston-Salem

Best Martini
First place: 6 th & Vine, Winston-Salem
Second place: Much, Greensboro; The Mixx, Greensboro
(tie)

Best Movie Theater
First place: The Grande, Greensboro
Second place: The Palladium, High Point
Honorable mention: The Carousel Theater, Greensboro

Best Live Theater Venue
First place: Carolina Theater, Greensboro
Second place: Triad Stage, Greensboro
Honorable mention: The Stevens Center, Winston-Salem

GOODS & SERVICES

Best Local Men’s Clothing Store
First place: Target
Second place: Banana Republic

Best Local Women’s Clothing Store
First place: The Destination, Greensboro
Second place: Poshh Boutique, High Point

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store
First place: Gap Kids
Second place: Old Navy
Honorable mention: Once Upon A Child

Best Shoe Store
First place: DSW, Greensboro
Second place: SRI, Greensboro

Best Hardware Store
First Place: Lowes Home Imrovement
Second place Home Depot
Honorable mention: Holliday Hardware, Greensboro

Best Place to Buy Vintage/Consignment Clothes
First place: Design Archives, Greensboro
Second place: Goodwill
Honorable mention: Carolina Thrift, Greensboro

Best Place to Buy Furniture
First place: Rooms to Go
Second place: Habitat ReStore, Greensboro

Best Antique Store
First place: Thrill of the Hunt, Greensboro
Second place: Lewis Street Antiques, Greensboro

Kept Secret
First place: Eclectic By Nature, Greensboro
Second place: The Pipe & Pint, Greensboro

Best Frame Shop
First place: HangUps, High Point
Second place: The Artery, Greensboro

Best Jeweler
First place: Schiffmans Jewelers, Greensboro
Second place: Cass Jewelers, Greensboro

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Best Plastic Surgeon
First place: Dr. David C. Best, Perfect Yourself, Greensboro
Second place: Dr. W. Byron Barber II, Barber Center for
Plastic Surgery, Greensboro

Best Chiropractor
First place: Dr Aaron Williams, Williams Chiropractic
Clinic, Greensboro
Second place: Dr. Brad Buxton, Buxton Chiropractic,
Greensboro

Best Yoga Class
First place: Yoga Caf,
Second place: Mind|Body|Fitness Yoga, Greensboro

Best Hairstylist
First place: Kyle Britt, independent, Greensboro
Second place: Lauren Faulkner, Scissorhands Hair Studio,
Kernersville

Best Massage Therapist
First place: Holly Sofley, Bodies Kneaded Massage
Therapy, Greensboro
Second place: James Nagel, Salama Chiropractic Center,
Winston-Salem

Best Hair Salon
First place: Chakras, Greensboro
Second place: Indigo, Greensboro

Best Tanning Salon
First place: Got Sun, Triad
Second place: Tahiti Tan , Greensboro

Best Spa
First place: Chakras, Greensboro
Second place: Balance Day Spa, Greensboro

Best Tattoo Parlor and/or Piercing Studio
First place: Little John’s Tattoo Shop, Greensboro
Second place: Liberty Tattoo, Winston-Salem

Best Book Store
First place: Edward McKay, Triad
Second place: Barnes & Noble, Triad

Best Place to Buy a Pre-owned Car

First Place: Carmax, Triad
Second place: eBay
Honorable mention: Rice Toyota, Greensboro

Best Place to Buy a New car
First place: Rice Toyota, Greensboro
Second place: Crown Honda, Greensboro

Best Auto Repair Shop
First place: Avery Body Shop, Greensboro
Second place: Baker Automotive, Greensboro

Best Gas Station
First place: Sheetz
Second place: Great Stops

Best Home Maintenance/Repair Company
First place: Pikes Home Maintenance, Triad
Second place: RBM Servcies, Triad

Best Bank
First place: Wachovia
Second place: Community One

Best Wireless Service
First place: Verizon
Second place: AT&T

Best Place to Buy Wine
First place: Total Wine & More, Greensboro, High Point
Second place: Wine Warehouse, Greensboro

Best Winston-Salem Grocery Store
First place: Whole Foods Market
Second place: Harris Teeter

Best Greensboro Grocery Store
First place: Harris Teeter
Second place: Earth Fare

Best High Point Grocery Store
First place: Harris Teeter
Second place: Food Lion

Best Farmers Market
First Place: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
Second place: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market

Best Place to Buy Fresh Produce

First place: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
Second place: Fresh Market, Greensboro

Best Florist
First place: George K Walker Florist, Winston-Salem
Second place: Clemmons Florist, Clemmons
Honorable mention: Plants & Answers, Greensboro

Best Natural Food Store
First place: Deep Roots Market, Greensboro
Second place: Earth Fare, Greensboro

RECREATION
Best Sporting Goods Store
First place: Dicks Sporting Goods, Triad
Second place: Omega Sports, Triad

Best Bicycle Store
First place: Re:Cycles, Greensboro
Second place: Cycles De Oro, Greensboro

Best Free Wi-Fi
First place: The Green Bean, Greensboro
Second place: Panera Bread, Triad

Best Place For Family Fun
First place: Grasshoppers games at NewBridge Bank
Park, Greensboro
Second place: Natural Science Center, Greensboro
Honorable mention: NC Zoo, Asheboro

Best Place to Jog
First place: Country Park, Greensboro
Second place: Guilford Courthouse Military Park,
Greensboro

Best Gym
First place: Rush Fitness, Triad
Second place: YMCA, Triad

Best Golf Course
First place: The Grandover, Greensboro
Second place: Starmount Country Club, Greensboro;
Bryan Park, Greensboro (tie)

Best Tennis Courts
First place: Starmount Country Club, Greensboro

Second place: Sedgefield Country Club

Best Vet/Animal Clinic
First place: Lawndale Animal Hospital, Greensboro
Second place: Guilford-Jamestown Veterinary Hospital,
Jamestown

Best Place to Board your Pet
First place: Dog Days, Greensboro
Second place: Best Friends Bed & Biscuit, Greensboro

Best Place to Groom Your Pet
First place: Guilford-Jamestown Veterinary Hospital,
Jamestown
Second place: Mount Tabor Boarding & Grooming,
Winston-Salem

Best Hotel
First place: Proximity Hotel, Greensboro
Second place: O Henry Hotel, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Grandover Resort, Greensboro

Best Garden Store
First place: New Garden Nursery, Greensboro
Second place: River Twist - Jamestown

ARTS

Best Author
First place: Orson Scott Card
Second place: Nicholas Sparks

Best Local Visual Artist
First place: Jeff Thrower, photography, Winston-Salem
Second place: Julie McKnight, stained glass, Greensboro

Best Museum
First place: Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG
Second place: Greensboro Historical Museum

Best Art Gallery
First place: Lyndon Street Artworks, Greensboro
Second place: SECCA, Winston-Salem

CITY LIFE

Best Reason to Live in the Triad
First place: The people
Second place: Right between the mountains and the
beach

Worst Stoplights
First place: All along Wendover Avenue, Greensboro
Second place: The corner of Holden and High Point roads
Honorable mention: Stratford Avenue and Hanes Mall
Boulevard

Best Place to Get Married
First place: Castle McCulloch, Jamestown
Second place: Kress Terrace, Greensboro

MEDIA

Best Radio Station
First place: 107.5 WKZL
Second place: 92.3 Rock 92

Best Morning Show
First place: “Two Guys Named Chris”, Rock 92
Second place: “Murphy in the Morning”, 107.5 WKZL

Best DJ
First place: Jeff Wicker, 98.7 Simon
Second place: Angie Ward, 104.1 WQTR

Best Blog
First place: The YES! Weekly Blog, yesweekly.blogspot.
com
Second place: Scott Lefaice, lefaive.wordpress.com
Honorable mention: Triad Media Watch, triadmediawatch.blogspot.com;
Ed Cone, edcone.typepad.
com/wordup

Best Local Journalist
First place: Ryan Snyder, YES! Weekly
Second place: Brian Clarey, YES! Weekly
Best Local Publication
First place: YES! Weekly
Second place: The Rhinoceros Times

Best TV News
First place: Fox 8
Second place: WFMY

Best Male TV Anchor
First place: Cameron Kent, WXII
Second place: Neil McNeil, Fox *

Best Female TV Anchor
First place: Julie Luck, Fox 8
Second place: Wanda Stark WXII
Honorable mention: Cindy Farmer, Fox 8

Best Weather Person
First place: Jenny Stencel, WXII
Second place: Eric Chilton, WFMY

Best Reason to pick up YES! Weekly
First place: Events listing
Second place: Music coverage

MUSIC

Best Live Music Venue, Greensboro
First place: Greene Street
Second place: The Blind Tiger

Best Live Music Venue, Winston-Salem
First place: The Garage
Second place: Werehouse

Best Jukebox
First place: College Hill Sundries, Greensboro
Second place: Fincastle’s

Best Karaoke
First place: Hams, Triad
Second place: The Green Burro,
Greensboro

Best Local Cover Band
First place: The Breakfast Club
Second place: 90 Proof

Best Local Hip-Hop Act
First place: Ed E Ruger
Second place: Urban Sophistictes

Best Performance DJ
First place: DJ Frenzy
Second place: DJ Polo

Best Americana Band
First place: Old Southern Moonshine
Revival
Second place: Old Stone Revue

Best New band
First place: Farewell
Second place: 90 Proof

Best Guitarist
First place: Kevin Carter, Farewell
Second place: Sam Robinson,
Sam Robinson & the
Five-Gallon Groove

Best Percussionist
First place: Chris Phillips, the
Nondenoms
Second place: Joey Barnes,
Daughtry

Best Singer
First place: Jonathon Timber,
Curve the Chaos
Second place: Evan Olson

Best Bassist
First place: Chris Carroll, various
Second place: Jeff Lynn, House of Fools

GOVERNMENT

Best City Council Member, Winston-Salem
First place: Joycelyn Johnson
Second place: Dan Besse

Best City Council Member, Greensboro
First place: Mike Barber
Second place: Zack Matheny

Best Alderman, High Point
First place: Latimer Alexander

Best County Commissioner, Guilford
First place: Billy Yow

Best County Commissioner, Forsyth
First place: N/A

RESTAURANTS

Best of Greensboro
First place: Vintage 301
Second place: Green Valley Grill

Best of Winston-Salem
First place: Foothills Brewery
Second place: 6 th & vine
Honorable mention: Sweet Potatoes

Best of High Point
First place: Liberty Steakhouse
Second place: Nobles

Best Chef
First place: Chef Ben Sullivan, Vintage 301, Greensboro
Second place: Chef Andy Furness, Ganache, Greensboro

Best Asian Food
First place: PF Changs China Bistro, Greensboro
Second place: Phoenix Asian Cuisine, Greensboro

Best Sushi
First place: Sushi Republic, Greensboro
Second place: US Sushi, High Point, Greensboro

Best Italian
First place: Marios Pizza, Greensboro
Second place: Elizabeth’s Pizza, Tria

Best Brunch
First place: Village Tavern, Greensboro, Winston-Salem
Second place: Green Valley Grill, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Lucky 32

Best Bistro
First place: Bistro Sofia, Greensboro
Second place: Print Works Bistro, Greensboro

Best Sandwich
First place: Jimmy John’s, Triad
Second place: First Carolina Deli, Greensboro

Best Sub
First place: Jimmy John’s, Triad
Second place: Ghassan’s, Greensboro

Best Steak
First place: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Greensboro
Second place: Chop House, Triad

Best BBQ
First place: Stameys, Greensboro
Second place: Carter Brothers Barbecue & Ribs,
High Point

Best Pizza
First place: Mario’s Pizza, Greensboro
Second place: Mellow Mushroom, Greensboro,
Winston-Salem

Best Coffee
First place: Krankies, Winston-Salem
Second place: Tate Street Coffee, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Brew Nerds, Winston-Salem

Best Male Server
First place: Robert “Jaybird” Williams, Fincastle’s,
Greensboro
Second place: Andrew Parsons, Gate City Chop
House, Greensboro

Best Female Server
First place: Angie Parham, Hooters, Winston-
Salem

Second place: Mairen Hughes, Fincastle’s/Mellow
Mushroom, Greensboro

Best Neighborhood Restaurant
First place: Fishbones, Greensboro
Second place: Lindley Park Filling Station,
Greensboro

Best Vegetarians Menu
First place: Boba House, Greensboro

Best Place to Feed Entire Family
First place: CiCis Pizza, Triad
Second place: Mellow MushroomHonorable mention:
Brixx Pizza, Greensboro

Best Patio/Courtyard
First place: Green Valley Grill, Greensboro
Second place: Caf Europa, Greensboro

Best Breakfast
First place: Jake’s Diner, Greensboro
Second place: Smith Street Diner

Best Late-Night Eats
First place: Cookout, Triad
Second place: Jake’s Diner, Greensboro; Your
House, Greensboro (tie)

Best Cheap Eats
First place: Cookout, Triad
Second place: Ham’s, Triad

Best Buffets
First place: Golden Corral, Triad
Second place: Taste of Thai, Greensboro

Best Dessert
First place: Ganache, Greensboro
Second place: Cheesecakes by Alex, Greensboro

Best Delivery
First place: Jimmy John’s, Triad

Second place: Pastabilities, Greensboro

Best Lunch
First place: Fincastle’s
Second place: Ghassan’s
Honorable mention: Natty Greene’s, Greensboro;
6th & Vine, Winston-Salem

Best Hot Dog
First place: Yum Yum’s, Greensboro
Second place: Cookout, Triad

Best Hamburger
First place: Cookout, Triad
Best Second place: Fincastle’s, Greensboro

Best French Fries
First place: Cookout, Triad
Second place: Chick-fil-A, Triad

Best Wings
First place: Wild Wing Caf, Winston-Salem
Second place: East Coast Wings, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Cooper’s Ale House, Greensboro
Best Bakery
First place: Ganache Bakery & Caf, Greensboro
Second place: Simple Kneads, Greensboro
Honorable mention: Spring Garden Bakery,
Greensboro

Best Seafood
First place: Bert’s Seafood Grille, Greensboro
Second place: The Black Pearl, Greensboro

Best Romantic Dinner
First place: The Melting Pot, Greensboro
Second place: Vintage 301, Greensboro

Best Wine list
First place: Vintage 301, Greensboro
Second place: 6 th & Vine, Winston-Salem

Jade Moore of Big Shotz Tavern is voted Best Female Bartender in the Triad

 

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got; Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot; Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go; Where everybody knows your name; and they’re always glad you came.

Jade Moore is a flurry of activity, even on a Wednesday night. With one eye on the door, Moore mixes martinis, pours beer and takes food orders while helping manage a very busy bar at Big Shotz Tavern in Clemmons. Moore’s ability to multi-task is just one of the reasons she was voted Best Female Bartender in the Triad by YES! Weekly readers. Moore admits she’s obsessed with ensuring each and every person who comes into Big Shotz feels like a member of her extended family. And with Moore, the sentiment is sincere. It comes from the heart.

“I’ve worked in sports bars; I’ve worked in fine dining. I’ve worked in night clubs and I think I’m the happiest here that I’ve ever been because it is like a family,” Moore said. “I’m a very social person by nature. That helps a lot too because I do a lot of the events here.” On Tuesday nights, Moore hosts Brain Freeze Trivia at Big Shotz. She said acting as master of ceremonies gives her an outlet for her expressive personality.

“I’m kind of smart-mouthed and people like that,” Moore said. However, Moore’s reputation has less to do with her sharp tongue than her ability to anticipate a customer’s needs.

“When she spots you coming in the door, typically she meets you at the table before you ever sit down,” said Steve Schough, a Big Shotz regular. “That’s not just [me], that’s anybody. She’s just observant about what’s going on in the dining room; you never have to wait on anything.

“When you come here, you get a good warm fuzzy feeling so you come back. It’s like the Cheers bar.” Debbie Schough can hear the famous “Cheers” television theme running through her mind every time she walks into the bar at Big Shotz.

“You can go very few places anymore where people know your name. [Jade] knows our name, she knows what we like to eat, she’s friendly, she’s attentive,” Schough said. “It feels like we’re at home.” There’s been very little turnover in Big Shotz’s wait and bar staff since the establishment opened four years ago, which could explain why customers rave over the exceptional customer receive they receive from Moore and her colleagues. Moore gives all credit to restaurant owners Betty Ashby and John Edwards for instilling a philosophy that focuses on customer care, while creating a family environment for employees.

Ashby said the admiration is mutual. “Jade is unique. She’s a crazy, wild personality and I think that’s why the guests love her because you never know what you’re going to get with Jade,” Ashby said. “She makes good drinks but she’s very entertaining and that’s why they love her.” Ashby said it’s not unusual to see Moore dancing down the back of the bar and singing to the music playing over the loudspeakers. Despite her irrepressible playfulness, Moore literally pours her heart into her job, Ashby said. Other regular customers didn’t hesitate to say Moore is one of the hardest working bartenders they’ve ever seen, and definitely the neatest barkeep in the land. Moore admits she’s a bit compulsive about keeping the bar fully stocked and in perfect order.

“They all pick on me because I am constantly going behind people and constantly straightening things up,” Moore said.

She attributes her obsession with neatness to her perfectionist nature.

“If I do something wrong I am torn up for a week. [My colleagues] know I get stressed out if I screw up,” she said. “But I’d rather prepare for 100 people and have only 10 show up than prepare for 10 and have 100 walk through the door.” Serving drinks and great food from a perfectly ordered bar represents a fraction of Moore’s range of duties. Like all bartenders, Jade serves as friend, psychologist and confidante to her customers, whom she all considers close friends — just one of the reasons she earned the title Best Female Bartender in the Triad.

“I know everybody’s dirty little secrets. I know where the bodies are buried,” she said.

Jade Moore of Big Shotz Tavern in Clemmons pours a drink.

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