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Readers' Choice Contest Dallas 2013 -

Dallas Observer readers went wild this year, coming out in large numbers to give us their picks for the best food, drink, shopping, nightlife and culture in Big D. That should make this year's Readers' Choice Contest winners feel especially proud. Congrats to you all. Dallas likes you. They really, really like you. And if you don't see your favorite place on this list, stay tuned. We'll have plenty more to say about the greatest things in Big D on our blogs.


FOOD & DRINK

BEST BAKERY
Casa Linda Bakery
10819 Garland Road
214-321-0355
casalindabakerydallas.com

BEST BARBECUE
Pecan Lodge
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
214-748-8900
pecanlodge.com

BEST BEER SELECTION
Flying Saucer Draft Emporium
14999 Montfort Drive
972-934-2537
beerknurd.com

BEST BREAKFAST
Cafe Brazil
Multiple locations
cafebrazil.com

BEST BURGER
Twisted Root Burger Co.
Multiple locations
twistedrootburgerco.com

BEST CHEF
Kent Rathbun
kentrathbun.com

BEST CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK
Babe's Chicken Dinner House
Multiple locations
babeschicken.com

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
PF Chang's
Multiple locations
pfchangs.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP
Starbucks
Multiple locations
starbucks.com

BEST FRIED CHICKEN
Babe's Chicken Dinner House
Multiple locations
babeschicken.com

BEST GREEK RESTAURANT
Kostas Cafe
Multiple locations
kostascafe.com

BEST HOT DOG
Angry Dog
2726 Commerce St.
214-741-4406
angrydog.com

BEST ICE CREAM
Paciugo
Multiple locations
paciugo.com

BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT
Kalachandji's Palace & Restaurant
5430 Gurley Ave.
214-821-1048
kalachandjis.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Campisi's
Multiple locations
campisis.us

BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT
Cafe Brazil
Multiple locations
cafebrazil.com

BEST BREWERY
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
2823 St. Louis St.
214-888-3322
deepellumbrewing.com

BEST MAC AND CHEESE
The Porch
2912 N. Henderson Ave.
214-828-2916
theporchrestaurant.com

BEST MARGARITA
Gloria's
Multiple locations
gloriasrestaurants.com

BEST MARTINI
Cosmo's Bar & Lounge
1212 Skillman St.
214-826-4200
cosmosbar.com

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT
Ali Baba
1901 Abrams Road
214-823-8235
alibabamedgrill.com

BEST NEW RESTAURANT
Boulevardier
408 N. Bishop Ave.
214-942-1828
dallasboulevardier.com

BEST PIZZA
Il Cane Rosso
2612 Commerce St., 214-660-3644
7328 Gaston Ave., Suite 100,
214-660-3644
ilcanerosso.com

BEST RESTAURANT FOR KIDS
Rainforest Cafe
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
972-539-5001
rainforestcafe.com

BEST SALAD
eatZi's Market & Bakery
3403 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-526-1515
5600 W. Lovers Lane
214-358-3100
eatzis.com

BEST SALSA
El Fenix
Multiple locations
elfenix.com

BEST SANDWICH
Jimmy's Food Store
4901 Bryan St.
214-823-6180
jimmysfoodstore.com

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
Multiple locations
pappadeaux.com

BEST STEAKHOUSE
Bob's Steak & Chop House
4300 Lemmon Ave.
214-528-9446
555 S. Lamar St.
214-652-4800
bobs-steakandchop.com

BEST BRUNCH
Blue Mesa Grill
Multiple locations
bluemesagrill.com

BEST SUSHI
Deep Sushi
2624 Elm St.
214-651-1177
deepsushi.com

BEST TAQUERIA
Torchy's Tacos
Multiple locations
torchystacos.com

BEST TEX-MEX
Chuy's Mexican Restaurant
4554 McKinney Ave., 214-559-2489
chuys.com

BEST THAI RESTAURANT
Royal Thai
5500 Greenville Ave.
214-691-3555
royalthaitexas.com

BEST VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN
Cosmic Cafe
2912 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-521-6157
cosmiccafedallas.com

BEST BARTENDER
Gabe Sanchez
Black Swan Saloon
2708 Elm St.
214-749-4848
blackswansaloon.com

BEST OUTDOOR PATIO OR DECK
Katy Trail Ice House
3136B Routh St.
214-468-0600
katyicehouse.com

BEST LATE-NIGHT RESTAURANT
Cafe Brazil
Multiple locations
cafebrazil.com

BEST HAPPY HOUR
The Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Ave.
214-824-7900
libertinebar.com

BEST LOCAL FARMER
Urban Acres
1301B W. Davis St.
469-248-2270
urbanacresmarket.com

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BEST BLUES BAR
Poor David's Pub
1313 S. Lamar St.
214-565-1295
poordavidspub.com

BEST CLUB DJ
DJ Sober

BEST KARAOKE
Double-Wide
3510 Commerce St.
214-887-6510
thedoublewidebar.com

BEST DANCE CLUB
It'll Do Dallas
4322 Elm St.
214-827-0262

BEST DIVE BAR
Lee Harvey's
1807 Gould St.
214-428-1555
leeharveys.com

BEST GAY BAR
The Grapevine Bar
3902 Maple Ave.
214-522-8466
grapevinebar.com

BEST HONKY-TONK
Adair's Saloon
2624 Commerce St.
214-939-9900
adairssaloon.com

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
Granada Theater
3524 Greenville Ave.
214-824-9933
granadatheater.com

BEST NEW BAR
Twilite Lounge
2640 Elm St.
214-741-2121
thetwilitelounge.com

BEST ROCK BAR
Trees
2709 Elm St.
214-741-1122
treesdallas.com

BEST SPORTS BAR
Stan's Blue Note
2908 Greenville Ave.
214-827-1977

BEST STRIP CLUB
The Lodge
10530 Spangler Road
214-506-9229
the-lodge.com

BEST ART GALLERY
Kettle Art Gallery
2650-B Main St.
kettleart.com

BEST ART-RELATED EVENT
Deep Ellum Arts Festival

BEST DALLAS BLOG
Central Track
centraltrack.com

BEST EXHIBITION
Chihuly
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
214-515-6500
dallasarboretum.org

BEST MURAL
Robot/Dinosaur
Good Latimer Street in Deep Ellum

BEST MUSEUM
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N Field St.
214-428-5555
perotmuseum.org

BEST LOCAL ACTOR
Max Hartman

BEST LOCAL ACTRESS
Liz Mikel

BEST LOCAL MUSIC RELEASE
Polyphonic Spree, Yes It's True

BEST MUSIC RADIO STATION
KKXT-FM 91.7
kxt.org

BEST NEWS RADIO STATION
KERA-FM 90.1
kera.org

BEST RADIO DJ
Kidd Kraddick, who died in 2013

BEST RADIO TALK SHOW
Russ Martin
KEGL 97.1-FM, The Eagle
russmartin.iheart.com

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
Justin Terveen
flickr.com/photos/ninjatune

BEST THEATER COMPANY
Dallas Summer Musicals
909 1st Ave.
214-421-5678
dallassummermusicals.org

BEST THEATER DIRECTOR
Kevin Moriarty

BEST TV NEWS ANCHOR
Gloria Campos
WFAA TV
wfaa.com

BEST TV NEWS SHOW
WFAA TV
wfaa.com

BEST TV SPORTS ANCHOR
Dale Hansen wfaa.com

BEST FESTIVAL
State Fair of Texas
Fair Park
September 27-October 20
bigtex.com

BEST MOVIE THEATER
Angelika Dallas
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane
214-841-4713
angelikafilmcenter.com

BEST CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
Angela Hunt, who term-limited out of office in 2013

SHOPPING & SERVICES

BEST ACCESSORIES
Charming Charlies
8190 Park Lane
214-361-2801
charmingcharlie.com

BEST BIKE SHOP
Richardson Bike Mart
9040 Garland Road
214-321-0705
bikemart.com

BEST DAY SPA
Avalon Salon and Spa
Multiple locations
avalon-salon.com

BEST EYEWEAR SELECTION
Warby Parker Tour Bus
warbyparkerclasstrip.com

BEST FURNITURE STORE
IKEA
7171 Ikea Drive
888-888-4532
ikea.com

BEST GIFT SHOP
We Are 1976
1902 N. Henderson Ave.,
214-821-1976
313 N. Bishop Ave.
weare1976.com

BEST GUN RANGE
DFW Gun Range
1607 W. Mockingbird Lane
214-630-4866
dfwgun.com

BEST PLACE TO WORK OUT
24 Hour Fitness
Multiple locations
24hourfitness.com

BEST HAIR SALON
Avalon Salon and Spa
Multiple locations
avalon-salon.com

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL
Good Records
1808 Greenville Ave.
214-752-4663
goodrecords.com

BEST SHOE SELECTION
DSW
Multiple locations
dsw.com

BEST SMOKE SHOP
The Gas Pipe
thegaspipe.net

BEST WINE/LIQUOR STORE
Spec's
Multiple locations
specsonline.com

BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING
Dolly Python
1916 N. Haskell Ave.
214-887-3434
dollypythonvintage.com

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORE
Milk & Honey Boutique
1906 N. Henderson Ave.
214-826-1700
milkandhoneyboutique.com

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING STORE
Nordstrom
Multiple locations
shop.nordstrom.com

BEST YOGA STUDIO
Sunstone Yoga
Multiple locations
sunstoneyoga.com

BEST HOTEL
The Belmont Hotel
901 Fort Worth Ave.
214-393-2300
belmontdallas.com

SPORTS & RECREATION

BEST PRO SPORTS COACH
Ron Washington
Texas Rangers

BEST BATTING CAGES
TopGolf
Multiple locations
topgolf.com

BEST BIKE TRAILS
White Rock Lake
whiterockdallas.org

BEST HIKING TRAILS
White Rock Lake
whiterockdallas.org

BEST PUBLIC GOLF COURSE
Stevens Park Golf Course
1005 N. Montclair Ave.
214-670-7506
stevensparkgolf.com

BEST SPORTS COLUMNIST
Randy Galloway
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BEST SPORTS RADIO STATION
KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket
1310 AM and 104.1 FM

BEST TENNIS COURTS
Village Country Club
8308 Southwestern Blvd.
214-772-3100
myvillageapts.com

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3 comments
Getrealdfw
Getrealdfw

I agree, some of these are a bit well, like we have a zillion cool coffee shops and readers choice is a chain? Is Urban Acres even really a farm? I thought they were like a food co op or home delivery service? Lemley's is a farm. You ever see that old guy? He's a farmer! I was hoping to find some cool, unheard of new places to check out but these are pretty lame. wow.

dinace
dinace

Some of these are such a joke...Torchy's, PF Changs, Stabucks?

BizWiz
BizWiz

Seriously? Starbucks is the best coffee? What a joke.

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