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taught Steve Bogart the difference between real Asian food and the poor American imitation. After years of catering and guest chef appearances, the culturecrossing cook finally landed his own restaurant. When it first opened, diners all over the state journeyed to A Single Pebble, which is next to a bowling alley on the Barre-Montpelier Road. The Asian eatery expanded — twice — before duplicating itself two years ago in Burlington. The prices are populist, which explains why the Pebble was voted "best place to have dinner in Chittenden County if you're paying." Just try to limit yourself to one lychee martini. PHOTO: JORDAN SILVERMAN

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FOOD & DRINK ermont restaurants live and die by the post-prandial critiques of their customers. Appropriately, they call it “word of mouth.” Our first “best-of” survey makes those assessments official. Not surprisingly, Seven Days readers turn out to have eclectic tastes. For food and service, they say sí to Trattoria Delia in Burlington — that is, if someone else is paying for more than just the antipasto. But they’re not too rarified to appreciate a take-out burrito from New World Tortilla, a late-night food fix at Nectar’s or a weinie wielded by the iconic Hot Dog Lady, Lois Bodoky. Leonardo’s was the number-one pizza pick. No one else in town delivers a Thai pie. Chittenden County diners opt for Asian when they’re picking up the tab themselves. A Single Pebble beat out Pacific Rim — by one vote — in the “you’re buying” category. Guess it depends whether you’re in the mood for a great bowl of noodles or marvelous mock eel. A Single Pebble actually showed up twice — it came in second to Trattoria in the fine-dining category — which suggests the proprietors have hit on the right mix of elegance and affordability. That recipe for success is working in two locations: Barre and Burlington. Sneakers and Penny Cluse Café are paired as winners in the breakfast and brunch categories. Sneakers in Winooski is the favorite brunch spot in Chittenden County; Penny Cluse came in a close second. Southwestern-flavored Penny Cluse Café serves the best breakfast, with Sneakers in hot pursuit. Another parallel: Lines form outside both establishments every weekend morning — even when it’s below zero. Maybe winter has something to do with the state’s impressive and varied selection of great breakfast spots. Vermonters take the first meal of the day seriously. Compare the funky fare at Daysie-winning River Run in Plainfield — where you can almost always get catfish for breakfast — with Rosie’s, an egg-slinging institution on Route 7 just south of Middlebury. Brunchgoers appreciate the elegance of roasted grapefruit at the historic Mist Grill in Waterbury, as well as the all-you-can-eat buffet cooked up by New >> P.6

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OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Seven Days readers love Fire & Ice, but they don’t want to pay for it. That’s where the ‘rents come in. . . The eatery has been a dinner destination for generations of Middlebury College students. But you don’t have to be graduating to appreciate the fancy frozen drinks or the allyou-can-eat shrimp on the salad bar. The meat dishes — “Steak Rockport” is grilled, butterflied filet mignon stuffed with lobster tail — are almost as enticing as the memorabilia. You can’t miss the vintage mahogany motorboat suspended from the ceiling. Picture The Windjammer meets The Dog Team Tavern.

INSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

A Single Pebble (Burlington) Pacific Rim (Burlington)

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Fire & Ice (Middlebury) Starry Night Café (Ferrisburgh)

Black Sheep Bistro (Vergennes) Sarducci’s (Montpelier)

Best place to have dinner if they're paying

Best Sunday brunch

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WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Trattoria Delia (Burlington) A Single Pebble (Burlington)

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

You won’t find pasta e fagioli or fettuccine alfredo on the menu at Trattoria Delia. The gourmet grotto recalls an alpine hunting lodge and specializes in northern Italian fare: Wild boar, rabbit and venison are more common than tomatoes and shellfish. There’s no cozier place to break breadsticks over a good bottle of Chianti. Proprietors Lori and Tom Delia run a mamma-and-pappa operation. He controls the kitchen. She manages the front of the house, which bustles with well-trained waitstaff who know their gnocchi and how to pronounce them. The restaurant’s award-winning all-Italian wine list is a testament to the duo’s devotion to the Old Country. Once a year, the Delias travel to Italy to learn more about the country’s food and wine. Trattoria Delia is the next best thing to being there.

Sneakers (Winooski) Penny Cluse (Burlington)

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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FOOD & DRINK England Culinary’s Main Street Bar and Grill. Those looking for coffee as a main course have strong opinions, too. In Burlington, Uncommon Grounds beat out Muddy Waters for “best place to get caffeinated” — perhaps because they roast their own beans and serve a wide selection of teas. There’s also a full case of enticing sweets confronting patrons at the Uncommon Grounds cash register. Readers also follow their sweet teeth to Mirabelles, which is everybody’s favorite bakery by a huge portion… of triple-chocolate mocha mousse cake. Vergennes didn’t make the map for breakfast, but it sure did for lunch and dinner. The aptly named Eat Good Food is the best place to do lunch outside Chittenden County. The grilled panini is "to drive for." But be sure to save room for dinner at the intimate Black Sheep Bistro. Chef Michel Mahé used to cook at Starry Night Café, which gave Fire & Ice competition for “best place to eat dinner outside Chittenden County if they’re paying.” But Vergennes already has the haute cuisine scene covered with Christophe’s. So Mahé created his own niche by opening an eatery that’s a lot more affordable than it looks. All the appetizers are five bucks. You pay more than that for a chocolate martini on Friday night at the Waiting Room, but Seven Days readers agree its yuppie-in-training cocktail hour is award-winning. The casual crowd prefers Vermont Pub & Brewery — our readers overwhelmingly claim it’s the best place to get a local beer. Après-skiers head for the curiously strong brews at The Shed in Stowe. If they can’t get in — the small, rustic room is as cozy as it is crowded — it’s on to the Matterhorn. For real romancing, though, a good feed always beats out a few beers. The Daily Planet scored tops for best place to bring a first date. Might that have anything to do with their ad campaign profiling lovers who met there? Leunig’s Bistro came in second. As expected, a few readers couldn’t resist the temptation of thinking outside the box on this one: The Sunset Drive-In got four votes. Gourmet goodies go a long way — even at a bad movie. Seven Days readers purchase their pâté at Fresh Market. For vino, they prefer Wine Works. City Market squeaked past Healthy Living for best natural foods, but the co-op’s downtown deli can’t touch the veggie-lunch supremacy of Stone Soup. We’re hoping a fresh Daysie will cheer things up at City Market.

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Hughes have invented an eating emporium that caters to the most discriminating foodie without being pretentious. The place definitely has a European feel, and it’s not just because of Pip’s English accent. Everything — the scones, the grilled panini — is made fresh. But EGF also carries high-end specialty foods and a diverse selection of olives and cheeses. Even Greek yogurt. You can get coffee-to-go or an early dinnerto-stay. A revitalized opera house put Vergennes back on the cultural map a few years ago. Now someone should study the economic impact of Addison County’s growing interest in good eating.

INSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Penny Cluse (Burlington) Sneakers (Winooski)

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

River Run (Plainfield) Rosie’s (Middlebury)

There’s a white house with red trim smack in the center of downtown Plainfield that looks like it’s sagging. Plus, a dozen people are perpetually camped out on the porch most weekend mornings, sipping coffee and waiting for the best Southern food this side of the Mason-Dixon line. Biscuits and gravy have found their way to a number of Vermont eateries, such as Burlington’s Penny Cluse Café. But if you’re looking for pulled-pork barbeque, grits, collard greens or real home fries, River Run obliges, improbably, on the edge of the Northeast Kingdom. Funky and familial, the atmosphere is as good as the eats. Table-sharing is standard. Don’t worry about bringing an appetite, you’ll work one up while you wait. And grab a bottle of the house green-tomato ketchup before you leave. You’ll never go back to Heinz.

Best place to do lunch INSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Stone Soup (Burlington) Leunig’s Bistro (Burlington)

Award-worthy wait staff WINNERS: RUNNER-UP:

Trattoria Delia, NECI Commons (Burlington) (tie) Vermont Pub & Brewery (Burlington)

Best midnight munching WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Nectar’s (Burlington) Kountry Kart Deli (Burlington)

Consistency is a key ingredient in running a successful restaurant. And Nectar’s can definitely be counted on 20/7 for gravy fries, hot turkey sandwiches and chicken fingers. But new owner Damon Brink is tweaking some things, including the menu. Pretty soon you’ll be able to eat fresh, made-to-order salads while you rock to, say, Mr. French until 2 a.m. Or groove to Strangefolk, who played last Friday night. “We want to become more of a venue,” hints Brink, who bought the local landmark last year with his wife Sally. He has designs on the horseshoe bar, too. Not to worry, though. Brink assures, “We’re not going to do anything crazy like start serving pasta.”

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Best breakfast spot

OUTSIDE CHITTENDEN COUNTY WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Eat Good Food (Vergennes) Sarducci’s (Montpelier)

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all souped up Stone Soup is celebrated for its salad bar, and not just among the tofu crew. The cafeteria-style café-restaurant voted "best vegetarian" is also Chittenden County's favorite overall lunch spot. Don't overlook the hot dishes, pizzas, sandwiches or daily soups, at least one of which contains meat. There's always a line — for good reason — but it moves fast.

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Vermont Pub and Brewery (Burlington) Three Needs (Burlington)

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

There’s no Miller Time zone at the Vermont Pub & Brewery. Burlington’s best-loved British-style bar serves its own brand of beer — two caskconditioned ales and nine beers are almost always on tap. Smoked porter, Irish stout, “dog bite” bitter and Bombay I.P.A. flow freely thanks to master brewer Greg Noonan, who also owns the joint. To soak up the suds, a full pub menu offers standard English eats like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. No grease-soaked newspaper, though. A full array of burgers should satisfy American appetites. Just don’t call the waiter “Bud.”

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Stone Soup (Burlington) Five Spice Café (Burlington)

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Leonardo’s (Burlington) Junior’s (Burlington)

The Waiting Room (Burlington) Wine Works (Burlington)

Best après-ski WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

City Market (Burlington) Healthy Living (South Burlington)

It may be losing money, but City Market sure is gaining food fans. Just check out the parking lot at rush hour. Burlington’s downtown grocery store opened a year and a half ago amidst a swirl of controversy about the process by which it was selected over Shaw’s. Once the shelves were stocked, though, most of the customer kvetching stopped. Shoppers were dazzled by the well-lit, easy-to-maneuver-in market with its healthy produce section, full-service deli, butcher service and wine wall. The only thing missing from the spread? Happy staffers. The workers wasted no time forming a union, after which almost two dozen of them lost their jobs. Last we checked, “co-op” was short for cooperative.

Best cocktail hour WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Mirabelles (Burlington) Klinger’s (South Burlington)

Best natural foods market

Best pizza WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Skip and Beverly Blakely have been keeping their customers caffeinated for nearly a decade. He oversees the coffee — a couple dozen varieties imported from Costa Rica, Ethiopia and New Guinea that are roasted daily on the premises. She’s in charge of the 35 black and green teas and herbal tisanes. The pleasant and plentiful counter staff keeps the line moving while ably keeping track of who’s taking biscotti and Italian soda to an outside table, who’s buying a half-pound of loose Russian Caravan tea, and who’s settling in at one of the flowery-clothed tables with cheesecake and a white china cup of the daily brew.

Best bakery

Best veggie fare WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Uncommon Grounds (Burlington) Muddy Waters (Burlington)

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Cheese Outlet/Fresh Market (Burlington) Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington)

Tastiest take-out WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

New World Tortilla (Burlington) Peking Duck House (Winooski)

with spicy peanut sauce. “I always tells people I’m a psychologist first, an Allied Van mover second, and then I might get around to the catering,” says Bardin, who used to sell bras at Bertha Church. “It takes the same personality to be a boobologist as it does to be a caterer,” she reveals. From cleavage to cleaver, Bardin’s got the right touch.

Best wine seller WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Wine Works (Burlington) Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers (South Burlington)

New World Tortilla may have Burlington’s tastiest takeout, but don’t try eating it in the car without lots of napkins. The restaurant gets all its ratios right: salsa to sour cream, jalapeños to melted cheddar, ginger slaw to cilantro. The result is a delicious but potentially oozing meal that might be described as Nouveau Mexican if it weren’t huge, cheap and wrapped in foil. When the place closed down for renovations earlier this year, a lot of hungry Vermont muchachos were anxious for it to reopen. Brother-owners Chris and Mike Hathaway have got a great wrap — six of them, actually. They also serve tacos, rice platters and flat, “quesadilla-style” tortillas. Olé.

Best street eats WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Lois Bodoky, the Hot Dog Lady (Burlington) Hong’s Dumplings (Burlington)

Classiest caterer WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Barb Bardin, Let’s Pretend (Burlington) NECI Catering (Montpelier)

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Best first-date spot WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

The Daily Planet (Burlington) Leunig’s Bistro (Burlington)

It’s not just proximity to the Roxy that makes the Daily Planet the best spot in Burlington for a first date. The room is intimate — if a watering hole can be described that way — with distractions enough to take the pressure off. Similarly, the music is not cranked to the point that you can’t hear each other, but it’s loud enough to keep things tête à tête. Smoking is optional. Lose your date at the bar if you’re not hungry for more. Otherwise, the two of you can move on to the restaurant.

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Order that up on a whole-wheat crust and you can stop calling it junk food. The healthy trend is catching on. Thirteen-year-old Leonardo's delivers 300 pizzas a day. PHOTO: JORDAN SILVERMAN

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slinger Trey Anastasio, founding member of “best local band” winners Phish, and now a veritable grandfather of the jam-band movement, earned a Daysie for “best musician.” The furry front man found fame with his patented guitar solos and quirky songwriting. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Anastasio has remained in the area as his quartet evolved from a crunchy bar band to international stars. In recent years, too, Anastasio has branched out with a solo recording and tour, collaborations with Les Claypool of Primus, and performances with the Vermont Youth Orchestra. PHOTO: MATTHEW THORSEN

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT veryone knows that Vermont is good for a little R&R, but, according to Seven Days’ first-ever “best-of” poll, the Green Mountains are also a prime place for quality A&E. Seems that locals and visitors alike enjoy spending their evenings hitting the town — Winooski, that is. Higher Ground, five years into the game, ran away with the award for “best live music venue.” Red Square’s crowded confines earned the readers’ runner-up. Some of you, however, are clinging to the past — former hotspots Hunt’s and Club Toast both received votes. You know it’s a good night at Club Metronome when you can feel the floor bouncing beneath you. The Main St. nightspot won a Daysie in the “best place to cut the rug” category. The two-story 135 Pearl nabbed runner-up. Pearl’s record spinner Craig Mitchell also pulled in a second place for the area’s favorite club DJ. Vinyl wizard A-Dog can be found most nights of the week at Red Square, the Waiting Room or Metronome. His signature blend of hip-hop beats and oldschool grooves shot him into the top position. The Phab Phour still reign in the area, though their designation as a “local” group is, well, slightly fishy — they haven’t played a gig in Vermont since ’97. Nevertheless, Phish was voted top Vermont band. Shock-rockers Led LO/CO swept into the second spot. Phish front man Trey AnaLED LO/CO stasio won a tight race >> P.18

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peace poems According to Seven Days readers, Vermont’s “best bard” is Wolcott-based writer David Budbill. From his first book of poems, 1968’s Barking Dog, through his lauded novel Bones on Black Spruce Mountain and musical collaborations with avant-garde jazz bassist William Parker, Budbill has fueled a career with unbridled creativity. The poet-musician has also gained acclaim for his leftist views and peace-directed work — in both art and actions.

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RUNNER-UP:

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Club Metronome (Burlington) 135 Pearl (Burlington)

Club Metronome has had an identity crisis in past years, transforming from a disco to a rock club to a little of both. However, no matter what the theme, the Main St. venue has remained famous for its weekly DJ nights. On Saturday evenings, the club hosts the raucous ’70s and ’80s dance fest Retronome. Sunday Night Mass highlights local techno and house DJs. The club is currently building on dance success with events such as the Metro series, which brings internationally acclaimed DJs to the stage.

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Take a stroll down Burlington’s Main Street any Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night, and you’re certain to be serenaded by the sounds of karaoke at JP’s Pub. College kids, hipsters and locals all pack the place to take a turn at the mic. Although the sing-along system has popped up in pubs all around the area, Seven Days readers voted resoundingly that JP’s is the prime place to let it rip. In a close second, they chose the outrageous, campy crooning offered cabaret-style each Wednesday at 135 Pearl. But keep an eye out for future placings from Vermont’s sole karaoke-only venue and recent host of the National Talent Quest 2003 competition: Geno’s Karaoke Club in Colchester.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT >> P.16 for “best musician,” narrowly edging out indie-rock everyman Eric Olsen. Soul/blues diva Tammy Fletcher ranked number one in the “best vocalist” category, while the sweet-voiced singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass placed second. Those fixing for fine art turn to Seven Days photographer Matt Thorsen’s quirky photographic images of local legends and urban Americana. Popular Burlington landscape watercolorist Katharine Montstream came in second. Budding artists think the best place for breaking out their brushes is Burlington’s Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts. The runner-up for “best art classes” was Frog Hollow. On the stage or screen, locals still flip for the good ol’ boy antics of The Logger Rusty DeWees. You have to wonder, though, if it’s the barnyard brogue or the biceps that got the votes. Vermont-based thespian Luis Guzman — who has been seen in Punch-Drunk Love, Traffic and other mainstream flicks — and Burlington stage actor John Alexander tied for second place. There’s no doubt Vermonters are opinionated about their fun. They’ve got a sense of humor, too — “my shower” almost slid into a second place in the “best karaoke” category. However, JP’s in downtown Burlington took the lead, with 135 Pearl second. Then there was the reader who passed up on the first place Discover Jazz and second place Vermont Brewers Festival to nominate “Christmas” as the area’s best fest. That’s the spirit! CRAIG MITCHELL

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Anyone cruising into the Queen City from the south on I-89 has surely noticed the twin tails protruding from a roadside knoll in South Burlington. Created by Randolph artist Jim Sardonis, the 13-foot sculpted whale tails have been one of the area’s most controversial artworks. Originally installed near Randolph and moved north in 1999, the pieces are an interesting addition to the scenery in New England’s only landlocked state. Recently someone vandalized the structures, spray-painting them gold and green as high as they could reach — the damage was cleaned up in a matter of days. Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t ignore these odd artifacts’ influence on local culture.

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independent thinker Sen. James Jeffords’ defection from the Republican Party was the biggest story of 2001 — until September 11. Though the resulting flip-flop of power in Washington was short-lived, his act of personal courage will survive in American political history books. And it is presumably the reason Seven Days readers voted Jeffords “best local hero.” Pictured here with some flag-bearing men in uniform on Church Street, Jeffords turned up in Burlington last month to speak at another highly publicized

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some for the reader who nominated CNN: Despite the monopolization of media ownership, that one ain’t “local.” We opted not to ask for “best newspaper,” instead snottily asking “the best reason to avoid mainstream media.” While the answers were varied — even poor Christina Aquilera had to shoulder some blame — the majority could be summed up as “lies.” Our local daily, the Gannett-owned Burlington Free Press, will probably not be hanging its runner-up award on the wall. Seven Days political columnist Peter Freyne and music editor Ethan Covey provide our readers with two good alternatives, winning “best print journalist” and runner-up, respectively. Two gentle words of advice for the person who said mainstream media “makes you want to kill yourself”: Avoid it. As for what’s newsworthy, civil unions still rank as “farthest-reaching Vermont story”; even the more current “Dean For America” took a back seat to that landmark legislation. Dean was also the alsoran for “best local hero,” after winner James Jeffords. Though the effect of his valiant defection from the Republican Party has been, well, mitigated by the current balance of power in Washington, Sen. James Jeffords is still a big hero in our readers’ eyes. Former Gov. Howard Dean took the lead, though, for “most notable Vermont politician” — he is, after all, the only one running for president. That proudly perennial anomaly in American politics, Congressman Bernie Sanders, was runner-up.

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veryone’s a prognosticator when it comes to politics and the stuff they read, watch and listen to. Only one question in this section inspired a different response from nearly everyone who answered: the next career for Gov. Jim Douglas. But no one should be surprised that the News Channel 5 Meteorologist stepped into first place as “wisest weather watcher.” After all, observant readers may recall that Tom Messner turned up in the last Seven Days Sex Survey, and at least one young woman offered a special way to shock the smile off his face. Vermont Public Radio’s “Eye on the Sky” guys — Mark Breen and Steve Maleski — were runners-up, perhaps because we never get to see their faces. Speaking of radio, sister stations WIZN and the Buzz dominated the “best local radio jock” category: classic-rock chick Marion Carol was the winning deejay, with alt-rocker Electra Pawlack right behind her. Despite all that grousing about The Point in the Seven Days letters section a while back, most of our respondents still think the Montpelier-based station rules the airwaves, though the more highbrow VPR was not too far behind. (For the record, WIZN and WRUV nearly tied for third place, while the Buzz trailed in fourth despite Electra’s popularity.) Seven Days’ news junkies resoundingly chose the WCAX crew as “best local newscast”; WPTZ in Plattsburgh was a distant second. And speaking of news, we’ve got

for president to win a Daysie for “most notable Vermont politician” — an undertaking that also put Howard Dean in the runner-up slot for “farthest-reaching Vermont news story.” Of course, Dean was governor for 11 years, and he had something to do with the winning news story — civil unions — too: He signed ’em into law. Though Dean recently leapt to the top of the Democratic heap in California and New Hampshire, it remains to be seen whether the good doctor will have the right Rx for the rest of America. PHOTO: JORDAN SILVERMAN

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Tom Messner (WPTZ) Eye on the Sky Guys (VPR)

When the News Channel 5 Meteorologist gets

blamed for unwelcome precipitation, he likes to say, “Don’t shoot the Messner.” At least his disposition is always sunny — as regular viewers of WPTZ have known for the 13 years Tom Messner has been delivering the good, or bad, climatological news.

Best print journalist WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Not to mention listeners on sister radio stations WKOL, WOKO and WJOY. The 42-year-

Peter Freyne (Seven Days) Ethan Covey (Seven Days)

old “storm tracker,” who has an American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, doesn’t mind having his head in the clouds. Indeed, he says the best thing about his job is, “The weather here is incredibly exciting!” That tornado and hail in Vermont

Best local radio jock PETER FREYNE

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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Marion Carol (WIZN) Electra Pawlack (Buzz)

Best spot on the radio dial WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Most notable Vermont politician

The Point (104.7) Vermont Public Radio (107.9)

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WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

WCAX-TV not only chronicles history as it happens; as Vermont’s first television station it also made history. This September WCAX-TV will mark 49 years of broadcasting. Its slogan is “Vermont’s Own,” and it truly is. Owner Stuart “Red” Martin and his son Peter Martin, the vice president and general manager, respectively, have always been true to their Vermont roots. WCAX anchors weigh in on everything local for a full hour each Monday through Friday evening — the first and only TV station in Vermont to do so. And it remains the most watched and most respected TV news source in the area. Now that’s a Green Mountain statement.

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Howard Stern is a hard act to follow — unless you’re Marion Carol, who hits the airwaves right after the shock-jock on WIZN. Winner

of a “best local radio jock” Daysie, Carol is the only female DJ at the classic-rock station. But don’t think this Harley-riding bodybuilder couldn’t kick some butt if she had to. Clearly, she’s also got some hardcore fans.

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Best next career for Gov. Jim Douglas WINNER:

Too many to list

Gov. Jim Douglas may think it premature to consider his next career move, but when the time comes he may want to review the buttload of helpful suggestions from our readers. There was no clear winner, so we will simply list some of our favorites: Peter Freyne’s assistant; Ruth Dwyer’s assistant; mannequin; professional arm wrestler; Solid Gold dancer; stand-up comic; stay-at-home mom; “my boyfriend”; porn star; mime; garbage collector. Had enough? OK, two more: reader for books on tape; Powerball administrator. Good luck, Jim!

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SERVICES & STUFF hen it comes to buying things, Seven Days readers believe in acting locally — and in rewarding independence. Again and again, in our far-ranging survey of “services and stuff,” homegrown businesses bested national chains. Second-hand Crow Bookshop flew off with the prize for best bookstore. Audio Solutions earned audiophiles’ high fidelity. Pet Food Warehouse took best-of-show. And we were simply flooded with votes for Waterfront Video. Locally owned franchises also earned kudos. Toy buyers touted the mind-over-media-tie-in mentality of Learning Express, and Pier One Imports was deemed peerless in not one but two areas: housewares and home furnishings. There were notable exceptions to the home-team advantage, though: In their respective categories, Home Depot hammered the hardware competition, Banana Republic was named top banana for men’s clothing and TJ Maxx racked up the maximum number of votes for women’s active wear. Likewise, readers didn’t hide their feelings for Victoria’s Secret lingerie or kid about their love for Gap Kids. The Church Street Marketplace was a definite draw. Readers identified Ecco and Sweet Lady Jane as the best places to buy women’s evening and casual wear, respectively. Other downtown winners: Stella for shoes, Von Bargen’s for jewelry and Grass Harp for gifts. Sewly Yours, at the top of Church Street, was the bridal shop to which the most readers said “I do.” Never mind the helpful soul who filled in the blank beside “Bride’s best bet” with the advice: “Get out while you can.” We’re not sure if that same person or another smart-ass defined the “best place to work out” as “my bedroom.” We’re also still wondering whether the reader who wrote “fucking hippies” beside “best alternative healer” was making a sociological observation or offering a health tip based on personal experience. We challenge the readers who claim the best pipes and sex toys are “in Montréal” to check out Burlington’s Full Tank — our highest-ranking “glass” shop — and Imago, Colchester’s dandy distributor of dildos and more. >> P.30

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Best place to work

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No way to pick a winner here. The category probably yielded more different answers than any other. If we had to designate a single best, it would be “self-employed” or “home.” And who can blame you? There’s nothing like setting your own hours, or working dressed in whatever — if at all. For those of you who actually like going to work, ideal employers ranged from 135 Pearl to the Fletcher Free Library to SoVerNet to the Vermont National Guard. Seven Days made a very decent showing, we’re relieved to report. The good news is how satisfied you all are at your jobs — unless, of course, everyone voted for someone else’s.

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WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Sweet Lady Jane (Burlington) Old Navy (Burlington)

Rachel Strules wanted the Sweet Lady Jane experience to be like “shopping in an organized, well-stocked closet.” She never imagined her concept would be such an instant hit. After running Apropos for 10 years, Strules bought the Marketplace store in March and re-opened it in just under a month with a fresh coat of paint and a brand-new name. Apropos’ commitment to customer service and quality clothing live on at Sweet Lady Jane, but funkier accessories give the fledgling business a style of its own. Check out the beaded sandals and the oversized, black sequined bags with wooden handles. Just looking to get dressed? Comfy cotton tees and basic Buffalo denim are also sewn into Sweet Lady Jane’s pattern for success.

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Welcome to Frankie’s, famous for our great Italian food. We offer fine dining at Junior’s Upstairs, Junior’s Pizzeria is perfect for the whole family, Junior’s Bakery serves the best in authentic Italian pastries, and Junior’s Long Island Catering Company will feed your guests with style!

Junior’s Italian, established in 1982 on Long Island, offers classic Italian recipes from the old country. Chef/Owner Frank Salese, Jr., his caring chefs & attentive waitstaff bring to you the highest quality service & food - pizza, pasta, seafood, veal & homemade desserts, excellent wine list & full bar. Catering available on or off premises; no party too big or small. Consistent quality & high service standards are what fuels this establishment’s success.

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SERVICES & STUFF And speaking of marital aids, they turned out not to be the only personal items on our list. When asked to name the best realtor, landscaper and alternative healer, just about everyone who responded offered a different response. Within those crowded fields, though, our survey still has something to say: Trust Lang Associates to buy or sell your home; leave your landscaping to Horsford’s Nursery; and take your naturopathic needs to Donna Powell. As for the visual arts, a couple of creative souls said they acquire their arts and crafts supplies at the Stowe dump and Queen City Steel, but the far more popular choice was Ben Franklin. Readers who prefer art made by others, however, stop in at the Firehouse Gallery or Frog Hollow. Having trouble actually seeing those art works? Our readers recommend you pick up some specs at Burlington’s Eyes of the World. More in tune with audio than visual? Score some CDs at Pure Pop and pop them into a player acquired at Audio Solutions. Or make your own sounds on a guitar or drums acquired at Advance Music. When those hours of practice pay off and you land your first gig, you’ll want to look your best. Seven Days readers recommend the beauty products at Soap Dish, and a new ’do from Indigo. For more permanent ornamentation, Yankee Tattoo makes the mark. LaBarge Floral Design in Burlington gets another kind of Daysie for the best bouquets; readers who grow their own prefer Gardener’s Supply. We don’t know if its new and bigger location helped, but Outdoor Gear Exchange scored first for, well, outdoor gear, while readers opt to go indoors for pampering at the spa at Top Notch. Another kind of lift comes from Benway, winner of our “best taxi” Daysie. The Automaster in Shelburne drove home with number-one car dealer, while our readers prefer to get greased and gassed at Oil n’ Go. The more fit among them prefer to work out at the YMCA, while the rest of ’em surf the Net with the help of Adelphia. Our readers suggest the Merchants Bank as the place to stash your cash for all these purchases. Ch-ching! << P.28

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medicine provider our readers most often prescribe. Powell takes an eclectic, holistic approach. After examining your tongue and eyeballs and checking your pulses, she’ll help you adjust your eating habits or bring out the acupuncture needles. As she explains it, “We don’t just look at one symptom, but the whole picture, and see how we can enhance the body’s innate healing qualities.”

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WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Ecco (Burlington) Monelle (Burlington)

For many Vermont women, eveningwear is simply jeans and Birkenstocks. But when Green Mountain gals decide to go glam, many of them head to Ecco, on the Church Street Marketplace. Among the formal threads featured on the store’s racks are classic “little black dresses,” hand-beaded Betsey Johnson gowns and lacy faux-vintage models. The gowns’ grouping by color makes it easy for even amateur shoppers to find the most complimentary hue. With strappy sandals and pretty pumps to boot, the Burlington boutique can transform almost anyone into Cinderella — even if it’s just for an evening.

Best duds for dudes WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Eyes of the World (Burlington) LensCrafters (South Burlington, Rutland)

Glasses or contacts? The fashion-conscious have generally forsaken frames, but customers of Eyes of the World see things differently. Owner Danny Thomas travels to trade shows all over the country and brings home international styles you won’t find at, say, LensCrafters. “Our customers are people who don’t look at eyeglasses like a chore,” says Thomas. His passion for hip, high-quality specs — and friendly service — might be why Eyes of the World won its Daysie in a landslide, receiving nine times as many votes as its closest competitor.

Best shoe store WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Stella (Burlington) Lenny’s (Williston, St. Albans)

Banana Republic (Burlington) Michael Kehoe (Burlington)

Best thrift-store threads WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Greener Pastures (Burlington) Battery Street Jeans (Burlington)

Greener Pastures is a slick and relatively new arrival to the second-hand clothing scene. Housed at the site of the former Onion River Co-op on Burlington’s North Winooski Avenue, it strikes a good compromise between vintage and just plain used. Allowing all styles equal representation — with the notable exception of Hawaiian shirts, which are blindingly plentiful — Greener Pastures brings together clothing cliques who normally shun each other’s shopping venues. If an essential part of the preworn-garments experience is, to you, trading a five-dollar bill for five pairs of pants, try rummaging through the bins at the weekend bythe-pound sale around back. Inside the main store, where merchandise is arranged as meticulously as in a department store, prices are cheap, but not dirt-cheap.

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SERVICES & STUFF Best place to outfit your offspring WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Gap Kids (Burlington) Le Petit Magasin (Shelburne)

Best toy shop WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Learning Express (Burlington, Essex Junction) Toys-R-Us (Williston)

Don’t look for Barbie dolls, toy guns and GI Joes at Learning Express. The plaything emporium prides itself on products that educate and uplift while they entertain. Owners Pam and TJ Pelino recently celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Church Street branch of their locally owned franchise. In April they opened a second store in Essex Junction. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are crammed with craft kits, puzzles and building sets, as well as pretty, pink dress-up stuff and plush stuffed animals. Ethnically diverse and female-empowering Groovy Girls dolls and finger-boarding Tony Hawk Tech Decks give the nod to toy trends. Other things that never change: Hello Kitty merchandise, classic kids’ books and generous grandparents lining up at the cash register.

Gem of a jeweler WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Von Bargen’s (Burlington, Springfield, Stratton & Hanover) Grannis Gallery (Burlington)

Best place to buy a guitar WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Advance Music (Burlington) Calliope (Burlington)

next to godliness Never mind “freedom fries” or boycotts of Bordeaux wines. Made-in-France Phyto Hair Care products, Mistral soaps and lotions and Creed fragrances never stopped flying off Soapdish’s shelves. Kathy Bradley and Tim Douglas’ four-year-old College Street store has the look of a beautiful salle de bain. The lines they carry are designed to help you turn your bathroom into a spa. If you’d rather leave the pampering to someone else, wait a while — Bradley’s planning to add facials, waxing and body-care services to the mix.

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Best bookstore WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Pet Food Warehouse (South Burlington/Shelburne) PetSmart (Williston)

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Twenty years ago, if you wanted to buy premium dog food you had to travel out of state. Enter Pet Food Warehouse, opened in 1983 by Kim and Jonathan Lash. Today the store sells literally tons of dog and cat foods like Eagle Pack and Nutro, but that’s not all. Inside the Williston Road and Shelburne Road shops you’ll find everything you need to amuse, groom, protect and learn about your animal of choice — whether a Malamute, a hamster or a fish. PFW’s 30 full- and part-time employees have pets, love pets, and know their stuff. They’re likely to give your dog a free cookie, and they’ll cheerfully carry a 40-pound bag to your car. The Williston Road store also features the PetWash Express — with waist-high tubs so you can rinse Rex without breaking your back.

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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Hippest home improvement source WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Home Depot (Williston, Rutland) Recycle North (Burlington)

At first we thought that maybe it was the Hebrew National hotdogs out front that got our readers so excited — the parking-lot cart did make a decent showing in the street vendor category. Then we wondered if it might be the ambiance. How can you not cozy up to a place the size of an airplane hanger, with a mile-high ceiling and shopping carts ample enough to haul oil tankers? In the end, though, we had to face facts: There’s just no place else around where you can pick up storm windows, shower surrounds and ceiling tiles. Now, if only someone would tell us who sells housemates that do their own dishes…

Soapdish (Burlington) The Body Shop (Burlington)

Best music store WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Pier One Imports (Burlington) Kiss the Cook (Burlington)

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Best beauty-product purveyor WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Crow Bookshop (Burlington) Barnes & Noble (South Burlington)

Pure Pop (Burlington) Downtown Discs (Burlington)

Before you’ve even descended into the funky basement home of Pure Pop, you know you’re not in for a box-store experience. With no cappuccinos, no cute carpet patterns, and a sound-system that’s likely to be playing the spaz rock of The Locust, Canadian alt-rockers Broken Social Scene or some odd Norwegian black metal, the place lives up to its name. Music chainstores have come and gone in Burlington, but Pure Pop’s been around for 23 years. How have they managed to be more than a passing fad? Assistant manager Mike Crandall doesn’t mince his words. “We’re the only independent store around, and we have the music that people want.”

Grooviest gift shop WINNER: RUNNERS-UP:

Grass Harp (Burlington) Soapdish, Peace & Justice Center and Frog Hollow (tie)

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SERVICES & STUFF Best auto dealer WINNER: RUNNERS UP:

The Automaster (Shelburne) Lewis Motors (South Burlington) & Earthy Cars (Williston) (tie)

Best art gallery to hang out in WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Firehouse (Burlington) Frog Hollow (Burlington, Middlebury)

Coolest craft gallery WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Frog Hollow (Burlington, Middlebury) Ben Franklin (Burlington, South Burlington & Middlebury)

We weren’t even trying to be cute when we came up with this category, but apparently we could have been a tad clearer. Or maybe you folks just don’t understand what a gallery is. Last time we checked, it referred to a space devoted to exhibiting and selling art works. Finished art works, that is. But those of you who didn’t vote for the Vermont State Craft Center’s gallery — home of Sabra Field’s woodcuts and pottery by Claude Lehman — used this space to applaud craft-supply retailers Ben Franklin, Michael’s and Boutilier’s. Either we need better reading — or writing — skills, or Vermonters just prefer doing it themselves.

First-pick floral WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

La Barge (Burlington) Claussen’s (Colchester, Shelburne)

damn yankees Bald Bill Henshaw opened Yankee Tattoo in 1996, the day tattooing became legal in Vermont. With 25 years’ experience, he’s won awards. A phoenix rising on the back of a Rhode Island woman took a national prize for best colored back piece. A morning glory curling up a Hinesburg lady’s leg won “best sleeve.” Last year, Bald Bill got 20 fish tattooed on his thigh by 20 different women in 12 hours, but fell short of setting a world record. He hopes to make it into Guinness next year. In the meantime, his art works are displayed on bodies throughout the Seven Days circulation area. PHOTO: ANDY DUBACK

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Sewly Yours (Burlington) Fiori Bridal (Essex Junction)

Best arts-and-craft supplies WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Ben Franklin (Burlington, South Burlington & Middlebury) Boutilier’s (Burlington)

Best outdoor outfitter WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Outdoor Gear Exchange (Burlington) EMS (South Burlington)

Chalk it up to the walls of climbing gear, the stacks of cheerily colored Nalgene bottles or the friendly folks who run the place: Outdoor Gear Exchange is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Green Mountain goods. Sure, their new digs on Cherry Street are sublime, with ample space for dogs and dudes to roam, but the store’s long been a haven for hikers, skiers and anyone else headed outdoors. Since opening shop in 1995 — with a card table and a steel box for a front counter — the crew of alfresco aficionados has offered gearheads an alternative to steep prices at chain stores by selling new, closeout and used equipment at cut-rate prices. The best tips on our backyard bounty? They’re free.

Best Realtor WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Lang Associates (Burlington, Middlebury, Essex, Essex Junction & St. Albans) Nancy Jenkins (Essex Junction)

Most fabulous furnishings WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Where do you go when you need a Chinese paper lamp, an Indian dhurri rug, a “Booger Boy Boris” egg separator or a puce papazzan chair? Far off the waterfront, peerless purveyor Pier One has more home furnishings and housewares than you can shake an Australian lamb’s wool feather-duster at. No wonder our readers gave the Church Street business top Daysie in both categories. Frank and Betty Bouchett have owned the “associate” store for 20 years, and have altered their inventory as the community has changed. “We move in the directions that trends are moving,” says Frank. “Wherever home furnishings go, we go.” You go, Frank. And thanks for the cool Christmas toys and the free ginger hard candies at the check-out.

Best place to rent a movie WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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Waterfront Video (Burlington, Middlebury) Blockbuster Video (South Burlington)

While Waterfront Video nonchalantly mopped the floor in one of the most decisive of Daysies landslides, a few upstart politicians were daring to suggest transforming its Battery Street building into a behemoth bus stop. The local populace, likely driven by the desire to rent movies that both “Pete prefers” and “Dan dares you” to watch, fortunately triumphed, saving the store from certain relocation. Was anyone really worried that the only place around that groups movies not only by genre but also by country of origin, director, production budget and even sexual orientation would be lost?

“Glassiest” head shop WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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Pier One Imports (Burlington) Symmetree (Burlington)

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Full Tank (Burlington) Threads of Zion (Burlington)

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SERVICES & STUFF Most delectable dildos WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Imago (Colchester) Good Stuff (Burlington and St. Albans)

When it cums, er, comes to cock rings and dominatrix whips, Imago and Good Stuff run pretty much head to head. Imago won by a nose. Slightly more readers seem to prefer the Colchester erotica emporium’s strictly sexual orientation to the broader mission statement of bi-located Good Stuff. The latter sells smoking products and gag gifts alongside the vibrators and inflatable dolls. Kudos to our creative reader who’s found intimate applications for certain items in the Price Chopper produce aisle. To you smartasses who answered “State Legislature” and “Vermont Republican Headquarters,” we say: better you than us.

Best salon for a new ’do WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Indigo (Burlington) The Men’s Room (Burlington)

Greatest garden center WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Gardener’s Supply (Burlington, Williston) Four Seasons Garden Center (Williston)

Landscaper that goes the extra yard WINNER: RUNNERS UP:

fired up

Horsford’s Nursery (Charlotte) Pleasant Valley Landscapes (Charlotte)

Seven Days readers ranked Church Street’s Firehouse Gallery for the Visual Arts as the best gallery to hang out in. But it’s also a good place

to see art. Since the refurbished facility reopened in December, curator Pascal Spengemann has concentrated mainly on Vermont-connected works in a contemporary vein. Recent shows have featured drawings by Alice Neel, video installations by Selene Colburn and Kristin Humvargar, paintings by Tom Lawson and Lars Fisk’s fanciful, out-sized spheres.

PHOTO: ANDY DUBACK

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WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Best place to work out

Yankee Tattoo (Burlington) Counter Culture (Burlington)

WINNERS: RUNNER-UP:

Burlington YMCA, parks and bike path (tie) Twin Oaks Sports & Fitness (South Burlington)

Best bank to stash your cash WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Merchants Bank (numerous locations) Chittenden Bank (numerous locations)

Most trustworthy tune-up WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Oil n’ Go (Essex Junction, South Burlington) Advantage Automotive (Burlington)

Most fab cab service WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Benways (Burlington) Yellow (Burlington)

YMCA

Best place to buy hi-fi audio WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Audio Solutions (Burlington) Best Buy (Williston)

Most spectacular spa WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

Top Notch Resort Spa (Stowe) Stephen & Burns Salon & Spa (Burlington)

Best alternative healer WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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I T A L I A N Welcome to Frankie’s, famous for our great Italian food. We offer fine dining at Junior’s Upstairs, Junior’s Pizzeria is perfect for the whole family, Junior’s Bakery serves the best in authentic Italian pastries, and Junior’s Long Island Catering Company will feed your guests with style!

Junior’s Italian, established in 1982 on Long Island, offers classic Italian recipes from the old country. Chef/Owner Frank Salese, Jr., his caring chefs & attentive waitstaff bring to you the highest quality service & food - pizza, pasta, seafood, veal & homemade desserts, excellent wine list & full bar. Catering available on or off premises; no party too big or small. Consistent quality & high service standards are what fuels this establishment’s success.

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In the two months since its grand opening, the 30,000-square-foot ECHO Center — officially

named ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain — has already had 40,000 visitors and sold 4800 annual passes. If that doesn’t suggest a “great lake,” we don’t know what does. And that attendance certainly explains why ECHO, on the Burlington Waterfront, beat out the sweet old Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury as “best attraction for out-of-town guests (rain).” Even on sunny days, Vermont families must really like the 100 kid-friendly, hands-on exhibits, some of them akin to educational bathtub play. And who doesn’t enjoy close-up personal time with native species such as lake sturgeons, bullfrogs or spiny softshell turtles? UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory shares a roof — and relevant research findings — with ECHO at this unique exploratorium whose mission is “to educate and delight.” See, science can be fun. Pictured: Marketing Director Katrina Roberts and Executive Director Phelan Fretz.

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TRAVEL, TOURISM & RECREATION e were certainly not surprised that our readers claimed “natural beauty” is the “best thing about Vermont,” and a close variation on that theme, the Green Mountains, was runner-up. We’re just not sure who to give the prize to. Some respondents had fairly low standards, we thought: “It’s not New York,” or “It’s not Jersey.” But maybe the folks who said “good cheap beer,” “Red Square” or “Finnigan’s” aren’t getting out enough. Some respondents said they liked Vermont’s four seasons, but even more groused that winter was the “best reason to go back where you came from.” (Of course, a number of readers noted, “This is where I came from” — a pointed reminder that Vermont still contains some actual Vermonters.) The answers were numerous and varied to this category, however, and we’re pretty sure many readers interpreted it as reasons why other people should leave, e.g., “get off our roads.” To the person who said “the bison,” we can only reply, “Huh?” Oh, runner-up was “too white” — and the voters weren’t referring to snow. Perhaps it was all that recent grand-opening publicity, but Burlington’s brand-new ECHO at the Leahy Center edged out the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury as “best attraction for out-of-town guests” on a rainy day. When it’s sunny, though, natives and visitors prefer to head for Lake Champlain first and the Church Street Marketplace second. Downtown Burlington’s pedestrian mall won by a landslide for “best place to spy or be spied,” though. Some voters prefer to do their looking from runner-up Red Square. Water ruled in the “best tourist-free site” category: Though its attraction can be fatal, the Huntington Gorge came in first, the Indian Brook Reservoir second. Many lesser-known ponds, brooks and falls made the list, too — notwithstanding the indoorsy types who nominated the kind of watering holes that have stools. There were many opinions on “most scenic stretch of road” in Vermont, but Route 100 easily came out ahead. The specific “Route 7 between Shelburne and Charlotte” was runner-up. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the road between Shelburne and Burlington. But we have to say: The smartypants who suggested “Buell Street” really, really needs to leave town once in a while. >> P.42

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talk of the town

For some people, travel, tourism and recreation is all about shopping, and that’s certainly a big reason why Seven Days

readers put the Church Street Marketplace in the runner-up spot for “best attraction for out-of-town guests (shine).” However, Burlington’s pedestrian-friendly downtown, which has made Top 10 lists nationwide, blew all competition out of the water as the “best place to spy or be spied.” Let’s face it, people-watching is even more fun than buying stuff. Any place you can do both, bonus!

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Seven Days readers care more about the white stuff. The tourist-friendly town racked up Daysies for both “superlative snow slope” and “best Vermont weekend getaway.” And the storied Trapp Family Lodge came in second for “most excellent x-c ski area.” Some excellent Stowe restaurants, inns, art emporiums and bike trails extend a year-round welcome to natives and flatlanders alike — no matter what color the foliage.

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Winter Lack of ethnic diversity

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TRAVEL, TOURISM & RECREATION Those readers who like to slide downhill fast chose Stowe Mountain Resort for “superlative snow slope,” and runner-up Jay Peak squeaked past Mad River and Smuggler’s Notch. The less vertical Catamount Family Center and Trapp Family Lodge were winner and close runner-up, respectively, for “most excellent x-c ski area.” Some lucky readers were able to say, “my backyard.” Voters were slightly less opinionated about the “best place to tee off,” but the duffers among them declared Rocky Ridge in St. George the winner, with Vermont National in South Burlington a near second. One helpful reader took the time to tell us the UVM watertower is the best place to pee off. Thanks. Next time you tell someone to take a hike, you can recommend Camel’s Hump as the best place to do it. (Maybe that’s why it’s on the Vermont quarter?) Mount Mansfield was runner-up, with the entire Long Trail a close third. Those on two wheels prefer the Burlington Bike Path first — that view of Lake Champlain has got to help — and the trails of Catamount Family Center second. Spare time? Rain or shine, Yankee Lanes in Colchester strikes it big with our readers for “best bowling alley,” while Shelburne’s Champlain Lanes scored a distant second. Opinion was much more diverse for “best Vermont weekend getaway,” however. Though Stowe came out ahead, nearly every place with a lake got a vote. Since Montréal was runner-up, we can only assume that a lot of Vermonters like to get away from the entire country now and again. We got lots of new ideas for “best place to make out,” but never would have expected the very public Burlington Waterfront to rule — at least in the summer. “Home” was a none-too-surprising runner-up, and was the first choice for cozy cuddling in winter. The ever-popular “ski lift” was runner-up as a hot spot for stealing a cold-weather smooch. You’ve got to take pity, though, on the poor souls who resort to “public restrooms.” Where’s the romance, people? All those readers making out at home apparently noticed it also has the “biggest black flies.” Given all the outdoor options — many of which earned votes — we were a little surprised by that answer. Monkton Pond has the dubious distinction of second place. Maybe the people who voted “home” live nearby? Either way, condolences, er, congratulations! << P.40

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A bunch of Seven Days readers listed “winter” as the “best reason to go back where you came from,” but it’s also true that a lot of

Vermonters and visitors like what the cold months afford: opportunities to get downhill fast. Stowe and Jay Peak were winner and runner-up for “superlative snow slope.” Those who prefer horizontal to vertical opted for cross-country skiing at the Catamount Family Center first and Trapp Family Lodge second. Either

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Best place to “spy” or be “spied” WINNER: RUNNER-UP:

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WINTER

Rocky Ridge (St. George) Vermont National (South Burlington)

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Best make-out spot

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peak experience When you tell someone to take a hike and really mean it, Camel’s Hump is the best destination, according to our readers. And thank goodness Vermonters rejected Ira Allen’s 18th-century moniker, Camel’s Rump. The state’s tallest Green Mountain, Mansfield, was runner-up, even though, according to a Long Trail Web site, it is the state’s most visited mountain with 40,000 hikers per year. On both the fragile alpine ecosystem is severely challenged, though, so please take a hike gently.

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48. Best place to work: WINNER Too many to mention 49. Best place to buy women's a. undies: WINNER Victoria’s Secret / RUNNER-UP Isadora b. casual wear: WINNER Sweet Lady Jane / RUNNER-UP Old Navy c. evening wear: WINNER Ecco / RUNNER-UP Monelle d. active wear: WINNER TJ Maxx / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Women’s Source for Sports, Old Navy 50. Best duds for dudes: WINNER Banana Republic / RUNNER-UP Michael Kehoe 51. Best thrift-store threads: WINNER Greener Pastures / RUNNER-UP Battery Street Jeans 52. Best spectacles: WINNER Eyes of the World / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Pearle Vision, LensCrafters 53. Best shoe store: WINNER Stella / RUNNER-UP Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel 54. Best place to outfit your offspring: WINNER Gap Kids / RUNNER-UP Le Petit Magasin 55. Best toy shop: WINNER Learning Express / RUNNER-UP Toys-R-Us 56. Fido's favorite pet-supply store: WINNER Pet Food Warehouse / RUNNER-UP PetSmart 57. Best place to buy a guitar: WINNER Advance Music / RUNNER-UP Calliope 58. Gem of a jeweler: WINNER Von Bargen’s Jewelers / RUNNER-UP Grannis Gallery 59. Best beauty-product purveyor: WINNER Soapdish / RUNNER-UP The Body Shop 60. Best bookstore: WINNER Crow Bookshop / RUNNER-UP Barnes & Noble 61. Best music store: WINNER Pure Pop Records / RUNNER-UP Downtown Discs 62. Hottest housewares: WINNER Pier One Imports / RUNNER-UP Kiss the Cook 63. Best Internet service provider: WINNER Adelphia / RUNNER-UP Sovernet 64. Hippest home improvement source: WINNER Home Depot / RUNNER-UP Recycle North 65. Grooviest gift shop: WINNER Grass Harp / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Soapdish, Peace & Justice Center, Frog Hollow 66. Best auto dealer: WINNER Automaster / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Lewis Motors, Earthy Cars 67. Best art gallery to hang out in: WINNER Firehouse Gallery / RUNNER-UP Frog Hollow 68. Coolest craft gallery: WINNER Frog Hollow / RUNNER-UP Ben Franklin 69. First-pick floral: WINNER La Barge / RUNNER-UP Claussen’s 70. Bride's best bet: WINNER Sewly Yours / RUNNER-UP Fiori 71. Best arts-and-craft supplies: WINNER Ben Franklin / RUNNER-UP Boutelier’s 72. Best outdoor outfitter: WINNER Outdoor Gear Exchange / RUNNER-UP EMS 73. Best Realtor: WINNER Lang Associates / RUNNER-UP Nancy Jenkins 74. Most fabulous furnishings: WINNER Pier One Imports / RUNNER-UP Symmetree 75. Best place to rent a movie: Waterfront Video / RUNNER-UP Blockbuster 76. "Glassiest" head shop: WINNER Full Tank / RUNNER-UP Threads of Zion 77. Most delectable dildos: WINNER Imago / RUNNER-UP Good Stuff 78. Best salon for a new 'do: WINNER Indigo / RUNNER-UP Men’s Room 79. Greatest garden center: WINNER Gardener’s Supply Company / RUNNER-UP 4 Seasons Garden Center 80. Landscaper that goes the extra yard: WINNER Horsford’s / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Pleasant Valley, Joe Haller, Kevin Sullivan 81. Most fab cab service: WINNER Benways / RUNNER-UP Yellow 82. Best body-art parlor: WINNER Yankee Tattoo / RUNNER-UP Counter Culture 83. Best bank to stash your cash: WINNER Merchants Bank / RUNNER-UP Chittenden Bank 84. Most trustworthy tune-up: WINNER Oil ‘n Go / RUNNER-UP Advantage Auto 85. Best place to buy hi-fi audio: WINNER Audio Solutions / RUNNER-UP Best Buy 86. Best place to work out: WINNERS (tie) YMCA, park, bike path / RUNNER-UP Twin Oaks Health & Fitness 87. Most spectacular spa: WINNER Topnotch Resort & Spa / RUNNER-UP Stephen & Burns 88. Best alternative healer: WINNER Donna Powell / RUNNER-UP Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Holistic Healing

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Best place to have dinner if you're paying a. Inside Chittenden County: WINNER A Single Pebble / RUNNER-UP Pacific Rim b. Outside Chittenden County: WINNER Black Sheep Bistro / RUNNER-UP Sarducci’s Best place to have dinner if they're paying a. Inside Chittenden County: WINNER Trattoria Delia / RUNNER-UP A Single Pebble b. Outside Chittenden County: WINNER Fire & Ice / RUNNER-UP Starry Night Café Best Sunday brunch a. Inside Chittenden County: WINNER Sneakers Café & Bistro / RUNNER-UP Penny Cluse b. Outside Chittenden County: WINNER The Mist Grill / RUNNER-UP Main St. Grill & Bar Best breakfast spot a. Inside Chittenden County: WINNER Penny Cluse / RUNNER-UP Sneakers b. Outside Chittenden County: WINNER River Run / RUNNER-UP Rosie’s Best place to do lunch a. Inside Chittenden County: WINNER Stone Soup / RUNNER-UP Leunig’s b. Outside Chittenden County: WINNER Eat Good Food / RUNNER-UP Sarducci’s Award-worthy wait staff: WINNERS (tie) Trattoria Delia, NECI Commons / RUNNER-UP Vermont Pub and Brewery Best midnight munching: WINNER Nectar’s / RUNNER-UP Kountry Kart Deli Best place to grab a Vermont beer: WINNER Vermont Pub and Brewery / RUNNER-UP Three Needs Best veggie fare: WINNER Stone Soup / RUNNER-UP Five Spice Cafe Best pizza: WINNER Leonardo’s / RUNNER-UP Junior’s Italian Best cocktail hour: WINNER The Waiting Room / RUNNER-UP Wine Works Best après-ski: WINNER The Shed / RUNNER-UP Matterhorn Best place to get caffeinated: WINNER Uncommon Grounds / RUNNER-UP Muddy Waters Best bakery: WINNER Mirabelles / RUNNER-UP Klinger’s Best natural foods market: WINNER City Market / RUNNER-UP Healthy Living Natural Foods Market Favorite gourmet goodies shop: WINNER The Cheese Outlet Fresh Market / RUNNER-UP Lake Champlain Chocolates Tastiest take-out: WINNER New World Tortilla / RUNNER-UP Peking Duck House Best street eats: WINNER Hot Dog Lady / RUNNER-UP Hong’s Dumplings Classiest caterers: WINNER Let’s Pretend / RUNNER-UP NECI Catering Best wine seller: WINNER Wine Works / RUNNER-UP Cheese Traders & Wine Sellers Best first-date spot: WINNER The Daily Planet / RUNNER-UP Leunig’s

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37.

Best live music venue: WINNER Higher Ground / RUNNER-UP Red Square Best place to cut the rug: WINNER Metronome / RUNNER-UP 135 Pearl Best club deejay: WINNER A Dog / RUNNER-UP Craig Mitchell Best place to belt "I Will Survive" (karaoke): WINNER JP’s / RUNNER-UP 135 Pearl Best musician: WINNER Trey Anastasio / RUNNER-UP Eric Olsen Best vocalist: WINNER Tammy Fletcher / RUNNER-UP Gregory Douglass Best local band: WINNER Phish / RUNNER-UP Led LO/CO Finest fiction writer with Vermont plates: WINNER Chris Bohjalian / RUNNER-UP John Irving Best bard: WINNER David Budbill / RUNNER-UP Marc Awodey Best actor: WINNER Rusty Dewees “The Logger” / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Luis Guzman, John Alexander Best visual artist: WINNER Matt Thorsen / RUNNER-UP Katharine Montstream Best moviehouse: WINNER Savoy Theater / RUNNER-UP: Essex Outlet Cinemas Street performer most likely to succeed: WINNER Erik “Dux” Bachman / RUNNER-UP (pan flute guy) Finest art classes: WINNER: Firehouse Gallery / RUNNER-UP Frog Hollow Best fest: WINNER Discover Jazz Festival / RUNNER-UP Brewers Fest Outstanding outdoor art: WINNER “Whale Tails” / RUNNER-UP Burlington Utility Boxes

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89. Best thing about Vermont: WINNER Natural Beauty / RUNNER-UP Mountains 90. Best reason to go back where you came from...: WINNER Winter / RUNNER-UP Lack of Ethnic Diversity 91. Best attraction for out-of-town guests a. rain: WINNER ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain / RUNNER-UP Ben & Jerry’s b. shine: WINNER Lake Champlain / RUNNER-UP Church Street 92. Best tourist-free site: WINNER Huntington Gorge / RUNNERS-UP (tie) Indian Brook Reservoir, Home 93. Best place to "spy" or be "spied": WINNER Church Street / RUNNER-UP Red Square 94. Most scenic stretch of road: WINNER Route 100 / RUNNER-UP Route 7 South (Shelburne to Charlotte) 95. Superlative snow slope: WINNER Stowe Mountain Resort / RUNNER-UP Jay Peak 96. Best place to tee off: WINNER Rocky Ridge / RUNNER-UP Vermont National 97. Most excellent x-country ski area: WINNER Catamount Family Center / RUNNER-UP Trapp Family Lodge 98. Best place to take a hike: WINNER Camel’s Hump / RUNNER-UP Mount Mansfield 99. Best bike trail: WINNER Burlington Bike Path / RUNNER-UP Stowe 100. Best bowling alley: WINNER Yankee Lanes / RUNNER-UP Champlain Lanes 101. Best Vermont weekend "getaway": WINNER Stowe / RUNNER-UP Montréal 102. Best make-out spot a. summer: WINNER Waterfront / RUNNER-UP Home b. winter: WINNER Home / RUNNER-UP Ski Lift 103. Biggest black flies: WINNER Home / RUNNER-UP Monkton

Wisest weather watcher: WINNER Tom Messner / RUNNER-UP Eye on the Sky Guys Best print journalist: WINNER Peter Freyne / RUNNER-UP Ethan Covey Best local radio jock: WINNER Marion Carol (WIZN) / RUNNER-UP Electra (Buzz) Best spot on the radio dial: WINNER The Point / RUNNER-UP Vermont Public Radio Best local television newscast: WINNER WCAX / RUNNER-UP WPTZ Most notable Vermont politician: WINNER Howard Dean / RUNNER-UP Bernie Sanders Farthest-reaching Vermont news story: WINNER Civil Unions / RUNNER-UP Dean for President 45. Best reason to avoid mainstream media: WINNER Lies / RUNNER-UP Burlington Free Press, Gannett 46. Best next career for Jim Douglas: Too many to mention 47. Best local hero: WINNER Jim Jeffords / RUNNER-UP Howard Dean


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