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READERS’ POLL

WELCOME TO THE 2020 EDITION OF BEST OF NEW ORLEANS. In a season dominated by talk of voting, Gambit’s readers have already delivered their ballots — and what could be easier than voting for their favorite things. Gambit tabulated thousands of ballots for the best restaurants, bars, shops and attractions as well as favorite local media personalities and politicians. These votes were cast by you, our gentle and reasonable readers. The results fill this issue of Gambit. Gambit readers always have opinions — especially about their own opinions — so we’ve tried to anticipate some of the questions you might have as well.

Q. Who chooses the winners? A. You, the readers, do. Not the

Illuminati. Not the liberal lamestream media. The results are entirely based on the voting done online by our readers. Gambit editors had no say in who won. This is all your fault.

Q. Are the results legit? Does advertising have any influence on what gets awarded? A. The results are never tweaked,

weighted or in any way adulterated. The United Nations does not control the process, despite their best efforts. And our advertising department holds no sway over the winners. They do know who placed in the Top three before the issue comes out, however.

Q. Are there nominations or run-offs? A. Some alt-weeklies run their

Best Of contests with those rounds. That seems like a lot of extra work. Gambit has one round of voting, and voters can cast their votes for any entrant relevant to the category.

Q. Do people try to cheat? How do you prevent it? A. Yes, they do. We would

honestly be disappointed if they didn’t. And we have our ways of preventing them (cue ominous knuckle cracking sound).

Q. Who are the people featured on the section opening pages? A. We invited some locals who are active on social media to share some of their favorite things about New Orleans. So news anchor Karen Swensen, photographer Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell, life coach Alisha Reed and others kindly shared some of their picks.

Q. Why don’t you have a category for ________ ? A. We switch up categories every

year, putting in new ones and dropping some old ones. If you want to make the case for a specific category — like Best Pothole or Best Gas Station to Buy Beef Jerky at 6 a.m., for instance — being on next year’s ballot, drop an email to response@gambitweekly.com.

Q. No but seriously, it’s rigged right? A. No, seriously, it’s not. This ain’t

the NFL, bruh. None of us moonlight as referees.

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1 Cure

(4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; curenola.com) 2 Carousel Bar & Lounge (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504523-3341; hotelmonteleone.com/ entertainment/carousel-bar) 3 Bar Tonique (820 N. Rampart St., 504-324-6045; bartonique.com)

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Cure was voted Best Bar for Cocktails.

BEST BAKERY 1 Haydel’s Bakery

(3117 Magazine St., 504-267-3165; 4037 Jefferson Highway, 800-442-1342; haydelsbakery.com) 2 La Boulangerie (4600 Magazine St., 504-269-3777; laboulangerienola.com) 3 Gracious Bakery (1000 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504321-6233; 2854 St. Charles Ave., 504-301-9949; 4930 Prytania St., 504-300-8135; graciousbakery.com)

BEST BALCONY FOR DINING AND DRINKING 1 Tableau

(616 St. Peter St., 504-934-3463; tableaufrenchquarter.com) 2 Muriel’s (801 Chartres St., 504-568-1885; muriels.com) 3 Gris-Gris (1800 Magazine St., 504-272-0241; grisgrisnola.com)

BEST BAR FOR DAY DRINKING 1 Wrong Iron

(3532 Toulouse St., 504-302-0528; wrongiron.com) 2 The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488 4191; bulldog.draftfreak.com) 3 Pat O’Brien’s (718 St. Peter St., 504-525-4823; patobriens.com)

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Frank Lau and Julie Gonzalez drink margaritas at Wrong Iron, which was voted Best Bar for Day Drinking.

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The Bulldog on Canal Boulevard has a long line of taps as well as a good selection of bottled beers.

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(3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; bulldog.draftfreak.com) 2 The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243; theavenuepub.com) 3 Cooter Brown’s (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; cooterbrowns.com)

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(900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; blueoakbbq.com) 2 Central City BBQ (1201 S. Rampart St., 504-558-4276; centralcitybbq.com) 3 The Joint (701 Mazant St., 504-949-3232; alwayssmokin.com)

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(8 Canal St., 800-427-7247; caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans) 2 Treasure Chest Casino (5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-8000; treasurechest.com) 3 Boomtown Casino (4132 Peters Road, Harvey, 504-366-7711; boomtownneworleans.com) PAGE 17

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BEST CHEF 1 Nina Compton 2018 was a good year for Nina Compton. She opened her second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, and she was honored as Best Chef: South by the James Beard Foundation. This year hasn’t been as smooth. Bywater American Bistro celebrated its second birthday weeks before the pandemic shutdowns. Her first restaurant, Compere Lapin, remains closed. But she retooled Bywater American Bistro for dine-in and takeout, with dishes such as curried rabbit with coconut rice and peas, and Italian malfatti dumplings with Gulf shrimp and tomato and okra stew. And on top of coping with the challenges of keeping her restaurants afloat, Compton has been featured in the media almost as much as her time on season 11 of “Top Chef.” In late August, The New Yorker published a glowing profile, in which Compton discussed her life in top kitchens from New York to Miami, getting ahead as a woman in male-dominated, old-world style kitchens, and rethinking restaurants. She also spoke to the Beard Foundation about maintaining balance in life while running a kitchen. The native of St. Lucia also is helping rethink New Orleans cooking, reflecting influences from the Caribbean and beyond. Last summer, the New York Times profiled her among 16 Black chefs changing food in America. She’s won over local diners, including our readers, and she’s got the rest of the food world paying attention as well. 2 Frank Brigtsen 3 Susan Spicer 3 Tory McPhail P H OTO B Y S O P H I A G E R M E R // T H E T I M E S - P I C AY U N E | T H E N E W O R L E A N S A DVO C AT E

Chef/owner Nina Compton reopened Bywater American Bistro.

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT 1 Five Happiness

(3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-482-3935; fivehappiness.com) 2 Blue Giant (1300 Magazine St., 504-5829060; bluegiantnola.com) 3 Ming’s Restaurant (7224 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-333-6341; mingslakeview.com)

BEST DISTILLERY 1 Seven Three Distilling Co.

(301 N Claiborne Ave., 504-265-8545; seventhreedistilling.com) 2 Lula Restaurant Distillery (1532 St Charles Ave., 504-267-7624; lulanola.com) 3 NOLA Distillery (3715 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-598-5610; nola-distillery.com)

BEST BURGER RESTAURANT 1 Company Burger

(4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; thecompanyburger.com) 2 Port of Call (838 Esplanade Ave., 504-523-0120; portofcallnola.com) 3 Lakeview Harbor (8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-486-4887; lakeviewharbor.us)

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Chef/owner Adam Biderman at the takeout counter of Company Burger.

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BEST DOUGHNUT 1 District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.

(527 Harrison Ave., 504-827-1152; Elmwood Shopping Center, 1126 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson, 504-605-7944; 2209 Magazine St., 504-570-6945; 5637 Magazine St., 504-313-1316; districtdonuts.com) 2 Bakers Dozen (3305 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, 504-828-2811; lovebakersdozen.com) 3 Krispy Kreme (825 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, 504-779-9620; krispykreme.com)

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BEST DIVE BAR 1 Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge

(7612 Oak St., 504-861-2802; snakeandjakes.com) 2 Lots a Luck Tavern (203 Homedale St, 504-483-0978) 3 The Club Ms. Mae’s (4336 Magazine St., 504-218-8035; facebook.com/ msmaesnola) 3 Pal’s Lounge (949 N. Rendon St., 504488-7257; palslounge.com)

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT 1 La Crepe Nanou

(1410 Robert St., 504-899-2670; lacrepenanou.com) 2 Cafe Degas (3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635; cafedegas.com) 3 Antoine’s Restaurant (713 St Louis St., 504-581-4422; antoines.com)

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BEST FRIED CHICKEN

1 The Bulldog

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(3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; bulldog.draftfreak.com) 2 Wrong Iron (3532 Toulouse St., 504-302-0528; wrongiron.com) 3 Bayou Beer and Wine Garden (315 N. Rendon St., 504-826-2925; bayouwinegarden.com; 326 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, 504-302-9357; bayoubeergarden.com)

BEST FOOD HALL 1 St. Roch Market

(2381 St. Claude Ave., 504-609-3813; strochmarket.com) 2 Pythian Market (234 Loyola Ave., 481-9599; pythianmarket.com)

(Citywide; popeyes.com) 2 Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Pythian Market, 234 Loyola Ave., 504-459-2640; pythianmarket.com; 2401 St. Ann St., 504-822-9503; williemaesnola.com) 3 Dooky Chase’s Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600; dookychaserestaurant.com)

BEST GUMBO 1 Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

BEST GENTLEMEN’S/ STRIP CLUB 1 Rick’s Cabaret

3 Visions Men’s Club (4000 Downman Road, 504-240-0069; visionsmensclub.com)

(315 Bourbon St., 504-524-4222; rickscabaretneworleans.com) 2 The Penthouse Club (727 Iberville St., 504-524-4354; penthouseclubneworleans.com)

(2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-2022; gumbostop.com) 2 Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St., 504-525-1486; gumboshop.com) 3 Dooky Chase’s Restaurant (2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0600; dookychaserestaurant.com) PAGE 21

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BEST HOTEL BAR 1 Carousel Bar & Lounge

(Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504-523-3341; hotelmonteleone. com/entertainment/carousel-bar) 2 Sazerac Bar (The Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200; therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/ the-sazerac-bar.html) 3 Hot Tin (Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-3231500; hottinbar.com)

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BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI RESTAURANT 1 Rock-N-Sake Bar & Sushi

(823 Fulton St., 504-581-7253; 2913 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-267-9761; rocknsake.com) 2 Shogun Japanese Restaurant and Steak House (2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-7477; shogunneworleans.com) 3 Mikimoto (3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-4881881; mikimotosushi.com)

BEST LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANT 1 Mais Arepas

(1200 Carondelet St., 504-523-6247; facebook. com/maisarepas) New Orleans has an expanding array of Latin American cuisines to choose from, including Brazilian, Peruvian and Venezuelan restaurants. But our voters’ top choice is Colombian cuisine from Mais Arepas. It specializes in the namesake arepas, the slightly sweet rounds made with corn flour and shaped like pita bread. Mais Arepas stuffs its arepas with everything from roast pork to skirt steak, grilled chorizo, Gulf shrimp or ham. The kitchen dresses the sandwiches with avocado, salsa rosado, cheese, aji amarillo pepper sauce, cranberry beans, plantain chips and more. The menu also includes ceviche, empanadas, and the bandeja paisa, a heaping country-style platter of meats, plantains, garlic rice, avocado and more, named for the nation’s rural mountainous region at the tip of the Andes. Here, it’s all served in the more urbane setting of a stylish but casual cafe just off St. Charles Avenue and the Warehouse District. 2 Baru Bistro and Tapas (3700 Magazine St., 504895-2225; barutapasnola.com) 3 Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco (5015 Magazine St., 504267-7612; titoscevichepisco.com)

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BEST KENNER RESTAURANT 1 Kenner Seafood

(3140 Loyola Drive, Kenner, 504-466-4701; kennerseafood.net) 2 Gendusa’s Italian Market (325 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-305-5305; gendusasitalian.com) 3 Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar (3201 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-443-3474; facebook.com/ theharborseafoodoysterbar)

BEST KING CAKE 1 Manny Randazzo Original King Cakes

(3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, 504-456-1476; randazzokingcake.com) 2 Dong Phuong (14207 Chef Menteur Highway, 504-254-0214; dpbakeshop.com) 3 Haydel’s Bakery (3117 Magazine St., 504-2673165; 4037 Jefferson Highway, 504-837-0190; haydelsbakery.com)

BEST LGBT BAR 1 Good Friends Bar

(740 Dauphine St., 504-566-7191; goodfriendsbar.com) 2 Bourbon Pub Parade (801 Bourbon St., 504529-2107; bourbonpub.com) 3 Oz (800 Bourbon St., 504-593-9491; ozneworleans.com) PAGE 25

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(Citywide; pjscoffee.com) 2 French Truck (Citywide; frenchtruckcoffee.com) 3 CC’s (Citywide; ccscoffee.com)

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BEST LOCAL BREWERY 1 Urban South Brewery

(1645 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-267-4852; urbansouthbrewery.com) New signage and logos in turquoise, magenta and yellow make Urban South Brewery look like the “South” means Miami, but it’s just shaking things up at a fast-moving business. Urban South opened a second location in Houston early in 2020, and since the pandemic kicked in, it’s been more creative than ever. While the brewery continues to churn out flagships like Paradise Park lager (in teal cans with pink flamingos), Holy Roller IPA and Who Dat golden ale, it’s been on a mission to release new beers every week at its taproom in the Lower Garden District. That’s meant dozens of new brews, including a super fruity, thick-bodied Spilled series, which was developed in the Houston taproom with the addition of chunky pulp. Summer versions included strawberry-watermelon and pina colada flavors. The brewery also introduced a line of spiked seltzers. Urban South was one of the first local breweries to release a Black Is Beautiful beer, an international initiative based on Texas brewery Weathered Souls’ recipe for an imperial stout. Breweries released their own versions and are donating the profits to local social justice causes and nonprofit organizations in response to protests against racism and police brutality. The brewery also recently started a similar effort, releasing a Coastal Harmony beer to benefit victims of Hurricane Laura. 2 Port Orleans Brewing Co. (4124 Tchoupitoulas St., 504- 266-2332; portorleansbrewingco.com) 3 Abita Brewing Co. (21084 Highway 36, Covington, 985-893-3143; abita.com)

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(baumerfoods.com) 2 Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce (tabasco.com) 3 Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (tonychachere.com)

1 Drago’s

(3232 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 504888-9254; dragosrestaurant.com) 2 Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop (2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-8352022; gumbostop.com) 3 Vincent’s Italian Cuisine (4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-885-2984; vincentsitaliancuisine.com)

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1 El Gato Negro

(81 French Market Place, 504-525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107; 800 S. Peters St., 504-309-8864; elgatonegronola.com) 2 Juan’s Flying Burrito (515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., 504-569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; 5538 Magazine St., 504-897-4800; juansflyingburrito.com) 3 El Paso Mexican Grill (Citywide; elpasomexrestaurant.com)

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BEST MIDDLE EASTERN/ MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT 1 Lebanon’s Cafe

(1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200; lebanonscafe.com) 2 Byblos Mediterranean Grill (1501 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-834-9773; 2020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-837-9777; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-830-7333; byblosrestaurants.com) 3 Saba (5757 Magazine St., Suite A, 504-324-7770; eatwithsaba.com)

BEST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR 1 Pal’s Lounge

(949 N. Rendon St., 504-488-7257; palslounge.com) 2 Parlay’s Bar (870 Harrison Ave., 504-304-6338; facebook.com/parlays) 3 St. Joe’s Bar (5535 Magazine St., 504-899-3744; stjoesbar.com)

BEST NORTHSHORE RESTAURANT BEST NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT 1 Commander’s Palace

(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; commanderspalace.com) Perhaps absence made the heart grow fonder, because readers voted the Garden District landmark tops in four categories during weeks when its doors were closed to diners. Our readers voted it Best New Orleans Restaurant, Best Traditional Louisiana Restaurant, Best Restaurant for Romantic Dining and Best Place to Get a Martini. The modern Creole dining institution reopened Sept. 11 for dinner and brunch service, and diners can spread out among its many dining rooms and courtyard. But Commander’s found plenty of ways to stay in touch during the intervening six months. It launched a weekly wineand-cheese tasting event, drawing on its wine cellar, and broadcasts on Zoom have been like themed variety shows hosted by sommelier Dan Davis. Commander’s also began shipping full meals to eat at home and offers takeout. Commander’s executive chef Tory McPhail also tied for third as our readers’ favorite chef. 2 GW Fins (808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; gwfins. com) 3 Clancy’s Restaurant (6100 Annunciation St., 504895-1111; clancysneworleans.com)

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Commander’s Palace was voted tops in four categories, including Best new Orleans Restaurant.

1 The Chimes

(19130 W. Front St., Covington, 985-892-5396; thechimes.com) 2 Sal & Judy’s (27491 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe, 985-882-9443; salandjudys.com) 3 Trey Yeun (600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-4476; treyyuen.com)

BEST OUTDOOR DINING 1 Velvet Cactus

(6300 Argonne Blvd., 504-301-2083; thevelvetcactus.com) 2 Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; bacchanalwine.com) 3 The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar (7900 Lakeshore Drive, 504-2842898; thebluecrabnola.com)

BEST PIZZA RESTAURANT 1 Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza

(Citywide; theospizza.com) 2 Pizza Delicious (617 Piety St., 504-676-8482; pizzadelicious.com) 3 Pizza Domenica (3200 Banks St., 504-459-2072; 4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; pizzadomenica.com)

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED OCTOBER 2019 OR LATER) 1 NOLA Caye

(898 Baronne St., 504-302-1302; nolacaye.com) NOLA Caye owners Bryan and Brooke Zar have plenty of experience in the local restaurant scene. Their first restaurant was the more traditional Restaurant des Familles, which was damaged in a fire in July. But there’s Caribbean inspiration behind the creative food at NOLA Caye, which opened last year in an airy space on the ground floor of the Domio hotel in the Warehouse District. Colorful cocktails include a hibiscus margarita and a sky-blue Coconut Cloud. Tropical fruits and dramatic presentations keep plates bright. The menu hits points around the Caribbean, with Jamaican-style jerk chicken and braised oxtail, a Cuban sandwich, conch fritters, coconut shrimp, plantain chips and more. For seafood, there’s tuna ceviche, fried oysters, grilled fish and lobster rolls, amongst other offerings. A short list of tacos draws on Latin flavors as well. NOLA Caye expanded its outdoor seating during the pandemic, and it’s one of our readers’ favorite new ports of call. 2 Blue Giant (1300 Magazine St., 504-582-9060; bluegiantnola.com) 3 Cho Thai (3218 Magazine St., 504-381-4264; chothairestaurant.com)

P H OTO B Y C H E R Y L G E R B E R

Bryan and Brooke Zar opened NOLA Caye, voted the area’s Best New Restaurant.

BEST PLACE FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP 1 Blue Oak BBQ

(900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; blueoakbbq.com) For Blue Oak BBQ, setting up tents and serving massive quantities of barbecue in spring normally would mean it’s time for the Hogs for the Cause festival. That event was cancelled this year, but Blue Oak BBQ was one of the early heavy hitters in the switch to curbside pickup. In late March, Blue Oak offered a short menu of family pack meals built around four-pound blocks of shrink-wrapped brisket or pulled pork. The restaurant later kept pace with the city’s reopening phases, returning to its regular menu and welcoming diners back to its picnic tables and patio tables on an oak-lined stretch of North Carrollton Avenue. But curbside pick-up continued from the tent, and diners can still brown bag it by ordering a big family-style spread featuring “all the meats and all the sides.”

1 Zea Rotisserie & Bar

(Citywide; zearestaurants.com) Area Zea restaurants pivoted to offer a full spectrum of choices, from dine-in to takeout and curbside pickup. The full menu of rotisserie-cooked meats, Creole and seafood dishes, salads, sharable items and full family-packed meals can be delivered right to patron’s parked cars. 2 Copelands of New Orleans (Citywide; copelandsofneworleans.com) 3 Parkway Bakery & Tavern (538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047; parkwaypoorboys.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET A GLASS OF WINE 1 Bacchanal Wine (600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; bacchanalwine.com)

1 Delachaise

BEST PLACE TO GET A BLOODY MARY 1 Atchafalaya

(901 Louisiana Ave., 504-8919626; atchafalayarestaurant.com) 2 Ruby Slipper Cafe (Citywide; therubyslippercafe.net) 3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome (1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 504587-3822; mbsuperdome.com)

BEST PLACE TO GET A MARGARITA 1 Superior Grill

(3636 St. Charles Ave., 504-8994200; neworleans.superiorgrill. com) 2 Juan’s Flying Burrito (515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., 504-5690000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; 5538 Magazine St., 504-897-4800; juansflyingburrito.com) 3 The Velvet Cactus (6300 Argonne Blvd., 504-301-2083; thevelvetcactus.com)

(3442 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-0858; thedelachaise.com) 2 Bayou Wine Garden (315 N. Rendon St., 504-826-2925; bayouwinegarden. com) 3 Oak (8118 Oak St., 504- 302-1485; oaknola.com)

1 Commander’s Palace

(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; commanderspalace.com) 2 The Bombay Club (830 Conti St., 504-608-5717; bombayclubneworleans.com) 3 Cure (4905 Freret St., 504-3022357; curenola.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET A PO-BOY 1 Parkway Bakery & Tavern (538 Hagan Ave., 504-482-3047; parkwaypoorboys.com) 2 Domilise’s Po-boys and Bar (5240 Annunciation St., 504899-9126; domilisespoboys.com) 3 Short Stop Poboys (119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, 504-885-4572; shortstoppoboysno.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET A MARTINI

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1 Stein’s Market and Deli

(2207 Magazine St., 504-5270771; steinsdeli.com) 2 Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; martinwine.com) 3 Turkey and the Wolf (739 Jackson Ave., 504-218-7428; turkeyandthewolf.com) PAGE 33

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1 Creole Creamery

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(2565 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-354-8069; 4924 Prytania St., 504-894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 504482-2924; creolecreamery.com) Creole Creamery is known for its creative flavors, but the pandemic has forced it to stick to more of a greatest-hits lineup, though there are still more than two dozen choices. It’s the availability of samples that helps sweet tooths, or those who prefer more savory ice creams, to explore its offerings and find an exotic new favorite. Diners also had to do without cones. But for people who know they want black and gold crunch, peanut butter fudge pie, Mango Unchained (made with cayenne pepper), grapefruit shandy sorbet or olive oil and sea salt ice cream, these parlors hit the spot. Locations include the original shop in a former McKenzie’s Bakery on Prytania Street, a Lakeview store and one on Metairie Road. There’s also a shop in Bay St. Louis and Creole Creamery flavors are available at Rieger’s on the Trace in Mandeville. 2 Angelo Brocato (214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-4861465; angelobrocatoicecream.com) 3 Piccola Gelateria (4525 Freret St., 504-493-5999; piccolagelateria.com)

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1 Angelo Brocato

1 Ruby Slipper Cafe

(214 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-1465; angelobrocatoicecream.com) 2 Bakery Bar (1179 Annunciation St., 504-513-8664; bakery.bar) 3 Creole Creamery (2565 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-354-8069; 4924 Prytania St., 504-894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 504-482-2924; creolecreamery.com)

(Citywide; therubyslippercafe.net) 2 Toast (1035 Decatur St., 504-300-5518; 1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664; 5433 Laurel St., 504-267-3260; toastneworleans.com) 3 Bearcat Cafe (2521 Jena St., 504-309-9011; 845 Carondelet St., 504-766-7399; bearcat845.com) PAGE 34

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(The Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200; therooseveltneworleans.com/ dining/the-sazerac-bar.html) 2 Pat O’Brien’s (718 St. Peter St., 504-525-4823; patobriens.com) 3 Carousel Bar & Lounge (Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504523-3341; hotelmonteleone.com/ entertainment/carousel-bar)

BEST PLACE TO GET BOILED SEAFOOD 1 Bevi Seafood Co.

(236 Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7503; 4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-885-5003; beviseafoodco.com) 2 Deanie’s (841 Iberville St., 504581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-831-4141; 2200 Magazine St., 504-962-7760; deanies.com) 3 Schaefer Seafood (1726 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-833-3973; schaeferseafood.com)

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1 Commander’s Palace

(1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; commanderspalace.com) 2 Cafe Degas (3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635; cafedegas.com) 3 Lilette (3637 Magazine St., 504-895-1636; liletterestaurant.com) 3 Vincent’s Italian Cuisine (4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-885-2984; 7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313; vincentsitaliancuisine.com)

BEST RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIANS/ VEGANS 1 Seed

(1330 Prytania St., 504-417-7333; seedyourhealth.com) 2 Carmo (527 Julia St., 504-8754132; cafecarmo.com) 3 Sneaky Pickle (4017 St. Claude Ave., 504-218-5651; yousneakypickle.com)

BEST PLACE TO GET POKE

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

1 Poke Loa

1 GW Fins

(Citywide; eatpokeloa.com) 2 LemonShark Poke (2901 Magazine St., 504-5186665; lemonsharkpoke.com) 3 Poke-Chan (2809 St. Claude Ave., 504-5715446; poke-chan.com)

(808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; gwfins.com) 2 Peche (800 Magazine St., 504522-1744; pecherestaurant.com) 3 Deanie’s (841 Iberville St., 504581-1316; 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, 504-831-4141; 2200 Magazine St., 504-962-7760; deanies.com)

BEST PLACE TO GET TACOS

BEST SNO-BALL STAND

1 The Rum House

ONE DOZEN

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANTIC DINING

(3128 Magazine St., 504-9343333; therumhouse.com) 2 Barracuda (3984 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-266-2961; eatbarracuda.com) 3 Juan’s Flying Burrito (515 Baronne St., 504-529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., 504-5690000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-9950; 5538 Magazine St., 504-897-4800; juansflyingburrito.com)

1 Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

(4801 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-8919788; snobliz.com) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz has been a New Orleans summer tradition going on 81 years now. Locals happily follow the yellow line for the same shaved ice and homemade syrups that have cooled off generations of New Orleanians. Ernest Hansen patented the first electric iceshaving machine in 1934, and today his granddaughter, Ashley Hansen, continues to run the

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1 Hot Tin

(Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., 504-323-1500; hottinbar.com) 2 Monkey Board (The Troubadour Hotel, 1111 Gravier St., 504-518-5600; monkeyboardnola.com) 3 Alto (Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., 504-900-1180; acehotel.com/ neworleans/food-and-drink/alto)

Take a drive to New Orleans’ most historic neighbor, St. Bernard and MeMe’s Bar & Grill. 15 minutes from downtown Plenty of free parking

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The Hot Tin rooftop bar at the Pontchartrain Hotel offers a panoramic view of downtown.

shop on Tchoupitoulas Street. 2 Sal’s Sno-Balls (1823 Metairie Ave., Metairie, 504-666-1823) 3 William’s Plum Street Snowballs (1300 Burdette St., 504-866-7996; plumstreetsnoball.com)

Perez, Chalmette, 504-345-2487; facebook.com/ secretthairestaurant)

BEST STEAKHOUSE 1 Ruth’s Chris Steak House

BEST SPORTS BAR 1 Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar (50 Town Center Parkway, Slidell, 985-639-9891; 1009 Poydras St., 504-309-6530; 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504273-1233; 69796 Stirling Blvd., Covington, 985-900-2234; walk-ons.com) 2 Cooter Brown’s (509 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-9104; cooterbrowns.com) 3 Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill (519 Fulton St., 504-5938118; caesars.com/harrahs-neworleans/restaurants/manningseat-drink-cheer)

BEST ST. BERNARD PARISH RESTAURANT 1 Rocky & Carlo’s Restaurant and Bar

(613 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, 504-279-8323; rockyandcarlosrestaurant.com) 2 MeMe’s Bar & Grille (712 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-644-4992; memesbarandgrille.com) 3 Secret Thai (9212 W. Judge

(Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 504-587-7099; 3633 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-3600; ruthschris.com) 2 Crescent City Steaks (1001 N. Broad St., 504-821-3271; crescentcitysteaks.com) 3 Mr. John’s Steakhouse (2111 St. Charles Ave., 504-679-7697; mrjohnssteakhouse.com)

BEST THAI RESTAURANT

899-8221; commanderspalace.com) 2 Galatoire’s Restaurant (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; galatoires.com) 3 Mandina’s Restaurant (3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179; Azalea Shopping Center, 4240 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-674-9883; mandinasrestaurant.com)

BEST TRADITIONAL LOUISIANA RESTAURANT

TOP 3 BEST

St. Bernard Restaurant!

1 Nine Roses

(1100 Stephens St., Gretna, 504-366-7665; ninerosesrestaurant.com) 2 Lilly’s Cafe (1813 Magazine St., 504-599-9999; facebook.com/ lillyscafe) 3 Tan Dinh (1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-361-8008)

BEST WEST BANK RESTAURANT 1 Banana Blossom

(500 Ninth St., Gretna, 504-5000997; 504bananablossom.com) 2 Cafe 615 (615 Kepler St, Gretna, 504-365-1225; cafe615.com) 3 Tan Dinh (1705 Lafayette St., Gretna, 504-361-8008; tandinhnola.com)

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BEST VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT

1 SukhoThai

(2200 Royal St., 504-948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 504-373-6471; sukhothai-nola.com) 2 Banana Blossom (500 Ninth St., Gretna, 504-500-0997; 504bananablossom.com) 3 Cafe Equator (2920 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-4772; cafeequator.com)

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M.S. Rau expanded its gallery space in the French Quarter.

BEST ANTIQUES STORE 1 M.S. Rau Antiques

(630 Royal St., 888-557-2406; rauantiques.com) New Orleanians have been familiar with M.S. Rau for generations. The century-old antiques and art shop has occupied a sprawling array of galleries facing Royal Street stretching under a block in the heart of the French Quarter. Last year, Rau completed a massive renovation and nearly doubled its size with the addition of 19,000 square feet of gallery space. That gave locals plenty more to explore in the realms of antiques, fine art and jewelry. There are extensive offerings of paintings and sculpture by master artists, furniture, silver service pieces, porcelain, clocks, watches, canes, music boxes and much more by top craftsmen and artisans. There also is photography, gemstones and all manner of fine collectibles and oddities. For 10 years, the business has held an art competition for area students and awards scholarships to winners. 2 Dop Antiques (300 Jefferson Highway, Building 1, 504-373-5132; dopantiques.com) 3 Renaissance Interiors (2727 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 504-4543320; yourrenaissance.com)

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BEST COSTUME STORE 1 Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes

(4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310; facebook.com/missclaudiasvintage) Because costuming and over-accessorizing is so ubiquitous to New Orleans culture, Miss Claudia’s normally bustles year-round, drawing in people of all ages. The Magazine Street boutique is filled with sartorial treasures discovered by Claudia Baumgarten, who has owned the shop since 2004. Miss Claudia’s holds an arsenal of wigs, hats, sunglasses, and other accessories that are affordable for the costume-loving masses, whether one is in need of an eye-catching bauble, a sequined suit jacket, a vintage negligee or a fullblown burlesque outfit. 2 Uptown Costume & Dancewear (4326 Magazine St., 504-895-7969; facebook.com/uptowncostumeanddancewear) 3 Humbug (2707 Williams Blvd, Kenner; 504-469-3339; humbugcostumes.com)

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1 Bayou Bicycles

(3530 Toulouse St., 504-488-1946; bayoubicycles.com) Located in a large green building right on the Lafitte Greenway near Bayou St. John, Bayou Bicycles is a go-to bike shop for Mid-City and the city as a whole. The business, which opened in 1988, caters to everyone, from the hobbyist and beginner to the professional looking for a state-ofthe-art bike fitting. Bayou Bicycles has also been staying busy during the pandemic as more people picked up cycling as a hobby to escape the stay-at-home boredoms. 2 GNO Cyclery (1426 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-861-0023; gnocyclery.com) 3 Mike the Bike Guy (4411 Magazine St., 504-899-1344; mikethebikeguy.com)

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BEST BANK/ CREDIT UNION

BEST CAR DEALERSHIP

1 Hancock Whitney

1 Lakeside Toyota

(Citywide; hancockwhitney.com) 2 Gulf Coast Bank & Trust (Citywide; gulfbank.com) 3 IberiaBank (Citywide; iberiabank.com)

BEST BARBERSHOP 1 The Parker Barber

(600 Carondelet St., 504-679-0990; parkerbarber.com) 2 Bearded Lady (2122 Magazine St., 504-310-0202; thebeardedladybarbershop.com) 3 Aiden Gill (2026 Magazine St., 504-587-9090; aidangillformen.com)

(3701 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-3311; lakesidetoyota.com) 2 Lexus of New Orleans (8811 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-207-3100; lexusneworleans.com) 3 Royal Honda (5600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-826-8320; royalhonda.com)

EXPERIENCE

• Practiced in the Criminal District Court over the course of 3 decades • Guaranteed Independence-at age 66, Gary can only serve 1 term • He joined the Orleans Indigent Defender Program on January 3, 1990, and defended citizens there for two and a half years, before going into private practice. • One of Louisiana’s most fierce defenders of citizen’s constitutional rights • Every accused person deserves a fair trial, conducted by a Judge who knows the rules. Represented 7,000 citizens • Negotiated 1000’s of fair and just Plea Bargains • Conducted 750 jury trials • Tried two Death Penalty Cases • Conducted thousands of evidentiary hearings.

PERSONAL

• Admitted to the Louisiana Bar on December 23rd 1989 • Graduated from the Southern Law Center in 1989, Cum Laude • Graduated with Bachelor in Business Administration from Millsaps College, Magna Cum Laude • Husband to Melissa, and father to Nola and Gary

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P H OTO P R OV I D ED BY OCHS N ER FITNESS CENTER

The Ochsner Fitness Center in Elmwood has a large pool and outdoor space.

BEST HEALTH CLUB/FITNESS STUDIO (1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, 504-733-1600; ochsnerfitness.com) 2 New Orleans Athletic Club (222 N. Rampart St., 504-525-2375; neworleansathleticclub.com) 3 New Orleans Jewish Community Center (5342 St. Charles Ave., 504-897-0143; nojcc.org)

BEST FLORIST

1 The Woodhouse Day Spa

1 Villere’s Florist

(796 E. Interstate 10 Service Road, Suite 230, Slidell, 985-6417772; 4030 Canal St., 504-4826652; 5004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-584-4004; woodhousespas.com) 2 Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504835-0225; 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; earthsaversonline.com) 3 H2O Salon and Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-8354377; h2osalon-spa.com)

BEST DRY CLEANER 1 Liberto Cleaners

Hours of Operation:

1 Ochsner Fitness Center

BEST DAY SPA

(4814 Prytania St., 504-897-2161; libertocleaners.com) 2 Young’s Dry Cleaning (905 Harrison Ave., 504-872-0931; 6223 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-866-5371; youngsdrycleaning.com) 3 Q Lee Laundry & Cleaners (1629 Basin St, 504-523-8615; qleecleaners.com)

For supporting Dooky Chase’s Historic Restaurant and for enjoying its Creole Cuisine, especially the Gumbo and Fried Chicken! We look forward to continuing to serve you through takeout and dining room services.

(750 Martin Behrman Highway, Metairie, 504-833-3716; 1415 N. Highway 190, Covington, 985-809-9101; villeresflowers.com) 2 Federico’s Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 504-837-6400) 3 Harkins (1601 Magazine St., 504-529-1638; harkinsneworleans.com)

Tuesday – Friday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday & Saturday – 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. www.dookychaserestaurants.com Grateful to you, The Chase Family

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1 Perino’s Home & Garden Center

(3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-7888; perinos.com) 2 Urban Roots (2375 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-522-4949; urbanrootsnola.com) 3 Harolds Indoor Outdoor Plants (1135 Press St., 504-947-7554; haroldsplants.com) PAGE 47

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BEST LIQUOR STORE 1 Martin Wine Cellar

(714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; martinwine.com) 2 Rouses Markets (Citywide; rouses.com) 3 Dorignac’s Food Center (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-8216; dorignacs.com)

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For whatever size you are that day

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BEST HAIR SALON 1 Paris Parker

(Citywide; parisparker.com) 2 H2O Salon and Spa (441 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-4377; h2osalon-spa.com) 3 Glow Hair & Beauty Bar (3101 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-2184288; glowhairbeauty.com)

BEST HOSPITAL 1 Ochsner Health

(Citywide; ochsner.org) 2 East Jefferson General Hospital (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, 504-454-4000; ejgh.org) 3 Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., 504-897-7011; touro.com)

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W BRIGTSEN’S & NEW

1 Roosevelt New Orleans

(130 Roosevelt Way, 504-6481200; therooseveltneworleans. com) 2 Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier St., 800-262-2662; windsorcourthotel.com) 3 Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St., 504-523-3341; hotelmonteleone.com) PAGE 49

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BEST JEFFERSON NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

BEST LOCALLY OWNED BOOKSTORE 1 Octavia Books

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Octavia Books is our readers favorite local bookstore.

1 Rouses Markets

(513 Octavia St., 504-899-7323; octaviabooks.com) A welcoming staff ready to help booklovers finally settle on the right title — or stack of titles, as many people have needed while stuck more at home during the pandemic — has made this small Uptown shop near the corner of Octavia and Laurel streets a favorite for both local readers and authors. It’s also got a good selection for young readers. During the pandemic, Octavia Books has kept up virtual author chats including with locals Richard Campanella, Sandy Rosenthal and Ted Jackson around their recently published works. After the initial pandemic closures, Octavia quickly adjusted, and provides customers with pre-order pickup and home delivery options, as well as physically distant browsing. 2 Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St., 504-895-2266; gardendistrictbookshop.com) 3 Blue Cypress Books (8126 Oak St., 504-352-0096; facebook.com/ bluecypressbooks)

(Citywide; rouses.com) 2 Dorignac’s Food Center (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-8216; dorignacs.com) 3 Zuppardo’s Family Market (5010 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-887-1150; zuppardos.com)

BEST LAW FIRM 1 Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys

(3621 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-345-1111; mikebrandner.com) 2 Jones Walker (201 St. Charles Ave., 504-582-8000; joneswalker.com) 3 Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers (622 Baronne St., 504-313-5097; dudleydebosier.com) 3 Morris Bart (601 Poydras St., 504-613-4771; morrisbart.com)

BEST LOCAL SHOP TO BUY LINGERIE 1 Trashy Diva (712 Royal St., 504-522-8861; 2050 Magazine St., 504-265-0973; trashydivalingerie.com) 2 Basics Underneath (5513/5515 Magazine St., 504-894-1000; basicsunderneath.com) 3 Bra Genie (3054 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite C, Metairie, 504-644-2500; Pinnacle Nord du lac Shopping Center, 6021 Pinnacle Parkway, Covington, 985-951-8638; thebragenie.com)

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THANK YOU The Little Red Schoolhouse 2055 Metairie Rd. Metairie, LA 70005

Ages 2-5 838-7979

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Ages 6 weeks - 2 333-6676

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BEST LOCALLY OWNED MUSIC STORE 1 Peaches Records

(4318 Magazine St., 504-282-3322; peachesrecordsandtapes.com) The Peaches Records space on Magazine Street has a throwback feel. That may be in part due to the retro lunch counter that remains from a Woolworth’s store that used to occupy the space. But Peaches is a local institution, founded by Shirani Rae in 1975. Over the decades, there have been Peaches locations around the city, from Gentilly to the French Quarter to the Riverbend. The Uptown spot still has all sorts of music on old media, including vinyl, tapes, CDs and much more, all spread out in easy-to-browse racks. (There are even the wooden peach crates that were just the right size to store records.) Local bands are well represented, including on vinyl when available. The store long has had a strong connection to local bounce and hip-hop artists, who sometimes DJ sets in the store. The picture windows in the front feature work by local artists, and it’s easy to see how Peaches connects with locals. 2 Louisiana Music Factory (421 Frenchmen St., 504-586-1094; louisianamusicfactory.com) 3 Euclid Records (3301 Chartres St., 504-9474348; euclidneworleans.com) P H OTO B Y M AT T H E W H I N TO N / T H E T I M E S - P I C AY U N E | T H E A DVO C AT E

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BEST LOCALLY OWNED BRIDAL SHOP 1 The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

(3331 Severn Ave., Suite 102, Metairie, 504-266-2771; maemebridal.com) 2 Town and Country (1514 St. Charles Ave., 504-523-7027; townandcountrybridal.com) 3 Pearls Place (3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-885-9213; pearlsplace.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED CHILDREN’S STORE 1 Little Miss Muffin

(244 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-833-6321; 766 Harrison Ave., 504-482-8200; 3307 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-455-1444; shoplittlemissmuffin.com)

1 Pippen Lane

(2930 Magazine St., 504-2690106; pippenlane.com) 2 Le Jouet (1700 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-837-0533; lejouet.com) 3 Banbury Cross (100 Atherton Drive, Metairie, 504-8370447; banburycrosskids.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED FURNITURE STORE 1 Doerr Furniture

(914 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-947-0606; 1645 N. Highway 190, Suite 600, Covington, 985-900-2425; doerrfurniture.com) 2 Hurwitz Mintz (1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-378-1000; hurwitzmintz.com) 3 Comeaux Furniture & Appliance (415 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504831-1365; 3949 Euphrosine St., 504-378-4900; comeauxfurn.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED JEWELRY STORE 1 Aucoin Hart Jewelers

(1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-834-9999; aucoinhart.com) 2 Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers (701 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-684-5243; ramseys.com) 3 Adler’s (722 Canal St., 504 523-5292; 2937 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504523-1952; adlersjewelry.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED KITCHEN DESIGN STORE 1 Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc.

(1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-2300; nordickitchens.com)

2 Campbell Cabinet Co (220 Hord St., Harahan, 504733-4687; 4040 Highway 59, Mandeville, 985-892-7713; campbellcabinets.com) 3 Singer Kitchens (231 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-486-0067; 316 Girod St., Mandeville, 985303-2192; singerkitchens.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED MEN’S CLOTHING STORE 1 Perlis (600 Decatur St., 504-5236681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-1711; 6070 Magazine St., 504-895-8661; perlis.com) 2 Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6666; rubensteinsneworleans.com) 3 Jeff’s Haberdashery (3020 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504455-5207; 4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, Suite D, 504-393-7074; jeffshaberdashery.com) PAGE 53

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BEST NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY 1 Rouses Markets

(Citywide; rouses.com) Rouses in 2020 is celebrating its 60th year in business, still family-owned and Louisiana based, but with 64 stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, it’s a considerable operation. At many locations, shoppers can peruse butcher and seafood counters, a deli, a salad bar, a hot line, a kiosk of marinated olives, produce, a bakery, a coffee bar, a walk-in cooler full of brews from regional breweries, liquor, wine, flowers and more. Along with best New Orleans neighborhood grocery, readers voted Rouses best Jefferson neighborhood grocery and best Northshore neighborhood grocery, and came in second as best liquor store and best place to buy wine. 2 Langenstein’s (1330 Arabella St., 504-899-9283; langensteins.com) 3 Canseco’s Markets (1133 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-7660972; 3135 Esplanade Ave., 504-322-2595; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-218-7048; cansecos.com)

Rouses stores are popular with Gambit readers throughout the metro area. NEW ORLEANS 914 ELYSIAN FIELDS AVE.

BEST LOCALLY OWNED PHARMACY 1 Majoria Drugs

(888 Terry Parkway, Terrytown, 504-392-1551; 1805 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-7211; majoriadrugsmetairie.com; majoria.com) 2 Castellon Pharmacy (8232 Oak St., 504-866-3784; castellonrx.com) 3 NOLA Discount Pharmacy (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 3, Metairie, 504-835-6060; 3001-C Ormond Blvd., Destrehan, 985-307-0800; 4305 Clearview Parkway, Suite B, Metairie, 504-888-9411; nolapharmacy.com)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED SHOE STORE 1 Orleans Shoe Co./ Good Feet

(509 N. Carrollton Ave., Suite B, 504-324-7718; 2109 Magazine St., 504-309-7702; 3000 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-888-7080; 3112 Magazine St., 504-875-2929; orleanshoes.com) PAGE 54

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BEST NEW RETAIL STORE (OPENED OCTOBER 2019 OR LATER) 1 Total Wine & Spirits

(3780 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; 504-267-8866; totalwine.com) 2 Bluberri Boutique (617 Metairie Road, Metairie; 504-281-4668; shopbluberri.com) 3 Gordon’s Framing & Gifts (4308 Waverly St, Metairie; 504-354-2248; gotogordons.com) 3 Canseco’s Market (1133 South Carrollton Ave., 504-766-0972; cansecos.com)

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BEST LOCALLY OWNED STORE FOR HOME DECOR/ACCENTS 1 Home Malone (629 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-324-8352; 4610 Magazine St., 504-766-6148; homemalonenola.com) 2 Hazelnut (5525 Magazine St, 504-891-2424; hazelnutneworleans.com) 3 Fleurty Girl (Citywide; fleurtygirl.net)

BEST LOCALLY OWNED WOMEN’S BOUTIQUE

3 Winn-Dixie (Citywide; winndixie.com)

1 Monomin

BEST PET GROOMING BUSINESS

(2104 Magazine St, 504-827-1269; monomin.com) 2 Fleurty Girl (Citywide; fleurtygirl.net) 3 Dolce Clothing Shoes Accessories (204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-609-2222; facebook.com/ shopdolceboutique)

BEST NORTHSHORE NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY 1 Rouses Markets

(Citywide; rouses.com) 2 Acquistapace’s (125 E. 21st Ave., Covington, 985-893-0593; 631 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-951-2501; acquistapace.com)

1 Zeus’ Place

(715 O’Keefe Ave., 504-324-3335; 4601 Freret St., 504-304-4718; zeusplace.com; zeusplacedowntown.com) 2 Petcetera (3205 Magazine St; 504-269-8711; petceteranola.com) 3 Pawlins (3501 River Road, Jefferson, 504-302-7200; pawlins.com)

BEST PLACE TO BUY A GIFT 1 Fleurty Girl

(Citywide; fleurtygirl.net) 2 Home Malone (629 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-3248352; 4610 Magazine St., 504-766-

6148; homemalonenola.com) 3 Phina (2561 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-827-1605; 3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-4141; phinashop.com)

BEST PLACE TO BUY ADULT TOYS 1 Mr. Binky’s Superstore

(301 Funston St, Harahan; 504-305-2160; mrbinkyssuperstore.com) 2 Dynamo (2001 St Claude Ave., 504-534-8697; dynamotoys.com) 3 HUSTLER Hollywood (111 Bourbon St.; 504-561-9969; hustlerhollywood.com) PAGE 57

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BEST PET BOARDING/ DAY CARE BUSINESS 1 Camp Bow Wow

(2731 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-3647; 3301 Conti St., 504-309-9939; campbowwow.com) 2 Canine connection (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-218-4098; canineconnectionnola.com) 3 Zeus’ Place (715 O’Keefe Ave., 504-3243335; 4601 Freret St., 504-304-4718; zeusplace.com; zeusplacedowntown.com)

P H OTO B Y CHERYL GERBER

BEST PLACE TO BUY CBD OIL PRODUCTS

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINTAGE/CONSIGNMENT FURNITURE

1 Your CBD Store

1 Renaissance

(Citywide; cbdrx4u.com) 2 Simply CBD (Citywide; simplycbdshop.com) 3 Herb Import Co. (711 St. Peter St., 504-525-4372; 712 Adams St., 504-861-4644; 5055 Canal St., 504-488-4889; herbimport.com)

(2727 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, 504-454-3320; yourrenaissance.com) 2 Merchant House (1150 Magazine St., 504-233-2240; merchanthouse.co) 3 The Occasional Wife (8237 Earhart Blvd., 504-302-9893; theoccasionalwife.com)

BEST PLACE TO BUY EYEWEAR

BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE

1 Warby Parker

(3964 Magazine St, 504-799-2830; warbyparker.com) 2 Art & Eyes (3708 Magazine St., 504-891-4494; artandeyesneworleansla.com) 3 Krewe (1818 Magazine St., 504-342-2462; 809 Royal St., 504-407-2925; krewe.com)

1 Martin Wine Cellar

(714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-8967300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-9518081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; martinwine.com) 2 Rouses Markets (Citywide; rouses.com) 3 Dorignac’s Food Center (710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-8348216; dorignacs.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET A MANICURE/PEDICURE 1 Earthsavers

(Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-0225; 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; earthsaversonline.com) 2 Cindy’s Nails & Spa (6112 Magazine St., 504-900-1939; 1000 S Carrollton Ave., 504-304-3422 3 Serenity Nail Spa (5227 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-895-2345)

BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE 1 Earthsavers

(Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-0225; 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; earthsaversonline.com) 2 The Woodhouse Day Spa (796 E.

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BEST YOGA STUDIO 1 Wild Lotus

(4842 Perrier St., 504-899-0047; wildlotusyoga.com) 2 Free To Be Yoga (725 Magazine St., 504-4073626; 2328 Metairie Road, second floor, Metairie, 504-407-3556; 4609 Magazine St., 504-407-0819; freetobepoweryoga.com) 2 Swan River (2940 Canal St., 504-301-3134; 7011 St. Claude Ave. 985-240-9384; 5422 Magazine St., swanriveryoga.com) 3 NOLA Yoga Loft (2042 Magazine St., 504-327-7483; nolayogaloft.com)

P H OTO C O U R T E S Y W I L D LOT U S YO G A

Wild Lotus Yoga was voted best yoga studio. Interstate 10 Service Road, Suite 230, Slidell, 985-641-7772; 4030 Canal St., 504-482-6652; 5004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-5844004; woodhousespas.com) 3 Massage Envy (Citywide; massageenvy.com)

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BEST PLACE TO GET WAXED 1 Waxing the City (225 W. Harrison Ave., Suite D, 504-5927424; 1212 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite A, Elmwood, 504-592-7424; 4121 Magazine St., 504-899-1500; waxingthecity.com) 2 Earthsavers (Lakeside Shopping Center Annex, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-0225; 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., 504-899-8555; earthsaversonline.com) 3 European Wax Center (Citywide; waxcenter.com)

BEST REAL ESTATE OFFICE 1 Latter & Blum (Citywide; latter-blum.com) 2 Witry Collective (900 Camp St., Suite 301, 504-291-2022; wcnola.com) 3 Keller Williams (8601 Leake Ave., 504-862-0100; neworleans.yourkwoffice.com) 3 Reve | Realtors (1477 Louisiana Ave., Suite 101, 504-300-0700; reverealtors.com)

3 Downtown Tattoo (501 Frenchmen St., 504-266-2211; downtowntattoosnola.com)

BEST SMOKE SHOP (Citywide; rashop.us) 2 Herb Import Co. (711 St. Peter St., 504-525-4372; 712 Adams St., 504-8614644; 5055 Canal St., 504-488-4889; herbimport.com) 3 The Mushroom (1037 Broadway St., 504-866-6065; themushroomnola.com)

BEST STORE FOR VINTAGE/ CONSIGNMENT CLOTHING 1 Buffalo Exchange

(4119 Magazine St., 504-891-7443; buffaloexchange.com)

1 Funky Monkey

(3127 Magazine St., 504-899-5587; funkymonkeynola.com) 2 Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes (4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310; facebook.com/ missclaudiasvintage) 3 The Encore Shop (7814 Maple St., 504-861-9028; lpovolunteers.org)

1 Red, White & Blue Thrift Store

(605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, 504-393-1072; 5728 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 504-733-8066; redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com) 2 Goodwill (Citywide; goodwillno.org) 3 Bridge House (4243 Earhart Boulevard, 504-821-2479; 7901 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-737-4752; bridgehouse.org)

BEST VAPE SHOP 1 Crescent City Vape

(Citywide; crescentcityvape.com) 2 Calhoun Vapor (3137 Calhoun St., 504-309-4717; calhounvapor.com) 3 Ra Shop (Citywide; rashop.us)

BEST VETERINARY/ ANIMAL CLINIC

BEST TATTOO/ PIERCING PARLOR

1 Metairie Small Animal Hospital

1 Mid City Voodoux Tattoos

(140 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-278-1465; voodoux.com) 2 Electric Ladyland Tattoo (610 Frenchmen St., 504-947-8286; Electric Ladyland Bywater, 504-2658020; electricladylandtattoo.com)

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BEST THRIFT STORE

(Citywide; msah.com) 2 Magazine Street Animal Clinic (3458 Magazine St., 504-891-4115; magazinestreetanimalclinic.com) 3 Prytania Veterinary Hospital (4907 Prytania St., 504-899-2828; prytaniavet.com)

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FAVORITE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER | Cyndi Nguyen FAVORITE COSTUME SHOP | Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes FAVORITE YOGA STUDIO | Say Love Yoga

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Rep. Cedric Richmond speaks during a House Judiciary Committee meeting.

BEST U.S. CONGRESS MEMBER FROM LOUISIANA 1 Rep. Cedric Richmond

A brutal takedown of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) during a House judiciary meeting earned New Orleans native Cedric Richmond some well-deserved media attention over the summer, and introduced the nation to our readers’ favorite member of Congress. The viral clip of the two lawmakers arguing about systemic racism in law enforcement highlighted the painful divisiveness of the current American political climate — but also showed that one should not mess with the charismatic “gentleman from Louisiana.” Richmond in recent months has co-sponsored bills to help put an end to discrimination in law enforcement and also has fought to improve the health of minorities. And some speculate that if Joe Biden is elected president, Richmond, who is co-chairman of Biden’s campaign, could be appointed to a high-level position in the administration, which would also help keep New Orleans in the national spotlight. 2 Rep. Steve Scalise 3 Sen. John Kennedy

BEST JEFFERSON PARISH COUNCIL MEMBER

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1 Scott Walker

2 Cynthia Lee Sheng 3 Dominick Impastato 3 Ricky Templet

BEST NEW ORLEANS CITY COUNCIL MEMBER 1 Helena Moreno 2 Jason Williams 3 Joe Giarrusso

BEST MEMBER OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE 1 Rep. Mandie Landry

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As a progressive in the Republican-dominated Louisiana Legislature, Rep. Mandie Landry of New Orleans faces uphill battles as she works on legislation that ranges from protecting women’s reproductive rights to fixing cracks in a dysfunctional criminal justice system. While her science-denying colleagues across the aisle generate headlines for their refusal to wear face masks during a pandemic, Landry, who has only just begun her political journey, has remained focused on helping the state’s vulnerable populations. She also takes a down to earth approach to engaging with her constituency, often through social media, where she not only posts updates about her work but also plenty of cute dog content — a strategy that’s clearly won her the hearts of Gambit readers this year. 2 Sen. Cameron Henry 3 Rep. Stephanie Hilferty

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FAVORITE CURBSIDE PICKUP | Saba FAVORITE FRENCH RESTAURANT | Café Degas

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FAVORITE PLACE FOR A MARTINI | Commander’s Palace FAVORITE ART GALLERY | Terrance Osborne Gallery FAVORITE NON-PROFIT | St. Jude Community Center

This WWL-TV news anchor (who was also voted Best News Anchor of 2020) is also the creator and founder of @lifesaboutchange whose mantra encourages followers to embrace change.

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FAVORITE GUMBO | Mr. B’s

FAVORITE JEWELRY STORE | Jose’ Balli FAVORITE BARBECUE RESTAURANT | Blue Oak BBQ FAVORITE PLACE BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH | Morrow’s

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FAVORITE SNO-BALL STAND | Chance in Hell SnoBalls FAVORITE PLACE FOR TACOS | Barracuda FAVORITE WEATHERCASTER | Margaret Orr FAVORITE MUSEUM | The Historic New Orleans Collection FAVORITE VINTAGE / CONSIGNMENT STORE CLOTHING | Century GirL

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BEST LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY 1 “Scoot” Paisant 2 Newell Normand 3 Bobby Hebert

BEST LOCAL TV SPORTSCASTER 1 Fletcher Mackel

The familiar, friendly Fletcher Mackel and his luscious locks have long been a local media sensation. He and his twin brother, Travers, are both fixtures at WDSU, and Fletcher’s infectious enthusiasm for local sports extends to coverage of college baseball and the latest New Orleans Saints season, now in full swing. In an interview with Gambit last year, he described himself as “loud, animated, passionate and opinionated” — ideal traits for a sports anchor in a city of people who generally share them and can relate. 2 Doug Mouton 3 Juan Kincaid

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BEST LOCAL TV NEWS ANCHOR 1 Karen Swensen 2 Sheba Turk 3 Lee Zurik

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P H OTO P R OV I D E D B Y W D S U

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1 WWL-TV

1 Margaret Orr

2 WDSU 3 FOX 8

2 David Bernard 3 Scot Pilie

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BEST RADIO STATION 1 WWOZ 90.7 FM

There is ample reason in normal years for WWOZ 90.7 FM to top the list as the city’s best radio station — as it has before — but in 2020 the station has been a tether for New Orleanians accustomed to live music and big crowds forced into isolation by the COVID-19 pandemic. As stay-at-home orders closed live music venues and introduced physical distancing, ‘OZ quickly launched OnlineWire to collect live-streaming gigs and curated a list of helpful materials for out of work musicians. In April, the station stepped in to fill the void left by a cancelled New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with “Jazz Festing in Place,” broadcasting dozens of performances pulled from the archives of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which owns ‘OZ. (Read more about Festing in Place on page 77.) The Jazz Fest stand-in was a hit, and ‘OZ hosted another seven-day Festing in Place in early September. ‘OZ also recently launched Groovapedia, a portal on its website for recent and archival audio, video and photos from New Orleans’ music history. 2 WWL 870 AM 3 WWNO 89.9 FM

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FAVORITE NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED OCTOBER 2019 OR LATER) | Vals

| Empress Of China FAVORITE PLACE FOR OUTDOOR DINING | Casa Borrega FAVORITE LOCAL MUSIC ARTIST/ BAND | Preservation Hall jazz Band FAVORITE WEATHERCASTER | David Bernard FAVORITE FLORIST | Dunn & Sonnier FAVORITE LOCAL BOOKSHOP | Faulkner House books and Arcadian Books FAVORITE CHINESE RESTAURANT

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PARKWAY BAKERY & TAVERN Wanna beat the heat? Stop by Parkway Bakery and Tavern for a fresh made banana pudding chilled just right for that summertime sweet tooth. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11-4pm for dine in and parking lot pickup.

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MIKIMOTO Sashimi Lunch Slices of assorted sashimi, tuna, fresh salmon, yellow tail, red snapper and crabstick. served with soup and salad.

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Crawfish is great. Beignets are great. At Katie’s, they take a little bit of both (minus the powdered sugar) to make something so good that it was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” In just one bite, you get crawfish, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapenos, caramelized onions and a jalapeno aioli. Talk about flavor!

Having a hard time deciding what kind of gumbo to order? That won’t be a problem at Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop in Metairie! The fan favorite Yumbo Mumbo Gumbo is filled to the brim with file, chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra and tomato, then topped with golden fried shrimp – perfect for dipping in the gumbo or eating on the side!

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BEST HIGH SCHOOL BAND

1 Gallery B. Fos

1 St. Augustine High School

(2138 Magazine St., 504-444-2967; beckyfos.com)

1 M.S. Rau

(622 Royal St., 888-557-2406; rauantiques.com) 2 Ashley Longshore Studio Gallery (4537 Magazine St., 504-333-6951; ashleylongshore.com) 3 Terrance Osborne (3029 Magazine St., 504-232-7530; terranceosborne.com)

(2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave., 504-944-2424; staugnola.org) 2 Brother Martin High School (4401 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-283-1561; brothermartin.com) 3 Archbishop Rummel High School (1901 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-8345592; rummelraiders.com)

St. Augustine High School’s Marching 100 won top high school band.

BEST ASSISTED LIVING / RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 1 Lambeth House

(150 Broadway St., 504-865-1960; lambethhouse.com) 2 Poydras Home (5354 Magazine St., 504-8970535; poydrashome.com) 3 Peristyle Residences (Citywide; 504-5173273; peristyleresidences.com)

BEST GOLF COURSE 1 Bayou Oaks at City Park

(Filmore Avenue, City Park, 504-483-9410; cityparkgolf.com) 2 Audubon Golf Course (6500 Magazine St., 504-283-0770; audubonnatureinstitute.org) 2 English Turn (1 Clubhouse Drive, 504-392-2200; englishturn.com)

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY MATTHEW HINTON

Bayou Oaks golf course at City Park won readers’ votes as Best golf course.

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Professor Longhair is the patron saint of Uptown music club Tipitina’s.

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE 1 Tipitina’s

(501 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-8477; tipitinas.com) Opened in 1977, Tipitina’s has become as much of an icon for New Orleans music as the legendary musicians that have graced its stage. The yellow Uptown building, the banana logo — rumored to be a holdover from when Tip’s randomly included a juice bar — and the Professor Longhair mural looming over the stage are beloved locally and well-known nationally. In August, Tip’s launched a web series of concerts, recorded in the empty club, to help keep the music alive during a pandemic that has created a dangerous, uncertain situation for live music venues and for bands. The first season kicked off with Galactic, whose members bought Tipitina’s in 2018, and included performances by Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Tank and the Bangas, Samantha Fish and The Radiators. 2 House of Blues (225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999; houseofblues.com/neworleans) 3 Rock ’n’ Bowl (3016 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-8611700; rocknbowl.com)

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BEST LOCAL COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY 1 Tulane University

(tulane.edu) 2 University of New Orleans (uno.edu) 3 Loyola University New Orleans (loyno.edu)

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BEST MUSIC ARTIST / BAND 1 The Revivalists

The Revivalists had an exciting 2019. The rock band opened for The Rolling Stones, was joined by comedian Bob Saget to cover The Who’s “My Generation,” headlined for the first time the Gentilly Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and sold out both its Revheads Ball and New Year’s Eve shows to close out the year. Like musicians everywhere, 2020 has largely been a lost year for The Revivalists, thanks to COVID-19. Still, the group returned to the stage in July to play the final show of the sold-out NOLA Drive-In Summer Concert Series. The Revivalists also last year created Rev Causes, a fund supporting charities and philanthropic initiatives, including recently raising money for Hurricane Laura relief. 2 Tank and the Bangas 3 Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

1 Holy Name of Jesus

(6325 Cromwell Place, 504-8611466; hnjschool.org) 2 St. Catherine of Siena (400 Codifer Blvd., Metairie, 504-8311166; scsgators.org) 3 Academy of the Sacred Heart (4301 St. Charles Ave., 504-2691230; ashrosary.org)

BEST HIGH SCHOOL 1 Mt. Carmel Academy

(7027 Milne Blvd., 504-288-7626; mcacubs.com) 2 Jesuit High School (4133 Banks St., 504-486-6631; jesuitnola.org) 3 Brother Martin High School (4401 Elysian Fields Ave., 504283-1561; brothermartin.com)

BEST MOVIE THEATER PH OTO BY SCOT T TH R E LK E LD

The Revivalists perform during the NOLA Drive-in Summer Concert Series on July 24.

1 The Prytania

(5339 Prytania St., 504-897-2787; theprytania.com) 2 The Broad Theater (636 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-218-1008; thebroadtheater.com) 3 AMC Palace 20 Elmwood (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., Harahan; amctheatres.com)

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Members of the Krewe of Muses ride on the signature rubber duck float.

BEST MARDI GRAS PARADE 1 Muses

(kreweofmuses.org) 2 Endymion (endymion.org) 3 Thoth (thothkrewe.com)

BEST MARCHING GROUP 1 610 Stompers

(610stompers.com) 2 Pussyfooters (pussyfooters.org) 3 Amelia EarHawts (aecabinkrewe.com)

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The 610 Stompers march in the Krewe of Thoth parade.

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BEST MUSEUM 1 New Orleans Museum of Art

BEST PLACE TO GET MARRIED 1 City Park

(504-482-4888; neworleanscitypark.com) New Orleans City Park, one of the country’s largest urban parks, is home to a range of picturesque, romantic spots to tie the knot — whether it’s in the seemingly enchanted Botanical Garden, underneath one of its hundreds of centuries-old oak trees or within one of its numerous pavilions. The park in recent years has also developed a number of new attractions to further entertain wedding guests or pose for Instagram-worthy photos, including a major expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and the new Louisiana Children’s Museum. 2 St. Louis Cathedral (615 Pere Antoine Alley, 504-525-9583; stlouiscathedral.org) 3 Holy Name of Jesus Church (6367 St. Charles Ave., 504-865-7430; hnjchurch.org) P H O T O B Y S A R A H R AV I T S

City Park at sunset

(1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-6584100; noma.org) 2 The National WWII Museum (945 Magazine St., 504-528-1944; nationalww2museum.org) 3 Louisiana Children’s Museum (15 Henry Thomas Drive, 504-523-1357; lcm.org)

BEST NONPROFIT 1 Louisiana SPCA (la-spca.org) 2 Son of a Saint (sonofasaint.org) 3 Second Harvest Food Bank (no-hunger.org)

BEST NURSERY/ PRESCHOOL 1 Little Red School House (2055 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504838-7979; lrshofmetairie.com) 2 Academy of the Sacred Heart (4301 St. Charles Ave., 504-2691230; ashrosary.org) 3 Louise S. McGehee School — Little Gate (1538 Philip St., 504523-9911; littlegate.com)

BEST VIRTUAL CONCERT OR EVENT DURING COVID-19 1 Festing in Place

(WWOZ 90.7 FM) If you took an afternoon walk through your neighborhood in late April, chances were good you caught the sounds of Jazz Fests past blaring from of a front porch or out of the backyard. WWOZ 90.7 FM (which won best radio station on page 69) helped fill in the silence left by the cancelled 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with “Jazz Festing in Place,” a broadcast of dozens of past Jazz Fest performances over the eight days the 51st festival was originally scheduled. The airwaves were filled with Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Little Queenie, Alvin Batiste, Herbie Hancock, John Mooney, Bruce Springsteen, John Boutte and Ella Fitzgerald with Stevie Wonder as well as daily second lines. The program was a success as more than 2.3 million people tuned in and nearly 1,000 people submitted photos of their Jazz Festing in Place — and gave an electric boost to New Orleans’ morale. ‘OZ hosted another successful, seven-day Festing in Place edition in September. 2 NOLA Drive-in Summer Concert series at the UNO Lakefront Arena 3 Commander’s Palace Wine/ Cheese Tasting

BEST SUMMER CAMP (VIRTUAL OR IRL) 1 Arden Cahill Academy Camp Corral (3101 Wall Blvd., Gretna, 504-3920902; ardencahillacademy.com) 2 Mount Carmel Academy (7027 Milne Blvd., 504-288-7626; macachubs.com/camp) 3 Little Red School House (2055 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-8387979; lrshofmetairie.com)

BEST THEATER COMPANY 1 Le Petit Theatre P H O T O B Y S C O T T T H E L K E L D/ T H E T I M E S - P I C AY U N E | T H E N E W O R L E A N S A DVO C AT E

Sean ‘Bongo’ Ryan, left, Nick Karel and Matthew Fischer listen to music from past performances broadcast by WWOZ while Festing in Place.

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(616 St. Peter St., 504-522-2081; lepetittheatre.com) 2 Southern Rep (2541 Bayou Road, 504-522-6545; southernrep.com) 3 Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts (325 Minor St., Kenner, 504-461-9475; rivertowntheaters.com)

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