Best of Austin 2011 Poll!
If you enjoy reading Austin Eavesdropper, would you consider voting for it under Best Local Blog? You can vote whether you live outside of Austin or in, and I'd love it if you did!
(Man, I feel so strange soliciting your vote. Just the height of awkwardness. But Austin Eavesdropper is my little baby, and this baby and I have had a great year together. Thank you so much for considering it!)
Now then, onto other categories in the "Best of" poll. Let's talk about our picks, shall we? While there are some categories that I must respectfully leave blank ("Best Golf," for example), others demand a serious narrowing down on my part. I mean, Best Journalist? Best Scenic View? Best Sign? These are big questions.
My selections for Chronicle's poll change year to year, and for many of these categories it was a toss-up. This city and its creative inhabitants are just too darn delightful, and as my friend Lauren at Hipstercrite has pointed out several times, there's a reason that the city of Austin ITSELF ends up on so many national "Best of" lists. So I hope you'll tell me who you're rooting for down in the comments section.
Architecture & Lodging
Public Art: "Play Me I'm Yours" street pianos (good call, Kathryn) or Knitta Please
Best Historic Site: O. Henry Museum
Best Sign: Austin Motel
Best Hotel/Motel Pool: Hotel Saint Cecilia
Arts & Entertainment
Art Gallery: Gallery Black Lagoon
Place to See Local Art: East Austin Studio Tour
Performance Space: The new ACL Live
Actor: Ted Meredith
Actress: Erica Lies
New Club: Swan Dive
LGBTQ Hangout: Cheer Up Charlies
Food & Drink
Local Food Company: Kohana Coffee
Food Event: La Dolce Vita
24-Hour/Late: 24 Diner
Place to Take a First Date: Blue Dahlia Bistro
Cheap Date: Odd Duck
Intimate Dining: Justine's
New Bar: Bar Congress
Local Liquor: Tito's Handmade Vodka
Local Food Blog: Oh boy. Can't decide between: Hilah Cooking, Austin Gastronomist, The First Kitchen, Relish Austin, Tasty Touring, Lonely Gourmet
Toys: Terra Toys
Restaurant: Central Market
Summer Camp: Dougherty Arts School
After school activity: Creative Club by Dougherty Arts Center
Film Critic: Kimberley Jones
Food Writer: Addie Broyles
Event Photographer: Annie Ray or Cory Ryan
Local Author/Poet: Austin Kleon
Radio Station: KUT 90.5
Radio Deejay/Host: John Aeilli
Local Blog: Austin Eavesdropper! (Jazz hands.) In all seriousness though, Republic of Austin has done, in my opinion, not only a great job at covering the local scene, but also an amazing job of community-building. Hipstercrite is high up for me too, because I am such a fan of Lauren Modery's writing.
Outdoor & Recreation
Annual Festival: Fun Fun Fun Fest
Secret Romantic Hideaway: West end of Auditorium Shores
Day Trip -- Dry: Enchanted Rock or Fredericksburg wineries
Swimming Hole: Barton Springs Pool
Fitness Classes: Dharma Yoga
Politics & Personalities
March or Rally: Queer Bomb
Nonprofit: Lights, Camera, Help or Art From the Streets
Austin Icon: Leslie Cochran
Salon: Paloma Beauty Parlor
Spa: Lake Austin Spa
Tailor: My Cleaners & Alterations (if you ever go to the one on Guadalupe, ask for Mai. She will chat you up, call you "honey," and make your entire day.)
Green Business: Yard Farm Austin
Jewelry/Accessories: Cherrywood Art Fair
Shoe Selection: Goodie Two Shoes
Thrift: Buffalo Exchange
Antiques/Collectibles: Roadhouse Relics
Furnishings/Home: Uptown Modern
Best Graffiti: "I Love You So Much"
Best Use of Tofu: BBQ Tofu at Mother's
Best Cocktail Comeback: The Moscow Mule
MVP Women's Hair Accessory: The feather
Best Oprah-Endorsed Local Celebrity: Zach Anner
Best Show Hosted by a Local Celebrity: Rollin' Around the World with Zach Anner
So what do you think? Which spots did I leave out? Which people or places do you 100% agree with?
Today's the last day to vote, so remember to go do it!