Who do you think is best in Chicago!? June 4, 2010 Just voted for the Chicago Reader “Best in Chicago” awards online! Figured I would share my answers since everyone asks me on Twitter and Facebook about my Chicago favs! (BTW, sorry did these fast, was in a rush, sorry if missed anyone!) You should vote too! (Especially for my places! haha) Voting ends this weekend so go to http://bestof.chicagoreader.com/ now! Best car wash :: We’ll Clean Best BBQ :: Fat Willies Best Brewpub :: Goose Island Best Coffee Shop :: Intelligestia/Aspire at home….chitowns peeps! Best Cupcakes :: 3 way tie – Foiled (on twitter), Sweet Mandy B’s (near my house) or Swirlz (for boxes to friends!) Best Fashion Designer :: Maria Pinto Best Interior Designer :: Nate Berkus Best Thrift Store :: Salvation Army Best brunch :: Rockit on hubbard (live acoustic, gourmet bloody mary’s, mimosa kits at your table, amazing brunch menu… come on!) Or riverside café in bucktown Best shoe store :: Niketown Best garden store :: kinsella landscaping Best gym :: HERO Fitness and equinox Best home furnishings store :: smart rooms in merchandise mart Best alfresco dining :: Patio at RBG Wrigley (in nice neighborhood, and can see Wrigley field scoreboard from table) Best bagels :: ashkenaz Best college :: U of I champaign urbana Best gelato :: n/a, I eat peanut butter and chocolate skinny cows with extra crunchy peanut butter globbed on twice a day Best grocery store :: whole foods Best Indian restaurant :: vermillion Best margarita :: que rico Best Mexican restaurant :: el tapitio Best Middle Eastern restaurant :: reeza’s Best new restaurant :: kith kin Best burger :: Rockit Bar & Grill (“good morning america” gave chitown the nationwide recognition for the rockit burger to beat all cities out- love it!) Best seafood restaurant :: Joe’s Best splurge :: avenue at peninsula Best sushi :: Sunda (not many people get entire fresh fish anymore and cut them up right there and then, hands down best!) Best wine shop :: House of Glunz Best liquor store :: Binny’s Best pizza :: connie’s and malnatis Best drink specials :: ½ off wine on Mondays at rockit (actually can get really nice bottles!) Best cocktail list :: Sunda drink list is pure heaven- I invented the “bd superfresh sakitini” that should win this award in itself! Actually, they are all that good Best dive bar :: Richard’s Best 4 AM bar :: underground, not many places still packed at 4am, 5am saturdays Best night of the week to go out :: Saturday, I know its so mainstream, but its just true, and I love people watching. Best smoking area :: far away from me Best hotel for an in-town getaway :: Peninsula Best record store :: grew up going to dr. wax Best local music blog :: www.assault.it Best dance club :: Underground, you know you are the best when don’t have an actual cheesy dance floor but can make everyone dance! Best local band :: Plain White T’s & Lovehammers Best local hip-hop artist :: kanye Best local DJ :: Rock City Best local tribute band :: South of 80 and elevation Best bartender :: Andy Lee at Rockit River North Best music venue to play :: Metro Best music venue to watch :: House of Blues Best music festival :: Lolla Best movie theater AMC on Illinois Best art gallery :: Carrie Seacrist Best museum exhibit :: TRex Sue Best public artwork :: art institute and mca Best touring play :: lookingglass “alice” Best off-Loop theater company :: Lookingglass Best late-night theater experience :: wiener circle Best stand-up comic :: Conan O’Brien Best sketch/improv troupe :: improv olympic and second city Best dance company :: Loveabulls count? Best burlesque troupe :: Baton Club Best antique store :: Golden Triangle Best bike shop :: village cycle Best mani/pedi :: hasn’t happened, yet! Best massage :: Maria at Backup Therapeutic Best mechanic victor castro at perillo on clark Best movers :: Bill & Phil Movers Best place to adopt a pet :: PAWS Best Cubs bar :: Rockit Wrigley, can see scoreboard from table while watching our tv’s Best Sox Bar jim beam club, great buffet Best billiards :: rockit river north baby! The best. Best bowling alley :: lucky strike Best canoe/kayak rental :: Lincoln park Best golf course :: Medinah Country Club Best dance class :: Arthur murray and dance center chicago! Best music teacher :: Scott Arkenberg at St. Clement Best yoga studio :: classes at peninsula spa Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.