2009 Edition


To hear people talk, you'd think Phoenix has had her wings clipped. But we know the truth. This is our wonderland. Times may be tough, but instead of biting the dust, Phoenicians are sticking their heads in the clouds. And here, as proof, is our annual love letter to the city — 595 examples of dreams becoming reality.

This year we got back to basics with an emphasis on the do-it-yourselfers who are creating this city even as we write this. We asked a group of creative types — from visual artists to musicians to a pastry chef — to show us their own personal Phoenix wonderlands. You can see their work on the pages of this issue. The originals will be on display on First and Third Friday in October at [merz] project, 1437 North First Street — and you're all invited.

Phoenix, you make our wildest dreams come true.

New Times

Best of Phoenix 2009 In Photos
Best of Phoenix 2009: Slide Show Round Up
Best of Phoenix: Wonderland

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Arts & Entertainment Awards

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Bars & Clubs Awards

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Food & Drink Awards

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La Vida Awards

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People & Places Awards

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Shopping & Services Awards

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Readers' Choice Awards

RESTAURANTS Best New Restaurant: Liberty Market Best Mexican Restaurant: Valle Luna Best Italian Restaurant: Oreganos Pizza Bistro Best Thai Restaurant: Thai Basil Best Indian Restaurant: Delhi Palace Best Japanese Restaurant: Ah-So Sushi and Steak Best Chinese Restaurant: Flos Chinese Best Vietnamese Restaurant: Cyclo Vietnamese Cuisine Best German Restaurant: Haus Murphys...



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