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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 German Restaurant
Best French Restaurant: Sophies A French Bistro
Best Mediterranean Restaurant: Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
Best Brewery: Four Peaks Brewery
Best English Pub: George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
Best Irish Pub: Rla Bla
Best Pizza: Oreganos Pizza Bistro
Best Gourmet Bakery: AJs Fine Foods
Best Chocolate: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Best Cupcakes: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Best Frozen Yogurt: Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
Best Gelato: The Gelato Spot
Best Coffee House: Lux
Best Sushi: Zen 32
Best Seafood: The Salt Cellar Restaurant
Best Deli: Chompies
Best Steak House: Durants
Best Fine Dining: Kai at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Best Wings: Native New Yorker
Best BBQ: Honey Bears BBQ
Best Hamburger: The Chuckbox
Best Vegetarian Restaurant: Pita Jungle
Best Sunday Brunch: The Phoenician
Best Downtown Lunch: Fez
Best View: Compass at Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Best Patio Dining: K ODonnells American Bar & Grill
Best Restaurant for Kids: Rainforest Cafe
Best Place for First Date: Caffe Boa (on Mill)
Best Place for a Twilight Drink: AZ 88
Best Hangover Breakfast: Over Easy

PHOENIX LIFESTYLE
Best Local Visionary: Jerry Colangelo
Best TV Newscaster: Beverly Kidd, KTVK
Best News Station: 12 News KPNX
Best Alternative/Rock Radio Station: 96.9 FM
Best Country Radio Station: 102.5 FM
Best R&B/Hip-Hop Radio Station: 104.7 FM
Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station: 95.5 FM
Best Radio Morning Show: NPR Morning Edition KJZZ 91.5 FM
Best Golf Course: Troon North Golf Club
Best Spa: Camelback Inn
Best Bookstore: Changing Hands Bookstore
Best Hiking Trail: Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon
Best Hotel Pool: Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch
Best Independent Film Theater: Harkins Camelview 5
Best Place to Get Pierced: Club Tattoo
Best Tattoo Shop: Lady Luck Tattoo
Best First Friday Hangout: Bikini Lounge
Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing: Buffalo Exchange
Best Place to Buy Antiques: Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
Best Casino: Casino Arizona
Best Health Food Store: Trader Joes
Best Mall or Shopping Center: Scottsdale Fashion Square
Best Yoga Studio: Inner Vision Yoga
NIGHTLIFE
Best Bar Concept: Cadillac Ranch
Best Nightclub: Martini Ranch
Best Local DJ: DJ Epidemic
Best Weekly Dance Night: Solstice Saturdays at Bar Smith
Best Dance Floor: Whiskey River
Best Latin Club: Sky Lounge
Best Blues or Jazz Club: The Rhythm Room
Best Place to Buy Local Music: Zia Records
Best Venue for National Acts: Dodge Theatre
Best Venue for Local Acts: Celebrity Theatre
Best Music Festival: Tempe Music Festival
Best Country and Western Nightspot: Toby Keiths I Love This Bar and Grill
Best Place to See a Comedy Show: Tempe Improv
Best After-Hours: Charlies
Best Bar for Watching the Game: Zipps Sports Grill
Best Local Band: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
Best Dive Bar: Yucca Tap Room
Best Gay Bar: Amsterdam
Best Lesbian Bar: Z Girl Club
Best Record Store: Zia Records
Best Pool Hall: Mill Cue Club
Best Bar for Conversation: Casey Moores
Best Wine Bar: Postino Winecaf
Best Sangria: Caffe Boa (on Mill)
Best Margarita: ZTejas Southwestern Grill
Best Martini: Blue Martini
Best Specialty Cocktail: Belgian Chocolate Infused Vodka Martini, Satara Thai Cuisine
Best Beer Selection: Yard House
Best Place to Be Seen: W Scottsdale
Best-Looking Bar Staff: Tilted Kilt Pub
Best Place to Find a One-Night Stand: Dos Gringos

Most popular suggestions for categories we forgot:
Best Salon: JonRic International Salon & Day Spa
Best Healthy Restaurant: DLish Drive Thru
Best Happy Hour: The Lodge
Best Auto Performance Upgrades: Evolution Motorsports

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