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Readers' Choice Contest 2014

You, the reader, have spoken. Thousands of you voted in our Readers Poll and chose your favorite places to eat, drink, dance, hike, shop, and generally recreate. Here it is, Phoenix, your choices in the 2014 Best of Phoenix Readers Poll. Let the discussions begin:


Best Urban Legend | Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

Best Arts Festival | First Friday

Best Music Festival | McDowell Mountain Music Fest

Best Culinary Festival | Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Best Beer Festival | Oktoberfest (Tempe)

Best Casino | Talking Stick Resort

Best Independent Movie Theater | Harkins Camelview 5

Best Luxury Movie Theater | AMC Esplanade

Best Place to Be Seen |Crescent Ballroom

Best Art Gallery | Phoenix Art Museum

Best First Friday Hangout | Angels Trumpet Ale House

Best Graffiti Artist | Dumperfoo

Best Mural | Angels Trumpet Ale House

Best Phoenician to Follow on Instagram | Moon Mermaid

Best Phoenician to Follow on Twitter | Rustlers Rooste

Best Politician | Kyrsten Sinema

Best TV Newscaster | Lin Sue Cooney

Best News Radio Station | KTAR 92.3 FM

Best Spoken-Word Series | AZ Storytellers

Best Library | Burton Barr


Best Hiking Trail | Camelback Mountain

Best Rock Climbing Gym | AZ on the Rocks

Best Go-Karts | K-1 Speed

Best Hotel Pool | The Clarendon Hotel

Best Water Park |Wet 'n' Wild

Best Golf Course | The Phoenician


Best Coffee House | Lux

Best Coffee Roaster | Cartel Coffee Lab

Best Farmers Market | Downtown Phoenix Public Market

Best Place to Buy Wine | Total Wine

Best Liquor Store | Total Wine

Best Head Shop | Sky High Smoke Shop

Best Medical Marijuana Edibles | Giving Tree

Best Medical Marijuana Concentrates | Giving Tree

Best Customer Perks at a Medical Marijuana Dispensary | Giving Tree

Best Nursery | Moon Valley Nursery | Best Spa | Camelback Inn

Best Record Store for CDs | Zia Record Exchange

Best Record Store for Vinyl | Zia Record Exchange

Best Boutique | Frances

Best Place to Buy Vintage Clothing | Buffalo Exchange

Best Place to Buy High-End Antiques | Brass Armadillo

Best Place to Buy Antiques on a Budget | Brass Armadillo

Best Art Supply Store | Arizona Art Supply

Best Shopping on Mill Avenue | Hippie Gypsy

Best Shopping on Roosevelt Row | MADE

Best Shopping on Grand Avenue | 11th Monkey

Best Mall | Scottsdale Fashion Square

Best Bookstore | Changing Hands

Best Comic Book Shop | Gotham City Comics

Best Used Bookstore | Bookmans


Best Upscale Mexican Restaurant | Barrio Cafe

Best Neighborhood Mexican Restaurant | Valle Luna

Best Burrito | Carolina's

Best Tacos | Valle Luna

Best Tortillas | Carolina's

Best Salsa | Valle Luna

Best Latin Club | Karamba

Best Margarita | Z'Tejas


Best Chef | Silvana Salcido Esparza (Barrio Cafe)

Best Food Truck | Short Leash Hot Dogs

Best Place to Take a Foodie | Quiessence

Best Place to Take a Scenester | Crescent Ballroom

Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner | The Farm at South Mountain

Best Authentic Arizona Restaurant | Los Dos Molinos

Best Downtown Lunch | Phoenix Public Market Cafe

Best Sunday Brunch | The Vig

Best Seafood | The Salt Cellar

Best BBQ | Honey Bear's BBQ

Best Steak House | Durant's

Best French Restaurant | Vincent on Camelback

Best Vietnamese Restaurant | Pho Thanh

Best Thai Restaurant | Thai Basil

Best Japanese Restaurant | RA Sushi

Best Chinese Restaurant | P.F. Chang's

Best Indian Restaurant | Tandoori Times

Best Mediterranean Restaurant | Pita Jungle

Best Jewish Deli | Chompie's

Best German Restaurant | Haus Murphy's

Best Italian Restaurant | Oregano's

Best Italian Deli | DeFalco's Italian Eatery

Best Gourmet Pizza | Pizzeria Bianco

Best Pizza Slice | NYPD Pizza

Best Wings | Long Wong's

Best Grilled Cheese| 2 Fat Guys Food Truck

Best Hot Dog | Ted's Hot Dogs

Best Hamburger | Smashburger

Best Sushi | RA Sushi

Best Crepes | Crepe Bar

Best Vegetarian Restaurant | Pita Jungle

Best Vegan Restaurant | Green

Best Gluten-Free Bakery | Jewel's Bakery and Cafe

Best Bakery | Chompie's

Best Cupcake | Sprinkles

Best Candy Store | See's

Best Ice Cream | Cold Stone Creamery

Best Place for a First Date | Postino

Best Restaurant for Kids | Sweet Tomatoes

Best Place to Dine with Your Dog | O.H.S.O.

Best View | Camelback Mountain

Best Patio Dining | The Vig

Best Place to Eat at the Bar| Valle Luna

Best Hangover Breakfast | Matt's Big Breakfast


Best Place for a Twilight Drink | Hanny's

Best Happy Hour | The Vig

Best Local Beer | Four Peaks' Kiltlifter

Best Seasonal Beer | Four Peaks' Pumpkin Porter

Best Brewery | Four Peaks

Best Wine Bar | Postino

Best Sangria | La Grande Orange

Best Bloody Mary | The Vig

Best Old School Cocktails | Durant's

Best Bartender | Samantha Young (Rosie McCaffrey's)

Best DJ | John Holmberg

Best Radio Morning Show | John Jay and Rich

Best Alternative/Rock Radio Station | KUPD 97.9 FM

Best R&B Radio Station | KZON 101.5 FM

Best Blues/Jazz Radio Station | KJZZ 91.5 FM

Best Country Radio Station | KMLE 107.9 FM

Best Venue for Local Acts | Crescent Ballroom

Best Venue for National Acts | Crescent Ballroom

Best Nightclub |Crescent Ballroom

Best Blues Club | Rhythm Room

Best Country and Western Nightspot | Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

Best Weekly Dance Night | Obscura at Rips

Best Dance Floor | Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

Best Gay Bar | Charlie's

Best Lesbian Bar | Bliss ReBar

Best Dive Bar| Bikini Lounge

Best English Pub | George & Dragon

Best Irish Pub | Rosie McCaffrey's

Best Sports Bar | Zipps Sports Grill

Best After-Hours | Welcome Diner

Best Bar for Day Drinking | The Vig


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