A lot of us have lived here a very long time - baking in the sun, basking in the joys of year-round shirt-sleeve weather. We well-settled villagers have tracked down the best of everything and, like a lot of spoiled children, we've hoarded many of these secrets. We've jealously kept our favorite finds to ourselves - squirreling away the address of the best place to buy a baguette, the only place to experience autumn, the number to call for gourmet delivery service. Until now. Here, in a sincere display of largess, the staff of New Times shares its best-kept secrets. In these pages, we - and, in our popular Readers' Choice poll, you - fess up about where to go to get the good stuff.
Best Margarita Spot
Macayo's
several Valley locations

Best Mexican Restaurant
Macayo's
several Valley locations

Best Salsa
Blue Agave Oyster & Chile Bar
Shops at Gainey Village
8787 North Scottsdale Road, Suite A-102, Scottsdale
480-607-9222

Best Margarita Spot
Macayo's
several Valley locations

Best Mexican Restaurant
Macayo's
several Valley locations

Best Salsa
Blue Agave Oyster & Chile Bar
Shops at Gainey Village
8787 North Scottsdale Road, Suite A-102, Scottsdale
480-607-9222

Best Breakfast Spot
International House of Pancakes
several Valley locations

Best Downtown Executive Lunch
Durant's
2611 North Central
602-264-5967

Best Romantic Restaurant
The Melting Pot
8320 North Hayden, Scottsdale
480-607-1799
3626 East Ray, Ahwatukee
480-704-9206

Best Healthful Eating
Pita Jungle
1250 East Apache, Tempe
480-804-0234
1949 West Ray, Chandler
480-855-3232

Best Late-night Meal
Denny's
several Valley locations

Best Outdoor Patio
Dos Gringos
4209 North Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
480-423-3800

Best Happy Hour
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
several Valley locations

Best Breakfast Spot
International House of Pancakes
several Valley locations

Best Downtown Executive Lunch
Durant's
2611 North Central
602-264-5967

Best Romantic Restaurant
The Melting Pot
8320 North Hayden, Scottsdale
480-607-1799
3626 East Ray, Ahwatukee
480-704-9206

Best Healthful Eating
Pita Jungle
1250 East Apache, Tempe
480-804-0234
1949 West Ray, Chandler
480-855-3232

Best Late-night Meal
Denny's
several Valley locations

Best Outdoor Patio
Dos Gringos
4209 North Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
480-423-3800

Best Happy Hour
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
several Valley locations

Best Bar Food
Native New Yorker
several Valley locations

Best Bar For Conversation
Merc Bar
2501 East Camelback
602-508-9449

Best Bar To Be Seen
Six
7316 East Stetson, Scottsdale
480-703-3383

Best Bar To Watch The Game
Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe
10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale
480-451-6269

Best Beer Selection
Timber Wolf Pub
740 East Apache, Tempe
480-517-9383

Best Brew Pub
Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe
480-303-9967

Best English Pub
George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
4240 North Central
602-241-0018

Best Gay Bar
Crowbar
710 North Central
602-258-8343

Best Lesbian Bar
Ain't Nobody's Bizness
3031 East Indian School
602-224-9977

Best Martini
Martini Ranch
7295 East Stetson, Scottsdale
480-970-0500

Best Pool Hall
Pink E's
3227 East Bell
602-482-8350
and 93 East Southern, Tempe
480-829-1822

Best Cigar Bar
The Famous Door
7419 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1945

Best Bar Food
Native New Yorker
several Valley locations

Best Bar For Conversation
Merc Bar
2501 East Camelback
602-508-9449

Best Bar To Be Seen
Six
7316 East Stetson, Scottsdale
480-703-3383

Best Bar To Watch The Game
Goldie's Neighborhood Sports Cafe
10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale
480-451-6269

Best Beer Selection
Timber Wolf Pub
740 East Apache, Tempe
480-517-9383

Best Brew Pub
Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 East Eighth Street, Tempe
480-303-9967

Best English Pub
George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub
4240 North Central
602-241-0018

Best Gay Bar
Crowbar
710 North Central
602-258-8343

Best Lesbian Bar
Ain't Nobody's Bizness
3031 East Indian School
602-224-9977

Best Martini
Martini Ranch
7295 East Stetson, Scottsdale
480-970-0500

Best Pool Hall
Pink E's
3227 East Bell
602-482-8350
and 93 East Southern, Tempe
480-829-1822

Best Cigar Bar
The Famous Door
7419 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1945

Best Club For Blues/jazz
Rhythm Room
1019 East Indian School
602-265-4842

Best Club For Modern Rock
Cajun House
7117 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale
480-945-5150

Best Club For Rock
Mason Jar
2303 East Indian School
602-956-6271

Best Dance Club
Axis/Radius
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1112

Best Place To Buy New CDs
Best Buy
several Valley locations

Best Place To Buy Used CDs
Zia Record Exchange
several Valley locations

Best Radio Station -- Country
KMLE-FM 107.9

Best Radio Station -- Hip-Hop
KISS-FM 104.7

Best Radio Station -- Rock
KUPD-FM 97.9

Best Radio Station -- Alternative
KZON-FM 101.5

Best Radio Station -- Blues/Jazz
KYOT-FM 95.5

Best Venue For Local Acts
The Bash on Ash
230 West Fifth Street, Tempe
480-966-8200

Best Venue For National Acts
Celebrity Theatre
440 North 32nd Street
602-267-1600

Best Club For Blues/jazz
Rhythm Room
1019 East Indian School
602-265-4842

Best Club For Modern Rock
Cajun House
7117 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale
480-945-5150

Best Club For Rock
Mason Jar
2303 East Indian School
602-956-6271

Best Dance Club
Axis/Radius
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1112

Best Place To Buy New CDs
Best Buy
several Valley locations

Best Place To Buy Used CDs
Zia Record Exchange
several Valley locations

Best Radio Station -- Country
KMLE-FM 107.9

Best Radio Station -- Hip-Hop
KISS-FM 104.7

Best Radio Station -- Rock
KUPD-FM 97.9

Best Radio Station -- Alternative
KZON-FM 101.5

Best Radio Station -- Blues/Jazz
KYOT-FM 95.5

Best Venue For Local Acts
The Bash on Ash
230 West Fifth Street, Tempe
480-966-8200

Best Venue For National Acts
Celebrity Theatre
440 North 32nd Street
602-267-1600

Best Movie Theater
Harkins Theatres

Best Movie Theater Snacks
Harkins Theatres

Best News Station
KTVK-TV Channel 3

Best Politician
John McCain

Best Professional Athlete
Luis Gonzalez

Best Pro Sports Team
Arizona Diamondbacks

Best Radio Personality
Krazy Kid and Ruben S.
KISS-FM 104.7

Best Spanish Language TV Station
Telemundo

Best Tourist Trap
Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse
23023 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-502-1880

Best TV Newscaster
Brad Perry

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