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Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice 2012

This year 1.4 million votes were cast in our online poll. Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to this year’s winners.

Food and Drink

Best Burger
Twisted Root Burger Co.

Best Margarita
El Fenix

Best Pizza   

Best Patio Dining
Ozona Grill & Bar

Best Chocolatier
Dude, Sweet Chocolate   

Best Bakery for Sweets   
La Duni

Best Bakery for Bread

Best Barbecue
Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Best Breakfast   
Cafe Brazil

Best Brunch   
Blue Mesa Grill

Best Taco Joint           
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Best Butcher
Central Market

Best Cheese Shop   
Central Market   

Best Chef   
Tim Love

Best Chinese   
Royal China   

Best Coffeehouse   
White Rock Coffee

Best Ice Cream/Gelato   

Best Fish Market   
Central Market

Best French   

Best Italian   

Best French Fries   
Burger House   

Best Indian   
India Palace

Best Tex-Mex   
El Fenix

Best Sandwich Shop   
Jimmy’s Food Store   

Best Seafood Restaurant   
Fish City Grill   

Best Steakhouse   
Bob’s Steak & Chop House   

Best Sushi   
The Blue Fish   

Best Thai   
Royal Thai   

Best Vietnamese   
Green Papaya   

Best Vegetarian-Friendly   
Cosmic Cafe

Best Wine Bar   

Best Wine Shop   
Central Market   

Best Dessert   
Cuatro leches cake at La Duni

Best Gourmet Shop

Best Regional Mexican
Urban Taco

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House   


Best Dive Bar   
The Loon       

Best Lounge   

Best Sports Bar   
The Nodding Donkey

Best Bar in Dallas With a Patio   
Katy Trail Ice House

Best Karaoke   
Uptown Bar & Grill

Best Live Music Venue   
Granada Theater   

Best Gay Bar   
The Grapevine Bar   

Best Place to Dance   
The Slip Inn   

Best Place to Eat After Midnight
Cafe Brazil

Best View from a Bar   

Best Hotel Bar   

Best Bar Food   
Victor Tangos

Best Beer Selection   
The Ginger Man   

Best Cocktails   
Black Swan Saloon

Best Bartender   
Gabe, Black Swan Saloon

Best Games


Best Gift Shop   
The Gypsy Wagon   

Best Toy Store   
Froggie’s 5 & 10   

Best Pet Store   
The Lucky Dog Barkery

Best Bicycle Shop   
Richardson Bike Mart   

Best Record Store   
Half Price Books

Best Bookstore   
Half Price Books   

Best Comic Book Store   
Zeus Comics and Collectibles

Best Shoe Store   
Lou Lou   

Best Sneaker Shop   
Luke’s Locker   

Best Jeans   
The Blues Jean Bar   

Best Shop for Designer Labels   

Best Women’s Boutique   
The Gypsy Wagon

Best Shop for Affordable Women’s Clothing   
Milk & Honey Boutique

Best Women’s Consignment Shop   
Clotheshorse Anonymous   

Best Lingerie Shop   
Trousseau of Dallas

Best Men’s Store   

Best Kids’ Boutique
Little Bean

Best Custom Clothier   
Stanley Korshak

Best Jewelry Store   

Best Jewelry Designer   
Olschwanger Designs

Best Eyewear   

Best Florist   
Dr Delphinium Designs & Events   

Best European Antiques   
Country French Interiors   

Best Asian and African Antiques   
Art of Old India

Best Vintage Shop   
Dolly Python

Best Children’s Furniture   
Cat and the Fiddle

Best Museum Shop
Dallas Museum of Art

Best Garden Shop
Nicholson-Hardie Garden & Nursery

Best Traditional Furniture
Weir’s Furniture

Best Contemporary/Modern Furniture

Best Home Accessories

Best Tabletop and Kitchen Accessories
Polly DuPont

Best Outdoor Furniture and Accessories       
Jackson’s Home & Garden

Best Vintage or Antique Furniture
Blue Print

Best Linens
Peacock Alley 

Best Hardware
Elliott’s Hardware


Best Spa   
The Spa at The Crescent

Best Facial   
Renee Rouleau

Best Place for a Massage   
Hiatus Spa + Retreat   

Best Manicure/Pedicure   
Hawaiian Nail Bar

Best Sunless Tanning   
Palm Beach Tan

Best Hair Salon   
Johnny Rodriguez, The Salon

Best Place to get Eyebrows Done
Cindy DiMaggio at Salon Boutique

Best Place to get Eyelashes Done   
The Lash Lounge

Best Wax   
Shellie Liptak at Salon Boutique

Best Yoga Studio   
Sunstone Yoga   

Best Fitness Program   
Camp Gladiator   

Best Tailor   
Unique Tailor       

Best Dry Cleaner   

Best Shoe Repair   
Deno’s of Highland Park Shoe Service

Best Framer   
Art Frame Expo

Best Stationer   
Paper & Chocolate   

Best Yard Care   
Southern Botanical

Best Home Painter   
Southern Painting

Best Mover   
Two Men and a Truck

Best Auto Mechanic   
Lovers Lane European Automotive

Best Car Wash   
Vintage Car Wash

Best Pet Boarder   
Paradise 4 Paws

Best Pet Groomer   
Billi Bonze Bathhouse and Bone Boutique

Best Veterinary Clinic   
Katy Trail Animal Hospital

Best Caterer   
Two Sisters Catering

Best Children’s Entertainer   

Best Family Attraction   
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Best Children’s Art Class   
Quiggly’s Clayhouse

Best Family Photographer   
Sugar Photography   

Best Blowouts

Best Calligrapher
Boo Owens

Best Landscape Design
Robert Bellamy

Best Closet Organizer
The Container Store

Best Party Rentals

Children’s Dance Classes
Park Cities Dance

Best Children’s Swimming Classes
Emler Swim School


Best Athlete
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Best Sports Team
Texas Rangers

Best Sports Venue
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Best Theater
Dallas Theater Center

Best Actor           
Ashley Wood (Night of the Iguana, See What I Wanna See)

Best Actress
Molly Franco (Spring Awakening, The Diary of Anne Frank)

Best Theatrical Production
The Diary of Anne Frank, Watertower Theatre

Best Movie Theater
Angelika Film Center & Cafe (Dallas)

Best Museum       
Dallas Museum of Art

Best Gallery
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Best Art Space
Dallas Contemporary

Best Performing Arts Venue
Bass Performance Hall

Best Dance Company
Texas Ballet Theater

Best Music Act
Sarah Jaffe

Best Annual Festival
State Fair of Texas

Best Attraction
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Best Landmark
Reunion Tower

Best Place for Family Fun
Six Flags Over Texas

Best Politician
Tom Leppert

Best Columnist
Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News

Best Critic
Jerome Weeks, KERA Art & Seek

Best Tweeter
Jane McGarry (@TheJaneMcGarry)

Best Blog
I Live in Dallas

Best Conversation Series
SMU Tate Lecture Series

Best TV News Team
WFAA Channel 8

TV Broadcaster
Gloria Campos, WFAA Channel 8

Radio Station
Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket

Radio Show
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, 106.1 KissFM