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Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice 2013

This year 2.7 million votes were cast in our online poll. Thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to this year’s winners.
Photographers, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Lavin, Manny Rodriguez, Jason Janik, Kevin Marple

Photographers, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth Lavin, Manny Rodriguez, Jason Janik, Kevin Marple

Food and Drink

Best Bakery for Bread


Best Bakery for Sweets
La Duni

Best Bar Food
The Holy Grail Pub

Best Barbecue Joint
Pecan Lodge

Best Breakfast
Cafe Brazil

Best Brewery
Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Best Brunch
Blue Mesa Grill

Best Burger
Twisted Root Burger Co.

Best Butcher
Central Market

Best Cheese Shop
Central Market

Best Chef
Matt McCallister (FT33)

Best Chinese Restaurant
Royal China

Best Chocolatier
Dude, Sweet Chocolate

Best Coffee
The Pearl Cup

Best Dessert
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

Best Family-Friendly Restaurant
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House

Best Fish Market
Central Market

Best Food Truck
Easy Slider

Best French Restaurant

Best French Fries
Burger House

Best Fried Chicken
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House

Best Gourmet Shop

Best Hot Dog
Angry Dog

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

Best Indian Restaurant
India Palace

Best Italian Restaurant

Best Margarita
El Fenix

Best Patio Dining
Ozona Grill & Bar

Best Pizza Place

Best Regional Mexican
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano

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 Taco Joint
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Best Tex-Mex
El Fenix

Best Thai Restaurant
Royal Thai

Best Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant
Cosmic Cafe

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Green Papaya

Best Wine Bar
Times Ten Cellars

Best Wine Shop


Best Athlete
Dirk Nowitzki,Dallas Mavericks

Best Sports Team
Texas Rangers

Best Sports Venue
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Best Theater Company
Dallas Theater Center
Best Actor
B. J. Cleveland (The Producers, Naughty & Nice: A Very Turtle Christmas)

Best Actress
Megan Kelly Bates (Avenue Q)

Best Theatrical Production
Avenue Q

Best Performing Arts Venue
Bass Performance Hall

Best Music Act
Sarah Jaffe

Best Dance Company
Texas Ballet Theater

Best Movie Theater
Angelika Film Center & Cafe (Dallas)

Best Art Gallery
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Best Art Space
Dallas Contemporary

Best Annual Festival
State Fair of Texas

Best TV News Team
WFAA Channel 8

Best TV Broadcaster
Gloria Campos, WFAA Channel 8

Best Radio Station
Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket

Best Radio Show
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, 106.1 Kiss FM

Best Critic
Jerome Weeks, KERA Art&Seek

Best Columnist
Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News rangersblog.

Best Tweeter
Jane McGarry (@TheJaneMcGarry)

Best Politician
Mayor Mike Rawlings

Best Museum
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Best Local Attraction
Dallas Arboretum

Best Place for Family Fun
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Best Conversation Series
SMU Tate Lecture Series

Best Local Landmark
Reunion Tower

Best Blog Not by Traditional Media
Crave DFW

Best Online Outpost
CultureMap Dallas


Best Asian and African Antiques
Ceylon et Cie

Best Bicycle Shop
Richardson Bike Mart

Best Bookstore
Half Price Books

Best Store for Children’s Furniture

Best Comic Book Store
Zeus Comics and Collectibles

Best Contemporary/Modern Furniture

Best Custom Clothier for Men
Culwell & Son

Best Custom Clothier for Women
Stanley Korshak

Best European Antiques
Country French Interiors

Best Shop for Eyewear

Best Fashion Jewelry Designer

Rory Ashton

Best Fine Jewelry Designer
Carter Malouf

Best Floral Shop
Dr. Delphinium Designs & Events

Best Garden Shop

Best Gift Shop
The Gypsy Wagon

Best Hardware/Design Materials Store
Elliott’s Hardware

Best Home Accessories Store
Fair & Square Imports

Best Place to Buy Jeans
The Blues Jean Bar

Best Jewelry Store

Best Children’s Clothing Boutique
Little Bean

Best Store for Linens
Peacock Alley Design Studio

Best Lingerie Shop
Trousseau of Dallas

Best Men’s Clothing
Neiman Marcus

Best Museum Shop
Nasher Sculpture Center Store

Best Shop for Outdoor Furniture and Accessories
Jacksons Home & Garden

Best Pet Store
The Lucky Dog Barkery

Best Shoe Store
Lou Lou

Best Affordable Women’s Clothing
Milk & Honey

Best Designer-Label Clothing
Neiman Marcus

Best Sneaker Shop
Luke’s Locker

Best Tabletop/Kitchen Accessories
Polly DuPont

Best Toy Store
Froggies 5&10

Best Stationer
Needle in a Haystack

Best Record Store
Half Price Books

Best Traditional Furniture
Weir’s Furniture Village

Best Vintage Furniture
Lula B’s

Best Vintage Clothing Store
Dolly Python

Best Women’s Clothing Boutique
The Gypsy Wagon

Best Consignment Women’s Clothing
Clotheshorse Anonymous


Best Patio
Katy Trail Ice House

Best Bar with a View
Bar Belmont

Best Bartender
Gabe Sanchez, Black Swan Saloon

Best Beer Bar
The Ginger Man

Best Cocktails
Black Swan Saloon

Best Dive Bar
The Loon Bar & Grill

Best Bar With Games

Best Gay Bar
The Grapevine Bar

Best Hotel Bar
Dragonfly at ZaZa

Best Karaoke
The Goat

Best Live Music Venue
Granada Theater

Best Lounge

Best Place to Dance
The Slip Inn   

Best Place to Eat after Midnight
Cafe Brazil

Best Sports Bar
The Nodding Donkey


Best Auto Mechanic
Dunlap-Swain Tire Co. Inc.

Best Blowout

Best Calligrapher
Tara Jones Calligraphy

Best Car Wash
Vintage Car Wash

Best Caterer
Two Sisters Catering

Best Children’s Entertainer

Best Closet Organizer
The Container Store

Best Day Spa
Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Best Dry Cleaner

Best Eyebrows
Cindy DiMaggio

Best Eyelashes
Eyelashes by Stephanie

Best Facial
Renée Rouleau

Best Family Photographer
Kelly Christine Photography

Best Fitness Program
Camp Gladiator Boot Camp

Best Framer
Mann’s Art & Frame

Best Hair Salon
Clive and Co.

Best Children’s Dance Class
Dallas Ballet Center

Best Children’s Swimming Classes
Emler Swim School

Best Children’s Art Classes
Quiggly’s Clayhouse

Best Landscape Design Company
Bonick Landscaping

Best Mani/Pedi
Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Best Place to Get a Massage
Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Best Mover
Two Men and a Truck

Best Home Painter
Southern Painting

Best Party Rentals

Best Pet Boarder
Paradise 4 Paws

Best Pet Groomer

Best Shoe Repair
Deno’s of Highland Park

Best Sunless Tanning
Palm Beach Tan

Best Tailor
J’s Tailor

Best Veterinary Clinic

Best Place for Waxing
The Pretty Kitty

Best Yard Care Company
Southern Botanical

Best Yoga
Sunstone Yoga