Readers' Poll Results

Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll Results 2018

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Arts & Culture


Winner: Beth-Ann Wilson
Runners-up: Amy Sherald; Stephen Towns


Winner: Cris Jacobs Band
Runners-up: What’s Next; Beach House


Winner: The Ivy Bookshop
Runners-up: Atomic Books; Red Emma’s

Dance Party

Winner: Emo Nite at The Ottobar
Runners-up: Save Your Soul; Lit City


Winner: The Bra Show at Y:Art
Runners-up: Light City; Miami is Nice


Winner: Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Runners-up: Artscape; HonFest


Winner: Y:Art
Runners-up: Crystal Moll Gallery; Night Owl Gallery


Winner: @thebmorecreatives
Runners-up: @yartgallery_bmore; @lvcifers_revenge


Winner: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Runners-up: The American Visionary Art Museum; The Walters Art Museum

Music Venue

Winner: The Ottobar

Runners-up: The 8×10; Metro Gallery


Winner: Woody Lissauer
Runners-up: Scott Spivey; Caleb Stine

Play or Performance

Winner: Soul: The Stax Musical (Baltimore Center Stage)
Runners-up: Incredibly Dead! (Baltimore Rock Opera Society); Follow No Strangers To The Fun Places (The Acme Corporation)


Winner: Stephen Zerance
Runners-up: Mama Linda Goss; Tracy Dimond

Street Art

Winner: Graffiti Alley
Runners-up: Gaia; Open Walls Baltimore

Theater (Movie)

Winner: Charles Theatre
Runners-up: Senator Theatre; The Parkway Theater

Theater (Live)

Winner: Center Stage Baltimore
Runners-up: Everyman Theater; Hippodrome


Winner: D. Watkins
Runners-up: Dave K; Elissa Brent Weissman

Food & Drink


Winner: Towson Hot Bagels
Runners-up: Greg’s Bagels; Goldberg’s Bagels


Winner: Batch Bakeshop
Runners-up: Patisserie Poupon; Cake by Jason

Bar (Casual)

Winner: Hamilton Tavern
Runners-up: Frazer’s on the Avenue; Max’s Taphouse


Winner: Scott Jones (Wet City)
Runners-up: Gina Netisingha (Wit & Wisdom); Lisa Davis (Cafe Hon)


Winner: Miss Shirley’s Café
Runners-up: Blue Moon Café; Pete’s Grille


Winner: Silver Queen Cafe
Runners-up: The Food Market; Iron Rooster


Winners: Union Craft Brewing
Runners-up: Monument City Brewing; Waverly Brewing


Winner: Abbey Burger Bistro
Runners-up: Hamilton Tavern; Clark Burger


Winner: Brad Bonham (Wet City)
Runners-up: Cindy Wolf (Foreman Wolf); Jerome Dorsch (Citron)


Winner: Bluebird Cocktail Room
Runners-up: W.C. Harlan; Wet City


Winner: Zeke’s Coffee
Runners-up: Artifact; Ceremony Coffee Roasters


Winner: Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood
Runners-up: L.P. Steamers, Costa’s Inn

Farmers’ Market

Winner: JFX Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
Runners-up: 32nd Street Farmers’ Market; Fells Point Farmers’ Market

Fine Dining

Winner: Charleston
Runners-up: The Prime Rib; Woodberry Kitchen

Food Truck

Winner: Gypsy Queen Café
Runners-up: Mexican on the Run; Smoking Swine

Food Hall

Winner: R. House
Runners-up: Mt. Vernon Marketplace; Belvedere Square Market

Ice Cream

Winner: The Charmery
Runners-up: Bmore Licks; Taharka Bros.


Winner: Ambassador Dining Room
Runners-up: Mt. Everest; Namaste


Winner: Forno
Runners-up: Cinghiale; DiPasquale’s


Winner: Mission BBQ
Runners-up: Golden West; Atwater’s


Winner: Clavel
Runners-up: Papi’s Tacos; El Salto

Outdoor Dining

Winner: Boathouse Canton
Runners-up: Blue Pit BBQ; Little Havana


Winner: Coal Fire Pizza
Runners-up: Beef Brother’s Deli; Forno


Winner: Shoyou Sushi
Runners-up: Azumi; Yama Sushi


Winner: Thai Arroy
Runners-up: Spice and Dice; Stang of Siam


Winner: One World Café
Runners-up: Golden West Cafe; Stall 11

Lifestyle & Home

Auto Repair

Winner: Federal Motors
Runners-up: John’s Auto Service; Brentwood Automotive

Contractor (Home)

Winner: F.C. Batton & Son
Runners-up: AEG Remodeling; Pyle Fence

Dry Cleaning

Winner: Zips Dry Cleaning
Runners-up: J&J Alteration & Cleaning; Federal Hill Cleaners


Winner: Walter Electric
Runner-up: BGE Home

Fitness Instructor

Winner: Sonja Burns (WERQ Fitness)
Runners-up: Marissa Walch (YogaWorks); Guy Cragwell (MV Fitness);

Furniture Store

Winner: Su Casa
Runners-up: Gardiner Wolf Furniture; Wishbone Reserve

Grocery Store

Winner: Harris Teeter
Runners-up: Wegmans; Mom’s Organic Market


Winner: Brick Bodies
Runners-up: Merritt Clubs; REV Cycle Studio


Winner: The Baltimore Handyman Company
Runners-up: Jon Ingersoll


Winner: At Your Service Heating and Cooling
Runners-up: Clean Air HVAC; BGE Home

Kids’ Clothing

Winner: Wee Chic
Runners-up: The Pied Piper; Gymboree


Winner: Maxalea
Runners-up: Ruppert Landscape; Greenfields Nursery

Men’s Clothing

Winner: JS Edwards
Runners-up: Jos. A. Bank; Sixteen Tons

Personal Trainer

Winner: Guy Cragwell (MV Fitness)
Runners-up: Marissa Walch (YogaWorks); Reese Ashe (ReFlex Fitness)

Pet Care

Winner: BEK Petsitting
Runners-up: Prancing Pooches; Dogma


Winner: Stephen J. Tant Plumbing
Runners-up: Len The Plumber; Atlantic Mechanic

Salon (Hair)

Winner: Form Salon
Runners-up: Ash + Oak Salon and Spa; Crafted Hair Studio

Salon (Spa)

Winner: Ojas Wellness Center
Runners-up: 921 Studio; Truth Mind & Body

Shoe Store

Winner: Ma Petite Shoe
Runners-up: Poppy and Stella; Charm City Run

Sporting Goods

Winner: Charm City Run
Runners-up: Princeton Sports; Modell’s

Toy Store

Winner: Amuse Toys
Runners-up: Shenanigans; Wee Chic


Winner: Charm City Veterinarian
Runners-up: Falls Road Animal Hospital; Light Street Animal Hospital

Women’s Clothing

Winner: Sass Upscale Resale Boutique
Runners-up: Punch! Boutique; Brightside Boutique

Yoga Studio

Winner: YogaWorks
Runners-up: Core Power; M. Power

Vintage Clothing

Winner: Milk & Ice Vintage
Runners-up: Hunting Ground

Outdoors & Sports

Biking Trail

Winner: Jones Falls Trail
Runners-up: BWI Trail; Lake Roland


Winner: Assateague Island National Seashore
Runners-up: Green Ridge

Dog Park

Winner: Patterson Park Dog Park
Runners-up: Lake Roland; Latrobe Park

Hiking Trail

Winner: Patapsco Valley State Park
Runners-up: NCR Trai; Gwynn Falls Park


Winner: Manny Machado
Runners-up: Adam Jones; Jonathan Schoop


Winner: Patterson Park
Runners-up: Federal Hill Park; Druid Hill Park

Place to Paddle

Winner: Magothy River
Runners-up: Inner Harbor; Middle River


Winner: Justin Tucker
Runners-up: Terrell Suggs; CJ Mosley

Rec League

Winner: Volo City
Runners-up: Towson Recreation; Urban Axes

Road Race

Winner: Sole of the City 10K
Runners-up: Baltimore Road Race; Baltimore Running Festival

Sports Team

Winner: Baltimore Ravens
Runners-up: Washington Capitals; Baltimore Orioles

Running Trail

Winner: Lake Roland
Runners-up: Stony Run; Inner Harbor

Urban Garden

Winner: Rawlings Conservatory
Runner-up: Sherwood Gardens

News & Media*


Winner: Dan Rodricks
Runners-up: Dan Clark; David Zurawik

Community Group

Winner: Blue Water Baltimore
Runners-up: Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Friends of Patterson Park

Facebook Page (News)

Winner: WYPR
Runners-up: Baltimore Fishbowl; WBAL


Winner: J.M. Giordano
Runners-up: Devin Allen; Ted Henn


Winner: Gov. Larry Hogan
Runners-up: Sen. Ben Cardin; Councilman Ryan Dorsey

Publication (Print)

Winner: The Baltimore Sun
Runners-up: The Washington Post; The Baltimore Business Journal

Publication (Online)

Winner: Baltimore Brew
Runners-up: The Baltimore Sun; WYPR

Radio Show Host

Winner: Nathan Sterner (WYPR)
Runners-up: Tom Hall (WYPR); Alex Cortright (WTMD)

Radio Station

Winner: WTMD

Runners-up: WYPR; WMBC


Winner: Dominique Maria Bonessi (WYPR)
Runners-up: Jayne Miller (WBAL); Justin Fenton (The Sun)

TV Broadcaster (News)

Winner: Megan Gilliland
Runners-up: Denise Koch; Joy Lepola and Stan Stovall (tie)

TV Broadcaster (Sports)

Winner: Gerry Sandusky
Runners-up: Mark Viviano; Bruce Cunningham

Twitter Account

Winner: @justin_fenton
Runners-up: @DanClarkSports; @WYPR881FM

Website (Sports)

Runners-up: The Baltimore Sun; ESPN

Website (Other)

Runner-up: WTMD

*Baltimore magazine has recused itself from these results.