Readers' Poll Results

Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll Results 2020

You voted, and now, here are your picks for the best that Baltimore has to offer.

You voted, and now without further ado, here are the results of our 2020 Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll! Thanks to everyone who voted, and don’t forget to subscribe now or pick up a copy of our annual “Best of Baltimore” issue to see who our editors chose.


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Arts & Culture


Winner: J.B. Shepard
Runners-up: Matt Murhead; TT the Artist


Winner: Signal 13
Runners-up: When the Thunder Comes; Future Islands


Winner: The Ivy Bookshop
Runners-up: Greedy Reads; Atomic Books

Creative Space

Winner: Creative Alliance
Runners-up: Graffiti Alley; Motor House

Dance Party

Winner: Save Your Soul
Runners-up: WERQ with Purple Dynamo; The Crown


Winner: Undesign the Redline
Runners-up: Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist 


Winner: Artscape
Runners-up: Hampdenfest; Honfest


Winner: Crystal Moll Gallery
Runners-up: Y:ART; Current Space


Winner: @killercatbaltimore
Runners-up: @themodestflorist; @eatmorebaltimore


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

Music Venue

Winner: Club 66
Runners-up: Ottobar; Ram’s Head Live


Winner: Chris Jacobs
Runners-up: Dan Deacon; Eze Jackson

Play or Performance

Winner: Pride and Prejudice (Peabody Opera)
Runners-up: Hamilton (Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Wicked (Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center)


Winner: Kondwani Fidel
Runners-up: Black Chakra

Street Art

Winner: Black Lives Matter Mural (Patterson Park)
Runners-up: Black Trans Lives Matter (Charles Village); Dog Avenue (Hampden)

Theater (Movie)

Winner: Senator Theatre
Runners-up: The Charles Theater; The Rotunda Cinebistro

Theater (Live)

Winner: Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Runners-up: Center Stage; Everyman Theater


Winner: D. Watkins
Runners-up: Laura Lippman; Anne Tyler

Food & Drink


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


Winner: Cake by Jason
Runners-up: Fenwick Bakery; Woodlea Bakery


Winner: Wet City
Runners-up: Michael’s Cafe; Don’t Know Tavern


Winner: Scott Jones (Wet City)
Runners-up: Tod Coleman (Nepenthe Brewing Co.); Lisa Davis (Hon Bar)


Winner: Miss Shirley’s Café
Runners-up: Blue Moon Café; Iron Rooster


Winner: Food Market
Runners-up: Gunther & Co.; Gertrude’s


Winners: Union Craft Brewing
Runners-up: Key Brewing Co.; Nepenthe Brewing Co.


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


Winner: Brendon Hudson (Liliahna)
Runners-up: Cindy Wolf (Charleston); Zack Mills (True Chesapeake Oyster Co.)


Winner: Bluebird Cocktail Room & Pub
Runners-up: Dutch Courage; Clavel


Winner: Zeke’s Coffee
Runners-up: Ceremony Coffee Roasters; Baltimore Coffee & Tea


Winner: Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood
Runners-up: LP Steamers; Captain James Landing

Farmers’ Market

Winner: Waverly Farmers’ Market
Runners-up: JFX Farmers’ Market & Bazaar; Fells Point Farmers’ Market

Fine Dining

Winner: Charleston
Runners-up: True Chesapeake Oyster Co. and The Prime Rib (tie)

Food Truck

Winner: Gypsy Queen
Runners-up: Kooper’s Chowhound; Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

Food Hall

Winner: R. House
Runners-up: Mt. Vernon Marketplace; Cross Street Market

Ice Cream

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


Winner: Atwater’s and DiPasquales (tie)
Runners-up: Ekiben; Stone Mill Bakery

Outdoor Dining

Winner: Citron
Runners-up: Nick’s Fish House; Gunther & Co.


Winner: Snoasis
Runners-up: Quality Snowballs; Ice Queens


Winner: Land of Kush
Runners-up: Golden West Cafe; One World Cafe


Winner: Boordy
Runners-up: Old Westminster; Black Ankle

Lifestyle & Home

Auto Repair

Winner: Sherwood Auto Repair
Runners-up: Hollenshade’s Auto Repair Service; K&S Mechanics

Contractor (Home)

Winner: Allstar Appliance Repair
Runners-up: Pyle Fence Company; White Knight Remodeling Company

Dry Cleaning

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


Winner: Walter Electric, LLC
Runner-up: Clinton Electric; Dynamo Electric

Fitness Instructor

Winner: Sonja Burns (WERQ Fitness)
Runners-up: Ali True-Smith (True Balance Studio); Reese Ashe (Reflex Functional Fitness)


Winner: Radebaugh Florist and Greenhouses
Runners-up: Flowers & Fancies; Local Colors Flowers

Furniture Store

Winner: Su Casa
Runners-up: Wishbone Reserve; Arhaus

Grocery Store

Winner: Wegmans
Runners-up: Eddies; MOM’s Organic Market


Winner: Brick Bodies
Runners-up: True Balance Studio; Reflex Functional Fitness


Winner: The Baltimore Handyman Company
Runners-up: Hamby’s Handyman Services


Winner: Perry Hall Heating and Air Conditioning, PIPCO, and BlueDot (tie)

Kids’ Clothing

Winner: The Pied Piper
Runners-up: Wee Chic Boutique; Carters


Winner: Maxalea, Inc.
Runners-up: Green Fields Nursery & Landscaping; Lerch Brothers, LLC

Men’s Clothing

Winner: JS Edwards
Runners-up: Christopher Schafer Clothier; Different Regard

Personal Trainer

Winner: Guy Cragwell (Federal Hill Fitness)
Runners-up: Ali True Smith (True Balance Studio); Oksana Koval (Fitness by Oxy)

Pet Care

Winner: BEK Petsitting
Runners-up: Snazzy Jazzy; Best Friends Fur Ever


Winner: Saffer Plumbing & Electric
Runners-up: Len The Plumber; Bruce Solomon Plumbing, Heating & Air


Winner: Form Salon
Runners-up: Mallia’s Salon & Spa; Studio 921

Shoe Store

Winner: Van Dyke and Bacon
Runners-up: Matava; Poppy and Stella

Sporting Goods

Winner: Dick’s Sporting Goods
Runners-up: Princeton Sports; Charm City Run

Toy Store

Winner: Shenanigans
Runners-up: Amuse Toys


Winner: Ruxton Animal Hospital
Runners-up: Timonium Animal Hospital; Eastern Animal Hospital

Women’s Clothing

Winner: Brightside Boutique
Runners-up: South Moon Under; Sassanova

Yoga Studio

Winner: YogaWorks
Runners-up: Core Power; Yoga on York

Outdoors & Sports

Biking Trail

Winner: NCR
Runners-up: Patapsco Valley State Park; B&A Trail


Winner: Assateague National Park
Runners-up: Elk Neck State Park and Rocky Gap State Park (tie)

Dog Park

Winner: Paw Point Dog Park at Lake Roland
Runners-up: Patterson Park Dog Park; Canton Dog Park

Hiking Trail

Winner: Oregon Ridge Park
Runners-up: Irvine Nature Center; Loch Raven Reservoir


Winner: Trey Mancini
Runners-up: Chris Davis; Hanser Alberto


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

Place to Paddle

Winner: Gunpowder State Park
Runners-up: Loch Raven Reservoir; Middle River Park


Winner: Padonia Swim Club
Runners-up: Sparrows Point CC; Meadowbrook


Winner: Lamar Jackson
Runners-up: Justin Tucker; Mark Ingram


Winner: Baltimore Running Festival
Runners-up: Under Armour Charles Street 12; Kinetic Sculpture Race

Rec League

Winner: Volo City
Runners-up: Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council; Towson Recreation

Running Trail

Winner: NCR Trail
Runners-up: Irvine Nature Center; Inner Harbor Promenade

Sports Team

Winner: Baltimore Ravens
Runners-up: Baltimore Orioles; Baltimore Blast

Urban Garden

Winner: Sherwood Gardens
Runner-up: Whitlock Farms; Cylburn Arboretum

News & Media*


Winner: Dan Rodricks
Runners-up: Dan Clark; Justin Fenton

Community Group

Winner: B & Dee’s Baltimore Love
Runners-up: Hack Baltimore and Baltimore Ceasefire (tie)

Facebook Page

Winner: Canton Neighbors
Runners-up: Baltimore Supper Club; Justin Berk Weather

News Website

Winner: WBAL-TV 11
Runners-up: Baltimore Brew; Baltimore Fishbowl


Winner: Devin Allen
Runners-up: The Puptrait Studio; Joseph M. Giordano


Winner: No Pix After Dark
Runners-up: Baltimore Positive; The City that Breeds


Winner: Gov. Larry Hogan
Runners-up: City Council President Brandon Scott; Councilman Zeke Cohen


Winner: Bmore Art
Runners-up: Pressbox; Baltimore Business Journal

Radio Show Host

Winner: Clarence Mitchell IV (WBAL)
Runners-up: Tom Hall (WYPR) and Laurie DeYoung (WPOC) (tie)

Radio Station

Winner: WYPR
Runners-up: WTMD; 93.1 WPOC


Winner: Jayne Miller (WBAL)
Runners-up: Joy Lepola (WBFF); Justin Fenton (The Sun)

TV Broadcaster

Winner: Stan Stovall (WBAL)
Runners-up: Megan Gilliland (WBFF); Denise Koch (CBS)

Twitter Account

Winner: @MrTrashWheel
Runners-up: @ScanthePolice

*Baltimore magazine has recused itself from these results.