Readers' Poll Results

Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll Results 2019

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 2019 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: Beth-Ann Wilson
Runners-up: Amy Sherald; Stephen Towns


Winner: Community Groove
Runners-up: Joi Carter; Signal 13


Winner: Red Emma’s
Runners-up: The Ivy Bookshop; Greedy Reads

Dance Party

Winner: Four Hours of Funk
Runners-up: Werq Dance; Save Your Soul


Winner: Parenting: An Art Without a Manual at American Visionary Art Museum
Runners-up: Superheroes at Y: Art; Reality Times Two at Goya Contemporary Gallery


Winner: HampdenFest
Runners-up: Artscape; Ratscape


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


Winner: @hollybmurphy
Runners-up: @killercatbaltimore; @meghspaghetti


Winner: The Baltimore Museum of Art
Runners-up: B&O Railroad Museum; The Walters Art Museum

Music Venue

Winner: The Ottobar
Runners-up: Metro Gallery; Merriweather and Ram’s Head Live (tie)


Winner: Mary Prankster
Runners-up: Vicky Starr; Joi Carter

Play or Performance

Winner: Performances at Illusions Magic Bar
Runners-up: Hamilton (Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Queens Girl (Everyman Theatre)


Winner: Stephen Zerance
Runners-up: Mama Linda Goss and Kondwani Fidel (tie); Sid Gold

Street Art

Winner: Gaia
Runners-up: Reed Bmore; Graffiti Alley

Theater (Movie)

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

Theater (Live)

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


Winner: David Simon
Runners-up: D. Watkins; Laura Lippman

Food & Drink


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


Winner: Harmony Bakery
Runners-up: Herman’s Bakery; Stone Mill Bakery


Winner: Club Charles
Runners-up: Bluebird Cocktail Room; Wiley Gunter’s


Winner: Quest (Asian Taste)

Runners-up: Dean Jankovic (Snake Hill); Shannon Cassidy (The Laughing Pint)


Winner: Miss Shirley’s Café

Runners-up: Blue Moon Café; Iron Rooster


Winner: Ida B’s Table
Runners-up: Silver Queen Cafe; Golden West Cafe


Winners: Union Craft Brewing

Runners-up: Monument City Brewing; Suspended Brewing


Winner: Abbey Burger Bistro

Runners-up: Swallow at the Hollow; Hamilton Tavern


Winner: Cindy Wolf (Charleston)
Runners-up: David Thomas (Ida B’s Table); Jason Daniloski (Silver Queen Cafe)


Winner: W.C. Harlan
Runners-up: Clavel; Of Love and Regret


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


Winner: Conrad’s Crabs & Seafood
Runners-up: Jimmy’s Seafood, Captain James Landing

Farmers’ Market

Winner: JFX Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

Runners-up: Waverly Farmers’ Market; Towson Farmers’ Market

Fine Dining

Winner: Charleston
Runners-up: Bygone; Petit Louis Bistro

Food Truck

Winner: Two Guys Grill
Runners-up: Gypsy Queen; Greek on the Street

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: Breaking Bread
Runners-up: Red Canoe; Atwater’s

Outdoor Dining

Winner: Nick’s Fish House
Runners-up: Blue Pit BBQ; Cosima


Winner: Greener Kitchen
Runners-up: Golden West Cafe; Stall 11

Lifestyle & Home

Auto Repair

Winner: Brooks Huff Tire & Auto Centers
Runners-up: Brentwood Automotive; Hollenshade’s Auto Repair Service

Contractor (Home)

Winner: F.C. Batton & Son
Runners-up: Eden Home Renovations; C&H Restoration & Renovation

Dry Cleaning

Winner: Zips Dry Cleaning

Runners-up: J&J Alteration & Cleaning; Pitilis Cleaners & Tailors


Winner: Walter Electric
Runner-up: Dan Flowers Electric; George Lowman

Fitness Instructor

Winner: Sonja Burns (WERQ Fitness)
Runners-up: Marissa Walch (YogaWorks); Reese Ashe (ReFlex Fitness)

Furniture Store

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

Grocery Store

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


Winner: Brick Bodies

Runners-up: Merritt Clubs; Cityfit


Winner: Chris Sim
Runners-up: Bill Earley;


Winner: Minnick’s Inc.
Runners-up: Perry Hall Heating & Air; Pipco AC

Kids’ Clothing

Winner: Wee Chic
Runners-up: Tried But True; Old Navy


Winner: Maryland Landscape Supply
Runners-up: TDH Landscaping; Natural Concerns

Men’s Clothing

Winner: JS Edwards
Runners-up: Christopher Schafer Clothier; Jos. A. Bank

Personal Trainer

Winner: Suzanne Miranda (Cityfit)

Runners-up: Guy Cragwell (MV Fitness) ; Reese Ashe (ReFlex Fitness)

Pet Care

Winner: BEK Petsitting
Runners-up: Dogs of Charm City; Mutt Mart


Winner: Len The Plumber
Runners-up: Saffer Plumbing; Jett Plumbing


Winner: Form Salon
Runners-up: Fringe Salon; Crafted Hair Studio

Shoe Store

Winner: Ma Petite Shoe

Runners-up: Poppy and Stella; DSW

Sporting Goods

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

Toy Store

Winner: Amuse Toys

Runners-up: Shenanigans; Sugar


Winner: Melissa Reidy (Fairland Animal Hospital)
Runners-up: SPCA Clinic; Charm City Vet

Women’s Clothing

Winner: Arrow Clothing
Runners-up: Brightside Boutique; Fells Point Surf Co.

Yoga Studio

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

Outdoors & Sports

Biking Trail

Winner: NCR
Runners-up: Jones Falls Trail; B&A Trail


Winner: Susquehanna State Park and Patapsco Valley State Park (tie)
Runners-up: Gunpowder Falls and Harper’s Ferry (tie)

Dog Park

Winner: Patterson Park Dog Park

Runners-up: Lake Roland; Latrobe Park

Hiking Trail

Winner: Patapsco Valley State Park

Runners-up: NCR Trail; Cromwell Valley Park


Winner: Trey Mancini
Runners-up: Dwight Smith; John Means


Winner: Wyman Park
Runners-up: Patterson Park; Lake Roland

Place to Paddle

Winner: Inner Harbor
Runners-up: Capital SUP; Middle River


Winner: Justin Tucker

Runners-up: Lamar Jackson; Marshall Yanda

Rec League

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


Winner: Kinetic Sculpture Race
Runners-up: Baltimore Running Festival; Sole of the City

Sports Team

Winner: Baltimore Ravens

Runners-up: Baltimore Orioles; Baltimore Blast

Running Trail

Winner: NCR Trail
Runners-up: Potapsco State Park; Inner Harbor Promenade

Urban Garden

Winner: Sherwood Gardens
Runner-up: Ladew Gardens; Tower Gardens

News & Media*


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

Community Group

Winner: Highlandtown Arts District
Runners-up: Baltimore Vegans; Friends of Patterson Park

Facebook Page

Winner: Canton Neighbors

Runners-up: Baltimore City Voters; Pigtown Main Street


Winner: Marlayna Demond

Runners-up: Ginger Snap Photography; Cheryl Atkins


Winner: Gov. Larry Hogan

Runners-up: Councilman Zeke Cohen; City Council President Brandon Scott


Winner: The Baltimore Sun

Runners-up: Baltimore Beat; Capital Gazette

Radio Show Host

Winner: Tom Hall(WYPR)

Runners-up: Clarence Mitchell IV (WBAL); Larry Young (WOLB) and Nathan Sterner (WYPR) (tie)

Radio Station

Winner: WYPR
Runners-up: WTMD; 98 Rock


Winner: Jayne Miller (WBAL)
Runners-up: Justin Fenton (The Sun); Mary Bubala

TV Broadcaster

Winner: Stan Stovall (WBAL)
Runners-up: Patrice Sanders (WBFF)

Twitter Account

Winner: @MrTrashWheel
Runners-up: @DanClarkSports; @brittwv


Winner: The Baltimore Brew

Runners-up: The Baltimore Fishbowl; The Baltimore Sun

*Baltimore magazine has recused itself from these results.