Best of Baltimore

Best of Baltimore 2012 Readers' Poll

Over 5000 Baltimoreans voted on Baltimore's best in 2012. Here are the results.

These are the results of our 2012 Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll. Our picks for the Best of Baltimore in 2012 can be found in our August issue.

Best Bagel:

Towson Hot Bagels
Runners-up: Panera Bread, Einstein Bagels

Best Bread :

Panera Bread
Runners-up: Atwater’s, Wegman’s

Best Breakfast:

Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Runners-up: Blue Moon Cafe, DoubleT Diner

Best Brunch:

Miss Shirley’s Cafe
Runners-up: Woodberry Kitchen

Best Burger:

Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Runners-up: The Abbey Burger Bistro, Kooper’s Tavern

Best Chinese:

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Runners-up: Szechuan House, Ding How

Best Coffee:

Dunkin’ Donuts
Runners-up: Starbucks, Zeke’s Coffee

Best Crab Cake:

G & M Restaurant
Runners-up: Pappas, Mama’s On The Half Shell

Best Crabs:

Bo Brooks
Runners-up: Canton Dockside, Nick’s Fish House

Best Ice Cream:

Cold Stone Creamery
Runners-up: Vaccaro’s, Rita’s

Best Italian:

Runners-up: Liberatore’s, Chiapparelli’s

Best Mexican :

Nacho Mama’s
Runners-up: El Salto, Blue Agave

Best Outdoor Dining:

Woodberry Kitchen
Runners-up: The Bay Cafe, Nick’s Fish House, Little Havana

Best Pizza:

Matthew’s Pizza
Runners-up: Joe Squared, Pizza John

Best Seafood:

Mama’s On the Half Shell
Runners-up: The Black Olive, McCormick and Schmick’s

Best Soup:

Panera Bread
Runners-up: Atwater’s, Mama’s On The Half Shell

Best Steak:

The Prime Rib
Runners-up: Ruth’s Chris, Fogo de Chao

Best Sushi:

RA Sushi
Runners-up: Sushi Hana, Chopstix

Best Tapas:

Runners-up: Tapas Teatro, Kali’s Mezze

Best Wings:

Bill Bateman’s Bistro
Runners-up: Kislings Tavern, Looney’s Pub

Best Band:

Mr. Greengenes
Runners-up: Kelly Bell Band, Faded Image

Best Bar:

Looney’s Pub
Runners-up: The Brewer’s Art, Max’s on Broadway

Best Bar for Watching the O’s:

Pickles Pub
Runners-up: Looney’s Pub, The Greene Turtle, Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

Best Bar for Watching the Ravens:

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille
Runners-up: Looney’s Pub, The Greene Turtle

Best Blog (non-Baltimore magazine):

Ravens 24×7
Runners-up: Baltimore Diner, The City That Breeds

Best Columnist (non-Baltimore magazine):

Dan Rodricks
Runners-up: Peter Schmuck, Tony Lombardi

Best Festival:

Runners-up: Fells Point Fun Festival, Wine in the Woods

Best Gym:

Merritt Athletic Clubs
Runners-up: MAC, YMCA

Best Movie Theater:

Landmark Theatre, Harbor East
Runners-up: The Charles Theatre, AMC White Marsh

Best Museum:

American Visionary Art Museum
Runners-up: National Aquarium in Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art

Best Music Venue :

Ram’s Head Live!
Runners-up: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Pier Six Pavilion

Best Oriole:

Nick Markakis
Runners-up: Adam Jones, Matt Wieters

Best Park :

Patterson Park
Runners-up: Annie’s Playground, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Best Radio Station:

97.9 FM, 98 Rock
Runners-up: 89.7 FM WTMD, 93.1 FM WPOC

Best Raven:

Ray Rice
Runners-up: Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco

Best TV Broadcaster or Personality, Female :

Denise Koch
Runners-up: Donna Hamilton, Jennifer Franciotti

Best TV Broadcaster or Personality, Male:

Stan Stovall
Runners-up: Marty Bass, Jamie Costello

Best Bookstore:

Barnes & Noble
Runners-up: Greetings & Readings, Atomic Books

Best Home Goods :

Runners-up: Su Casa, Crate and Barrel

Best Men’s Clothing:

JoS. A. Bank
Runners-up: J.Crew, South Moon Under

Best Salon :

About Faces Day Spa & Salon
Runners-up: M Salon, Spa in the Valley

Best Shoe Store:

Runners-up: Nordstrom, Charm City Run

Best Sporting Goods:

Dick’s Sporting Goods
Runners-up: Charm City Run, Under Armour Specialty Store

Best Women’s Clothing:

South Moon Under
Runners-up: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, White House Black Market

UPDATE (8/1/2012): We’ve added the top runners-up to the results. Our staff’s picks for Baltimore’s best can be found in our August issue, on newsstands now.