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“Best of DC” Winners: Local Businesses Dominate

by Borderstan.com March 26, 2010 at 7:55 am 1,022 3 Comments

"Best of DC" Washington City Paper Borderstan

TThe 2010 “Best of DC” Readers Poll winners were released Thursday. (Washington City Paper)

The Washington City Paper released the results of its 2010 “Best of DC” Readers Poll results yesterday and there are numerous retail businesses who are winners in the DupontLoganU Street area. No big surprise there: We are in the middle of one of DC’s most dynamic neighborhoods, with new businesses opening (and sometimes closing) on a regular basis.

Borderstan thanks the MidCity Business Association for compiling a list of winners and second-place finishers among their members. MidCity’s members are businesses along the 14th Street and U Street corridors. The list below also includes some local businesses in the Borderstan area that are not Mid City members (designated as such).

Check out the “Best of DC” site at Washington City Paper for a complete listing of the four categories: Food & Drink, Arts & Entertainment, Goods & Services and People & Places.

In addition, there are City Paper Staff Picks. For example, Logan Hardware was the staff pick for best hardware store.

Voted The Best in 2010 “Best of DC” Readers’ Poll

  • Best Bike Shop: The Bike Rack
  • Best Clothing Boutique: Nana
  • Best Florist: Flowers on 14th
  • Best Garden Store: Garden District
  • Best Gym: Results
  • Bast Hair Salon: Bang
  • Best Yoga Studio: Yoga District
  • Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings: Miss Pixies
  • Best Specialty Food Market – Wholefoods
  • Best Yoga Instructor – Kim Weeks – Boundless Yoga
  • Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings: Miss Pixies
  • Best Vet: City Paws
  • Best Neighborhood For Nightlife: U Street
  • Best Ethiopian: Dukem
  • Best Seafood: Hanks’s Oyster Bar **
  • Best Thai Restaurant: ThaiTanic
  • Best Martini: The Gibson (Mova on P Street was 3rd)
  • Best New Bar: ChurchKey
  • Best Restaurant when you pay: Busboys and Poets
  • Best Sports Bar: Nellies
  • Best Singles Bar: Local 16
  • Best Wings: Duffy’s
  • Best Dance Club: Town Danceboutique
  • Best Gay Bar/Club: Nellie’s Sports Bar
  • Best Music Venue: 9:30 Club
  • Best Beer Selection: Chuch Key
  • Best Draft Beer selection: ChurchKey
  • Best Drunk Eats: Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Best Yoga Studio: Yoga District **
  • Best Place to take an out of towner: Busboys and Poets

Runners Up in the “Best of DC” Readers Poll

  • Best Neightborhood for Shopping: U Street
  • Best Bakery: Cakelove
  • Best Ethiopian: Etete
  • Best Caribbean: Islander Caribbean Restaurant
  • Best Sushi: Sushi Taro
  • Best Brunch: Twist Dupont at the Carlyle Suites Hotel ** (New Hampshire Avenue)
  • Best Happy Hour: Nellies
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Rice (also 3rd place for Best Thai Restaurant)
  • Best Thai Restaurant: Thaiphoon **
  • Best Rooftop Bar: Local 16
  • Best Singles Bar: Nellie’s Sports Bar
  • Best Thai Restaurant: Rice
  • Best Dance Club: Black Cat (2nd) and DC Nine (3rd)
  • Best Jazz/Blues Venue: HR-57 and Bohemian Caverns
  • Best Gay Bar/Club: Town Danceboutique (Cobalt** was 3rd)
  • Best Music Venue: Black Cat
  • Best Place to see local music: Black Cat (2nd) and 9:30 Club (3rd)
  • Best Clothing Boutique: Universal Gear
  • Best Florist: Lee’s Flower and Card
  • Best Eco-Friendly Store: Greater Goods
  • Best Home Goods Store: Miss Pixies
  • Best Place to Buy Vinyl: Som
  • Best Vintage: Treasury and Junction
  • Best Wine Selection: Cork Wine Bar
  • Best Designed Residential Development: Metropole
  • Best Window Display: Home Rule
  • Best Greasy Spoon Runner-up – Florida Avenue Grill
  • Best Outdoor Patio Runner- up – Marvins
  • Best Peruvian Chicken Runner -up – Chix
  • Best Rooftop Bar Runner-up – Local 16
  • Best Public Wifi – Busboy’s and Poets, Caribou Coffee
  • Best Specialty Food Market – Yes, Organic

** Not a member of the MidCity Business Association

Comments (3)

  1. No offense, but the list of winners seems a tad insular, and overly predictable.

    Just my $0.02

  2. @Avi: Just reporting the results!

  3. @Avi: I think that the list of winners reflects a couple of factors: (1) I would imagine that the readership of the City Paper is heavily concentrated in the Dupont-Logan-U Street-Adams Morgan-Columbia Heights-Shaw area. As a result, it makes sense that businesses in these areas would be most likely to win; (2) These areas ARE vibrant and changing… attracting new residents, which in turn spurs new retail businesses… and new businesses often try harder.

    Just my theory.

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