Express Night Out’s “Best Of 2012” Ballot Has Lots of Local Options

by September 17, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,798 1 Comment


Borderstan’s Express Night Out Best. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The neighborhood is booming, for sure! This year’s Best of 2012 ballot for the Washington Post’s Express Night Out is loaded with Borderstan businesses and services (even the 15th Street bike lane!). You can vote more than once with voting closing on September 27.

Here’s who’s on the list!

  • Best Neighborhood blog: Borderstan
  • Outdoor Drinking: Standard BBQ
  • Sports Bar: Nellie’s Sports Bar, Touchdown
  • Gay Bar: Nellie’s Sports Bar, Town Danceboutique, JR’s Bar & Grill, Cobalt
  • Happy Hour: Hank’s Oyster Bar, Policy
  • Cocktail Menu: The Gibson, Policy
  • Bike Lanes: 15th Street NW, 14th Street NW, 11th Street NW
  • Date Spot: Posto, Bar Pilar
  • Place to Meet People: Posto, The Studio Theatre, Nellie’s, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
  • Art Classes: Art Jamz
  • Haircut: Bang Salon, Salon Cielo
  • Mani-Pedi: Mimosa Salon and Spa, Qwest Nails
  • Readings: Busboys and Poets
  • Gallery: Hillyer Art Space, Gallery Plan B, Hamiltonian Gallery
  • Theatre: The Studio Theatre
  • Thai: Rice, Sala Thai, Beau Thai, Thai X-ing, Thai Tanic
  • Seafood: Hank’s Oyster Bar, Pearl Dive
  • Ethiopian: Etete, Dukem
  • Sushi: Sushi Taro
  • Barbecue: Standard
  • Vegetarian: Busboys and Poets, Java Green/Cafe Green
  • South/Central American: El Tamarindo
  • Brunch: Masa 14, Busboys and Poets
  • Burger: Black & Orange
  • Frozen Treat: Pitango Gelato, Mr. Yogato, Pleasant Pops
  • Late-Night: Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Sandwich: Taylor Gourmet, SUNdeVICH, Fast Gourmet
  • Indie Coffee Shop: Peregrine Espresso
  • New Restaurant: The Pig
  • Chef: Jose Andres, Dan O’Brien
  • Place to go to impress someone: Komi
  • Place to go with someone else paying: Komi
  • Farmers Market: Dupont Circle Farmers Market, 14 and U Farmers’ Market
  • Consignment Store: Current Boutique
  • Women’s Clothing: Redeem
  • Men’s Clothing: Universal Gear, Redeem, Alton Lane
  • Accessories: Lou Lou Boutique
  • Vintage Store: Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot
  • Gift Shop: PULP
  • Home Store: Vastu, Home Rule
  • Local Hardware Store: Logan Hardware
  • Specialty Food/Beverage Store: Seasonal Pantry
  • Pet Store: Doggy Style Bakery, Boutique & Pet Store
  • Kid-friendly Restaurant: Eatonville
  • Gym: VIDA Fitness
  • Yoga Studio: Yoga District, Tranquil Space, Flow Yoga Center
  • Bike Shop: The Bike Rack
  • Specialty Gym: CrossFit Dupont, Fuse Pilates, Jaime Andrews Fitness
  • Pool: VIDA Penthouse Pool Club
  • Park: Meridian Hill Park

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