2009 BOB Awards - Reader Picks


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  • Women's boutique: The Pink Hanger
  • Men's fashion: Nordstrom
  • Women's shoes: Nordstrom
  • Men's shoes: Nordstrom
  • Vintage clothing: Hong Kong Vintage
  • Maternity clothing: Belly Elan
  • Bridal wear: Nitsa's Apparel
  • Evening gowns: Nitsa's Apparel
  • Place to buy lingerie: I.C. London
  • Store to buy jeans: Nordstrom
  • Jewelry: Handpicked
  • Stylish gifts: Paper Skyscraper
  • Antiques: Sleepy Poet Stuff
  • Home accessories: BLACKLION
  • Furniture: IKEA
  • Hardware store: Blackhawk
  • Bike shop/repair: Bicycle Sport
  • Garden shop: Pike Family Nurseries
  • Pet store: PetSmart
  • Bookstore: Barnes & Noble
  • Meat: The Fresh Market
  • Fresh fish: The Fresh Market
  • Cheese: Dean & DeLuca
  • Fresh produce: Farmers Market
  • Organic foods: Earth Fare
  • Bakery: Nova's Bakery


  • Radio personality: Ace & TJ
  • Television personality: Larry Sprinkle
  • Television news station: WCNC
  • Columnist/critic: Tom Sorensen
  • Up-and-comer: Jennifer Plym
  • Public servant: Mayor Pat McCrory
  • CEO: Ken Lewis
  • Blowhard: Ken Lewis
  • Philanthropist: The Levines

Food & Drink

  • Burger: Big Daddy's Burger Bar
  • Pizza: Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar
  • Restaurant for dessert: The Melting Pot
  • Steak house: Sullivan's Steakhouse
  • Vegetarian selection: Zada Jane's Corner Cafe
  • Comfort food: Dish
  • Breakfast: The Original Pancake House
  • Brunch: Pewter Rose
  • Barbecue: Mac's Speed Shop
  • Taco joint: Cabo Fish Taco
  • Coffee shop (nonchain): Dilworth Coffee
  • Wine bar: Dean & DeLuca
  • Outdoor dining: The Village Tavern
  • Late-night dining: Penguin
  • Restaurant, overall: 131 Main
  • Restaurant to splurge: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
  • Restaurant for groups: Cantina 1511
  • Hotel restaurant: Gallery Restaurant
  • New restaurant: Mez
  • Restaurant Décor: Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Restaurant by Cuisine

  • Caribbean: Anntony's Caribbean Café
  • Chinese: P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Indian: Copper Restaurant
  • Italian: Mama Ricotta's
  • Japanese/Sushi: Nikko
  • Mexican: Cantina 1511
  • Seafood: Upstream Restaurant
  • Southern/soul: Mert's Heart and Soul
  • Thai: Thai Taste Restaurant
  • Vietnamese: Lang Van Restaurant

Restaurant by Neighborhood

  • Ballantyne/Piper Glen: Gallery Restaurant
  • Dilworth: 300 East
  • Downtown: Blue Restaurant & Bar
  • Elizabeth/Plaza Midwood: Penguin
  • Lake Norman (Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville): Dressler's
  • Matthews: Santé Restaurant
  • Myers Park: Providence Café
  • NoDa: Cabo Fish Taco
  • South End: Mac's Speed Shop
  • SouthPark: M5 Modern Mediterranean
  • University: The Melting Pot, Amalfi's Pasta 'n Pizza (tie)

Arts & Culture

  • Gallery: Shain Gallery
  • Museum: Mint Museum of Art
  • Performing arts company: Children's Theatre of Charlotte
  • Local band: Simplified
  • Visual artist: Selena Hudgens
  • Performance in last 12 months: Rent

Essentially Charlotte

  • Place to take visitors: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Skyline view: Bentley's on 27
  • Picnic spot: Freedom Park
  • Neighborhood: Dilworth
  • Festival: Festival in the Park
  • International event: Yiasou Greek Festival
  • Free event: Symphony in the Park
  • Noteworthy event of last 12 months: Wachovia demise
  • Gossip/rumor: Prostitution ring/scandal
  • Place to see a celebrity: Ballantyne Resort
  • Place to feel like Charlotte 20 years ago: The Penguin


  • Bar/lounge: Mez
  • Sports bar: Picasso's
  • Pub: Ri Ra Irish Pub, Selwyn Avenue Pub (tie)
  • Dance club: Suite
  • Smoke-free: Loft 1523
  • Hotel bar: Westin Bar 10
  • Place to hear jazz: Blue Restaurant & Bar
  • Live music venue: Neighborhood Theatre
  • Place for karaoke: Jackalope Jack's
  • Boys' night out: Uptown Cabaret
  • Girls' night out: Suite
  • Martini selection: Therapy
  • Beer selection: Flying Saucer
  • Bar food: Moosehead Grill

Family & Kids

  • Kids' clothing: Chocolate Soup
  • Kids' haircuts: Doolittle's
  • Place to buy birthday cake: Edible Art
  • Place for a birthday party: Sports Connection
  • Family outing: U.S. National Whitewater Center
  • Budget outing: Freedom Park
  • Park for kids: Freedom Park
  • Kid-friendly restaurant: Red Robin
  • Place to go on a rainy day: Discovery Place


  • Professional athlete: Jake Delhomme
  • Amateur athlete: Stephen Curry
  • Comeback athlete: Jake Delhomme
  • Athlete with a heart: Steve Smith
  • NASCAR driver: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • Golf course: Quail Hollow Club
  • Driving range: Ballantyne Resort
  • Place to play (recreation): Freedom Park, U.S. National Whitewater Center (tie)
  • Bowling alley: Strike City
  • Game from most recent season: Panthers playoffs loss


  • Health club: YMCA
  • Yoga/Pilates studio: Pilates with a Twist
  • Spa: The Spa at Ballantyne Resort
  • Barbershop: Emerson Joseph
  • Salon: Modern Salon
  • Dry cleaner: Long's Dry Cleaning & Laundry
  • Florist: Elizabeth House Flowers
  • Caterer: Something Classic
  • Framer: Art Aspects
  • Concierge service: Ballantyne Resort
  • Local blog: Charlotte Smarty Pants
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