Sunday, June 01, 2008
Ballot for Best of Tucson 2008
Best Nail Place: Golden Nail Spa. You see that flower? That's hand-painted, baby.
Once again I'm making my ballot for Best of Tucson public, just for shits and giggles. (That's such a weird expression, isn't it?)
Bee tee dubs, there's still time to vote before June 4. Click here to vote online.
Best Local Blog: Tucson Querido shamelessly self-promotes here.
Best Annual Festival: Tucson Eat Yourself
Best Park: Reid. Recently as I was flying back to Tucson I noticed just what a huge green patch it constitutes in the middle of our desert town.
Best Local Advocacy Group: Borderlinks
Best Radio Station for News: KUAZ
Best Bowling Alley: Lucky Strike. Cosmic bowl rocks!
Best Hair Salon: The Coyote Wore Sideburns
Best Yoga Studio: Yoga Oasis
Best Fine Art Gallery: DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. I love it because of DeGrazia's incorporation of native elements, but I also have a problem with some of the rhetoric found there, such as the idolatry of Kino as beneficent Indian savior, etc.
Best Art Museum: The Center for Creative Photography
Best Local Performing Artist: Jose Pepo Saavedra. Last chance to vote for Pepo, because by the end of this summer he won't be local anymore. Boo hoo. Well, before he moves closer to the city that doesn't sleep, he's giving a last show on June 13.
Best Indoor Venue: Club Congress
Best Movie Theater: The Loft
Best Lowbrow Bar Ambiance: The Buffet
Best Nightclub: Club Congress
Best Margarita: El Charro
Best Wine/Liquor Store: Rum Runner
Best Burger: Lindy's
Best Sandwich: The Asian Sandwich Deli
Best Pizza: Zachary's. Two pieces does me. Plus, I dig the weird beer garden in the back.
Best Ice Cream: Frost. But actually it's gelato.
Best Sonoran Hot Dogs: Tanque Verde Swap Meet
Best Fish Tacos: Rubio's. But they are not as good for you as you think.
Best Empanadas: My friend Derek's but otherwise, Mama Llama's
Best Diner: The Grill
Best Indian: Sher-E-Punjab
Best Italian: Giacomo's
Best Sushi: Sushi King
Best Thai: Vila Thai
Best Casual Dining: Zemam's
Best Outdoor Seating: Cushing Street. Try the Sueño Burger.
Best Late-Night Eats: The Taco Shop Co.
Best Vietnamese: Miss Saigon
Best Mexican: Crossroads, for the nopalitos.
Best Vegetarian/Vegan: Lovin' Spoonfuls
Best Veggie Burger: Bentley's
Best Birthday Party Place: P1 Kart Circuit
Best Fun for the Whole Family: Tanque Verde Swap Meet
Best Used Books: Bookman's. Duh.
Best Video Store: Casa Video
Best Fashions: Toque de Pasion
Best Resale Clothing: Buffalo Exchange
Best Home Furnishings: The Paris Flea Market
Best Pet Supplies Store: Muttropolis
And now for my own categories...
Best Tapas: Casa Vcente. Okay, probably the only tapas in Tucson but that shouldn't make light of their quality...
Best Laundrette: Campbell Coin Laundry and Cleaners. Their slogan is "Where Cleaning Your Clothes Can Be A Pleasant Experience". It's true. The owners and employees have always been nice. Andrew and have our "laundry date" there every two weeks, combining clean clothes, sushi, video games, enchiladas, frozen yogurt, manicures and other fun things the strip mall has to offer.
Best Nail Place: Golden Nail Spa. They are kind, they have a nice locale, the prices are competitive and they are very careful, professional and talented. (See hand-done pedicure art above.)
Best Sunset Watching and Post-Sunset-Watching Drive Into Town: Gates Pass
Best Place Spiritual Historic Site to Take Nudie Pix Not That I've Ever Done It: Signal Hill