Best of Erie 2015 Finalists

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Best of Erie 2015 Finalists by Erie Reader Staff

Goods & Services

Best Place to Buy Meat

Bello’s Market

Urbaniak Brothers

Wegmans

Best Place to Buy Produce

Erie County Farms

Mason Farms

Wegmans

Best Auto Customer Service

Bianchi Honda

Mazda of Erie

Rick Sornberger Automotive

Best Place to Buy or Lease a New Car

Bianchi Honda

Hallman Chevrolet

Humes Chrysler Jeep Dodge & Ram

Best Farmers Market

Little Italy - Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network

Mason Farms

Whole Foods Co-op

Best Place to Buy Instruments

Lynch Music

Presque Isle Brass and Woodwind

World of Music

Best Thrift Store

Once Upon a Child

Plato’s Closet

Salvation Army

Best Vintage Clothing Shop

Grasshopper

Salvation Army

Sassy Peacock

Best Antique Shop

Antique Gallery

Oregon Antique Boutique

Second Hand Rose

Best Jewelry Store

Dahlkemper’s

Fisher Jewelers

Glass Growers Gallery

Best Place to Buy Furniture

Fred’s Furniture

Arthur F. Schultz

John V. Schultz

Best Consignment Shop

Once Upon a Child

Plato’s Closet

Sassy Peacock

Best Boutique

All That Glitters

Glass Growers Gallery

Grasshopper

Best Comics and Collectibles Shop

Above and Beyond Comics

Action Toyman

Books Galore

Best Book Store

Barnes and Noble

Books Galore

Werner Books

Best Smoke/Vapor Shop

Hippie & the Hound

Leaf Lover

Smoker Friendly

Best Chocolate/Candy Purveyor

Pulakos

Romolo

Stefanelli’s

Best Bakery

Art’s Bakery

International Bakery

Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe

Best Deli

Teresa’s Italian Deli

Tickle’s Deli

Wegman’s

Best Winery

Courtyard Wineries

Mazza Vineyards

Six Mile Cellars

Best Place to Get a Six Pack

Public House

Six Pack House of Beer

U Pick Six

Best Health Food Store

Chicory Hill Herbs

Dietary Foods

Whole Foods Co-op

Best Tattoo Parlor

Buddha’s

Ink Assassins

Midtown Tattoo

Best Tattoo Artist

Brandy Artz

Eerie Eric Fargiorgio

“Gentle” Josh Makowski

Best Place to Get Pierced

Buddha’s

Ink Assassins

Sacred Piercing

Best Person to Get Pierced By

Kristy Baird

Zack Scott

Missy Twohig

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

ANNA Shelter

Erie Humane Society

Orphan Angels

Best Bank

Erie Federal Credit Union

Northwest Savings Bank

Widget Financial

Best Spa

Ambridge Rose

Coventina Day Spa

Panache Salon & Spa

Best Beauty Salon

Panache Salon & Spa

Salon H2O

Shear Delights

Best Barbershop

Ruiz Barber Shop

Russo’s

Uncle Nick’s

Best Bike Shop

AR Adams Cycling

John Adams Cycling

Competitive Gear

Best Place to Host a Wedding Reception

Bayfront Convention Center

Peek n’ Peak

Riverside Inn

Best Web Developer

Epic WebStudios

Firefly Web Studios

Lyons Den Productions

Best Locally Made Product

Dulachan IPA by Lavery Brewing

Romolo Chocolate

Smith’s Hotdogs

Best New Business (Within Last Two Years)

Chopstix Asian Restaurant

Cloud 9 Wine Bar

Cocktails and Color

Best Videographer

Ben Friesen

Howard Glover

Zack Orr

Best Place to Buy a Used Car

Bianchi Honda

Porreco Nissan

Superior Toyota

Best Dog Groomer

Grooming by Charlene

Mud Puppies

Paws ‘n Claws

Culture & Nightlife

Best Local Festival

Celebrate Erie

Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Fest

North East Cherry Festival

Best Reason to Come Downtown

Erie Art Museum

Lavery Brewing Company

The Warner Theatre

Best Art Event

Arts & Drafts

Erie Art Museum Midday Art Break

Erie Art Museum Spring Show

Best Museum

Erie Art Museum

Experience Children’s Museum

Watson Curtze Mansion

Best Place to Catch a Flick

Erie Movie House

Sunset Drive In

Tinseltown

Best Performing Arts Space

Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center

PACA

Warner Theatre

Best Theater Space

Erie Playhouse

PACA

Warner Theatre

Best Event Space

Bayfront Convention Center

Burger King Amphitheater

Kings Rook Club

Best Local Act (Band/Musician)

French Kiss

The Groove

The Romantic Era

Best Local Promoter

Ryan Bartosek

Dreambig Promotions

Bob Jensen

Best Local Artist

C. Brown

Evan Everhart

Todd Scalise

Best Art Gallery

Bayfront Gallery

Erie Art Museum

Glass Growers Gallery

Best Music Venue

Basement Transmissions

Kings Rook Club

Oasis

Best Local Sculptor

Evan Everhart

Sue Hunter

David Seitzinger

Best Local Photog

Jess Husted

Ron Vollentine

Jessica Yochim

Best Up-and-Coming Band/Musician (Last Two Years)

At That Moment

Six Year Stretch

Tyler Smilo

Best Local Singer

Jake Banta

Brittany Morton

Jess Royer

Best Local Musician

Jake Banta

Matt Boland

Eric Brewer

Best Place for Free Fun

8 Great Tuesdays

Downtown Block Parties

Presque Isle

Best MC

Matt Breezy

C. Brown

Jonny Evans

Best DJ

DJ Nitro

DJ Bill Page

DJ Roach

Best Local Graphic Designer

Megan Callaghan

Mark Kosobucki

Todd Scalise

Best Local Illustrator

Eric Fargiorgio

Todd Scalise

Bryan Toy

Best Neighborhood Bar

Lavery Brewing Company

Park Tavern

Tap House

Best Place to Hear Live Rock

Basement Transmissions

Kings Rook Club

Sherlock’s

Best Place to Hear Live Jazz

Anchor In

Romolo

Scotty’s

Best Night Club

Coconut Joe’s

Docksider

Resolution

Best Bar for Dancing

Doc Holliday’s

Resolution

The Zone

Best Bar for Hooking Up

Boardwalk

Coconut Joe’s

Docksider

Best New Bar/Club (Within Last Two Years)

Cloud 9 Wine Bar

Kings Rook Club

U Pick 6 Public House

Best Place to Get a Martini

1201 Kitchen

Cloud 9 Wine Bar

Scotty’s

Best Happy Hour

Coconut Joe’s

Public House

Tap House

Best Place to Be Seen on a Saturday Night

Coconut Joe’s

Lavery Brewing Company

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Juke Box

Calamari’s

Lager Cafe

Lavery Brewing

Best Dance Company

Dance Vibe

Erie Dance Theater

Lake Erie Ballet

Best College Bar

Cornerstone

Slugger’s

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Sports Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings

Fox & Hound

Slugger’s

Best Poet

Greg Brown

Luchetta Manus

Tracy Morell

Best Place to Get Lectured to

Chautauqua Institution

Erie Public Library

Mercyhurst University

Best Local Actor

Chris Bucci

Anthony Palermo

Sean Whaling

Best Local Actress

Ashley Delaney

Kelly Rodland

Carrie Smith

Food & Drink

Best Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Chopstix

Pineapple Eddie’s

Best Sandwich Shop

Picasso’s

Primanti Brothers

Tickle’s Deli

Best New Restaurant (Within Last Two Years)

Chopstix

Like My Thai

Primanti Brothers

Best Place to Get Seafood

1201 Kitchen

Sheraton Bayfront Grille

Smuggler’s Wharf

Best Seafood Shop

Erie County Farms

Lone Shark

Wegmans

Best Romantic Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Bertrand’s Bistro

Colao’s Ristorante

Best Chef

Bertrand Artigues

Dan Kern

Amanda Kleckner

Best Upscale Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Bertrand’s Bistro

Pufferbelly

Best Dinner Bargain

McGarrey’s

Olive Garden

Serafini’s

Best Bar Food

Odis 12

The Plymouth Tavern

Public House

Best Hot Dog

Lucky Louie’s

New York Lunch

Sara’s

Best Coffee Shop

Brew Ha Ha

Brick House

Coffee Culture

Best Mobile Food Vendor

Ernie’s

The Que Abides

US Pig Niagara

Best Breakfast

Breakfast Place

Panos

Summer House Cafe

Best Patio

The Plymouth Tavern

Rum Runners

Sheraton Bayfront Grille

Best Brunch

Peek’n Peak

Pineapple Eddie’s

Pufferbelly

Best Buffet

Imperial Chinese Buffet

Peek’n Peak

S&S Buffet

Best Place to Get Ice Cream

Creamland

Sara’s

Whippy Dip

Best Sub Shop

Teresa’s Deli

Tickle’s Deli

Wegman’s

Best Wine List

1201 Kitchen

Bertrand’s Bistro

Cloud 9

Best Beer List

The Brewerie at Union Station

Public House

Tap House

Best Patio Dining

The Cove

The Plymouth Tavern

Smuggler’s Wharf

Best Local Brewery

The Brewerie at Union Station

Erie Brewing Company

Lavery Brewing

Best Locally Made Beer

Derailed (Erie Brewing Company)

Dulachan (Lavery Brewing)

IBud59 (Sprague Farm)

Best Place to Get Vegan / Vegetarian Food

Jeckyl & Hyde Gastropub

Like My Thai

Whole Foods Co-op

Best Place to Order a Steak

1201 Kitchen

Firebirds

Texas Roadhouse

Best Place to Get Barbecue

Smokey Bones

Three B Saloon

US Pig Niagara

Best Burger

The Brewerie at Union Station

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Sara’s

Best French Fries

Rum Runners

Sara’s

Waldameer Potato Shack

Best Soft Pretzel

The Brewerie at Union Station

The Plymouth Tavern

Public House

Best Pizza

John’s Wildwood Pizza

Stevo’s

Virgil’s Plate

Best Wings

Odis 12

One Way Inn

Park Tavern

Best Sushi

Aoyama

Chopstix Asian Restaurant

Wegman’s

Best Asian Restaurant

Chopstix

Golden Wok

Like My Thai

Best Italian Restaurant

Mi Scuzi

Nunzi’s

Serafini’s

Best Mexican Restaurant

El Canelo

Latino’s

Torrero’s

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

Casablanca

Habibi

Petra

Best Lunch Bargain

Like My Thai

The Plymouth Tavern

Tickles Deli

Best LateNite Menu

Dominick’s

Panos

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Bloody Mary

Calamari’s

Pufferbelly

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Dessert

Lorie’s Wildridge Restaurant

Mi Scuzi

Pufferbelly

Best Bartender

Seth Jones

Amanda Schaffner

Jason Williams

People & Places

Best Reason to Live in Erie

Arts & Culture

Presque Isle and Lake Erie

Real Estate Prices

Best Radio Station

93.9 the Wolf

Rocket 101

90.5 WERG

Best Radio Show

2 Girls and a Guy

Fazed Cookies

The Morning Show with Captain Dan

Best Radio Personality

Captain Dan

Carrie Leigh

Craig Warvel

Best TV Personality

David Belmondo

Sean Lafferty

Emily Welsh

Best TV News Team

Action News 24

Fox 66 News at 10

WICU News 12

Best Yoga Studio

Art of Yoga

Plasha Yoga

YogaErie

Best Politician

Ryan Bizzarro

Bob Merski

Sean Wiley

Best NonProfit/Charity

ANNA Shelter

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWPA

Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network

Best Filmmaker

Howard Glover

John Lyons

Tom Weber

Best Place to Work

Erie Insurance

GE

Wegmans

Best Tourist Attraction

Erie Zoo

Presque Isle State Park

Waldameer Park

Best Park

Asbury Woods

Presque Isle State Park

Waldameer Park

Best Spot to Take Wedding Photos

Dobbins Landing

Presque Isle Beaches

Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery

Best People Watching

CelebrateErie

Downtown at closing time

Millcreek Mall

Best Landmark

Brig Niagara

Dobbins Landing

Perry Monument

Best Place for a Family Outing

Erie Zoo

Presque Isle State Park

Waldameer Park

Best Place for a First Date

1201 Kitchen

Colao’s Ristorante

Lavery Brewing Company

Best University

Edinboro University

Mercyhurst University

Penn State Behrend

Best Fitness Club

iRock Fitness

LECOM Fitness and Wellness Center

Planet Fitness

Best Bowling Alley

Eastway Lanes

Greengarden Lanes

Rolling Meadows

Best Team to Root for

Eerie Roller Girls

Erie Otters

Erie Seawolves

Best Minor League Team

Erie Bayhawks

Erie Otters

Erie Seawolves

Best Beach

Beach 6

Beach 11

Presque Isle Unmarked Beaches

Best Place for Skiing

Holiday Valley

Mount Pleasant

Peek n’ Peak

Best Place to Run

Asbury Woods

Bayfront Trail

Frontier Park

Best Place to Hike

Asbury Woods

Presque Isle

Wintergreen Gorge

Best Place to Bike

Bayfront Bike Path

Presque Isle

Scott Park

Best Athletic Competition

Beast on the Bay

Erie Marathon

Turkey Trot

Best Place to Play Darts

Coach’s

Fox & Hound 

Sullivan’s

Best Place to Shoot Pool

Andy’s Pub

Fox & Hound

Rack N Roll

Best Golf Course

Erie Golf Club

Lawrence Park Country Club

Whispering Woods

Best Playground

Frontier Park

Lake Cliff Park

Liberty Park

Best Fundraising Event

Action Toyman Toys for Tots event

Erie Downtown Block Parties

Erie Gives Day

Best Erie Reader Writer

Mary Birdsong

Ben Speggen

Jim Wertz

Best Local Twitter Follow

Erie Alerts

Selena King

Jim Wertz

Best Entrepreneur

Lisa Heidelberg

Tom Kennedy

Jason Lavery

Best Resident

Lisa Austin

Sister Joan Chittester OSB

Nate Gillies

Best Place to See a Sunset (Not Presque Isle)

8 Great Tuesdays

Erie Bluffs State Park

Rumrunners

Best Local Mascot

Bubba Love

C. Wolf

Shooter

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