Best of Erie 2015 Winners

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Best of Erie 2015 Winners by Erie Reader Staff

Culture & Nightlife

Best Art Event

Arts & Drafts

Best Art Gallery

Erie Art Museum

Best Bar for Dancing

The Zone

Best Bar for Hooking Up

Coconut Joe’s

Best College Bar

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Dance Company

Lake Erie Ballet

Best DJ

DJ Bill Page

Best Event Space

Bayfront Convention Center

Best Happy Hour

Tap House

Best Juke Box

Calamari’s

Best Local Act (Band/Musician)

The Romantic Era

Best Local Actor

Chris Bucci

Best Local Actress

Kelly Rodland

Best Local Artist

C. Brown

Best Local Festival

Celebrate Erie

Best Local Graphic Designer

Todd Scalise

Best Local Illustrator

Todd Scalise

Best Local Musician

Eric Brewer

Best Local Photog

Jessica Yochim

Best Local Promoter

Ryan Bartosek

Best Local Sculptor

Evan Everhart

Best Local Singer

Jake Banta

Best MC

C. Brown

Best Museum

Erie Art Museum

Best Music Venue

Kings Rook Club

Best Neighborhood Bar

Tap House

Best New Bar/Club (Within Last Two Years)

U Pick 6 Public House

Best Night Club

Coconut Joe’s

Best Performing Arts Space

Warner Theatre

Best Place for Free Fun

Presque Isle

Best Place to Be Seen on a Saturday Night

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Place to Catch a Flick

Tinseltown

Best Place to Get a Martini

Scotty’s

Best Place to Get Lectured to

Chautauqua Institution

Best Place to Hear Live Jazz 

Scotty’s

Best Place to Hear Live Rock 

Sherlock’s

Best Poet

Tracie Morell

Best Reason to Come Downtown

The Warner Theatre

Best Sports Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings

Best Theater Space

Warner Theatre

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

Six Year Stretch 

Food & Drink

Best Asian Restaurant 

Chopstix

Best Bar Food

The Plymouth Tavern 

Best Bartender

Amanda Schaffner

Best Beer List

Tap House

Best Bloody Mary

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Breakfast 

Breakfast Place

Best Brunch

Peek’n Peak

Best Buffet

Peek’n Peak

Best Burger

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Chef

Bertrand Artigues

Best Coffee Shop

Brick House

Best Dessert

Pufferbelly

Best Dinner Bargain

Serafini’s

Best French Fries

Sara’s

Best Hot Dog

Sara’s

Best Italian Restaurant

Serafini’s

Best Late-Nite Menu

Dominick’s

Best Local Brewery

Lavery Brewing

Best Locally Made Beer

Derailed (Erie Brewing Company)

Best Lunch Bargain

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Mexican Restaurant  

El Canelo

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 

Petra

Best Mobile Food Vendor

Ernie’s

Best New Restaurant (Within Last Two Years)

Primanti Brothers

Best Patio 

Rum Runners

Best Patio Dining

Smuggler’s Wharf

Best Pizza

John’s Wildwood Pizza

Best Place to Get Barbecue

Three B Saloon

Best Place to Get Ice Cream

Sara’s

Best Place to Get Seafood

Smuggler’s Wharf

Best Place to Get Vegan / Vegetarian Food

Whole Foods Co-op

Best Place to Order a Steak

Texas Roadhouse

Best Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Best Romantic Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Best Sandwich Shop

Picasso’s

Best Seafood Shop

Wegmans 

Best Soft Pretzel

The Plymouth Tavern

Best Sub Shop

Teresa’s Italian Deli

Best Sushi

Wegmans

Best Upscale Restaurant

1201 Kitchen

Best Wine List

Cloud 9

Best Wings

Odis 12

Goods & Services

Best Antique Shop

Second Hand Rose 

Best Auto Customer Service

Bianchi Honda

Best Bakery 

Art’s Bakery

Best Bank

Erie Federal Credit Union

Best Barbershop

Uncle Nick’s

Best Beauty Salon

Panache Salon & Spa

Best Bike Shop

Competitive Gear

Best Book Store

Barnes and Noble

Best Boutique

Grasshopper

Best Chocolate/Candy Purveyor 

Romolo

Best Comics and Collectibles Shop

Books Galore

Best Consignment Shop

Plato’s Closet

Best Deli

Teresa’s Italian Deli

Best Dog Groomer

Paws ‘n Claws

Best Farmers Market

Mason Farms

Best Health Food Store

Whole Foods Co-op

Best Jewelry Store

Dahlkemper’s

Best Locally Made Product

Smith’s Hotdogs

Best New Business (Within Last Two Years)

Cocktails and Color

Best Person to Get Pierced By

Missy Twohig

Best Place to Adopt a Pet

ANNA Shelter

Best Place to Buy a Used Car

Bianchi Honda

Best Place to Buy Furniture

John V. Schultz

Best Place to Buy Instruments

World of Music

Best Place to Buy Meat

Wegmans 

Best Place to Buy or Lease a New Car

Bianchi Honda

Best Place to Buy Produce

Wegmans

Best Place to Get a Six Pack

Six Pack House of Beer

Best Place to Get Pierced

Sacred Piercing

Best Place to Host a Wedding Reception

Peek’n Peak

Best Smoke/Vapor Shop

Smoker Friendly 

Best Spa

Coventina Day Spa

Best Tattoo Artist

“Gentle” Josh Makowski

Best Tattoo Parlor

Ink Assassins

Best Thrift Store

Salvation Army

Best Videographer

Zack Orr

Best Vintage Clothing Shop

Sassy Peacock

Best Web Developer

Epic WebStudios

Best Winery

Mazza Vineyards

People & Places

Best Athletic Competition

Beast on the Bay

Best Beach

Beach 11

Best Bowling Alley

Greengarden Lanes

Best Entrepreneur(s)

Jason Lavery 

Best Erie Reader Writer

Jim Wertz

Best Filmmaker

John Lyons

Best Fitness Club

LECOM Fitness and Wellness Center

Best Fundraising Event

Erie Gives Day

Best Golf Course

Whispering Woods

Best Landmark

Brig Niagara

Best Local Mascot

C. Wolf

Best Local Twitter Follow

Erie Alerts

Best Minor League Team

Erie Otters

Best Non-Profit/Charity

ANNA Shelter

Best Park

Presque Isle State Park 

Best People Watching

CelebrateErie

Best Place for a Family Outing

Presque Isle State Park

Best Place for a First Date

1201 Kitchen

Best Place for Skiing

Peek’n Peak

Best Place to Bike

Presque Isle

Best Place to Hike

Wintergreen Gorge

Best Place to Play Darts

Fox & Hound

Best Place to Run

Frontier Park

Best Place to See a Sunset (Not Presque Isle)

Rumrunners

Best Place to Shoot Pool

Andy’s Pub

Best Place to Work

Wegmans

Best Playground

Frontier Park

Best Politician

Ryan Bizzarro 

Best Radio Personality

Craig Warvel

Best Radio Show

2 Girls and a Guy

Best Radio Station

93.9 the Wolf

Best Reason to Live in Erie

Presque Isle and Lake Erie

Best Resident

Sister Joan Chittister OSB

Best Spot to Take Wedding Photos

Presque Isle Beaches

Best Team to Root for

Erie Otters 

Best Tourist Attraction

Presque Isle State Park

Best TV News Team

Action News 24

Best TV Personality

Sean Lafferty

Best University

Penn State Behrend

Best Yoga Studio

YogaErie

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