Vin Rouge was the RIGHT CHOICE for Best French Food!!!
I love Vin Rouge, especially the outdoor seating!!!
I think Spice Street should have won Best place to Salsa dance.
Binks, the 2009 circ numbers for the print edition have been posted under Find a Paper. The web stats will be posted soon. I don't know where your 15,000 figure came from, though.
All I was saying is that if it's an "independent" magazine, then they should restrict the results to independent businesses. But as it stands, it is currently a readers poll so sure, I get the point. I personally hope that next year they would consider only independent businesses as the winners....just my personal opinion though, no replies in essay format necessary.
Actually, since the "Best Of" is a popularity contest based solely on readers' votes, one doesn't have to factor in anything - including readership statistics, how often someone visits Raleigh or not, the price of tea in China, etc. - because the place receiving the most votes wins. Period. If X gets one more vote than Y, they get a plaque and their name in bold print. I'm not sure whether that's a "democratic consensus" or not, but I guess I'm not sure what a "democratic consensus" is. Is it considered a "democratic consensus" when a presidential candidate wins a largely populated state by a few thousand votes, yet carries all of its electorals? I'd call that a "democratic disagreement." As for your theory on diminished circulation, wouldn't this translate to your vote being more important than before? I mean, if 3 people read the INDY, and two vote for the same "best" place, that other dude is really going to be pissed. Of course, 3 people don't read the INDY. In fact, while the "people" you talk to pick up the paper less frequently, the "people" I talk to confirmed that more votes were cast for this "Best Of" than any in history. I'm sure it's not an overwhelming number compared to the paper's total readership, but again, isn't that another reason to get online and vote for who you want. Who knows, you might even help your favorite businesses win some categories they didn't. Then you could stroll around smiling and feel "right," instead of so aggrevied.
For one to accept the results of the "Best of" as representing a democratic consensus, one has to factor in a shrinking of the electing body i.e. the INDY's sagging readership, this based on circulation figures, down some 15 thousand or so, a result probably of the current tepid, diluted editorial outlook. Fewer and fewer people I talk to even bother to pick it up anymore as the rag has become so dull.
Where is the listing for the first quarter of 2009 anyway? Don't, please, tell me to look under "find a paper," 'cause it isn't there. I miss the INDY.
I agree with Lumpy. The Indy's "Best Of" is open-ended and, yes, democratic. Any complaints about the results are unfounded. We can't expect them to do anything other than count the votes and report the results.
For a more genuinely chathamcentic look at the best of Chatham County, NC - http://bit.ly/mtpv7
All categories should be divided by county. I live in Orange and NEVER get to Raleigh.
Maybe I'm missing something, but if the Independent's "Best of the Triangle" is now strictly a readers poll - where the paper simply picks the categories (i.e. Best Pizza), and the readers write-in their preferences (i.e. any pizza joint in the triangle), then how can you possibly seem personally affronted by who won? Sure, Guitar Center might be more corporate than your favorite locally owned instrument purveryor. Yeah, the Cat's Cradle might not be your favorite place to see hip-hop. But, for one reason or another, lots of people who aren't you, liked the winning businesses enough to fill-out a ballot in their favor. Sorry. Sucks to be a victim of a democratic system which, unfortunately, didn't work out exactly how you thought it should. Of course, citing race and the long, dark shadow of corporate America (among loads of other inane rationales) for why your favorite hot dog isn't everyone else's favorite hot dog is obviously easier than wrapping your head around the fact that you thinking something is right (or hip or "best") will never make it universally, or even predominately, so. The paper counted the ballots and, clearly, you, your friends, and other right-minded folks who agree with you didn't vote enough. Sounds like they didn't shop enough at the Music Loft either - whether it was or wasn't a terrific store. Time to go find another "cause" to irrationally and illogically rally against.
I understand the open-ended aspect (didn't the Indy actually used to write an editor's pick section?), but I'm mystified how Bob Dumbass won best DJ. Radio is in such a sad state these days.
And Talk of the Town not even getting a mention in the jazz section really does make this more of a "Best of the White Triangle." (Not that I don't fall into this category too, but...)
To all our readers, please note that the Best of the Triangle winners are open ended questions and any business or name can be submitted. The winners of each category are the businesses or names that have been submitted the most through our online Best of the Triangle survey.
As an independent newspaper, I can't believe The Guitar Center was even an option in the "best place to buy music gear" category.....you know they're the reason that the Music Loft in Durham went OUT OF BUSINESS, right? Next year why don't you just add Wal-Mart to the list too.
BEST PLACE TO HEAR HIP-HOP... Cat's Cradle???? Finalist... The Pour House??? Do you mean the
best place to hear Hip-Hop if you're not comfortable being around African-Americans?
You can't be serious.
WORST. COMIC BOOK STORE. EVER.
Chapel Hill Comics? Really?
That place sells like five comics and the rest of the joint is graphic novels, manga and collections.
It's nice and all ... but not a comic book shop.
Come on people, sushi blues is the hard rock cafe of sushi. It is quite obvious readers are more taken with big obnoxious displays of dead rockers than good sushi.
And, how come Ed Mckay Used Books gets shafted in every single issue of best of's picks for book stores? They are by FAR the best book store in Wake County, with the biggest & best selection and non-rude most knowledgeable employees, not to mention they do a hell of a lot for the community. Wake up, Quail Ridge and Nice Price? Yeah two really great bookstores, for me to poop on.
Re: survey design, that would be a question for the advertising department, as editorial has nothing to do with the ballot, the process or the readers' choices.
The Readers' Choices are exactly thatselections by readers. I hope those commenting or otherwise dissatisfied with the results either voted for their favorites or are planning to do so next year.
by Lisa Sorg, Indy Editor (email@example.com)
Lisa, perhaps the folks at IndyWeek need to learn survey design ;-)
Best Mexican food Torero's? Has anyone been to La Hacienda lately??? And what about Ted's Montana Grill, they should be voted best burger- Hello, no hormones!!!
I want to add an exclaimation point to the Matthews House. This is a beautiful Landmark House that is refurbished with a lovely garden. It is ready for any special occasion.
I recommend "Brides and Bouquets Florals". In Cary ask for Greg for
any special floral and / or atmospheric additions to the Matthews House space.
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