Best of Tacoma 2012 Results

The Tacoma Weekly's BEST OF TACOMA ballots have been counted and certified by the homeless guy down on Pacific Avenue and 11th Street. You can see the winners and read about some of their profiles in the current edition. But as a snapshot, here they are:

DINING

  • Best Sushi – Flying Fish Bar & Grill
  • Best Pizza – Cloverleaf Pizza
  • Best Burger – RJ Burger Joint
  • Best Asian – Two Koi
  • Best Indian – India Mahal
  • Best Italian – Joeseppi’s
  • Best Mexican – Reyna’s Mexican Restaurant
  • Best View – Stanley & Seafort’s
  • Best Bar/Lounge – 1022 South
  • Best Diner – HobNob
  • Best Coffee – Metronome
  • Best Romantic Setting – Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge
  • Best Restaurant to Take Kids – Boathouse 19
  • Best Deli – MSM Deli
  • Best New Restaurant – Boathouse 19

SHOPPING

  • Best Home Services Company – Seattle Lighting
  • Best Wine Shop – Tacoma Wine Merchants
  • Best Gift Shop – Rankos' Pharmacy
  • Best Flower Shop – Brown’s Flowers, Inc.
  • Best Pet Store – Next to Nature
  • Best Specialty Store – Tacoma Food Co-op

PEOPLE

  • Best Reporter – Steve Dunkelberger
  • Best Elected Official – Mayor Marilyn Strickland
  • Best Community Activist/Supporter – Sonics Guy
  • Best Police Officer – Ed Troyer
  • Best Firefighter – Wayne Hancock
  • Best Photographer – Gayle Reiber Photography
  • Best Artist – Dale Chihuly
  • Best Boss – Kevin McGlocklin (Bluebeard Coffee)
  • Best Business Owner – Chris Keil (1022 South)
  • Best Community Activist – Kris Brannon (Sonics Guy)

PLACES TO GO

  • Best Park – Wright Park
  • Best District – Proctor District
  • Best Live Theater Venue – Pantages Theater
  • Best Art Gallery – Proctor Art Gallery
  • Best Movie Theater – Blue Mouse
  • Best Casino – Emerald Queen Casino

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

  • Best Family Recreation – Point Defiance
  • Best Community Event – Sound to Narrows
  • Best Festival – Art on the Ave
  • Best Museum – Washington State History Museum
  • Best Health & Fitness Center – STAR Center

SERVICES

  • Best Vet – Parkland Animal Hospital
  • Best Hair Salon – Embellish
  • Best Barber Shop – 6th Avenue Barber
  • Best Bank – Columbia Bank
  • Best Credit Union – TAPCO
  • Best Auto Repair – Bristow’s Auto Repair
  • Best Auto Dealership – South Tacoma Honda
  • Best Medical Professional – Artistic Plastic Surgery Center
  • Best New Business – LeMay America’s Car Museum
  • Best Capital Improvement Project – Sound Transit

SCHOOLS

  • Best Teacher – Michelle Pedee (Washington-Hoyt)
  • Best School – University of Washington-Tacoma

MUSIC

  • Best Music Artist – Vicci Martinez
  • Best Live Music – Backstage
  • Best Cover Band – Kry
  • Best Blues Band – Rafael Tranquilino
  • Best Jazz Artist – Bob McNamara
  • Best Rap/Hip Hop Group – Writer's Block
  • Best Music Store – Ted Brown
  • Best Heavy Metal Band – Bloodhunger
  • Best Alternative Rock Band – Ben Union
  • Best Acoustic/Folk Artist – Junkyard Jane
  • Best Non-profit – Habitat for Humanity

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