Aug 25, 2004 at 12:00 am
What’s best about Detroit? Loyal readers, we humbly request your help in ferreting out the best places to wine and dine, the places that define what is great about being in metro Detroit in 2004. The results of this poll will be reported in our Sept. 29 issue. And there’s something in it for you besides knowing you’ve helped steer your fellow readers to the good stuff. …

The Best of Detroit Prize Package: One entry will be selected at random for a package of gift certificates from this year’s best restaurants and retailers.

Rules: Vote on this paper ballot or at One ballot per envelope; no photocopies; only Metro Times original ballots will be accepted. One entry per person or e-mail account for online ballots. Paper ballots must be received by Sept. 8; online balloting continues until Sept. 12. Voters must select favorites in at least 20 categories for ballots to be counted. Full identification and phone numbers must be included with ballots to be accepted. A random sample of contestants — not to mention any ballots deemed suspicious — will be called for verification. (You don’t want your name, business or pet cause in an item titled "Best attempt to steal an election.")



Community Values

Best museum

Best museum to entertain kids

Best (non-museum) art gallery

Best place to see a blockbuster film

Best place to see an independent film

Best place to see live theater

Best place to hear poetry

Best Belle Isle attraction

Best suburban park

Best place to fish

Best place to hike

Best sledding hill

Best place to skateboard

Best beach for swimming

Best beach for people-watching

Best place to bicycle

Best place for a first date

Best pick-up spot

Best way to promote safe sex

Best place to cruise

Best place to spot a celebrity

Best place to see bling-bling

Best local TV newscast

Best local TV newscaster

Best local TV show other than a newscast

Best local radio music show

Best local radio talk show

Best local radio news

Best local rocker who should play with DSO

Best local rapper who should play with Michigan Opera Theater

Best politician

Best local non-politician to seek office

Best local character/public personality

Best Detroit City Council (rock group or pols)

Best reason to vote

Best pro sports team

Best pro athlete

Best next-big-thing

Best trend to avoid

Best pre-’90s trend to revive

Best Michigan vacation spot

Best Ontario vacation spot

Best building erected since 1990

Best historical building to save

Best building to blow up

Best reason to read Metro Times

Best reason not to read Metro Times


Department of Commerce

Best dollar store

Best thrift store

Best big-box store

Best flea market

Best pawn shop

Best antique store

Best vintage clothing store

Best hip-hop clothing store

Best independent clothier for men

Best independent clothier for women

Best independent shoe store

Best place to buy lingerie

Best adult novelty store

Best tattoo parlor

Best body part to pierce

Best plastic surgery procedure

Best smoke shop

Best head shop

Best health food store

Best place to buy organic food

Best independent bookstore

Best adult bookstore

Best skate/bike shop

Best health club

Best record store

Best record store for vinyl

Best non-mall shopping area



Search for Mirth

Best new night spot (since 9/03)

Best oldies-heavy jukebox

Best contemporary jukebox

Best after-hours spot

Best gay bar

Best dive bar

Best bar for conversation

Best-looking bar staff

Best dance club

Best intimate live-music venue

Best mega-sized live-music venue

Best club to hear hip-hop

Best club to hear local folk artists

Best club to hear blues

Best club to hear rock

Best club to hear jazz

Best comedy club

Best strip club

Best pool hall

Best happy hour for food spread

Best happy hour for drinks

Best martini

Best beer selection in a bar

Best wine selection in a bar

Best beer selection in a store

Best wine selection in a store



Nutritional Content (non-chain)

Best new restaurant (since 9/03)

Best restaurant to break the bank

Best bargain restaurant

Best Coney Island

Best after-hours eatery (non-Coney)

Best seafood

Best Mexican cuisine

Best Italian cuisine

Best Greek cuisine

Best African cuisine

Best Chinese cuisine

Best Thai cuisine

Best Indian cuisine

Best Middle Eastern cuisine

Best sushi

Best breakfast

Best brunch buffet

Best all-around buffet

Best steakhouse

Best soul food

Best barbecue

Best burger

Best vegetarian cuisine

Best cheap pizza

Best gourmet pizza

Best deli

Best bakery

Best desserts

Best ice cream/yogurt shop

Best juice bar

Best independent coffeehouse