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Best museum: Detroit Institute of Arts

Best museum to entertain kids: Detroit Science Center

Best non-museum art gallery: Café de Troit

Best place to see a blockbuster film: Birmingham Palladium

Best place to see an independent film: Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak

Best place to see live theater: Fox Theatre, Detroit

Best place to hear poetry: Tie — Xhedos Café, Ferndale, and Camillian Café, Detroit

Best Belle Isle attraction: Scott Fountain

Best suburban park: Stony Creek Metropark, Macomb and Oakland counties

Best place to fish: Detroit River

Best place to hike: Kensington Metropark, Milford Township

Best sledding hill: Balduck Park, Detroit

Best place to skateboard: Hart Plaza, Detroit

Best beach for swimming: Metro Beach Metropark, Harrison Township

Best beach for people watching: Metro Beach

Best place to bicycle: Kensington Metropark, Milford Township

Best place for a first date: Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

Best pick-up spot: Flood’s Bar and Grille, Detroit

Best way to promote safe sex: Free condoms

Best place to cruise: Woodward Avenue

Best place to spot a celebrity: Townsend Hotel, Birmingham

Best place to see bling-bling: Somerset Collection, Troy

Best local TV newscast: Channel 4 (WDIV)

Best local TV newscaster: Carmen Harlan (WDIV)

Best local TV show other than a newscast: “Flashpoint” (WDIV-TV, Sundays at 10 a.m.)

Best local radio music show: Martin Bandyke Program (WDET-FM, 101.9, Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m.)

Best local radio talk show: Deminski & Doyle (WKRK-FM, 97.1, Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.)

Best local rapper who should play with Michigan Opera: Eminem

Best local rocker who should play with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Kid Rock

Best local politician: Jennifer Granholm

Best local non-politician to seek office: Geoffrey Fieger

Best local character/public personality: Kwame Kilpatrick

Best reason to vote: Beat Bush

Best pro sports team: Pistons

Best pro athlete: Ben Wallace

Next big thing: Me (Other notable answers: Pink as the new black, veganism, death of garage music)

Best trend to avoid: Bellbottoms (Other notables: plastic surgery, metrosexuals, Wal-Mart, hot pants)

Best pre-’90s trend to revive: Big hair (Other notables: cheap gas, glam rock, disco)

Best Michigan vacation spot: Traverse City

Best Ontario vacation spot: Toronto

Best building since 1990: Compuware

Best historical building to save: Michigan Central Station

Best building to blow up: Any abandoned building (Other notables: Michigan Central Station, Silverdome, Players Club)

Best reason to read Metro Times: Jack Lessenberry

Best reason not to read Metro Times: Sex ads


Best dollar store: Dollar Tree, various locations

Best thrift store: Salvation Army, various locations

Best flea market: Gibraltar Trade Center, Taylor

Best pawn shop: Zeidman’s Loan Office, Detroit

Best antique store: Antiques on Main, Royal Oak

Best independent clothier for men: Tie — Incognito, Royal Oak, and Julian Scott, Detroit

Best independent clothier for women: Incognito, Royal Oak

Best independent shoe store: Sole Sisters, Royal Oak

Best vintage clothing store: Mother Fletcher’s, Ferndale

Best hip-hop clothing store: The Source, Detroit

Best place to buy lingerie: Victoria’s Secret, various locations

Best adult novelty store: Lover’s Lane, various locations

Best tattoo parlor: Ink Slingers, various locations

Best body part to pierce: Navel

Best plastic surgery procedure: Boob job

Best smoke shop: Smoky’s Fine Cigars, Royal Oak

Best head shop: BDT, Hazel Park

Best health food store: Whole Foods, various locations

Best place to buy organic food: Whole Foods, various locations

Best independent bookstore: John King Used and Rare Books, Detroit and Ferndale

Best adult bookstore: Chosen Books, Royal Oak

Best bike/skate shop: Modern Skate and Surf, Royal Oak

Best health club: Lifetime Fitness, various locations

Best record store: Record Time, Ferndale

Best record store for vinyl: Record Time, Ferndale

Best non-mall shopping area: Royal Oak


Best new nightspot: Cinq, Royal Oak

Best oldies-heavy jukebox: Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak

Best contemporary jukebox: Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak

Best gay bar: Q, Ferndale

Best dive bar: Gusoline Alley, Royal Oak

Best bar for conversation: Tie — Cass Cafe, Detroit, and Oslo, Detroit

Best-looking bar staff: Blue Martini, Birmingham

Best dance club: Tonic, Pontiac

Best intimate live music venue: Tie — Magic Bag, Ferndale, and Magic Stick, Detroit

Best mega-size live music venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston

Best club to hear hip hop: St. Andrew’s Hall, Detroit

Best club to hear folk artists: The Ark, Ann Arbor

Best club to hear blues: Memphis Smoke, Royal Oak

Best club to hear rock: Magic Stick, Detroit

Best club to hear jazz: Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Detroit

Best comedy club: Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak

Best strip club: De Ja Vu (various locations)

Best pool hall: Snookers (various locations)

Best happy hour for food spread: Whitney garden parties, Detroit

Best happy hour for drinks: Tie — Cinq, Flood’s, Agave, all Detroit

Best martini: Blue Martini, Birmingham

Best beer selection in a bar: Berkley Front, Berkley

Best beer selection in a store: Merchants Warehouse, Royal Oak and Dearborn

Best wine selection in a store: Merchants Fine Wines, various locations


Best new restaurant: Bastone, Royal Oak

Best restaurant to break the bank: Whitney, Detroit

Best Coney: Lafayette, Detroit

Best after-hours (non-Coney): Ram’s Horn, various locations

Best seafood: Tom’s Oyster Bar, various locations

Best Mexican: Xochimilco, Detroit

Best Italian: Andiamo, various locations

Best Greek: Pegasus, Detroit

Best African: Blue Nile, Ferndale

Best Chinese: P. F. Chang’s, various locations

Best Thai: Sala Thai

Best Indian: Priya, Troy

Best Middle Eastern: La Shish, various locations

Best sushi: Oslo, Detroit

Best breakfast: Tie — Toast, Ferndale, and Café Habana, Royal Oak

Best brunch buffet: Tie — Fishbone’s, various locations, and Sweet Georgia Brown, Detroit

Best all-around buffet: Motor City Casino

Best steakhouse: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Troy

Best soul food: Beans and Cornbread, Southfield

Best barbecue: Memphis Smoke, Royal Oak

Best burger: Red Coat Tavern, Royal Oak

Best vegetarian: Inn Season Café, Royal Oak

Best cheap pizza: Little Caesar’s, various locations

Best gourmet pizza: Pizza Papalis, various locations

Best deli: Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor

Best bakery: Avalon International Breads, Detroit

Best desserts: Pronto, Royal Oak

Best ice cream/yogurt: Stone Cold Creamery, various locations

Best juice: Tasi, Royal Oak

Best independent coffeehouse: Sweetwater’s Café, Ann Arbor

More best of Detroit 2004:

Community values
Department of commerce
Nutritional value
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(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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