People’s Picks

Civic Pride

Best museum: Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit, 313-833-7900

Best museum to take kids: Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R, Detroit, 313-577-8400

Best art gallery: The Detroit Institute of Arts

Best place to see a blockbuster film: Star Southfield, 25333 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, 248-353-STAR

Best place to see an independent film: Main Art Theatre, 118 N Main, Royal Oak, 248-542-0180

Best intimate live-music venue: Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit, 313-833-7665

Best mega-music venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7773 Pine Knob Rd., Clarkston, 248-645-6666

Best place to see live theater: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit, 313-471-6611

Best public art: Joe Louis Fist, Jefferson and Woodward, Detroit

Best urban park: Belle Isle, Detroit

Best Web site dedicated to Detroit:

Best local zine: Metro Times, 733 E. Layafette, Detroit, 313-961-4060

Best unmarked historic site: Michigan Central Station, Michigan Avenue at 14th, Detroit

Best place to cruise: Woodward

Best Michigan vacation spot: Macinac Island

Best Ontario vacation spot: Toronto

Best Michigan tourist trap: Macinac Island

Best local television newscast: WDIV-Channel 4

Best local TV newscaster: Carmen Harlan, WDIV-Channel 4

Best local radio music show: Big Sonic Heaven, WDVD-FM 96.3, 10 p.m. Sundays

Best local radio talk show: Drew & Mike, WRIF-FM 101.1, 6-10 a.m. weekdays

Best local radio news: WWJ-AM 950

Best local radio DJ: Phat Matt, 89X (88.7 FM), 7-11 p.m. weeknights

Best local radio talk jocks: Drew & Mike, WRIF-FM 101.1, 6-10 a.m. weekdays

Best place to spot a celebrity: Somerset Collection

West Big Beaver Road and Coolidge, Troy, 248-816-2087

Best local nonpolitician who should seek office: Jack Lessenberry: columnist, Metro Times

Best small city, town or township in Wayne County: Hamtramck

Best new building: Ford Field: 2000 Brush, Detroit, 800-616-ROAR

Best old building: Michigan Central Train Depot, Michigan Avenue at 14th, Detroit

Best building to blow up: Renaissance Center, Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

Best local charity: United Way, 313-226-9895

Best professional sports team: Detroit Red Wings

Best professional athlete: Steve Yzerman

Party Loyalty

Best new night spot: Space, 415 E. Congress, Detroit, 248-262-6858 (cq area code)

Best club to hear rock: Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit, 313-833-9700

Best club to hear country: The Diamondback Saloon, I-94 service drive, Belleville, 734-699-7833

Best club to hear blues: Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main, Royal Oak, 248-543-4300

Best club to hear rap: St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit, 313-961-6358

Best club to hear jazz: Baker's Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, Detroit, 313-345-6300

Best comedy club: Second City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-965-2222

Best dance club: Space

Best dance club ambiance/decor: Space

Best dance club sound system: Space

Best dive bar: Gusoline Alley, 308 S. Center, Royal Oak, 248-545-2235

Best happy hour: Tie — Robusto's, 19271 Mack, Grosse Pointe, 313-881-0100; Flood's Bar & Grille, 731 St. Antoine, Detroit, 313-963-1090

Best jukebox: Gusoline Alley

Best beer selection in a store: Holiday Market, 1203 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-541-1414

Best wine selection in a store: Merchant's Fine Wine, three locations — 146 N. Main, Royal Oak, 248-546-7770; 21034 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-417-0400; 22250 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-563-8700

Best beer selection in a bar: Ye Olde Tap Room, 14915 Charlevoix, Grosse Pointe Park, 313-824-1030

Best wine selection in a bar: Town Pump, 100 W. Montcalm, Detroit, 313-961-1929


Strong Bodies

Best new restaurant: Sweet Georgia Brown, 1045 Brush, Detroit, 313-965-1245

Best restaurant to blow a wad: The Whitney, 4421 Woodward, Detroit , 313-832-5700

Best bargain restaurant: Taco Bell, numerous locations

Best after-hours eatery: National Coney Island, numerous locations

Best seafood: Tie — Lilly's Seafood, 410 S. Washington, Royal Oak, 248-591-5459; Tom's Oyster Bar, four locations — 519 E. Jefferson, Detroit, 313-964-4010; 29106 Franklin, Southfield, 248-356-8881; 15402 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park, 313-884-6030; 318 S. Main, Royal Oak, 248-541-1186

Best Mexican: Xochimilco, 3409 Bagley, Detroit, 313-843-0179

Best Italian: Maria's Front Room, 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, 248-542-7379

Best Greek: Pegasus Taverna, 558 Monroe, Detroit, 313-964-6800

Best breakfast: International House of Pancakes, numerous locations

Best Chinese: Mon Jin Lau, 1515 E. Maple, Troy, 248-689-2332

Best Japanese/sushi: Little Tree Sushi Bar, 107 S. Main, Royal Oak, 248-586-0994

Best Indian: Priya, two locations — 36600 Grand River, Farmington Hills, 248-615-7700; 72 W. Maple, Troy, 248-269-0100

Best steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse, numerous locations

Best barbecue: Memphis Smoke, 100 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-543-4300

Best burger: Red Coat Tavern, 31542 Woodward, Royal Oak, 248-549-0300

Best soul food: Beans & Cornbread, 29508 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, 248-208-1680

Best Middle Eastern: La Shish, five locations — 12918 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-584-4477; 22039 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-562-7200; 37610 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-553-0700; 6303 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield, 248-538-0800; 32401 Van Dyke, Warren, 810-977-2177;

Best buffet: Old Country Buffet, 28622 Telegraph, Southfield, 248-353-5508

Best cheap pizza: Hungry Howie’s, numerous locations

Best gourmet pizza: Pizza Papalis Taverna, four locations —553 Monroe, Detroit, 313-961-8020; 3171 E. Jefferson, Detroit 313-259-7272; 23703 Greenfield, Southfield, 248-552-7272; 32740 Northwestern Highway, Farmington, 248-932-2288

Best deli: Bread Basket Deli, two locations:, 11230 Middle Belt, Livonia, 734-422-1100; 26052 Greenfield, Oak Park, 248-968-0022

Best bakery: Avalon International Breads, 422 W. Willis, Detroit, 313-832-0008

Best desserts: Astoria Pastry Shop: 541 Monroe, Detroit, 313-963-9603

Best ice cream/yogurt shop: Baskin Robbins, Numerous locations

Best bagels: Einstein Bagels, numerous locations

Best Coney Island: Lafayette Coney Island, 118 W. Lafayette, Detroit, 313-964-8198

Best vegetarian: Inn Season Cafe, 500 E. Fourth, Royal Oak, 248-547-7916

Best juice bar: La Shish, five locations — 12918 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-584-4477; 22039 Michigan, Dearborn, 313-562-7200; 37610 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-553-0700; 6303 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield, 248-538-0800; 32401 Van Dyke, Warren, 810-977-2177

Best independent coffee house: Brazil, 305 S. Main St., Royal Oak, 248-399-7200

Best casino food: Motor City Casino, 2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, 1-877-777-0711

Best Thai: Sala Thai, 1541-1543 E. Lafayette, Detroit, 313-567-8424

Celebrating Capitalism


Best thrift store: Salvation Army, numerous locations

Best smoke shop: BDT Pipe & Tobacco, 21640 John R, Hazel Park, 248-542-6110

Best head shop: BDT Pipe & Tobacco

Best vintage clothing: Mother Fletcher’s, 234 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, 248-398-4816

Best independent hardware store: Frentz & Sons Hardware, 1010 N. Main, Royal Oak, 248-544-8111

Best video store: Blockbuster, numerous locations

Best record store: Record Time, two locations — 262 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, 248-336-8463; 27360 Gratiot, Roseville, 810-775-1550

Best record store staff: Harmony House — Berkley, 28297 Woodward, Berkley, 248-544-1700

Best health food store: Whole Foods Market, three locations — 2880 W. Maple, Troy; 248-649-9600; 2398 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor, 734-971-3366; 1404 Walton, Rochester, 248-652-2100

Best big box store: Best Buy, numerous locations

Best tattoo shop: Eternal Tattoos, four locations — 27590 Plymouth, Livonia, 734-425-0428; 21132 Ecorse, Taylor, 248-879-8338; 26065 Gratiot, Roseville, 586-779-4770; 6453 Rochester, Troy , 734-425-6650

Best adult novelty shop: Tie — Noir Leather, 124 W. Fourth, Royal Oak, 248-541-3979; Priscilla's, numerous locations, 313-565-2100

Best odd mix of products or services in one store: Meijer, numerous locations, 248-280-1800

Best place to entertain out-of-towners: Greektown

Best mall: Somerset Collection, West Big Beaver and Coolidge, Troy, 248-816-2087

Best non-mall shopping area: Royal Oak

Best independent clothier for women: Dragonfly Boutique, 163 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale, 248-547-7545

Best independent clothier for men: Incognito, 323 S. Main, Royal Oak, 248-548-2980

Best hip-hop clothing: Incognito

Best independent shoe store: Chester Boot Shop, 28037 Gratiot, Roseville, 877-362-7836

Best jewelry: Edmund T. Ahee jewelers (CQ), 20139 Mack, Grosse Pointe Woods, 313-886-4600

Best casino: Greektown, 555 E. Lafayette Avenue, Detroit, 888-771-4386

Best health club: Lifetime Fitness, numerous locations, 952-947-0000 (cq phone)

Best of Detroit 2002:

Civic pride
Celebrating capitalism
Party loyalty
Strong bodies