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Best museum: Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
Best museum to take kids: Detroit Science Center.
Best art gallery: DIA.
Best place to see a blockbuster film: Birmingham Palladium.
Best place to see an independent film: Main Art Theater.
Best intimate live music venue: St. Andrew’s.
Best mega-sized live music venue: DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Best place to see live theater: Fox Theatre.
Best public art: Joe Louis Fist sculpture.
Best urban park: Belle Isle.
Best suburban park: Kensington.
Best place to fly a kite: Belle Isle
Best place to bicycle: Kensington.
Best place to skateboard: Hart Plaza.
Best Web site dedicated to Detroit: detroityes.com (Fabulous Ruins of Detroit).
Best place to cruise: Woodward.
Best place for romance: Belle Isle.
Best Michigan vacation spot: Traverse City.
Best Ontario vacation spot: Toronto.
Best Michigan tourist trap: Mackinac Island.
Best local TV newscast: Channel 4 (WDIV).
Best local TV newscaster: Carmen Harlan.
Best local radio music show: tie — Martin Bandyke (WDET-FM 101.9) and Homeboy Show with Kelly Brown (89X).
Best local radio talk show: Drew & Mike (WRIF 101.1 FM).
Best local radio news: WWJ-AM 950.
Best politician: Jennifer Granholm.
Best local character, i.e. public figure: Kwame Kilpatrick.
Best place for the mayor to hold a party: Manoogian Mansion.
Best place to spot a celebrity: Townsend Hotel, Birmingham.
Best place to fish: Lake St. Clair.
Best local non-politician who should seek office: Geoffrey Fieger.
Best charity: Michigan Humane Society.
Best pro sports team: Red Wings.
Best pro athlete: Steve Yzerman.
Best annual event/festival: Movement/DEMF.
Best thrift store: Value World.
Best smoke shop: Smokey’s.
Best head shop: The Station.
Best vintage clothing: Mother Fletchers.
Best independent hardware store: Frentz & Sons.
Best video store: Blockbuster.
Best record store: Record Time.
Best record store for vinyl: Record Time.
Best record store staff: Record Time.
Best health food store: Whole Foods.
Best big-box store: Best Buy.
Best new building: Compuware.
Best old building: Michigan Central Station.
Best building to blow up: Silverdome.
Best hair salon: London Calling.
Best Detroit experience for out-of-towners: Greektown.
Best mall: Somerset.
Best non-mall shopping area: Royal Oak.
Best independent clothier for women: Incognito.
Best independent clothier for men: Showtime Clothing.
Best hip-hop clothing: Mr. Alan’s.
Best independent shoe store: Incognito.
Best lingerie store: Victoria’s Secret.
Best adult novelty store: Priscilla’s.
Best health club: Lifetime Fitness.
Best tattoo shop: Eternal Tattoos.
Best place to buy organic food: Whole Foods.
Best place to buy cookware: Williams-Sonoma.
Best new night spot: Blue Martini.
Best club to hear rock: Magic Stick.
Best club to hear country: Diamondback Saloon.
Best club to hear blues: Music Menu.
Best club to hear rap: River Rock.
Best club to hear jazz: Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.
Best comedy club: Second City.
Best strip club: Deja Vu.
Best dance club: Luna.
Best dance club sound system: Necto.
Best gay bar: Q.
Best dive bar: Gusoline Alley.
Best jukebox: Gusoline Alley.
Best beer selection in a bar: Berkley Front.
Best wine selection in a bar: The Earle.
Best beer selection in a store: Merchant’s Warehouse.
Best wine selection in a store: Merchant of Vino.
Best new restaurant: Small Plates.
Best restaurant to blow a wad: The Whitney.
Best bargain restaurant: National Coney Island.
Best after-hours eatery: National Coney Island.
Best seafood: Tom’s Oyster Bar.
Best Mexican: Xochimilco.
Best Italian: Roma Cafe.
Best Greek: Pegasus.
Best African: Blue Nile.
Best Chinese: P.F. Chang’s.
Best Japanese: Little Tree.
Best sushi: Little Tree.
Best Thai: Siam Spicy.
Best Indian: Peacock.
Best Middle Eastern: La Shish.
Best breakfast: Original Pancake House.
Best steakhouse: Outback Steakhouse.
Best soul food: Beans & Cornbread.
Best barbecue: Memphis Smoke.
Best burger: Miller’s Bar.
Best fries: McDonald’s.
Best buffet: Old Country Buffet.
Best vegetarian: Inn Season.
Best cheap pizza: Little Caesar’s.
Best gourmet pizza: Pizza Papalis.
Best deli: Zingerman’s.
Best bakery: Astoria.
Best desserts: Astoria.
Best ice cream/yogurt shop: Stucchi’s.
Best coney island: Lafayette.
Best juice bar: La Shish.
Best independent coffeehouse: Café de Troit.
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