Reader Ballot Winners

People, Politics & Media

Best Activist/Hell-Raiser: David Goldstein

Best Local Liberal: Jim McDermott

Best Local Conservative: No such thing

Best-Run Campaign (So Far): John Kerry and John Edwards

Best Local Cause: Monorail

Best Do-Gooder: Bill and Melinda Gates

Best Local Celebrity: Dave Matthews

Best Place to Work: At home

Best Way to Avoid Being Outsourced: Working for yourself

Best Union: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Best Seattle Department: Police or Fire: Fire

Best Radio Station, News or Talk: KUOW-FM (94.9)

Best Local Morning Radio Show: “John in the Morning” on KEXP-FM (90.3)

Best Talk Radio Host: Mike Webb of KIRO-AM (710)

Best Local Sports Radio Host: New York Vinnie of KIRO-AM (710)

Best Local TV News: KING-TV (5)

Best TV News Reporter: Kathi Goertzen of KOMO-TV (4)

Best Way to Improve KCTS: More funding

Best Local Magazine: Seattle

Best Daily Newspaper: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Best Daily Newspaper Reporter: (tie) Nicole Brodeur (Times) and Art Theil (P-I)

Best Community Newspaper: (tie) Real Change and Seattle Star

Best Local Web Site:

Food & Drink

Best Family Feed: Buca di Beppo

Best Splurge: Canlis

Best View Restaurant: Salty’s on Alki

Best Outdoor Cafe: Agua Verde

Best Breakfast: Glo’s

Best Takeout: Snappy Dragon

Best Pizza by the Slice: Pagliacci

Best Barbecue: Jones Barbeque

Best Nonvegetarian Restaurant for Vegetarians: Tandoor

Best Steak House: Metropolitan Grill

Best Burger: Red Mill

Best Happy-Hour Food: McCormick & Schmick’s

Best Specialty Cocktail: Mojito

Best Bar: Linda’s Tavern

Best Washington Wine: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Best Local Microbrew: Redhook

Best Coffeehouse Black Coffee: Hot Stuff Espresso

Best Coffeehouse Pastries: Starbucks

Best Deli Counter: Whole Foods Market

Best Farmers Market (Other Than Pike Place): University District Farmers Market

Best Supermarket: Whole Foods Market

Best Fish Market: Pike Place Fish Market

Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Actor

Best Free Fun: Seattle Center

Best Independent Music Store: Sonic Boom

Best Rock Club: Crocodile Cafe

Best Non-Rock Club: Jazz Alley

Best Concert Venue: Showbox

Best Place to Hear Free Music: Pike Place Market

Best Classical Music Group: Seattle Symphony

Best Theater Company: ACT Theatre

Best Local Actor: Tom Skerritt

Best Movie Theater: Cinerama

Best Local Independent Video/DVD Store: Scarecrow Video

Best Place to Get Adult Videos: Blue Video

Best Local Artist: Gail Grinnell

Best Art Gallery: Seattle Art Museum

Best Local Novelist: Sherman Alexie

Best Independent Bookstore: Elliott Bay Book Co.

Best Used Bookstore: Half Price Books

Best Amateur Sports League: Underdog Sports Leagues

Best After-Hours Spot: Contour

Best Shooting Range: Wade’s

Best Way to Improve the Mariners: Just sell the team

Turf: Urban Living

Best Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Best (Last?) Cheap Neighborhood: Ballard

Best School: University of Washington

Best Walk: Green Lake

Best Place to Pick Someone Up: Green Lake

Best Place for a First Date: Alki Beach

Best Thing to Do With Kids: Woodland Park Zoo

Best Alternative to the Monorail: Walking

Best Building: Central Library

Best Yoga Studio: 8 Limbs

Best Nearby Getaway: Vancouver, B.C.

Best Service Station: Hobbs Hilltop Auto

Best Day Care: KidsCentre

Best Plumber: Rad Dyke Plumber

Best Vet: Rainier Animal Hospital

Best Pet Store: Three Dog Bakery

Best Furniture Store: IKEA

Best Local Beach: Alki Beach

Best Charity: PAWS

Best Church: St. James Cathedral

Best Thrift Store: Value Village

Best Store Sales: Bon-Macy’s

Best Free Wi-Fi Location: Central Library


Best Thing That’s Changed in Seattle in the Last Year: Central Library

Best New Thing You Discovered in Seattle in the Last Year: Hot Stuff Espresso