Smitty's Notes 6th Annual
"Best of Winston-Salem" Awards
Welcome to Smitty's Notes 6th Annual Best of Winston-Salem awards, where we gauged who has the best of what we like and appreciated about our fair city, and add to our general quality of life here as recommended by you - Smittyheads! This year's contest had a fabulous response and increased from 2011.
Votes were compiled from a survey distributed to recipients of the Smitty's Notes e-newsletter listserv, and it was also posted on the SmittysNotes.com Web site from mid-May and during the month of June. Although not a scientific polling, it is a good sampling of the businesses, people and places that you like in Winston-Salem. The voting tabulation for each category had a Winner (clear choice); Runner Up (highest second choice); Honorable Mention (enough votes to get noticed) where applicable and Best Quote (a comment worth noting or one so hilarious that it deserved a mention). In compiling the list, some categories are intentionally not included. Simply, Smitty's Notes doesn't tailor or report on certain content and we are not a newsletter for everything in the city. There were also a couple of comments about the length of the survey. To those, I pose the question: Where would you cut categories that mean something to someone else? Trust me. This thing could have been WAY longer.
In reading it, I hope you find places and people you've known all about for a while, found lesser-known highlights in the city and like me, plan to visit (or even meet) some of the places and people you didn't know about that are worthy of seeking out. I hope you find as much joy in exploring as Smitty's Notes did putting together its annual Best of Winston-Salem Contest. The 2012 winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition and window decal for their establishments.
General Comments on this year's awards or input for 2013 Best of Winston-Salem" Contest. Email Best of Winston-Salem Contest Comments
To see the previous year 2011 results click here
Local Ad Campaign that caught your attention (Business or Non-Profit)
Winner: Forsyth Technical Community College
Runner up: Pro Shots (Billboards)
Honorable Mention: Old Salem Museum and Gardens (Print)
Best Quote: "The Forsyth Tech billboards always keep me smiling at their cleverness!; ""Proshots Whether or not you like the idea of guns, they certainly got us driving."
Local 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization
Winner: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
Runner up: Senior Services, Inc.
Honorable Mention: Crisis Control Ministries; Cancer Services, Inc. Project Pearl and Ronald McDonald House of Winston Salem
Best Quote (s): "Second Harvest Food Bank. Not sure if they are 501(c)(3)....but their work is so important and I love their partnership with Lowes Foods"
Local Print Columnist
(Newspaper or Magazine)
Winner: Scott Sexton (Winston-Salem Journal)
Runner up: Michael Hastings (Winston-Salem Journal)
Honorable mention: David Bare (Winston-Salem Journal) and Cindy Hodnett (Winston-Salem Journal)
Best Quote (s) "Scott Sexton - the voice of the little man...from a not so little man"; "WSJ's David Bare because he's the Gardening Guru for Winston-Salem"; "Chuck Norris (because I'm scared he'll roundhouse me otherwise!)"
Runner up: Millicent Greason-Spivak
Honorable mention: Anne G. Wilson and Frank Eaton
Best Quote (s) Mary "civilly disobedient " Jamis
Hyperlocal Print Publication
(Magazine Rack or Tabloid)
Winner: Winston-Salem Monthly
Runner up: Forsyth Woman
Honorable mention: Relish Magazine and Yes Weekly
Local Politician (City, County or State Representative)
Winner: Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines
Runner Up: United States Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina (lives in Winston-Salem)
Honorable Mention: Fifth District Congressional Candidate Elizabeth Motsinger and Winston-Salem City Councilman Dan Beese
Berst Quote (s): "Allen Joines- I like that he always speaks to his constituents when you see him anywhere."; "Is this a trick question?"
Local Scenester/Mover and Shaker (You know, one of the interesting characters around town)
Winner: Susan Morris
Runner Up: Richard Emmett
Honorable Mention: Don Flow, J. D. Wilson and Ralph Womble
Best Quote (s): "Brian Cole: that cat has it going on. and on and on".
Best Local Blog
Winner: Triad Moms on Main
Runner Up: Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership
Honorable Mention: A Foodie Stays Fit and Carpe Salem
Best Quote (s):
Best Local Facebook Group or Page
Winner: Bring Trader Joe's to Winston-Salem
Runner Up: Triad Mom's on Main
Honorable Mention: YWCA and Cancer Services
Best Local Twitter Feed
Runner Up: Old Salem Museum and Gardens
Honorable Mention: NCTriadBeer and Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership
Winner: Camino Bakery
Runner Up: Dewey's Bakery
Honorable Mention: Ollie's Bakery
Best Quote (s): "Camino Bakery - Carrie is as warm as a fresh baguette!"; "Camino-hands down the best addition to downtown in years!"; "Dewey's Bakery. When I was pregnant I went through a dozen pink lemonade cake squares every 3 days!"
Winner: Little Richards
Runner Up: Bibs
Honorable Mention: Mr. Barbeque Prissy Polly's and Honkey Tonk Pig
Best Quote (s) "Little Richards - Trust me...I ate a BBQ place in Richmond and had to visit Little Richards just to get my mind right."; "I don't eat meat, but the smell of Bibs BBQ is heavenly"
Winner: Breakfast Of Course (Mary's Too!)
Runner Up: Screaming Rooster
Honorable Mention: Midtown Café & Dessert-ery
Best Quote (s): "Breakfast of Course- Biscuits as big as your face! Okay not really but...they're huge"; "Breakfast of Course... anyone who votes otherwise lives under a rock."
Runner Up: Camino Bakery
Honorable Mention: Starbuck's and Chelsee's
Best Quote (s): "Krankie's is the obvious choice here."; "Starbucks. I'm too addicted to the sugar with a little coffee added."
Winner: Bagel Station
Runner Up: Panera Bread
Honorable Mention: Bruegger's Bagels
Best Quote (s): "The Bagel Shop - hands down"; "The NY ones in my freezer"
Winner: Midtown Cafe and Dessertery
Runner Up: Camino Bakery
Honorable Mention: Dewey's Bakery
Best Quote (s): "Midtown Dessertery Five flavored pound cake!"; "Camino, geesh, my button won't clasp cause Camino shrank my pants!"; "My kitchen (beer cupcakes, mmmm)"
Winner: Blue Ridge Ice Cream
Runner Up: Cold Stone Creamery
Best Quote (s): "Blue Ridge Ice Cream. Never had a bad scoop there."
Winner: Caffé Prada
Runner Up: Café Gelato
Best Quote (s): "Cafe Gelato on Reynolda Rd. is the BEST. Right up there with the Europeans."
Runner up: None
Winner: Five Guys
Runner Up: Cook Out
Honorable Mention: Village Tavern Goody's and Twin City Diner
Runner Up: PB's Hotdogs
Honorable Mention: Pulliam BBQ and Kermit's
Best Quote (s): "OMG!! Pulliam's BBQ woof woof good stuff!!"
New Restaurant (Open since July, 1, 2011)
Winner: Spring House Restaurant Bar and Kitchen
Runner Up: The District Roof Top Bar and Grill
Honorable Mention: 2520 Tavern
Best Quote (s): "Spring House, love the history there."
Farm To Table Restaurant
Winner: The Screaming Rooster
Runner Up: Willows Bistro
Honorable Mention: Mozelle's
Runner Up: Paul's
Honorable Mention: Dioli's Trattoria; Kitchen Roselli and Coppala's
Best Quote (s): "Vincenzo's - can't beat it. We take my Italian grandparents every time they are in town!"
Winner: La Botana
Runner Up: Senor Bravo
Honorable Mention: Mi Pueblo and El Maguey
Best Quote (s): "La Botana (WITHOUT A DOUBT!)"
Winner: Miami Cafe
Runner Up: La Botana
Honorable Mention: Yeh, Mon's
Winner: Sweet Potatoes
Runner Up: Big Mamma's Place
Honorable Mention: Nitty Gritty Soul Food; Meta’s
Best Quote (s): . "Sweet Potatoes well shut my mouth"; "The Nitty Gritty makes the best soul food in the area. They have plenty of choices and the food is cooked while you wait! No leftovers for sale!"
Runner Up: Putter's
Honorable Mention: Noble's Grille; Lone Star
Best Quote (s): "none beats mine sorry!"
Winner: Mountain Fried Chicken
Runner Up: Sweet Potatoes
Honorable Mention: Mozelle's; Bojangles
Best Quote (s): "Mountain Fried: Tastes the closest to home cooked."
Winner: Bib’s Downtown
Runner up: Butt Brothers BBQ
Honorable Mention: Little Richards Honkey Tonk Pig
Best Quote (s): "Too messy, I freak out a little any time there is food on my hands"; "My friend Hugh's are better than any restaurant's"
Winner: Downtown Thai
Runner Up: Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Honorable Mention: Mizu and Thai Sawatdee
Best Quote (s) "Thai Sawatee in the Harris Teeter at Cloverdale"; "The Chinese place close to my house - hope that helps." Smitty Comment: Yes. That helps a lot ;-)
Winner: Breakfast Of Course (Mary's, Too !)
Runner Up: Village Tavern
Honorable Mention: Fourth Street Filling Station; and Willow's Bistro
Best Quote (s): "Hutch and Harris. Seriously, have you had their brunch? It's killer"
Winner: Nawab Indian Cuisine
Runner Up: Mooney's
Honorable Mention: Sushi Thai and Thai Sawatdee
Best Quote (s): "Nawab - amazing service and consistently great food"; "I need to get out more"
Runner Up: Ryan's Restaurant
Honorable Mention: Milner's Noble's Grille and Meridian
Best Quote (s): "Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar!!! the patio is beautiful. There is a cute garden and fountain for an intimate setting."; "What? With a 4 year old?"; "I wish I could answer that one!!"
Take a First Date
Runner up: Noble's Grille
Honorable Mention: Milner's Willow's Bistro and Village Tavern
Best Quote (s): "No longer in that arena"
Fine Dining Restaurant
Winner: Bernardin's at Zevely House
Runner Up: Mozelle's and Ryan's Restaurant
Honorable Mention: Nobles Grille, Meridian Restaurant, Spring House Restaurant Bar and Kitchen Fabian's and Milner's
Best Quote (s):"Meridian. Love the drinks and the food. wonderful ambience"
Winner: King's Crab Shack and Oyster Bar
Runner Up: Jimmy's Seafood and Oyster Bar
Honorable Mention: Full Moon Oyster Bar Mayflower Seafood and Bonefish Grill
Best Quote (s) "If anyone writes Bonefish Grill, I will stab them in the head"; Smitty Comment: Oh My! ;-)
Late Night Place To Eat (after 10 p.m.)
Winner: Burke Street Pizza
Runner Up: Breakfast Of Course (Mary's, Too !)
Honorable Mention: Cook Out, Waffle House
Best Quote (s): "Burke St Pizza, late night means I'm already drunk and need a snack, right?"; "I'm not even awake that late, let alone out looking for something to eat."
Winner: Burke Street Pizza
Runner Up: Mellow Mushroom
Honorable Mention: Brixx and Mario's Pizza
Winner: Whole Foods Food Bar
Runner Up: Mooney's
Best Quote (s): "Whole Foods - love the salad bar and the hot bar although admittedly, I don't always make the "healthy" choices."
Runner Up: Mizu
Honorable Mention: Sakura, Ichiban, Downtown Thai and Sushi Thai
Best Quote (s): "Mizu ( by far the freshest in town. The staff is so friendly and they have delicious nouvelle combinations with impressive presentation)"
Winner: Whole Foods Market
Runner Up: Mooney's
Honorable Mention: Nawab Indian Cuisine; Breakfast Of Course (Mary's, Too !) and Sushi Thai
Best Quote (s): "I like food that had parents."
Winner: Sixth and Vine Wine Bar
Runner Up: Noble's Grille
Honorable Mention: Mozelle's Meridian Restaurant and Vin 205
Winner: Tim Grandinetti - Spring House Restaurant Bar and Kitchen
Runner Up: Janis Karathanas - Mozelle's
Honorable Mention: Mark Grohman - Meridian Restaurant;
Bill Smith - Fabian's Will Kingery - Willow's Bistro Ungi - Sakura Japanese Restaurant
Runner Up: Willow's Bistro
Honorable Mention: West End Cafe Village Tavern and
Best Quote (s): "Mozelle's. They really make you feel special there."
Winner: Jimmy John's
Runner Up: Burke Street Pizza
Honorable Mention: Papa John's, and
Dinner on the Porch
Best Quote (s): "Jimmy Johns ( Ridiculously fast!)"
Winner: Joaquin's Curb Cuisine
Runner Up: Forno Moto
Winner: Cobblestone Farmers Market
Runner Up: Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
Honorable Mention: Old Salem Cobblestone Market Reynolda Farm Market and Dixie Classic Fair Farmers Market
Wait Person (Server)
Winner: Rob Murphy - Mozelle's
Runner Up: Anna Wishon - Meridian
Honorable Mention: Aaron Denton - Mozelle's and West End Cafe Staff
Winner: Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration in Downtown Winston
Runner Up: Rock the Block!!
Honorable Mention: Greek Festival; North Carolina Wine Festival @ Tanglewood, and Twin City Taps
Winner: Downtown Winston (Fourth Street and The Arts District)
Runner Up: Hanes Mall
Honorable Mention: Bowman Gray Stadium on Saturday Night (Racing)
Winner: Tanglewood Park
Runner Up: Hanes Park
Honorable Mention: Washington Park and Reynolda Gardens
Winner: Salem Lake
Runner Up: Tanglewood Park
Honorable Mention: Miller Park and Washington Park
Winner: Salem Lake
Runner Up: Reynolda Gardens
Honorable Mention: Tanglewood Park and Bethabra Park
Place For The Pet
Winner: Washington Park
Runner Up: Horizon Park
Honorable Mention: Ruff Housing
TV News Personality, Male (Any Triad Station)
Winner: Cameron Kent - WXII.
Runner Up: Austin Caviness - WXII
Honorable Mention: Brent Campbell - Fox 8
Best Quote (s): "Cameron Kent, volunteers so much time to charity events!"
TV News Personality, Female (Any Triad Station)
Winner: Wanda Starke - WXIII
Runner Up: Kimberly VanScoy - WXII
Honorable Mention: Nicole Ducor - WXII and Cindy Farmer - Fox 8
Best Quote (s): "Kimberly VanScoy - smoking hot doesn't hurt either!"
Radio Morning Crew (Any Triad Station)
Winner: Two Guys named Chris - Rock 92
Runner Up: Chuck and Leanne 93.1 The Wolf
Honorable Mention: WFDD - 88.5 NPR Murphy in the Morning Show - 107.5 KZL
Winner: Foothills Brewery
Runner Up: Finnegan's Wake
Honorable Mention: 1st Street Draught House and Mellow Mushroom
New Bar/Nightclub (Open since July 1, 2011)
Winner: The District Roof Top Bar and Grill
Runner Up: Ziggy's
Honorable Mention: None
Winner: Silver Moon Saloon
Runner Up: Single Brothers
Honorable Mention: Recreation Billiards West End Opera House and Carlise's
Best Quote (s): "West End Opera House Not really a dive, necessarily,but a good intimate, not fancy or trendy bar."
Winner: Finnegan's Wake
Runner Up: Milner's
Honorable Mention: The District Roof Top Bar and Grill and Meridian
Winner: Fox and Hound
Runner Up: Mossy's
Honorable Mention: and Old Staley's Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings
Meet After Work