Best of Windsor 2012

Best of Windsor Readers Survey Results Best of Windsor Readers Survey Results

The winners of The Lance’s first Best of Windsor survey have been decided by you the readers! Read on to find out who came out on top and what makes them so special. Thank you to all who participated in this year’s survey!

Food & Drink

the best … RESTAURANT
SMOKE & SPICE
{RUNNER UP : WORLD MARATHON}

Despite moving from Ottawa Street to Tecumseh Road east, Windsorites love southern barbeque just as windsoreats.com did in 2011, when readers picked Smoke & Spice as their favourite restaurant. Props go to the little downtown Ethiopian restaurant World Marathon for landing second place.


the best … BEER ON TAP
THE MANCHESTER
{RUNNER UP : PHOG LOUNGE}

Readers chose the English pub with the Canadian twist as their top spot for taps. While the Mancunian candidate has the classing pub pulls (Guinness, Boddington’s, etc.), it’s the rotating micro-brews and one-offs that set them apart. Runner up Phog Lounge is famed for being one of the first with micro taps and great seasonal limited runs.


the best … SHAWARMA
SHAWARMA PALACE
{RUNNER UP : HOT SPOT PITA & GILL}

If Windsor had an official fast food, it would be shawarma. Sharwara restaurants outnumber all other fast food joint in the downtown core. Despite the numbers, Oullette Avenue’s Shawarma Palace took a big bite out of the competition. Hot Spot, further south on the same street, was hot on Palace’s heels.


the best … CAFÉ
TALOOLA CAFÉ
{RUNNER UP : MILK COFFEE BAR}

Taloola Café is the anti-Starbucks; a prefect place to escape that’s relaxing and free from business types with laptops and mobiles ringing constantly. A hit with organically conscious and vegans, but, importantly, unpretentious. Downtown’s art happy coffee bar Milk just edged ahead of Coffee Exchange and Green Bean Café for the second spot.


the best … CHEAP EATS
ACAPULCO DELIGHT
{RUNNER UP : THE PENALTY BOX}

Fear gripped the city when a family emergency saw Acapulco Delight temporally close their doors this month. This goes to show just how much Windsorites love their late night Mexican cheap eats. Another local institution, The Penalty Box, brought up the rear likely due to their famed chicken delight.


the best … MARTINIS
VERMOUTH
{RUNNER UP : VU BAR}

Vermouth made the best martinis in the city for years, and despite a change in ownership that many say saw the loss of their quality martinis, readers picked Vermouth over Caesars Windsor’s Vu Bar as the best martini in the city, shaken or stirred.


the best … BREAKFAST
THE LUMBERJACK
{RUNNER UP : TWISTED APRON}

Windsorites love a good greasy spoon breakfast. Bacon, sausage, eggs and homefries with strong coffee. Though few of us are powering up for a day in the logging industry, readers picked The Lumberjack at Howard Avenue and Tecumseh Road as the best breakfast in town. Noted too is the excellent Twisted Apron in Walkerville.


the best … UPSCALE DINING
MAZAAR
{RUNNER UP : THE CITY GRILL}

There is more to Lebanese cuisine than shawarma. Mazaar offers upscale authentic Lebanese food in a contemporary atmosphere. If that’s not your thing, immediately across Ouellette Avenue is runner up The City Grill, with a trendy urban vibe and modern American cuisine.


the best … PIZZA
SAM’S PIZZERIA
{RUNNERS UP : TERRA COTTA & NAPLES}

Sam’s Pizzeria and Cantina has been tossing pie in the west side since 1946. A casual yet date appropriate spot with impressive and well-priced gourmet pizza, Sam’s is popular with UWindsor staff and students alike, not unlike one of the runners up, Terra Cotta Pizzeria. Downtown’s Terra Cotta is also famous for gourmet pie and two-for-one deals for staff and students on Wednesdays and everyone else on Tuesdays. Terra Cotta is joined in second by honest and true ‘Windsor pizza’ from one of eight Windsor area locations of Naples Pizza.


the best … NEW RESTAURANT
WALKERMOLÉ
{RUNNER UP : THE SQUIRREL CAGE}

Walkermolé has a silly name. Luckily, the modern Mexican cantina has a great atmosphere, wonderful patio, decent authentic Mexican food and a large enough tequila menu to make Pancho Villa blush. Mention should be made of downtown newcomer The Squirrel Cage, whose beautiful decor and paninis landed them a solid second. Rumor has it, they have a liquor licence on the way too.


the best … VEGETARIAN
TALOOLA CAFÉ
{RUNNER UP : WORLD MARATHON}

For years, vegetarians were made to eat cardboard-like patties flavoured to taste like meat and something called tofurky. Taloola’s veggie friendly foods taste like veggies, fresh and crisp veggies, perhaps that that’s why they are so popular with vegetarians and faux turkey isn’t. The suitably named runner up, World Marathon, is a flavour hungry vegetarian’s dream with various spiced veggie tibs and lentils on Injera.


the best … BURGER
MOTORBURGER
{RUNNER UP : BUBI’S AWESOME EATS}

With so much buzz about Motorburger’s new and hugely popular nano brewery, it’s almost easy to forget that they make some of the best burgers in the world. It’s not just beef either; the Autostrada is made with chipotle rubbed northern Italian sausage while other burgers are made from lamb, ahi tuna, haddock, turkey, and chicken. Though Motorburger took over 50 per cent of the burger vote, downtown favourite Bubi’s took the silver bun.


the best … WINERY
PELEE ISLAND
{RUNNER UP : COLIO ESTATE WINERY}

Pelee Island shares its latitude with famed wine regions; La Rioja, Spain; Porto, Portugal; Provence, France and Tuscany, Italy. Perhaps that’s why Pelee Island Winery cam turn out a few world class bottles in our backyard. The second glass goes to Colio Estate whose excellent marketing with their ‘Girls’ Night Out’ bottles has Colio making a big dent in the casual wine drinkers’ market.

Life & Nightlife

the best … PATIO
DOMINION HOUSE
{RUNNER UP : STUMBLE INN}

As the summer fades, we take every chance to sit outside for lunch and our readers tend to do that in Sandwich Town on the huge patio of the Dominion House, or across the road at the European style patio of newcomer The Stumble Inn.


the best … DATE SPOT
THE RIVERFRONT
{RUNNER UP : THE COOK SHOP}

Besides those of you who complained about not going on dates, those of you who do take the time for someone you like (or may grow to like) prefer to do it with a romantic walk on the waterfront. Coming in in second is the uber romantic and candle lit Italian restaurant hide-a-way The Cook Shop on Ouellette Avenue.


the best … LIVE MUSIC VENUE
PHOG LOUNGE
{RUNNER UP : FM LOUNGE}

Still riding high on being named best live music club in Canada in 209 by CBC Radio 3, Phog Lounge is still your favourite place to see and hear live music. With a successful Phog Phest in pocket and a powerhouse line up of bands lined up for the fall, including Ringo Death Star and The Pack A.D., Phog has the title in firm grip. Though we’d be remised to fail to mention what a great room, second placers FM Lounge has for live music.


the best … BARTENDER
Joe O’Brien (Phog Lounge)

A great bartender is hard to find. One who can talk sports and music yet never fail to spot when a patron needs a drink. To you, readers, Joe O’Brien is that man. Quick with a joke and even quicker to cut you off when you try and slur yourself ‘just one more pint,’ Joe is also possibly the best bouncer in town; just standing up and calmly saying, “It’s time to go,” works every time when you are Joe.


the best … KARAOKE
VILLAINS BEASTRO
{RUNNERS UP : BILLIE’S & STUMBLE INN}

No one knows why karaoke has become so popular again, but with at least 10 venues hosting ill advised invitations to singing, it is. Survey takers who delight in the Japanese form of torture, err … entertainment, call Villains the top spot for karaoke. West-end haunts Billie’s Place and The Stumble Inn tied for backup vocals.


the best … PLACE TO DANCE
THE LOOP

The Loop is one of the oldest constantly operated dance clubs in Windsor. In The Lance office, we couldn’t think of any other that has been around for so long. Perhaps hipsters are loyal or not taken by passing fads … no, that can’t be it. Whatever the reason, when you go dancing you almost exclusively go to alt. dance bar The Loop.


the best … FITNESS CENTRE
DOWNTOWN YOGA

Downtown Yoga is a rare place where you can go work out and truly feel that you are part of a community. Gina, the owner and instructor of many of the classes, goes out of her way to make you feel welcome whether you’re a beginner or well-practiced yogi. It also boasts amazing deals for students and a for donation class on Friday nights.

Arts & Culture

the best … THEATRE GROUP
KORDA

Korda Artistic Productions and its theatre KordaZone are happily not your grandmother’s theatre (unless your grandmother is quite cool). Korda presents original and classic theatre in a daring, insightful, amazing and uniquely Windsor way. With pantos, drag shows, camp plays and edgy dramas, Korda took such a solid portion of your votes that the other theatre companies missed their curtain calls.


the best … ARTIST
D3N!@L
{RUNNER UP : STEPHEN GIBB}

Windsor’s favourite graffiti artist, Denial a.k.a. Dan Bombardier, has taken a transient art form into a highly successful trade. From gallery showings to the apartments of the rich and famous, Bombardier takes their trash and sells it back to them not unlike the soap in Fight Club. Silver medalist, Stephen Gibb is still melting everything to much fanfare.


the best … MUSICIAN
PAT ROBITAILLE

Now married with children, Pat Robitaille is not slowing down. While gaining fame opening for the Beach Boys and playing with Sam Roberts, Robitaille is now fronting new band The Walkervilles with Michou’s Mike Hargreaves and Stefan Cvetkovic, who have just signed with a national agent and are reported to be on the brink of a record deal.


the best … FASHION DESIGNER
DILLY DAISY

Dee Dee Shkreli’s Dilly Daisy label is arguably one the most successful fashion labels to come out of Windsor/Detroit. Breaking at London Fashion Week in the UK in 2010, Shkreli’s work has appeared on Fashion TV and will be back on the catwalk in Windsor at this year’s FAM Fest.


the best … BAND
THE UNQUIET DEAD/THE NEFIDOVS

In our only tie for top spot, you, dear reader, proved that Windsor likes bands with many members. The six-member, workers rights advocating, hardcore skanking ska punks The Nefidovs share top booking with all nine of the murky carnival outcasts and troubadours that make up The Unquiet Dead.


the best … PUB
THE MANCHESTER
{RUNNER UP : THE KILDARE HOUSE}

The pub has evolved quite a lot as it’s crossed an ocean and millennia or two. But one thing hasn’t changed, when you go to a pub you want comforting food and good dark beer on tap. The Manchester, a Mecca for world cup fans, has those two things in spades. The Kildare House in Walkerville may feel a little more public house like, but the public has spoken and are united for the Manchester.

Shopping

the best … BIKE SHOP
COURTESY BICYCLES

Since 1985, Courtesy Bicycles have been independently selling and servicing everything on two self-propelled wheels, from your child’s first bike to pro racing cycles. Courtesy has a fan base that any retail shop would give everything for, Courtesy gained theirs by being very good.


the best … SEX SHOP
MAXINE’S ADULT PLAYGROUND

When Windsorites like to get a little sexy, it’s nice they still remember to support local. Maxine’s Adult Playground is owned by adult film star Maxine X. Maxine’s downtown location is not like the adult shops in film and TV, it’s well lit, clean and Maxine herself is there to offer friendly philosophies of sexual self-expression.


the best … CLOTHING SHOP
H&M

Hennes & Mauritz, a.k.a. H&M is the only major corporation to make our list. But seeing as you’ve avoided including the evils of Wal-Mart, and we are limited when it comes to fashion forward choices in Windsor, it makes sense that the Swedish multinational made the list. Where else can you find decently assembled fast and on-trend fashion in the area without crossing the border or breaking the bank?


the best … PRODUCE
REMARK

High quality food and freshness comes at a price, but when our readers are looking for the best they don’t mind paying for it. Remark Fresh Markets, took the top spot for produce over very few votes for the major chains.


the best … VINTAGE
JONES & CO.

The popularity of vintage seems to grow every season. Though vintage bicycles, electronics and furniture gain fans steadily, vintage clothing is now a must have to make your wardrobe unique. The long established Jones & Co., that has since inspired the opening in three vintage shops in Walkerville, took the crown for best vintage, wrapped it up in tissue and put it away in a rather fancy haberdashery box.

2 Comments on Best of Windsor 2012

  1. Felicia Abela // 2012/09/24 at 7:04 pm // Reply

    Agree with a lot of these!

  2. Rgcomics // 2012/09/20 at 10:03 am // Reply

    No best comic shop?

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