Best Of 2009!

PEOPLE

BEST LOCAL TO BE IMMORTALIZED IN A NEW STATUE
1. Bing Crosby
2. John Stockton
3. Mark Few
BEST SPIRITUAL LEADER
1. Rev. Percy "Happy" Watkins
2. Rev. Joe Wittwer
3. Fr. Robert Spitzer
BEST LOCAL BLOGGER
1. Mariah McKay (spovangelist.com)
2. David Blaine (thebackkitchen.blogspot.com)
3. Remi Olsen (tasteeverythingonce.com)
BEST UNSUNG HERO
1. City Snowplow Drivers
2. Mayor Mary Verner
3. (tie) Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Phil Altmeyer (Union Gospel Mission)
BEST GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ADVOCACY GROUP
1. Spokane Neighborhood Action Program
2. Center for Justice
3. (tie) Friends of the Falls, Envision
(NI) Kootenai Environmental Alliance
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
1. Chrisy Riddle, Central Valley
2. Randy James, North Central
3. (tie) John Hagney, Lewis and Clark, Glenn Williams, Mead
BEST AUTO MECHANIC
1. Ed Cushman, C&H Foreign Auto Repair
2. Bill Mullins, Bill’s Import Auto Repair
3. Rick Louie, Louie’s Auto and Transmission
BEST VETERINARIAN
1. Brian Hunter, Hunter Veterinary
2. Brenda Day, Cat’s Meow
3. Chrystal Wachtel, Audubon Veterinary Clinic
(NI) Frank Clovis, River City Animal Hospital, Post Falls
BEST LOCAL ATHLETE
1. John Stockton
2. Matt Bouldin
3. Jeremy Pargo
BEST LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAM
1. Lewis and Clark Girls Basketball Team
2. Ferris Boys Basketball Team
3. Lewis and Clark Boys Football Team
(NI) Coeur d’Alene High Girls Basketball Team
BEST RADIO DJ OR TEAM
1. Dave, Ken and Molly
2. The Radiomen
3. Jay & Kevin
BEST TV ANCHORPERSON
1. Stephanie Vigil, KHQ
2. Nadine Woodward, KREM
3. Shelly Monaghan, KHQ
BEST TV WEATHERCASTER
1. Tom Sherry, KREM
2. George Maupin, KHQ
3. Kris Crocker, KXLY
BEST TV SPORTSCASTER
1. Dennis Patchin, KXLY
2. Derek Deis, KHQ
3. Greg Heister, Gonzaga Bulldog Basketball broadcaster
BEST TV REPORTER
1. Kjerstin Ramsing, KXLY
2. Jeff Humphrey, KXLY
3. Othello Richards, KREM

FOOD

BEST FINE DINING
1. Clinkerdagger
2. Luna
3. Wild Sage
(NI) Beverly’s
BEST WINE SELECTION
1. Niko’s
1. Vino!
3. Huckleberry’s
(NI) The Wine Cellar
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
1. Azteca
2. DeLeon’s
3. Rancho Chico
BEST ITALIAN FOOD
1. The Italian Kitchen
2. Luigi’s
3. Tomato Street
BEST SUSHI
1. Raw
2. Sushi.com
3. Suki Yaki Inn
(NI) Fisherman’s Market, CDA
BEST THAI FOOD
1. Thai Bamboo
2. Linnie’s Thai
3. Bangkok Thai
BEST ASIAN FOOD
1. The Mustard Seed
2. Gordy’s
3. China Dragon
(NI) Bonsai Bistro
BEST BREAKFAST
1. Frank’s Diner
2. Old European
3. Chaps
BEST SANDWICHES
1. Domini’s
2. High Nooner
3. Subway
BEST BURGERS
1. Red Robin
2. D’Lish’s Burgers
3. Dick’s Drive-In
(NI) Hudson’s Hamburgers
BEST PIZZA
1. Bennedito’s
2. David’s
3. Papa Murphy’s
BEST BURRITOS
1. Ionic Burrito
2. Slick Rock Burrito
3. Q’Doba Burrito
BEST SEAFOOD
1. Anthony’s
2. Milford’s
3. Red Lobster
BEST STEAKS
1. Spencer’s
2. Wolf Lodge Inn
3. Outback Steakhouse
BEST BAKERY
1. The Rocket Bakery
2. Rockwood Bakery
3. Bittersweet Bakery
(NI) Bakery by the Lake
BEST LOCALLY OWNED COFFEE/ESPRESSO SHOP
1. The Rocket
2. Taste Café
3. The Empyrean
(NI) Java on Sherman
BEST DRIVE-THRU ESPRESSO
1. Dutch Bros.
2. Jacobs Java
3. Brews Bros.
BEST COFFEE ROASTER
1. (tie) Cravens Coffee, Thomas Hammer
2. Café Doma
3. 4 Seasons Coffee
BEST KIDS MENU
1. Red Robin
2. Tomato Street
3. The Onion
BEST DONUTS
1. Donut Parade
2. Krispy Kreme
3. Mike’s Old Fashioned Donuts
(NI) Davis Donuts
BEST PUB FOOD
1. The Elk
2. O’Doherty’s
3. The Swinging Doors
(NI) Moon Time, CDA
BEST BARBECUE
1. The Longhorn
2. Chicken n More
3. Red Lion BBQ
BEST OUTDOOR DINING
1. The Elk
2. Twigs
3. Anthony’s
(NI) Bardenay, CDA
BEST HEART-HEALTHY FARE
1. Huckleberry’s 9th Street Bistro
2. Mizuna
3. Subway
BEST RESTAURANT FOR A FIRST DATE
1. Clinkerdaggers
2. Twigs
3. (tie) Mizuna, The Melting Pot
(NI) The White House Grill, Post Falls
BEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN 2008-09)
1. The Melting Pot
2. The Two-Seven Public House
3. Sante
(NI) Mackenzie River Pizza
 

THE ARTS

BEST OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVAL
1. Pig Out in the Park
2. Festival at Sandpoint
3. Sasquatch Festival, the Gorge
BEST ARTS FESTIVAL
1. Art on the Green
2. ArtFest
3. First Night-Spokane
BEST CHARITY EVENT
1. Coaches vs. Cancer
2. (tie) Epicurean Delight, Komen Race for the Cure
3. Christmas Tree Elegance
BEST KIDS EVENT
1. First Night
2. America’s Kids Run
3. Hoopfest
(NI) Art on the Green
BEST RADIO STATION
1. ZZU 92.9
2. The River 99.9
3. KYRS 92.3
BEST BAND
1. 6 Foot Swing
2. Sonic Death Ray
3. Cure All Remedy
BEST SINGER/SONGWRITER
1. Kaylee Cole
2. Karli Fairbanks
3. Heather O’Brien
BEST CONCERT (OF 2008-09)
1. Wilco and Fleet Foxes at the INB Center
2. Journey/Cheap Trick Heart at the Arena
3. Def Leppard/Styx/REO Speedwagon at the Arena
BEST TOURING MUSICAL (OF 2008-09)
1. The Phantom of the Opera
2. Mamma Mia
3. The Color Purple
BEST PLAY/MUSICAL (OF 2008-09)
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Spokane Civic Theater
2. Les Mis, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater
3. Man of La Mancha, Spokane Civic Theater
BEST ART GALLERY
1. The MAC
2. Lorinda Knight Gallery
3. Tinman
(NI) ArtSpirit Gallery CDA
BEST PIECE OF PUBLIC ART
1. Govedare Bloomsday Runners, Riverfront Park
2. Balasz Fountains, Riverfront Park
3. Spiering Red Wagon, Riverfront Park
(NI) Mudgy and Millie sculptures, Coeur d’Alene

BUDGET BUSTERS

BEST THRIFT STORE (SHOPPING)
1. Value Village
2. Goodwill
3. Classy Rack
BEST PAWN SHOP (SHOPPING)
1. Pawn One
2. Axel’s Pwn Shop
3. Dutch’s
BEST CHEAP FAMILY MEAL OUT (FOOD)
1. Dick’s Drive-In
2. The Old Spaghetti Factory
3. Costco Food Court
BEST LUNCH SPECIALS (FOOD)
1. The Olive Garden
2. Subway
3. Brooklyn Deli
BEST GET-YOUR-MONEY’S-WORTH HAPPY HOUR (NIGHTLIFE)
1. Clinkerdaggers
2. Steam Plant Grill
3. (tie) C.I. Shenanigans, Steelhead Bar and Grill
BEST STRONG BUT CHEAP DRINKS (NIGHTLIFE)
1. The Baby Bar
2. The Park Inn
3. Irv’s
BEST FREE PUBLIC FESTIVAL/EVENT (THE ARTS)
1. Pig Out in the Park
2. Hoopfest
3. ElkFest
(NI) Art on the Green
BEST PLACE FOR A CHEAP NIGHT OUT (THE ARTS)
1. The Garland Theater
2. Riverfront Park
3. Dick’s Drive-In
(NI) Independence Point/Boardwalk, CDA
BEST LIVE/WORK/PLAY WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD (OUTDOORS)
1. Browne’s Addition
2. Manito Park/Cannon Hill area
3. Perry Street District
(NI) Riverstone, CDA
BEST PUBLIC PARK (OUTDOORS)
1. Manito Park
2. Riverfront Park
3. Audubon Park
BEST PLACE TO LOITER, PEOPLE-WATCH AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE WI-FI (PEOPLE)
1. Starbucks
2. Riverfront Park
3. River Park Square
BEST PERSON TO GET A FEDERAL BAILOUT (PEOPLE)
1. Me!
2. Nobody
3. Mary Verner

OUTDOORS/RECREATION

BEST PLACE TO WALK YOUR DOG
1. Manito Park
2. The Centennial Trail
3. Riverside State Park
BEST PLACE FOR AN OUTDOOR WEDDING
1. Manito Park
2. Arbor Crest
3. Bozarth Mansion
BEST OUT-OF-THE-WAY RESORT
1. Hill’s Resort, Priest Lake
2. Elkins Resort, Priest Lake
3. Williams Lake Resort/Klink’s
BEST QUAINT INLAND NW TOWN
1. Sandpoint
2. Leavenworth
3. Wallace, Idaho
BEST PLACE TO SKI
1. Schweitzer
2. Mt. Spokane
3. 49 Degrees North
BEST PLACE TO SNOWBOARD
1. Schweitzer
2. Mt. Spokane
3. 49 Degrees North
BEST ROCK CLIMBING
1. Minnehaha
2. Wild Walls
3. Quemlin Park, Post Falls
BEST YOGA STUDIO
1. Harmony Yoga
2. Twist Yoga Studio
3. Radha Yoga
BEST HEALTH CLUB
1. Oz Fitness
2. Spokane Club
3. YMCA
BEST OUTDOOR REC SUPPLIES
1. REI
2. Mountain Gear
3. Cabela’s
BEST BIKE SHOP
1. Wheelsport
2. Two Wheel Transit
3. North Division Bike Shop
(NI) Vertical Earth, CDA
BEST BIKE EVENT
1. Spokefest
2. Ironman, CDA
3. Tour Des Lacs

SHOPPING

BEST MOM AND POP BUSINESS
1. Miller’s Hardware
2. River Ridge Hardware
3. Ferguson’s Café
(NI) Hudson’s Hamburgers
BEST NEW BUSINESS (OPENED IN 2008-09)
1. Winco Foods
2. Kizuri
3. Polka Dot Pottery (Valley location)
BEST NOW OUT-OF-BUSINESS SHOP WE MISS MOST
1. The Paper Garden
2. Burgan’s
3. Joel
BEST MALL
1. River Park Square
2. NorthTown
3. Spokane Valley Mall
(NI) Riverstone Village Shops
BEST HAIR SALON
1. Jaazz Salon
2. 14th and Grand
3. Dimensions
BEST BARBER SHOP
1. Weldon Barber
2. The Man Shop
3. Dan’s Barber Shop
(NI) Clean Cut, CDA
BEST SPA
1. Spa Paradiso
2. Brick House
3. Zi Spa
BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE
1. Lolo
2. Finders Keepers
3. Cues
(NI) Tiffany Blue, CDA
BEST FURNITURE
1. Tin Roof
2. Mor
3. Dania
(NI) Runge, CDA
BEST GIFTS
1. Boo Radley’s
2. Mel’s
3. Simply Northwest
(NI) Sweet Pea, CDA
BEST HOTEL
1. Davenport Hotel and Tower
2. Hotel Lusso
3. Montvale Hotel
(NI) Coeur d’Alene Resort
BEST WINE SHOP
1. Vino!
2. Huckleberry’s
3. Caterina Winery
(NI) Enoteca, Post Falls
BEST BOOKSTORE
1. Auntie’s
2. Barnes and Noble
3. Hastings
BEST JEWELRY
1. Finders Keepers
2. Jewelry Design Center
3. Pounders
(NI) Cheryl Burchell Goldsmiths
BEST FLORIST
1. Liberty Park
2. Beau K
3. Peters and Sons
(NI) Petal Talk, Sandpoint
BEST BANK/CREDIT UNION
1. Spokane Teachers Credit Union
2. Numerica Credit Union
3. Washington Trust Bank
BEST NEW CAR DEALER
1. Downtown Automotive Group
2. Wendle Motors
3. Appleway
(NI) Dave Smith Motors
BEST ORGANIC/NATURAL FOODS
1. Huckleberry’s
2. Fresh Abundance
3. The Rocket Market
(NI) Pilgrim’s
BEST FARMERS MARKET
1. Spokane Farmers Market
2. Liberty Lake Farmers Market
3. Perry Street Farmers Market
(NI) CDA Farmers Marker in Hayden
BEST GROCERY STORE (NAME & SPECIFIC LOCATION)
1. Huckleberry’s, 9th and Monroe
2. Rosauers, 29th and Mt. Vernon
3. Fred Meyer, Wandermere
(NI) Super One Foods, Hayden
BEST CONVENIENCE STORE (NAME & SPECIFIC LOCATION)
1. Rocket Market, 43rd and High Drive
2. 7-11, 14th and Grand
3. Chester Store, Dishman-Mica and Bowdish
(NI) Piggie’s Deli and Market, Sherman Ave., CDA

NIGHTLIFE

BEST BEER BAR
1. The Viking
2. The Elk
3. Waddell’s
(NI) (tie) Moon Time, Bardenay
BEST WINE BAR
1. Niko’s
2. Twigs
3. Caterina
(NI) The Wine Cellar, CDA
BEST MARTINI BAR
1. Twigs3
2. Bistango
3. The Peacock Lounge
(NI) The Oval Office, Post Falls
BEST SPORTS BAR
1. The Swinging Doors
2. Heroes and Legends
3. Q at Northern Quest Casino
(NI) Capone’s
BEST ALL-PURPOSE PUB
1. The Elk
2. O’Doherty’s
3. The Swinging Doors
(NI) Capone’s
BEST JUKEBOX
1. The Baby Bar
2. The Blue Spark
3. Far West Billiards
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
1. The Knitting Factory
2. Zola
3. The Empyrean
(NI) The Grail, Post Falls
BEST ALL-AGES CLUB
1. The Knitting Factory
2. The Empyrean
3. Cretin Hop
BEST PLACE TO MEET SINGLES
1. Church
2. The Marquee
3. The Blue Spark
BEST DANCE CLUB
1. Dempsey’s
2. Irv’s
3. The Marquee
(NI) Big Al’s, Stateline
BEST NEW NIGHTSPOT
1. The Marquee
2. Zola
3. Casbah
BEST LATE-NIGHT COFFEHOUSE
1. The Empyrean
2. The Service Station
3. Starbucks
BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD
1. Satellite Diner
2. Taco Bell
3. Dick’s Drive-In
BEST BOWLING CENTER
1. Lilac Lanes
2. Big Daddy’s
3. Players and Spectators
BEST MOVIE THEATER
1. AMC 20, River Park Square
2. Village Centre, Wandermere
3. The Garland
(NI) Regal, Riverstone, CDA
BEST CASINO
1. Northern Quest
2. Coeur d’Alene Casino
3. Big Daddy’s
 
 

WILD CARD QUESTIONS

BEST LOCAL AD CAMPAIGN
Near Nature, Near Perfect
STCU: "You Don't Have to Be a Teacher"
Thomas Hammer Eco-Brew
BEST LOCAL PROJECT TO SPEND SOME OF THAT FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY ON
North-South Freeway
Fix the Streets/Potholes
Light Rail
BEST BUMPER STICKER TO REFLECT LIFE IN THE GOOD OLD INLAND NORTHWEST
Snow Happens (and similar)
Co-Exist
Hell Froze Over: Welcome to Hell (and similar)
BEST CLEVER NEW COCKTAIL/MARTINI TO HELP MARKET THE INLAND NORTHWEST
Snowtini (various concoctions)
Huckleberry-tini (various concoctions)
Washington Appletini (various concoctions)
BEST PLACE FOR THE INLAND NORTHWEST TO RELOCATE IF WE GET ANOTHER WINTER LIKE THE LAST ONE
Hawaii
California (San Diego highest city vote-getter)
Arizona