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Best of the Triangle 2011: Readers' Choice poll winners and finalists

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Wine & Dine

African

Mawa's Taste of Africa
152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville
919-321-8360, www.mawa-nc.com

finalists
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Queen of Sheba

Appetizer

Lantern
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-969-8846, www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists
Sono
The Borough
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

Bagel

Bruegger's
Various locations
www.brueggers.com

finalists
Alpine Bagel Co.
New York Bagel & Deli
Panera Bread

Bang for your buck restaurant

Cosmic Cantina
1920 Perry St., Durham, 919-286-1875
128 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 919-960-3955

finalists
Chubby's Tacos
Elmo's Diner
Mediterranean Deli

Bar food

The Federal
914 W. Main St., Durham
919-680-8611

finalists
Raleigh Times
The Borough
Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

Barbecue

The Pit
328 W. Davie St., Raleigh
919-890-4500, www.thepit-raleigh.com

finalists
Allen and Son
The Original Q-Shack
The Pig

Birthday cake

Sugarland
140 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-2100, www.sugarlandchapelhill.com

finalists
Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Cafe
Once in a Blue Moon Bakery & Café
Whole Foods Market

Breakfast

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St., Durham, 919-416-3823
Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 919-929-2909
elmosdiner.com

finalists
Brigs Restaurants
The Flying Biscuit
Ye Olde Waffle Shop

Burger in Durham County

Only Burger
Hope Valley Square, 3710 Shanon Rd, Durham
919-937-9377, www.durhamcatering.com/onlyburger

finalists
Dain's Place
Five Guys
The Federal

Burger in Orange/Chatham County

Buns
107 N. Columbia St., Chapel Hill
919-240-4746, www.bunsofchapelhill.com

finalists
Acme
Five Guys
Sandwhich

Burger in Wake County

Char-Grill
Various locations
www.chargrillusa.com

finalists
Five Guys
Raleigh Times
Tribeca Tavern

Burrito

Carrburritos
711 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro
919-933-8226, www.carrburritos.com

finalists
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chubby's Tacos
Cosmic Cantina

Business lunch

Toast
345 W. Main St., Durham
919-683-2183, www.toast-fivepoints.com

finalists
Mez
Sitti
Watts Grocery

Caribbean

Jamaica Jamaica
4853 NC Hwy. 55, Durham
919-544-1532

finalists
Bahama Breeze
Carmen's Cuban Cafe & Lounge
Havana Grill

Catering

Mediterranean Deli
410 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-967-2666, www.mediterraneandeli.com

finalists
Catering Works
Durham Catering Co.
Green Planet Catering

Chef in Durham County

Amy Tornquist, Watts Grocery
1116 Broad St., Durham
919-416-5040, www.wattsgrocery.com

finalists
Ben & Karen Barker, Magnolia Grill
Scott Howell, Nana's
Shane Ingram, Four Square

Chef in Orange/Chatham County

Andrea Reusing, Lantern
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-969-8846, www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists
Aaron Vandemark, Panciuto
Bill Smith, Crook's Corner
Vimala Rajendran, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe

Chef in Wake County

Ashley Christensen, Poole's Diner
426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh
919-832-4477, www.poolesdowntowndiner.com

finalists
Jason Smith, 18 Seaboard
John Toler, Bloomsbury Bistro
Michael Lee, SONO

Chinese

Five Star
511 W. Hargett St., Raleigh
919-833-3311, www.heatseekershrimp.com

finalists
Gourmet Kingdom
Neo-Asia
Red Dragon

Chocolate confection

Escazu Artisan Chocolates
936 N. Blount St., Raleigh
919-832-3433, www.escazuchocolates.com

finalists
Dolly Mama Handmade Chocolates
Scratch
Sugarland
The Chocolate Door

Comfort food

Mama Dip's
408 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill
919-942-5837, www.mamadips.com

finalists
Crook's Corner
Elmo's Diner
The Pit

Deli

Neal's Deli
100 E. Main St., Carrboro
919-967-2185, www.nealsdeli.com

finalists
Jason's Deli
Mediterranean Deli
Village Deli & Grill

Desserts

Sugarland
140 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-2100, www.sugarlandchapelhill.com

finalists
Guglhupf
Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery
Scratch

Dumplings

David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar
1900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh
919-239-4536, www.ddandnb.com

finalists
Five Star
Lantern
Mama Dip's

Food truck

Only Burger
919-724-1622
www.durhamcatering.com/onlyburger

finalists
Bulkogi
Klausie's Pizza
KoKyu

French

Vin Rouge
2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham
919-416-0466, www.vinrougerestaurant.com

finalists
Coquette Brasserie
Rue Cler
Saint-Jacques

Fries

Five Guys
Various locations
www.fiveguys.com

finalists
Buns
The Federal
Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom

Greek

Spartacus
4139 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
919-489-2848, www.spartacusrestaurant.com

finalists
Greek Fiesta
Mediterranean Deli
Taverna Agora

Guacamole

Dos Perros
200 N. Mangum St., Durham
919-956-2750, www.dosperrosrestaurant.com

finalists
Carrburritos
Cosmic Cantina
Dos Taquitos Centro

Hot dog

Snoopy's Hot Dogs & More
Various locations
www.snoopys.com

finalists
Neal's Deli
The Dog House
The Roast Grill

Ice cream

Maple View
Various locations
www.mapleviewfarm.com

finalists
Cold Stone Creamery
Goodberry's
Locopops
Sugarland

Indian

Sitar Indian Cuisine
3630 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
919-490-1326, www.sitar-indiancuisine.com

finalists
Mint
Saffron
Vimala's Curryblossom Café

Innovative menu

bu•ku
110 E. Davie St., Raleigh
919-834-6963, www.bukuraleigh.com

finalists
Lantern
Poole's Diner
Revolution

Irish pub

Tir na nOg
218 S. Blount St., Raleigh
919-833-7795, www.tirnanogirishpub.com

finalists
Bull McCabe's
Hibernian Restaurant & Pub
James Joyce

Italian

Bella Monica
3121 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh
919-881-9778, www.bellamonica.com

finalists
411 West
Pop's
Vic's

Japanese

Kanki
Various locations
www.kanki.com

finalists
Akai Hana
Sono
Waraji

Kid-friendly restaurant

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St., Durham, 919-416-3823
Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, 919-929-2909
www.elmosdiner.com

finalists
Blue Corn Cafe
Nosh
Red Robin

Late-night munchies

Cosmic Cantina
1920 Perry St., Durham, 919-286-1875
128 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 919-960-3955

finalists
Cook Out
The Diner
Time Out

Local pizza

Lilly's Pizza
1813 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-833-0226, www.lillyspizza.com

finalists
Mellow Mushroom
Pepper's Pizza
Randy's Pizza

Mexican/Latin American in Durham County

Dos Perros
200 N. Mangum St., Durham
919-956-2750, www.dosperrosrestaurant.com

finalists
Blue Corn Cafe
Chubby's Tacos
Torero's

Mexican/Latin American in Orange/Chatham County

Fiesta Grill
3307 NC Hwy. 54 W., Chapel Hill
919-928-9002, www.fiestagrill.us

finalists
Bandido's
Carrburritos
Margaret's Cantina

Mexican/Latin American in Wake County

Dos Taquitos
5629 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh
919-787-3373, www.dostaquitosnc.com

finalists
Chubby's Tacos
El Rodeo
Torero's

Middle Eastern

Neomonde
3817 Beryl Rd., Raleigh, 919-828-1628
10235 Chapel Hill Rd., Morrisville, 919-466-8100
www.neomonde.com

finalists
International Delights
Mediterranean Deli
Sitti

New restaurant in Durham County

Scratch
111 Orange St., Durham
919-956-5200, www.piefantasy.com

finalists
Bull City Burger and Brewery
Dame's Chicken & Waffles
Only Burger

New restaurant in Orange/Chatham County

Vimala's Curryblossom Café
431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-3833, www.curryblossom.com

finalists
Kitchen
ONE Restaurant
The Pig

New restaurant in Wake County

Capital Club 16
16 W. Martin St., Raleigh
919-747-9345, www.capitalclub16.com

finalists
Benelux Cafe
David's Dumpling & Noodle Bar
Market Restaurant

Outdoor dining in Durham County

Guglhupf
2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
919-401-2600, www.guglhupf.com

finalists
Alivia's Durham Bistro
The Federal
Vin Rouge

Outdoor dining in Orange/Chatham County

Crook's Corner
610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-7643, www.crookscorner.com

finalists
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Vimala's Curryblossom Café
Weaver Street Market

Outdoor dining in Wake County

Mellow Mushroom
Various locations
www.mellowmushroom.com

finalists
Boylan Bridge Brewpub
Humble Pie
Raleigh Times

Pasta

411 West
411 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-967-2782, www.411west.com

finalists
Bella Monica
Gravy
Pop's

Pie

Scratch
111 Orange St., Durham
919-956-5200, www.piefantasy.com

finalists
PieBird
Sugarland
Weaver Street Market

Risotto

Nana's
2514 University Dr., Durham
919-493-8545, www.nanasdurham.com

finalists
Pop's
The Federal
Vivace

Romantic restaurant

Lantern
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-969-8846, www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists
Second Empire
The Melting Pot
Vin Rouge

Salad

Whole Foods Market
Various locations
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

finalists
Chopped Greens
Panera Bread
Sweet Tomatoes

Sandwich

Sandwhich
407 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-929-2114, www.sandwhich.biz

finalists
Neal's Deli
Panera Bread
Toast

Seafood

Squid's
1201 N. Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill
919-942-8757, www.squidsrestaurant.com

finalists
42nd Street Oyster Bar
blu
Fishmongers

Soups

Toast
345 W. Main St., Durham
919-683-2183, www.toast-fivepoints.com

finalists
Jason's Deli
Panera Bread
Whole Foods Market

Steak

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-781-2444, www.angusbarn.com

finalists
Bin 54
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Sullivan's Steakhouse

Steak & cheese

Italian Pizzeria III
508 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-968-4671, www.italianpizzeria3.com

finalists
Andy's
Jersey Mike's
Penn Station

Subs

Jersey Mike's
Various locations
www.jerseymikes.com

finalists
Devil's Pizzeria
Jimmy John's
Neal's Deli

Sunday brunch in Durham County

Watts Grocery
1116 Broad St., Durham
919-416-5040, www.wattsgrocery.com

finalists
Guglhupf
Rue Cler
Vin Rouge

Sunday brunch in Orange/Chatham County

Acme
110 E. Main St., Carrboro
919-929-2263, www.acmecarrboro.com

finalists
Crook's Corner
Elmo's Diner
Weathervane

Sunday brunch in Wake County

Poole's Diner
426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh
919-832-4477, www.poolesdowntowndiner.com

finalists
Brigs Restaurants
Humble Pie
NOFO at the Pig

Sushi

Kanki
Various locations
www.kanki.com

finalists
Shiki Sushi
Sono
Sushi Love
Waraji

Taquería

Chubby's Tacos
Various locations
www.chubbystacos.com

finalists
Carrburritos
Dos Taquitos
Los Comales
Taqueria La Vaquita

Thai

Sawasdee
3601 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, 919-878-0049
6204 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 919-781-7599
www.sawasdeeraleigh.com

finalists
Thai Cafe
Thai Palace
Twisted Noodles

Vegetarian friendly in Durham County

Toast
345 W. Main St., Durham
919-683-2183, www.toast-fivepoints.com

finalists
Beyú Caffé
Dos Perros
Saladelia Café
Watts Grocery

Vegetarian friendly in Orange/Chatham County

Sage Café
1129 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill
919-968-9266, www.sagevegcafe.com

finalists
Mediterranean Deli
Spotted Dog
Vimala's Curryblossom Café

Vegetarian friendly in Wake County

The Remedy Diner
137 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
919-835-3553, www.theremedydiner.com

finalists
Irregardless Cafe
Neomonde
The Borough

Vietnamese

Lime and Basil
200 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-967-5055, www.limeandbasil.com

finalists
a-n
Bahn's Cuisine
Dalat

Wait staff in Durham County

Elmo's Diner
776 Ninth St., Durham
919-416-3823, www.elmosdiner.com

finalists
Nana's
Pop's
Vin Rouge
Watts Grocery

Wait staff in Orange/Chatham County

Lantern
423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
919-969-8846, www.lanternrestaurant.com

finalists
Acme
Elmo's Diner
Jujube
Vimala's Curryblossom Café

Wait staff in Wake County

The Borough
317 W. Morgan St., Raleigh
919-832-8433, www.theboroughraleigh.com

finalists
Angus Barn
Ba-Da Wings!
Raleigh Times

Wine list

Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
919-781-2444, www.angusbarn.com

finalists
Glasshalfull
Six Plates Wine Bar
West End Wine Bar

Wings

Ba-Da Wings!
302 E. Main St., Carrboro, 919-960-0656
2161 Avent Ferry Rd., Ste. 100, Raleigh, 919-832-3902
www.badawings.com

finalists
Buffalo Wild Wings
Hooters
Wild Wing Cafe


Corrections

Best Bartender in Orange/Chatham County (winner): Gary, The Crunkleton. 320 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 919-969-1125, www.thecrunkleton.com. (Both names were misspelled.)

Best Tailor Shop (winner): Lee's Tailors, 5535 Western Blvd., Raleigh, 919-233-0708, www.leetailorshop.com. (The website was incorrect and the address and phone number were omitted.)

Best Upscale Bar (finalist), Best Martini Selection (finalist): Revolution. 107 W. Main St., Durham, 919-956-9999, www.revolutionrestaurant.com. (A different business was incorrectly listed.)

Best Store to Buy Eyeglasses (winner): Specs Eye Care. 701 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-4426 & Renaissance Village Shopping Center, 8202 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. (The Streets at Southpoint Specs location is moving to Renaissance Village Shopping Center; the store should be open the beginning of July.)

Best Rock Band (finalist): Nick Driver Band. www.nickdrivermusic.com, driveaway1@live.com. (The name was misspelled.)

Best Jazz Group (finalist): Atomic Rhythm All Stars. The band can be found at www.atomicrhythmbigband.com and their contact email is george@atomicrhythmbigband.com. (The name was incorrect.)

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