Gambit’s 2014 BONO Readers’ Poll - our 28th - is your chance to sound off about New Orleans superlatives, from shopping and dining to musicians and media.

This year all voting will be done online (no more paper ballots). Only one ballot per person will be counted, and at least 50 percent of the ballot must be completed for your votes to count. Voting continues through July 31. And these results are all yours - in other words, if you don’t want chain restaurants and dumb choices topping the list, you gotta vote.

Voters will be eligible to win a $250 gift certificate to Massey’s Professional Outfitters.

After you fill out your ballot, get out and take a picture of something that captures the essence of what makes New Orleans great. Post your photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #bestofneworleans - and you will be eligible to win a $500 gift certificate to Massey's Professional Outfitters (more contest details are here).

For the second year, we'll be presenting Best of New Orleans as a TV special with our partners at WWL-TV. Best of New Orleans 2014 will air at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, hosted by WWL-TV’s Sheba Turk and Gambit’s Missy Wilkinson.

Take a look at the categories (below the jump) and start voting



Best new restaurant (opened September 2013 or later)

Best Kenner restaurant

Best Metairie restaurant

Best New Orleans restaurant

Best Northshore restaurant

Best West Bank restaurant

Best barbecue restaurant

Best burger restaurant

Best Cajun restaurant

Best Chinese restaurant

Best coffeehouse

Best Creole restaurant

Best deli

Best Indian restaurant

Best Italian restaurant

Best Japanese/sushi restaurant

Best kid-friendly restaurant

Best Latin American restaurant

Best Mexican restaurant

Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant

Best neighborhood restaurant

Best pizza restaurant

Best seafood restaurant

Best sno-ball stand

Best soul food restaurant

Best steakhouse

Best Thai restaurant

Best Vietnamese restaurant

Best bar food/ gastropub

Best breakfast/brunch spot

Best buffet

Best chef

Best food truck

Best frozen yogurt

Best gourmet-to-go

Best gumbo

Best juice bar/ smoothie bar

Best king cake (specify location)

Best late-night dining

Best menu for vegetarians/vegans

Best outdoor dining

Best place for desserts

Best place to get a doughnut

Best place to get a po-boy

Best place to get a sandwich

Best place to get gluten-free items

Best place to get ice cream/gelato

Best place to get kale

Best muffuletta

Best restaurant with a view

Best wine list


Best bar for craft cocktails

Best bar to meet new people

Best bar where you can smoke

Best beer selection

Best casino

Best club to dance

Best college bar

Best gay bar

Best gentlemen’s/strip club

Best happy hour

Best hotel bar

Best live theater venue

Best local comedian

Best local theater performer

Best locally brewed beer

Best movie theater (specify location)

Best neighborhood bar

Best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Best place to get a bloody mary

Best place to get a margarita

Best place to get a martini

Best place to get wine by the glass

Best place to see comedy

Best sports bar

Best Jazz Fest performance from 2014

Best live music show in the last 12 months

Best live music venue

Best Cajun/zydeco band/artist

Best local bounce/hip-hop/rap artist

Best local brass band

Best local DJ

Best local funk/R&B band/artist

Best local jazz band/artist

Best local rock band/artist


Best Congressmember from Louisiana

Best New Orleans City Council member

Best Jefferson Parish Council member

Best lie for Bobby Jindal to tell as he runs for president

Best member of the Louisiana Legislature

Best local scandal

Best prison name for Ray Nagin


Best grammar school

Best nursery/preschool

Best high school

Best local university

Best Saints player (current member)

Best Pelicans player (current member)

Best art gallery

Best dog park

Best food festival

Best golf course

Best live music festival

Best local 5k/10k race

Best local artist

Best local charity event

Best local jewelry designer

Best local photographer

Best Mardi Gras parade

Best Mardi Gras walking/dancing group

Best museum

Best new local book (published September 2013 or later)

Best New Orleanian who represents us well nationally

Best nonprofit

Best place for a breakup

Best place for a wedding reception

Best street for biking

Best summer camp for kids

Best tourist thing locals should do more


Best investigative reporter

Best local publication

Best local radio host

Best radio station

Best local TV anchor

Best local TV newscast

Best local TV sportscaster

Best local TV weathercaster

Best local website 


Best new retail store (opened September 2013 or later)

Best Jefferson neighborhood grocery

Best New Orleans neighborhood grocery

Best Northshore neighborhood grocery

Best antiques store

Best bakery (specify location)

Best barbershop

Best bicycle store

Best blow-dry bar

Best body piercing/tattoo parlor

Best cake maker

Best car dealership (specify location)

Best consignment shop

Best cosmetic surgeon (give full name)

Best crossfit gym

Best day spa

Best dentist

Best dermatologist (give full name)

Best dry cleaner

Best financial institution

Best florist

Best garden store

Best hair salon

Best health club

Best hospital

Best hotel

Best liquor store

Best local business that should go national

Best locally owned bookstore

Best locally owned bridal shop

Best locally owned children’s store

Best locally owned jewelry store

Best locally owned lingerie shop

Best locally owned maternity shop

Best locally owned men’s clothing store

Best locally owned record store

Best locally owned shoe store

Best locally owned sportswear store

Best locally owned T-shirt store

Best locally owned women’s boutique

Best personal trainer (give name of trainer and gym)

Best pet boarding/day care business

Best place to buy a gift

Best place to buy a wig

Best place to buy furniture

Best place to buy wine

Best place to get a manicure/pedicure

Best place to get a massage

Best place to get waxed

Best place to take a yoga class

Best real estate agent

Best shopping mall

Best smoke shop

Best store for vintage clothing

Best supermarket

Best sweet shop

Best thrift store

Best vapor shop

Best veterinary/animal clinic