Every year the local weekly paper has a “Best of Kansas City” ballot.  Every year it is a bit disappointing to see these picks relegated to a small corner of the page as they write about their favorites.  Despite all of this, when I was voted “Best Server” it was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me as a server.  This year I am going to help some other great folks and restaurants win in their categories.  In order to vote, you must fill out 20 categories.  In order to make that a little easier, I have listed my picks in the food and beverage categories.  I have also included some other awesome folks in the non-restaurant categories at the bottom of this list that I hope you will support as well.

Here are my picks for the Pitch’s Best of Kansas City 2011 Awards
 

•             Best Bar for People Watching

                Harry’s Bar and Tables

•             Best Bar to Meet People

                Buzzard Beach

•             Best Barbecue

                Oklahoma Joe’s

•             Best Bartender

                Shawn Moriarty- The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Beer Selection

                Blanc Burger’s and Bottles

•             Best Bloody Mary

                McCormick and Schmicks

•             Best Breakfast

                Eggtc

•             Best Brewhouse

                McCoys

•             Best Burger

                Blanc Burgers and Bottles

•             Best Burrito

                Burrito Bros

•             Best Caterer

                Brancato

•             Best Cheap Eats

                El Rancho

•             Best Chef

                Jonathan Justus

•             Best Chinese Restaurant

                Ming Garden

•             Best Chocolate Shop

                Christopher Elbow

•             Best Cocktail Menu

                The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Coffeehouse

                Scooters on the Plaza

•             Best Cupcakes

                Cupcake Ala Mode

•             Best Delicatessen

                Adrian’s

•             Best Dessert

                Carrot Cake and Justus Drugstore

•             Best Dive Bar

                Helen’s in NKC

•             Best Farmers Market

                City Market

•             Best Food Truck

                Port Fonda

•             Best French Fries

                Mc Coys

•             Best Fried Chicken

                Corner Cafe

•             Best Gay Bar

                Missy B’s

•             Best Grocery Store

                McGonigles

•             Best Happy Hour

                The Bulldog

•             Best Hot Dog/Bratwurst

                Dog Nuvo

•             Best Hotel Bar

                The Drum Room

•             Best Ice Cream

                Glace

•             Best Indian Restaurant

                Swagat

•             Best Italian Restaurant

                Garozzos

•             Best Korean Restaurant

                Sobahn

•             Best Late-Night Eats

                El Rancho

•             Best Liquor Store

                Red X

•             Best Local Beer

                Boulevard

•             Best Margarita

                Ponaks

•             Best Martini

                The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Mediterranean Restaurant

                Jerusalem Cafe

•             Best Mexican Restaurant

                Frida’s

•             Best Neighborhood Bar

                54th Street Grill and Bar

•             Best New Bar or Club

                Coda

•             Best New Restaurant (opened since August 2010)

                Beer Kitchen

•             Best Patio

                Harry’s Bar and Tables

•             Best Pizza (Non-Chain)

                Art of Pizza

•             Best Place for a Business Lunch

                The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Place for a First Date

                The Drop

•             Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

                Blue Grotto

•             Best Restaurant

                Justus Drugstore

•             Best Restaurant Ambience

                Pierponts

•             Best Restaurant With a View

                Starkers

•             Best Ribs

                Oklahoma Joe’s

•             Best Sandwich

                Cuban at The Farmhouse

•             Best Seasonal Beer

                Boulevard Farmhouse

•             Best Service

                Savvy Dave Hayden @ The Majestic Restaurant (Who says I’m not humble?)

•             Best Service-Industry Hangout

                Helen’s in NKC

•             Best Specialty/Gourmet Store

                McGonnigles

•             Best Sports Bar

                54th Street Grill and Bar

•             Best Steakhouse

                The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Sunday Brunch

                The Majestic Restaurant

•             Best Sushi

                Matsu

•             Best Taco

                El Rancho

•             Best Takeout

                El Rancho

•             Best Thai Restaurant

                Hot Basil

•             Best Vegetarian Menu

                Eden Alley

•             Best Vietnamese Restaurant

                Pho Hua

•             Best Wine Bar

                Tannin

•             Best Wine List in a Restaurant

                JJ’s

•             Best Wine Recommendations (Store)

                Cellar Rat

Here are a few non-restaurant categories where friends and fans are nominated.  Consider giving them your vote as well.

                Best Trivia Night

                The Record Bar on Thursdays

                Best Local Bookstore

                Prospero’s

                Best Category We Forgot

                Best Server

                Best Local Columnist

                Charles Ferruzza

                Best Local TV News Personality

                Curtis Jay

                Best Sexy Musician

                Kandi Kos of The Crybaby Ranch

                Best Smokin Hot Kansas Citian

                Meesha of Kansas City with a Russian Accent

                Best Local Activist

                Tony Botello of Tony’s Kansas City

                Best Talk Radio Station

                 KCUR

                Best Twitter Feed

                @hrdlyclvr

Those are my picks.  I would appreciate you supporting them.  Have some picks of your own?  Leave them in the comment section.

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