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Best of 2002

The ballots are counted. The selections are made. Once again,our readers have spoken.

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SHADIEST PUBLIC OFFICIAL



1. Sa'ad el-Amin



2. Sheriff Michelle Mitchell



3. REVA TRAMMELLGREEDIEST COMPANY



1. Dominion Virginia Power



2. CAPITAL ONE / AT&T BROADBAND



MOST EMBARRASSING DECISION



1. Sheriff spending taxpayers money and getting reelected



2. ICE UNDER THE BASKETBALL COURT



BEST IDEA



1. Downtown renovations



2. REMOVING GRACE STREET BARRIER



DUMBEST IDEA



1. 6th Street Marketplace



2. STOP SIGNS IN FANBEST LOCAL WRITER



1. Patricia Cornwell



2. John Grisham



3. ED SLIPEK



BEST PLACE TO WORK



1. Capital One



2. UKROP'S



BEST PLACE TO SKIP WORK



1. Belle Isle



2. PATIO AT INNSBROOK TEXACO



QUIETEST PARK



1. Byrd / Maymont



2. BRYAN PARK



MOST TROUBLING MONUMENT



1.

ARTHUR ASHE



BEST ANNUAL EVENT



1. Easter Parade



2.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL



BEST RENOVATION



1.

BROAD STREET (BY VCU)



MOST SCENIC VIEW OF THE JAMES:



1.

HOLLYWOOD CEMETERY



DECREPIT OLD BUILDING THAT NEEDS TO GO



1. City Hall (new and old)



2.

THALHIMERS



BEST PLACE TO BE SEEN



1. Carytown



3.

JUMPIN' AT VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS



BEST PLACE TO HIDE



1. Home / Maymont (tie)



2.

BYRD THEATRE



BEST FORWARD THINKER



1. Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine



3.

GOV. MARK WARNER



MOST ECCENTRIC/ NUTTIEST



1. Happy (the clown /the artist)



3.

REVA TRAMMELL



ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA



MOST GLAMOROUS RECORDING STUDIO



1. In Your Ear



2. FULL MOON/EAST COAST



BEST CLUB DJ



1. RICK DANGER / STEVE "MR. BEACH" LEONARD (TIE)SLEAZIEST CLUB NIGHT



2. ANY NIGHT AT MULLIGAN'S / WET T-SHIRT NIGHT (TIE)



BEST FREE ENTERTAINMENT



1. Dogwood Dell



2. Friday Cheers



(HONORABLE MENTIONS: CITY COUNCIL, KRISPY KREME ON BROAD (FRIDAY NIGHT), THE DRUNKS OF GRACE STREET.)



BEST VIDEO CHAIN



1. Blockbuster Carytown



2. FAN VIDEO



BEST LOCAL ACTOR



1. Justin Dray



SMARMIEST TV PERSONALITY



1. Gene Cox



2. JUAN CONDEMOST



SHAMELESS EXCUSE FOR TV JOURNALISM



1. 12 on Your Side



2. ANDREA MCDANIEL



BEST LOCAL ADS



1. ALL UKROP'S ADS



BEST ART GALLERY



1. Virginia Museum



2. 1708



Best Movie Theatre: Regal Cinemas' Short Pump 14 Megaplex



BARS AND RESTAURANTS



Most filling: JOE'S INN



3.

Kuba Kuba / Melting Pot



Best all-around bar



1.

AVALON / BUDDY'S / CABO'S / SIDEWALK CAFé (FOUR-WAY TIE)



BEST BAR TO HOBNOB



1. Tobacco Company



2.

CABO'S



BIGGEST MEAT MARKET



1. Tobacco Company



2. Tiki Bob's



(HONORABLE MENTION: UKROP'S)



FROTHIEST LOCAL BEER



1. Legend



3.

RICHBRAU



MACKIN'EST BARTENDER



1. Mark Meadows



2. TOM COLLI



SCARIEST BAR FOOD



1.

BUDDY'S



WINE LIST FOR THE GODS



1. Buckhead's



2.

CABO'S / MELTING POT / STRAWBERRY STREET CAFé (THREE-WAY TIE)



FASTEST LUNCH



1. Ukrop's



3.

BILL'S BARBECUE



BEST BUSINESS LUNCH



1.

KUBA KUBA / MAIN STREET GRILL (TIE)



SERVER GOD/ GODDESS



1. Pete Driscoll



2. KEVIN EVANS



BEST NEW RESTAURANT



1. Chianti's / Pomegranate (tie)



3. CARRABA'S / FOUNDRY GRILL / JOEY'S / WHITE DOG (THREE-WAY TIE)



BEST OLD RESTAURANT



1. Melting Pot



2. JOE'S INN / HELEN'S / STRAWBERRY STREET CAFé (THREE-WAY TIE)



THE SPECIAL-OCCASION RESTAURANT



1. Lemaire



2. MELTING POT



THE CRAPPY OLD STANDBY



1. Julian's



2. APPLEBEE'S / JOE'S INN / MCDONALD'S / STRAWBERRY STREET CAFé (FOUR-WAY TIE)



BIGGEST GREASE PIT ON EARTH



1. 3rd Street Diner



2. MCDONALD'S



FASTEST DELIVERY



1. Papa John's



2. CHINA PANDA



WITTIEST BATHROOM GRAFFITI



1. Bamboo



AVALON



GOODS AND SERVICES



BEST NEW STORE



1. Posh



2. DOMICILE/ DSW / CHICO'S (THREE-WAY TIE)



SNOOTIEST BOUTIQUE



1. Levy's / Pink (tie)



2. COPLON'S / MONKEY'S (TIE)



SHINIEST SHOES



1. Saxon



2. CITY SHOES



BEST MALL



1. Regency



2. CHESTERFIELD TOWNE CENTER



COOLEST ACCESSORIES



1. Pink



2. PENELOPE / WORLD OF MIRTH (TIE)



SWEATIEST GYM



1. American Family



2. YMCA



MOST STYLISH SALON



1. Nesbit



2. SALON DE SOL



MOST GOSSIPY HAIRSTYLIST



1. Jerry at Jerry Atkins



2. DOREER MCCARTHY



SMOOTHEST MAKEOVER



1. Nesbit



2. AUSTIN'S



MOST HONEST MECHANIC



DAVID DANCE (FIRESTONE)



AND FINALLY...



BIGGEST SCANDAL



1. Reva Trammell



2. SA'AD EL-AMIN



BEST-KEPT SECRET IN RICHMOND



1.

JAMES RIVER



LIP SMACKIN'EST DOUGHNUT



1. Krispy Kreme



2.

RAINBOW DONUTS



AND SOME OF THE THINGS WE SHOULD'VE ASKED



... Best neighborhood



... Best barber



... Best outdoor sculpture



... Best radio personality



... Most annoying radio host



... Best place to read Style



... Most shameless excuse for print journalism



... Best local bookstore



... Best local artist



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