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Best of Arkansas 2010 

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Readers have spoken in our annual Best of Arkansas contest. Click below for the winners in dozens of readers choice categories and make sure you see the Times' own choices on other categories worthy of mention.

Goods and Services

Recreation

Entertainment

People, places and things

Cuisine



GOODS AND SERVICES

Shopping center

Park Plaza

RUNNERS-UP: Pleasant Ridge, Midtowne Little Rock, Chenal Promenade.

Grocery store

Kroger

RUNNERS-UP: Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Walmart.

Women's clothing

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: Chico's, Barbara Jean, Kohl's.

Men's clothing

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: Bauman's, Greenhaw's, Evolve.

Children's clothing

Toggery

RUNNERS-UP: Children's Place, Dillard's, Old Navy.

Vintage clothing

Savers

RUNNERS-UP: Elaine's Closet, Poor Little Rich Girl, Paddywack's.

Hip clothing

Forever 21

RUNNERS-UP: Scarlet, Evolve, RK.

Antiques

Morris Antiques of Keo

RUNNERS-UP: Fabulous Finds, Blue Suede Shoes Antique Mall, Mid-towne Antique Mall.

Furniture

Hank's

RUNNERS-UP: IO Metro, Ashley's, Haverty's.

Garden Store or nursery

Good Earth

RUNNERS-UP: Cantrell Gardens, Hocott's, Home Depot.

Hardware

Kraftco

RUNNERS-UP: Fuller and Sons, Home Depot, Lowe's.

Eyewear

Lenscrafters

RUNNERS-UP: Burrows/Mr. Frank's, Walmart, Kavanaugh Eye Care

Fresh Vegetables

River Market Farmers Market

RUNNERS-UP: Fresh Market, Argenta Farmers Market, Kroger.

Outdoor Store

Ozark Outdoors

RUNNERS-UP: Academy, Gander Mountain, Gene Lockwood's.

Bicycle shop

Chainwheel

RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Cycle and Fitness, Orbea, Community Bicyclist.

Gun store

Fort Thompson

RUNNERS-UP: Don's Weaponry, Gander Mountain, Bullseye Guns and Ammo.

Commercial Art Gallery

M2

RUNNERS-UP: Greg Thompson, Gallery 26, Cantrell Gallery.

Mobile phone

AT&T

RUNNERS-UP: Verizon (Alltel), Sprint.

Internet Service Provider

AT&T

RUNNERS-UP: Comcast, Aristotle, Windstream.

Realtor

Janet Jones

RUNNERS-UP: Crye-Leike, Charlotte John, Pulaski Heights Realty.

Auto Service

Landers

RUNNERS-UP: Bale, Kingwood Exxon, Jett's Gas and Services.

Auto Stereo

Best Buy

RUNNERS-UP: Auto Audio, Music Mart, Custom Audio

Travel Agency

Poe Travel

RUNNERS-UP: Sue Smith Vacations, AAA, Dillard's.

Hotel

Capital

RUNNERS-UP: Peabody, Embassy Suites, Doubletree.

Private School

Episcopal Collegiate

RUNNERS-UP: Pulaski Academy, Catholic High School, Mount St. Mary Academy.

Public School

Central High School

RUNNERS-UP: Parkview Magnet High School, eStem Public Charter Schools, Joe T. Robinson High School.

Apartment complex

Links

RUNNERS-UP: Park at Riverdale, Rivercliff, Highland Pointe

Bank

Metropolitan

RUNNERS-UP: Arvest, Regions, Centennial

Barbershop

Jerry's

RUNNERS-UP: SportsClips, Kristi-Kuts, Morrison's.

Salon

Joel's

RUNNERS-UP: Fringe Benefits, Caracalla, Blush.

Spa

Rejuvenation Clinic

RUNNERS-UP: Caracalla, Indulgences, Quy's

Jeweler

Sissy's Log Cabin

RUNNERS-UP: Roberson's, Jones and Son, Stanley's.

Pharmacy

Walgreens

RUNNERS-UP: Kroger, USA Drug, Cornerstone.

Carwash

Best

RUNNERS-UP: Splash, Suds, Boomerang.

Mattress

Denver Mattress

RUNNERS-UP: Bedding Mart, Hank's.

Auto Dealer

Landers

RUNNERS-UP: Bale, Parker Lexus, Northpoint.

Lingerie

Victoria's Secret

RUNNERS-UP: Barbara Graves, Cupid's, Dillard's.

Electronics

Best Buy

RUNNERS-UP: Radio Shack, Walmart.

Sporting Goods

Academy

RUNNERS-UP: Sports Authority, Gander Mountain, Ozark Outdoors.

Toys

Toys R Us

RUNNERS-UP: Heights Toy Center, Toy Up, Walmart.

Florist

Tipton and Hurst

RUNNERS-UP: About Vase, Frances Flower Shop, Crocus.

Plumber

Advantage

RUNNERS-UP: Ray Lusk, Russell Lemay, Roto-Rooter

Gift Shop

Kirkland's

RUNNERS-UP: The Crown Shop, Full Moon, Box Turtle.

Office Supply

Office Depot

RUNNERS-UP: Staples, Pettus, Office Max.

Veterinarian

Hillcrest Animal Hospital

RUNNERS-UP: Allpets, Pinnacle Valley Animal Hospital, Hartford Hamilton.

Cleaners

Comet

RUNNERS-UP: Schickel's, Moose, Hangers.

Decorator

D&D Designs

RUNNERS-UP: Georgia James, Tobi Fairley, Tom Chandler Associates.

Music Equipment

Guitar Center

RUNNERS-UP: Best Buy, Jack's, Jacksonville Guitar.

Shoes

Dillard's

RUNNERS-UP: DSW, Warren's, Shoe Connection, Solemates.

Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

RUNNERS-UP: Wordsworth, Books-a-Million, That Bookstore in Blytheville.

Pawn shop

National

RUNNERS-UP: Braswell and Son, Big Daddy's, USA Pawn, Pawnderosa.

Funeral home

Roller

RUNNERS-UP: Ruebel, Griffin Leggett, North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Retirement community

Fox Ridge

RUNNERS-UP: Parkway Village, Woodland Heights, Hot Springs Village.

RECREATION

Place to Swim

Little Rock Racquet Club

RUNNERS-UP: Wild River Country, Greers Ferry Lake, Little Rock Athletic Club.

Park

Burns Park

RUNNERS-UP: Murray Park, Allsopp Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Cheap Date

Movies in the Park

RUNNERS-UP: McDonald's, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Big Dam Bridge.

Weekend Getaway

Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Eureka Springs, Branson, Mount Magazine.

Resort

Mountain Harbor

RUNNERS-UP: Red Apple Inn, Big Cedar Lodge, Gaston's.

Marina

Heber Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Mountain Harbor, Jolly Roger, Hot Springs Marina.

Golf Course

Chenal Country Club (private)

RUNNERS-UP: Rebsamen Golf Course, Pleasant Valley Country Club (private), Alotian (extremely private).

Athletic Club

Little Rock Athletic Club

RUNNERS-UP: 10 Fitness, Jim Dailey Fitness Center, Little Rock Racquet Club.

Tennis

Little Rock Athletic Club

RUNNERS-UP: Little Rock Racquet Club, Burns Park, Rebsamen Tennis Center.

ENTERTAINMENT

Band

Gettys

RUNNERS-UP: Rockets, Tragikly White, Typhoid Mary.

Place to Dance

Discovery

RUNNERS-UP: Cajun's Wharf, Electric Cowboy, Sticky Fingerz.

Live Music

Juanita's

RUNNERS-UP: Rev Room, Sticky Fingerz, Cajun's Wharf.

Pickup Bar

Cajun's Wharf

RUNNERS-UP: Ernie Biggs, Ciao Baci, Fountain.

Gay Bar

Discovery

RUNNERS-UP: Starbar, Backstreet, Pulse.

Sports Bar

West End Smokehouse and Tavern

RUNNERS-UP: Fox and Hound, Big Whiskey, Buffalo Wild Wings.

Late Night

Midtown Billiards

RUNNERS-UP: Salut, Waffle House, Whitewater.

Place to shoot pool

Fox and Hound

RUNNERS-UP: Midtown Billiards, West End, Fountain.

Movie Theater

Rave

RUNNERS-UP: Chenal 9, Regal Breckenridge, Market Street Cinema.

Museum

Arkansas Arts Center

RUNNERS-UP: Museum of Discovery, Clinton Presidential Center, Old State House.

Performing Arts Group

Arkansas Repertory Theatre

RUNNERS-UP: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, River City Men's Chorus, Red Octopus.

Place to Gamble

Oaklawn Park

RUNNERS-UP: Goldstrike, Harrah's, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Place to See Someone Famous

Clinton Presidential Center

RUNNERS-UP: River Market, Capital Hotel, Doe's Eat Place.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Artist

Emily Galusha

RUNNERS-UP: Lisa Krannichfeld, Barry Thomas, Kevin Kresse.

Photographer

Tim Vahsholtz

RUNNERS-UP: Sarah Bussey, Nancy Nolan, Dixie Knight.

Politician

Mike Beebe

RUNNERS-UP: Vic Snyder, Bill Clinton, Bill Halter.

Athlete

Ryan Mallett

RUNNERS-UP: Jermain Taylor, Cliff Lee, Joe Johnson.

Neighborhood

Hillcrest

RUNNERS-UP: Heights, Chenal Valley, Pleasant Valley.

Liberal

Vic Snyder

RUNNERS-UP: Mike Beebe, Joyce Elliott, Bill Halter.

Conservative

Mike Huckabee

RUNNERS-UP: Bill Vickery, Gilbert Baker, John Boozman.

Looking

David Bazzel

RUNNERS-UP: Beth Hunt, Joan Early, Donna Terrell.

Charity

Heifer International

RUNNERS-UP: Humane Society of Pulaski County, Susan G. Komen Foundation/Race for the Cure, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Pulaski County.

MEDIA

Radio Station

Tom FM

RUNNERS-UP: The Buzz, Alice, KUAR.

Radio Personality

Heather and DC

RUNNERS-UP: Tommy Smith, Bob Robbins, Dave Elswick

TV Station

KATV, Channel 7

RUNNERS-UP: KTHV, Channel 11; KARK, Channel 4; Fox 16.

TV News Person

Craig O'Neill

RUNNERS-UP: Scott Inman, Christina Munoz, Donna Terrell.

TV Sports Person

Steve Sullivan

RUNNERS-UP: Craig O'Neill, Wes Moore, Mark Edwards.

TV Weatherman

Ed Buckner

RUNNERS-UP: Ned Perme, Barry Brandt, Mike Francis

Newspaper Writer

John Brummett

RUNNERS-UP: Wally Hall, Max Brantley, Paul Greenberg

Local Blog

Arkansas Blog

RUNNERS-UP: Tie Dye Travels, Tolbert Report, Blake's Think Tank.

CUISINE

French Fries

McDonald's

RUNNERS-UP: Buffalo Grill, The House, Arkansas Burger Company

Onion Ring

Sonic

RUNNERS-UP: Cheeburger, Cheeburger, Cotham's, The Hop.

Cheese Dip

Mexico Chiquito

RUNNERS-UP: Senor Tequila, Chili's, El Porton, Juanita's.

Ribs

Whole Hog

RUNNERS-UP: Corky's, Sims, Famous Dave's.

Wine List

Ashley's

RUNNERS-UP: Acadia, By the Glass, 1620.

Liquor Store

Colonial Wine and Spirits

RUNNERS-UP: Ridge, Pop-a-top, Lake Liquor.

Sushi

Sushi Cafe

RUNNERS-UP: Gina's, Hanaroo, Igibon, Mount Fuji.

Salad

ZaZa

RUNNERS-UP: US Pizza, Trio's, Jason's Deli.

Brunch

Loca Luna

RUNNERS-UP: Ya Ya's, Capi's, Bosco.

Gourmet To Go

Catering To You

RUNNERS-UP: Boulevard Bread, Diane's, Fresh Market

Cocktail

Capital Bar

RUNNERS-UP: Ciao Baci, Ferneau, Bonefish Grill.

Business Lunch

Capital Bar

RUNNERS-UP: Copper Grill, Trio's, Brave New Restaurant.

Milkshake

Purple Cow

RUNNERS-UP: Cheeburger, Cheeburger, The Hop, Doe's.

Vegetarian Food

Whole Foods

RUNNERS-UP: Lilly's Dim Sum, ZaZa, Star of India.

Bread

Boulevard Bread

RUNNERS-UP: Panera, Old Mill, Community Bakery.

Caterer

Catering To You

RUNNERS-UP: Simply The Best, RSVP, Trio's.

Outdoor Dining

Acadia

RUNNERS-UP: Cajun's Wharf, Brave New Restaurant, US Pizza.

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