The City Paper has changed the schedule for their annual ‘Best of Pittsburgh’ reader awards. Nominations are open now through April 29, 2018. Nominate by clicking here
As a previous winner (2016), I can say how great it is to win. I can also say that it is both boring and distracting for the same folks to win, year after year. I believe last year’s winners should bow out of the nomination round and make room for other venues/people to have a chance. I’m a fuddy dud like that.
Frankly, Pittsburgh, it is absurd to vote for Tony Norman, Eat n Park, and Rick Sebak. Same with Bill Peduto. They are all awesome and not lacking in feedback about their contributions. I hope THEY will be gracious enough to bow out of the nominations so we can get some new blood into the mix. I don’t honestly expect a business to pull out because I know they use this for marketing purposes, but I do think individuals can make that choice. Let’s be good neighbors.
Let’s share the wealth and the glory.
Bonus points if you can limit your votes for white men to less than 25% of your total nominations (tricky, I know.)
Here are my suggestions
Culture & Nightlife
Best Theater Company: PICT Classic Theater
Best Local State Production: The Princess Jafar Show
Best Local Poet: Joy KMT
Best Local Writer: Michelle Hammons
Best LGBT Bar: There Ultra Lounge
Best Haunted Attraction: Scarehouse
Best Street Festival: The People’s Pride
Best Independent Movie Theater: Waterworks Cinema
Food & Drink
Best Restaurant North: Royal Myanmar (West View)
Best Restaurant Downtown: Cambodican Kitchen
Best Thai Restaurant: Nicky’s Thai Kitchen
Best Sushi: Royal Myanmar
Best Milkshake: Burgatory
Best Sandwich: The Priory Fine Pastries
Best Burger: Bier’s Pub
Best Pizza: Giorgio’s Place
Best Teahouse: Arnold’s Tea House
Best Bakery: Priory Fine Pastries
Best Ice Cream: Antney’s Ice Cream
Best Sunday Brunch: Drag Brunch with Kierra Darshell
Goods & Services
Best Florist: K.S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral, Gift & Gourmet
Best Yoga Studio: Yoga With Goats at Returning Home Farms
Best Farmers Market: Northside on Cedar Avenue
People & Places
Best Nonprofit: Proud Haven
Best Local Blogger: Burgh Baby
Best Local Twitter:
Best Activist: The Students. All of them.
Best Public Servant: Laura Dunhoff (18 years serving the City)
Best Place to Volunteer: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Best Hair: moon baby
Best March or Political Action: Peoples Pride
There are more categories, but my life is dull and I don’t have any suggestions. We don’t eat at fancy places, we don’t drink, etc.
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