The results of the diamond city BEST OF 2015 Readers’ Poll are here once again.
A tradition that began in the ’90s, this year’s voting kicked off on Election Day and kept going strong throughout November with thousands of votes cast.
Voters chose local winners from favorites within nine specific categories: Love and Romance, Eats and Drinks, Goods and Services, Arts and Entertainment, Nightlife, Media, Health and Recreation and Superstars. We also included a short Survey Says category to give you the opportunity to further voice your varied opinions on social issues, local trends and scandals.
Back by popular demand, we featured a number of voting updates each week during the voting process. As usual, we had some very tight races, as well as some blowouts.
Beginning on page 24 of this week’s issue, you can take a look at the list of the BEST OF 2015 winners.
So, you’re a winner. Now what?
You’ll get a chance to hang with the other winners and celebrate being the best in the 570. Keep your eyes peeled for details about our annual (and legendary) BEST OF party — a bash like no other — held at The Backyard Ale House in Scranton on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.
We look forward to seeing you at the BEST OF Bash for a night to remember.
Congratulations to all of the BEST OF 2015 winners! Here’s to another year of success!

 

Love & Romance

Best Adult Toy Store
Adult World

Best Flower Shop
McCarthy Flowers

Best Hourly Rate Hotel
Econo Lodge

Best Limo Service
Nasser Limousine Service

Best Place for a Bachelor Party
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party
The Woodlands

Best Place for a First Date
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring
Tovon & Company Jewelers

Best Place to Buy Lingerie
Victoria’s Secret

Best Wedding Gowns
David’s Bridal

Best Wedding Registry
Bed Bath and Beyond

Best Wedding Venue
The Woodlands

 

Arts & Entertainment

Best Concert Venue F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Best Concert Venue
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Best All Ages Venue
The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Best Art Venue
Sordoni Art Gallery

Best Casino
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Best Concert Venue
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

Best Dance Company
The Joan Harris Centre for Gifted and Talented

Best Local Band Name
Into The Spin

Best Local Festival
RiverFest

Best Movie Theater
WB Theatre

Best Museum
Everhart Museum

Best New Event
RiverFest

Best New Local CD
Celebration by Cabinet

Best Local Festival RiverFest

Best Local Festival
RiverFest

Best Ongoing Cultural Event
The Fine Arts Fiesta

Best Open Mic
The River Street Jazz Cafe

Best Original Band
SUZE

Best Party Cover Band
Flaxy Morgan

Best Place to Shoot Pool
Chacko’s Family Bowling Center

Best Theater Production
The Addams Family at the Theatre at the Grove

 

Eats & Drinks

Best Ambience
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Bagels
Bagel Art Bakery

Best Bakery
Bakery Delite

Best Beer Menu
Sabatini’s Pizza

Best Boneless Wings
Lucky’s Sporthouse

Best Breakfast
Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery

Best Brunch
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Cheesesteak
Lucky’s Sporthouse

Best Chinese Restaurant
Golden Star

Best Chocolate
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Best Open Mic The River Street Jazz Cafe

Best Open Mic
The River Street Jazz Cafe

Best Coffee Shop
Starbucks

Best Cup of Coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts

Best Deli
Goldstein’s Deli

Best Desserts
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Diner
S & W Restaurant

Best Doughnuts
Goin’ Donuts

Best Food Truck
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best French Fries
The Wandering Chef

Best Frozen Yogurt
Hoopla Froyo

Best Hamburger
Longhorn Steakhouse

Best Hoagie
Grotto Pizza

Best Hot Dogs
Ferris’ Lunch

Best Party Cover Band Flaxy Morgan

Best Party Cover Band
Flaxy Morgan

Best Ice Cream
The Lands at Hillside Farms

Best Italian Food
Pazzo

Best Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice

Best Japanese Restaurant
Katana

Best Liquid Lunch
Lucky’s Sporthouse

Best Long Lunch
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Lunch on a Budget
Subway

Best Lunch on the Go
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best Mexican/Southwestern Restaurant
La Tonalteca Mexican Restaurant

Best New Restaurant
Frank’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

Best Patio Dining
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Pierogies
Mom and Pop’s Pierogies

Best Place My Friends Make Me Go Against My Will

Ole Tyme Charley’s Restaurant and Pub

Best Place to Eat Organic

Nucleus Raw Foods

Best Potato Pancakes
Jones Pancake Shop

Best Restaurant
Pazzo

Best Romantic Restaurant
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Round Pizza
Sabatini’s Pizza

Best Salads
Red Leaf Salad Company

Best Sandwiches
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best Seafood
JJ Banko’s Seafood

Best New Local CD Celebration by Cabinet

Best New Local CD
Celebration by Cabinet

Best Service
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Soup
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Square Pizza
Victory Pig Pizza

Best Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Best Stromboli
Checkerboard Inn

Best Sushi
Katana

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Thai

Best Vegetarian Menu
Red Leaf Salad Company

Best Wine Menu
Cork Bar and Restaurant

Best Wings
Bottlenecks Saloon and Eatery

 

Goods & Services

Best Animal Hospital Veterinarian
Plains Animal Hospital

Best Barbershop
Sartorio and Sons Barber Shop

Best Bicycle Shop
Around Town Bicycles

Best Boutique
Buka

Best Car Dealership
Motor World Auto Group

Best Car Wash
Mr. Kleen Kar Wash

Best Cigar Shop
City Tobacco

Best Comic Book Store
Rubber Mallet Comics

Best Day Spa
Alexander’s Salon and Spa

Best Ongoing Cultural Event The Fine Arts Fiesta

Best Ongoing Cultural Event
The Fine Arts Fiesta

Best Dry Cleaner
Valet Garment Care

Best Farmers Market
Wilkes Barre Public Square

Best Garden Store
Dundee Gardens

Best Hair Salon
The Sapphire Salon and Spa

Best Health Food Store
House of Nutrition

Best Jewelry
Tovon and Company Jewelers

Best Local Brewery
Susquehanna Brewing Company

Best Massage
The Woodhouse Day Spa

Best Men’s Clothing Store
Men’s Warehouse

Best Mom/Pop Grocery Store
Ell’s Park Market

Best Pet Supply Store
PetSmart

Best Pipe Shop
Headdies Pipe and Vape Shop

Best Place to Buy Beer
Sabatini’s Pizza

Best Place to Buy Music
Gallery of Sound

Best Shoe Store
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse

Best Theater Production The Addams Family at the Theatre at the Grove

Best Theater Production
The Addams Family at the Theatre at the Grove

Best Ski Shop
Top of the Slope Ski Shop

Best Store for Music Equipment
Rock Street Music

Best Tanning Salon
Dream Tan

Best Tattoo Parlor
NEPA Tattoo Club

Best Unique Gifts
Embellish

Best Vintage Clothing
C. Audrey and Daughters

Best Winery
Bartolai Winery

Best Women’s Clothing Store
The Loft

 

Nightlife

Best Bar in a Restaurant
Le Manhattan Bistro

Best Bar Nobody’s Heard Of
Coal City Tavern

Best Bar You Can Smoke In
Senunas’ Bar and Grill

Best Bike Night
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Cocktails
Elixir Bistro Bar

Best College Bar
Senunas’ Bar and Grill

Best Corner Bar
Jim McCarthy’s Tavern On the Hill

Best Drink Specials
Lucky’s Sporthouse

Best Gay/Lesbian Friendly Bar
Twist

Best Pipe Shop Headdies Pipe and Vape Shop

Best Pipe Shop
Headdies Pipe and Vape Shop

Best Happy Hour
The Woodlands

Best Happy Hour Food
The Woodlands

Best Jukebox
Elmer Sudds

Best Karaoke
Cooper’s Seafood House Waterfront

Best Looking Bar Crowd
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Best Margaritas
La Tolteca Mexican Restaurant

Best Martinis
Bar Louie

Best New Bar Club
Frank’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

Best Place to Shake It
Breakers at Mohegan Sun Pocono

Best Pub Trivia
Bart and Urby’s

Best Sports Bar
Lucky’s Sporthouse

Best St. Patrick’s Parade Bar
Bart and Urby’s and The Other Side

Best Strip Club
Tattletales Gentlemen’s Club

Best Venue to Hear Live Music
River Street Jazz Cafe

Best Young Professionals Bar
Arena Bar and Grill

 

Media

Best College Radio Station
88.5 WRKC

Best Local Website
the570.com

Best Morning Radio Show
Mike and Mike on ESPN

Best Radio Station
ROCK 107

 

Health & Recreation

Best Place to Buy Beer Sabatini’s Pizza

Best Place to Buy Beer
Sabatini’s Pizza

Best Bowling Alley
Chacko’s Family Bowling Center

Best Gym/Health Club
Planet Fitness

Best Pilates
The Coop

Best Place to Picnic
Kirby Park

Best Place to Go Camping
Ricketts Glen State Park

Best Skiing
Montage Mountain

Best Trip Just an Hour Away
Jim Thorpe

Best Yoga
Melt Hot Yoga

Best Zumba
Fabfitness

 

Superstars

Best Bartender
Joe Philistine from Donahue’s Hourglass Lounge

Best Bouncer
Nicholas Bolesta from River Grille

Best Caterer Peculiar Culinary Company

Best Caterer
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best Caterer
Peculiar Culinary Company

Best Chef
Chef Gwen Le Pape from Le Manhattan Bistro

Best Dentist
Dr. John Spagnuolo

Best DJ
DJ Hersh

Best Doctor
Dr. Vincent Pollino

Best Local Actor
Jim Williams

Best Local Actress
Amanda Reese

Best Local Author
Brandon Halsey

Best Local Blogger
David Yonki

Best Local Comedian
Scott Bruce

Best Local Dancer
Bernardine Vojtko

Best Local Filmmaker
Robert May

Best Local Radio Personality
Frankie Warren

Best Local TV News Personality
Ryan Leckey

Best Local Visual Artist
Chuck Stanley

Best Mechanic
Chris Dalsanto

Best Newspaper Reporter
Kristen Gaydos

Best Pet Groomer
Tails-R-Wag’n

Best Piercer
Pat Riot

Best Solo Musician
Robb Brown

Best Stylist
Maggie Triano

Best Comic Book Store Rubber Mallet Comics

Best Comic Book Store
Rubber Mallet Comics

Best Tattoo Artist
Bob Lewis

Best Travel Agent
Premier Travel

Best Wedding DJ
Electric City Entertainment

Best Wedding Photographer
Zak Zavada

Best Wedding Planner
Ambiance Event Planning and Floral Design

Best Wedding Singer/Band
Picture Perfect

 

DC SURVEY SAYS

WTF moment of 2015
Donald Trump and the crossbow guy.

Our area really needs …
IHOP

Best scandal
Kathleen Kane

Worst local trend
Spice overdoses and man buns

Best local trend
Food

Best local gem
Little Theatre

If Wilkes-Barre had an official bumper sticker, it would read …
I’m not drunk — I’m dodging potholes

Best local improvement
Mary Stegmaier Mansion

What would you like to see improve in your community?
Police presence, improved roads and the revitalization of public square.

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