The results of the electric 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
Mirage Lingerie

Best Art Venue AFA Gallery

Best Art Venue
AFA Gallery

Best Flower Shop
McCarthy Remick Flowers

Best Hourly Rate Hotel
Trotters Motel

Best Limo Service
Feel Good Limo Inc.

Best Place for a Bachelor Party
Big House Tobacco Outlet

Best Place for a Bachelorette Party
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Best Place for a First Date
Pazzo

Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring
Boccardo Jewelers

Best Place to Buy Lingerie
Victoria’s Secret

Best Wedding Gowns
David’s Bridal

Best Wedding Registry
Target

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Best Wedding Venue Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

Best Wedding Venue
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

 

Arts & Entertainment

Best All Ages Venue
The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Best Art Venue
AFA Gallery

Best Casino
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Best Concert Venue
The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Best Dance Company
Dave Ragnacci School of Dance

Best Local Band Name
UUU

Best Local Festival
La Festa Italiana

Best Movie Theater
Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX

Best Museum
Everhart Museum

Best New Event
Scranton Fringe Festival

Best New Local CD Wildfire by Skip Monday

Best New Local CD
Wildfire by Skip Monday

Best New Local CD
Wildfire by Skip Monday

Best Ongoing Cultural Event
First Friday Scranton

Best Open Mic
Legends Saloon

Best Original Band
Family Animals

Best Party Cover Band
M80

Best Place to Shoot Pool
South Side Bowl

Best Theater Production
Behind the Six

 

Eats & Drinks

Best Ambience
Adezzo

Best Bagels
Abe’s Kosher Delicatessen

Best Bakery
Creative Cakes & Desserts

Best Beer Menu
Backyard Ale House

Best Boneless Wings
Andy Gavin’s Eatery and Pub

Best Breakfast
Viewmont Diner

Best New Restaurant Terra Preta

Best New Restaurant
Terra Preta

Best Brunch
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

Best Cheesesteak
Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks

Best Chinese Restaurant
Royal Buffet

Best Chocolate
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates

Best Coffee Shop
Northern Light Espresso Bar and Cafe

Best Cup of Coffee
Dunkin’ Donuts

Best Deli
City Market and Cafe

Best Desserts
Viewmont Diner

Best Diner
Viewmont Diner

Best Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme

Best Food Truck
Southwest Savory Grill

Best French Fries
McDonald’s

Best Frozen Yogurt
TCBY

Best Hamburger
Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Best Place to Buy Music Gallery of Sound

Best Place to Buy Music
Gallery of Sound

Best Hoagie
Mainline Hoagie and Pizza Shop

Best Hot Dogs
Coney Island Lunch Lackawanna Ave

Best Ice Cream
Manning Farm Dairy

Best Italian Food
Arcangelo’s Italian Kitchen

Best Italian Ice
Rita’s Italian Ice

Best Japanese Restaurant
Blu Wasabi

Best Liquid Lunch
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender

Best Long Lunch
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton

Best Lunch on a Budget
Subway

Best Lunch on the Go
JJ McNally’s

Best Mexican/Southwestern Restaurant
Chicano’s Restaurant

Best New Restaurant
Terra Preta

Best Patio Dining
State Street Grill

Best Pierogies
Mom and Pops Pierogies

Best Place My Friends Make Me Go Against My Will
V Spot

Best Place to Eat Organic
Terra Preta

Best Potato Pancakes
Jones Pancake Shop

Best Restaurant
Casa Bella

Best Theater Production Behind the Six

Best Theater Production
Behind the Six

Best Romantic Restaurant
Palazzo 53

Best Round Pizza
Buona Pizza

Best Salads
Pizza by Pappas

Best Sandwiches
Cara Mia’s Delicatessen

Best Seafood
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Service
Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House

Best Soup
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Square Pizza
Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe

Best Steakhouse
Texas Roadhouse

Best Stromboli
Matarazzo’s Pizza and Subs

Best Sushi
Blu Wasabi

Best Thai Restaurant
Thai Rak Thai Restaurant

Best Vegetarian Menu
Eden – A Vegan Cafe

Best Concert Venue The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Best Concert Venue
The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Best Wine Menu
La Trattoria

Best Wings
Kelly’s Pub and Eatery

 

Goods & Services

Best Animal Hospital Veterinarian
Citywide Animal Clinic

Best Barbershop
Serge’s Barbershop

Best Bicycle Shop
Cedar Bike and Paddle

Best Boutique
Note Fragrances

Best Car Dealership
Minooka Subaru

Best Car Wash
Johnny’s Car Wash

Best Cigar Shop
Steamtown Cigar Club

Best Comic Book Store
Comics on the Green

Best Day Spa
Alexander’s Salon and Spa

Best Dry Cleaner
Mercury One-Hour Cleaners

Best Farmers Market
Co-Op Farmers Market

Best Garden Store
Jerry’s For All Seasons

Best Hair Salon
The Sapphire Salon and Spa

Best Health Food Store
Everything Natural

Best Radio Station FUZZ 92.1

Best Radio Station
FUZZ 92.1

Best Jewelry
Boccardo Jewelers

Best Local Brewery
Three Guys and a Beer’d

Best Massage
Alexander’s Salon and Spa

Best Men’s Clothing Store
Burlap and Bourbon

Best Mom/Pop Grocery Store
Catalano’s

Best Pet Supply Store
Stately Pet Supply

Best Pipe Shop
Headdies Pipe and Vape Shop

Best Place to Buy Beer
Cadden Brothers Beer Distribution

Best Place to Buy Music
Gallery of Sound

Best Shoe Store
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse

Best Ski Shop
The Ski Corner

Best Store for Music Equipment
Magdon Music

Best Tanning Salon
Hollywood Tans of Scranton

Best Tattoo Parlor
Electric City Tattoo Gallery

Best Unique Gifts
Post Home and Body

Best Vintage Clothing
On&On

Best Original Band Family Animals

Best Original Band
Family Animals

Best Winery
Maiolatesi Wine Cellars

Best Women’s Clothing Store
Christopher and Banks

 

Nightlife

Best Bar in a Restaurant
Cooper’s Seafood House

Best Bar Nobody’s Heard Of
The Keys

Best Bar You Can Smoke In
McGrath’s Pub and Eatery

Best Bike Night
Montage Mountain

Best Cocktails
Trax Platform Lounge

Best College Bar
The Green Frog

Best Corner Bar
Joyce’s Cafe

Best Drink Specials
Trax Platform Lounge

Best Gay/Lesbian Friendly Bar
12 Penny Saloon

Best Happy Hour
Trax Platform Lounge

Best Happy Hour Food
Kildare’s Irish Pub

Best Jukebox
The Bog

Best Karaoke
Poor Richard’s Pub

Best Venue to Hear Live Music The Keys

Best Venue to Hear Live Music
The Keys

Best Looking Bar Crowd
Backyard Ale House

Best Margaritas
La Tonalteca Mexican Restaurant

Best Martinis
Billy B’s Martini Bar and Restaurant

Best New Bar Club
The New Venture Lounge and Nightclub

Best Place to Shake It
The Woodlands

Best Pub Trivia
Andy Gavin’s Eatery and Pub

Best Sports Bar
The Penalty Box

Best St. Patrick’s Parade Bar
Kildare’s Irish Pub

Best Strip Club
The Grandview Gentlemen’s Club

Best Venue to Hear Live Music
The Keys

Best Young Professionals Bar
Ale Mary’s at the Bittenbender

 

Media

Best College Radio Station
Marywood VMFM 91.7

Best Local Website
the570.com

Best Morning Radio Show
Prospector on Rock 107

Best Radio Station
FUZZ 92.1

 

Health & Recreation

Best Skiing Montage Mountain Ski Resort

Best Skiing
Montage Mountain Ski Resort

Best Bowling Alley
South Side Bowl

Best Gym/Health Club
Planet Fitness

Best Pilates
UNO Fitness

Best Place to Picnic
Nay Aug Park

Best Place to Go Camping
Lackawanna State Park

Best Skiing
Montage Mountain Ski Resort

Best Trip Just an Hour Away
Jim Thorpe

Best Yoga
Steamtown Hot Yoga

Best Zumba
Studio LA

 

Superstars

Best Bartender Jimmy McGrath

Best Bartender
Jimmy McGrath

Best Bartender
Jimmy McGrath

Best Bouncer
RJ Calvey from The Bog

Best Caterer
Constantino’s Catering and Events

Best Chef
Gene Philbin

Best Dentist
Dr. Corey Chmil

Best DJ
Frank Galdieri

Best Doctor
Dr. Vincent Pollino

Best Local Actor
Conor McGuigan

Best Local Actress
Jessica McDonough

Best Local Author
Brandon Halsey

Best Local Blogger
Rich Howells

Best Local Comedian
Father Paul

Best Local Dancer
Eryn Sullivan

Best Local Filmmaker
Lindsay Barrasse

Best Local Radio Personality
Prospector

Best Local TV News Personality
Tom Williams

Best Local Visual Artist
Keith Perks

Best Mechanic
Steve Patrick

Best Solo Musician Asialena

Best Solo Musician
Asialena

Best Newspaper Reporter
Sarah Hall

Best Nip/Tuck
Dr. George Speace

Best Pet Groomer
Wags to Riches

Best Piercer
Mathew Dapkins

Best Solo Musician
Asialena

Best Stylist
Christopher West

Best Tattoo Artist
Eric Brocious

Best Travel Agent
Danielle Jones from AAA

Best Wedding DJ
EJ the DJ

Best Wedding Photographer
Jim Nicolais

Best Wedding Planner
Ambiance Event Planning and Floral Design

Best Wedding Singer/Band
Picture Perfect

 

EC SURVEY SAYS

WTF moment of 2015
More charges for Kane, Paris shooting and Sandone tire fire.

Our area really needs
Money, leadership and a train to NYC.

Best Scandal
Kathleen Kane

Best local trend
The newly-elected good politicians

Worst local trend
Increasing taxes and corruption

Best local gem
McDade Park and Montage Mountain

If Scranton had an official bumper sticker, it would read …
We’re busted!

Best local improvement
The Mall at Steamtown Mall

What would you like to see improve in your community?
More jobs, lower taxes and less potholes.