BEST OF CHARLESTON ‌ Reader's Picks - Full List 

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Politics & Public Affairs

Best Charlestonian
Joseph P. Riley Jr.

Best Charlestonian to Exile to Drum Island
Joseph P. Riley Jr.

Best Heir to Riley's Throne
Leon Stavrinakis

Best Local Legislator
Glenn McConnell

Best City Council Member
Wendell Gilliard

Best County Council Member
Leon Stavrinakis

Best School Board Member
Brian Moody

Best Community Activist
Dana Beach

Best Philanthropist
Jerry and Anita Zucker

Best Confederate
Glenn McConnell

Best Liberal
Joseph P. Riley Jr.

Best Conservative
John Graham Altman III

Best Local Cause
Save the Light (Morris Island Lighthouse)

Attractions & City Living

Best Neighborhood

Best Attraction
S.C. Aquarium

Best Tourist Trap
Charleston City Market

Best Tour Company
Palmetto Carriage Works

Best Old Building
Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Best New Building
CofC's Addlestone Library

Best Restoration
Charleston County Courthouse

Best Church
St. Philip's

Best Public School
Wando High

Best Private School
Bishop England

Best Daycare
O'Quinn School

Best Public Space
Marion Square

Best WiFi Spot

Best Outdoor Event
Lowcountry Oyster Festival

Best Festival
Spoleto Festival USA

Best Fundraising Event
Darkness to Light Gala

Best Street Character

News & The Media

Best News Story of 2005
The New Bridge Opening

Best Local TV Anchor
Nina Sossamon, Channel 4

Best Local Investigative Reporter
Harve Jacobs, Channel 5

Best Local TV Weather Forecaster
Rob Fowler, Channel 2

Best Local TV Sports Anchor
Brendan Clark, Channel 2

Best Local TV Station
WCBD-TV Channel 2 (NBC)

Best Newspaper Columnist
Ken Burger, The Post and Courier

Best City Paper Cover Story
The Parking Issue

Best Local Website

Best Radio Station
96 Wave

Best Talk/News Radio Station
1250 WTMA

Best Local Radio Show
Storm and Kenny w/Stupid Mike

Best Local Radio Personality
The Critic, 96 Wave

Best Local Talk Show Host
Bobby Hartin, 1340 WQSC

Best Local TV Commercial
Gerald's Tires

Culture, Arts & Entertainment

Best Local Theatre Company
Theatre 99

Best Play of 2005
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas, Charleston Stage

Best Cultural Event
Spoleto Festival USA

Best Movie Theatre
Palmetto Grande

Best Local Actor/Actress (tie)
Johnny Ali Heyward, David Mandel

Best Local Comic
Timmy Finch

Best Local Author
Pat Conroy

Best Music Concert 0f 2005
Jack Johnson

Best Museum
Gibbes Museum of Art

Best Art Gallery
Redux Contemporary Art Center

Best Art Gallery Show
Sawaguzo!, Redux

Best Local Visual Artist
Julio Cotto

Best Rock Music Club
Music Farm

Best Jazz& Blues Club
Trio Club

Best Local Band
Blue Dogs

Best House Band
Plane Jane

Best Cover Band
Plane Jane

Best Female Musician/Vocalist
Cary Ann Hearst

Best Male Musician/Vocalist
Quentin Baxter

Best Club DJ
DJ Moo Moo

Shops & Wares

Best Mall/Shopping Area
Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Best Department Store

Best Window Display
Saks Fifth Avenue

Best Women's Clothing Store
Copper Penny

Best Men's Clothing Store
M. Dumas & Sons

Best Children's Clothing Store
Southern Belles

Best Boutique
Copper Penny

Best Jewelry Store

Best Shoe Store
Bob Ellis

Best Vintage Clothing Store
Granny's Goodies

Best Thrift Store

Best Antique Store
Page's Thieves Market

Best Furniture Store

Best Home Accessories Store

Best Garden Store/Nursery

Best Pet Store

Best Art Supply Store
Artist and Craftsman Supply

Best Paint Store

Best Frame Shop
Havens Picture Framing

Best Grocery Store
Harris Teeter

Best Gourmet Grocery Store
Whole Foods

Best Corner Store

Best Health Food Store
Whole Foods

Best Wine Shop
Total Wine

Best Tobacco Shop
The Smoking Lamp

Best Liquor Store
Total Wine

Best Hardware Store
Royall ACE Hardware

Best Internet Service Provider

Best Cellphone Provider

Best Lighting Store
Charleston Lighting & Interiors

Best Dry Cleaner
Chris's Dry Cleaning

Best Florist
Tiger Lily

Best Pawn Shop
Money Man Pawn

Best Place to Buy New CDs
Millennium Music

Best Place to Buy Used CDs
Millennium Music

Best CD Store Staff
Millennium Music

Best Place to Rent Videos

Best Bookstore
Barnes & Noble

Best Comic Book Store
Atomic Comics

Best Used Book Store
Boomer's Books

Best Musical Instrument Store
Guitar Center

Best Place to Buy a Used Car
Mama's Used Cars

Best Place to Buy a New Car
Rick Hendrick Auto Group

Best Car Wash

Best Tire Store

Best Place to Get Your Car Fixed

Best Motorcycle Shop
Low Country Harley-Davidson

Best Cab Company
Yellow Cab

Best Limo Company
Star Limousine

Best Law Firm/Lawyer
Akim Anastopoulo

Best Realty Company

Best Insurance Agency
State Farm

Best Bank

Recreation, Health, & Beauty

Best Local Sports Team
Charleston Riverdogs

Best Marina
City Marina

Best Island

Best Place for Family Fun
James Island County Park

Best Park
James Island County Park

Best Surf Shop

Best Bike Shop
Mike's Bikes

Best Sporting Goods Store
Dick's Sporting Goods

Best Dive Shop
Charleston Scuba

Best Outdoor Outfitters
Half-Moon Outfitters

Best Store for Beach Gear

Best Place to Buy a Boat
Hanckel Marine

Best Golf Course
The Ocean Course

Best Health Club
Eco Fitness/Blue Turtle Yoga

Best Personal Trainer
Bill Fagan

Best Physician
Dr. Dave Albenberg

Best Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Louis Costa

Best Dermatologist
Dr. Marguerite Germain

Best Tanning Salon
Ultra Tan

Best Dentist
Dr. Tom Weir

Best Chiropractor
Dr. Mark Luckie

Best Pilates Studio
Eco Fitness

Best Yoga Studio
Holy Cow Yoga

Best Acupuncturist
Dr. Zeyi Chen

Best Hospital

Best Place to Give Birth
Bon Secours St. Francis

Best Piercing Shop
Factor Five

Best Sex Shop
Generation XXX

Best Day Spa
Urban Nirvana

Best Massage Therapist
Erin Hall

Best Hair Salon
Stella Nova

Best Barber Shop

Best Hair Stylist
Lynn Huneycutt, Whispers

Best Hotel
Charleston Place

Best Bed& Breakfast
Two Meeting Street Inn

Best Veterinarian
Ohlandt Veterinary Clinic

Best Bowling Alley
Twin River Lanes

Eating & Drinking Out

Best Restaurant
Peninsula Grill

Best New Restaurant
Oak Steakhouse

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying
Peninsula Grill

Best Chef
Robert Carter, Peninsula Grill

Best Wait Staff
Peninsula Grill

Best Sommelier
Dennis Perry, Peninsula Grill

Best Caterer
Cru Catering

Best Downtown Restaurant
Peninsula Grill

Best James Island Restaurant
Mustard Seed

Best Folly Beach Restaurant
11 Center St.

Best Mt. Pleasant Restaurant (TIE)
J. Bistro/Mustard Seed

Best Sullivan's Island Restaurant
Poe's Tavern

Best IOP Restaurant
The Boathouse at Breach Inlet

Best West Ashley Restaurant
Al di La

Best N. Charleston Restaurant
Olive Garden

Best Summerville Restaurant

Best Romantic Restaurant
Fulton 5

Best Waterfront Dining
Fleet Landing

Best Outdoor Patio
Vickery's Downtown

Best Restaurant for Children
Chuck E. Cheese

Best Japanese Restaurant

Best Indian Restaurant

Best Chinese Restaurant
Red Orchids

Best Thai/Vietnamese Restaurant

Best French Restaurant
39 Rue de Jean

Best Italian Restaurant
Al di La

Best Mexican Restaurant
La Hacienda

Best Greek Restaurant
Athens Restaurant

Best Tapas Restaurant

Best Cheap Meal
Moe's Southwest Grill

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians
Mustard Seed

Best Pub Food
Moe's Crosstown Tavern

Best Sunday Brunch
A.C.'s Bar & Grill

Best Breakfast

Best Late Night Menu
Alex's Restaurant

Best Meat and 3 Veggies
Jestine's Kitchen

Best Burger
Poe's Tavern

Best French Fries

Best Fried Chicken
Jestine's Kitchen

Best Sweet Tea
Jestine's Kitchen

Best New York Style Pizza

Best Gourmet Pizza
Mellow Mushroom

Best Sub Sandwich/Hoagie
Jersey Mike's

Best Wings
Wild Wing Cafe

Best Seafood
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Best Place to Buy Local Seafood
Crosby's Seafood

Best Oysters
Bowens Island

Best Sushi

Best Raw Bar
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Best Buffet

Best Salad
California Dreaming

Best Steak
Outback Steakhouse

Best Shrimp and Grits
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Best Ice Cream
Marble Slab Creamery

Best Barbecue

Best Ribs
Sticky Fingers

Best Hot Dogs
Jack's Cosmic Dogs

Best She-Crab Soup
Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Best Bagels
Bagel Nation

Best Deli
East Bay Deli

Best Bakery

Best Desserts

Best Coffee House

Best Wine Selection (Retail)
Total Wine

Best Wine Selection (Bar or Restaurant)
Cypress Lowcountry Grille

Best Beer Selection (Retail)
Total Wine

Best Bottle Beer Selection (Bar or Restaurant)
Gene's Haufbrau

Best Beer Selection on Tap
Charleston Beer Works

Best Happy Hour

Best New Bar

Best Neighborhood Bar
Moe's Crosstown Tavern

Best Upscale Bar
Cypress Lowcountry Grille

Best Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar &Restaurant at Vendue

Best Bar Staff
A.C.'s Bar & Grill

Best Downtown Bar
A.C.'s Bar & Grill

Best Non-Smoking Bar

Best Mt. Pleasant Bar
Village Tavern

Best James Island Bar
Kickin' Chicken

Best Folly Beach Bar
Sand Dollar

Best IOP Bar
The Windjammer

Best Sullivans Island Bar
Poe's Tavern

Best West Ashley Bar
Gene's Haufbrau

Best N. Charleston Bar
Wild Wing

Best Summerville Bar

Best Waterfront Bar
Red's Ice House

Best College Bar
Charleston Beer Works

Best Authentic Pub
The Griffon

Best No-Frills Watering Hole
Big John's Tavern

Best Dance Club
Trio Club

Best Pool Hall
Player's Place

Best Pick-up Joint
Henry's on the Market

Best Late Night Bar
A.C.'s Bar & Grill

Best Sports Bar
King Street Grille

Best Gay/Lesbian Club
The Pantheon

Best Adult Establishment
Thee Southern Belle

Best Martini
Club Habana

Best Margarita
La Hacienda

Best Cold Beer
Mellow Mushroom

Best Cheap Beer Deal
A.C.'s Beer of the Month


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