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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Best of Baltimore?
Anyhow, here are my nominations, along with a couple of categories in which I have views but no choices:
Best Neighborhood: Hamilton (of course)
Best Local Landmark: Fort McHenry
Best Park: Druid Hill
Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors: Visionary Arts Museum
Best Oriole, Best Raven, Best Local Sportscaster: Oh please
Best Local Journalist: No entry here — not clear whether the category can include unemployed as well as employed, and I have just about as many colleagues in the former category as the latter
Best Local Publication: The Baltimore Sun, even in eclipse
Best Local Blog: Dining@Large. Elizabeth Large not only offers sound advice on food and restaurants, but she has fostered a genuine Web community among her readers. Come for the food; stay for the topic drift.
Best Independent Bookstore: Ivy Bookshop
Best Auto Repair Shop: Apple Auto on Harford Road (Hamilton again)
Best Liquor Store: Wells
Best Local Beer: Resurrection
Best Neighborhood Bar: Hamilton Tavern
Best Movie Theater: Senator (with hopes for its survival)
Best Reason We Should Invite You to the Best of Baltimore Party: 1. Last year I was working at The Sun and couldn’t attend; this year it appears that I’ll be free. 2. I didn’t nominate my own blog. 3. Sit next to me, and I’ll tell you stories.
Want to dispute choices? Want to add categories? You know what the comments function is for.
*Copy editors don’t get out much. Besides the City Paper categories don’t offer much for a person of my advancing years. Now if there had been a Best Bar Where You Can Have a Conversation Without Having to Shout Over the Music category ...