The Best of Everything — Part One


By Dan Reeves, Morgan Siem and Emma Powell



Things change — and some things stay the same, as we have learned over the past 10 years publishing Metro Magazine. And our annual MetroBravo reader poll, asking readers to vote on dozens of categories of goods and services, dramatically tells the tale.

With warp growth in the region, new winners won the hearts of voters in an instant. Yet, most of the quality mainstays held their ground and came up on top again — a real tribute.

In this issue we present Part One of the results — Food and Drink; Professional Services; People and Places; the Built Environment; Media; Resorts; and Travel. Sure enough, some things change and some things stay the same.

Next month, Part Two: Shopping and Retail; Home Life; Automotive; Health and Fitness; Education; and Tech Life. Stay tuned.

— Bernie Reeves, Editor & Publisher

 

FOOD & DRINK

Restaurant

Standing Ovation

Vivace, Raleigh

MetroBravo

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Lantern, Chapel Hill

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

 

New Restaurant

Standing Ovation

Coquette, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Sitti, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Solas, Raleigh

Revolution, Durham

 

Romantic Restaurant

Standing Ovation

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Bloomsbury Bistro, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Bonne Soirée, Chapel Hill

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

 

Restaurant for Take-Out

Standing Ovation

Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Pharaoh’s, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

PF Chang’s China Bistro, Triangle-wide

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

 

Restaurant for Power Lunch

Standing Ovation

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Glenwood Grill, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

Midtown & Bar 115, Raleigh

Coquette, Raleigh

 

Restaurant for Special Occasions

Standing Ovation

The Angus Barn, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

Bloomsbury Bistro, Raleigh

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

 

Coastal Restaurant

Standing Ovation

Blue Moon Bistro, Beaufort

Dockside Restaurant & Marina, Wrightsville Beach

MetroBravo

Jerry’s Food, Wine & Spirits, Wilmington

Honorable Mention

Brasserie du Soleil, Wilmington

Port Land Grille, Wilmington

 

Outdoor Dining

Standing Ovation

Vivace, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Mellow Mushroom, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

The Weathervane, Chapel Hill

Crook’s Corner, Chapel Hill

 

Deli

Standing Ovation

Village Deli, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Jason’s Deli, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Tropical Smoothie, Raleigh

McAlister’s, Triangle-wide

 

Coffeehouse

Standing Ovation

Starbuck’s, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Third Place Coffeehouse, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Cup A Joe, Raleigh

Caffé Driade, Chapel Hill

 

Sports Bar

Standing Ovation

Carolina Ale House, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Hi5, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Fox and Hound Pub and Grille, Raleigh and Wilmington

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Raleigh

 

Place with Best Cocktail Menu

Standing Ovation

Bogart’s American Grill, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Vivace, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Lantern, Chapel Hill

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Raleigh

 

Caterer

Standing Ovation

LadyFingers Caterers, Raleigh

MetroBravo

The Catering Company of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Catering Works, Raleigh

Chef Mario’s, Inc., Raleigh

 

Chef

Standing Ovation

Jason Smith, 18 Seaboard, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh

John Toler, Bloomsbury Bistro, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill

Scott Crawford, Heron’s at The Umstead, Cary

 

Wait Staff

Standing Ovation

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Coquette, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Savoy, Raleigh

Heron’s at The Umstead, Cary

 

French Cuisine

Standing Ovation

Coquette, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Saint-Jacques French Cuisine, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Bonne Soirée, Chapel Hill

Provence, Carrboro

 

Italian Cuisine

Standing Ovation

Vivace, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Casa Carbone Ristorante, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

411 West, Chapel Hill

518 West, Raleigh

 

Mexican Cuisine

Standing Ovation

Dos Taquitos Mexican Restaurant, Raleigh

MetroBravo

El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Jibarra Modern Mexican Tequila Lounge, Raleigh

MEZ, Durham

 

Chinese Cuisine

Standing Ovation

Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Neo-China Restaurant, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

PF Chang’s China Bistro, Triangle-wide

Red Lotus Asian Kitchen & Bar, Chapel Hill

 

Tapas/Small Plates

Standing Ovation

The Red Room Tapas Lounge, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Glasshalfull, Carrboro

Honorable Mention

Humble Pie, Raleigh

Zely & Ritz Tapas Restaurant and Wine Bar, Raleigh

 

Sushi

Standing Ovation

Mura Japanese Restaurant, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Waraji Japanese Restaurant, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Sushi Blues Cafe, Raleigh

Shaba Shabu, Raleigh

 

Appetizers

Standing Ovation

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Bonefish Grill, Triangle-wide

The Cheesecake Factory, Durham and Raleigh

 

Barbecue/Ribs

Standing Ovation

The Pit, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Allen & Son, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Danny’s Bar-B-Que, Cary, Durham and Morrisville

The Q Shack, Raleigh

 

Hot Dog

Standing Ovation

Snoopy’s Hot Dogs, Raleigh

MetroBravo

The Roast Grill, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, Triangle-wide

Cloo’s Coney Island, Raleigh

 

Hamburger

Standing Ovation

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Char-Grill, Raleigh and Cary

Honorable Mention

Mojoe’s Burger Joint, Raleigh

Pharaoh’s, Raleigh

 

French Fries

Standing Ovation

Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

McDonald’s, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Char-Grill, Raleigh and Cary

Snoopy’s Hot Dogs, Raleigh

 

Pizza

Standing Ovation

Mellow Mushroom, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Lilly’s Pizza, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Piccola Italia, Raleigh

Cinelli’s, Raleigh

Capital Creations Gourmet Pizza, Raleigh

 

Steaks

Standing Ovation

The Angus Barn, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Ruth’s Chris, Cary and Raleigh

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Bin 54, Chapel Hill

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

 

Seafood

Standing Ovation

42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Squid’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Fins Restaurant, Raleigh

Bonefish Grill, Triangle-wide

 

Oysters

Standing Ovation

42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Squid’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

Coquette, Raleigh

 

Dessert

Standing Ovation

Hayes-Barton Dessertery & Café, Raleigh

MetroBravo

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

Heron’s at The Umstead, Cary

Honorable Mention

Sugarland, Chapel Hill

The Cheesecake Factory, Durham and Raleigh

 

Brunch

Standing Ovation

NOFO Café, Raleigh and Wilmington

Coquette, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

The Weathervane, Chapel Hill

Carolina Crossroads, Chapel Hill

 

Smoothies

Standing Ovation

Tropical Smoothie, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Keva Juice, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Planet Smoothie, Triangle-wide

Smoothie King, Triangle-wide

 

Eggs Benedict

Standing Ovation

Brigs Restaurant, Cary, Durham and Raleigh

MetroBravo

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

NOFO Café, Raleigh and Wilmington

Coquette, Raleigh

Fried Chicken

Standing Ovation

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Mama Dip’s Kitchen, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Smithfield Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q, Triangle-wide

Kentucky Fried Chicken, Triangle-wide

 

Margarita

Standing Ovation

Dos Taquitos Mexican Restaurant, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Margaret’s Cantina, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

MEZ, Durham

Mellow Mushroom, Triangle-wide

 

Martini

Standing Ovation

Bogart’s American Grill, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Blue Martini Bar and Lounge, Raleigh

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

 

Bloody Mary

Standing Ovation

NOFO Café, Raleigh and Wilmington

Coquette, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Winston’s Grille, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh

 

Cosmopolitan

Standing Ovation

Bloomsbury Bistro, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Heron’s at The Umstead, Cary

Honorable Mention

18 Seaboard, Raleigh

Ruth’s Chris, Cary and Raleigh

 

Beer

Standing Ovation

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill and Pittsboro

Honorable Mention

Carolina Ale House, Triangle-wide

Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom, Apex and Carrboro

 

Wine

Standing Ovation

West End Wine Bar, Chapel Hill

Glasshalfull, Carrboro

MetroBravo

The Angus Barn, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Heron’s at The Umstead, Cary

Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh

 

NC Vineyard/Winery

Standing Ovation

Biltmore Estate, Ashville

MetroBravo

Duplin Winery, Rose Hill

Honorable Mention

Chatham Hill Winery, Morrisville

Childress Vineyards, Lexington

 

Breakfast

Standing Ovation

Brigs Restaurant, Cary, Durham and Raleigh

Elmo’s Diner, Carrboro and Durham

MetroBravo

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant, Raleigh

Courtney’s Restaurant, Triangle-wide

 

Late Night Dining

Standing Ovation

Snoopy’s Hot Dogs, Raleigh

MetroBravo

The Big Easy, Raleigh

Coquette, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh

Carolina Ale House, Triangle-wide

 

Specialty Food

Standing Ovation

A Southern Season, Chapel Hill

MetroBravo

Whole Foods Market, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

The Fresh Market, Triangle-wide

Trader Joe’s, Cary

 

FAVORITE BRAND OF:

Bottled Water

Standing Ovation

Le Bleu

MetroBravo

Deer Park

Honorable Mention

Fiji

Dasani

 

Beer

Standing Ovation

Miller Lite

Blue Moon

MetroBravo

Corona

Honorable Mention

Heineken

Yuengling

 

Vodka

Standing Ovation

Grey Goose

MetroBravo

Absolut

Honorable Mention

Ketel One

Skyy

 

Bourbon/Whiskey

Standing Ovation

Maker’s Mark

MetroBravo

Jack Daniel’s

Honorable Mention

Crown Royal

Woodford Reserve

 

Gin

Standing Ovation

Tanqueray

MetroBravo

Bombay Sapphire

Honorable Mention

Beefeater

 

Scotch

Standing Ovation

Dewar’s

MetroBravo

The Macallan

Honorable Mention

Chivas Regal

The Famous Grouse

 

Rum

Standing Ovation

Bacardi

MetroBravo

Captain Morgan

Honorable Mention

Meyer’s

Mount Gay

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Residential Real Estate Company

Standing Ovation

Prudential York Simpson Underwood, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Fonville Morisey, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston, Triangle-wide

 

Commercial Real Estate Company

Standing Ovation

York Properties, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Coldwell Banker Commercial Trademark Properties, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Carolantic Realty, Triangle-wide

Kane Realty, Raleigh

 

Coastal Real Estate Company

Standing Ovation

Al Williams Properties, Atlantic Beach

MetroBravo

Intracoastal Reality Corporation, Wrightsville Beach and surrounding area

Honorable Mention

Cannon & Gruber Realtors, Atlantic Beach

Beaufort Realty, Beaufort

 

Bank

Standing Ovation

Wells Fargo, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

BB&T, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

RBC Centura, Triangle-wide

Bank of America, Triangle-wide

 

Bank for a Loan

Standing Ovation

BB&T, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

RBC Centura, Triangle-wide

 

Honorable Mention

Wells Fargo, Triangle-wide

SunTrust, Triangle-wide

 

Insurance Company

Standing Ovation

State Farm Insurance, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Nationwide, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Allstate, Triangle-wide

Farm Bureau, Triangle-wide

 

Mortgage Firm

Standing Ovation

Wells Fargo, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

BB&T, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Capital Mortgage, Triangle-wide

 

Brokerage Firm

Standing Ovation

Morgan Keegan, Durham, Raleigh and Wilmington

MetroBravo

Fidelity, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Charles Schwab, Chapel Hill and Raleigh

 

Accounting Firm

Standing Ovation

Cherry Bekaert & Holland, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Hughes Pittman & Gupton, LLP, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Ernst & Young, Raleigh

 

LAW FIRM FOR:

General

Standing Ovation

Poyner & Spruill, LLP, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Williams Mullen PA, Raleigh and Wilmington

Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Raleigh

 

Real Estate

Standing Ovation

Ragsdale Liggett, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Manning Fulton & Skinner, Raleigh

Clifton & Singer, LLP, Raleigh

 

Divorce

Standing Ovation

Wyrick Robbins, Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Ragsdale Liggett, Raleigh

Smith Debnam, LLP, Raleigh

 

Corporate

Standing Ovation

Williams Mullen, PA, Raleigh and Wilmington

MetroBravo

Poyner & Spruill, LLP, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Wyrick Robbins, Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh

Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, Raleigh

 

Criminal

Standing Ovation

Cheshire Parker Schneider Bryan & Vitale LLP, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Tharrington Smith LLP, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Poyner & Spruill LLP, Raleigh

McMillan, Smith & Plyler, Raleigh.

 

Taxes

Standing Ovation

Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Manning Fulton & Skinner PA, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Bailey & Dixon LLP, Raleigh

Hunton & Williams LLP, Raleigh

 

Best Car Wash

Standing Ovation

Bunkey’s, Cary, Raleigh & Durham

MetroBravo

Autobell, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Sudz, Raleigh

 

RESORT/TRAVEL/HOTEL

Airline

Standing Ovation

American Airlines

MetroBravo

Southwest Airlines

Honorable Mention

Delta Air Lines

US Airways

 

Car Rental Firm

Standing Ovation

Hertz Rent-A-Car, Triangle-wide

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Triangle-wide

MetroBravo

Avis Rent-A-Car, Triangle-wide

Honorable Mention

Alamo Rent-A-Car, Triangle-wide

 

Limousine/Car Service

Standing Ovation

White Horse Transportation, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Premium Service, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Supreme Auto Service, Raleigh

 

City Hotel

Standing Ovation

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary

MetroBravo

The Renaissance at North Hills, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

The Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill

The Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill

 

Coastal Hotel

Standing Ovation

The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Wrightsville Beach

MetroBravo

Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Atlantic Beach

Honorable Mention

Beaufort Inn, Beaufort

 

Hotel for Out of Town Guests

Standing Ovation

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary

MetroBravo

The Renaissance at North Hills, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Durham

 

Hotel for Meetings/Conventions

Standing Ovation

The Renaissance at North Hills, Raleigh

 

MetroBravo

Hilton North Raleigh, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Raleigh Marriott City Center, Raleigh

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary

 

NC Beach Resort

Standing Ovation

Bald Head Island

MetroBravo

The Sanderling Resort & Spa, Duck

Honorable Mention

The Ocean Club, Indian Beach

Figure Eight Island

 

NC Mountain Resort

Standing Ovation

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville

MetroBravo

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville

Honorable Mention

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock, Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock

 

Golf Resort

Standing Ovation

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst

MetroBravo

St. James Plantation, Southport

Honorable Mention

Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, SC

Grandover Resort, Greensboro

 

Resort Spa

Standing Ovation

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst

MetroBravo

Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville

Honorable Mention

The Ocean Club, Indian Beach

The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary

 

PEOPLE AND PLACES

Regional TV Personality

Standing Ovation

David Crabtree, WRAL-TV5

MetroBravo

Larry Stogner, ABC 11

Honorable Mention

Bill Leslie, WRAL-TV5

Debra Morgan, WRAL-TV5

 

National TV Personality

Standing Ovation

Charlie Gibson, ABC World News

MetroBravo

Katie Couric, CBS Evening News

Honorable Mention

Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor

Meredith Vieira, The Today Show

 

Radio Personality

Standing Ovation

Bob Dumas, Bob and the Showgram, WDCG-FM

MetroBravo

Rush Limbaugh

Honorable Mention

Bill Jordan, Bill and Linda in the Morning, WRAL-FM

Linda Loveland, Bill and Linda in the Morning, WRAL-FM

 

Weather Personality

Standing Ovation

Greg Fishel, WRAL-TV5

MetroBravo

Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL-TV5

Honorable Mention

Mike Maze, WRAL-TV5

Chris Hohmann, ABC 11

 

Traffic Personality

Standing Ovation

Brian Shrader, WRAL-TV5

MetroBravo

Tika Lima, NBC-17

Honorable Mention

Vanna Fox, WRAL-FM

 

College Coach

Standing Ovation

Roy Williams, UNC Men’s Basketball

MetroBravo

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Men’s Basketball

Honorable Mention

Sidney Lowe, NCSU Men’s Basketball

Kay Yow, NCSU Women’s Basketball

 

Local Author

Standing Ovation

Nicholas Sparks

MetroBravo

Kaye Gibbons

Honorable Mention

David Sedaris

Lee Smith

 

Local Artist

Standing Ovation

Jason Craighead

Kyle Highsmith

MetroBravo

Stephen Moore

Honorable Mention

Bob Rankin

Louis St. Lewis

 

Local Politician

Standing Ovation

Beverly Perdue, Governor of NC

MetroBravo

Philip Isley, Raleigh City Councilman

Honorable Mention

Charles Meeker, Mayor of Raleigh

Tom Fetzer, Chairman of North Carolina Republican Party

 

Favorite Sports Team

Standing Ovation

Carolina Hurricanes

MetroBravo

UNC Tar Heels

Honorable Mention

NC State Wolfpack

Duke Blue Devils

 

Public Museum

Standing Ovation

NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

MetroBravo

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Museum of Life and Science, Durham

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill

 

Historic Site

Standing Ovation

NC Capitol Building, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Bentonville Battleground, Bentonville

Biltmore Estate, Asheville

Honorable Mention

The Mordecai House, Raleigh

Joel Lane House, Raleigh

 

Charity Event

Standing Ovation

Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, Cary

MetroBravo

Race for the Cure, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Summer Salute, Clayton

Junior League of Raleigh, A Shopping SPREE!, Raleigh

 

Cultural Event

Standing Ovation

A Christmas Carol; Theatre in the Park, Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Broadway Series South, Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Artsplosure, downtown Raleigh

American Dance Festival, Durham

 

Dance Club

Standing Ovation

Solas, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Red’s Beach Music, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Hi5, Raleigh

The Longbranch Entertainment Complex, Raleigh

 

Dance Studio

Standing Ovation

Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Raleigh

Honorable Mention

North Carolina Dance Institute, Raleigh

Triangle Academy of Dance, Cary

 

Club to Hear Live Music

Standing Ovation

Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill

MetroBravo

Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

The Pour House, Raleigh

Bogart’s American Grill, Raleigh

 

Golf Course

Standing Ovation

Pinehurst No. 2, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Prestonwood Country Club, Cary

Honorable Mention

Falls Village Golf Club, Durham

MacGregor Downs, Cary

 

Movie Theater

Standing Ovation

Regal North Hills Stadium 14, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Rialto Theatre, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Regal Crossroads 20, Cary

Regal Raleigh Grande Stadium 16, Raleigh

 

Place to Hear Jazz

Standing Ovation

Bogart’s American Grill, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Amra’s, Raleigh

 

Honorable Mention

Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Raleigh

Irregardless Café, Raleigh

 

Place to Hear Rock

Standing Ovation

Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill

MetroBravo

Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh

The Berkeley Café, Raleigh

 

Sporting Event

Standing Ovation

Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball

Honorable Mention

The Durham Bulls, Durham

Carolina Panthers, Charlotte

 

Local Band

Standing Ovation

The Dune Dogs

MetroBravo

Bill Leslie & Lorica

Honorable Mention

The Embers

The Proclivities

 

Local Musician

Standing Ovation

Tift Merritt

MetroBravo

Chris Boerner

Honorable Mention

Bill Leslie

Jeanne Jolly

 

New Watering Hole

Standing Ovation

Solas, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Boylan Bridge Brewpub, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Busy Bee Cafe, Raleigh

Ben’s Place, Raleigh

Foundation, Raleigh

 

BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Theater Building

Standing Ovation

Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham

MetroBravo

Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Meymandi Hall, Raleigh

Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill

 

Campus Building

Standing Ovation

Duke Chapel, Duke University, Durham

MetroBravo

Global Building, UNC, Chapel Hill

Honorable Mention

Bell Tower, NCSU, Raleigh

Harrelson Hall, NCSU, Raleigh

 

Corporate Building

Standing Ovation

RBC Plaza, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Quintiles, Durham

Honorable Mention

SAS Campus, Cary

Wachovia Building, Raleigh

 

Outdoor Concert Venue

Standing Ovation

Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, Cary

MetroBravo

Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

NC Museum of Art Outdoor Amphitheatre, Raleigh

North Hills Concert Series, Raleigh

 

Local Skyscraper

Standing Ovation

RBC Plaza Building, Raleigh

MetroBravo

Wachovia Building, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

West at North Building, Raleigh

University Tower – “The Blue Pickle,” Durham

 

Coolest New Condos

Standing Ovation

Greenbridge Condos, Chapel Hill

MetroBravo

222 Glenwood, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

140 West Franklin, Chapel Hill

 

New Development:

Residential

Standing Ovation

Cameron Pond, Cary

MetroBravo

Hasentree, Raleigh

Honorable Mention

Ramblewood, Raleigh

 

Multi-Use

Standing Ovation

Oberlin Court, Raleigh

MetroBravo

North Hills East, Raleigh

Standing Ovation

East 54, Chapel Hill

 

MEDIA

Fiction Book

Standing Ovation

The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer

MetroBravo

Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen

 

Non-Fiction Book

Standing Ovation

Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed, William McKinney

 

Online News

Standing Ovation

WRAL.com

MetroBravo

CNN.com

Honorable Mention

FOXnews.com

NYTimes.com

 

Online Weather

Standing Ovation

WRAL.com

MetroBravo

weather.com

Honorable Mention

weatherunderground.com

 

Online Sports

Standing Ovation

WRAL.com

MetroBravo

ESPN.com

Honorable Mention

SI.com

FOXsports.com