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    Louisville Magazine presented the 20th annual Best of Louisville ® awards on Monday, June 27th at the Kentucky Center.

    Celebrity presenters, including Houston (from The Ellen Show), "Outback Jack" couple Vadim Dale and Natalie Franzman, Derby-winning jockey Mike Smith and local TV personalities Jackie Hays, Liz Everman and Candyce Clifft, handed out 38 awards to businesses and individuals chosen by Louisville Magazine readers as the "Best of Louisville." (See list of winners and finalists, below.)

    In honor of the awards' 20th anniversary, Louisville Magazine publisher Dan Crutcher also awarded a dozen "Best of the Best" glass plaques to businesses and people who had won 10 or more Best of Louisville awards in the past 20 years. Vincenzo's restaurant topped the list of multiple winners, with 20 awards since 1986, followed by Bacons Department Store with 18 Bristol Bar & Grille with 17 awards and Lilly's/La Peche with 16 BOLs.

    The "Best of the Best" winners were given glass plaques specially designed for the event by Ken van Roenn of Architectural Glass Art.
    Best of Louisville Award Winners (and Finalists)
    TV News Personality
    1st Dawne Gee
    2nd Jackie Hays
    3rd Barry Bernson
    4th Gary Roedemeier
    5th Carrie Harned
    Columnist
    1st Bob Hill
    2nd Byron Crawford
    3rd Rick Bozich
    4th David Hawpe
    5th John Yarmuth
    Male Athlete
    1st Francisco Garcia
    2nd Larry O'Bannon
    3rd Stefan LeFors
    4th Taquan Dean
    5th Brian Brohm
    Female Athlete
    1st Jazz Covington (U of L)
    2nd Carly Ormerod (Sacred Heart)
    3rd Rachel Komisarz (Lakeside swimmer)
    4th Katie Olson (U of L)
    5th Crystal Kelly (Sacred Heart, WKU)
    Radio Personality
    1st Terry Meiners
    2nd Laura Shine
    3rd Tony Cruise
    4th Julie Kredens
    5th Wayne Perkey
    Metro Council Member
    1st Tom Owen
    2nd Tina Ward-Pugh
    3rd Kelly Downard
    4th Ellen Call
    5th George Unseld
    Visual Artist
    1st Ed Hamilton
    2nd Julius Friedman
    3rd Barry Motes
    4th Penny Sisto
    5th Billy Hertz`
    Bartender
    1st (tie) Joy Perrine/Jack's Lounge
    1st (tie) Mike Downs/Barret Bar
    3rd (tie) Becca MacGilvray/Bluegrass Brewing Co.
    3rd (tie) Brad Devlin/Baxter Station
    Radio DJ
    1st Laura Shine
    2nd Scott Mullins
    3rd Bobby Jack
    4th Wayne Perkey
    5th Peter B.
    Celebrity You'd Most Like to Meet
    1st Rick Pitino
    2nd Muhammed Ali
    3rd Jerry Abramson
    4th Heather French Henry
    5th Diane Sawyer
    Department Store
    1st Macy's
    2nd Dillard's
    3rd Von Maur
    4th Kohl's
    5th Target
    Men's Apparel Store
    1st Rodes
    2nd Dillard's
    2nd Brooks Bros.
    4th Men's Wearhouse
    4th Macy's
    Women's Apparel Store
    1st Talbots
    2nd Dillard's
    3rd Macy's
    4th She of Louisville
    5th Chico's
    Home Furnishings Store
    1st Cherry House
    2nd Ashley's
    3rd Bittner's
    4th Contemporary Galleries
    5th Burdorf's
    Vintage Clothing Store
    1st Elizabeth's Timeless Attire
    2nd Cherry Bomb
    3rd Margaret's
    3rd Nitty Gritty
    5th Goodwill
    Bookstore
    1st Carmichael's
    2nd Border's
    3rd Barnes & Noble
    4th Books-A-Million
    Local Gift Shop
    1st Edenside Gallery
    2nd Dolfinger's
    3rd Hallmark
    4th Taste of Kentucky
    5th Celebrations
    Downtown Restaurant
    1st Vincenzo's
    2nd Artemisia
    3rd Kunz's
    4th Morton's
    5th Mayan Gypsy
    Favorite Restaurant
    1st Jack Fry's
    2nd Azalea
    3rd Lilly's
    4th Cafe Metro
    4th Porcini
    New Restaurant
    1st Cafe Lou Lou
    2nd Havana Rumba
    2nd Volare
    4th Melting Pot
    5th Smokey Bones BBQ
    Romantic Dinner
    1st Le Relais
    2nd Buck's
    3rd Vincenzo's
    4th Jack Fry's
    5th Ruth's Chris
    Business Lunch
    1st Bristol Bar & Grille
    2nd Vincenzo's
    3rd Jack Fry's
    4th KT's
    5th Saffron's
    Dining Atmosphere
    1st Jack Fry's
    2nd Buck's
    3rd Le Relais
    4th Vincenzo's
    5th Avalon
    Pizza
    1st Wick's
    2nd Tony Boombozz
    3rd Papa John's
    4th Bearno's
    5th Clifton's
    Desserts
    1st Desserts by Helen
    2nd Cafe Metro/Uptown Cafe
    3rd Sweet Surrender
    4th Homemade Pie Kitchen
    5th Jack Fry's
    Brunch
    1st Bristol Bar & Grille
    2nd Lynn's Paradise Cafe
    3rd North End Cafe
    4th Oak Room (Seelbach)
    5th 211 Clover Lane
    Wine List
    1st L&N Wine Bar and Bistro
    2nd Napa River Grill
    3rd Vincenzo's
    4th Jack Fry's
    5th The Oak Room
    Outdoor Dining
    1st Azalea
    2nd Avalon
    3rd Captain's Quarters
    4th Mike Linnig's
    5th Napa River Grill
    Place to Dance
    1st Jim Porter's
    2nd Connections
    3rd Red Cheetah
    4th Red Lounge
    5th Phoenix Hill
    Coffee Shop
    1st Heine Brothers Coffee
    2nd Starbuck's
    3rd Java Brewing Co.
    4th Highland Coffee
    5th Panera
    Bakery
    1st Plehn's Bakery
    2nd Blue Dog
    3rd Heitzman
    4th Desserts by Helen
    5th Breadworks
    Caterer
    1st The Silver Spoon
    2nd Masterson's
    3rd Wiltshire Pantry
    4th Upper Crust
    5th Stevens & Stevens
    Florist
    1st Nanz & Kraft Florists
    2nd Colonial Designs
    3rd Schulz's
    4th Panache
    5th Susan's
    Hair Salon
    1st Z Salon & Spa
    2nd Joseph's
    3rd Blades
    4th Jerry Heston
    5th Chopping Block
    Wedding Reception Site
    1st The Olmsted
    2nd Gardencourt
    3rd Whitehall
    4th Locust Grove
    5th Seelbach
    Neighborhood Bar
    1st Shenanigan's Pub
    2nd Gerstle's
    3rd Jack's
    4th Irish Rover
    4th Red Lounge
    Live Music Venue
    1st Headliners
    2nd The Jazz Factory
    3rd The Palace
    4th Stevie Ray's
    5th The Rudyard Kipling
    "Best of the Best" Awards — for winning 10 or more Best of Louisville awards in 20 years.
    Vincenzo’s — 20 awards
    Bristol Bar & Grille — 19
    Bacons Department Store — 18
    Lilly’s/La Peche — 16
    Jackie Hays — 14
    Rodes — 14
    Terry Meiners — 13
    Phoenix Hill Tavern — 12
    Nanz & Kraft Florists — 12
    KT’s Restaurant & Bar — 11
    John Belski — 10
    Hawley-Cooke Booksellers — 10

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