The 20th Annual Best of Louisville Awards

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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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