Best of the City

Results of the voting in the Nanaimo News Bulletin's 11th Best of the City survey.

The Nanaimo News Bulletin announces the winners of the 2012 Best of the City survey.

The Nanaimo News Bulletin announces the winners of the 2012 Best of the City survey.

Best of the City 2012 winners:

RECREATION

Best people-watching spotWaterfront promenadeSwy a lana lagoonMaffeo Sutton Park

Best place to watch birdsButtertubs MarshMorrell bird sanctuaryPipers Lagoon

Best place to walk your dogWestwood LakeNeck PointPipers Lagoon

Best romantic parking spotDeparture Bay BeachPipers LagoonNeck Point

Best place to meet for coffeeTim HortonsThe BuzzStarbucks

Best local campgroundLiving Forest Oceanside CampgroundBrannen Lake CampsitesNanaimo Lakes Campground

Best place for kayakingNewcastle IslandLong LakeDeparture Bay

Best place for a picnicNewcastle IslandPipers LagoonNeck Point

Best place to swim outdoorsWestwood LakeNanaimo RiverLong Lake

Best place to walk, jog or hikeWestwood LakeWaterfront PromenadeNeck Point

Best place for mountain bikingMount BensonDoumont RoadWestwood Lake

RESTAURANTS/FOOD

Best romantic restaurantAsteras Greek TavernaZougla RestaurantFirehouse Grill (tied)Mahle House (tied)

Best breakfastsRicky’s All Day GrillTina’s DinerTania’s Restaurant

Best lunchesDelicado’sThirsty CamelGabriel’s Café

Best fish and chipsTroller’sPirate ChipsFox and Hounds Pub

Best hamburgersMrs. Riches Club CaféWhite SpotArmani’s Grill

Best fast foodWendy’sSubwayA&W

Best nachosGina’s Mexican CaféLongwood Brew PubDelicado’s

Best pastaMilano’s RistorantéNew York Style PizzaBoston Pizza

Best sushiFirehouse GrillBlue GingerNori Sushi

Best pizzaMambo Gourmet PizzaNew York Style PizzaPanago

Best piesNanaimo BakeryColumbia BakeryCostco

Best martiniAcme Food Co. LtdModern CaféCactus Club

Best seafoodNauticalsThe KegZougla Restaurant

Best chicken wingsMiller’s PubThe Oxy (Occidental Hotel)Old City Station Green Olive

Best bakeryNanaimo BakeryColumbia BakeryCobs Bread

Best deliNesvog’s MeatsThrifty FoodsNellies Dutch Deli (tied)McLean’s Specialty Foods (tied)

Best steakThe KegThe Bold KnightBeefeaters Chop House & Grill

Best Sunday buffet/brunchLongwood Brew Pub & RestaurantABC RestaurantsRicky’s All Day Grill

Best vegetarian foodRawmbasThirsty Camel CaféDelicado’s

Best Asian foodBlue GingerHuong Lan RestaurantHong Kong House

Best Mediterranean foodAsteras Greek TavernaZougla RestaurantAlexandra’s Bistro

Best family restaurantWhite SpotRicky’s All Day GrillMrs. Riches Club Café

Best patio restaurantCactus Club CafeEarlsLighthouse Bistro

Best dessertsDairy QueenModern CaféMon Petit Choux

Best french friesPirate ChipsMcDonald’sNew York Fries

Best overall restaurantFirehouse GrillAsteras Greek TavernaSimon Holt (tied)Mrs. Riches Club Café (tied)

SHOPPING

Best pet supply storeBosley’s Pet Food PlusPetsmartOlivers Pet Supplies

Best place to get tiresKal-TireCedar TireBig O Tire

Best tile storeCity TileCornerstone TileHome Depot

Best music storeHMVFascinating RhythmLong & McQuade

Best second-hand storeValue VillageSalvation ArmyFunk Your Fashion

Best art galleryNanaimo Art GalleryGallery 223Barton & Leier

Best place to buy a used vehicleSteve Marshall Ford LincolnGalaxy MotorsNanaimo Toyota

Best floor covering storeEnd of the RollHome DepotUnited Carpet

Best store for ladies wearQuintessentialsCatwalk FashionsSears

Best store for men’s wearMoore’sSearsTip Top Tailors

Best customer service storeWal-MartSteve Marshall Ford LincolnCostco

Best outdoor garden centreArt Knapp PlantlandDiana’s Garden CentreLong Lake Nursery (tied)Green Thumb Nursery (tied)

Best vitamin/health food storeCharlie Brown’sIsland Natural MarketsFuel Supplements

Best paint storeHome DepotCloverdale PaintBenjamin Moore

Best lighting storeMcLaren LightingHome DepotRona

Best wine-making storeNanaimo Wine ShopWine KitzWine Works

Best furniture storeThe BrickLa-Z-Boy Furniture GalleriesFlying Fish

Best housewares/linen storeHomesenseFlying FishHome Outfitters

Best place to buy meatNesvog’sPiper’s MeatsCostco

Best place to buy produceThrifty FoodsSave-on FoodsQuality Foods

Best shoe storeAldo ShoesA Step AheadPayless Shoes

Best home building supply storeHome DepotRonaHome Hardware

Best sporting goods storeSportChekReAction SportsSportMart

Best store to buy booksChaptersLiteracy NanaimoColes Books

Best store to buy toolsHome DepotCanadian TireMidland Tools

Best jewellery storePeoples JewellersBen MossBastion Jewellers

Best flower shopTurley’s FloristThrifty FoodsDiana’s Garden Centre (tied)Westcoast Classic Floral Design (tied)

Best lingerie shopLa SenzaMy UndiesLa Vie En Rose

Best bike shopOak Bay BikesArrowsmith BikesPacific Rim Bicycle

Best place to buy seafoodSea Drift Fish MarketThrifty FoodsCostco

Best sewing/notions storeFabriclandSnip N StitchSerge and Sew

Best place to shopWoodgrove CentreDowntownWal-Mart

SERVICE

Best place to get a tattooBlack and BlueTranceformationsElectric Umbrella

Best travel agencyFlight CentreAround the World Travel Service Ltd.Marlin Travel

Best insurance agencyBCAAWestern Financial GroupCoastal Community Credit Union (tied)Real Insurance (tied)

Best catering businessMaster’s TouchMrs. Riches Club Café2 Chef’s Affair

Best electrical contractorDen-Mar ElectricMazzei ElectricWenner Electric

Best financial plannerRBCSun Life FinancialTD Canada Trust

Best beauty salonMaffeo SalonKiyo Salon & Day SpaBreze Salon & Day Spa

Best estheticiansBreze Salon & Day SpaMaffeo SalonKiyo Salon & Day Spa

Best massagesBreze Salon and Day SpaMaffeo SalonKnead Massage Therapy

Best tanning salonSpanish Sol Tanning StudioDivine Glow TanningSolisa Tanning

Best auto servicingSteve Marshall Ford LincolnCanadian TireVans Garage

Best optical storeIrisMaycock EyecareVisionarts Eyecare Centre

Best marine supplierThe Harbour Chandler Ltd.West MarineWestwood Power and Marine

Best plumbing & heating businessArchie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating Ltd.Marshall Plumbing Ltd.Norm’s Mobile Service Ltd

Best carpet cleanersCitrus O Carpet Care IncClassic Care Carpet CleaningPremier Carpet Cleaning

Best appliance repair shopBarron’s Home Appliance CentreAztec AppliancesClassic Appliances

Best gas barMid-Island Co-opChevronSuperstore

Best banking institutionTD Canada TrustRoyal BankCoastal Community Credit Union

Best fitness centreV.I. Fitness CentreNanaimo Athletic ClubNanaimo Aquatic Centre

Best roofing companyErickson Roofing Ltd.Vanderleek Roofing ServicesMilne Roofing

NIGHT LIFE/ENTERTAINMENT

Best sports barOld City Station Green OliveBoston Pizza NanaimoPiper’s Pub

Best place to danceThe Queen’sLevel TwoClub 241

Best place for live bandsThe Queen’sThe CambieDiners Rendezvous

Best pubLongwood Brew PubOld City Station Green OlivePiper’s Pub

Best live theatrePort TheatreThe Bailey TheatreNanaimo Centre Stage

KIDS

Best day-care centreJolly Giant Childcare LtdKatie’s Korner Childcare CentreBoys and Girls Club

Best kids’ restaurantWhite SpotMcDonald’sRicky’s All Day Grill

Best toy storeToys R UsKool and Child StoreWal-Mart

Best kids’ clothing storeChildren’s PlaceGap KidsOld Navy

Best place for birthday partiesJumping JiminysOliver Woods CentreMcDonald’s

Best playgroundBeban ParkOliver Woods Community CentreMaffeo Sutton Park

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