And then there were the outliers.
As we tallied the votes, we delighted in those of you who pushed the boundaries of the ballot and offered responses that, intentionally or not, toyed with the concept of a Best of Chicago poll. Some of you were brutally honest (Best 4 AM Bar: I don’t remember), while others were just brutally literal (Best Alternative to the Lakefront Path: Boat).
Others showed real wisdom. Ever wondered how to truly spruce up your apartment for cheap? At least one of you is already in the know: the alley behind apartments on the first of the month. Can’t argue with that. What about Best Apartment Finder? My flashlight when the lights are broken. (Clearly.)
There were some classic mix-ups, too.
In our Music & Nightlife section, we asked you to name the Best Anything Goes Club, or, uh, gym: LA Fitness. In Food & Drink, one of you took Best Food Truck to mean Best Food Truck of all time. The Southern Mac & Cheese truck? The Tamale Spaceship? Nope. The ice cream truck in the Smashing Pumpkins' "Today" video. Some food trucker needs to get on re-creating this, liberating desert trip and all (I’m looking at you, Cary Taylor).
And then there’s my favorite Best New Food Trend: Sobriety. I can’t really explain why I love this one so much. Picture the trendiest place you can, a table with a bunch of small plates of sweetbreads and pork belly, and a side of sobriety, thank you. I can only imagine what the driving force behind this answer was. (Have you heard of this cool new thing? It’s called not being a drunken asshole at dinner.)
Here's a list of some other gems:
Best Jewelry Store: Ohh that place with all the snotty people
Best Named Restaurant: anything without an ampersand
Best BYOB: b.o.b makes the worst music.
Best Alternative to the Lakefront Path : An airhorn to get the stupid stroller pushing moms out of my way on the BIKE PATH, not the stroller path , thats called the sidewalk. Get out of my way and dont tell me to slow down either, the lane is for BIKING FAST not walking all slow and gossiping.
Best Draft Selection: Does that mean beer?
Best Park for Pickup Baseball Games: Why would I tell you?
Best Photo Booth to Make Out in: I’ll have to try that