Debating whether or not to vote in this year’s Best Of WNC readers’ poll? Here’s something to think about: Not only do your votes show your favorite businesses, bands, artists, innovators, civic leaders and service providers that they’re doing something right — they actually create a historic narrative of our region. Albeit an often humorous one. Need proof?
Take a trip down memory lane with these voter quotes, culled from the 2005 Best Of WNC:
• Best $5 lunch: “This is a myth.”
• Best dessert: “Pie at Picnics”
• Best homestyle: “Rabbit’s Motel”
• Best Italian: “Westville Pub lasagna night”
• Best Seafood: “Mr. Gene’s – fried catfish”
• Best Sub shop / sandwiches: “New French Bar (avocado sandwich!!)”
• Best take out: “Gourmet Perks (drive thru) — Merrimon”
• Best vegetarian: “China Palace vegetarian buffet”
• Best chicken wings: “Asheville high school culinary arts department”
• Best locally brewed beer: “Bubbaganu brand brew”
• Best local band (folk/old-time/bluegrass): “Randy ‘yod’ler’ Danforth”
• Best radio DJ: “Martin Anderson. He sounds cute.”
And some notes from the 2004 results:
You’ll notice a bunch of new categories, like best place to grab a cheap lunch, best place to access wireless Internet and best green builder. But don’t worry — the old standbys are out in force, too. Readers sound off about pet peeves (most bizarre local trend), gripes (most under-reported story) and gossip (best local scandal).
Sometimes, we miss an important category — at least that’s what our readers tell us every year (and some of them do so politely). This year we’ve been chastised to no end for excluding a category for best place to walk dogs. And we also caught heat for excluding best adult entertainment and best bed and breakfast. Hmm … is there a connection or common thread between these omissions? We hope not.
As for “Best Category to Drop,” our readers overwhelmingly chose “Best Landlord.” It’s quite understandable; after all, the Man is sticking you for rent, why toss him another bone? You also dissed, much to our civic dismay, “Best Asheville-Made Product.” Yet, inexplicably, readers threw their collective weight behind numerous local businesses in our other categories. That, in itself, is a bizarre local trend, which may explain why you want to drop that category too.
Ready to cast your vote and make your mark on local history? Do it here!