Best of Buffalo 2012 Polls are OPEN

The time has come again, Creamies: It’s time for the Artvoice Best of Buffalo awards.

Last year Cocktails and Cream Puffs was honored to be a Finalist for Best Blog, and we’d like your help to do it again.

Here’s how it works: You vote online at .  Because we believe in absolute democracy, we don’t offer you a limited range of choices in each category; we don’t edit your votes; we don’t put our thumbs on the scales in any manner. It’s all up to you.

For your ballot to count, you must respond in at least 20 categories by April 16th.  All ballots with at least 20 valid answers by the deadline will be automatically counted; there is no additional step to submit or finalize your votes. One vote per person.

Obviously the main category we would like you to vote for is BEST BLOG, but you still need 19 other categories to vote for to make your vote count.  So, we have provided a list of our favorites in a bunch of categories as suggestions.  If you have someone, something, or some place you would like added to our guide, send us an email at and we will give you a shout out,



Best Individual Activist:

Kitty Lambert-Rudd

Best Local Blog*******                                 

Cocktails and Cream Puffs  (

Best Local Print Journalist:

Anthony Chase

Don Esmond

Best Local Radio Personality:       

Nicholas Piccolas

Shy Guy Shawn

Shredd and Ragan

Janet Snyder

Best Local TV Personality:

Joe Arena

Kevin O’Neil

Linda Pellegrino

Best Annual Festival:

Allentown Art Festival

Elmwood Festival of the Arts

Gay Pride Festival

Greek Festival

Italian Festival

Taste of Buffalo

Best People-watching Spot:

Delaware Park

Elmwood Ave


Best Theater Company:

Buffalo United Artists

Irish Classical Theater Co.

Kavinoky Theater

Musicalfare Theatre Company

O’Connell & Company

Red Carpet Theater Company

Best Dance Company:

Lehrer Dance


Best Up-and-coming Art Space:

Gallery 464

Best Actor/Actress:

Joey Bucheker

Diane Curly

Matthew Crehan Higgins

Victoria Perez

Marc Sacco

Best Drag Performer:

Fantasee Island

Gladys Over

Vicky Vogue

Best Burlesque Performer:

Jamie Doktor

Best Painter:

David Butler

Josie DiVincenzo

Best Photographer:

Marcus Wise

Best Standup Comic:

Kristen Becker

Best Movie Theater:

North Park

Amherst Theater

Best Supporter of the Arts:

M and T Bank


Best Female Vocalist:

Loraine O’Donnell

Best Male Vocalist:

Joe Donahue

Best Open Mic Night:



Best New Restaurant:

Atmosphere at 62

Black Rock Kitchen and Bar

Vera Pizzeria

Best Chef:

Kate Elliot

Best Patio:

Cecelia’s Ristorante

Best Place to Eat at 2am:

Jim’s Steak Out

The Towne

Best Bagel:

Bagel Jay’s

Best BBQ:

Fat Bob’s

Best Bar Food:

The Blue Monk

Black Rock Kitchen and Bar

The Mother’s

Best Beef on Weck:


Charlie the Butcher


Best Brunch:



Empire Grill


Best Burger:

Gabriel’s Gate



Best Cheap Eats:

Jim’s Steak Out

Lonestar Grill

Mighty Taco

Best French Fries:

Elwood Taco and Sub

Best Coffee:


Best Soup:

Globe Market

Lexington Co-Op

Best Steak:

Buffalo Chophouse

EB Green’s



Best Sub:

Jim’s Steak House

John’s Pizza and Subs

Best Hot Dog:


Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt:


Hannah’s Frosty Frozen Treats


Best Deli: *****

Marco’s Italian Deli on Hertel

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