Friday, July 1, 2016

Best of Tucson: The Closest Races So Far

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We're just about half way done with the second round of Best of Tucson voting. While (technically) every category is still anybody's game (well, any of the finalists), some races really are incredibly close. 

These are the most competitive categories in each section:

Best Art Classes
Interestingly, this category was pretty quiet in Round 1. Now that the finals have hit the ASDM Art Institute, Creative Juice Art Bar, the Drawing Studio, Pima Community College and Sonoran Glass School are all pulling in a ton of votes. Each contender is pretty different, but it's up to you to pick the best place to pursue an artistic education.

Best Hotel
Tucson is a city of beautiful places, and our local hotels make sure visitors realize that. The Arizona Inn, Downtown Clifton, Hacienda Del Sol, Hotel Congress and Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa are our finalists in this category. Where do you tell your visitors they should stay?

Best Games Store
I've said it before: It seems like Tucson has an abundance of board game stores. Whether you're an Agricola superstar or the person who always finishes last in Sorry!, a good local game store is a handy resources come Hanukkah, homebody houseguests or Sunday nights at home. So, you need a board game. Where are you going to go? Amazing Discoveries, Heroes and Villains, Tucson Games and Gadgets, Isle of Games or Yikes Toys, probably. 

Best Tattoo Parlor
We know Tucson loves Tattoos—that was pretty much the entire premise around last year's Best of Tucson. But getting an ugly tattoo is a lot worse than getting a bad hair cut. So, where to go? Our readers reccomend Black Rose Tattooers, Enchanted Dragon Tattoos, Haunted Hands, Sacred Art Tattoo Studio and Tattoo Artistry.

Best Bike Riding
I'm not a bike person (someone take the time to help me learn to ride!) but Tucson is known as one of the more bike friendly cities in our country. Fantasy Island, Rillito, The Loop, Old Spanish Trail River Path and Sabino Canyon are all in the running for the best bike riding in the area.

Best Fun for the Whole Family
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Golf N' Stuff, Reid Park Zoo, Sabino Canyon and Unscrewed Theater? Sounds like a schedule for a pretty good week to me. Keeping kids entertained (without copious time in front of the TV) can be a challenge, but these guys are all pretty skilled at entertaining the kids and adults in one swing.  

Best Diner
Everyone has a specific diner in mind when they're in need of classic diner food. Tucson has some good options (namely Bobo's, Frank's, Jerry Bob's Little Anthony’s and Robert's) but which one is the best? 

Best Greek
Greek food is delicious, but there's nothing as disappointing as bad falafel. Athens on 4th Avenue, Fronimo's Greek Cafe, Greek House, Pelio Grill Greek Taverna and Catering or Opa! Greek Cuisine and Fun are duking it out for the title of best Greek food in Tucson. 

Best Margarita
This one is important because, as we all know, there's nothing more disappointing than ordering a margarita and finding out in the first sip that it came from a mix. The finalists are: Blanco Tacos + Tequila, Casa Molina, El Charro Cafe, La Cocina and Guadalajara Grill—there's an obvious right choice is you ask me, but it's up to you readers to decide the winner. 

Best Sports Bar
Where's the best place (besides Chase Field) to watch the Diamondbacks game? Home Plate Sports Pub, No Anchovies, Risky Business, Throwbacks Sports Bar and Grill and Trident Grill are our contenders.

Get your votes in! Ballots are due on July 31.

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