Readers' Pick: Anthony's is comfortable, with big, soft leather sofas and chairs. Television is turned to sports, news and financial news. Cigar selections are vast and you can rent lockers in the humidor for your sticks and drink.
Readers' Poll Runner-up: Smokers' Haven, 6061 E. Broadway Blvd.; Head West, 2750 N. Campbell Ave. These rivals are doing well with selection and price. Smoker's Haven is now tucked into a corner pocket on the north side of Broadway, north of Coco's. It's worth the hunt. They note what you like, and mail updates and offer discounts for regular customers. But the bug secret, with the lowest prices by far, is that old rascal Mark at Head West. We'll waive the attorney-client privilege and reveal that it was a fabulously successful, fabulously wealthy, fabulously funny lawyer who turned us on to Head West. He's the type of guy who had humidors full of rare Opus X well before it was available west of Mississippi, yet he savors the bargains. Head West staff is fun, attentive and fast, and enhanced by that brainy, leggy supermodel.