2012 Best of Food & Drink Readers’ Survey Results


The results of our second Best of Food & Drink Readers’ Survey are in. Hundreds of townies, baymen and visitors voted for their favourite places, people, and dishes across the St. John’s metro area. At last the results are here and ready for you to dig into. Prepare to get hungry.

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In the battle for St. John’s resto supremacy Raymonds reigns supreme again this year. The elegant Water Street restaurant won nine—count them nine—categories including Best Overall Restaurant, and Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying, improving on their six wins from last year. They just narrowly edged out Aqua Kitchen & Bar winners of eight categories.

Best New Restaurant • Best Overall Restaurant • Best Family Restaurant • Best Cafe • Best Restaurant Chain • Best Restaurant (DowntownSt John’s) • Best Restaurant (Beyond Downtown) • Best Restaurant (MountPearl) • Best Restaurant (Paradise) • Best Restaurant (CBS)

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This is where the rubber meets the road in the Best of Food Survey—who’s got the best dishes? Particularly, and most importantly, who’s got the best fish & chips? This year The Duke edged out long time champ, Ches’s.

Best Breakfast/Brunch • Best Fish & Chips • Best Fishcakes • Best Mussels • Best Seafood • Best Place to Buy Fresh Fish • Best Baked Goods (Breads) • Best Baked Goods (Sweets) • Best Butcher • Best Restaurant for Carnivores • Best Burger • Best Sandwich • Best Turkey Sandwich • Best Chicken Wings • Best Chinese • Best Pizza • Best Pizza Slice • Best Salad • Best Place To Feed A Sweet Tooth • Best Dessert • Best Indian • Best Sushi • Best Pasta/Noodles • Best Ethnic Food • Best Buffet • Best Quick Lunch • Best Veggie Burger • Best Vegetarian Option at a Non-Vegetarian Restaurant • Best Lunch Specials • Best Campus Eats • Best Pub Grub • Best Delivery • Best Take Out • Best Late Night

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With the number of coffee shops in the downtown increasing faster than the NL GDP, the competition has gotten fierce. If all the selection is making your head hurt, our readers tell us the stiff drinks are cheap at Lottie’s Place and the beer is plentiful at YellowBelly.

Best Coffee (Espresso-based) • Best Coffee (Regular) • Best Hot Chocolate • Best Milkshake • Best Restaurant Wine List • Best Beer Selection • Best Local Beer • Beer Brand • Best After Work Drinking • Best Cheap Drinks • Best Fancy Drinks

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Best Chef • Best Service • Best Place for a Large Group • Best Patio • Best Restaurant Washroom • Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant Best Place to Take Out-of Towners • Best Place to Take Out of Towners • Best Value • Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying • Best Community Fundraising Dinner • Best Restaurant for Cheap Eats • Best Restaurant For A First Date • Best Intimate Dining • Best Special-Occasion Dinner • Best Atmosphere • Best Farmers’ Market Vendor (Farm) • Best Farmers’ Market Vendor (Prepared) • Best Place You Have Yet to Try • Best Food Trend St. John’s Needs

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