Durham knows a thing or two about long and drawn out voting battles involving its residents and local businesses. It also knows a thing or two about winning.
The Durham-based Indy Week has announced its "Best of the Triangle 2013" Readers Choice Winners and will celebrate with a free party open to the public on June 15 from 4-10pm at the Durham Athletic Park.
The annual "Best of the Triangle" list is voted on by Triangle residents who want to ensure that their favorite local businesses were represented on the poll that included categories like Goods, Media, Out & About, Services and Wine & Dine. From best "bead store" to best "bloody mary," Triangle residents cast their votes. More than 10,000 took the poll this year and tallying the ballots took 10 interns two weeks.
Durham made a strong showing in the reader-chosen awards this year. There were 327 Durham finalists and 108 Durham winners. Elmo's Diner was the winner of three different categories including best "Breakfast," Kid's Menu at a Local Restaurant" and "Wait Staff in Durham County." Mateo bar de Tapas also won three categories, taking home best "Innovative Menu," "New Restaurant in Durham County," and "Chef in Durham County." The Blue Note Grill also emerged as a local favorite with three winning categories under its belt all having to do with music. The Grill won best "Place to Hear Country or Bluegrass," "Place to Hear Jazz or Blues' and "Place to See Music Before 10 p.m."
See all the winners and finalists here.
The event at Durham Athletic Park will feature food, drinks, live music, crafts and more. Restaurants will be offering samples of their cuisine, while retail and service businesses will be showcasing their talents. Enjoy live music by The Old Ceremony, Morning Brigade, La Bete Magique and Baron Von Rumblebuss. Proceeds from the event will go to Girls Rock NC. Lawn chairs are not allowed at the Durham Athletic Park. However, feel free to bring a blanket. RSVP to the Facebook event.
Learn more about why Durham is such a great place at www.durham-nc.com.
Updated: 6/13/13 4:19 PM