ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) --Dec. 14, 2010-- AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) on Tuesday announced the winners of its 2010 City's Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in St. Louis.
From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, St. Louis residents cast their votes to select their favorite venues from a list of top local businesses in 21 categories. The City's Best program will continue offering St. Louis residents daily news and updates on the latest in local lifestyle and entertainment.
In addition, by coming back to http://www.citysbest.com/betterplace from today until December 31, 2010, St. Louis residents can use City's Best as a platform to show their support for local education. City's Best has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to donate $25,000 to the city that earns the most votes.
AND THE WINNERS ARE.
After two months of voting for their favorite local food, entertainment and lifestyle nominees, St. Louis residents have identified the following category winners:
Best After-Work Bars: Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
Best Italian Food: Charlie Gitto's
Best Beer Selection: Cicero'sBest
Live Music: Pageant
Best Burgers: O'Connell's Pub
Best Mexican Food: Mi Ranchito
Best Cheap Eats: Pappy's Smokehouse
Best Movie Theaters: Landmark Tivoli Theatre
Best Cocktails: Absolutli Goosed
Best Pizza: Pirrone's Pizzeria
Best Day Drinking: Harry's Restaurant & Bar
Best Places to Break Up: Pin-Up Bowl
Best Desserts: Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery
Best Romantic Restaurants: Tony's
Best Dive Bars: Hair of the Dog
Best Salons & Spas: V Vegaz Style
Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Ruiz Mexican Restaurant
Best Fashion Boutiques: Byrd
Best Hook Up Bars: Helen Fitzgerald's Bar & Grill
Best Sports Bars: Buffalo Wild Wings
Best Steak Houses: Sam's Steakhouse
AOL today also announced winners for the 2010 City's Best program in 24 additional major cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Twin Cities and Washington, DC.
Voters throughout all 25 major cities joined the quest for their "City's Best" by visiting www.citysbest.com to vote for their favorite food, entertainment and lifestyle businesses.
The 2010 City's Best nominees in each category have been able to promote their businesses through resources provided by AOL.
All nominees were sent the ubiquitous City's Best window sticker to display at their business, so residents can easily spot one of the city's best in store windows across their city. All of the winners will continue to be featured on the AOL City's Best website for the coming months. St. Louis residents are encouraged to visit the site for more information about the winners and for the latest news on things to do and places to go in St. Louis.
"We are very excited to be announcing the winners of the 2010 City's Best program in St. Louis," said Mindy Yahr, AOL Midwest Regional Editor. "We are thrilled that so many St. Louis residents chose to take part in this unique opportunity which allows them to give recognition to their favorite local businesses and select the best that St. Louis has to offer. And now that the winners have been announced, I encourage St. Louis residents to come back to City's Best on a regular basis to check out what's happening in St. Louis. We are posting new stories and interactive elements on a daily basis."
Local business nominees in St. Louis were chosen based on overall reputation. City's Best editors and writers selected the nominees based on editorial insight and local opinion of St. Louis residents. The selection process was fueled by the mission of City's Best, which is to bring experts and neighbors together to find and share the best in St. Louis. Voting by St. Louis residents determined the final winners in each category.
Make Your City A Better Place!
During a time of year when everyone makes resolutions to be better in the new year, City's Best wants to make one city's 2011 all that it can be.
In an effort to help readers make their city a better place in 2011 and beyond, City's Best has partnered with DonorsChoose.org to fund classroom projects in one of the 25 City's Best cities. From December 14, 2010 through December 31, 2010, St. Louis residents will have the opportunity to vote once a day for the city they believe deserves to be granted this wish. They will also be able to share some of their own resolutions with the rest of the City's Best community and receive advice and information on local venues that will help them keep their resolutions.
When all the votes are tallied, City's Best will donate $25,000 to local classrooms in the winning city through DonorsChoose.org, helping provide a better education for the city's future leaders. An additional donation of $5,000 will go to classroom projects in the top three runner-up cities.
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. AOL is focused on attracting and engaging consumers and providing valuable online advertising services on both AOL's owned and operated properties and third-party websites. In addition, AOL operates one of the largest Internet subscription access services in the United States, which serves as a valuable distribution channel for AOL's consumer offerings.
Founded in 2000 by a social studies teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. In the past ten years of operation, residents of 50 states and 10 countries have funded 160,751 student projects, channeling more than $65 million in resources to over 4 million students.
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SOURCE: AOL Copyright Business Wire 2010