AOL Announces the 2010 City’s Best Winners in Philadelphia; Site Continues to Bring Best Local Entertainment Content to Residents

Philadelphians have selected the “best of the best” food, entertainment and lifestyle options that Philadelphia has to offer and can now support the future of their local classrooms

PHILADELPHIA--()--AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced the winners of its 2010 City’s Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in Philadelphia. From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, Philadelphians cast their votes to select their favorite venues from a list of top local businesses in 27 categories. The City’s Best program will continue offering Philadelphians 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, Philadelphians 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, Philadelphia residents have identified the following category winners:

  • Best After-Work Bars: Cavanaugh’s River Deck
   
  • Best Barbecue: Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse
  • Best Beer Selection: South Philadelphia Tap Room
  • Best Cocktails: Continental Mid-Town Restaurant
  • Best Day Drinking: Monk’s Café
  • Best Dive Bars: Dirty Frank’s
  • Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Nifty Fifty’s
  • Best Fashion Boutiques: Knit Wit
  • Best Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel
  • Best Irish Pubs: McGillin’s Olde Ale House
  • Best Italian Food: Ralph’s Italian Restaurant
  • Best Kid’s Clothing: Born Yesterday
  • Best Live Music: World Café Live
  • Best Mexican Food: Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria
  • Best Movie Theaters: AMC Franklin Mills Mall 14
  • Best Philly Cheesesteaks: Geno’s Steaks
  • Best Pizza: Tacconelli’s Pizza
  • Best Places to Break Up: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Best Romantic Restaurants: Rose Tattoo Café
  • Best Salons: The Alley Hair Salon
  • Best Seafood: DiNardo’s Famous Seafood
  • Best Spas: Terme di Aroma
  • Best Sports Bars: Chickie’s & Pete’s
  • Best Steak Houses: The Capital Grille
  • Best Sushi & Japanese: Morimoto
  • Best Tattoo & Piercing Parlors: Infinite Body Piercing
  • Best Thrift & Vintage Shops: Astro Vintage

 

 

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, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, 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. Philadelphians 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 Philadelphia.

“We are very excited to be announcing the winners of the 2010 City’s Best program in Philadelphia,” said Cotton Delo, AOL Northeast Regional Editor. “We are thrilled that so many Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia has to offer. And now that the winners have been announced, I encourage Philadelphians to come back to City’s Best on a regular basis to check out what’s happening in Philadelphia. We are posting new stories and interactive elements on a daily basis.”

Local business nominees in Philadelphia were chosen based on overall reputation. City’s Best editors and writers selected the nominees based on editorial insight and local opinion of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia. Voting by Philadelphia 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, Philadelphians 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.

About AOL

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.

About DonorsChoose.org

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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Contacts

AOL
Caroline Campbell, 917-606-4772
c.campbell@teamaol.com
or
BRG
Shannon McDaniel, 703-739-8341
smcdaniel@brandresourcesgroup.com

Release Summary

AOL's City's Best announced its "best of the best" winners in Philadelphia, PA.

Contacts

AOL
Caroline Campbell, 917-606-4772
c.campbell@teamaol.com
or
BRG
Shannon McDaniel, 703-739-8341
smcdaniel@brandresourcesgroup.com