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

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

PHOENIX--()--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 Phoenix. From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, Phoenix residents cast their votes to select their favorite venues from a list of top local businesses in 20 categories. The City’s Best program will continue offering Phoenix 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, Phoenix 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, Phoenix residents have identified the following category winners:

  • Best After-Work Bars: The Vig
 
  • Best Burgers: Lenny’s Burger
  • Best Cheap Eats: Chino Bandido Takee Outee
  • Best Chinese Food: Asian Café Express
  • Best Day Drinking: Four Peaks Brewing Company
  • Best Desserts: That’s Amore
  • Best Dive Bars: Hidden House
  • Best Family-Friendly Restaurants: Organ Stop Pizza
  • Best Fashion Boutiques: Scottsdale Jean Company
  • Best Hook Up Bars: Dos Gringos
  • Best Italian Food: Buca di Beppo
  • Best Live Music: Martini Ranch
  • Best Mexican Food: Carolina’s Mexican Food
  • Best Movie Theaters: Harkins Scottsdale 101 14
  • Best Pizza: Cibo
  • Best Places to Break Up: Gelato Spot
  • Best Romantic Restaurants: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  • Best Salons: The Root
  • Best Sports Bars: Alice Cooper’stown
  • Best Steak Houses: Mastro’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, 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. Phoenix 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 Phoenix.

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

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

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.

Contacts

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

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AOL's City's Best announced its "best of the best" winners in Phoenix, AZ.

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Contacts

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