Here are the highly anticipated results of the Hyattsville Wire’s second Best of Route 1 Reader Poll, conducted in June and July of 2018, and based on nearly a thousand online submissions.
Best Place to Get Coffee: Vigilante Coffee
Best Brewery: Franklins
Hometown favorite Franklins won in this new category, followed by newcomer Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., which had just opened when the survey was taken.
Best Restaurant: Franklins
In a sign of how much the local dining scene has changed, Franklins, which won in 2017 by a large margin, only narrowly edged out newcomer Burtons Grill and Bar, followed by Busboys and Poets, Old Maryland Grill, Shagga, Pizzeria Paradiso and Kapnos Taverna.
Best Sunday Brunch: Busboys and Poets
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Paradiso
Pizzeria Paradiso handily won in this category in its first year of operation, followed by Blaze Fast-Fired Pizza, The Original Ledo Restaurant, Lotsa Pizza, Potomac Pizza, Dumm’s Pizza and Subs, MOD Pizza and Slices.
Best Asian Restaurant: Northwest Chinese
Best Latin American Restaurant: El Comalito
Best Take-Out or Delivery: Spice 6
Best Place for Date Night: Burton’s Grill and Bar
The Riverdale Park Station newcomer won in this category but faced stiff competition from other new restaurants Kapnos Taverna, Old Maryland Grill and Pizzeria Paradiso, with Busboys and Poets also in the mix.
Best Place to Go Late at Night: MilkBoy ArtHouse
Best Halal Restaurant: Food Factory
Best Restaurant for Food Allergy Sufferers: Burton’s Grill and Bar
Best Place to See Live Music: Milkboy Arthouse
Best Public Park: Lake Artemesia
Best Playground: University Park Playground
A new playground next to the University Park Elementary took the top spot for the first time, followed by a new playground at Riverdale Park Station, pushing last year’s winner, Indian Creek Playground, to third place.
Best Place to Take the Kids: College Park Aviation Museum
The museum has large indoor and outdoor play areas, including flight simulators, coloring stations and an ERCO plane they can climb aboard, helping push it to first place again. Other notable runners-up include Franklins toy store, the splash fountain at Riverdale Park Statio and Artworks Now.
Best Piece of Public Art: The Bear at Riverdale Park Station
The stainless steel and urethane sculpture at Riverdale Park Station again took the top spot. Other notable runners-up included the Route 1 Ride bus, the Ercoupe plane at Riverdale Park Station and the Kermit the Frog statue in University Park.
Best Place to Go Running: Lake Artemesia Trail
The 1.4 mile trail’s greatest asset is connections to Paint Branch Trail, Indian Creek Trail and Northeast Branch Trail. Other notable runners-up included the Anacostia River Trail, the Trolley Trail and Paint Branch Trail.
Best Place to Go Biking: Anacostia River Trail
The 2.6 mile trail runs along the Anacostia River, including Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Colmar Manor Community Park. Other notable runners-up included Anacostia River Trail, Paint Branch Trail and the Trolley Trail.
Best Local Event: Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival
The annual event showcases live bands, craft beers and more than a hundred arts vendors, pushing it to the top spot again. Other notable runners-up included Hyattsville’s Summer Jam series, Maryland Day at the University of Maryland and the Historic Hyattsville House Tour.
Best Hidden Gem: OpenBarre Studios
The College Park barre studio was the winner in this category for the second year in a row. Other runners-up included Numi Yoga in College Park, Crossfit Hyattsville and Revive Community Acupuncture in College Park.
Best Locally Owned Shop: Numi Yoga
The College Park yoga studio won this category, beating out competition from OpenBarre Studios, Tanglewood Works, Franklins and Proteus Bicycles. Numi also won handily in the new category for “Best Yoga Studio.”
Best Woman-Owned Business: OpenBarre Studios
The College Park barre studio was the winner in this new category, followed by Numi Yoga, Crossfit Hyattsville, Proteus Bicycles, Tanglewood Works and Bee Yoga Fusion. OpenBarre also won easily in the new category “Best Fitness Studio.”
Best Bike Shop: Proteus Bicycles
Best Grocery Store: Whole Foods
The Riverdale Park grocery store took the top spot but faced renewed competition from a new MOM’s Organic Market in College Park as well as Yes! Organic Market in the Arts District, Safeway at University Town Center, and the Glut Food Co-Op in Mount Rainier.
Best Community Supported Agriculture: ECO City Farms
Best Place to Get Beer on Tap: Town Center Market
Best Place to Buy Alcohol By the Bottle: Town Center Market
The Riverdale Park store also beat out Franklin’s handily in this new category.
Best Place to Get a Haircut: Today’s Hair
Best Local Artist: Margaret Boozer-Strother
The Mount Rainier artist took the top spot for the first time. Last year’s winner, sculptor Alan Binstock, was also mentioned.
Best Local Musician(s): Paint Branch Creek
The local Americana band, which released a CD earlier this year, took the top spot for the first time. Indie rock group Blue Plains, rockers Unring the Bell and New Orleans jazz band the Wild Anacostias were also mentioned.
Best Barista: Diane Contreras
Vigilante barista Diane Contreras again took the top spot.
Best Bartender: Kelly Weiss
A bartender at Pizzeria Paradiso, Weiss also works next door at Art Works Now.
Best Doctor: Dr. Michael Berard
Best Dentist: Dr. Anthony DiGregorio
Best Lawyer: Donald L. Bell
Best Real Estate Agent: Emily Jackson
Best Hair Stylist: Kathleen Hellington at Bananas
Best Handyman: Joe Fugere
Best Plumber: Fred Werth
Best Quantum Computing Company: IonQ