Best of Independent Toronto 2006: Call for Nominations

It's that time of year again. Time to assess the best of what this city has to offer. And while we might like the Apple Store, No Frills or the Varsity Cinema, we know that it's the mom and pop, independently-owned stores, restaurants and businesses that help shape the city's culture and make Toronto unique.

With that in mind we're launching our second annual Best of Independent Toronto poll. Voting will begin in January but until then we're asking you, the readers of the site to offer up your nominees for up to 80 categories.

The categories are below. Don't see a category that should be in our list? Suggest it!

You can submit as many nominees in as many categories as you like. Simply write them in the comment section of this post or send them in an email to bestof [at] blogto [dotocom]. For reference, here are last year's winners and nominees.


1. Best Roti
2. Best Thai
3. Best Sushi
4. Best Indian
5. Best Street Meat
6. Best Korean
7. Best Jerk
8. Best Burrito
9. Best Late Night Chinese Food
10. Best Pizza
11. Best Falafel
12. Best Burger
13. Best Pho
14. Best Latin American Food
15. Best Churrasqueira
16. Best Vegetarian
17. Best Salad
18. Best Bread
19. Best Baked Goods
20. Best Brunch Spot
21. Best Tapas
22. Best Dim Sum
23. Best Steak
24. Best Gelato
25. Best Ethiopian
26. Best Fish 'N Chips
27. Best Donair
28. Best Pasta
29. Best Juice Bar
30. Best Oysters
31. Best Portuguese
32. Best Sandwhiches
33. Best Dumplings
34. Best Cheese Shop
35. Best Bagel
36. Best Cafe
37. Best Place to Buy Fresh Fish
38. Best Butcher
39. Best Bulk Food Store
40. Best Health Food Store
41. Best Place to Take Cooking Classes
42. Best Neighbourhood Grocer
43. Best New Restaurant

Nightlife, Music, Film and Arts

44. Best New Bar
45. Best Place to Go Dancing
46. Best Live Music Venue
47. Best After Hours Club
48. Best Recurring Music Night
49. Best Music Store (New)
50. Best Music Store (Used)
51. Best Video Rental Store
52. Best Place to See a Film
53. Best Art Gallery
54. Best Art Supply Store
55. Best Book Store
56. Best New Book (About Toronto or Toronto author)
57. Best Comic Store
58. Best Place to See a Play
59. Best Independent Magazine

Fashion and Fitness

60. Best Men's Clothing Store
61. Best Women's Clothing Store
62. Best Unisex Clothing Store
63. Best Vintage Clothing
64. Best Bike Store
65. Best Furniture Store (New)
66. Best Furniture Store (Vintage)
67. Best Place to Buy a T-shirt
68. Best Lingerie
69. Best Sex Shop
70. Best Body Art/Piercing
71. Best Hair Salon
72. Best Nail Salon
73. Best Waxing
74. Best Spa
75. Best Place to Buy Sneakers
76. Best Shoe Store
77. Best Skate, Surf or Snowboard Shop
78. Best Computer/Electronics Store
79. Best Yoga Studio
80. Best Fitness Club

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