In the annual Best of New Orleans™ survey we invite you to tell us what you think about the many facets of life in the metropolitan area — from food to entertainment and politics to retailers. You never let us down; more than 3,600 of you voted in this year's poll — the most ballots we've ever received. As we told you last year, we really do count all the ballots, so if you disagree with the winning answers, talk to your neighbors, take them to your favorite places and see if your choices come out more to your liking next year.

  For Gambit, your answers give us insight into our community, advice on places we might not know and pause for thought about others we've forgotten or overlooked. Throughout the list of winners this year, we've inserted some Editor's Picks, suggesting alternate venues, entertainers, etc. that may become our readers' future favorites — or are just good places to experience new things.

  Without further adieu, here is the Best of New Orleans™ 2012 as determined by Gambit readers.

Food | Bars & Entertainment | Local Life

Media | Politics | Good & Services

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