Gambit readers have a lot of opinions — and we've got a lot of categories in our annual Best of New Orleans® survey. Every summer, we ask for your input in categories from Best Banh Mi to Best Political Scandal, from Best Sportcaster to Best Place to Buy a Men's Suit. This year, you really delivered (oh, did you ever) with almost 3,300 ballots cast online and on paper, and our staff spent hours compiling the results. Naturally, some of you had questions — so here are the Best Questions Regarding the Best of New Orleans™ ballot:
• Are the results real?
Indeed they are all too real, which is why we're walking around with glazed eyes and aching fingers at the end of each August. We don't monkey with your choices, even when you (ahem) choose someone who no longer lives in the city as Best Local Author ... or someone who's no longer on the Jefferson Parish Council as Best Jeff Parish Councilmember.
• Why do you make people fill out more than 50 percent of the ballot to be eligible?
Because people have tried to stack the deck in the past by casting hundreds of ballots, but just filling in a few categories. This cuts down on attempted ballot-stacking.
• Do people really try to cheat?
Oh, mais oui.
• What do you do to catch them?
We've been doing this so long that we have our ways.
• Why is [such-and-such] the winner of Best [So-and-So]? Are you people crazy?
That's what we wonder about you sometimes. Still, we love you.
And now, with no further ado: Your Best of New Orleans® 2011.Entertainment and Nightlife
Food and Drink
Goods and Services
Best Answers That Didn't Win
The Best Reasons to Reject a Friend Request
Best Thrift Stores Outside Orleans Parish That Are Worth the Trip
Best Dashboard Confessionals
Best Way to Enjoy Brunch