The 2013 Readers' Choice Award Categories

Here's the list of the 2013 RCA categories.
Jan 9, 2013

The 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are nearly here. The nomination process begins on Monday, Jan. 21 and continues through Thursday, Jan. 31.

You may have heard that we are changing a few things this year, one of which is our new list of categories. We’ve narrowed it down to 40 categories and we’re super exited to see who you, our lovely readers, choose.

So that you can start planning who you want to nominate, here is a list of the 40 categories:

1. Best Perch
2. Best Hamburger
3. Best Pizza
4. Best Wings
5. Best Coffeehouse
6. Best Place for Ice Cream
7. Best Asian Restaurant
8. Best Italian Restaurant
9. Best Mexican Restaurant
10. Best Place for Breakfast
11. Best Place for Dessert
12. Best Happy Hour
13. Best Winery
14. Best Beer Selection
15. Friendliest Service, Dining
16. Friendliest Service, Non-Dining
17. Favorite Community Institution
18. Best Spa
19. Best Hair Salon
20. Best Barber Shop
21. Best Gym/Fitness Center
22. Best Place for Family Fun
23. Best Live D.J.
24. Best Car Repair
25. Best Veterinarian
26. Best Place for Steak
27. Best Place for Lunch
28. Best Bar Food
29. Best French Fries
30. Best Bakery
31. Best Place for Donuts
32. Best Patio
33. Best Place for Live Music
34. Best Dance Studio
35. Best Museum
36. Best Golf Course
37. Best Beach
38. Best Fair or Festival
39. Best Pet Grooming
40. Best Tattoo Parlor

Nominations will be accepted for all of the categories using the online ballot that will be available at, but we will also be accepting nominations for the first 25 categories using special paper ballots that will be available at local businesses.

Keep an eye on for updates on the voting schedule, detailed descriptions of each of the categories, info about the party and more.