March 17, 2010

A guide to what's good about Maine22ND ANNUAL AUDIENCE READERS' POLL


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John Patriquin/ Staff Photographer: Friday. July 13, 2007. Beachgoers enjoy a summer day today Friday. July 13, 2007. For the Maine Life series on Old Orchard Beach.

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John Patriquin/ Staff Photographer: Wed., August 29, 2007. Shipyard Brewing Co. tour today in Portland.

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For the good of the country, it's time to end all this talk about Obama versus Clinton and turn to more pressing debates -- such as Red's versus Lobster Shack, Gritty's versus Shipyard and Old Orchard Beach versus Popham Beach.

These are the questions on Mainers' minds after months of living in the shadows of mountain-sized snowbanks.

And we've got answers.

The results of the 22nd annual Audience Readers' Poll are in, and we've got winners in 20 categories, from best restaurant and best pizza to best sledding hill and best playground.

Each year, the poll takes the pulse of Mainers in the crucial areas of food, fun and frolic. If you're looking for places to eat, things to do and folks to watch, let the poll results be your guide.

This year, 1,795 ballots were cast on paper or online. One surprise was the number of national chains that placed high in the poll. But hey, the chains outnumber the local places, so it was just a matter of time before they started doing well in our poll.

But if you're looking for suggestions on the best places for a Maine-made cup of Joe or baked good, or a distinctly local place to dance or see a band, we've got them here, too.

The reason for voting should be the satisfaction of knowing you're helping create a great resource for your fellow Mainers. Still, we add incentive by giving away cash prizes at random to a few people who voted. This year, the winners include Carol Sharp of Bath, $100; and Sarah Montimurro of Cumberland, $50. The name of our $25 winner had not been confirmed at press time.

To see all the results, please turn to Page E4.

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Staff Photo by Gordon Chibroski, Tue, Jun 27, 2000: With cups of cool pink and yellow lemonade sitting on the table, Laurie Lytle of Annarbor, Michigan, holds on to her sun hat as she and her daughter, Chelsea,10, wait for her husband to bring the order of food from the Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth. The sea breezes were very cool and a welcome relief from the hot humid weather in the city. Her husband had a business meeting in Portland and they came along to see Maine for the first time.

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Staff Photo by Herb Swanson, Tuesday, July 4, 2006: Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport crosses the finish line to win the women's division of the L.L. Bean 10K Road Race in Freeport Tuesday morning. More than 500 hundred runners took part in the 6.2 mile race.

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STAFF PHOTO BY DAVID A. RODGERS -- Friday, February 20, 1998 -- Andrew Brooks, 8, leads his sister, Amanda, 5, as the two explore the waterline at Popham Beach Friday afternoon. The two were walking the beach at low tide with their grandparents, Mavis and Norton Brooks of Cundy's Harbor.

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STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN EWING -- Wednesday, January 27, 1999 -- Don Campbell, a Maine musician who is making a name for himself in Nashville these days.

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Staff Photo by Gordon Chibroski, Friday, May 4, 2001: Cindy Williams, news anchor at WCSH. For Mothers' Day story that will run May 13.

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Staff Photo by Derek Davis, Wednesday, March 15, 2006: AUD.POLL. Kim Block has been with WGME 13 News for 25 years.


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