January 3, 2012

Readers' Choice

Mainers pick favorites in more categories than ever in our annual poll.

By Ray Routhier rrouthier@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Nemo Burian hoists a freshly baked potato, bacon and scallion pizza at Otto Pizza on Congress Street in Portland, the Readers Choice winner for best pizza.

Photos by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

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Stylist Jessica Parzych, right, takes care of Krista Wood of South Portland at Head Games Salon for Hair & Body in Portland, the readers favorite for best hair and nail salon.

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Second Place: Longfellow Books, Portland

Honorable Mention: Nonesuch Books and Cards, South Portland and Biddeford

BEST DOG-FRIENDLY PARK

Fort Williams Park

1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth

799-4151; tinyurl.com/fortwilliams

Amazingly, this is a town-run park. It's one of the most scenic places in Maine, with a gorgeous rocky coastline, old military buildings, sprawling lawns and Portland Head Light.

Second Place (TIE): Willard Beach, South Portland; Eastern Promenade, Portland; Deering Oaks, Portland

Honorable Mention: None 

BEST BOUTIQUE OR CLOTHING STORE

Restless Threads

345 North Street, Saco

391-9339

This store promotes "fun, fashionable" clothing and accessories at an affordable price.

Second Place: Material Objects, Portland

Honorable Mention (TIE): Mexicali Blues, various locations; Sashay's, Falmouth 

BEST NAIL SALON

Head Games Salon for Hair & Body

116 Free St., Portland

773-8393; headgameshair.com

This popular salon offers a wide range of services for hair and health, including a "deep sea clay scalp treatment" or a foot soak and massage.

Second Place: Lucinda's Day Spa, Cumberland and Scarborough

Honorable Mention: Akari, Portland 

BEST DAY SPA

Lucinda's Day Spa

263 Route 1, Cumberland Foreside; 311 Beech Ridge Road, Scarborough

829-3100, ext. 2; lucindasdayspa.com

Two locations. So whether you are north or south of Portland, if you need a spa day, you're not far from getting one.

Second Place: Head Games Salon for Hair & Body, Portland

Honorable Mention (TIE): Nine Stones, Portland; Akari, Portland 

BEST HAIR SALON

Head Games Salon for Hair & Body

116 Free St., Portland

773-8393; headgameshair.com

Try the "Liscio Crystal Blowout." The website says it's better and safer than a Brazilian blow out. For those of you who speak hair.

Second Place: Akari, Portland

Honorable Mention (TIE): Bei Capelli, Scarborough; Mensroom, Portland 

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Sanctuary Tattoo & Art Gallery

31 Forest Ave, Portland

828-8866; sanctuarytattoo.com

The Sanctuary folks are artistic and straight shooters. They'll tell you, yes, it does hurt, and no, we won't give you a tattoo if you're not 18.

Second Place: Tsunami Tattoo, Portland

Honorable Mention: Pins & Needles, Portland 

BEST BEACH

Pine Point Beach

Pine Point Road and East Grand Avenue, Scarborough

pinepointbeach.com; visitmaine.net/beaches.htm

This is basically the much quieter stretch of beach north of Old Orchard Beach. It's a great place for families to stay, because it's quiet, but also very close to the excitement of OOB.

Second Place: Higgins Beach, Scarborough

Honorable Mention: Popham Beach, Phippsburg 

BEST BEACH-SIDE RESTAURANT

Joseph's By the Sea

55 West Grand Ave., Old Orchard Beach

934-5044; josephsbythesea.com

A "casual elegance" restaurant overlooking the ocean. Serves breakfast and dinner.

Second Place: The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth

Honorable Mention: Garofalo's Restaurant at Higgins Beach Inn, Scarborough 

BEST HOTEL OR RESORT

Samoset Resort

220 Warrenton St., Rockport

594-2511; samosetresort.com

On the water between Camden and Rockland, this resort has a spectacular location. And it's close to lots of great sightseeing and day-trip opportunities.

Second Place: Nonantum Resort, Kennebunkport

Honorable Mention: Inn By The Sea, Cape Elizabeth 

BEST GOLF COURSE

Belgrade Lakes Golf Club

46 Clubhouse Drive, Belgrade Lakes

495-4653; belgradelakesgolf.com

Even if you don't like golf (and who doesn't like golf?), playing this course in the beautiful Belgrade Lakes area is a worthwhile experience.

Second Place (TIE): Samoset Resort, Rockland; Portland Country Club, Falmouth

Honorable Mention: None 

BEST BED & BREAKFAST

Higgins Beach Inn

34 Ocean Ave., Scarborough

883-6684; higginsbeachinn.com

It's only seven miles south of Portland, but at this quaint old inn, you feel like you're a lot farther away. It also has a great restaurant, Garofalo's.

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Bayside Bowl in Portland is the Readers Choice winner for best bowling alley. It also has a bar, pub food and a performance space.

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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth wins the most votes from readers for the best lobster roll and for best outdoor dining.

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Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland is the top vote-getter for best bar.

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University of Southern Maine students Ry Russell, left, Tyler Wells and Patric Brophy run the Saco Drive-In, awinner with readers.

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