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: Hartwell House, Ogunquit

Honorable Mention: Berry Manor Inn, Rockland 


Downeast Duck Adventures

94 Commercial St., Portland

774-3825; (800) 979-3370; downeastducktours.com

See Portland by land AND by sea with this amphibious vehicle tour. If you've never been in a bus as it drives straight into the water, you ought to try it. It's a blast.

Second Place: Portland Trolley Tour, Portland

Honorable Mention: All Aboard Trolley, Rockland 


Casco Bay Lines

56 Commercial St., Portland

774-7871; cascobaylines.com

Casco Bay Lines is the transit system for the Casco Bay islands. It does offer lots of cruises, some with music. But sometimes, just the short commuter's hop to Peaks Island is enough to satisfy your cruising needs.

Second Place: Downeast Duck Adventures, Portland

Honorable Mention: Lucky Catch Cruises, Portland 


Lucky Catch Cruises

170 Commercial St., Portland

761-0941; luckycatch.com

On the Lucky Catch, they haul lobster traps, letting passengers help and explaining every step they take. They also have private charters.

Second Place: Bailey Island, Harpswell

Honorable Mention: Super Fly, Warren 


Bull Moose

Various locations


Bull Moose has grown to be Maine's best-known music store company. And on the national scene, it's a player too, helping to start the national event known as Record Store Day.

Second Place (TIE): Strawberries, South Portland; Bill O'Neil's House of Rock N Roll, Saco

Honorable Mention: None 


Fort Williams Park

1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth

799-4151; tinyurl.com/fortwilliams

You want history? This park was a military post, beginning in 1899, with lots of buildings and batteries still in place. Plus, the park houses Portland Head Light, first lit in 1791.

Second Place: Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth

Honorable Mention: Acadia National Park, Mt. Desert Island 

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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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