I don't think I that I ask too much from you, my wonderful readership. Expect too much? Of course. But ask? Not really. I do enjoy/require a little affirmation from time to time, however, and this is such a cheap, easy and less invasive way to give it, how can you possibly deny me?
The Metro Times Best of Detroit poll is also a really great way to help out our fellow gays and gay-friendlies who are doing all the right kinds of things in the city. Since the onerous rules of the poll require you vote in at least 20 categories, I've put together the Supergay Slate with my picks that you can use! All you have to do is set aside five minutes, go to this link, and vote for these deserving entities ... or pick some of your very own! It's fun, it's easy, and you can send a virtual pick-me-up bouquet to a bunch of folks who would really love it!
And when you are done, why don't you email this slate to your wonderful friends! Click here to forward this post.
Metro Times Best of Detroit 2008: The Supergay Slate
Best Detroit Riverfront Attraction : Bike Rentals (from our friends at Wheelhouse!)
Best Dog Park : Doggy Style co-presenter Canine to Five's urban dog park
Best Local Radio Talk Show : Detroit Public Radio's Detroit Today (because sometimes they let me talk on it)
Best Local News Blog : Detroitist (detroitist.blogspot.com)
Best Local Pop Culture Blog : Supergay Detroit! (supergaydetroit.blogspot.com)
Best Florist : This is a toughie, there are two deserving gay-owned florists. My pick this year is Blossoms because, while they are located in Birmingham, the owners just spent like $17 million renovating the Frank Lloyd Wright Turkel House in Detroit. Blumz owners also live in Detroit, and they have a location here, but this past year their money went into expanding the Ferndale location. It's really kind of a wash, so pick your fave.
Best Place to Buy Furniture : Mezzanine (although Ikea or Art Van always win this category, so you may want to save your vote for ...)
Best Indie Home Furnishing Store : Mezzanine, or Bureau of Urban Living. (both are deserving - and while Mezzanine is gay-owned Bureau is as gay friendly as you can be. Pick your fave!)
Best Gourmet Grocery Store : Zaccaro’s (because they really are quite lovely, if you are not buying produce, and I need them to stick around because they are so convenient)
Best Health Club : Downtown YMCA
Best Bike Shop : Wheelhouse
Best New Nightspot (Last 2 Years) : Park Bar (last chance in this category!)
Best Gay Bar : Detroit Guerrilla Queer Bar (because it really is)
Best Beer Selection in a Bar : Park Bar
Best Place to get a Martini : Centaur, home of the original gay straight guy, and great friends
Best Jukebox : Honest? John’s Bar & No Grill
Best Jazz Club : Cliff Bell’s
Best Restaurant Under $15 per diner : Bucharest Grill (inside the Park Bar)
Best Restaurant Under $50 per diner : my fave, Atlas Global Bistro
Best Hangover Brunch : Honest? John’s Bar & No Grill
Best Barbeque Restaurant : Slows Bar BQ
Best Neighborhood Pizza : Motor City Brewing Works or ...
Best Gourmet Pizza Place : Supino Pizzeria (Dave Mancini’s great new place in Eastern Market - thanks Open City! Let's give the new guy a boost!)
Best Brewpub Restaurant : Motor City Brewing Works
Best Beer Selection in a restaurant : Slows Bar BQ
Best Bakery : Avalon International Breads (family owned and operated, if you know what I mean!)
Best Tea Room : No comment (do they mean what I think they mean??)
Best Indie Coffee Shop: Rowland Café (in the Guardian Building)