For, like, forever it seems San Antonians have been collaborating to select their favorite things about the place they call home. Such favoritism started well before there was a city, with Spanish missionaries selecting the San Antonio River’s headwaters as Best Day Spa (and the natives already enjoying the spot, Best Cheap Labor). With the influx of westward hoeing Americans and large number of German émigrés, the town’s leaders began to wrestle over categories like: Best Hat Style, Best (Rowdiest) Local Festival, Best Pit Latrine Design, and Best Way to Skirt Mexican Laws Against Slavery. Later, we saw Best Place to Hide Confederate Kinfolk (“the attic” was a popular pick, along with the occasional “Alamo basement” and “on town council”).
But for more than an enlightened decade you’ve been doing this difficult work with us as part of our annual Best of San Antonio experience. Those of you who took the time to vote on our website between March 9 and March 30 are to thank for this year’s crop of delights. (Best of San Antonio party planning — moving from the Witte to Historic Sunset Station, reverentially avoiding a Good Friday orgy — cut our traditional four weeks of voting short. We hope party attendees are not too disappointed!) Among the winners, we spotted a few new faces this year and are excited to get out into the city and sample everything we now know we’ve been so wrongly denying ourselves. COCO Chocolate Lounge, best start shaking our “Sexual” now.
Last year’s policy of requiring voters to list specific locations for chain establishments remained in effect this year, though few of you heeded the instruction when tapping in nominations for chain bookstores, hot dog shops, and taco stands. Failing to list unique locations for chains inevitably skewed results to the single-store-ownin’ mom-and-pops out there. On behalf of all those moms and pops, we offer lazy voters our thanks.
Astute readers will also recall that programming SNAFU last year that failed to record the results for Puffy Tacos (as well as Best Paleta, and Best Family-Friendly Fiesta Event). We’re proud to report that the taco wiring was patched up this round, but lament the fact that HAL spit the much-coveted Best Happy Hour and newbie category Best Political Fiasco results back in our face. Rather than rush into the breach and pontificate for yet another week about what we like, we decided to let the matter sit until next year. After all, Best Of is supposed to be a communal experience. You hear from us enough all those other 51 weeks of the year.
In determining second- and third-place winners, there were many ties. These are listed with the parenthetical (Tie). However, when faced with more than two winners tied for a second- or third-place position, we cut the ranking altogether.
Two categories did not receive enough votes to merit listing any winners: these categories were Best Wurst and Best (Pedi)Cabbie. We’ll be debating whether to give them another shot for our End-of-Life-as-We-Know-It Best Of issue in 2012 as we continue to strive to keep things fresh. Let us know what you think on the category front as we move forward. After all, it’s gonna be the End of Life as You Know It soon enough, too.