The boxes have been ticked, the votes have been tallied, and our faaabulous readers have spoken. Here are your choices for Utah's most faaabulous everything.
Most Faaabulous Asian Restaurant
From its humble beginnings at what was once a post office box station, Cafe Trang has steadily grown because of its great food and wide selection. Now they have four locations, including the Crane Building and Park City.
2. Thai Siam
Most Faaabulous Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant
The race wasn’t even close. A great atmosphere, faaabulous crowd and delicious food. A winning combo.
3. The Other Place
Most Faaabulous Mexican Restaurant
This restaurant has lines out the door almost from the moment they open until they close. Holy molé.
2. Rio Grande Cafe
3. La Puente
Most Faaabulous Italian Restaurant
Caffe Molise / Cannella’s
A tie between two very different downtown Italian restaurants. Molise is a romantic getaway that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine (ohmygod, go for the gnoche), and Cannella’s is a get-in-get-out authentic Italian lunch joint. Try both in a day when your Italian snob friends visit.
Most Faaabulous Vegetarian Restaurant
Ian at Sage’s is a busy guy and passionate about food, especially vegetarian food. His creative recipes are as beautiful as they are delicious. His newer restaurant, Vertical Diner came in second place.
2. Vertical Diner
3. Addicted/One World (tie)
Most Faaabulous Steak and Seafood
Market Street Grill
Whether it’s oysters, filet mignon or a damn fine clam chowder you’re after, Gastronomy, Inc.’s arguably best-known restaurant delivers the best in fine dining and the best surf’n’turf in Utah.
3. Ruth Chris
Most Faaabulous After-Hours Dining
Dee’s Family Restaurant
Made famous by its pastel interiors and down-homey feel, Dees’ food is hearty, plentiful and affordable and perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner … or the meal that comes in the middle of the night.
3. Village Inn
Most Faaabulous Formal Dining
The New Yorker
Gastronomy, Inc. takes first again with its “best-of-everything” restaurant that specializes in continental cuisine and tasty – and tasteful! – American dishes.
3. Bambara and Martine (tie)
Most Faaabulous Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant
Blue Plate Diner
Be-bop-a-loo-bop! Comfort favorites like huevos rancheros and chicken fried steak and this diner’s ’50s look make this diner one of your favorite “hole in the walls.”
2. Cotton Bottom and Ogies Cafe (tie)
Most Faaabulous Romantic Atmosphere
Candle light. Patio dining. And tasty entrees that mix Old World taste with New World flare. Make your Valentine’s Day reservations now. So many of you like Fresco that it’s bound to be crowded!
2. Paris Bistro
3. La Caille
Food & Drink
Most Faaabulous Burgers
Seven Utah locations AND a signature burger piled high with pastrami? Eat your heart out, Burger King. Utah’s fast food royalty is just cooler than you.
2. Acme Burger
3. Training Table
Most Faaabulous BBQ
Sugar House Barbecue
The restaurant formerly known as Redbones has offered Memphis Style Barbecue and Cajun fare since 1996, but this is the first time this local eatery has appeared in our pages – probably because our readers were too busy picking those tasty ribs. We forgive you.
2. Famous Dave’s
3. Good Wood
Most Faaabulous Sandwiches
Toasters is a European-style deli in downtown Salt Lake City that specializes in scrumptious sandwiches. Some of these, like their bagel breakfasts, are also, coincidently, toasted.
3. Paradise and Robin’s Nest (tie)
Most Faaabulous Appetizers
Red Rock Brewing Company
Red Rock is best known for its brewery. But when we read about their appetizers, like Cajun fried tiger shrimp, beer cracker and – no foolin’ – fried green tomatoes, we agree with you that their fare is just as good as their beer.
3. Fiddler’s Elbow
Most Faaabulous Pizza
The Pie Pizzeria
Any U of U student could’ve told you that the Pie’s fresh toppings (including Geona Salami and bay shrimp) and generous portions make it the state’s most faaabulous pizzeria.
3. Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta and Stoneground (tie)
Most Faaabulous Salads
Red Rock Brewing Company
Apparently, their Chinese beef, warm goat cheese and New York steak salads rocked so much you didn’t even try to vote for anyone else. Most impressive.
Most Faaabulous Soup
Big City Soup
Vegan-friendly, hearty and creative, we were heartbroken when Big City Soup had to leave Main Street, but are thrilled that they’re still stewing over at the Gateway Center.
2. Soup Kitchen
3. Paradise Bakery
Most Faaabulous Sushi
Located on popular Market St., Takashi holds its own against the competition with its faaabulous and ever-changing sushi menu. Whether you’re a connossieur of tamago, unagi or more exotic rolls, you’ll find something to tickle your palate.
2. Tsunami and Happy Sumo (tie)
Most Faaabulous Desserts
Market Street Grill
Their crème brulee is so faaabulous,
it makes you cry.
2. Oasis/Dodo (tie)
Most Faaabulous Sunday Brunch
Market Street Grill
2. Eggs in the City
Most Faaabulous Drink Prices
Gene at Try-Angles always treats you right, whether it’s giving his regulars funny nick names, feeding them his yummy corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day or giving back to the community by sponsoring charitable causes. Oh yeah. And his $1 drafts every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday make your wallet and your belly happy, too.
2. Burt’s Tiki Lounge and Bongo (tie)
Most Faaabulous Wine Selection
This upscale restaurant on West Broadway specializes in an encyclopedic list of classy vintages, some (like the Château Palmer) dating back to 1970. Oui!
2. Spencer’s and Lugano (tie)
Most Faaabulous Beer Selection
Awesome Cajun food and over 200 microbrews bottled or on tap? Yeah, Bayou is to beer what Metropolitan is to wine.
3. The Woodshed
Most Faaabulous Martinis
The Red Door
This nifty little bar near Hotel Monaco has it all hot Cuban décor, smoking Jazz music and the best martinis in the city. Also, a really big picture of Che Guevara.
2. Mynt Lounge and Oyster Bar (tie)
Most Faaabulous Coffee
Friendly staff, yummy pastries and did we mention the coffee and tea? Whether you’re looking for an exotic cappuccino or a plain black coffee to kick you awake for work, the Coffee Garden is the place to go.
2. Salt Lake Roasting Company
3. Beans & Brews and Coffee Break (tie)
Most Faaabulous Bargain Clothing
This Sugar House thrift shop with its funky, trendy outfits and excellent deals puts the “t” in trendy and the “f” in faaabulous for our readers who favor a young, hip urban look.
2. Deseret Industries
Most Faaabulous High-End CLothing Store
Ah, yes. The place you chose for the best men’s sexy jeans, undies and swimwear also has the cheekiest name in town. We dare you to say it three times fast.
Most Faaabulous Shoes that Would Make Kelly Envious
Ohmygod. Shoes! Unlike some of the ill-fated footwear in every gay man’s favorite viral video, you voted that the shoes at this national department store universally rule.
Most Faaabulous Boutique for Drag Queens
Decades/Blue Boutique (tie)
Vintage clothing shop Decades tied with one of the city’s most (in)famous lingerie boutiques. We dare the Cyber Sluts to use items from both at their next show.
2. Deseret Industries
3. Lane Bryant
Most Faaabulous Bookstore
Our readers agree. You can’t go wrong with a historic independent book store, especially one that boasts miles and miles of reading material.
2. King’s English
3. Barnes & Noble
Most Faaabulous Music Store for the iTunes-phobic
Graywhale made selling used CDs popular (and cost-effective) in Utah long before chains like F.Y.E. did. Given their excellent selection and friendly, knowledgeable staff, we hope they’ll outlast the chains, too.
Most Faaabulous Place to Rent/Buy Videos
Yep, the Tower not only shows great independent (and gay) movies, it also rents and sells them. As if you needed another excuse to visit 9th and 9th.
Most Faaabulous Furniture Store
Apparently, all the jokes about this famous European furniture store and gay people have some truth to them. Looking at their faaabulous chairs, sofas and comfy foam mattresses, who can blame us?
2. Z Gallery
3. RC Willey
Most Faaabulous Antiques
Anthony’s Antiques and Fine Arts
‘Antique’ is often synonymous with ‘junk,’ but not at Anthony’s. This store’s stunning furniture, lighting fixtures and even art make this the classiest antique shop in the valley.
2. Abode/Decades (tie)
Most Faaabulous Wheels
Mark Miller Toyota
Miller’s auto dealership not only offers fabulous prices, but according to its Web site it will become fully eco friendly in June. That’s pretty faaabulous.
2. Ken Garff
Most Fabulous Flower Shop
Gay-owned florist Twigs has won a Fabbie every year for its friendly customer service, speedy deliveries and faaabulous selection. Q loves you, Raymond!
2. Every Blooming Thing
3. Flower Patch/Celestial Floral (tie)
Most Faaabulous Roses
3. Every Blooming Thing
Most Faaabulous Gift Store
You know those saucy novelty stores where you can get dirty birthday cards, edible underwear and shirts that say things like “Dip Me in Honey and Feed Me to the Lesbians?” Well, Cahoots is like that, only gayer.
3. Cabin Fever
Most Faaabulous Stationery Store
In these days of emails and text messages, nothing is as faaabulous as a handwritten letter. And Tabula Rasa has enough high-quality paper, sealing wax and fountain pens to make your faaabulous letter even more faaabulous.
3. Cabin Fever
Most Faaabulous Adult Store
Looking for some sensual massage oil, adult toys or fetish wear? Then you’re probably feeling a little bit mischievous. This well-stocked (tee hee) downtown shop in can help.
3. Blue Boutique
Most Faaabulous Gym
A health club that never closes. What better way to get that six pack or flat stomach to show off for the guy or gal of your dreams this summer? Even better this corporate fitness chain has locations all around the state.
2. Gold’s Gym
3. Planet Fitness
Most Faaabulous Ski Resort
When the weather outside is frightful our skiing readers find these slopes delightful. Just be sure to check out their faaabulous mountain (and equally faaabulous classes) before the snow melts.
2. Deer Valley
3. Snowbird/Brighton tie
Most Faaabulous Hair Salon
Eco-friendly, Aveda-enabled and they handle everything from hair to facials to make up? Sign us up for a faaabulous package, please!
2. AeroLab / High Maintenance tie
3. Butterfly Jack
Most Faaabulous Place For a Maincure/Pedicure
And what’s a good pampering without a manicure or a pedicure – especially one that’s reasonably priced and done by a friendly technician? With manicures starting at $15 there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get nailed next time you’re in Salt Lake City.
2. Landis Salon
Most Faaabulous Place to Get Waxed
Skinworks is a school for estheticians with a salon staffed by its students. According to you, they all deserve “A”s when it comes to waxing your backs, arms, legs and everywhere elses.
2. Landis Salon
Most Faaabulous Tattoo Parlor
This faaabulous ten-year-old studio offers custom tattoo design and permanent make up as well as online portfolios to help you pick the artist who is right for you. Sadly, our attempts to convince Michael to get the Q logo inked on his forehead have proven unsuccessful … so far.
2. Good Times
3. Lost Art
Most Faaabulous Place to get Pierced
No, not your left nipple, your right eyebrow, or even both nostrils. Though the friendly, experienced staff at this favorite Sugar House studio will be glad to do all of the above for you (just not all at once, because that would probably be complicated).
2. Koi Piercing
3. Big Deluxe
Most Faaabulous Therapists
If you’re gay and need therapy, it’s always faaabulous to talk to a counselor who can understand your sexual orientation because they’re also gay. It’s also faaabulous to support therapists who give back to the community with support groups – including one to help men who get arrested for having public sex with other men.
2. Aspen Grove Counseling
3. The Trapp
Most Faaabulous Real Estate Agent
Rainbow Mountain realtor Mark Barr is everything a faaabulous realtor should be outgoing, professional, friendly and, above all, in love with his city (and we also hear he plays a mean game of tackle football).
2. Babs De Lay
3. Julie Silveous
Most Faaabulous Dentist
Sugar House Dental Spa
Q readers have spoken. Dentist Kirkland Graham drills you and fills you and leaves you smiling.
2. Dr. Greg Perkins
3. Williamson Dental
Most Faaabulous Doctor
Christopher Gamble / Rose Shorter (tie)
This year, Q favorite doc Christopher Gamble had some competition
Salt Lake City internist Rose Shorter. The fact that you’re nominating so many gay-friendly doctors is pretty faaabulous to us.
2. Dr. Sarah Ormsby
Most Faaabulous Physician’s Assistant
Because where would a faaabulous doc be without these faaabulous folks? And for our readers, this U of U Hospital employee is as faaabulous as they come.
Most Faaabulous Massage
Kura Door and Christian Allred (tie)
This year, the faaabulous therapists at this holistic Japanese spa square off against last year’s winner and enemy of sore muscles everywhere, Christian Allred. Think they might decide the title with a massage contest if we asked nicely?
2. Vonya Olachnovitch
3. Kevin Guzik
Most Faaabulous Dog Groomer
You might remember this gay-owned groomer from last year, when they gave Michael’s pooch Xena a fluffy new ’do. Xena sure does, and she says the experience was faaabulous (well, except for the part with the scary blow drier).
2. Camp Bark-a-Lot
3. Yuppie Puppie
Most Faaabulous Attorney
Laura Milliken Gray
Whether they need help with co-guardianship agreements, wills or other domestic partner documents, Q readers turn to this faaabulous gay-friendly attorney for all their needs.
2. Doug Fadel
3. Lauren Barros
Most Faaabulous Hotel
This downtown boutique hotel is faaabulous in so many ways, from its annual Red Party to benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation to its Pink Party just before Utah Pride Day. Its charitable leanings and its trendy décor make it the best hotel for our readers.
2. The Hilton
3. Grand America
Most Faaabulous B & B
Yep, we checked. They welcome same-sex couples. How faaabulous is that?
2. Under the Lindens
3. Armstrong Mansion
Most Faaabulous Radio Station
No surprise, here. Any radio station with Q columnist and rabble-rouser Troy Williams as host has got to be a favorite with our readers.
Most Faaabulous TV News
Their anchors are hard working, yet personable enough to joke around between segments. But we also think a lot of you just want to Get Gephardt in bed.
2. Fox 13
Most Faaabulous Theatre Company
Plan-B has been wowing theatre-goers for decades with its edgy, innovative and all-around provocative work, from last year’s award-winning Facing East to the annual celebration of censored literature, And the Banned Played On. We’re glad you love them as much as we do.
2. Salt Lake Acting Company
3. Pioneer Theatre
Most Faaabulous Local Band
The Purr Bats
These guys revel in bizarro conspiracy theories, kitschy collages and songs about how weird Salt Lake City is. Also, they list Pokemon, Ouija Boards and “Electricity without which we’d be sunk” as influences, which alone makes them awesome.
2. The Spazmatics
Most Faaabulous Musical Group
Salt Lake Men’s Choir
“Utah’s Other Choir” has done Broadway, Hollywood and The Ladies’ Literary Club in the last few months. They must have pretty big … voices. And big hearts — admission to their last holiday concert was free with a donation to the Utah Food Bank.
2. Utah Symphony
Most Faaabulous Art Gallery
This Salt Lake City gallery has 10,000 square feet … for paintings, sculpture, textiles and other eclectic works by innovative artists. There’s no cooler place to be when Gallery Stroll comes around.
2. Utah Museum of Fine Arts
3. Salt Lake Art Center
Most Faaabulous Movie Theater
Broadway Centre Theatre
Yeah, movies where things explode are nice, but Q readers know that the Broadway Centre Theatre is the place to go for thoughtful comedies and dramas – many of them by independent studios – that you won’t find anywhere else (note
films here may also contain things that explode).
2. Tower Theatre
Most Faaabulous Play
Facing East/Gutenberg! The Musical (tie)
When a sober drama about parents coming to terms with a gay son’s suicide and a rollicking two man musical about, um, the inventor of the printing press vie for first place, you know one thing
Plan-B was behind them both and will probably run out of wall space for their awards soon.
Most Faaabulous Concert of the Year
The True Colors Tour
This just in — Faaabulous and gay-positive mega concert featuring icons like Cyndi Lauper, the Dresden Dolls and all-queer quartet The Clicks is a hit with our readers. Whoda thought, right?
2. Rufus Wainwright
3. Indigo Girls
Most Faaabulous Social Group
Queer Village (Utah AIDS Foundation)
UAF’s outreach to gay and bisexual men encourages them to discuss their health issues and encourages a sense of community among participants. And any organization that screens Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? for Gay Movie Night is pretty faaabulous.
3. Spicy Dinner/Utah Male Naturists (tie)
Most Faaabulous Religious Organization
Unitarian Universalist Society
With their queer-friendly attitude (the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society has a transgender minister) and openness when it comes to sensitive religious topics, Utah’s Unitarian churches win with our readers.
2. First Baptist
3. Utah’s Episcopal Church
Most Faaabulous Sports Organization
With programs open to beginning and advanced swimmers alike, the Queer Utah Aquatic Club does a faaabulous job of being what every queer sports organization should be fun, dedicated and inclusive.
2. Mountain West Flag Football League
3. Salt Lake City Gay Athletic Association
Most Faaabulous Worthy Cause
Really, what’s a more faaabulous cause than helping Equality Utah fight for your rights on Capitol Hill?
2. Utah AIDS Foundation
3. Utah Pride Center
Most Faaabulous Queer Leader
In one of our only landslide votes, you all chose Equality Utah Executive Director Mike Thompson for this award. Given the long hours he and his staff have put in fighting for gay rights (and opposing the legislature’s more boneheaded bills) we think it couldn’t go to a better person.
2. Paul Reynolds (Queer Utah Aquatic Club)
3. Valerie Larabee (Utah Pride Center Executive Director) and Nikki Boyer (Utah Stonewall Democrats Chair) (tie)
Most Faaabulous Politician
City Weekly and Q readers both agree. Whether fighting for more inclusive wrongful death benefits or chastising Sen. Chris Buttars, McCoy is one of our most faaabulous legislators (and, rumor has it, a pretty faaabulous basketball player).
2. Rep. Christine Johnson
3. Rep. Jackie Biskupski
Most Faaabulous Straight Ally
Salt Lake City is in good hands after former Mayor Rocky Anderson’s departure. After all, who but a faaabulous mayor like Becker would not only propose to make a domestic partnership registry but go to Capitol Hill to defend it?
2. Jan Lovett
3. Boyer Jarvis
Most Faaabulous Actor
Alexis Baigue is something of a local celebrity. And he should be. Whether performing in Utah organ donor commercials, narrating KUED documentaries or acting on the stage (his natural home), his talent is inspiring, masterful and all-around faaabulous. Next year, we may have to name the award afer him.
2. Kirk Bateman
3. Jay Perry
Most Faaabulous Bartender
Stan – Club Try Angles
Or sometimes known as Phoebe, Blanche, Dumpy, Grumpy, Humpy or Nipples, this is the man to spill your heart to over a beer. He listens to you like you’re the only one in the room and his company is always like a breath of fresh air.
2nd Place: Ducky – Gossip
3rd Place: Wee & Mogeley – Paper Moon
Most Faaabulous Performer
The divine and sharp-tongued Miss Nova rules again! But who could help loving this faaabulous drag queen and her tasty chocolate Nova Bars?
2. Raven Debonaire
3. David Archuleta
Most Faaabulous Gay Bar
Now in its fifth year, Club Try-Angles continues to be the hot spot for the working stiff weekday crowd and the young clubbing weekend crowd. From the monthly Bear Jam to the popular Underwear Nights to beer-soaked Mondays, Wilma and the clan keep us bellying up to the bar at a decent price.
2nd Place: Trapp Door and Gossip
3rd Place: The Trapp
Most Faaabulous Lesbian Bar
Toni Fitzgerald is a fabulous lesbian (excuse the oxymoron, but she is!) bar owner. She’s always out to raise money for great causes and she knows how to draw the crowds. In fact, you can find many of her patrons dancing her own choreography almost any night of the week — except Mondays.
2nd Place: MoDiggity’s
Most Faaabulous Mixed Bar
Tavernacle Social Club
This is where you can find Mama, karaoke crooners, dueling pianos and a wide selection of booze. Located in prime space in downtown Salt Lake, this gay-friendly establishment is non-smoking and has the perfect space for large parties.
2nd Place: The Hotel
3rd Place: The Mynt Lounge
Most Faaabulous Karaoke
Tavernacle Social Club
Another win for this hip, friendly watering hole. The acoustics are perfect for the talented David Archuletas and David Cooks of karaoke, as well as the no-so-talented Sanjayas and Mariah Careys (she was a toss-off from Season 3, wasn’t she?)
2nd Place: The Trapp and paper Moon
3rd Place: The Woodshed
Most Faaabulous Place to Watch a Game
A grandscale “women’s sports bar,” this is the place to watch just about any sporting event on a number of large screens. Also, Mo and Dig bring in some real musical talent from time to time, and the space is accomodating.
2nd Place: Fiddler’s Elbow
3rd Place: Iggy’s
Most Faaabulous Dance Club
With a new interior and exterior look, this top-notch hip-hop/rave/techno/pop/pachanga spin table dance club is the place to work your dance moves, as well as your pick-up moves. Hot guys, hot ladies, hot drag queens — whatever your taste, you can find it on the dance floor at Trapp Door.
2nd Place: Gossip
3rd Place: Paper Moon
Most Faaabulous Club to Watch a Live Show
In the Venue
An 18 and over sub-venue of Club Sound has garnered this year’s fabby award. There’s always a unique lineup of local musicians for the music connoisseur, as well as up-and-coming superstars such as Colbie Caillat and Kate Voegel.
2nd Place: The Depot
3rd Place: Paper Moon
The Rest of the FABBYs
Most Faaabulous Lube
Oh my God. Just give it the most faaabulous everything award and call it a day.
2. Wet Platinum/KY Jelly (tie)
(By far our funniest category, your choices like Colt, Boy Butter and Stroke 29 had us sniggering like fourth graders. And the wise guys or gals who sent in “Crisco” and “spit” need an award for “most faaabulous at making Michael snort coffee all over his monitor.”)
Most Faaabulous Pick-Up Line
Nice Legs. What time do they open?
The only question is what do you do if they say, “They’re closed for repairs?”
2. You Look Faaabulous (Our personal favorite for blindingly obvious reasons.)
3. Lets play with some balls at Dottie’s mini putt-putt golf course. (Sister Dottie is scandalized, I tell you!)
Most Faaaabulous Q Columnist
Ruth’s funny, thoughtful and provocative observations about family life, child-raising and the struggle for gay equality in Utah are the stuff of truly faaabulous writing. Congratulations, Ruth!
2. Michael Aaron
3. Ruby Ridge
Most Faaabulous Story
Portraying Sen. Chris Buttars as a brontosaurus on our cover? Well, we try our best to tell the truth.
2. A Different Kind of Boy
3. Unfit Parents