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2012 Fabby Award Results

Fabulous Restaurants

Lightest on your Wallet

Vertical Diner — Buying green, buying local and buying vegan are all common labels for the Vertical Diner, but combining that with affordable dining is almost unheard of.  Try the Vertical Burrito – delicious vegan food at a bargain price.
2. The Soup Kitchen   | 3. Vinto

Best After-Hours Cravings

Off Trax — When things wind down at Try-Angles the party continues next door! With Jesse at the helm making one of the city’s best veggie burger (from scratch) and a terrific chicken sandwich (just trust us) this is a great place to start the process of healing the hangover.
2. Bayleaf Café   |  3. The Pie Hole

Best Local Restaurant for Breakfast

Blue Plate Diner — The way-back throw-back Blue Plate Diner has the unique feel of a ‘60s diner combined with modern-day cuisine. The vegetarian options are delectable and make a wonderful start to the day!
2. Eggs in the City    | 3. The Park Café

Best PETA-Approved

Sage’s Café — Not new to the Fabbys, Sage’s Café has been No. 1 for vegetarians since we started the awards in 2007. They’re the undisputed king in Salt Lake for serious gourmet vegetarian food. Even die-hard carnivores  can fall in love with the veggie tacos that carry an amazing amount of flavor.
2. Vertical Diner    | 3. Omar’s Rawtopia

Best Contemporary Restaurant

Forage — Bowman Brown and Viet Pham have opened a world-class restaurant on 900 South that have foodies across the country salivating. Their austere dining room ensures that you focus on the jewel-box presentation of the food that has won just about every dining award that exists.
2. Meditrina    | 3. Eva

Best in Park City

Silver Restaurant — Located in the middle of historic Main Street, this is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the State. During Sundance the last two years Silver has quickly become the place to see and be seen.
2. Squatter’s Pub    |  3. Chez Betty

Best in Ogden

Rooster’s  — No trip to Ogden is complete without a cold beer from Rooster’s! And while you’re there you might as well order their famous fish tacos or the Naughty Fries covered in Pepper Jack, Gorgonzola and Louisiana Hot Sauce. They’re pretty special, probably not gay-approved because of the caloric content, but very memorable.
2. Tona Sushi Bar and Grill   | 3.Sonora Grill

Best Asian Cuisine

Little World — Cheap prices, big flavor and big plates make Little World a truly unique experience. The food is authentic and the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere is the sign of a true foodie experience.
2. Sapa Sushi Bar & Grill    | 3. Kyoto

Best Thai Cuisine

Sawadee — The creamy curries and fabulous shrimp and chicken Pad Thai are just some of the specialties here. Also, check out the lunch specials for a delicious deal you can’t pass up on.
2. Tasty Thai   | 3. Thai Siam

Best South of the Border

Red Iguana — Was there any question? It’s rumored that Steven Spielberg has had their Mole shipped to him on movie sets, it’s that good. You’d honestly be hard pressed to find better Mexican food in Mexico. Luckily for Salt Lake the brand continues to grow with a third store opening in City Creek.
2. Blue Iguana    |  3. Frida Bistro

Best Mediterranean Cuisine

The Med — Formerly known as Café Med, the Mediterranean restaurant is extremely gay-friendly and the prices are right. The casual atmosphere and amiable staff make it a perfect first-date restaurant.
2. Mazza    | 3. Aristo’s

Best Sushi

Takashi — Fresh off of being crowned the QSaltLake Restaurant of the Year for 2011, Takashi takes home its second consecutive prestigious award. Our own Chef Drew said Takashi was one of the most creative, artistic and detailed-oriented restaurants in the state.
2. Ginza    |  3. Red Ginger

Best Steakhouse

Spencer’s Steakhouse — Meat Heaven? Yes please! Few restaurants serve the quality of meat Spencer’s does, and even fewer know how to perfectly seer those chops and steaks. The sommeliers teach without being intimidating and the bartenders can make one of the best Manhattans in town.  If you really want to indulge, try their $18 Bison Burger!
2. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse    |  3. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Best Local Coffee House

The Coffee Garden — It’s been a staple of the 9th and 9th area for decades. They have some of the friendliest baristas who truly know the science of pulling a shot of espresso, The Coffee Garden is a wonderful local alternative to the corporate chains that dot the valley.
2. The Rose Establishment    |  3. Millcreek Coffee Roasters

Best Wine and Beer Selection

The Bayou — Their own slogan is the best description: Beervana. With a menu of over 300 beer choices you just can’t find another restaurant in Utah that can compete with their selection. It’s easy to get lost in that menu, so it’s nice to have such knowledgeable bartenders who can guide you through all those libations.
2. Squatter’s Pub    | 3. Beerhive Pub

Best German

Siegfried’s Deli — The best German potato salad this side of the Berlin Wall, Siegfried’s deli is one of the only places in town to get spaetzle and bratwurst. Visit for lunch or dinner and enjoy a taste of the Deutschland here in Salt Lake!

Best Avenues Restaurant

Pagoda — The newly-remodeled Pagoda in the Avenues is inviting and warm. If you haven’t been since the remodel, you have to visit again. Don’t miss the sushi pizza!

Best Northern Italian

Caffé Molise — A bite of true Italian cuisine in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Visit the queer-friendly restaurant before a night out at the opera or symphony. The butternut squash ravioli is to die for!

 

Most Fabulous Food

Best Burger

Crown Burger — Pastrami lovers unite! The greasy burger may not be diet-friendly, but it is delicious. Pair it with a cold Coke, some French fries and legendary fry sauce and you’ve got yourself a true summer feast!
2. Lucky 13 Bar & Grill  |  3. The Cotton Bottom Inn

Best Sandwich

Robin’s Nest — For its inaugural victory, Robin’s Nest is being recognized for its creative sandwiches. Some of our favorites are the Twisted Tuna, The Madame and of course, The Cowboy.
2. Toaster’s  | 3. Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli

A Slice of Paradise 

The Pie Pizzeria — Go to The Pie for its grunge atmosphere and prevalence of drunk frat boys and stay for the cheese pull-aparts and jumbo-size pizzas. Sometimes nothing is better than pizza and cold beer, especially after dancing your ass off at a local club.
2. Este Pizzeria  | 3. Settebello Pizzeria

Best Pastries

Gourmandise — Coffee, cakes and sandwiches are just some of the offerings of this French-inspired café. The variety of pastries and desserts is impressive and each one is more appealing than the last.
2. Les-Madeleines  | 3. Tulie Bakery

Best Seafood Selection

Market Street Grill — With fresh shrimp, crustaceans and fish flown in daily, the only way to get fresher seafood would be to catch your own. Market Street Grill has locations around the valley and offers the fresh seafood for dine-in and also a carryout.
2. Madelines Steak & Seafood  | 3. Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse & Grill

Best Salads

Oasis Café — The vegan-friendly eatery serves it up fresh and green. The beat tower salad with goat cheese and apple/pear chutney is to die for!
2. Café Trio  | 3. The New Yorker

Best Sunday Brunch

The Wild Grape Bistro —With the first glance at the menu with various small plate options and other more diverse entrees such as lamb gravy, you’ll realize this isn’t your typical Salt Lake City Sunday brunch. The Wild Grape Bistro will transport you temporarily out of Utah with the affordable and fabulous options.
2. Ruth’s Diner  | 3. The Grand America Hotel

Best Fry Sauce

Hires Big H — Burgers and fries drenched in the creamy, delicious Utah treat, with a cold Coke make for the best guilty-pleasure lunch in the city.

Best Wine Parties

Meditrina — A neighborhood wine bar in Salt Lake City owned and operated by partners Amy and Jen hold regular wine tastings and instruction. The small plates and tapas pair with one of the most impressive wine selections in the city.

Best at City Creek

Blue Lemon — Going green has never tasted so good. Adding a local flare to the City Creek Center, this organic restaurant only uses biodegradable materials and focuses on local and sustainability.


Most Fabulous Bars

Best Gay Bar

Club JAM — Why even try anymore? With delicious drinks, delectable guys and down-right bodacious beats, whether you’re looking for a quick after-work cocktail or a hot hookup on a lonely Friday night, this is the place to be.
2.Club Try-Angles   | 3. The Trapp

Best Straight Bar

Bar X — Can you say classy in Salt Lake City? Owned by Modern Family’s Ty Burnell, the Western-chic and city-view patio is absolutely fabulous. While not specifically gay, this bar is welcoming to all. Try the Pink Lady for an egg-white-infused treat.
2.The Garage   | 3. Piper Down

Best Karaoke

Club JAM — Belt your favorite show tunes, Gaga hits or other classics at the most fabulous karaoke in town. Held on Sundays and Wednesdays, it’s the perfect medicine for mid-week blues!
2. The Tavernacle  | 3. Piper Down

Best Place to Catch the Game

Fiddler’s Elbow — Whether you’re there to watch the crowd, the men in tights toss around a ball or you’re a die-hard fan, Fiddler’s Elbow is a fabulous gathering place for any game. With more flat-screen TVs than RC Willey, from obscure to mainstream, every game is broadcast here.
2. Gracie’s  | 3. The Green Pig

Best Dance Club

Fusion at Metro Bar — Robbie Rob and Tim Weaver host the Saturday night gay night and it simply couldn’t be hotter. With some of the best DJs in the state stopping in, this 21 and over club is the only place to be seen on Saturday nights in Salt Lake.
2. Club JAM   | 3. PURE at Club Sound

Best Afternoon Crowd

The Trapp — There’s no better place to grab a cool beer and a table with friends on a warm summer afternoon. The cheap drinks and convenient hours will bring you to the bar, and the welcoming bartenders will keep you coming back. A staple in the Utah gay community, where else can you get a beer in a Mason jar at 11 a.m.?
2. Club Try-Angles   | 3. The Garage

Best Microbrewery

Squatter’s Pub — Whether you’re grabbing a six-pack for the party at the local grocery store or you’re visiting their three locations in Salt Lake City, the airport or Park City, Squatter’s Pub shows there’s much more to Utah than most think. Try Chasing Tail for a full-bodied golden amber ale or an Emigration Amber Ale for a darker, stronger taste.
2. Epic Brewing Company   | 3.Red Rock Brewing Company

Where to Be on Friday Night

PURE at Club Sound — The only 18 and older venue in Salt Lake, this is the hot-spot for Friday nights. Some of our favorite DJs, like DJ Sergio \V/ and Chris B are regulars and the themed parties are especially wild. The roof-top patio is one of the best in the city and is opening up as the weather warms. Don’t miss PURE at Club Sound.
2. Club JAM   | 3. Club Try-Angles

Where to Be on Saturday Night

Fusion at Metro Bar — This dance club has strong drinks, sexy men, phenomenal parties and terrific hosts. With lines wrapping around the building some nights, this is where Salt Lake’s VIPs come to play.
2. Club JAM   | 3. Club Try-Angles

Where to Be on Sunday Night

Club JAM — Get there early and get signed up to sing along to your favorite show tunes and pop hits with Superstar Karaoke every Sunday night. The most fun you can legally have in a Utah bar, JAM’s karaoke can’t be replaced or replicated.
2. Club Karamba   | 3. The Trapp

Cheapest Drinks

Club Try-Angles — Who says you can’t get a buzz in a Utah bar for less than $20?  In addition to being Salt Lake’s neighborhood bar, the prices are competitive and the drinks are delicious. Ask for a Cyber Slut Punch for a truly fruity concoction that will have you dancing in no time.
2. The Trapp   | 3. Dick N’ Dixies

Best Martini

The Tavernacle — For an experience that feels much more cosmopolitan than Salt Lake, visit the dueling pianos or Powerball Karaoke at The Tavernacle. While not technically a gay bar, everyone is welcomed and embraced at The Tav.
2. The Red Door   | 3. Kristauf’s Martini Bar

Best Weekly Bar Event

Wednesday night karaoke at Club JAM — Stop by, have a cocktail and sing a few songs to get you through the week. Nothing cures the mid-week blues like a visit to Superstar Karaoke at JAM.
2. Sunday night karaoke at The Tavernacle   | 3. Thursday Dance Evolution at Metro Bar

Best Monthly Bar Event

Underwear Night at Club Try-Angles — (See also: Best Underwear Selection.) Grab your favorite pair of Calvin Klein’s or Andrew Christian’s and strut your stuff and show off your equipment at Try-Angles. A chance to show off more than just your charming personality and smile, let’s not forget what’s really important here.
2. Leather and Gear Night at Club Try-Angles   | 3. The Trapp Birthday Celebrations

Best Pink Door

The Paper Moon — Now, before you go saying this is the only lesbian bar in town, don’t forget that it is pretty damn fabulous. With drag shows, leather competitions, poker nights and much more, there’s always something exciting at the Paper Moon.

Best Rooftop Patio

The Green Pig — The sports bar and grill has the perfect solution for after-work stress. As the weather is warming up, stop by the Green Pig to watch a game, have a bite to eat and make sure to visit the rooftop patio with stunning city views

Best Summertime Patio

The Garage — Also a finalist in the Best Deep Fried Funeral Potato category, The Garage’s patio is like visiting a classy Gotham city bar. Complete with a stream running through the patio, order a cold beer, sit back and enjoy the mild Utah nights.

Best Latin Club

Club Karamba — Sunday nights are hot, sweaty and just a little dirty at Club Karamba. The Latin club turns gay and fabulous every Sunday with sexy dancers, amazing DJs and a fun crowd. You don’t have to be Latin to enjoy the eye candy and sexy beats at Club Karamba.

Best New Club

The MIXX — Formerly The Trapp Door, the recently-reopened club attracts one of the most diverse crowds in the state. Part Latin club, part straight club, part drag queen hangout, the MIXX lives up to its new name.

Best Drag Queen Bingo

Ruby Ridge and the Matrons of Mayhem — With charity bingo events around the valley raising funds for worthy causes throughout the year, the Third-Friday Bingo veterans are fabulous hosts. Check them out at the First Baptist Church in all their polyester glory!
2. The Utah Cyber Sluts

 

Most Fabulous Art

Best Local Theatre Company

Plan-B Theatre Company — Plan-B Theatre Company “develops and produces unique and socially conscious theater, with an emphasis on new plays by Utah playwrights.” This makes 15 Fabby awards for the fabulous group. Watch for great shows coming up by Plan-B including a revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and a special engagement reading of Dustin Lance Black’s 8: The Play in August.
2. Salt Lake Acting Company    | 3. Dark Horse Company Theatre

Best Art Gallery or Museum

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art — It might be because of the name change but UMOCA, formerly the Salt Lake Art Center, has finally snagged a Fabby, and it’s definitely well-deserved. This beautiful gallery, nestled in the heart of downtown is home to the Sundance Festival’s New Frontiers program, plus the Not Just Another Pretty Face program’s annual gala is one of the most talked about events of the year. U Go UMOCA!
2. Utah Museum of Fine Arts    | 3. The Leonardo

Best Local Visual Artist

Jann Haworth — You may not know the name Jann Haworth, but you know her work. The civic wall mural, SLC Pepper, located downtown near The Gateway is an updated version of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, for which she won a Grammy. She resides in Sundance and is a world renowned American Pop artist. Congrats on your first Fabby!
2. Alex Moya    | 3. Sandy Parsons

Best Local Play or Musical of 2011

Borderlands – Plan-B Theatre Co. — Local playwright Eric Samuelsen’s Borderlands received rave critical reviews last season, and is obviously adored by audiences. Eric offers unique insight into a part of Mormon culture rarely acknowledged. There are four “groups in the LDS orbit,” one of which is Borderlands Members: those who consider themselves faithful to and part of the Church but don’t fit comfortably in Group 1 (true believers, unwaveringly supportive, the acceptable.) Eric just earned Plan-B its 16th Fabby…yaaay!
2. Dottie – The Sister Lives On! – Salt Lake Acting Co.   | 3. Gypsy – Dark Horse Company Theatre

Best Local Dance Company

Repertory Dance Theatre — The readers of QSaltLake have awarded Repertory Dance Theatre with a coveted Fabby, and it’s truly deserved. For over 45 years RDT has been entertaining audiences, nurturing young and adult dancers, and giving back to the arts community in Utah. Fabulous!
2. SB Dance Company    | 3. Ballet West

Best Local Musician/Band

The Suicycles — This genre nonspecific indie band is composed of Camden Chamberlain, Van Christensen (the Vanimal), Robert Roake (Black Rob), Chris Cole (Creedo) and Kellie Penman. They are energetic and fabulous, and in the short time together they have created a large following, playing many local festivals including Utah Pride.
2. The Devil Whale    |  3. The Joshua Payne Orchestra


Most Fabulous Shopping

Best Local Shop for Budget Fashion

Uptown Cheapskate — Buy or sell your favorite jeans, shirts and jackets at this discount fashion Mecca. With two locations, one in Salt Lake and one in Bountiful, you can’t go wrong with the trends you find on the rack here. Whether you’re looking to refurbish your wardrobe and want some cash for your old stuff or you’re looking to fill your closet with discount fashion, this is the place!
2. Decades Vintage Clothing    | 3. Pib’s Exchange

Best Local Shop for High-End Fashion

Spark/Cockers — Shop sustainably and locally at this gay-owned boutique on State Street. From underwear to cuff links, Spark/Cockers has everything you need to dress to impress! Club-wear and board-room chic, there’s nothing quite as fabulous in Salt Lake as this fashion-forward and queer-friendly shop.
2. Apt 202    | 3. Bastille

Best Local Shop for Shoes

Spark/Cockers — Sandals, heels and formal-wear line the walls of Spark/Cockers. The fabulous selection of fancy to comfortable just can’t be beat.
2.Bastille    | 3. Decades

Best Local Shop for Drag Attire

Decades — Reasonably-priced vintage clothing make any Diana Ross or Whitney Houston (may she rest in peace) impression a snap! Whether carving out a classic look or following the trends of divas from the ‘70s, Decades is a fabulous choice.
2. Pib’s Exchange    | 3. Fiercedragjewels.com

Best Local Book Stores

The King’s English Bookshop — Step back in time and visit a book store with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Located in the fabulous 15th and 15th district, The King’s English is what Barnes and Noble and Borders wish they could be.
2. Sam Weller’s Books    | 3. Golden Braid Books

Best Consignment Store for Furniture/Home Décor

Now & Again — Charming and adorable enough to cause a conniption fit, Now & Again showcases truly unique and interesting furniture and home décor. Forget IKEA and RC Willey, Now & Again is queer-friendly, locally-owned and well stocked.
2. Our Store     | 3. Home Again

Best Bowling Alley

Bonwood Bowl — Aside from hosting the Good Times Bowling League, Bonwood Bowl has all the perfect ingredients for a fabulous bowling alley: Cheap beer, cheap bowling and blue-collar men.

Best Underwear Selection

Spark/Cockers — The most important part of any gay man’s outfit, as any true fashionista would know, the underwear must match shoes, belt and eyes. The bulge-enhancing and butt-lifting models are preferred but not required. With a selection rivaling options offered by much larger cities, Spark/Cockers carries stock from every major underwear label.
2. Mischievous Pleasures     | 3. Blue Boutique

Best Antique Store

Now & Again — Blending the best from the past with the hippest trends and options, owner Michael Sanders has created a truly unique store. So stop by and visit Michael, who always has a smile and a stunning selection of vintage furniture and home décor.
2. Retro Rose     | 3. Green Ant

Best Flower Shop

Twigs Flower Company — Routinely recognized as the premier floral company in Utah, and a past Fabby winner, owner Raymond King  has a year-round selection of beautiful arrangements of everything from roses to tulips. And don’t forget, Mother’s Day is just around the corner!
2. The Window Box     | 3. Especially for You

Best Local Jewelry Store

Charley Hafen Jewelers — From humble beginnings in a hotel-lobby jewelry shop more than 20 years ago, to an independently-owned jewelry store with a wide selection of in-shop made items, you can’t go wrong with Charley Hafen.
2. Fankhauser-Howard     | 3. 9th & 9th Jewelers

Best Gift Store

Cahoots — Gag-gifts, adult toys, cards and other adorable gift options for old and young alike make Cahoots the most fabulous gift store in the state. With an entire section dedicated to queer paraphernalia, Cahoots is a proud Utah staple.
2. Cabin Fever     | 3. Tabula Rasa

Best Adult Toy Store

Blue Boutique — An astounding selection of lube, vibrators, toys and other adult-only products in a classy, welcoming atmosphere make the Blue Boutique a truly fabulous shopping destination. With locations spread out along the Wasatch Front, the convenience along with selection and quality are outstanding.
2. Cahoots     | 3. Mischievous Pleasures


Most Fabulous Services

Best Gym

24-Hour Fitness — We also could have labeled this Best Sauna Experiences, Best Shower Experiences and Best Workout Eye Candy. But we’ll just stick to the gym category for now. The “it” place to be, 24-Hour Fitness is as much a part of a gay’s daily regimen as showering, moisturizing and brushing teeth.
2. Planet Fitness     | 3. Gold’s Gym

Best Ski Resort

Deer Valley Resort — Us gays are classy folk and we like to associate with the upper crust of society. Deer Valley is routinely voted the best ski resort in the nation, but this is the first time it has earned the prestigious award of being the most fabulous resort in the state. You’re welcome, Deer Valley.
2. Alta     | 3. Brighton Resort

Best Hair Salon

Landis Lifestyle Salon — Enjoy the pampering services at Landis Lifestyle Salons in Sugar House and The Marmalade districts of Salt Lake City. Colors, cuts, perms and other services are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg with this fabulous salon.
2. Dexterity Hair Design     | 3. Image Studios

Best to Get Waxed

The Spa Club — Purchase a membership for discounted prices or visit for a couple’s massage, manicure, pedicure or to get waxed at The Spa Club. With three convenient locations in the Salt Lake area, there’s no excuse to not be ready for a pool-side party.
2. Salon Dante and Day Spa     | 3. Blush Hair Studio & Spa

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor

Cathedral Tattoo — For fabulous service and some of the best artists in town, visit Cathedral Tattoo. In the heart of downtown and located near the Salt Lake Library, getting a tattoo here can be a quick stop on the way home from work or school.
2. Koi Piercing Studio     | 3. Oni Tattoo Gallery

Best Counseling Service

Pride Counseling — Headed by the fabulous Jerry Buie, this counseling service is focused on providing an affirming and positive option for queer clients. Accepting everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, Pride Counseling is just plain fabulous.
2. Aspen Grove Counseling     | 3. Leesa Myers

Best Pet Grooming

Dogs R Us — The full-service one-stop shop for pet grooming, boarding and care, Dogs R Us has that special blend of outstanding customer service and competitive pricing. Whether Fido needs a place to stay while you escape for the weekend, or you need him to have that lustrous shine, Dogs R Us has it all.
2. Camp Bow Wow     | 3. Leslie’s Grooming

Best Real Estate Agent

Babs De Lay — Landing the third consecutive Fabby as the best Real Estate Agent, Babs De Lay knows queer Utah business. Buying or selling, visit Babs before making any big decisions.
2. Cody Derrick     | 3. Julie Silveous

Best Massage

Lamont Alignment Clinic — Much more than a simple massage, the Lamont Alignment Clinic has a full-service alignment for your body. The beautiful and spacious rooms set the stage for peaceful treatments and services.
2. Graham Gautschi at The Seven Club     | 3. Kevin Guzik

Best Attorney

Doug Fadel — Helping people of all orientations and identities, a cute smile and a well-sculpted body helped Doug pull in his third consecutive Fabby Award. He can help with estate planning and all the other necessities in working around the lack of marriage equality in the state.
2. Darcy Goddard     | 3. Lauren Barros

Best Hotel

The Hotel Monaco — Hosting queer events throughout the year, including the Utah Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo, it’s no wonder the Hotel Monaco is a repeat winner of this award. Whether looking for a place for visiting friends and in-laws or just looking for a night out in Salt Lake, Hotel Monaco is as fabulous as it gets in Salt Lake.
2. The Grand America     | 3. Little America

Best Photographer/Studio

David Daniels — Weddings, Pride events, club nights and much more, David Daniels shows the most interesting and sexy photos in Utah. Daniels always has a smile on his face and makes taking photos a much more fabulous experience.
2. Sasha Polak at Pumps and Pants Photography     | 3. David Newkirk

Best Caterer

Le Croissant Catering — Whether you’re planning a company lunch, a fabulous gay wedding or just want to have an extra special touch to your cocktail party, Kelly Lake at Le Croissant catering should be in your phone under speed dial. Her beauty and congeniality is only surpassed by her scrumptious food.

Best Pet Memorial Services

Major Street Pet Services — For closure after the passing of your best friend, visit Major Street Pet Services. From cremation to burial for cats, dogs and other animals, Major Street has competitive pricing and outstanding customer service.

Fabulous People

Best Leader of a Queer Organization

Brandie Balken – Equality Utah — Maybe it’s her smile. Maybe it’s her charm. Maybe it’s her connections with all the inner-workings of Utah politics. Whatever the case may be, Brandie is fabulous and all of queer Utah is extremely grateful for her tireless work leading Equality Utah.
2. Valarie Larabee – Utah Pride Center      | 3. Stan Penfold – Utah AIDS Foundation

Best Local Politician

Brian Doughty — Taking the scene by storm, Rep. Brian Doughty launched several queer-rights bills and testified for equality on the hill during the last session. Standing up to those who would rather the queer community stay silent, Doughty only served for one session, but his impact will be remembered.
2. Ben McAdams      |  3. Ross Romero

Best Local Actor or Actress

Charles Lynn Frost  — In addition to being crowned QSaltLake’s Person of the Year, Charles Lynn Frost is voted as the most fabulous local actor. Widely known for his portrayal of Sister Dottie S. Dixon, he can also be heard on Fabby Award-winning X96 offering advice to callers as part of the Painful Circle. We just love ya sa much, Sister!
2. Kirt Bateman      |  3. Alexis Baigue

Best Bartender

Jabe Hatch – The Trapp — Stop by and pay a visit to Jabe to alleviate the mid-week blues or celebrate the coming of the weekend. Grab a beer in a Mason jar and enjoy the spring afternoons.
2. Hopoi Heimuli – Club JAM      | 3. Jim Smith – Club Try-Angles

Best Local DJ

DJ Harry Cross, Jr.  — The resident and veteran disc jockey at Club JAM, Harry Cross, Jr. plays all the best hits from the top 40 and some of our favorite oldies. When he’s spinning, the dance floor is packed and there’s no better place to be on a hot, Friday or Saturday night in Utah.
2. DJ Chris B      | 3. Sergio \V/

Fabulous Groups

Best Social Group

Gays and Geeks — In their inaugural Fabby Award, the Gays and Geeks are flexing their superhuman muscles. The group of unabashed geeks meets every other week for a chance to mix and mingle with other mutants, time-travelers and comic book aficionados.
2. QUAC      |  3. Occupy Salt Lake

Best Political Group

Equality Utah — The fabulous group of politicos is a small, but scrappy and inventive bunch. With 15 municipalities now offering protections for queers, their work is spreading around the state. Focusing on business support for queer protections and benefits, there’s no telling what the folks at Equality Utah will come up with next!
2. Stonewall Democrats      |  3. The Log Cabin Republicans

Best Health/Resources Group

The Utah AIDS Foundation — Offering free HIV testing and other low-cost STD tests, the UAF is a resource all Utah queers should use. But there are so many other programs, such as the Men’s Health Project that can also be utilized. Visit utahaids.org for more information.
2. The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah      |  3. Planned Parenthood

Best Religious Organization

Unitarian Universalist — Accepting queers for who they are, the Unitarian Universalists are strong supporters of equality for all. With locations in Salt Lake and Ogden, there’s a spiritual community for everyone.
2. City of Hope      |  3. First Baptist Church

Best Sports Organization

QUAC — Who doesn’t love spending time with guys in Speedos? Hosting and competing in swimming and water polo events, the Queer Utah Aquatic Club has groups for swimmers of all ages and abilities.
2. Cheer Salt Lake      |  3. Wasatch Roller Derby

Best Pride Center Program

SAGE — The Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders is a Utah Pride Center program available for queer-identified people over the age of 50. Weekly events and other gatherings make it one of the most valuable programs in the state.


Q Fabulous

Best QSaltLake Columnist

1. Bob Henline
2. Annalisa Millo
3. Chris Katis

Best QSaltLake Story of the Year

1. Man Attacked Outside Salt Lake City Gay Club
2. Surviving “Ex-Gay” Therapy Programs
3. Immigration inequality hitting gay Utahns

Best QSaltLake Event

1. Iron Florist Competition
2. Lagoon Day
3. Muttster Mash at Dogs R Us

Other

Best Radio Station

X96 — With ‘Boner’ segments, news and opinion, Radio from Hell gets Utah off to a great start each morning. It’s also the only local station to hear, well, local music and some of the best alternative and punk music in the state.
2. KUER      | 3. KRCL

Best Radio Personality

Doug Fabrizio – Radio West — The Utah native is best known for Radio West, a daily NPR program. Fabrizio is a well-seasoned host and has interviewed everyone from Madeline Albright to Desmond Tutu. He also participated in the Standing on Ceremony production and fundraiser for Equality Utah.
2. Gina Barberi – X96’s Radio From Hell     | 3. Bill Allred – X96’s Radio From Hell

Best TV News

FOX 13 — Don’t let the Fox label fool you, Fox 13 has well-informed and balanced local news and entertainment. It’s no coincidence that Fox 13 swept all the categories for most fabulous news.
2. KUTV 2 — 3. KSL 5

Best TV News Anchor

Hope Woodside – FOX 13 — Hope, it’s official, we adore you. From your newscasts to your involvement in the community, we just love you. Your smile, your style, your finesse, you’re amazing.
2. Mary Nickles – KUTV 2     | 3. Damon Yauney – FOX 13

Best TV News Reporter

Ben Winslow — What may begin as a whirlwind internet romance with his witty tweets and Facebook updates often leads to an unhealthy obsession with his newscasts. From polygamists in Southern Utah to court decisions and politics, Ben has it all.
2. Nineveh Dinha      | 3. Richard Piatt

Best TV News Hottie

Nineveh Dinha — What’s most amazing about Nineveh isn’t that she’s won multiple prestigious journalism awards, including Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow awards. What’s so amazing is that’s she done all of that while managing to always be as fabulous and gorgeous as a Vogue model. Werk it gurl!
2. Damon Yauney

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