Best of the 'Burgh 2012: Readers' Poll

Our readers pick the best of the best in Pittsburgh.

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best local blog
Feelin’ nebby? Yinz got a beef n’at? Find out who’s a jagoff, or nominate one at this sassy blog. And there’s lots more fun, quintessentially Pittsburgh stuff, too, at Ya Jagoff. Check it aaht:

best local website
Maybe this category should be qualified as Best Local Website for Men. Guys, here’s a cyber man cave just for you. Browse the site for articles, advice and events, or become a member.

best app
From Ambridge to Antarctica you can follow the Penguins 24/7 with this free mobile app for an Android, BlackBerry or iPhone/iPod Touch. Download the app and get real-time news, scores, stats, standings, video and more wherever you are—especially in CONSOL Energy Center.

best local twitter feed
Curt Wootton portrays Pittsburgh Dad, a character he created with friend Chris Preksta. You can catch episodes of this Web series featuring the archetypical local Everyman on YouTube, or catch Dad’s bon mots n’at on Twitter. Get aht!

best tv personality
For more than 30 years, Sally Wiggin has been a fixture on the local airwaves at WTAE-TV. Currently anchoring the noon news each weekday, the award-winning broadcaster has made news of her own for earning “Best” status in Pittsburgh Magazine several times in the past.

best writer
Best known by local readers for his award-winning work in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he has covered sports, politics and media criticism, Gene Collier has been in the business for 30-plus years. He’s been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize, and he’s also a co-author of a one-man play, The Chief, about the life of Steelers founder Art Rooney.

best meteorologist
Pittsburgh weather may seem easy to predict: Cloudy with a chance of showers, right? But readers like the meteorological flair that Demetrius Ivory — who earned a degree in atmospheric sciences at Ohio State — brings to WTAE-TV forecasts.

best radio personalities
The zany antics of Mikey and Big Bob on 96.1 KISS’s “Morning Freak Show” are day-brighteners for Pittsburghers. From creating various songs to imitating Oprah Winfrey, the duo has created an entertaining style that resonates with readers tuning in to our poll.

best morning drive team
Head out on the Parkway. Looking for adventure—like a pig wandering the roadway and backing up traffic. Randy Baumann and crew make the drudgery of driving to work more tolerable for WDVE Radio listeners. In the case of the perplexing porker, Baumann even composed a song, “Pig on the Parkway,” to mark the occasion.

best playground
Like a piece of minimalist public sculpture, a deep-blue-colored slide slinks down a hillside in this cool little playground, where it’s the signature attraction, in Frick Park. Fun fact: The park’s name also serves as the the title of an album by rapper Mac Miller, who grew up nearby.

best community pool
People in the borough of Dormont have been cooling off since the 1920s in this 60,000-square-foot swimming pool—one of the largest in the state. It’s also now a historic landmark, and a visual landmark as well if you’re traveling along Route 19.

best camp
The 500-acre Camp Kon-o-Kwee/Spencer, located near Fombell, Beaver County, along Connoquenessing Creek, has grown in many ways since its founding in 1926 as a YMCA summer camp for children. Today, not only kids but also people with special needs and seniors are included in its programs.

best children's entertainer
With more than 40 characters in his puppet family, Chris Donahoe has a wide range of opportunities for demonstrating his voice-throwing talents. He’s available to entertain kids (and adults) at birthday parties, science shows, scouting banquets and school assemblies.

best day care
When it's time to get to work, dropping your kids off at KinderCare should be a no-brainer; with numerous area locations, there should be a center near you, where employees wait at the ready, eager to take care of your little ones.

best pet store
Dedicated to “healthy products for healthy pets,” this place sells natural pet foods and treats, grooming products and supplements, toys and accessories. The Shadyside store also sponsors special events throughout the year, including “Yappy Hours” for you and your furry companion.

best pet groomer
You can take Fido or Fifi to this multiservice facility in Lawrenceville for a standard grooming or Shed-Less Treatment, but if he or she has been a particularly good dog, there’s more — like such spa pamperings as Dead Sea mineral mud treatments or blueberry facials.

best pet hotel
Camp Bow Wow wants to make “the word ‘kennel’ obsolete.” Guests at the upscale hostelry receive cabins with cots, play areas, camp counselors and bedtime treats, among other services at the four locations around Pittsburgh.

best veterinary hospital
Picking a hospital for a beloved pet comes down to location and reliability. So East End Veterinary Medical Centre is perfect: they’re located in the heart of everything on Ellsworth Avenue, and an Angie’s List Super Service Award honoree. Rover’s in good hands.

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