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Best of the 'Burgh 2012: Readers' Poll

Our readers pick the best of the best in Pittsburgh.




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best local blog
YA JAGOFF!
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: yajagoff.com

best local website
BroCouncil.com
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. brocouncil.com

best app
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS MOBILE
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. penguins.nhl.com

best local twitter feed
@PITTSBURGH_DAD
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! twitter.com/pittsburgh_dad

best tv personality
SALLY WIGGIN
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. wtae.com

best writer
GENE COLLIER
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. genecollier.com

best meteorologist
DEMETRIUS IVORY
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. wtae.com

best radio personalities
MIKEY AND BIG BOB, 96.1 KISS
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. 961kiss.com

best morning drive team
RANDY BAUMANN AND THE WDVE MORNING SHOW
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. dve.com

best playground
BLUE SLIDE PARK
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. pittsburghparks.org/frick

best community pool
DORMONT 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. friendsofdormontpool.org

best camp
CAMP KON-O-KWEE/SPENCER
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. ycamps.org

best children's entertainer
VENTRILOQUIST CHRIS DONAHOE
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. backstagepassparties.com

best day care
KINDERCARE
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. kindercare.com

best pet store
PETAGOGY
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. petagogypgh.com

best pet groomer
URBAN DOG
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. urbandogusa.com

best pet hotel
CAMP BOW WOW
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. campbowwow.com

best veterinary hospital
EAST END VETERINARY MEDICAL CENTRE
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. eevmc.com

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New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

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Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

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All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

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Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

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Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

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Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

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Country crooners, unsung pop icons, on-ice acrobatics and more winter warmers.

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Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

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Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

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The Patriots are to the Steelers what Moby Dick was to Captain Ahab and that kind of obsession can backfire.

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The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
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The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

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Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

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These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

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Thinking of popping the question? Take a note from these grooms-to-be who set the bar high.

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Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

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