in which I unashamedly try to sway your vote

They’re still taking online votes for the Loaf’s Best of Atlanta through Friday.

Here follows a random sampling of my votes:

Best Gym: Urban Body Fitness in Va-Hi. Smaller and cozier than your standard LA Fitness; good magazine selection for the treadmills; friendly people; plenty of towels; and Cindy, who is wonderful. It is with great regret that I am letting my membership run out next month.

Best Music Store: Dirt Cheep Music in Smyrna. I’m not a music player myself, but when my friend’s beloved cello was stolen earlier this year, these were the folks who looked up the info on the cello a girl tried to sell them a few days later, identified it, held it, called the cops, and returned it, intact.

Best Used Bookstore: Atlanta Book Exchange on the corner of Virginia and North Highland. You need a used bookstore to cherish? Go cherish this one.

Best Bartender: Clair at Mary’s in East Atlanta. An admittedly biased vote, since she’s one of my boyfriend’s best friends. That said, if y’all go and say hi, you will not be sorry.

Best Japanese: I think I answered Sakana-Ya by Peachtree Industrial, although friends of mine are fond of Haru Ichiban near Gwinnett Place Mall.

Best Indian: CafÈ Bombay near the Target between North Druid Hills and Briarcliff. Oh, CafÈ Bombay. Your service is uninspired. Your samosas are crisp. Your eggplant dish renders me speechless with joy.

Best Chinese: tough one. I think I eventually went with Little Szechuan on Buford Highway.

Best Morning Show: The Bert Show, though in retrospect I think I should’ve voted for Frank Ski, just because the Bert Show, though I love ’em, would never do anything as interesting as interview Wayne Williams.

Best DJ: b-chan is the only DJ whose schedule I have down by heart (Nippon Music Champ, Sundays 6-8 pm; Nitrate 88, Fridays 5-6 pm).

Best Columnist: hint: Loaf. Hint #2: not John Sugg.

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