That’s it. That’s all she wrote folks. The votes you cast have been tallied, and this downtown showdown is complete for 2017. We at Team Snow would like to thank you for your submissions, whether you voted for “the hot girl at the Goggle,” for best waitress or “my condo,” for best cheap eats. Your wit, sarcasm, and enthusiasm are appreciated. And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for:
Best Breakfast – Sunday River Brewing Company
A brewery that also serves up a killer breakfast spread? “Sign us up,” said a majority of this year’s voters. This is the first time the Sunday River Brewing Company has won this particular category, and it’s definitely due in part to their delicious donut offerings, but also for the Savage Hash.
Best Cup o’ Joe – DiCocoa’s Market and Bakery
Once again, no local java joint has been able to unseat DiCocoa’s in the Best Cup o’ Joe category. Like ever. Pair a delectably fresh brew with homemade baked goods and other prepared foods, and you’re in for quite the treat.
Best Lunch Spot – Sliders
We’re not sure if it’s the amazing selection of cocktails (hello, pickle martini), the wings and burgers, or the deck with gorgeous views of Jordan Bowl, but Sliders takes the top spot for our voters’ lunch needs.
Best Bar: Après-Ski – Matterhorn Ski Bar
This quintessential ski bar is a favorite for both locals and weekend warriors alike, so it’s no surprise that it’s the crowd-pleaser for après-ski. Between the arcade games for kids, the live music, and a delicious selection of beer, wine, spirits, and eats, it appeals to the masses.
Best Bar: Late Night – Matterhorn Ski Bar
Apparently, if you start with après-ski here, you should just stick around for late night at the Matterhorn too! With a great lineup of live music and a team of awesome bartenders, the ‘Horn is the place to keep it rocking into the wee hours of the morning.
Best Beer Selection – Suds Pub
When you sit down at the bar at Suds, you’ll see tap, after tap, after tap—it’s enough to make your head spin. Just pair this large selection of craft and domestic drafts with a tasty food menu and a cozy wrap-around bar, and you’ll feel like you’re on an episode of Cheers.
Best Bloody Mary – The Mountain Room at the Peak Lodge
There is absolutely nothing like drinking a Bloody Mary on top of a mountain, and The Mountain Room bar at the Peak Lodge is serving ‘em up cold and tasty. You’ll find last season’s best bartenders, Joe Moran and Kevin O’Leary, there clad in plaid shirts too!
Best Specialty Cocktails – 22 Broad Street
In addition to an extensive wine list and an amazing selection of house-made Italian delicacies, 22 Broad Street is our voter pool’s pick for the best place to get boozy. There were more than a few special call outs for the Hot ‘n’ Dirty Martini, so start there and make your way through the rest of their signature cocktails.
Best Bar Menu – Matterhorn Ski Bar
Matterhorn Ski Bar inched by last year’s winner, Rooster’s Roadhouse, by two votes to take home the Best Bar Menu award. Whether you’re in the market for wood-fired pizza, wings, nachos, or garlic knots, plus salads and more, the Matterhorn’s menu has it all.
Best Pizza – Matterhorn Ski Bar
Hornlihutte, Monte Rose, Weisshorn. These aren’t just fun to say; they’re awesome to eat. Swing in for Deep and Cheap on Tuesdays for discounted pizza specials, or enjoy them anytime right from Matterhorn’s wood-fired pizza oven.
Best Wings – Millbrook Tavern at the Bethel Inn Resort
When you order up a plate of Millbrook Wings, the choice is yours: pick traditional or boneless, tossed in buffalo, barbecue, sweet chili or the house-made smokehouse jalapeno rub. You really can’t go wrong.
Best Nachos – The Foggy Goggle
What’s apres-ski without a plate of nachos to share with your squad? As the multi-year winner in this category, the Foggy Goggle serves their famous nachos with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, scallions, black olives, salsa, and sour cream, with the option to add smoked chicken, chili, or Shipyard Export beer cheese dip.
Best Burger – Sunday River Brewing Company
They say variety is the spice of life, but it also makes for a tasty burger. At the Brew Pub, you have your pick of sliders, the Steak and Egg Burger, the Sin and Grin Burger, and the Big Rick Burger, all served with sweet potato fries, sidewinder twisty fries, or onion rings.
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Best Place to Splurge on a Meal – 22 Broad Street
While you’re enjoying the cocktails at 22 Broad Street, be sure to indulge in their food menu too. From unique appetizers like the Calamari Purgatorio, to classics like Chicken Parmesan and the Sunday Gravy, this place is worth every penny.
Best Cheap Eats – Kowloon Village Chinese Restaurant and Bar
Tucked away in the Mountain View Mall plaza in Bethel, Kowloon Village offers both lunch and dinner combo specials, plus the Thursday special on Polynesian drinks and bottled beer after 4:30PM, so you know you’re getting the Chinese food you love at a great value.
Best Food on the Go – The Good Food Store
Surprise, surprise. The Good Food Store sweeps this category once again. Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches and salads, steaming hot soups, plus a cooler full of heat ‘n’ eat entrees like burritos, Moroccan chicken, and more.
Best Bartender – Lisa Deherrera
Best Waitress – Erin Bernard
Is it the great pour or the great smile that won this category for Lisa Deherrera at the Millbrook Tavern at the Bethel Inn Resort? It’s a toss-up, but thanks for your great service, Lisa! And it seems as though Millbrook Tavern is known for awesome service, as this year’s Best Waitress, Erin Bernard, also works there! All of your hard work is very much appreciated.
Best Local Shop – Nabos
Nabos is not only a staple in downtown Bethel, it’s a Best of Bethel stalwart in this category! This quirky shop, run by Amanda Moran, offers unique home décor, clothing, jewelry, games, toys, and more. If you haven’t stopped into this gas-station-turned-boutique, you’re missing out. What’s more, Nabos participates in Edible Bethel, which offers fresh produce to passersby in the summer months.
Best First Run of the Day – Right Stuff
The only way to get first tracks on Right Stuff is to stand in line for first chair with Sunday River’s die-hard loyalists. Only then can you really take in the pitch and perfect corduroy that Right Stuff has to offer.
Best Glade – Blind Ambition
After a huge expansion just a few years ago, Blind Ambition’s sprawling acreage and wide-set trees is perfect for tree skiing 101, and can be accessed from either Excalibur or Lollapalooza.
Best Peak – Jordan Bowl
This is definitely not a shocker. After all, it’s always snowier in Jordan Bowl. And with incredible views of Mount Washington, plus a mix of long, winding cruisers, glades, and bump runs, Jordan Bowl is perfect for first thing in the morning or well into the afternoon.
Best Spring Deck Scene – Barker Bar
When you’re open until May 1 on Barker Mountain, of course Barker Bar is going to be the best place to get your goggle tan on and enjoy a frosty beverage in the sunshine between springy laps in the corn snow.
Best New Kid on the Block – Bluebird and Brian’s
This season, we’ve had an influx of new restaurants and bars in the Bethel and Newry region, and while many of the new eats in town got love from our voters, Bluebird and Brian’s split the popular vote! Bluebird, located in the former Sunday River Inn, has an awesome vibe with an internationally-inspired menu. Brian’s which recently made the move from Rumford, offers Italian and Mediterranean food and a romantic atmosphere.