Each year we ask our readers to vote for the best of everything in the region. And this year we got more votes than ever before. People pile online and pencil in paper ballots. Our annual Best of Hartford Readers' Poll brings us heaps of information about local favorites in everything from bars and restaurants to places to go for a tune-up, a fancy cup of tea or a mountain bike. And as much as we like to think we know what's awesome and hip or what's just classic and solid and cool around Hartford, each year we learn something new about a fresh barbecue place, a bar that has a righteous beer selection, or someplace that people are lining up outside of for pancakes on Sunday mornings. This is our exercise in true democracy. This is a readers' poll. These are our readers' favorite places. We invited all the winners to tell us about what they do so well, and we tried to distill it for you. We'll have the second volume out next week because we couldn't fit it all in one issue. If you want to shake your fist at some of the results, store up your frustration and vote next year. We'll be doing it all again in January 2013 (barring the Mayan apocalypse or something like that). Thanks to everyone for voting. And congratulations to all the winners.
-John Adamian, editor
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