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Tuesday, 18 December 2007 08:52

Thank you for participating in the Best of the Quad Cities survey! We appreciate your taking the time to complete our survey, and we hope you had fun with it.

The results will be published in print on March 31, and online earlier in the month.

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owner of River Pup in LeClaire, IA
written by Kelly Kruck, February 20, 2009
Hi-
I am so happy to see the Dog Park catagory this year - thanks! People loves their pets so I would like to see more questions about pets. Obviously owning a dog boutique I think a great question for next year would be "where is your favorite place to take your pet?" or even "favorite pet shop?" would be super...just a suggestion!
Thanks,
Kelly
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written by eh?, February 26, 2009
What happened to the Nightlife section? Best bars, DJ's, etc.?

And FYI, when you're done taking the survey, it puts up a page telling you thanks for participating "in the 2007 survey. Results will be posted Feb. 13, 2008"
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written by Em, February 27, 2009
Suggestion: Most Beautiful Place in the QC
Jeff Ignatius
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written by Jeff Ignatius, March 02, 2009
@Eh?: Nightlife will be a component in the second session of balloting. We thought the old ballots were too intimidating with the number of categories, so we broke it up into two parts.
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Realtor
written by Carol Seitz, March 02, 2009
Life Fitness Center has the greatest staff, workout sessions at various levels, instructors who know how encourage you and push you to do your best(within reason), good equipment, and there is a lot positive to be said for the patrons also. Hope to see you all there!
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dog park?
written by Holly, March 03, 2009
Where is a dog park in the quad cities? you mean ben butterworth?
And I agree with the nightclub/bar section. What about best summerfest (ya maka my weekend, gumbo ya ya, red white and boom, tugfest). How about best high school? get more people involved, have them vote for themselves!!!!
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survey questions
written by WC, March 09, 2009
I hope the results have where these places are, such as the dog park, including address, hours and usage... also, I think the next survey should include a place for people to make their own "best" question and answer it. Thanks for the survey!
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OH TIGHT
written by Ed, June 06, 2009
CHYEAH, DIS MAH JAMZ!
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written by Jessica Williams, June 28, 2009
I didn't see the question about a favorite dog park, but if I would've, I would vote for the Bettendorf dog park.
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Dog Park?
written by Terri Reamy, July 02, 2009
I missed that question too - my vote would be for Moline's Dog Park by the soccer fields
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Tattoo Artist
written by Chrissy, July 26, 2009
If someone is looking for an awesome artist check out Ron O'Toole at O'Toole Design. He is truely one of the best I have ever seen. He created the PERFECT tattoo for me! Check him out and give him a vote!!!
Thanks,
Chrissy
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written by Rick Martin, July 29, 2009
to Jessica Williams and Terry Reamy: the Dog Park question was in Part 1 of our Best Of balloting. That ended in early Spring. Part 2 is ongoing now and ends on August 21st. Hope you catch the Dog Park question in next year's ballot.
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Tattoo Artists
written by Ron Hammitt, August 06, 2009
You can't beat O'Toole's for the cleanest and best tattoo artists. Ron O'Toole just did a tat for me that was to cover an old one and he did a great job...I am very happy and he was not overpriced. I would recommend him to everyone! Thanks to O'Toole's!
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written by Pnut Butr, January 21, 2010
It would be fun to have a Worst survey sometime: worst show at the iWireless; worst local TV commercial; most overrated restaurant; nastiest public restroom; most annoying DJ; most offensive billboard; most unnecessary elected office; band whose volume most exceeds its quality -- the list could go on & on.
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They should make a worst list in the Quad Cities.....
written by Bing420, March 09, 2010
Honestly, they should make a worst of the Quad Cities list. It'll show who needs to improve their establishment, and even if they pay attention to the opinions of the population. If they don't improve what they are on the list for, then you can safely assume they don't care and will fail.
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Founder
written by Daniel Tully, March 12, 2010
The Great Wall, Chinese restaurant is cozy, friendly and spotless (even the bathroom!).
Especially it serves delicious food, with discounts for seniors and students (10%).
Lunch menu of 20 selections ($4.95): Won-ton soup, platter of entre with rice, crisps, hot tea.
I discovered it by accident (Locust: across from Taco Bell) but everybody seems to love it.
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Tattoo Artists
written by adam p, July 09, 2010
just writing to let people know about a new shop to check out and vote for. its called jaded gypsy and is on 11th st in rock island. the owner is dan bonowski(sp?) and he is a fantastic tattooer. he got 2nd last year so i'm doing my part to see this year hes #1
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President - (El' Hefe)
written by Jon C. Willey, July 12, 2010
Local Hero candidate..... Pat Angerer!!! The kids got MOXEY!! If there ever was a mold for a HERO........ NUFF SAID!!!!
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Tattoo Artists
written by Carrie, July 14, 2010
As far as tattoo artists go I put in a vote for the ladies at Alex In Tattooland. They both do fantastic work.
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First time
written by Anon, July 14, 2010
This is my first year voting. I honestly never knew where to go to vote, but I'm very excited to see the results! This also made me realize that I don't get out enough in the QC, and that I should start so I can fill out the entire survey next year!
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written by Rue Taylor Norton, July 15, 2010
Derek Jackson at Otool Design definitely the best tattoo artest around!
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RN
written by Sharon Smith, July 15, 2010
Otool Design is the Best! Ron did an amazing sunflower on my arm. u rock!!
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written by Melody Coffman, July 15, 2010
I wouldnt trust anyone else tatooing on my body! Ron Otool is the greatest! i have heard about his work for the last 4 years and when i finally decided to get one on the back of my neck, he was the one i trusted! Luv it RONNY!
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loan officer
written by jess amiston, July 15, 2010
Otool Design...u deserve it all!! Rock like a rockstar! My vote is for not only Ron for any amazing portrait but also to the entire crew! the new shop rocks and you all are the BEST of the BEST!
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student
written by Gina Jones, July 16, 2010
Otool Design is the tattoo place to be!!! The tattoo that Ron Otool recently did for me did exactly what I wanted it to do!!! Everywhere I go it grabs peoples attention. I get stopped all the time and people always say the same thing! "THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TATTOO I HAVE EVER SEEN"!!!! 90 year old great grandmothers even love it!! Awesome job Ron, classy shop!!!
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written by Sue, July 17, 2010
I went into O Tooles with a little picture of one flower and an appointment with Dustin, and came out with the most beautiful flowers on my thigh! Way better than I ever imagined!
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Tattoo Artists
written by Kelly Colleen, July 17, 2010
Any artist at O'Tool Design should and could win this category... There are plenty of artists to fit your style of work. Personally I voted for John Kautz. If you are in to old school traditional style tattooing John is your guy. Each artist has his own style and they are all very professional and great guys! :)
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Tootoo your Soul
written by jd, July 18, 2010
I would not trust any one but Scorpionns den to tattoo me.
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written by jd, July 18, 2010
Wouned Warrior screwed by the Arsenal. Promised a job and then lied to.
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Scorpions Den
written by jd, July 18, 2010
Angelp, Coy, Sharpie and Fatz. Great artist and great guys.
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Tattoo Artists!
written by Kristina, July 19, 2010
Definitely Alex & Chewy at Alex In Tattooland in Moline! Two beautiful ladies making absolutely beautiful art!
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Real tattoo ARTIST!
written by Jem, July 19, 2010
My vote goes again this year to Alex Pompa! He just recently opened up his own shop in Davenport, Pompa's Custom Tattoos and he puts the ARTIST in tattoo. I have received tons of compliments on all the custom work he's done on me. I will never go anywhere else.
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written by linda kvamme, July 19, 2010
what a totaly fun place to shop !
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Tattoo Artist
written by SpanishAlps, July 26, 2010
Ron Otool is the real deal! He is an amazing tattoo artist! Most importantly much respect to Ron for being a business genius. He has surrounded himself with the most talented artists around!!! Congrats on the new shop and another year as the best of the best!!!!
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Tattoo Artist
written by Sarah Lynn Connor, July 31, 2010
I voted for Charlie Torres from Bill's Garage tattoo emporium in Davenport. He makes you feel at ease and comfortable while also doing amazing work. I am no longer going to anyone else.

Vote for Charlie Torres!
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Tattoo Artist
written by Brittany M., July 31, 2010
I dont know about everyone else, but I am disappointed with Alex Pompa. He was unprofessional when it was finally time for my tattoo. I say finally cause he canceled on me 2 times over the past year and when I was waiting in his shop, I heard the other artist making lewd and inappropriate comments. (Not directed at me). He didn't say anything and let it happen. I like the artwork, but the atmosphere is definitely not appealing. I did not vote for him and I hope you dont either.
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Tattoo Artist
written by Jill, August 04, 2010
Ryan Kistenmacher (formerly Scorpion's Den) now O'Tool Too is the master - gets better with every tat I see - amazing and not heavy handed like some other local artists I've visited....
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written by Gladys Whipple-Hurtis, August 05, 2010
Mandy Christophersen is an extremely likeable, friendly, service oriented gal, with a beautiful smile. She loves her son, her family, her work, her son's school, and her hometown Davenport, Iowa. She is an asset to the her fammily, work, her son's school, and her hometown. She volunteers frequently, to help others!
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Owner
written by Kathleen Alger, August 06, 2010
Please consider Ritzi Reruns Consignment Store over some of the other stores that I will not mention as advertising what great deals they have and how much they help the community. Charity starts at home and by consigning your clothes you are recycling and putting money back into your pocket. You need to check out our very clean, neat, well organized, and very well priced stores. 45 % of the money goes back to you to spend it as you like. There is no digging for deals as everything is name brand quality clean clothing that is usually less than other stores like us. Please check us out and vote for us as your #1 store. Ritzi Reruns where you don't have to spend your whole paycheck you just look like you did.
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hairdresser category?
written by cheech, August 13, 2010
I did not see best hairstylist or salon.
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whats with tattoo artists?
written by tim mc, August 14, 2010
i had the same problem mentioned before with alex pompa. cancelled at the last minute on me twice. so i went to otool because as you can see theyre very popular and got nothing but attitude. maybe because im not heavily tattooed or a pretty young girl im not their ideal client, but they were downright rude.
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written by niki, August 29, 2010
I agree, there needs to be a category for hairstylists.
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TATTOO CLIENT
written by hairstylist, September 06, 2010
Me and my family and friends always go to O'Tool rock island and davenport locations and we get great service every time I myself prefer Derek Jackson! but their are a lot of great artist there and yes there should be a best hair stylist and best salon category
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RN
written by Teresa Bratton, September 07, 2010
I think Dan Bonowski is a great artist not only with Tattoos but also art work. You can get both at his shop. I love mhy tattoos and also my husband and daughters. He does the best work I have ever seen, no joke. Go and see for yourself!!!!!!
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written by bob k, September 09, 2010
I agree, Dan is one of the most talented tattoo artists I've ever seen. vote for him, I did!
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written by Nick, January 14, 2011
Best Tapas menu.
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Best Sub Shop
written by Ben Engler, January 16, 2011
Capriotti's is by far the best sub shop they are quick and you can't beat the food!!
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written by Kevin Krebs, January 23, 2011
Capriotti's sandwich shop has some of the best sub's. I love the Bobbie (Thanksgiving dinner on a Bun), and the Capastrami is the greatest! What a team, just drop a tip in the jar and see what happens. What FUN!
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Best Coffee Shop
written by Kate Golden, January 24, 2011
Hands down... Java Java on River Drive. They memorize everyone's favorite drinks and their names and always greet you with wonderful conversation and smiles. Their coffee is so reasonably priced and delicious. Support this worthwhile community business with your vote!
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written by K.M. Garcia, January 25, 2011
Java Java on River Drive, this has to be the best coffe shop in the quad cities. I am originally a New Yorker and have been to many coffee shops but Java Java is at the top of my list. The people are great, the atmosphere is relaxing, Fee WIFI, and the cofee is hands down the best in the quad cities. This place is awesome!
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written by DS, January 25, 2011
Java Java on River Drive, where the owner isn't just about the almighty $. That is where Greta is now that use to be at Coffee Hound.
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Best Coffee Shop
written by LI, January 26, 2011
Java Java on River Drive in Davenport has the best coffee in the QC. They remember their customers, what they drink, and what they put it in it. They even remember what I drive. They are the nicest people, alot of placed could learn awesome customer service from them!!
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written by Wendi Smith, January 26, 2011
what happened to best wine selection? need to add best micro brew selection. hands down that's RI Hy-Vee!!!
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BEST Coffee Shop
written by Tammy T, January 28, 2011
I Love Java Java on River Drive in Davenport they have the best coffee in the QCA. They remember their customers by name & what they drink. Deb & Daron are great people. My Fav is Sam !! Keep up the great customer service.
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written by Chris Weigel, January 31, 2011
I agree that it would be appropriate to have a worst category here too. I post comments on websites like my3cents.com for national chains, but a local version of that would really be appreciated. I went to eat at the local Hooters and the place was filthy! The beer and the company was good though.
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written by schumacher, February 08, 2011
I live in Chicago and come into the Quad cities each week. James Zahara has big city talent and charm. He needs an agent. It was refreshing to learn that he supports numerous charities and gives his spare time to many efforts. The station should be proud of him. Seems like a great man!!
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Best Meteorologist
written by em2, February 09, 2011
I can't figure out why James Zahara is not on WQAD in the evening. Isn't he the Chief Meteorologist for WQAD and FOX. He is the most accurate meteorologist in the Quad Cities with the best personality.
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James Zahara is still local.
written by IllinoisPam, February 21, 2011
James Zahara is still local on WQAD and KLJB.
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written by STE, February 21, 2011
Thanks for the comments. We really appreciate them!

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written by Larry T. DeVilbiss, February 21, 2011
What about Best Area Festival?
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Publication?
written by Paybacks are Heaven, February 21, 2011
What about the best publication? The Radish is mine for fun, yet the River City Reader has the best all around balance of news, politics, events, funnies, everything. It truly is all around the best. Truthfully, it is one of this areas greatest treasures. The indepth articles told with bold literary style, truly priceless.
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QC Native
written by Kathy Scholer, February 24, 2011
we return home every few years, and of course there are restaurants that we MUST visit. Tappa's is one along with Made Rite and Happy Joe's all of witch we can not have where we live now.
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written by Pat Toderich, February 28, 2011
Hey the Machine is a great place to eat and the service is great. CHef Jeff I watch you on Paula Sands you do a nice job.
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OToole
written by Jed, March 05, 2011
Wow! O'Toole Design's sure has the best spammers!

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