Vote For "Best Of Vienna" Awards Today At Viva!Vienna!

Patch and So Very Vienna want reader input on what makes Vienna so great

Vienna has routinely been named one of the best places to live by Money, Northern Virginia and Forbes Magazines.

But it's the people who live, eat, work and play here that know exactly why.

We'd like to hear the reasons why Vienna is so great, and recognize the people and places behind them. So we've teamed up with local blog  So Very Vienna to launch the first "Best of Vienna" awards, which will use reader votes to recognize the "best" businesses and places in five different categories.

Here's how it works:

The Survey opened May 16 at this link and will be open until May 30. Readers should follow the link and choose from the options listed, or write-in their own votes. 

We will be at Viva!Vienna! today on Dominion Road. Come by and vote in person!

The categories are:

1. Where is the best place to be outside in Vienna?

  • At a Town playground or park
  • On the Town Green
  • Walking down historic Church Street
  • Other (write-in your choice)

2. Who has the best frozen yogurt/ ice cream in Vienna?

3. Where is the best place to get coffee in Vienna?

  • Amphora Diner

4. Where is the most kid-friendly place to play in Vienna?

  • Vienna Town Green
  • Waters Field
  • Yeonas Park
  • Other

5. What is the best locally-owned business in Vienna? (Write-in your choice. Need help? Use our directory.)

The survey will be open until Memorial Day, when Patch and So Very Vienna will announce the award winners on both of their sites.

You can also vote in person at Patch's Viva!Vienna! booth on May 29 and May 30. Patch will be at the booth all weekend, and will welcome So Very Vienna blog author Melanie Kadlic Meren from 10 to noon on Sunday morning.

Happy voting.

Susan Stillman May 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM
The thing that makes Vienna great are the choices for getting around. In Vienna you can walk where ever you need to go, you can bike, you can ride the bus (in town, to Tysons, to Fairfax City, and to the Metro which opens up a whole world of opportunities). Who needs the cost and stress of driving a car in northern Virginia?
Groovis Maximus May 17, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Hands down - the Vienna Inn! Where else can you get coffee AND a chili dog? Add to that - the Vienna Inn is always very supportive of Vienna's teams and schools.
Erica R. Hendry May 17, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Susan and Groovis -- Thanks! Make sure to put those answers in the survey too by following the links
Alli Guleria May 17, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Maple Ave Bistro is the BEST!!!!!! It's so nice to have a place where everyone knows your name, and the food is delicious, innovative and organic!!!! It's like your neighborhood restaurant with high end cuisine! Love it!!!
R. May 17, 2011 at 04:01 PM
As thirty year residents of Vienna, we have watched Vienna grow from a small town to a hub of activity for the entire NOVA region. Still, Vienna has managed to keep a small town feel about it. Sadly though, there are losses that have gone along with the population explosion, not the least of which are several small single owner businesses. These businesses, which add so much to Vienna's charm and personality, are being replaced by big chain corporations and franchises. This seriously detracts from the Vienna we have known and loved for so long. If this keeps up, Maple Ave. will be just like the long haul through Manassass, lined with an endless array of garish neon chain restaurants. Think of all the businesses that have gone away over the years and been replaced by chain fast food places, banks, gas stations, or other large businesses -- High's, Southern States, Knossis, Woolworth's, Pansjhir 2, Ketterman's etc, etc. Now we are about to lose Norm's Beer and Wine ( and possibly Cenan's) to yet another grocery store -- like Vienna actually needs another one. Yet another single owner business is losing its lease to a large corporate entity. Vienna is changing -- and NOT for the better. Please sign the petition at Norm's to help them stay where they have been in business for so many years. Vienna as we know it will not survive the onslaught of corporate "progress" if we citizens do not so something to protect out fine town. The time is now.
Leigh May 17, 2011 at 04:56 PM
My personal Vienna Favorite is Lofty Salon and Wellness Center. Yoga classes, Nutrional Counseling, and the most relaxing Organic Facials in Northern Virginia. When I need to center myself, I go there!
David Huang May 18, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Definitely Maple Ave. Restaurant as one of the best locally owned businesses! The food and service are fabulous! And you have to try the desserts as well!
jeanita May 20, 2011 at 03:49 PM
The Maple Avenue Market has the best grass fed meats, locally grown produce and really great cheese--local also. Try their eggs too.
alec May 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM
The Maple Avenue Restaurant! I love the food and how it always seems to be frequently changing yet the quality stays perfect!
connie May 21, 2011 at 04:16 PM
The Maple Avenue Market--everything is fresh, local and healthy! And the owners and staff are so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They even have everything you need to grow great things in your own garden--plants, soil and more. Also a great selection of books on gardening, eating, cooking and healthy living. You won't be disappointed.
connie May 21, 2011 at 04:25 PM
The Maple Avenue Market--your friendly neighborhood store selling fresh local fruit and vegetables--many from the owner's own farm garden along with large brown eggs from their own chickens--fresh picked every day. Their cheeses are not to be missed--their meats are great--even have emu! And you will love all their dairy. They know all the folks who provide them with their products--don't shop from strangers--support your local community. Don't forget the smoked salmon anc catfish and sometimes trout produced by a gentleman who used to work as a chef at The White House during the Reagan years. I love this store and so will you.
Tyson May 23, 2011 at 07:55 PM
The Maple Avenue Market - I love this place. They have the best meats - their chicken sausage is out of this world. The ice cream (which I found "hidden" in a fridge next to the register) is the best I have ever had. The people that work there are so friendly and knowledgeable. I love to go there every chance I get to see what's new. And I don't mind spending a bit more to know that what I am getting is healthy for me, and my money is helping people locally. Oh yea, my dog LOVES their dog food too! Doesn't get much better than Maple Ave Market.
Andrew May 30, 2011 at 02:15 AM
The Maple Avenue Market--the best grass-fed meats, and dairy from grass-fed cows and goats. All of their products are sourced locally and many of the veggies are even grown by the owners them selves. Now I see that they have smoked fish again. Try it--made by a chef who spent some time working at The White House. Don't leave without picking up some smoked cheddar or baby swiss cheese. The Greek yogurt is really good. Try the honey made by monks in Berryville--cinnamon, lemon, almond and more--all good. The ice cream tastes like homemade. And all their sausages are tasty, the ground beef is really lean and they have oranic chicken and eggs--sometimes the eggs are from the owner's chickens. The strawberries I had were red all the way through and the asparagus were freat on the grill. Try the pumpernickle with nuts and raisins--delish. Support our local owned businesses--don't support the big guys--know what you are eating, and where it came from. And the milk--just like the milk the milkman used to bring to your door.
Jack May 31, 2011 at 02:52 AM
The Maple Avenue Market - truly a "hometown" grocery store providing Vienna residents with a great selection of organic healthy foods - vegetables, meats, and dairy products - produced locally and direct from local farmers. A year round "Farmers Market" in downtown Vienna!
Alexander June 01, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Well, from my point of view, the Maple Avenue Market, is the best thing going. The owners and their worker family are friendly and knowledgeable. They can tell you about all the "local" products they sell and who makes them or who grows them. Today it is so important to eat "real food"--food that looks like it does growing in the ground especially. And meat that is humanely raised with no antibiotics(resistant staph infections are becoming a big problem--partly because of all the antibiotics we take into our bodies) Antibiotics help us of course but we don't need to eat meat, cheese and all dairy that comes from animals fed antibiotics to "prevent" disease. And growth hormones--do you really want your children to consume meat and chickens that are given these? The MAM has meat, eggs, cheese, milk and many other dairy products that come from grass fed animals with none of the above pumped into them. The vegetables are organically grown w/o pestisides. Everything just tastes so good. The owners, Chris and Sara, grow some of the produce themselves right here in Fairfax County and they raise their own chickens for great tasting eggs. Do yourself a favor and stop in and have a chat and try some of their products--they are one store over from The Vienna Inn--next to The Pear Tree Cottage.


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