Established by the KCCVA in 2007, the Visitors’ Choice Awards lend a voice to Kansas City’s 21 million annual visitors. Finalists in each category were selected by an online panel of visitors. Over the summer, more than 4,000 people cast their ballots in the final round of voting. And the moment you have been waiting for, here are your 2012 Visitors Choice Award Winners by category. For a full list of runners up for each category, you may download a PDF version here. Congratulations to this year’s winners and thanks to everyone that voted! DINING Favorite Steakhouse: Hereford House Favorite Barbecue Restaurant: Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurant: Stroud’s Restaurant Favorite Ethnic Restaurant: Bo Ling’s Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks THINGS TO DO NIGHTLIFE & ENTERTAINMENT  Favorite Jazz Venue: The Blue Room Favorite Nightlife Spot: Kelly’s Westport Inn Favorite Casino: Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City Favorite Live Music Venue: Starlight Theatre Favorite Nightlife District: Kansas City Power & Light District ARTS Favorite Art Museum: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Favorite Art Gallery: Kemper at the Crossroads Favorite Performing Arts Venue: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Favorite Performing Arts Group/Organization: Kansas City Symphony Favorite Public Art Installation: Shuttlecocks (The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) Favorite Arts Performance/Production: A Christmas Carol, KC Repertory Theatre ATTRACTIONS Favorite Kids Attraction: Kansas City Zoo Favorite Museum: National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial Favorite Place to Snap a Photo: Country Club Plaza Favorite Free Thing to Do: The City Market Favorite KC Neighborhood or District: Country Club Plaza Favorite KC-Area Destination: Overland Park, KS SPORTS & OUTDOORS Favorite Professional Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs Favorite Fan Experience: Tailgating at Arrowhead Stadium Favorite Golf Course: Swope Memorial Golf Course Favorite Landmark or Monument: Union Station Kansas City Favorite Fountain: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain SPECIAL EVENTS Favorite Art Festival: Plaza Art Fair Favorite Ethnic/Heritage Festival or Event: Kansas City Irish Fest Favorite Family Festival/Event: American Royal Barbecue Favorite Music Festival/Event: Rhythm & Ribs Jazz & Blues Festival Favorite Holiday Tradition: Plaza Lights SHOPPING Favorite Shopping Center or District: Country Club Plaza Favorite Shop or Store: Nebraska Furniture Mart            Favorite Locally-owned Shop or Store: Pryde’s Old Westport ACCOMMODATIONS Favorite Hotel, More than 300 Rooms: Westin Kansas City at Crown Center Favorite Hotel, Less than 300 Rooms: Raphael Hotel Favorite Bed & Breakfast: Southmoreland on the Plaza BEST OF KANSAS CITY Best of KC: Dining: Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue Best of KC: Things to Do: Plaza Lights Best of KC: Shopping: Country Club Plaza Best Midwestern Hospitality: The City Market Best of Kansas City: Boulevard Brewing Co.
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