Here are the results of the Hyattsville Wire’s fourth annual Best of Route 1 Reader Poll, which largely reflected the different ways we’ve adapted to and experienced life on the Route 1 corridor due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurant With the Best Curbside Pickup: Franklins
A perennial favorite on our reader poll, Franklins won plaudits for its “stay-at-home specials” during the pandemic. Banana Blossom Bistro, SeoulSpice, 2Fifty Texas BBQ and Taqueria Habanero also got a number of votes.
Restaurant With the Best Delivery: Denizens
Riverdale Park brewery Denizens snagged this category thanks to its Beermobile, an early innovation during the pandemic. Franklins, Maryland Meadworks, Bella Indian & Italian in Laurel, and Dumm’s Pizza were also mentioned.
Restaurant With the Best Outdoor Seating: Franklins
Franklins won this category handily thanks to its colorful “Quarantiki Room,” which opened in August. Denizens, Busboys and Poets, The Hall CP, Burton’s Grill & Bar and Pennyroyal Station also received support.
Best Place to Get Coffee for Pickup: Vigilante
With locations in Hyattsville and College Park, local roastery Vigilante Coffee was way ahead in this category, but newcomer Proteus Brews, located inside the bike shop in College Park, picked up a lot of support as well.
Best Route 1 Business Website for Online Shopping: Three Little Birds
Best Innovation During the Coronavirus: OpenBarre online classes
The College Park fitness studio was far and away the favorite in this category for its online classes, which are uploaded and livestreamed three days a week. Maryland Meadworks’ bicycle delivery service, Franklins‘ tiki bar and Bananas’ outdoor haircuts also got support.
Place You’ve Missed the Most During Lockdowns: OpenBarre
The fitness studio also picked up a lot of support in this category, but readers also missed Franklins general store, playing games at The Board and Brew, eating indoors at their favorite restaurants, and live music at New Deal Cafe and Maryland Meadworks.
Best Place to Spend Time Outdoors While Socially Distancing: Lake Artemesia
The College Park nature area was a favorite spot among readers, who also liked Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.’s outdoor seating, their own backyards, the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail and the Riversdale House Museum.
Best Place to Take Kids While Socially Distancing: Riversdale House Museum
Best Place to Go Running While Socially Distancing: Trolley Trail
The trail that stretches from Hyattsville to College Park was the top vote-getter, followed by Lake Artemesia, Paint Branch Trail, the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, Magruder Park and the University of Maryland campus.
Best Place to Go Biking While Socially Distancing: Anacostia River Trail
The trail that stretches from South Hyattsville into D.C. was the favorite, though bikers also endorsed the Trolley Trail, the Northwest Branch Trail, Lake Artemesia and the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.
Best Yoga Studio Offering Online Instruction: Numi Yoga
Best Fitness Studio Offering Online Instruction: OpenBarre
Best Charity or Nonprofit Responding to the Pandemic: Feed Route One
The Feed Route One initiative, which started out as Greater Riverdale Cares and Route One Communities Care, won for connecting struggling restaurants with families struggling during the economic downturn. The College Park Food Bank also won praise.
Best Bookstore: My Dead Aunt’s Books
Best Restaurant: Franklins
No surprise here for the perennial favorite in the readers poll, but 2Fifty Texas BBQ came in surprisingly strong in second place, followed by Banana Blossom Bistro, Taqueria Habanero, Bella Indian and Italian and Riviera Tapas.
Best Pizza: Pizzeria Paradiso
Best Asian Restaurant: Banana Blossom Bistro
Best Latin American Restaurant: Taqueria Habanero
The College Park Mexican restaurant was a clear favorite, but readers also liked Riviera Tapas in Riverdale Park, Azteca Cantina in College Park, Pupuseria El Comalito in Riverdale Park and Cafe Azul/Caracas de Ayer in Hyattsville.
Best Brewery: Streetcar 82 Brewing Co.
Best Distillery: Sangfroid Distilling
The Hyattsville distillery was the clear favorite, but there was also some support for Beltsville’s Shmidt Spirits.
Best Meadery: Maryland Meadworks
Given that it is the only option, it’s worth noting that Maryland Meadworks still got quite a lot of votes in this category.
Best Halal Restaurant: Roma Pizza
The College Park pizzeria was a narrow winner in a category that also included Food Factory in College Park, Aladdin Sizzler in Mount Rainier, the now-closed Krazi Kebob of College Park, Marco & Polo in Hyattsville, Marathon Deli, Mezeh, Spice 6 and Red Chillies.
Best Apartment Building: Studio 3807
Best Piece of Public Art: The ERCO Ercoupe
The airplane soaring above Riverdale Park Station was this year’s winner, followed by the giant blue bear nearby, the Handmade in Hyattsville mural and the Vainglorious Bluebird metal statue near the bridge from Edmonston.
Best Hidden Gem: Various
This category was too eclectic to name a winner, but readers suggested Red Onion Records in Hyattsville, the cricket pitch at Adelphi Manor Community Park, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, and the gardens on the University of Maryland campus.
Best Locally Owned Shop: Proteus
Best Woman-Owned Business: OpenBarre
The College Park fitness studio continued its winning streak, but readers also liked Proteus Bicycles, Tanglewood Works, Posh Fitness, Three Little Birds, Green Owl Design, Shortcake Bakery, Pizzeria Paradiso and Denizens.
Best Bike Shop: Proteus
Best Grocery Store: Mom’s Organic Market
Best Community Supported Agriculture: ECO City Farms
Best Veterinarian: Lynn Animal Hospital
Best Musician or Band: The Wild Anacostias
Best Barista: Annie Lemieux at Proteus Brews
Best Doctor: Dr. Michael Berard at Adventist Healthcare
Best Dentist: Dr. Gunita Singh at iSmile Family Dentistry
Best Real Estate Agent: Emily Jackson at Remax
Best Hair Stylist: Kathleen Hellington at Banana’s