Even the very best things have room for improvement. That’s why after 22 years of surveying the city to find the Best of Halifax, we’re still making changes to our annual readers’ choice awards. Our latest upgrade zeroes in on the survey’s holy grail—our Hall of Fame. It’s where the very best of the Best are elevated to after they’ve dominated long enough to be dubbed untouchable.
In the past we’ve retired individual categories—like Best Falafel, Best Laundromat and Best Newsstand—meaning once we inducted one into the Hall of Fame, no one could win it ever again. Kind of like when a sports team retires a legend’s jersey. The problem is, some categories—like Best Chinese, Best Donair, Best Pizza Pie and Best Patio—aren’t quite ready to ride off into the sunset, they’re still lively with interesting, new contenders battling to take the top spot. Their rulers though, they’ve reached legend status. In short, our old system had some holes in it.
In efforts to both keep survey interesting and give longtime winners an extra special pat on the back, we decided it was time to induct not just categories, but winners, into the Hall of Fame. And 10 consecutive wins earns you that spot. This year’s five new Hall of Famers—The Great Wall, King of Donair, Gaudet Optical, Your Father’s Moustache and Salvatore’s Pizza—have dozens and dozens of plaques between them (YFM has won SEVENTEEN consecutive times!). And this year they’ll officially retire. They will be eligible to win other categories in the future, just not the ones that got them into the Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to the enduring businesses who we welcome into BOH big leagues this year. We can’t wait to see what new winners 2017 brings.
THE BEST OF HALIFAX HALL OF FAME2016