Creating a successful business venture has always required a posse of family, friends and dedicated supporters. Social media isn’t really new. But it wasn’t a factor in your grandfather’s SurveyMonkey online polls. These days, however, any kind of online “best of” becomes a sort of test of the candidates’ social media machines.
It’s good and fair. But there are always other ways to cut the numbers. In the 2011 CHS poll for the “most important” new Capitol Hill bars and restaurants, we scrubbed the votes and Canon, Momiji and the dearly departed Chino’s came out on top.
For 2012’s rookie of the year voting, we offer two different cuts of the numbers. Voting included 44 worthy and not so worthy candidates that debuted during the calendar year — or very late in 2011.
Here are the results of the basic, unfiltered cut of the votes. Congratulations, 8 oz. Burger.
8 oz, by the way, is a CHS advertiser.
Of the 1,508 ballots recorded in the 2012 vote, we found that more than half of the submissions included a vote for only a single candidate. That, too, is good and fair. CHS allowed voters to submit as many candidates as they saw fit. But we also noticed that the single-candidate ballots were disproportionately associated with a small set of restaurants and bars. You can call these folks the social media mavens. They pack a loyal posse. Good and fair.
Crumble & Flake, you are important, too, apparently.
What will we do for 2013’s rookie class when the time comes to assess the year? Sneakily filter for ballots with at least three candidates? Change the vote to “most socially powerful?” Charge voters a buck? Scrap the whole thing as a ripe-for-frustration stunt? Who knows! We have a year to figure it out. Again.
In the meantime, for your entertainment and education, here are the 21 “other” responses we received in the 2012 vote:
- Kaladi’s expansion
- Momiji, 22 Doors, The Shop Agora
- Med Mix
- Taco’s Gringos
- Lick Pure Creamery
- The Woods
- Big Marios
- Note: Skelly & Bean closed in December 2012
- Maybe Altura isn’t “catching on” with you, but they are definitely a FAB addition to the CH scene
- Analog Coffee
- montana was the most improtant
We love “other.”
We’ve posted the full results here.