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Sonny Wong

Most of the time when we say something is a popularity contest, it’s a bad thing. The exception is our annual Best of Humboldt, when our readers vote on their local faves from barbecue to skate parks. It’s like voting for prom kings and queens, but without the drama.

Or is it? There were some stunning upsets this year, like Happy Donuts unseating the previously undefeated Don’s Donuts and Pineapple Express Hawaiian Plate Lunch truck rolling up on Cecil’s New Orleans Bistro for the Best Eats in SoHum sash. Best Sushi was a major change-up, too, with Tomo knocking Sushi Spot Arcata to second place. This year the Logger Bar’s Bunny Walthuis makes her first appearance as Best Bartender over last year’s favorite Mike Vitello at the Shanty. Likewise, Kathleen Bryson lets go of her Best Attorney and Best Law Office titles to Thomas Hjerpe and Zwerdling Law Firm, respectively. Other firsts include Blue Ox as Best Women’s Clothing Store and cannabis product makers Papa & Barkley taking Best Humboldt Product (non-food).

So enjoy the drama and celebrate the winners just like you did at prom. And if you’re joining us for the Best of Humboldt party on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m., feel free to come to the Inn at 2nd & C in your prom finest ($45, $35 advance). Only this time don’t spend the evening fighting in the limo, drinking from a hairspray bottle filled with smuggled vodka or crying into your scratchy lace fingerless gloves in the ladies’ room because this night was supposed to be, like, special. Perhaps I’ve said too much.

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Editor's note: This article has been edited to show the correct ticket prices.
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