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The abacus has been dusted off, my fingers are sore from being used as calculators, and I've now tabulated the responses to the 2015 JDLand reader poll.
I applaud the 380 of you who responded (even if that's less than 10 percent of the site's unique visitors during the time the nine days the poll was running, so boo to the other 3,000 or so visitors who passed).
Let's get right to the headlines, before taking a deeper dive. And of course you can look at the full numbers yourselves, should you wish. (While keeping in mind that this is of course not in the least bit scientific.)
Favorite Lunch Spot: TaKorean
This was the closest of all categories, with TaKorean edging out next-door neighbor Sweetgreen by all of two votes, though together they only accounted for a little less than 30%of the vote. Third place went to Nando's Peri-Peri, with Cornercopia landing in 4th place and pretty much every other option in the neighborhood (and some not in the neighborhood, ahem) getting at least a couple votes.
Favorite Dinner Spot: Osteria Morini
This category's top vote-getting shouldn't really be a surprise, but Chef Michael White's Italian restaurant in the Lumber Shed pulled away from the competition, with 37% of the vote and 85 more votes than second-place finisher Bluejacket. And after only a few weeks in operation, Due South took 3rd place. followed by a tie between Agua 301 and Nando's Peri-Peri.
Favorite Drink Spot: Bluejacket
This category was even more of a runaway victory, as the highly regarded brewery received 44% of the vote, and about 100 votes more than Justin's Cafe, which took second place with 13% of the vote. The neighborhood's other brewery, Gordon Biersch, took third place, and Agua 301 finished fourth. (Lots of votes for some variation of drinking alone at home, though, which perhaps means the neighborhood needs an intervention.)
Looking Forward To: Whole Foods
It wasn't a resounding victory, but when forced to choose, about 29% of respondents indicated that the new Whole Foods at New Jersey and H is the next development of most interest to them, with 24% wanting Half Street north of the ballpark to get built and 20% itching for the Showplace Icon movie theater to open.
As for the other questions I asked, here's a few bullet points hitting the highlights:
* It may shock you, but it absolutely does not shock me that more than 68% of respondents were male. Definitely kind of a guy thing to be interested in photos of buildings getting built.
* Nearly two-thirds of readers are between the ages of 25 and 44. (I remember being between the ages of 25 and 44!)
* Despite my thoughts to the contrary, only 33 respondents reported owning a dog. Which mainly serves as the clearest indication that I don't have anywhere near the neighborhood readership I ought to.
* About 63% of respondents reported themselves as being neighborhood residents. And of the 55% of that group who then answered, the own/rent breakdown was 64%-36%.
* I appreciate all the sucking up by the 75% of respondents who choose "JD's witty reportage" as one of the parts of the site that is of most interest.
* Only a smidge more than 16% of those who responded said they primarily get word of new content from Twitter or Facebook. This is still Web 1.0 territory! (Mailing lists/RSS feeds and visiting the site a few times a week account for about 60% of that vote.)
* Yeah, yeah, "Navy Yard." BAH.
Feel free to check out the report and then add your own analysis in the comments.
And, to be serious for a moment, a lot of you wrote a lot of really nice things on your questionnaire, and for that, I thank you most sincerely. (And a few of you didn't, but oh well.) It's great to know you are out there and are getting some use out of all of this. And I'm resolved to perk things up a bit in return.
Three people have been chosen to as winners of JDLand t-shirts, and have been notified. (But if you want to buy one, they're $12, and are still available in S-M-L-XL.)
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Shogungts says: (10/15/15 9:52 PM)
I guess other people don't have the same love affair that I have with Bon Chon!

As for the unique visitors, are you basing that off IP Address? I know that I visit your page at home and from the office (and occasionally on my phone). Either way, there are still a lot of people who didn't respond, but maybe the numbers are a little bit better than first glance.


JD says: (10/15/15 9:55 PM)
The uniques are in Google Analytics, and I assume they have some amount of magic that goes beyond ip, especially if you use Chrome and are logged in with a Google account.


dude says: (10/15/15 10:05 PM)
Looks like no free shirt for me so I'm in for a large. How do I arrange that?

As for the results, I need to look at the full deal.


JD says: (10/15/15 10:11 PM)
Excellent! Use the contact link and shoot me a message and we'll figure out a hand-off.

Also, commenter coffeexdrinker, if you are out there, you are one of the winners, but I'm not sure that's an address you check much. (Hope you aren't a sock puppet! Lol)


SWag says: (10/15/15 11:12 PM)
@shogungts I freaking love Bonchon!


conngs0 says: (10/16/15 9:14 AM)
So much to react to! First, I guess I need to give Osteria Morini another shot. I ate there twice last year and was underwhelmed. Food was adequate but not worth the price in my opinion. I had been heading up to Eastern Market to Acqua al 2 when I wanted Italian food.

I was glad to see Nando's at least get in the top three for lunch. I probably eat there more than anywhere else in the neighborhood and I sometimes get concerned when it's not at all busy. It's underrated for a quiet happy hour too - solid sangria!

Due South is off to a great start in the neighborhood. I had only been there once and was tempted to put that as my top dinner spot based on just that experience. Some of this has to do with the fact that the other restaurants, in my opinion, are exceedingly mediocre, but I thought Due South was pretty legit. Hopefully it keeps up the momentum and pushes the surrounding establishments to improve a bit!

No one else likes Willie's? I can't remember if I included it as my favorite lunch or dinner spot, but it's definitely up there in my view. I probably would have laid it out a bit differently to make it a little more comfortable and less cavernous, but the bbq has been consistently good since day one (I especially like the ribs!). And the smoked ice for bourbon is a nice unique touch.


JES says: (10/16/15 11:15 AM)
You can count me as a Willie's fan, but depends on what you order IMO. I found the brisket to be dry and bland, at least compared to what Hill Country produces. Willie's ribs though, definitely a fan, and it's also a nice open space with good TV sightlines to watch football.


LWD says: (10/16/15 10:42 PM)
I'm shocked Ambar didn't get more love. Such a great variet of small plates. I haven't gotten to Due South or Garrison yet but I've heard both are excellent.

Anyone else looking forward to The Brigg beer garden on 8th and L?


JD says: (10/16/15 11:27 PM)
@LWD, generally "the neighborhood" as defined on JDLand isn't thought to include locations north of the freeway, hence no large numbers of votes for Ambar or Rose's or Garrison or Matchbox, etc.



coffeexdrinker says: (10/17/15 12:17 AM)
Hey! Totally not a sock puppet, but coffeexdrinker is where I keep registrations/etc that I don't necessarily want to have my actual name in. Was on business travel in San Francisco all week - which while that sounds pleasant, was very grueling. Your email totally made my day, but I feel asleep before I could respond.

Sent you an email back. Very much looking forward to picking up the t-shirt and shaking your hand.

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