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24 Biggest Winners from 24 Years of 'Best of San Antonio' 

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Ask a cross-section of local musicians what their favorite place to play in San Antonio is, and the name “Sam’s” comes up more than almost any other. Hence, Sam's Burger Joint is an eight-time title champ for Best Venue for SA Bands, Best for Live Music, and Best Open Mic.
San Antonio's oldest museum, the Witte is a seven-time BOSA title holder for Best Museum, Best Place to Take a Child to Enjoy the Arts, and Best Kid-Friendly Museum.
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Since 1990, readers have tapped A Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA) for 'Best of' nine times: Best Fiesta Event, Best Excuse to Put Your Diet on Hold, Most Fun Official Fiesta Event.
From 1996 to 2012, readers have tapped Rudy’s as Best BBQ or Best BBQ Sauce 10 times.
Lisa Wong brought bright lights, big city to the cantina concept and has taken eight "Best of" titles for Rosario’s since 1996, including Best Salsa, Best Michelada, Best Mole, Best Nachos, Best Fajitas, and Best Enchiladas.
Readers' Picks can read like an ode to the Cove. This versatile spot has won seven top "Best of" titles (and several runner-ups): Best Neighborhood Bar, Best Takeout and Best Eclectic, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Veggie Options, Best Music Venue, Best Lunch Specials, Best Service, Coolest Patio, and Best Kid-Friendly Patio.
Mi Tierra was founded in 1941 with just three tables. Today, it seats more than 500 customers and claims 12 "Best of" titles going back to 1989: Mexican Bakery, Mexican Food (Downtown), Best Caldo, Best Menudo, Best After-Hours, Best Pan Dulce, Best Place to Watch Live Mariachi Music, Best Bakery/Panaderia, Best Late-Night Restaurant, and Best Place to Nurse a Hangover.
Beginning with our first "Best of" issue in 1989, the McNay has claimed 10 titles, including Best Museum, Best Art Gallery/Outdoor Art, Best Yard Art, Public Art, Architectural Restoration, Best Security Guards, Classiest Museum, and Best Art Gallery.
'The Lisle & Hahn Talk Show' was on 99.5 KISS for nearly 20 years, and these guys have 12 BOSA titles under their belt going back to 1996: Best Radio DJ, Best Morning Drive DJ, Best Radio English-Language DJ, Best Vacuous DJ, Best Obnoxious Radio Personality, Best Local Talk Show Host, and Best Morning Radio Talk Show.
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La Tuna embodies the best of ice-house culture: what you want and what you need in one friendly, easy-access package, winning it seven "Best of" titles since 1998, including Best Ice House, Best Porch or Stoop to Drink On, Best Cantina, Coldest Beer, and unofficially, best place to chill with your pooch.
La Fogata's famous margaritas, which contribute to the restaurant’s “I Forgata” nickname, have helped it rack up 15 BOSA titles since 1989, including Best Salsa, Best Mexican Food, Best Mexican Food (Loop Land), Best Place to Eat Outdoors, and Best Patio in addition to Best Margarita (of course).
Jim Hasslocher’s homegrown empire has 12 BOSA titles dating back to 1989. Reader's have tapped Jim's for Best Place for a Cup of Coffee, Best Breakfast, Best After-Hours, Best Late Night, Best 24-HR Dining, Best Place to East Right Before Dawn, and Best Place to Nurse a Hangover.
Hogwild is the dean of SA mom-and-pop record stores with 13 BOSA titles, including Best Place to Buy Local Music, Best Record Store (Independent), Best Music Store (Independent), Best CD Shop (New and Used), Best Place to Buy Hard to Find Music, and Best All-Around Music Store.
Half Price Books, a 36-year-old Dallas-born chain, feels like a neighborhood bookstore, and it won Best Used Bookstore nine times before we tightened the rules on "locally based."
Grey Moss Inn offers escapism about half an hour outside of downtown, under the shade of giant Oaks and twinkling lights on the edge of the Hill Country. Its nine BOSA titles include Best Romantic Dining, Best Fine Dining, Best Wine List, and Best Restaurant to Take a Date.
San Antonio native Greg Simmons went from a studio-run radio-station broadcast on the Jefferson High School loudspeaker to the sports desk on the nightly network news on KSAT. He's won Best Sportscaster six times.
There are times at the Flying Saucer that frequent flyers need to be told to fasten their seat belts because they're in for a taste explosion. With a selection of about 85 taps and more than 150 bottles, the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has won eight BOSA awards for Best Beer Selection and Best Import Beer.
Since the 'Current' introduced the Piercing Shop category in 2008, Dandyland Custom Tattoo & Professional Body Piercing has always been considered the best at what they do. They have 11 BOSA titles dating back to 1998 for Best Tattoo Parlor and Best Place to get a Tattoo as well as Best Place to Get Piercings.
Former KENS 5-TV news anchor Chris Marrou claims 14 BOSA titles dating back to 1989: Best TV Anchor, Best News Anchor’s Hair, Most Obnoxious TV Personality, Best Candidate for an Alien Abduction, and Journalist You’d Most Like to Send to Iraq.
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Not only is Chris Madrid’s perfect for those times when you can’t decide between nachos and a burger, it’s the only burger we need a knife and fork for, earning it 13 BOSA titles including Best Hamburger, Best Cheeseburger, Best Hamburger Restaurant and Best Nachos.
Bussey’s beckons with 500 weekend vendors selling an array of stuff we never knew we needed. Readers have voted it Best Flea Market 13 times since 1991.
With 16 "Best of" titles, Brackenridge Park is one of the 'Current's' biggest BOSA winner over the years, racking up reader recognition for Best Bike Ride, Best Public Park, Best Place to Run Over a Jogger, Best Place to Have Sex Outdoors, Best Place to Take a Dog For a Walk, Best Park Playground, Best Public Golf Course, Best Kid-Friendly Park, Best Park for a Picnic, and Best City Park.
Tying with Brackenridge Park for Biggest BOSA winner, the Bonham Exchange claims 16 titles dating back to 1990 for Best Dance Club, Best Place to See Something Weird, Best Gay Bar, Best Lesbian Dance Club, Best Place to Avoid Catching a Glimpse of Tommy Lee Jones, Best Cockfight Venue, Hottest Dance Floor, Best Nightclub, and Best Dance Floor.
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Ask a cross-section of local musicians what their favorite place to play in San Antonio is, and the name “Sam’s” comes up more than almost any other. Hence, Sam's Burger Joint is an eight-time title champ for Best Venue for SA Bands, Best for Live Music, and Best Open Mic.

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