The People’s Choice Food Awards!™

12 Dec

Hi I’m Anita and I’m a food connoisseur! I love food, I love trying out new dishes and I love experimenting. Thing is Nigeria has gotten really really big and complex! Gone are those days when the only eateries around were Mr Biggs and Chicken George! Gone are those days when you had to eat anything you could find because you were unaware of the really good food out there! 🙂

So here it is! The people’s choice awards. We are starting with the best and phase two will cover the absolute worst and places you shouldn’t be caught dead eating in unless you are dead! 😉

A survey is presently going on to gather nominees from Lagos, Abuja, Port-harcourt, Benin and Ibadan for the first round. This is not an award by the food vendors so they can’t influence the results. This is an award for the people by the people. I’d like to visit Port-harcourt and know where I could get the absolute best shawarma in the city, wouldn’t you?

The guys have also asked that we include a section for where to get the coldest beer! 😉 So far we have just one nominee in that category. Please send in your nominations as a comment after the blog post or as a DM or mention to @neetahblaq on Twitter or a comment on my Facebook page.

The final ten nominees will be announced on December 31st and then voting will commence and a winner will be announced in January! Vote well because food-connoisseurs all over Nigeria will be eagerly watching and very mad at you if you send ’em to an awful joint just because it’s your family’s business! Also, if we have up to five negative testimonies as regarding any nomination, it will be kicked off the category list to make space for the best of the best!

Have fun sharing your favourite delicacies with the country and the world…

There are 15 categories so far;
1. Best Shawarma
2. Best Chinese food
3. Best Local dishes (Mama put+Restaurants)
4. Best Suya (Beef+Asun)
5. Best Chicken
6. Best Snacks
7. Best Burgers and Club sandwiches
8. Best Fish
9. Best Ice-cream
10. Best Desserts
11. Best English Breakfast
12. Best Pizza
13. Best Chicken and chips
14. Coldest beer/assorted drinks
15. All rounder

Nominations have been flooding in and we’ve decided on 10 per category except the best ‘Mama put’ category which by popular demand will have 20 nominations and the best shawarma category which will have 15 nominations. If you’ve got a really fab place that hasn’t made the list yet, feel free to send it in!

The nominees are…(in no particular order);

1. For Best Shawarma in Town
The nominees are;
1. Best shawarma (Surulere)
2. TREM shawarma (TREM H/Q Obanikoro)
3. 01 shawarma (Falomo shopping complex/Magodo)
4. Shawarma King (Wuse 2)
5. Uncle D’s (PH)
6. Dolphin shawarma (Dolphin estate)
7. Ketchup shawarma (Wuse 2)
8. Mega plaza shawarma (VI)
9. Options (Bodija)
10. Lekki phase 1 shawarma
11. Drumstick sharwama (Abuja)
12. Pancho Vino Lebanese (Behind SW local, Oluyole estate)
13. Brian and Kourtney shawarma (Benin)
14. UTC shawarma (Ikoyi)
One more entry to fill up this category!

2. Best Mama Put (Local dishes)
The Nominees are;
1. Ghana high
2. Olaiya (Surulere)
3. Local government office Ikoyi
4. Belgium restaurant Mile 2
5. Mama Abuja (PH)
6. Skye Bank amala (Ibadan)
7. Amala yahoo (Ogudu)
8. Jevniks restaurant
9. Mama Cass
10. Omega restaurant Ugbowo (Benin)
11. Ina Strait, Amala joint on Mokola Hill (Ibadan)
12. Iya Ope (Jebenwon road, Ibadan)
13. Lagos Island Mama put
14. Iya Dunni food cafetaria (Challenge, Ibadan)
15. Mama Aroso (by Anfani roundabout ring road, ibadan)
16. Davis hotel for their ‘Dodo special’ (Ibadan)
17. Calabar kitchen/Emmy’s (Area 11, Garki)
18. Madam Naija Delta for her starch and banga (Wuse 2)
19. White house
One more entry to fill up this category!

3. Best Suya in Town!
The nominees are;
1. Glover court Suya (Ikoyi)
2. Yahuza suya (Abuja)
3. Iwaya road suya (Iwaya)
4. Allen suya (Ikeja)
5. National Union of Journalists (NUJ) clubhouse suya (Ibadan)
6. Suya Kiosk for their ‘steamed suya’ (off Akerele before Havana Hospital, Surulere)
7. Big treat Suya (Mallam Oluyole estate, Ibadan)
8. Suya spot (Maryland)
9. Asotime for their isi-ewu (Benin)
One more entry to fill up this category!

4. Best Chinese food in Town!
The Nominees are;
1. Jade’s palace
2. Pearl gardens
3. Mr Woo
4. Saipan
5. Woks and Khoi (Abuja)
6. Prime chinese (Lagos, Abuja)
Four more entries to fill up this category!

5. Best English Breakfast in Town!
The Nominees are;
1. White Bakers (Ikoyi)
2. Munchies
3. Cactus
4. Barcelos
5. Sheraton
6. Brown’s cafe for pancakes and sausage (off Adeola Odeku)
Four more entries to fill up this category!

6. Best Ice-cream in Town!
The Nominees are;
1. Ice-cream factory
2. Hatlab (Wuse 2)
3. Chocolate Royal
4. Mat Ice (Benin)
5. Ooh la la (Ikeja GRA)
6. Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC
7. Grandsquare icecream (Abuja)
Three more entries to fill up this category!

7. Best Desserts in Town!
The Nominees are;
1. Orchid Bistro
2. Arabas
3. Ice-cream factory
4. Chocolate Royal
5. Ooh la la
6. Candy’s (Kofo Abayomi, VI)
7. Wan more (Benin)
8. Pario Delri for cheesecakes (opposite Saka Tinubu)
9. All things are nice for their chocolate cakes (Ilupeju)
One more entry to fill up this category!

8. Best Burgers/Club sandwiches in Town
The Nominees are;
1. Cactus
2. Chicken republic
3. Radisson Blu (Ozumba, VI)
4. Piano Lounge, Transcorp hilton
5. Bungalow restaurant (Akin Adesola, VI)
Five more entries to fill up this category!

9. Best Pizza in Town
The Nominees are;
1. Debonnairs pizza
2. Scoops pizza (Mokola roundabout, Ibadan)
3. Pancho Vino Lebanese (Behind SW local, Oluyole estate)
Seven more entries to fill up this category!

10. Best snacks in Town
The Nominees are;
1. Mr Biggs Meatpie
2. Double 4 snacks
3. Crepes from Silverbird Galleria’s concession stand.
4. Kentucky fried chicken KFC
5. Crepes from Megaplaza
Five more entries to fill up this category!

11. Best Chicken in town
The Nominees are;
1. Tasty Fried Chicken
2. Polo club Ikoyi
3. Nandos
Seven more entries to fill up this category!

12. Best Fish in town
The Nominees are;
1. Catfish peppersoup at Eden gardens Utako
2. Abuja city park
3. Fish meals at Cafe Vergnano(Palms, Lekki)
4. Feel@home (Aguda)
5. CMD fish pepper soup, CMD road Magodo
6. Fish joint (Barracks at Falomo)
7. Churasco for their Brazilian sea food.
Three more entries to fill up this category!

13. Best Chicken and chips in town
1. Tasty fried chicken
2. Moremi car park chicken and chips (UNILAG)
3. Southern fried chicken (Abuja)
4. Four points hotel
5. Bogobiri (Ikoyi)
Five more entries to fill up this category!

14. Coldest beer/assorted drinks (should be a place one can watch football too!)
1. Angels bar (near Masha Kilo)
2. Bar at Four points hotel
Eight more entries to fill up this category!

15. All rounder
1. Mama cass
Nine more entries to fill up this category!

So here are the 15 categories, you can keep sending in nominees till the 31st of december! Tell your friends, it’s time the world knew about the fab joint in your hood!

This doesn’t substitute for a blog post so keep your fingers crossed, there’s one brewing in my kitchen! I love food almost as much as I love you guys! 😉 🙂 🙂

Have a lovely day peeps…xoxo

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18 responses to “The People’s Choice Food Awards!™

  1. keiskwerd

    December 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Kai! Who mention drumsticks for list of better sharwama?>:O!
    Still remember Ghana High days, I’m still salivating! Back in d 90s.(y) how cd I forget jevinks? Tho crowd is killing dem of late. Dt ambience seems to have been lost.
    That Hatlab is really not it. Their ice cream seems to have something dt makes it thick and slimy. Don’t dig it.
    Been hearing a lot abt ice cream factory, chance has still not permitted me to try it out.
    Araba is definitely somin for ur rich chocolate ice cream cakes esp wen u have a large crowd, but chocolat royal still does it for me.
    I don’t agree with double 4 snacks making it to d list. As whacked as mrBiggs is, I’m yet to see any1 beat dem as regards snacks. Others need to get dt recipe dt makes their pies unbreakable!
    Angels undoubtedly has d coldest drinks in d whole wide world! Ur bottle is freezing yl ur drink is still liquid consistency!B-) God knows if their freezer is powered by Nitrogen!
    Come to think of it, no1 mentioned Mogadishu barracks for best fish joint! Never went there but its bn d talk of town for periods before d bomb blast
    Anita well done. I’m happy to know I’m not doing badly as my recommendations made d list.
    Y’all give a standing ovation to d best amongst d rest, tested and trusted to make u happy @ all times, over d years n for years to come: Best Sharwama, ketchup, cactus, city park, yahuza, chocolat royale, woks n khoi, debonnairs, Prime chinese, piano lounge, cafe vergano, tfc!

    • jus~chillin

      December 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      missy keiskwerd you dey waka gaan! half of these places i dont know!

      Madam Anita whats this in aid of?

      • Neetah

        December 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

        The people of course! It’s all about us! Think FUBU (for us, by us) LMAO at how corny my joke is! 🙂 Tolu only a food person would understand… 😉

      • keiskwerd

        December 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        TLops! How far na? Well, I guess they open dese places with d hope dt ppl wd keep dem in business! Just contributing my quota 🙂

  2. ireloju

    December 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Suya spot(maryland,lagos) their suya dey can help u hook a babe I swear

  3. Nshina

    December 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Best ice-cream: Grand square ice-cream (Abuja)
    Best chicken & chips: SFC (Southern Fried Chicken) Abuja
    Best mama put: Calabar kitchen (now called Emmy’s I think), area 11,Abuja…

    • keiskwerd

      December 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      Yeah! Southern fried leads for chicken n chips in abj!. Wd have loved to discredit ur grandsquare ice cream but really there’s littlet to compare with in abuja. If u try ice cream in lag, ud know dt there’s no point mentioning abj.

      • Nshina

        December 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm

        ƪδƪ…gonna be in Lag for Christmas and New years day.Where’s the best ice cream parlour?Will put it on my must try list:-)

      • Neetah

        December 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm

        Try the ones in our icecream category, you won’t be disappointed!

      • keiskwerd

        December 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Well looks like ice cream factory may win dt category. Without that, I’d put it @ chocolat royal

  4. softasilk

    December 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Whitehouse at Yaba for best mama put

  5. datboy_NOT

    December 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    whitehouse – for best mama put, i told u that alredy hw cld u miss it, it caters to the stars.
    UTC shawarma should be on dat list its in ikoyi on awolowo road. but BEST in lere will give it a run 4its moolah.
    Best chilled assorted drinks also 4soccer… in 4points hotel, also their chips and chicken priceless
    nd pls wat happened to candy on kofo abayomi for desserts, cakes nd ice-cream…..not funny @all
    if i think of any more ill be back.

    • keiskwerd

      December 13, 2011 at 4:50 am

      Actually mentioned candies to her but it looks like its not that popular. @ least chocolat royal made it.

  6. Adiya

    December 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    This is a really good project. Hope at the end you can compile a list of the addresses of all the nominees so we’ll know where to find them exactly

    Muse Origins
    Muse Origins FB

    • Amina-toro

      December 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Best club sandwich category- bungalow restaurant, akin adesola, VI. Their’s is to die for.

  7. Amina-toro

    December 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    And mama cass has to get an award somehow. All rounder perhaps?

  8. Fisayo

    January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    errm Best Chicken in Town, add: Chicken Inn, Best Pizza, add :Pizza Inn and Best Ice-Cream, add :Creamy Inn..:D

  9. Fisayo

    January 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    oh and Best Chicken and Chips: Chicken Republic


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