Whose idea was that category?

The BOM winners’ archives are a certified treasure trove of retired categories, time capsule moments and community complaints.
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Cheap Thrill. Scuzzy Bar. Best Place for Parents to Regain Sanity (for the record, Mansion Hill Inn in 1993). The BOM winners’ archives are a certified treasure trove of retired categories, time capsule moments and community complaints. Some are outdated, either hilariously (Most Eligible Man/Woman, retired in 2001) or tragically (Best Video Store, anyone?). Some are oddly specific, like 1986’s Best Place to Be Seen on a Thursday Night (Bogie’s) or 1998’s Store That Tries Hardest (gold went to a place called Lighten Up, perhaps a hidden message from voters). Other categories seemed to serve as a place to lodge that particular year’s complaint: Worst Intersection, Worst Parking Lot, Most Stupid Public Policy/Decision. From the categories that never were (Balloon Twister was a hot request for several years in a row), to the categories we should consider bringing back (Local Author gets this editor’s vote), here are a few more odd categories from over the years.

Place to Go After Bar Time
Cafe Palms vied with Perkins in the ‘80s

Judge
A solid category in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s

French Fries
Perhaps wisely retired after McDonald’s placed eight years in a row

Place to Take Your Mother
Quivey’s Grove swept 1985-1990

Nice Bar
A strangely vague and subjective category that held on through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s

Least Favorite Best of Madison Category
Evidently we were feeling a little meta in 2006?

Dinner Bread
No explanation needed, other than why we retired this category.

Psychiatrist
Two showings, 1982 and 1983. The winner both years: Bob Newhart — apparently readers kept writing him in.

Read more about the Best of Madison Legacy Awards here.

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