Hidden tiki haven, Tiki Tolteca in New Orleans' French Quarter, is this year's winner for People's Choice Best New Bar in the U.S., put out by Food & Wine magazine. In a release, the magazine confirms that among five finalists, Tiki Tolteca won in the contest.
On September 17, Food & Wine kicked off the voting with a list of 100 nominees, divided into five regions across the U.S. Tiki Tolteca, which is inside Felipe's Taqueria, won out over runners up: Bar5 at Coqueta, San Francisco, CA (West/Southwest); Southern Efficiency, Washington, DC (Northeast); The Last Word, Ann Arbor, MI (Midwest); and Imperial Portland, OR (Northwest/Mountain).
Food & Wine also announced their picks for Best Mixologists in the country (2014). Winners include: Ryan Casey (McCrady's, Charleston, SC); Jacyara de Oliveira (Sportsman's Club, Chicago); Gui Jaroschy (The Broken Shaker, Miami Beach); Sara Justice (Holeman & Finch, Atlanta); Caitlin Laman (Trick Dog, San Francisco); Chris Lowder (The NoMad Bar, New York City); Jeremy Oertel (Donna, Brooklyn); Jason Patz (Williams & Graham, Denver); Alex Renshaw (Drumbar, Chicago); and Tyler Stevens (Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, Portland, OR).